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

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

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by Lauraine Snelling

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She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would not look back.

After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them


She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would not look back.

After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. Together with Roald's brother Carl and his family, they will build a good life in a new land that promises untold wealth and vast farmsteads for their children.

As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, they soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants bilked of all their money and forced to live in squalid living conditions, the Bjorklunds continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River. But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they 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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Bethany House Publishers
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Red River of the North Series , #1
Product dimensions:
5.58(w) x 8.36(h) x 0.98(d)

Meet the Author

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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Untamed Land 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 153 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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. AD
Guest More than 1 year ago
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!
Robin24 More than 1 year ago
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!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved the story. Very real.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome series....always looking forward to the continuing story
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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 !!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thankfully it was free
NJG More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good story. Loved the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not wait for book to end
BookwormMama14 More than 1 year ago
Life is too short to read books I don't like. This is a book that I got for free from Barnes &amp; 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
CherishD More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the story...I don't think I'd last one winter like they did, but it was encouraging how their faith and trust in God sustained them. Made me feel guilty somewhat for not appreciating enough what we've been blessed with.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The author really brings the story alive and you can imagine all the things the characters had to do in order to survive in the Dakota territory.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Nice but kindu sad
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
But I'll start with this. It isn't the easiest book to read. Lots of hard work, lots of heartache. If you are from the Upper Midwest and have Norwegian heritage as I do, this book is awesome. My dad was 100% Norwegian. I enjoyed the authenticity of Norwegian foods and heritage in this book. My grandfather was a skilled carpenter. On my mom's side we have good Gernan farmers. Someone who does not have these types of people in their family background may easily think that these families are, well, as cold as the blizzards encountered. Don't mistake stoicism for a lack of love. Excellent read if you know how these people think. Hard to get through if you don't.