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An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Series #1)

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25 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

Welcome to Amerika and the Dakota Territory!

This is the first book in a wonderful series about life in the Dakota Territory prior to statehood. The author draws you into the characters that you feel like you are coming to Amerika for the first time. I also enjoyed learning about the Norwegian customs that these t...
This is the first book in a wonderful series about life in the Dakota Territory prior to statehood. The author draws you into the characters that you feel like you are coming to Amerika for the first time. I also enjoyed learning about the Norwegian customs that these two families brought to this young country. Then traveling west, it is like having a front row seat to all the action, frustration and celebrations that arise with life. I grew up reading the Little House books but now I have found an adult version of the Little House books. This book is Christian fiction so the character's trust in God and their faith in God are tested by the trials they face in this new country. After reading this book, I could hardly wait to continue with the sequels. One of my favorite parts in this book is when Ingeborg tries to find a market stand to pay for an apple her son is accused of stealing. She cannot speak English and soon becomes lost in New York City. She meets a wonderful man who befriends her in her time of trouble. She refers to him as her 'city angel.' After this incident the family realizes the need to learn to speak English in Amerika. They soon head west and find wonderful land in the Red River valley. The author describes the land so well that I want to visit North Dakota someday (but not during a blizzard). If you are looking for a new series to read, I highly recommend the Red River of the North series by Lauraine Snelling. The sequels are even better than this first book. I want to go live in this community and meet these wonderful people and then I have to remember they are fiction. That is the talent that Lauraine Snelling breathes into these characters. They seem real.

posted by Anonymous on January 2, 2001

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12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

NOT ALL OF HER SERIES ON NOOK!

I would like to see a complete series of L.Snellings just once! They give you one or two but not the complete series this really bothers me.Please print all of them or NONE !!!!

posted by Jilldn on August 31, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2011

    NOT ALL OF HER SERIES ON NOOK!

    I would like to see a complete series of L.Snellings just once! They give you one or two but not the complete series this really bothers me.Please print all of them or NONE !!!!

    12 out of 19 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    so sad not heartwarming at all

    one wife dies all husbands die most kids die why write such a sad story and could you write something beside coffee.. making coffee.. drinking coffee.. buy more coffee the word coffee takes up half the book.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2015

    Boring

    Could not wait for book to end

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  • Posted October 19, 2014

    Life is too short to read books I don't like. This is a book tha

    Life is too short to read books I don't like. This is a book that I got for free from Barnes & Noble and didn't even make it half way through. I was going to try and push through, but every time I went to read it, I got a feeling of dread in my bones. So, I decided that I would put it down and read something else. There are too many good books out there to spend time on one that does not interest me, and causes me mental strife.

    **Spoilers**

    The Bjorklunds are a Norwegian family and have been dreaming of life in America for years now. And the time has come to make those dreams a reality. The prologue begins in 1877 with the family discussing plans to start saving and send two of their sons and their families to America. When Chapter One begins, it is a different year which is not mentioned, and I was extremely confused. In the prologue Roald's wife's name is Anna, and then all of a sudden it's Chapter One and Ingeborg is introduced. I had to flip back and forth a few times trying to make sense of everything. It turns out that Anna died and Roald remarried a few years later to Ingeborg. However, my main reason for disliking this book is Roald. He treats his wife with contempt and obviously withholds any affections he has towards her. I get a bad taste in my mouth every time I think about the way Roald treats Ingeborg. I understand a lot of it is cultural and the era. But I do not enjoy it. He rules his house with an iron fist. Ingeborg is afraid to even let a sigh out accidentally for fear of her husband.

    I read a couple other reviews and found that the book does not have a happy ending. This was one of the determaning factors I used when I decided to set it down. I did not want to push through a book I did not enjoy to have it leaving me feeling miserable. I may pick this back up in the future, but it is being shelved for now. I have not given up on Lauraine Snelling either. This was the first book I have read by her and am interested to see what other books she writes.

    Bethany House Publishers

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