The Long-Awaited Prequel to the Red River Of The North Series
Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She's had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever.
Grief settles heavily over Ingeborg, and her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?
It isn't long before she meets Roald Bjorklund, a widower who has been planning to go to America for some time, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man--and he has a young son who desperately needs a mother. He's clearly interested in Ingeborg, but is he the answer to her prayers? And what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.
Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make. . .
"An Untamed Heart" is author Lauraine Snelling's prequel to her beloved "Red River of the North" series. We meet Ingeborg Strand as an unmarried woman of twenty, working alongside her family on their farm, and assisting her midwife mother with the delivery of babies and healing those in need. Her mother worries that Ingeborg is not serious enough about finding a husband, but her father takes pride in her abilities and allows her to work with helping him with farm tasks usually not assigned to women. Ingeborg never expects to find true love, but it comes unexpectedly when she saves the life of a university student, Nils, who was injured in accident. There are family objections to the relationship, but eventually hearts prevail. However, happiness is short-lived when fate steps in, and Nils is this time lost forever. Ingeborg is distraught, but work on the farm, and continuing to help her mother bring new life into the world carries her through her grief. Roald Bjorklund has plans to move to America after his wife gives birth to their second child, but both she and the baby are lost in childbirth. With a four-year-old son to care for, and his plans for the future dependent on making a successful new life in America, he eventually asks for Ingeborg's hand in marriage to help him care for his son. At first, Ingeborg is angered by the offer and by her parents acceptance, but Roald is a good man of faith, and his son is very appealing. Ingeborg agrees to the marriage, and the saga of the Bjorklund family begins. Lauraine Snelling has an involving storytelling style, and the descriptive writing of the setting and the everyday details of life in the time period are very enjoyable. Whether or not you have read the other books in the series, you will find "An Untamed Heart" to be a well-written inspirational historical romance.
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Bjorklund Family Novels & Series
- An Untamed Land
- A New Day Rising
- A Land To Call Home
- The Reaper’s Song
- Tender Mercies
- Blessing In Disguise
- A Dream To Follow
- Believing The Dream
- More Than A Dream
- A Promise for Ellie
- Sophie’s Dilemma
- A Touch of Grace
- Rebecca’s Reward
- A Measure of Mercy
- No Distance Too Far
- A Heart for Home
An Untamed Heart (prequel to the Red River of the North series. October 2013)
Red River of the North series (First Bjorklund family series)
Return To Red River series (Second Bjorklund family series)
Daughters of Blessing series (Third Bjorklund family series)(This series has limited print availability but is available in e-book format)
Home to Blessing series (Fourth Bjorklund family series)
Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. www.laurainesnelling.com