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In 1888, five young bachelors emigrate from Stranda, Norway, with a dream to become land barons in America. In southern California they pool their money to purchase affordable land. They draw names from a hat to decide who farms the better land and who must make do with the inferior. Soon after, their sweethearts arrive from the homeland and the Norwegian Colony is born. This novel uses modern fiction techniques to recreate unforgettable characters who experience heartbreak and personal triumphs. Readers will experience the struggles, joys and sacrifices of the families who settle the land and create a legacy for their children in part through original diaries, photos and letters. Written by the great-granddaughter of Nils Olsen and Ellen Fjorstad, two of the five immigrant families that settled in the Conejo Valley. The author is an award-winning novelist and storyteller who uses family history to create an emotional true story that will remain in readers' hearts. "Write what should not be forgotten." - Isabel Allende.