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Lauraine Snelling is an American author that writes Christian fiction. In the beginning, Snelling wanted to write novels about horses for young female readers, and she fulfilled that dream. But later on, she took an interest in stories with important themes like cancer, loss, and domestic violence.
Order of Dakota Plains Series
|1||Dakota Dream (Short Story)||1993||Description / Buy|
|2||Dakota Dusk (Short Story)||1994||Description / Buy|
|3||Dakota December||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Dakota Dawn (Short Story)||1997||Description / Buy|
|5||Dakota Destiny||2012||Description / Buy|
Order of Dakotah Treasures Series
|1||Ruby||2003||Description / Buy|
|2||Pearl||2004||Description / Buy|
|3||Opal||2005||Description / Buy|
|4||Amethyst||2005||Description / Buy|
Order of Daughters Of Blessing Series
|1||A Promise for Ellie||2006||Description / Buy|
|2||Sophie's Dilemma||2007||Description / Buy|
|3||A Touch of Grace||2007||Description / Buy|
|4||Rebecca's Reward||2008||Description / Buy|
Order of Golden Filly Series
|1||The Race||1991||Description / Buy|
|2||Eagle's Wings||1991||Description / Buy|
|3||Go for the Glory||1991||Description / Buy|
|4||Call for Courage||1992||Description / Buy|
|5||Kentucky Dreamer||1992||Description / Buy|
|6||Shadow Over San Mateo||1993||Description / Buy|
|7||Out of the Mist||1993||Description / Buy|
|8||Second Wind||1994||Description / Buy|
|9||Close Call||1994||Description / Buy|
|10||The Winner's Circle||1995||Description / Buy|
Order of High Hurdles Series
|1||Olympic Dreams||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||DJ's Challenge||1995||Description / Buy|
|3||Setting the Pace||1996||Description / Buy|
|4||Out of the Blue||1996||Description / Buy|
|5||Storm Clouds||1997||Description / Buy|
|6||Close Quarters||1998||Description / Buy|
|7||Moving Up||1998||Description / Buy|
|8||Letting Go||1999||Description / Buy|
|9||Raising the Bar||1999||Description / Buy|
|10||Class Act||2000||Description / Buy|
Order of Home To Blessing Series
|1||A Measure of Mercy||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||No Distance Too Far||2010||Description / Buy|
|3||A Heart for Home||2011||Description / Buy|
Order of Leah's Garden Series
|1||The Seeds of Change||2021||Description / Buy|
|2||A Time to Bloom||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Red River Of The North Series
|1||An Untamed Land||1995||Description / Buy|
|2||A New Day Rising||1996||Description / Buy|
|3||A Land to Call Home||1997||Description / Buy|
|4||The Reapers' Song||1998||Description / Buy|
|5||Tender Mercies||1999||Description / Buy|
|6||Blessing in Disguise||1999||Description / Buy|
|7||An Untamed Heart||2013||Description / Buy|
|8||A Blessing to Cherish||2020||Description / Buy|
Order of Return To Red River Series
|1||A Dream to Follow||2001||Description / Buy|
|2||Believing the Dream||2002||Description / Buy|
|3||More Than a Dream||2003||Description / Buy|
Order of S.A.V.E. Squad Series with Kathleen Damp Wright
|1||Dog Daze||2012||Description / Buy|
|2||The Great Cat Caper||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||Secondhand Horses||2013||Description / Buy|
|4||No Ordinary Owl||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Secret Refuge Series
|1||Daughter of Twin Oaks||2000||Description / Buy|
|2||Sisters of the Confederacy||2000||Description / Buy|
|3||The Long Way Home||2001||Description / Buy|
Order of Song Of Blessing Series
|1||To Everything a Season||2014||Description / Buy|
|2||A Harvest of Hope||2015||Description / Buy|
|3||Streams of Mercy||2015||Description / Buy|
|4||From This Day Forward||2016||Description / Buy|
Order of Under Northern Skies Series
|1||The Promise of Dawn||2017||Description / Buy|
|2||A Breath of Hope||2018||Description / Buy|
|3||A Season of Grace||2018||Description / Buy|
|4||A Song of Joy||2019||Description / Buy|
Order of Washington Series
|1||Song of Laughter||1986||Description / Buy|
|2||Race for the Roses||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||Talking for Two||2001||Description / Buy|
|4||The Neighborly Thing||2002||Description / Buy|
Order of Wild West Wind Series
|1||Valley of Dreams||2011||Description / Buy|
|2||Whispers in the Wind||2012||Description / Buy|
|3||A Place to Belong||2013||Description / Buy|
Order of Lauraine Snelling Standalone Novels
|1||Tragedy on the Toutle||1982||Description / Buy|
|2||Hawaiian Sunrise||1999||Description / Buy|
|3||The Healing Quilt||2002||Description / Buy|
|4||The Gift (Short Story)||2002||Description / Buy|
|5||The Way of Women||2004||Description / Buy|
|6||Saturday Morning||2005||Description / Buy|
|7||Breaking Free||2006||Description / Buy|
|8||The Brushstroke Legacy||2006||Description / Buy|
|9||What About Cimmaron? (Short Story)||2008||Description / Buy|
|10||One Perfect Day||2008||Description / Buy|
|11||On Hummingbird Wings||2011||Description / Buy|
|12||Reunion||2012||Description / Buy|
