This book, first in the Return to Red River series, is really a continuation of the Red River of the North series. Readers may initially feel overwhelmed by so many characters, foreign names and phrases, etc.

Thorliff Bjorklund has his heart set on leaving the family farm to pursue college and a writing career. A recent sale of a story to Harpers Magazine is all the encouragement he needs. His father, however, refuses to let him go, plus Thorliffs heart is torn with feelings for Anji Baard. When he is accepted to college, his mother tells him to accept.

Ms. Snelling has created a memorable cast with good imagery of the era. One may even grow weary after following the characters for a day, given all the chores they accomplish! The disappointing factor is the end, which does not leave room for more books in the series. (Oct., 304 pp., $15.99)

Reviewed by: 
Bev Huston