AN UNTAMED HEART
A wonderful prequel to the Red River of the North series with carefully thought-out characters, An Untamed Heart is the long-awaited story of Ingeborg Strand before she came to America and the decisions that change the course of her future. The historical details of 1800s Norway are vivid without being overbearing. Snelling brings to life Ingeborg in her 20s and answers many questions for readers.
Ingeborg has had a number of suitors. Though she could not see herself spending the rest of her life with those men, she is determined not to be a maiden for long. She meets a man from Oslo who is attending university and a friendship blooms. But when an accident occurs, Ingeborg’s future looks bleak. Roald Bjorklund, a widower, wants to travel to America to get his piece of free land, and his young son needs a woman to care for him. Roald could be the answer to Ingeborg’s uncertain future if she can work up enough courage to leave everything dear to her behind. (BETHANY HOUSE, Oct., 352 pp., $19.99)