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The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights, Bk 1)
The Captain's Bride - Northern Lights, Bk 1
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Elsa Anders's dream of marrying Peder Ramstad is about to come true. But as this independent, strong-willed woman discovers her own creative gifts -- a love for travel, painting, and the sea -- can she find happiness with a captain who insists upon leaving her safely on shore? — Leaving their home in Norway behind, Elsa and Peder embark on a ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9781578560134
ISBN-10: 1578560136
Publication Date: 4/1/1998
Pages: 389
  • Currently 4.3/5 Stars.

4.3 stars, based on 25 ratings
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
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reviewed The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights, Bk 1) on + 22 more book reviews
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Plot: There was a lot going on this book, but not too much to be overwhelming. First, there is the immigration to America that is experienced by all of the characters in the book, then you have the stories that unfold for each, once they arrive. None of the stories are complete however at the end of the book, but such is life, I suppose. I assume that the stories carry on into the next two books in the series.

Characters: I really enjoyed the depth of the characters in this book. The entire story line really is based on the history that each character has in Bergen, and how they develop as they continue their lives in America. Each character is so different from each other, yet they flow so fluidly together to tell the story that they really all share.

Themes: I would consider the main theme of this book to be "starting over". Each of the characters longs for a new life in America and they are all starting over from something. Elsa and Peder, for example, are newly wed and beginning their new life together; Kaatje seeks a fresh start with her husband and the arrival of their child, and Tora seeks a new adventure in America.

Emotion: This book was very fast paced. While the emotion wasn't deep-seated, I did find myself engaged in the story. The more I read, the more I wanted to know what was going to happen to each of the characters, and how they were going to be affected by the next tragedy or joy that they faced.

Overall: I found the book to be slow at first, but as I continued through, I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed the way that while each character had their own story and experiences, they were all so intricately weaved together. I also found the story to be very unpredictable, which kept me engaged, almost every time I made an assumption about what would happen next, I was wrong. While part of me wishes the stories would have come to a nice little conclusion, I am anticipating reading the next books in the series to find out what happens next.

---I received this book for free from the publisher for this review.---
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reviewed The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights, Bk 1) on + 8 more book reviews
First book in a 3 book series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. I love her books! I got totally caught up in her characters and had a hard time putting the book down until I found up what happened next. Highly recommend having the 2nd and 3rd book on hand when reading this one as you will want to pick right up with the next book. Enjoy!
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A great historical Christian fiction book. The characters are well developed and the story line is complex. A much "deeper" read than a lot of the Christian fiction out there.

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