DREAM TO FOLLOW opens in the year 1893. Thorliff Bjorklund, 17, lives with his family in Blessing, North Dakota. Thorliff has been writing stories since he was a little boy and longs to study journalism. Everybody likes his writing, but his stepfather doesn't want Thorliff to go to college. He wants him to stay home and take care of the family and farm.
Thorliff is stymied, caught between his family and his desires, and he has no idea what to do. He also struggles spiritually; Thorliff doesn't have faith that God will make things right for him and his family. If that isn't bad enough, a long drought means there might not be enough money for his tuition. Thorliff has to make a very difficult decision about his life. Will he go to college and follow his lifelong dream or go with his father's wishes?
In another part of the story, Elizabeth Rogers lives in Blessfield, Minnesota. She comes from a very good family and is determined to reach her goal of becoming a doctor. Her family encourages her to follow her dream, but it's nearly impossible for a woman to get into medical school. Does her heart mislead her to think otherwise about becoming a doctor?
His dream is to become a journalist. Will his father give his blessing?
I was tickled to find this series took place in the land of my grandparents. There were many towns referenced that I knew or lived in myself. It was also around the time my ancestors on came to the area. What a delight to read how life was like back then.
This book picks up where the original Red River Series left off. These are some of the best books I have read. Good clean reading but with an excellent story. Even if you did not read the Red River Series you should have no problem picking up from here.
I love these characters in this series. The return to Red River takes up where Red river series left off. Wonderful reading, characters, and knowledge of how life was back when our country was founded.