I recently read “An Untamed Land”, the first book of the series, Red River of the North by Lauraine Snelling.
This book is the story of a Norwegian family who comes to America to settle in the Red River valley in North Dakota (at that time the Dakota Territory) in 1880. Roald Bjorklund and his son and second wife, Ingebord, along with Roald’s brother Carl and his pregnant wife, Kaaren undertake the long voyage from Norway. They have planned this trip for a long while. Roald’s first wife, Anna, would have come with him, but sadly passed away. Ingebord married Roald mostly to be a mother to five-year-old Thorliff. Not only is the sea journey of the Bjorklunds’ uncomfortable and hazardous, but the journey from New York to the Dakota Territory was long and filled with problems.
The Dakota Territory was an unforgiving land of promise. Terrible winter storms raced across the plains and caused many deaths. The grassland was hard to plow for grain fields and the towns were few and far between.
I really liked this story. I got so caught up in the family tensions and the good times that I thought I was living them myself. I cannot imagine four adults, a child and a newborn living in a covered wagon for the trek across half of America, only to then live in a small sod house during the worst of winters. I think you will find that this story has all the hallmarks of a good read.
I was sent this Kindle book from the publisher, Bethany House, and from NetGalley.com for my honest review.