Be Still the Water

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20th Century (multiple decades)

Karen Emilson

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When Asta’s younger sister goes missing, she embarks on a quest to find her and bring her home. She tells the heartbreaking tale some seventy years later, while on her deathbed, finally discovering the truth of what happened on those fateful days that set the course for her life and the lives of everyone she loved.


Epic, Historical Fiction, Romance, War, Adventure,

Short Summary

Icelandic immigrants establish a new life though riddled with past secrets. Middle child, Freyja disappears, and sister Asta, emotionally fragile following a rape, spends her life searching for her sister. On her deathbed she travels back in time to learn Freyja's fate.


Set along the wild shores of Lake Manitoba and Winnipeg, Canada.

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

Philosophical Questions, Twist, Coming of Age

Mature Audience Themes

Sexual Abuse

Main Character Details

Name: Asta (pronounced "Owsta") Gudmundsson

Age: 22

Gender: Female

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Decisive, Naive, Perseverance, Skillful, Strong Moral Code, Empathetic, Lone Wolf, Modest, Obedient, Selfless, Secretive, Aspiring, Blunt, Complex, Faithful, Gracious, Insecure, Educated, Honorable

Additional Character Details

Name: Bjorn Magnusson

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Tempter

Key Traits: Leader, Secretive, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Heartthrob, Honorable, Confident, Romantic, Strong Moral Code, Badass, Educated, Unapologetic, Adventurous, Aggressive, Charming, Heroic, Perseverance

Additional Character Details

Name: Freda Gudbjornsdottir

Age: 65

Gender: Female

Role: Mentor

Key Traits: Badass, Beautiful, Complex, Engaging, Faithful, Unapologetic, Aggressive, Decisive, Lone Wolf, Outspoken, Adventurous, Blunt, Confident, Visionary, Extraordinary Powers and Abilities, Funny, Secretive

Additional Character Details

Name: Freyja Gudmundsson

Age: 16

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Complex, Desperate, Insecure, Naive, Romantic, Secretive, Beautiful, Charming

About The Author

Target Audiences

Age: 55+

Target Gender: Female leaning

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2016

Hard Copy Available



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