Set during the separation of Norway from Sweden in 1905, this richly detailed novel of love and loss was inspired by the life of the author's great-great-aunts.

Oleanna and her sister Elisabeth are the last of their family working their farm deep in the western fjordland. A new century has begun, and the world outside is changing, but in the Sunnfjord their world is as small and secluded as the verdant banks of a high mountain lake.

The arrival of Anders, a cotter living just across the farm's border, unsettles Oleanna's peaceful but isolated existence. Sharing a common bond of loneliness and grief, Anders stirs within her the wildness and wanderlust she has worked so hard to tame.

When she is confronted with another crippling loss, Oleanna must decide once and for all how to face her past, claim her future, and find her place in a wide new world.

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  • Karen
    Aug 11, 2016


    "Oleanna" is a book about ordinary women, living on an isolated farm in the isolated western fjordlands of Norway. Oleanna and her sister Elisabeth and Torjus, Elisabeth's young son, are the last of their family living on their old family lands. The deaths of their parents and sisters,...

  • Darlene
    Jul 23, 2016


    Oleanna by Julie K. Rose is quite simply a beautifully written book. The story was inspired by the author’s great-great aunts and takes place in Norway in 1905. This novel paints such a vivid picture of life at this time in history and you feel drawn in from the very first page. Y...

  • Melissa
    Jun 11, 2016


    Julie K. Rose's Oleanna is a beautifully written story of loneliness, guilt and hope. Set at the turn of the 20th century in a small Norwegian fjordland village, the novel focuses on Oleanna, a young woman trying to carve out a life for herself, her sister and her nephew on their remot...

  • Michael
    Feb 4, 2016


    Oleanna is a novel set in the last days of Norway's union with Sweden, that lasted from 1814 to 1905. It is a romance primarily, and that aspect of it is definitely compelling, but the real draw of the story lies in Rose's ability to draw a picture of a particular place and time, the r...

  • Kathryn
    Mar 7, 2014


    * This is an advanced read. I won this book as part of a giveaway on Goodreads.com.**This is the story of Oleanna Tollefsdatter Myklebost, during the early days of the Norway's split from Sweden. The story is set in 1905 in Norway. Oleanna and her sister, Elisabeth, are running their f...

  • Bettie☯
    Mar 6, 2014


    Oleanna dedication For Janis Terry Hunt NelsonNorway National Day - 17th MaySpring 2013pub 2012hist fic period pieceopening: Lake Jölster, Sunnfjord, Norway. May 1905Oleanna Tollefsdatter Myklebost was beset by ghosts: winter ice in her veins, chill and stiff even during the long su...

  • Heather
    Feb 27, 2014


    This was a book I had won in a Goodreads giveaway and I did enjoy it. There was some slow parts, and the ending was kind of predictable. What I enjoyed was the development of the characters. The author really took the time to establish their personalities, so the reader wants to keep r...

  • Marie Hunter
    Jan 31, 2014

    Marie Hunter

    Thank you. It was so informative. Whose family was not the same? Please write more. I can tell similar tales. I am only one generation off the farm. What you said was very wonderful. I could smell the trees, the forest, the shore. Beautifully written. Thank you.:) ...

  • Michelle Myklebust
    Jan 28, 2014

    Michelle Myklebust

    I was unable to put this book down. It is a fantastic read!! ...

  • Shane Cormier
    Jan 23, 2014

    Shane Cormier

    Won this book just now. Looking forward to reading it. And unlike others on here, Im not going to put a book down because of my ignorance of its history. If you dont know anything about the history then go look it up. I mean you cant expect the author to spell everything out for you, t...