Karen from the Mill

Synopsis from the back cover:

On a tall dune on the island of Fanø, the windmill stands watch and at its foot lies a red brick farmhouse. Here begins the tale of Karen Andersen, the miller's eldest child, who would fly with the lark but whose heart can never forget the mill.  It is the golden age of sail when the men of Fanø roam the seas as masters of tall ships while the women stay home, bound by centuries of tradition.

Sixteen-year-old Karen, dreams of marrying First Mate Peter Larsen. Her mother has other plans. She mistrusts all seamen and fears that Peter would soon leave Karen widowed. Will Karen's mother succeed in keeping the young couple apart? Meanwhile, Peter is on the merchant ship Marianne having adventures, amorous and otherwise, in ports around the world. His ambition is to become master of his own ship. Will Karen's letters persuade him that she should sail at his side? Will Peter's affection for a childhood friend turn to love of the gifted writer or will he be lured away by exotic ports?

What Others Say About Karen

The girl and the seaman—A novel from the transition to modern time about longing, hope, sorrow, joy, dreams, and reality.

— Translated from Per Hoffman Hansen, Fanø Ugeblad (Fanø Weekly), November 22, 2007 (no. 44, p.3-4)

I absolutely loved reading the book and felt more connected with my Fanø roots than ever before. It is one of the few books I have ever read where I could have a true visual image of the places you described in Sønderho.

— Annelise Kromann, Washington.

Anne Ipsen is an accomplished storyteller in this delightful book of two young people who make something of themselves, find independence, and each other….Reading about Fanø during the nineteenth century evoked memories of my Danish childhood home, another place of isolation dependent on the fruits of the sea for its livelihood.

— Anelise Sawkins, Royal Danish Honorary Council

The island of Fanø … has its own special culture separate from the mainland, and the author recreates this culture in remarkable detail…. [Her] ability to set a scene and to immerse the reader in time and place is excellent.

— Robert O. Barclay, Author of Safe Harbor and The Ponder Legacy