Thursday, October 24, 2013

An Untamed Heart



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. It's not that she's lacked suitors, but now she no longer can have the one she loved.

With the future looking bleak, 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?

Roald Bjorklund is a widower who has been planning to go to America, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man--with a young son who desperately needs a mother. Ingeborg can tell Roald is interested in her, but what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make...

My Review:

This is the kind of prequel you want to read after you have read the series. I haven't read the Red River of the North series, but Snelling fans will enjoy this book. I just think that a familiarity with the Bjorklund family is needed to really appreciate Ingeborg's story.

An Untamed Heart sets the stage for Nils and Ingeborg's love story to begin in America in the first novel so my romantical heart was left somewhat deflated since their romance wasn't fully developed. I think I'll have to get my hands on An Untamed Land to continue their story.

I loved the day to day details of life on a summer farm in Norway. It reminded me of Laura Ingalls Wilder's descriptions of farm life on the prairies. This book has that same kind of feel -- the mixture of joy and hard work and family. Definitely an interesting and captivating read about a strong willed woman who dares to dream.

Giveaway Opportunity:

If you would like an opportunity to win a copy of An Untamed Heart please leave a comment below or email me at kavluvstoreadATyahooDOTca. If you post a comment and add your email address, please use AT and DOT instead of @ and . in the address to protect yourself from spammers. If you enter the draw via email please remember to put the title in the subject line so that it's easy for me to spot your entry. Draw will be held and winner announced on Sunday October 27 2013. Offer open to international readers. Good luck!

"Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc. Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group".


  1. I loved the Red River of the North series, so I am really looking forward to reading this prequel.


    1. Patty, you are going to love this one then. Good luck!

  2. It sounds like a great book
    God bless you

  3. I have heard so much about this book I would love to win!

    1. Your name is in the hat, Michelle. Good luck!

  4. Sounds like a good book that will make us all want to read the others first. Love to win this one ...rrwalter34ATgmailDOTcom

  5. thanks for the chance to read this novel, kav

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  6. This sounds like a good book that I would enjoy reading! Thanks for the opportunity to throw my name in the drawing. God's Blessings to you!


  7. We have the "Red River of the North" Series in the church library. I would love to win the prequel to add to it.
    Thanks for the giveaway.
    Janet E.

    1. Sounds like you have a well stocked church library, Janet. Good luck!

  8. I would enjoy anything that has to do with the town of Blessing residents.

  9. I love Lauraine Snelling's books. She's an awesome author. I've read great reviews on this book. Would love to win it. Thank you for the chance of this giveaway and please enter my name.
    Barbara Thompson

    1. Then this is definitely the book for you, Barbara. Good luck!

  10. I LOVED the Red River of the North series. They were some of the first Christian Inspiration books I had ever read!

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