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An Untamed Heart (Red River of the North 0)

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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 f
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Paperback, 348 pages
Published October 1st 2013 by Bethany House Publishers (first published September 4th 2013)
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Kristin
I’ve really liked other works by this author and I wanted to like this book because the cover is absolutely stunning.

Unfortunately, my expectations really fell short. I've actually put off writing this review because I was hoping that maybe I would come to view it differently.

I’m kind of disappointed in how this one worked out. I just wasn’t expecting to dislike this book so much and I don’t think I’ll read the rest of the series.

The everyday chores and tasks took up so much of the book that I
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Bethany
Oct 08, 2013 Bethany rated it liked it
Ingeborg Strand is not the kind of young lady that falls for every handsome face and smooth tongue. But when she does fall in love she falls hard, on a handsome university student from Oslo. This is more than she had ever hoped for, to be truly "in love".
But when an untimely accident claims his life she begins to despair. Is God really in all of this? Is there really a purpose for everything she has been through?
It all seems too cruel when a widower with a young son asks her to go along with h
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Chelsea
Oct 31, 2014 Chelsea rated it liked it
I loved the thought of this story: How a girl falls in love, but an accident happens and she loses her love, and then she must make a decision of whether or not to marry another man who she doesn't love. All of that really fascinated me. I really liked how the siblings and friends helped each other out, reminds me of my family. But when I read the story I couldn't get into the story, then it took till the middle of the book to get to the story line, and the end felt rushed. With this, I still in ...more
Beth Erin
Aug 03, 2015 Beth Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, blogged
See my full review http://www.faithfullybookish.com/revi...

Great book and great series!
Hope
Oct 10, 2013 Hope rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness how long I have waited for this book! I was so excited to get an ARC copy of this from Bethany House Publishers!!! Had I not been in the middle of the very last book in another Christian series I would have dropped everything to read it immediately, the wait was excruciating! :-D

Oh but the wait was worth it! As a long time lover of Lauraine Snelling's Red River series I was so tickled to think she would go back to the very beginning and write Ingebo
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Maria
Oct 30, 2013 Maria rated it it was amazing
An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling is the prequel to the Red River of the North series. I absolutely loved all the books about Ingeborg's family so I was super excited to read it. But I was also kinda leery. Would it be interesting even though I knew the outcome? Would it lack the same flavor as the other books in the series? As soon as I started reading it, all my doubts vanished. Even though the ending was inevitable, there was so many new things I learned about Ingeborg and her family. I e ...more
Jalynn Patterson
Oct 15, 2013 Jalynn Patterson rated it it was amazing
About the Book:

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
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Marianne
Oct 13, 2013 Marianne rated it it was amazing
UFF-DA but I love Ingeborg! And to join her on her beloved mountain during the summer, with her dearest friend, cousin Gunlaug is to come home again. I have read all of Lauraine's novels, and each one is as special as the one before. This one tells the story of Ingebord in her homeland of Norway, of her home life and her loves! As always, I feel like I am walking side by side with her, seeing her lovely mountain, spinning wool and shearing sheep, and interacting with her siblings and cousins.
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Sonya
Lauraine Snelling researches thoroughly the aspects that she presents. I enjoyed the development of the plot, setting and historical time frame.

I had trouble keeping track of the people. I don't know she could do it better, with the big families intermingling, with cousins, siblings and second cousins...but I couldn't keep them apart, except for the one main character.
Part of it was the names---which were authentic, but hard for me to remember.

Sometimes I lost the plot with all the details of t
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Kristine Morgan
Oct 13, 2013 Kristine Morgan rated it it was amazing
Finally we discover what has made Ingeborg Bjorkland the woman that she is in Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North Series. This book details Ingeborg's last year in Norway and tells how she ended up married to Roald Bjorkland and Thorliff's mother. I really enjoyed the plot and would recommend this book to everyone that loves The red River of the north series.
Art
Dec 08, 2013 Art rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed it. I like Lauraine Snelling's style of writing and I enjoy reading about folks coming from the old world and to the New World.
My Wife's Mothers side of the Family came from this part of the world to the Dakota's roughly same time as Ingeborg Strand/Bjorklund.

I grew up on the farm and miss some of the work that went with it. Along w/being outside.
Judy Evenson
Oct 20, 2013 Judy Evenson rated it really liked it
Set in Norway in the late 1800's, it a simple story of simple people living a simply lifestyle (hard yes, but simple) and an unfailing trust in God. A good story and an easy read of times gone by.
Kelly
May 05, 2017 Kelly rated it it was amazing
I am so glad the author wrote this book. This one was written quite a long time after the other books in the series. It fills in the blanks and answers the questions that I found while reading the original first book. I have come to really admire Ingeborg, her steadfast faith in God even when she questioned him, her wisdom and knowledge of how to handle every situation, and finally how gracious she was to accept a very difficult challenge. Praise God. I think there are 16 more books to read. Alt ...more
Maruschka
Jun 19, 2017 Maruschka rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book because the main character, Ingeborg, is a strong, opinionated lady who loves learning and nature. Unfortunately though, the majority of this prequel to the great series focuses on all of the farm chores so much that I was longing for some major action or strife. I couldn't handle repeated descriptions of cheese making in almost every chapter!
Marcia
Jun 03, 2017 Marcia rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. This is my first Lauraine Snelling, but definitely not my last. This story is like a breath of fresh air. I loved the caring the characters showed to one another. I appreciated the strong work ethic described, as well as the respect shown throughout the book. I'm off now to buy the next one in the series. Thank you, Mrs. Snelling for blessing us with Ingeborg's story.
Janet
Jun 04, 2017 Janet rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the family life and the unexpected ending. This book was interesting because I like to read about life back then. However, there were a few German terms that I was not familiar with, slang terms also.
Debi Helgren
Jun 03, 2017 Debi Helgren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice!!

