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

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She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would never look back.
The promise of free land lures Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway, and after three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, they finally arrive at the docks of New York City. This new land promises a rich heritage for their children, and here they hope to build a...
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Overview

She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would never look back.
The promise of free land lures Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway, and after three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, they finally arrive at the docks of New York City. This new land promises a rich heritage for their children, and here they hope to build a good life.

After a long journey by train and then by covered wagon, the Bjorklunds finally arrive in Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River of the North. But the virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will Roald and Ingeborg be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?

Proud of their heritage and sustained by their faith, they came to tame a new land.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780764201912
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 5/1/2006
  • Series: Red River of the North Series , #1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 160,996
  • Product dimensions: 5.58 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 0.94 (d)

Meet the Author

Lauraine Snelling
LAURAINE SNELLING is the bestselling, award-winning author of over forty novels. She also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 2, 2001

    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 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.

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2012

    Wow!

    WOW!! What a read. I was left almost speechless. This is one of the best I have read in a while. I am excited to read the rest of this series. This story tells of the hardships, struggles, love, strentgh and faith of a family who seek a better life and land for generations to come. Loved it!

    CH

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2011

    The First of an EXCELLENT Series!!

    If you enjoy Christian fiction set in the 1800s, you must read this! This story of courage, bitter loss, faith, tragedy, and in its own way, adventure, is something you will want to go back and read again and again.

    The Bjorklunds journey from their beloved Nordland by route of a rough voyage across the Atlantic. Arriving healthy enough to make it into the new country is only the beginning of their problems. By God's grace, and in what seemed a long stretch of time, the Bjorklunds reach their Dakota homestead. It takes strength, determination (or just stubbornness), and faith to survive on the vast plains in the midst of harsh surroundings.

    Lauraine Snelling's realistic way with words will keep you turning the pages, anticipating the next chapter but completely delved into the words on the page you are on. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I strongly recommend you read this book for yourself; you will not regret it.

    12 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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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 !!!!

    11 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2005

    Realistic

    My husband has a rich Norwegian heritage in his family so I was very excited to read about how it was when families immigrated to America. This book is not just a 'romance' book but a pretty accurate sounding depiction of what these brave people endured. The author has a Norwegian heritage and researched this and got family stories of all the hardships encountered. I would highly recommend this for any reader!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 18, 2013

    Bethany House publication. About 500 pages

    I enjoyed this christian fiction book. Unfortuately, it is continued in the next book, so it does not have a complete conclusion. A book, which I can not find at B&N for nook. Frustrating. It is well edited and written and held my interest. In fact it was hard to put down. While there are references to God and praying, Bible verses and gentle testamonies, these were not over done and did not seem to shove religion down the reader's throat the way some Bethany House books do. I like a dab of religion in my books, but I like to pick my own thoughts on the matter, instead of being force fed religion, so this was nice. The character's were likable and the storyline beleavable. There was a lot of hardship in this book. The heroine was a strong, determined woman. This was a very enjoyable book. It would make a wonderful Hallmark movie.

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    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 21, 2012

    There were times I thought that Lauraine had a vision into my fa

    There were times I thought that Lauraine had a vision into my family - also Norwegian immigrants who settled in North Dakota. She describes their joys, pains, hopes and their dependence on their faith to help and guide them. You will fall in love with the characters! I've read 13 of her books. If there were books I would re-read, it would be hers!!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2013

    Very good.

    Story of families coming from Norway to homestead in America. Describes difficulties they faced, hard work they had to do, and life on the prairie. I would recommend this book

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    Good read

    I loved the story. Very real.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2012

    Great Read

    Awesome series....always looking forward to the continuing story

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2013

    Very good

    This is a must read....it shows the hardships that people went through when they first settled in this country. A very well written book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2013

    highly recommend

    Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    Anonymous

    Good story. Loved the characters.

    2 out of 2 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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Boring

    Thankfully it was free

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2013

    Loved it

    Great book

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 14, 2013

    Greatest book ever.....

    This has to be the greatest Christian book I have read....It really stirs your emotions...you will definitely love this book....I really want to read the rest of the series...I am determined! <3

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 12, 2014

    Highly recommend

    A delightful book to grab, relax and read. Enjoyed every page and was anxious
    to flip to the next page.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 1, 2014

    Highly Recommend

    As I started reading this book I became so completely engrossed it and could visualize how it could have been for my ancestors..and felt i was living in this era to. This was the first book I had read of Lauraine Snellings, but after reading this she became my favorite author and immediately bought the other books in this series. I would highly recommend it to anyone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2014

    Good

    I liked this better than I thought I would.

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