1. An Untamed Heart: The Prequel
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    An Untamed Heart: The Prequel
    Lauraine Snelling
    Bethany House / 2013 / Trade Paperback
    $12.99 Retail: $15.00 Save 13% ($2.01)
    4.5 Stars Out Of 5 15 Reviews
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  1. wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Ingeborg's story starts here, I loved this book
    October 20, 2013
    wfnren
    St Cloud, FL
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Ingeborg Strand loves the summer when several members of her family spend time at the Strand seter. It is a very busy time for them but they have a lot of fun and the best part is being away from her mother. Ingeborg loves her mother but she is constantly being criticized and feels like her mother doesn't like her. It is so peaceful at the seter, except this year. When a stranger, Nils Aarvidson, is found almost dead by the river, Ingeborg being the oldest has to figure out a way to get him up the hill and to their cabin so she can try to save him. She doesn't plan on falling in love and when he returns to his family in Oslo, Nowray she feels in her heart that she'll never hear or see him again. Then she receives a couple of letters from Nils saying he's coming to visit after Christmas, he hasn't forgotten her after all.

    I have read all of Lauraine's books, and there are many, about Ingeborg Bojorklund living in the Dakota Territory as well as two of her other series, I love her books. I enthusiastically picked up this book to read and was not disappointed. I thoroughly enjoyed finding out about Ingeborg's life as a younger woman, how she learned to be such a strong woman and why she would go into her deep dark places in her mind. There will be three more books in this new series and, yes, I'm already anxious for them to be published so I can read them. I don't know any of the titles yet but will be watching for them.

    If you have not read any of Lauraine's books I do encourage you to read them. I would not pass any of them up. Thank you Lauraine Snelling
  2. Moriah
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    October 19, 2013
    Moriah
    Maine
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Having previously read and LOVED Lauraine Snelling's Red River and Blessing books, I was SO excited to get this book.

    The first half of the book seemed almost choppy and was hard to get into, but the second half was excellent and made up for the first half. Having read all the other books in the series, I really liked having the chance to read the prequel and discover the backstory to Ingeborg's decision to go to America.

    I would recommend An Untamed Heart, especially to anyone who enjoys good historical fiction or to anyone who has read the Red River of the North series and the continuing books.

    I received this book free from Bethany House Publishers in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
  3. AMKreations
    NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Is it Possible to find True Love?
    October 8, 2013
    AMKreations
    NY
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    The novel, An Untamed Heart, by Lauraine Snelling, is actually the prequel to her previous series Red River of the North.

    This story is set in the beautiful mountains of Norway. Ingeborg, the elder daughter of a local farmer, longs to follow in her mother's footsteps as a midwife. However, it seems like she is constantly at odds with her Mor. She's a hard worker, but not the typical farm girl. She has a tendency to favor tasks that are normally attributed to the menfolk. She has no desire for romance or marriage, that and the previous are seemingly irksome to her mother.

    She longs to get away for the summer months to the family seter, a little lodging in the mountains, where she joins with extended family to graze their sheep and cows during the summer months, working to make cheese and spin wool. As the eldest, she is put in charge of her younger siblings and cousins, who will work together until the end of the summer to help their family farms.

    In an unexpected turn of events, they find a wounded hiker, near death in a ravine. They are able to rescue him and take him back to the seter. Ingeborg's training with medicine and previous experiences enable her to nurse the wounded man from death's door, back into good health. They learn more about this man, Nils, and his life. Ingeborg begins to find she has feelings for him, which he reciprocates. However, their families are from totally different walks of life and it's unlikely that their love will win out against the odds. The story is full of twists, turns, a tragedy, and a possible solution. It definitely leaves you wondering what will come next.

    While I struggled not to butcher the names of characters, as well as wondering whether they were male or female initially, the book was good. Lauraine Snelling worked very diligently to develop the characters and backdrop for this book, which I appreciated. It definitely makes me want to visit the local library to find out what happens next.

    I received a free copy of this book to review for Bethany House Publishers. All thoughts contained in this review are my own.
  4. Laura
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Amazing prequel to the Red River of the North!!
    September 29, 2013
    Laura
    Louisiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    In "An Untamed Heart" by Lauraine Snelling we are taken back to 1878 Norway before Ingeborg Bjorklund immigrated to America. The story opens up with twenty year old Ingeborg Strand wondering what her future holds and wondering if she will ever marry. When she and her siblings and cousins to go stay in the mountains for the summer they find an injured hiker, Nils, and nurse him back to health. As the summer goes on Ingeborg and Nils grow closer. She knows that she has fallen in love with but she also knows that since he comes from a wealthy family nothing can ever come of it. As they depart at the end of summer he tells her he loves her and will come visit. When a tragic accident takes his life Ingeborg knows that she will never love again. Then she meets Roald Bjorklund. Roald has recently lost his wife and needs a new wife to help take care of his four year old son in America and he has chosen Ingeborg. She must find it in her heart and trust in God that marrying Roald is the right thing to do.

    This was an amazing prequel to the Red River of the North series. I have loved the Blessing, North Dakota books that have followed the Bjorklund family and have wondered what life was life in Norway before they came to America. If you are a fan of the Blessing books you will not be disappointed in this one. I received a complimentary copy of this book to review from Bethany House Publishers.
  5. jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    An Untamed Heart
    September 5, 2013
    jenilee220
    Ohio
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 3
    Well, to be honest, I had trouble getting into this book. It was very wordy and almost too slow for my reading taste.

    The story was good and the idea for the book compelling but I felt like it took a long time to reach the point where the main characters met and began interacting together.

    I realize that for those who like a long story, full of detail and descriptions, this would be a great read. Lauraine Snelling is a great author and her books reflect study and heartfelt stories. Don't let my review keep you from reading her work. This book just was difficult for me to connect with and dig in to.
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