The Captain's Bride - eBook Northern Lights Series #1
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.---
November 12, 2013
Relatable people! Down to earth!
Lisa Tawn Bergren has done it again! The moment you pick up one of her book's, your instantly devoted to every character, every situation, every trial and victory as every emotion is happening to you alongside them!
The Captain's Bride, Elsa and Captain Peder Ramsted, childhood sweethearts and now newlyweds are preparing to leave their homeland Norway and charter new dreams and hopes to America. Karl Martensen, having also grown up alongside Peder as brother and best friend has secretly been holding a torch for Elsa, but doesn't want to jeopardize his friendship and love to the two most important people in his life.
Elsa's young rebel sister, Tora stowaways aboard the ship, and causes turmoil, frustration and pain to almost everyone she meets, as she too seeks independence, wealth from high society in America.
Kaatje and Soren are also trying to begin fresh and new in their marriage. Yet Soren, a womanizer cannot stay devoted to his wife, amidst failing attempts to forgive and forget.
The characters have many twists and turns, yet Lisa Bergren stays true to form, making you feel the sorrow, the joy, the pain and the triumph of each relationship bringing so much depth to them, and this is just the first novel! I loved this book so much, I highly recommend it for anyone!
January 8, 2013
Realistic characters and relationship struggles
"The Captain's Bride" is a Christian historical novel. It has five main characters, and the story jumped around in location after the group splits up after reaching America. I never had any trouble keeping track of who was who or where they were, but the ending only provided resolution for a few of the characters and the rest ended with more of a cliff-hanger.
The characters were all very realistic and complex. They dealt with real life struggles, and most of their problems were brought on them by their own poor choices. The vivid historical details brought the story alive in my imagination without slowing the pacing. The suspense was created mainly by relationship tensions but also by physical danger to various characters.
Even when things were going well for the characters, I felt like something was going to happen to spoil it. I went through the novel feeling dread for what was going to come instead of hope that good would come through all the bad. Though good did come from the bad--stronger relationships and so on. Perhaps this feeling was partly because I couldn't predict precisely what would happen next, which is a good thing.
The Christian element was woven naturally into the story line and realistically portrayed the Christian walk, with its ups and downs. The brief prayers came across as genuine. The characters (except Tora) wanted to have a good relationship with God, and that's what affected their behavior (rather than lectures from other Christians). I liked how this was portrayed.
There were no graphic sex scenes. There was a very minor amount of "he cursed" style of bad language. Overall, I'd recommend this well-written historical.
I received this book as a review copy from the publisher.
December 30, 2012
The CaptainÃ¢ÂÂs Bride, by Lisa Tawn Bergren, is a well-written historical novel showing the lives of immigrants as they traveled to America and attempted to forge new lives there. She begins the story in Norway, and follows her characters through both their struggles and celebrations even after they arrive at their new homes.
Elsa and Peder Ramsted marry in Norway and sail for America two days later. As Peder is the captain of the ship and president of their shipyard in Maine, their lives are very much open the public. They go through typical problems that many newlyweds encounter, finding the answer in following GodÃ¢ÂÂs will for their lives. Tora, ElsaÃ¢ÂÂs younger sister, stows away on the ship, causing nothing but trouble on the voyage and after her arrival in America. Many of the others, Karl and Kaatje for example, will also steal the readerÃ¢ÂÂs hearts in their struggles.
BergrenÃ¢ÂÂs characters were very down to earth and realistic. Their personalities and problems, the mistakes they made, and the victories they had were all true to people in current everyday life. I very much enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to all who enjoy historical fiction.
I received a copy of this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
December 20, 2012