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An Untamed Land by Lauraine Snelling
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Feb 04, 08

Read in February, 2008

A few weeks ago I was helping a customer find some Christian historical fiction (my favorites!--especially frontier and pioneer life). As we looked down the list of authors I noticed Snelling. I had not yet tried any by that author (probably because I associated her with the juvenile horse books).

I decided to try the Red River series and was very pleased with the quality of the writing. Note these characteristics of good historical fiction, which I found in The Untamed Land:
1. A strong sense of time (even to the date)
2. A strong sense of place (Red River of the North, and an area the author is familiar with)
3. Accurate details of daily life (extremely well researched, and the sources noted in the author's prologue).
4. Attention paid to the language of the era (Norwegian, with real words sprinkled throughout the conversion. Real-life communication difficulties described between Americans and Norwegian immigrants, Germans, and American Indians.)
5. Believable perceptions and emotional reactions for the era.
I look forward to reading more in the series!
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