In the mid eighteenth century, when the outside world intrudes on the peace-loving Aleut, Alidaq, he is cruelly jarred from the island life he has always kwn, and thrust into a strange new reality. To survive this new world that has been imposed on him and his people, he has to change the traditions and thinking thousands of years old. Harold, on the other hand, voluntarily changes his life when he leaves home in Chicago and heads for the late nineteenth century gold rush fields of Alaska to make his fortune. He's under illusions about the challenges he will have to face, but soon realizes that he has underestimated just how overwhelming they can be. Nell, a thoroughly modern but disenchanted teacher, wants to leave behind her California life and start fresh in a little harbor town of Southeast Alaska where her Aunt runs a bed-and-breakfast. She's hoping for a new life, a new job, and a new love. In spite of the centuries that separate the lives of these characters, there are certain constants of Alaskan life that tie them together. They need to dig deep within themselves to find the strength and resourcefulness that will see them through every challenge. Through their struggles and tests, and their triumphs as well, they are inextricably bound to Alaska, the Great Land-the land that may ask a great deal, but gives back a hundredfold.
SEND ME YOUR STRONG presents a real life photograph of a plane over mountainous terrain. Upon first glance, I knew I was in for an adventure. The inside didn't disappoint. The book is a whirlwind of adventure that will keep you turning the pages long into the night. The plot is solid. The characters are relatable and develop beautifully throughout. The author has a lovely writing style and this was a pleasure to read. A professional production that is worthy of praise. I hope to read more in the future from this author. -Judge's commentary Writers Digest 26th Self Published Competition. Katherine Norberg has put to good use her intimate knowledge of Alaska and its people to provide the reader with engaging story lines that use Alaska's rich history as a backdrop. Readers will find a wealth of little-known and interesting facts as they follow the characters of SEND ME YOUR STRONG whose uncommon strength enables them to conquer the various challenges of their demanding environment. Katherine Norberg was born in Belgium, and spent her youngest years traveling back and forth between the US and Europe. It wasn't until she followed her husband to Alaska to teach in the bush that she became intimately acquainted with The Great Land. Her adventures there have inspired her memoirs: YOU CAN'T WALLPAPER MY IGLOO and her historical novel SEND ME YOUR STRONG. Her love of writing has made them gratifying and interesting reads full of captivating twists and turns of fate. She has also written a women's literature novel, MRS. JONES STEPS OUT OF BOUNDS, and a cozy mystery series: ASSISTED MURDER, MURDER GOES A-HUNTING, AND MURDER GOES TO AUCTION.