If you’ve never read Lauraine Snelling’s Red River of the North series, you’ll want to read the newly released prequel An Untamed Heart first. If you have read this series—and the three series that followed it—you will love reading how it all began.
The Red River of the North series begins as newly married Ingeborg migrates to America with her new family. An Untamed Heart tells readers about Ingeborg’s life in Norway before that big move.
Personally, I loved reading about life in Norway, for both the middle and upper-class, near the end of the 1800’s. Most of the story was set at Ingeborg’s family’s seter. I felt like I was reading Little House on the Prairie set in Norway. I also thought that my three boys would have loved to have been able to spend their summers as Ingeborg, her siblings, and her cousins did. Snelling gives her readers a beautiful glimpse into Norwegian culture at this point in time.
She also gives more insight into some of what made Ingeborg into the beautiful person she becomes as her series, and the ones following it, develop. We see her learning unique skills and building a relationship with God. It’s not just about a girl growing up and finding a spouse.
I know I won’t have to recommend this book to existing fans of the Red River of the North. Like me, they’re probably pretty excited about the book’s release. If you haven’t yet discovered this series, though, I recommend you start with An Untamed Heart.
Bethany House Publishers sent a complimentary copy of this book for my honest review.