1. An Untamed Heart: The Prequel
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    An Untamed Heart: The Prequel
    Lauraine Snelling
    Bethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback
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    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 15 Reviews
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  1. Nola Deeks
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    November 1, 2013
    Nola Deeks
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    I loved this book and it got me rereading the whole series. Can't go wrong with this book.
  2. Maria
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Wonderful prequel
    October 30, 2013
    Maria
    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 enjoyed it so much. As always I am left wondering how in the world she can pull off writing so realistically without leaving you bored or wanting to skip it all. Nothing is ever boring with her stories. I wish I knew her secret! haha What a great story filled with love and heartbreak, sadness and joy, suffering and everlasting love in Jesus no matter the outcome.

    Ingeborg Strand is still single at twenty. Her mother keeps pushing her to find someone, but all she really wants to do is become a midwife. As spring comes over the valley, Ingeborg is thrilled because that means one very important thing - she gets to go up the mountain for the summer! Living at the summer house is filled with all the things she loves to do. Plus, it gets her away from her overly critical mother.

    Nils Aarvidson is an university student in Oslo. He is expected to follow in his father's footsteps and run the family business. His dad is disappointed in his half-hearted efforts at school and wants him to work with him when school is out. But then Nils gets in an accident leaving him very sick and weak. Once he is better, his father allows him to journey to the mountains, but Nils misjudges the severity of his health and falls off the mountain onto a ledge.

    Ingeborg, her siblings, and cousins rescue Nils and restore him back to good health. While there, Ingeborg and Nils fall in love. There future seems bleak since she is a mere farmer's daughter and Nils is a rich business owner, but Nils is sure they can make it work out. Ingeborg's parents are sure Nils will break her heart and try to discourage her from having any hope.

    I loved this book. Maybe this story will get even more people to read the Red River books! It's one of my all time favorite series. Please, try this story out. You won't be disappointed.

    I was given this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
  3. Mossy
    Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Good book.
    October 29, 2013
    Mossy
    Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    An Untamed Heart is a pretty good book. I liked the main characters and the setting. Also, reading about life in the 1800s in Norway was interesting. Maybe now I will read the Red River of the North series again. The only problem with this book is that in some parts it dragged a little bit. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys historical Christian fiction.
  4. LeAnne
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling
    October 27, 2013
    LeAnne
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling is the story of Ingeborg Strand, a young woman who lived with her family on their farm in Norway. Even though the back of the book made it sound to me like the story was going to be about her while she was moving to America, the story was mostly about her life in Norway. Which I think was really nice. Ingeborg loved going to the seter every Summer. It was the family shared farm higher in the mountains they all used in the Summer. Other wise they would not have enough land for grazing all their animals and for growing the hay they need for winter. But when Ingeborg and some others young family members go up to the seter that Summer there is a life changing surprise that none of them could have guess was coming.

    It was a really nice story and I loved seeing what life was like back in Norway in 1878. And I loved how they used some words that sounded like they were from Norway in the story! Although it would have been nice if there was a glossary in the front telling you what the words in Norway meant in English. But most were simple to figure out, like Mor for Mother and Onkel for Uncle etc.

    The only thing I probable did not like was some parts did not seem to fit in to good or something. But it was not to bad and by the end of the book I had to know what happens next! And when I found out it was the prequel to the Red River Of The North series I got really excited. I think I had seen that series for sale before and thought it looked really interesting. So now that I have read this book I really want to get ahold of the others too!

    I received this book free from Bethany House for my honest review. The opinions are my own.
  5. Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    A Glimpse into Norwegian Culture in the Late 1800s
    October 22, 2013
    Janet
    Belton, TX
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If you've never read Lauraine Snelling's "Red River of the North" series, you'll want to read the newly released prequel "An Untamed Heart" first. If you have read this series—and the three series that followed it—you will love reading how it all began.

    The "Red River of the North" series begins as newly married Ingeborg migrates to America with her new family. "An Untamed Heart" tells readers about Ingeborg's life in Norway before that big move.

    Personally, I loved reading about life in Norway, for both the middle and upper-class, near the end of the 1800's. Most of the story was set at Ingeborg's family's seter. I felt like I was reading "Little House on the Prairie" set in Norway. I also thought that my three boys would have loved to have been able to spend their summers as Ingeborg, her siblings, and her cousins did. Snelling gives her readers a beautiful glimpse into Norwegian culture at this point in time.

    She also gives more insight into some of what made Ingeborg into the beautiful person she becomes as her series, and the ones following it, develop. We see her learning unique skills and building a relationship with God. It's not just about a girl growing up and finding a spouse.

    I know I won't have to recommend this book to existing fans of the "Red River of the North." Like me, they're probably pretty excited about the book's release. If you haven't yet discovered this series, though, I recommend you start with "An Untamed Heart."

    Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.
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