It's hard to imagine what life must have been like for people in Norway in the 1800s that would motivate them to cross the Atlantic Ocean to begin a new life in America. There Were Whispers is a story loosely based on the author's great grandparent's life as transient farmers in central Norway. It tells of the struggles and hardships that led up to Johan and Lisabet seeking such a dramatic change in their circumstances. Much of the culture and many of the traditions of that time are incorporated in their story. Chapter after chapter, you'll find yourself experiencing the hardships and joys that the Engen family encountered on their epic journey to a new life and future for themselves and their children.