The Book

Because of Lauren is a story of true love, unexpected and perfect. Set in the magnificent country of Norway, with an excursion to New York and other locales, it chronicles the meaning of a man and a woman who are soulmates, very distantly related, but brought together by strong family ties. Be prepared to be delighted and wish you were in love again.

“A few years ago, I received an email from a man in Norway claiming to be a distant relative. As far as I was aware I had only a couple of cousins left there, so his claim intrigued me. As we began corresponding, a gentleman in his sixties, it became clear that we were related, but because of the circumstances of his mother’s birth, his name would not have appeared on our family records. I got the idea for this book when I heard his incredible story of how he found my family. So thank you, Pål Furuberg, for being my inspiration!”


Lauren Hart is a rising young Manhattan business executive. After a visit to her mother’s homeland of Norway, she is enchanted with the beautiful country and its people. One day she receives an email from her aunt saying she has been contacted by a man in Norway claiming to be a distant relative. Having never heard of him, Lauren is skeptical, but feels compelled to seek him out in the hopes of discovering a family connection to Norway. Jonas Juul is a man who has experienced his share of life’s sorrows and challenges. Having lost his father at a young age, he knows almost nothing about that side of the family. Curious to know more about his background, he decides to research his family tree and discovers a large extended family in America.

Life takes an unexpected turn when Jonas meets the lovely and gracious Lauren Hart. Even though there are challenges, the distant cousins develop a warm relationship. Exploring their families’ past, they discover disturbing, hidden events from long ago, and find common ground when they uncover the strangely interwoven lives of past generations of their families.  Can the young couple find solutions to their differences and create a happy future together?