- File Size: 3683 KB
- Print Length: 319 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: 13th Sign Publishing Collective; 1 edition (December 8, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 8, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01MRVMIHT
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
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Let me first explore the primary character of Ingrid.
Ingrid at the age of sixteen is the over protected and exceedingly naive daughter of the Vicar of Smedby. Her decision making process is governed by the strictest of upbringings and the socially acceptable behavior patterns of a community isolated from the influences of the outside world by location, and crafted by the prejudices that exist within such a closely bound village.
Ingrid’s position as the vicars’ daughter is viewed with eyes that hold her both above, and accordingly protected from, anything even remotely connected with scandal; and herein lay the foundations of future behavior as this young girl experiences her first tantalizing and unexplored tastes of burgeoning womanhood.
Rebellion in teenagers can take many forms, and Ingrid finds herself both intrigued by, and more than a little curious about the arrival of a man whose actions when he was a part of this community earned him both the disrespect and hushed whispers that accompany anything considered outside of acceptable parameters.
Ingrid’s first acts of disobedience, are, in part, retaliation against the confines of her upbringing, and her newly dawning awareness of womanhood, and her need to exert her own will, whatever the cost. The arrival back in the village of the forbidden Kalle is simply too intriguing to resist.
Kalle’s character is less finely drawn, for to do so would reveal more than the reader needs to know if tension is to be maintained. Suffice it to say that he, along with other lesser characters is crafted beautifully.
The location itself is what helps drive this work to its unexpected conclusion. Author Hannah Warren invites you to experience the stark windswept place known as The Alvar. A place that invites secrets, and houses its own deep sense of mystery and darkness.
I detest spoilers in reviews, and to share more here would detract from what I found to be a enormously enjoyable and unpredictable reading experience.
I highly recommend this work, and look forward to reading more of this series.
Her good father, the vicar, had the usual view of 'fallen' women,' and Ingrid finds herself without a home, even before she knows what she has done wrong.
Ingrid's sheer enthusiasm for life pulled me into this book, and kept me interested through her ups and downs. It could be termed a 'Growing up' book or 'Coming of Age.' There was a satisfactory ending.
Ingrid Gunarsson did just that. Young daughter of a respected small town Vicar, she is passionately curious about life, to the point where it leads her into trouble. I found this an unforgettable story, one that I will definitely pursue when the second volume of this story is published. Definitely a book to read, and read again.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.
My interest in this book piqued from how well ' The Blood Red Nails Of War: A Novella' was written. One of the main characters is Ingrid's daughter. As I read this, I was happy to find that both of the books can be read apart. There won't be a gap for anyone who hasn't read 'The Blood Red Nails Of War' and vice versa. While I do enjoy a good book series, not all of them need a cliff hanger ending.
'Ingrid (Daughter Of The Alvar: Book 1) is about more than how a young lady reacts to the people around her. There are some good life lessons in between these pages.
Oland, Sweden in the late 1800's is not as advanced as some parts of the world. Not in technology, not in medicine/education (both are better than I expected considering how solitary the community is), gossip and assumptions. Gossip and assumptions almost ruin a man's life. Years later, assumptions from a family that should know better, does the exact same thing to one of their own.
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There are plenty of characters to grow to dislike or hate in this book. For me, that got easier and easier as the story line unfolded. At first, it was Ingrid, I'm not a fan of spoiled children who only think about themselves. When I realized that a lot of that behavior was fueled by how her father, brother, cook, and almost the entire town treated her; my opinion changed. In my opinion, Ingrid didn't have a fighting chance. Once she chose to reach out and help Kalle, she's doomed. It bothered me a lot that people expected Ingrid to know and understand what no one ever openly discussed with her. And then they proceeded to think the worst of her. Just like any small community, word traveled fast. False words went beyond the borders of the town. No matter how guilty her family felt, none of them was fully motivated to find out what really happened. Kalle was not an awful person, I had plenty of qualms with him in the latter half of the book. But, he was in a sense, better than Ingrid's family. It felt like he too took advantage of her ignorance at some point.
This is a book worth reading. It gives good insight into the family that Ingrid's daughter came from ( for those who have read 'Blood Red Nails Of War') and a good historical fiction with beautiful landscapes with a look at the damage uneducated assumptions can do.
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