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Nilda Carlson has been trying to save enough money to go to America for months, so when a letter arrives with an offer to pay her passage, she jumps at the chance. Her younger brother, Ivar, accompanies her, and they are thrilled to join older brother Rune and his family in the northern forests of Minnesota. But America is not everything Nilda imagined. A terrifying experience in a lumber camp shakes Nilda's confidence and trust in men, but a job helping a young widow raise her children and run her farm gives her a chance to build her own life. 

When she meets Fritz, the children's schoolteacher, she is initially unimpressed and uninterested. His kindness and passion for learning begin to win her over, but how can she sacrifice her dreams for the future for a man she's still not sure of?

©2018 Lauraine Snelling (P)2018 Recorded Books

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  • 04-01-19

Norwegian settlers

This story focuses on a family from Norway who came to America to realize a dream of owning land and settled in Minnesota. I have loved all of Lauraine Snelling’s books, especially the series set near the Red River of North Dakota. That series, as this one, is centered around a Norwegian settlement. I love their focus on hard work, family, and faith!

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  • SL Triolo
  • 24-12-20

Characterizations incomplete

Although I am mostly enjoying this series & have truly enjoyed Snelling's "Red River of the North" series, the one thing that is really irritating about THIS series is that we never get to understand any backstory about nasty, verbally abusive Einar! I have been waiting to hear more about him but we never do! Was he always this way? If so, why did Gerd marry him? What is it that motivates him to be so mean despite being treated so kindly by everyone else! The author leaves Einar without any dimensionality!

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  • NursinAz
  • 15-11-19

Meh...

Just about everyone from the start were angry & petulant. Maybe it was the narrator? It was difficult to get through. Not the LS series I am used to.

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  • Lavoin
  • 14-07-19

Interesting

Snelling is one of the best authors for word pictures. The descriptions are so vivid that you can see and feel (and smell) every minute of the book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-04-19

Great read

I love Lauraine Snelling's book. The endings and events aren't always happy ever after. Great Stories.