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An Untamed Land (Red River of the North Book #1) [Kindle Edition]

Lauraine Snelling
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Proud of Their Heritage and Sustained by Their Faith, They Came to Tame a New Land

She had promised herself that once they left the fjords of Norway, she would not look back. After three long years of scrimping and saving to buy tickets for their passage to America, Roald and Ingeborg Bjorklund, along with their son, Thorliff, finally arrive at the docks of New York City. It was the promise of free land that fed their dream and lured them from their beloved home high above the fjords of Norway in 1880. Together with Roald's brother Carl and his family, they will build a good life in a new land that promises untold wealth and vast farmsteads for their children. As they join the throngs of countless immigrants passing through Castle Garden, they soon discover that nothing is as they had envisioned it. Appalled by the horrid stories of fellow immigrants bilked of all their money and forced to live in squalid living conditions, the Bjorklunds continue their long journey by train as far as Grand Forks. From there a covered wagon takes them into Dakota Territory, where they settle on the banks of the Red River. But there was no way for them to foresee the price they will have to pay to wrest a living from the indomitable land. The virgin prairie refuses to yield its treasure without a struggle. Will they be strong enough to overcome the hardships of that first winter?


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About the Author

Lairaine Snelling is the bestselling, award winning author of over forty novels. She also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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  • File Size: 4912 KB
  • Print Length: 353 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers; Repack edition (May 1, 2006)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005UEXG6G
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50 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous Christian frontier literature January 10, 2000
Format:Paperback
The grueling life of this Norwegian pioneer family made me so thankful for all the blessings in my modern life. They had so few material possessions, worked so hard, endured such hardships, but yet maintained their faith in God, the most important possession anyone can have. I've read all of the books of this series, but this one stands out above them all.
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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically Realistic October 15, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book was almost too real. The Christian characters were far from perfect and very believeable. It offered true insight into the hardships of settling a new land in the 1800's, much more than Little House on the Prairie, in that you could see and feel the struggle and sacrifices in their life. It was riveting and I can't wait to read the next one.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Enjoyable October 23, 1999
Format:Paperback
"An Untamed Land" was VERY enjoyable. It was exactly the way it was. I am sure because of the stories I've heard from my mother and her many relatives who grew up as Norwegian North Dakota farmers. Uff-da, the characters even speak Norwegian occasionally. Anyone from this heritage will get tears in their eyes and a lot of joy.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book is meant for the serious reader! December 26, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I read this book almost two years ago, but I still remember how much it captured my attention. I think what made the book so interesting is the fact that it didn't create a phony atmosphere. Everything was so real and their problems were so crushing that I think I better understood what a hard life many immigrants went through. I appretiate the spiritual side of the book too. I think it's a great witness when writers use Jesus Christ as a key player in their character's lives. I have also read the next two books in the series and am looking forward to the third. I have a lot more to say of the book, but I'll leave it at this; it's a great book for people interested in history and in love with great reading!
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic, thrilling and breath taking! September 14, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was a great book for people interested in romance, history, immigrants/emmigrants, life on the prairie, and raising a family in the 1800's. It was terrific and I look forward to finishing the series! You should too!
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An immigrant saga begins with some stutter steps June 21, 2011
Format:Paperback
In 1999 I bought this book for my Norwegian mother who later passed it on to my Asian wife. They both loved the book. I have continued to buy later books in the Snelling's Norwegian immigrant series as gifts to this day (April 2010) which now comprises sixteen books, plus four ancillary works in the same genre (the Dakotah Treasures series). I started reading An Untamed Land myself in 2008 and I am now starting on my eleventh "Bjorklund" book.

Reviwers would categorize these books as Christian chick lit, so what is a man doing reading them? It started with curiosity because of the Norwegian connection, in addition to my interest in European 19th century immigration to North America. In this world of much pessimism, violence, cynicism, family disconnection, Hollywood hype and disbelief in the Divine I thought it might be worthwhile to spend some time with positive, character-building, and inspirational, family oriented literature. Lauraine Snelling knows how to write books infused with elevated human values and the emotions that accompany doubts, trials, depression and tragedies as well as joys and celebrations.

I must say that I was quite disappointed by this first books lack of genealogical research and historical integrity. I can't understand how Snelling could venture into this project without getting information verified by Norwegians. Since I found myself editorializing as I was reading this spoiled some of my reading pleasure and it became a sufficient irritation for me so I began to mark the book whenever I met with these distractions. Here are some examples (apply also to the second volume, A New Day Rising):

The worst errors concern personal names, first names as well as last, many of which are improvised and inauthentic.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definately on my top ten list!!! March 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
'An untamed land' was one of the best books I have ever read. I would strongly recommend this book to everyone who enjoys good, quality historical fiction. Mrs. Snelling definately has a gift for writing. I have just finished the sequel, 'A new day rising', and I can't wait to read 'A land to call home'. I love the way Mrs. Snelling incorporates the Lord into her books. So many Christian authors today don't bother to write about Jesus Christ,it's refreshing to read a book that centers around Him! Mrs. Snelling, all I can say is, please write more!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Guaranteed you'll Love It!!!!!!!!!!! July 21, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
This book is really a tear jerker!!!! I won't give it away but you can feel all the hardships that Kaaran and Ingeborg go through as the make their way towards their promised land. I would just like to know, When is there going to be a movie?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars The strength of immigrants.
A great description of the life of immigrants and their struggle to tame a wild frontier. A champion of Inge!
Published 23 hours ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book - series.
I have enjoyed this entire series and look for to reading the Return to Red River series.
Published 1 day ago by Margrette Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars Vivid portrayal
The writing is a bit stilted, but overall it is a vivid and realistic story of the northern frontier of America. The characters have depth and vigor and differing personalities. Read more
Published 3 days ago by cori
5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT STORY
VERY INTERESTING AND AM LOOKING FORWARD TO READING THE OTHER BOOKS IN THE SERIES. I WILL WANT TO READ MORE OF HER BOOKS AS TIME GOES BY.
Published 3 days ago by Jean Wolfe
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I DON'T READ WESTERNS WRITTEN BY WOMEN.
Published 4 days ago by XXX
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Excellent read!!!
Published 5 days ago by m.i.s
4.0 out of 5 stars An Untamed Land
This was a good book . I plan to read the rest of the series.
The way the author put into words how rough it could be to start your own farm land & the loss they encountered .
Published 5 days ago by rachel niles
5.0 out of 5 stars Ever wonder what it was really like 150 years ago as immigrants began...
Ever wonder what it was really like 150 years ago as immigrants began to populate the central plains of the US. Read more
Published 5 days ago by Steve
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book
Hi there, I loved this book, very well written and I felt I was there, a great book to read.
Published 5 days ago by Aileen Hansen
5.0 out of 5 stars great
my immigrant family were Swedes . . . came in late 1800s . . . realized anew how it was for all of them . . . great story
Published 5 days ago by Connie M. Rae
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Lauraine Snelling, an award-winning author of fifty-plus books with sales of over 2 million copies, also writes for a wide range of magazines and teaches at writers' conferences across the country. She and her husband make their home in Tehachapi, California.

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