The Runestone’s Promise​

It’s the year 1799 and Gertine’s quiet life as a young farm wife is upended when her mother, Mette, inexplicably calls off her sister’s wedding, days away. Inspired by a runestone she finds in the woods, Gertine embarks on a journey, following clue to clue in her need to understand. As she uncovers the story of her mother’s past, she gains so much more than the truth.

I discovered the bones of this story in a genealogy book compiled by my mother’s cousin. With more research, I created this fictionalized telling of my fifth and sixth-great-grandmothers, set in a time when the kingdom was called Denmark-Norway.

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