An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling


An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling



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

I didn’t read the  Red River of the North series, so I didn’t know anything about the Bjorklunds family, and it took me a while to get into the book, because I was sorta confused. After I read more into the story, I started enjoying it more. But then since this is the prequel, I would really like to get the rest of the series and read them! Ingeborg and Nils fall in love, but since their families are so different, nothing will probably ever come of their relationship. When tragedy comes, she has some difficult decision to make. There are a lot emotions weaved into this story, making it more intense and enjoyable!

The characters were solid, and believable, and I enjoyed getting to know them as I read the book. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series now, to see what happens with the Bjorklunds family members. I enjoyed the setting because I haven’t read a lot of books of historical Norway, and it was interesting to read about the lifestyles in the 1800’s

Overall, I enjoyed An Untamed Heart enough to be reading this series. Maybe this will bring these books around since they were written in the 1990’s!

I received this book from the publisher and
NetGalley to read and review.  I was not
required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR,
Part 55.



The Author

About the Author

Lauraine Snelling is the award-winning author of over 60 books, fiction and nonfiction, for adults and young adults. Her books have sold over 2 million copies. Besides writing books and articles, she teaches at writers’ conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California. Learn more at

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