The Long-Awaited Prequel to the RED RIVER OF THE NORTH Series
Twenty-year-old Ingeborg Strand is certain she is destined to be an old maid. She's had several suitors but none she deemed worthy of spending her life with. That is, until she meets a university student from Oslo, and feelings stronger than friendship begin to develop between them. But tragedy strikes, and the future begins to look bleaker than ever.
Grief settles heavily over Ingeborg, and her mother suggests that she leave Norway and start afresh in America, as so many others have done before her. But how will she accomplish that with little money and no one to accompany her?
It isn't long before she meets Roald Bjorklund, a widower who has been planning to go to America for some time, lured by the promise of free land. He's a good man, a hard-working man--and he has a young son who desperately needs a mother. He's clearly interested in Ingeborg, but is he the answer to her prayers? And what about love? This isn't how she's always imagined it.
Ingeborg Strand has a heartrending decision to make...
Those readers who want to know even more about the Bjorklund family, whose multigenerational saga has unspooled in four series by Snelling, have their wish fulfilled in this prequel to the Red River of the North series, which introduces the characters Ingeborg Strand and Roald Bjorklund in their native land of Norway. Ingeborg, her siblings, and cousins are off to their summer farm, where she can escape the critical eye of her mor (mother). A parallel story line involves Oslo student Nils Aarvidson, who's reluctant to accept the duties that go with being heir to the family business and fortune. An accident throws Ingeborg and Nils together in the country, and their feelings for one another grow and considerably complicate prospects. Ingeborg's future becomes even less clear when later she meets the widower Roald Bjorklund and his young son Thorliff. The novel moves slowly at times, providing details of life on the Norwegian summer farm that may try the patience of readers more interested in romance. It's a challenge to keep straight the identities of the little Strand siblings and cousins. Still, the Bjorklund family backstory will certainly please fans of the series, who are numerous.