An Untamed Heart

Written by Lauraine Snelling
Review by Waheed Rabbani

In 1878 Valdres, Norway, twenty-year-old Ingeborg, unlike her mor, is not concerned about still being single. Although she has received some offers, she prefers to continue working on her parents’ farm. Nevertheless, she longs to get away for the summer to their seter up in the mountains, away from her mor’s constant nagging. The children spend the summer at the cottage, not in leisure activities but toiling like homesteaders from morning to late into the long evenings. It seems Ingeborg’s life might change when a rich and handsome Oslo University student, Nils, is injured while hiking, and she attends to him. However, life takes a tragic turn, but in compensation Ingeborg receives a marriage proposal from Roald, a widower who is planning to immigrate to America.

This is Lauraine Snelling’s prequel to her acclaimed Red River of the North series set in North Dakota. While light on romance, it was written at the behest of her fans and will not disappoint them. Although they will be familiar with how it ends, Snelling’s vivid presentation of the daily chores of harsh farm life and the opulent life in Oslo mansions and soirées will enthrall them.