An Untamed Heart by Lauraine Snelling: A Review

An untamed HeartTouted as the “Long awaited prequel to the Red River of The North Series,” An Untamed Heart may tweak the interest of Snelling fans, but doesn’t really work as a stand-alone story.  You can’t fill three quarters of the book with one love story, kill off one of those main characters, and then expect your readers to even care about what happens between Roald and Ingeborg. In retrospect the jacket cover blurb should have clued me in: Most of what happens in the book is summarized in the first sentence. 

I remember loving Snelling’s Red River of the North series, while this book is full of details that in the end, just don’t amount to a cohesive story. It’s not so much terrible, as just sort of boring. Snelling is obviously still a skilled writer, but it’s difficult for any author to go back and rewrite history.  I had to work to get through this novel and the back story did little to add to my memory of Snelling’s amazing Red River of the North series. I’d recommend you stick to her classics.


The Long-Awaited Prequel to the Red River of the North Series

Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. It’s not that she’s lacked suitors, but now she no longer can have the one she loved.

With the future looking bleak, her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?

Roald Bjorklund is a widower who has been planning to go to America, lured by the promise of free land. He’s a good man, a hard-working man–with a young son who desperately needs a mother. Ingeborg can tell Roald is interested in her, but what about love? This isn’t how she’s always imagined it.

Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make…

“Book has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.
Available at your favourite bookseller from Bethany House, a division of Baker Publishing Group”.

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