LOVE SONG by Karen Peyton

LOVE SONG

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KIRKUS REVIEW

Finn Haugen sent for his 19-year-old sister Christine and his daughter to come from Norway, but fails to meet the girls when they reach their destination of Little Fork, Minnesota. the two are taken in, however, by the friendly Ola Bye and his wife Gena. While a search for Finn is held in the logging camps, the Norwegian community becomes involved in preparing for a song contest--if the Nordmen Chorus wins, the group will be sent to Norway. Christina, like most of the young woman of Little Fork, falls in love with Martin Stenaby, the handsome young tenor star of the chorus. Martin also finds himself falling in love, and expresses all his feelings to Christina in song--when he proposes he bursts into ""I love thee as none other upon this earth..."" Unfortunately, Christina does not feel she can get married until Finn is found, so Martin disappears on a search for the missing brother. he returns just in the nick of time to sing his solo at the contest, and with the happy news that Finn had been located (no one seems to be bothered by the fact that Finn had been unconscious for months and has amnesia). The flimsy story is full of quaint Norwegian dialogue and syrupy love scenes.

Pub Date: Sept. 14th, 1964
Publisher: Whilton