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An Untamed Heart

(Red River of the North 0)

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  1,397 ratings  ·  159 reviews
The Long-Awaited Prequel to the RED RIVER OF THE NORTH Series
Eighteen-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
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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
Sarah Grace Grzy
I loved this prequel to the Red River of the North series! So amazing! You find out all the backstory behind the characters of Ingeborg, Roald, and their families. 5 stars! A must read, whether you have read the Red River of the North series yet, or not.
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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 ...more
Kennedi Rose Q
Jan 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was absolutely darling! I love Ingeborg soooo much!! She’s a character with so much spit and vinegar, you just can’t NOT love her!! In this book, we meet Ingeborg and her family. This book is sweet, heart breaking, romantic, and charming! This is definitely a re-read and a must read!!

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Great book and great series!
Bria Perozzo
Jul 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful prequel to a wonderful series

I have always enjoyed Lauraine Snelling’s books. I have read almost all of her Dakota/Blessing books and it was so neat to go back to the beginning of Ingeborg’s life. Great read!
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
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 ...more
Feb 13, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jalynn Patterson
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
Jul 06, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Drawn out

I love this series, but this book, in particular, was drawn out and boring. There were sections I wish were shortened and others I wish told me more. You could get away with reading a summary of this book and not miss a thing.
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Kristine Morgan
Oct 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Sep 09, 2018 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm not really sure why I kept reading. It was slow and sad and mostly about all the work it takes to be a farmer.

I just wasn't feeling anything happy or lovey. I won't be reading any more Lauraine Snelling.
Jackie Chamblee
Sep 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I loved all the books by Laurianne Snelling. Could not put them down. Tried to read them all in order...unbelievable how they lived but some of it I wish we could go back too..
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.
Judy Evenson
Oct 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was expecting a predictable story line. It was not predictable.
Jeannell Ingram
Feb 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I'm about to travel to Norway and decided I should try to learn at least a little bit about the country before I visit. I ordered several books with the subject "NORWAY" from my local library and this was the first to arrive. I had not heard of the author nor read any of her previous works so I had no bias, but I took an instant liking to the cover. (I'm a HEIDI fan and it is similar.) When I finished with the book I was trying to decide to give it 5 or 4 stars and I decided to go with 5 because ...more
Ashton Noel

This was a book recommended to me by a family member, otherwise I probably wouldn't have read this.

Ingeborg is living in 1850's Norway on a farm with her family. This tells about her summer in the mountains taking care of the sheep, milking the cows and making cheese which her family sells, churning butter and trying to feed all of her brother and sisters and cousins. She desires to become a midwife and has some medical knowledge taught to her by her mother. When Nils, a man passing through
Stephanie Hanes
Mar 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed a peak into Ingeborg's past and how she came to be Roald's wife, but I felt like the last few chapters were hurried compared to the rest of the novel. Perhaps that's how it was intended though as her decision to take on the roll of wife and mom to a widow and his son had to be fast. I became more endeared to Roald's character in seeing the picture of him as Anna's beloved husband and knowing the hardships he endured to become the stern father we saw in An Untamed Land. I feel like I ...more
May 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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. ...more
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read the entire Red River/ Blessing series and absolutely fell in love with Lauraine Snelling's writing. It was nice to go back and read the prequel which in a way sets up her next series, 'Under the Northern Skies' by introducing new characters who are related to Ingeborg’s cousin cousin who still lives in Norway. It was interesting to see the life Ingeborg lived in the old country before coming to America. It reaffirmed the strength of this family matriarch as well as her faith in God. ...more
Dorothy Beer
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An Untamed heart

Slow,reading at first. Too detailed information with language adaptation. Took awhile to become interesting Truly amazing how children so young could be so responsible and accomplish so much. Nils was fortunate the children found him and managed to rescue him from such a precArious situation. Coming from a wealthy family, he was amazed at the family accomplished. It changed his whole outlook on life. Unfortunately they didn't get the happy ending. Still give it 4 stars

Jane S.
Oct 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This awesome good took me on a journey thru Norway from homes of large industrial ways of
Making a living and social circles that only
The elite live. This
Father and mother insist to push their
Children to follow their way of life. Some
Do not wish to do so.
Then we find a Christian family who truly lived the Christian way.Helping friends and family work in the Spring and Summer to
Prepare for the winter coming. They lives are
so different. A very great book for me to enjoy.
Dec 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Unable to put down. I wasn’t aware that this book was a prequel even though I had read Untamed Land first! I loved Ingeborg from the very first time I met her in Untamed Land and thought this was a continuation of her life in America. WRONG. I learned to truly understand her inner character/strength here and admire her even more. Being and having a Nurse’s heart, I hope that the following books in the series allow Ingeborg to pursue her dream to be a Midwife! (My dream for her.)
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Award-winning and bestselling author Lauraine Snelling has over 80 books published with sales of over 4.5 million. Her original dream was to write horse books for children. Today, she writes adult novels about real issues centered on forgiveness, loss, domestic violence and cancer in her inspirational contemporary women’s fiction titles and historical series, including the favorite, Blessing books ...more

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Red River of the North (7 books)
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  • The Reapers Song (Red River of the North, #4)
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“Ingeborg lifted her face to the sun, eyes closed, listening to the sounds of the lake—wavelets lapping the shore, birds singing and two jays scolding above them, the wind sharing secrets with the crags, and children laughing and shouting. The mountain music filled Ingeborg with such joy, it leaked out her eyes and down her cheeks.” 0 likes
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