I enjoyed reading of the ways of the Strand families. My ancestors came from that area of Norway. This could have been a stand-alone novel, until the last chapter, when the tie into the rest of the story becomes obvious.
SJ Garrison
May 05, 2017 SJ Garrison rated it it was amazing
Loved this story. It tells of the pre story before the first of the Norwegian family Bjordlond comes to America. Very heartwarming. Again you will laugh, you will cry and through it all there is God and faith. Highly recommend.
Johazel Ehnes
Feb 11, 2017 Johazel Ehnes rated it it was amazing
Lauraine Snelling is an awesome author. I like the way she keeps the interest throughout the book. Well written.
Dan Keller
May 04, 2017 Dan Keller rated it it was amazing
GREAT
Sverre
Having read the Red River of the North series, I was looking forward to this prequel. Maybe my anticipation was too high. I found most of this book to be bland and tiresome, perhaps a forced effort, and an unnecessary addition to the series to keep the money rolling in. This book is about mainly two subjects: how to operate a seter and the budding relationship between the character Nils Aarvidson from ‘Oslo’ and Ingeborg from Valdres. The first subject may not catch everyone’s fascination; provi ...more
Hope
Oct 10, 2013 Hope rated it it was amazing
Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness! Oh my goodness how long I have waited for this book! I was so excited to get an ARC copy of this from Bethany House Publishers!!! Had I not been in the middle of the very last book in another Christian series I would have dropped everything to read it immediately, the wait was excruciating! :-D

Oh but the wait was worth it! As a long time lover of Lauraine Snelling's Red River series I was so tickled to think she would go back to the very beginning and write Ingebo
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Peggy
Feb 24, 2017 Peggy added it
Hard to get into this book, but after I did, I loved it. Ms. Snelling has a was of just "drawing" you into the book. Now I am going to go and get the series that goes with this. "Red River of the North." Can't wait to find out what happens next to Ingeborg.
Erin
Feb 13, 2014 Erin rated it liked it
I have a guilty pleasure. It's kind of embarrassing. I've shared it before and I'm sharing it again. Christian Prairie Romance. Yep, you can laugh. It's okay. A few years ago I found a series that I fell in love with. Red River of the North, by Lauraine Snelling. Have you read it? I love how strong and resourceful the women are. I almost feel like you could keep some of these books as a reference for when times get hard. ;)
In all honesty, the characters became very real to me and I thoroughly en
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Carol
May 03, 2016 Carol rated it it was amazing
I read the "Red River" series by this author, this book is the prequel, although it was published after the other series.

This book starts in Valdres, Norway in 1878. Ingeborg Strand & her cousin, Gunlaug, were laughing together, they were closer than sisters! They had decided that Per Tollefson wasn't rotten, but he couldn't hold a conversation! Ingeborg's mor called her & Gunlaug, her voice sounding somewhat disgusted. She left her Mor know that they were picking dandelion leaves, the f
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HanneC
Feb 20, 2017 HanneC rated it liked it
Too much sex for my tastes.
Melinda
Dec 02, 2013 Melinda rated it liked it
Review originally posted on my blog at westmetromommy.blogspot.com
3.0 Stars


I absolutely adore Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North Series (think, Little House on the Prairie for adults) and, when I found this prequel, I ordered it and it jumped to the top of my TBR pile.

There are a number of things in this book that I enjoyed. Snelling spends a great deal of time talking about life in 19th century Norway and a great deal of this takes place at the family's seter (the mountain pasture...I w
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Virginia Campbell
"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 wo ...more
Teresa
Dec 22, 2016 Teresa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Having read the Red River of the North series, this prequel does justice to the story and allows the reader to understand how Ingeborg not only came to America, but how she became the wife of a widower and step mother to a young boy. The story also gives insight to how Ingeborg became the strong, resilient woman she is portrayed to be in the later series. Now readers can read, in chronological order, Ingeborg's story from the beginning.
Paula-O
Oct 07, 2013 Paula-O rated it it was amazing
An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling


This book was a prequel to the Red River of the North series that I had read before and knew I wanted to learn more about the character of Ingeborg Strand....Lauraine took me back with ease and I loved getting to know the young girl before she came to America.
If you love reading about strong families you are going to love this story. I loved the way the whole family loved and helped one another esp when they went to the high mountains in the summers and worke
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Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over seventy books, with sales of more than 2 million copies.

She also writes for a wide range of magazines, and helps others reach their writing dreams by teaching at writers’ conferences across the country.

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