|13||Wake the Dawn||2013||Description / Buy|
|14||Heaven Sent Rain||2014||Description / Buy|
|15||Someday Home||2015||Description / Buy|
|16||The Second Half||2016||Description / Buy|
|17||Half Finished||2019||Description / Buy|
|18||Beginning Again||2019||Description / Buy|
|19||The Florence Legacy||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Lauraine Snelling Children's Books
|1||The Lonely Donkey||2021||Description / Buy|
|2||The Adventures of TC||2021||Description / Buy|
Order of Lauraine Snelling Non-Fiction Books
|1||Start Your Own Business After 50 - Or 60 - Or 70!||1990||Description / Buy|
|2||100 Good Things That Happen as You Grow Older||1992||Description / Buy|
|3||A Hand to Hold: Helping Someone Through Grief||2004||Description / Buy|
|4||Ingeborg Bjorklund's Red River Cookbook||2006||Description / Buy|
Lauraine Snelling Anthologies
Her bibliography includes historical fiction, contemporary fiction, nonfiction for adults, and novels for young readers. Snelling knew from an early age that she wanted to write fiction.
By the time she left high school, the author was already dreaming about all the horse books she would eventually write for girls. Unfortunately, the demands of life kept getting in her way.
She went to college and pursued an education major. Later on, her husband and children entered the picture. Snelling was still determined to pursue her publishing dreams. In fact, she did a lot of writing during this period. But she couldn’t find the time to write her first manuscript.
Her opportunity came when she least expected it. Snelling’s children were teenagers when her mother brought a writing conference in Portland, OR to the author’s attention. Snelling had no intention of attending the conference, and she only changed her mind when her mother offered to pay for the trip.
The author did not regret the experience. First of all, her mind was blown by all the lessons she learned. Secondly, she met several wonderful people. Two of those people agreed to form a writing critique group with Snelling.
That critique group changed the author’s life because the members met once a week to critique one another’s work. This placed the author on a strict deadline. She had to put something on paper every single week.
This instilled in Snelling the discipline she needed to write her first manuscript. However, she admits that finding the time and strength to sit down and write is not easy.
Even though she has written dozens of novels over the years, the author’s struggles in this area have remained largely unchanged because she has so many things to do on any given day, and they keep tempting her to abandon her manuscripts.
Snelling has to fight to remain seated long enough to write. Fortunately, she loves what she does. Even though she identifies as a Christian author, Snelling’s primary objective is to entertain.
She wants to take her readers on an exciting and emotional journey that makes them cry and laugh.
Her books have a solid Christian message, but she disagrees with Christian authors who place so much emphasis on their message that the story suffers. Snelling believes that God guides her to write words that touch her readers in ways they do not anticipate.
They squeeze inspiration from her books that the author doesn’t always intend. She takes a lot of encouragement from the messages she receives from readers, many of whom have been moved by her novels.
Lauraine Snelling Awards
Snelling’s accolades include The Romantic Times Career Achievement, Silver Angel, and Romantic Writers of America (Golden Heart for Song of Laughter) Awards.
Best Lauraine Snelling Books
The most influential books the author has ever read include ‘Walking on Water’ by Madeleine L ‘Engle, ‘Fiction is Folks’ from Robert Newton Peck and the Bible. Snelling’s best books include:
Ruby: Ruby Torvald and Opal lost their father a long time ago. He went to the Black Hills to seek his fortune. All these years later, Ruby and her younger sister have learned that their father left them an inheritance.
When they leave Chicago for Medora, they do not expect the mining town to surprise them with a bequest from their father.
Untamed Land: Roald and Ingeborg couldn’t wait to reap the treasures their new home had to offer. It took the couple three years to save the money needed to pay for their journey from Norway to New York City.
Once they arrived, they had to travel to Dakota Territory by train and then wagon. The couple was optimistic. They wanted to build a decent life for their family and create a rich heritage for their children.
But their new home on the banks of the Red River had no intention of surrendering its wealth, not without a fight. Their first winter will show the couple whether or not they have the strength to survive.
When Does The Next Lauraine Snelling book come out?
Lauraine Snelling doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Florence Legacy and was released on August, 30th 2022.