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The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights #1)

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  577 Ratings  ·  80 Reviews
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 new life inwith their closest friends,
Paperback, 400 pages
Published June 2nd 2009 by WaterBrook (first published April 1st 1998)
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The Captain's Bride, for me, was one of those books that I tried really hard to love, then tried really hard to really like, and in the end, only ending up liking it. Some parts were just okay, but I went ahead and rounded up.

The plot is really engaging - lots of adventure, relationships drama and the like. That's what kept my attention that most. There's a bit of everything here, from sea travel to pirates to exploring new territories. I also really enjoyed the historical details of the setting
Gwendolyn Gage
"The Captain’s Bride" kicks off with a wonderfully unique setting, Bergen, Norway. The main characters are preparing to immigrate to America, and two of them are getting married. I love books that begin with weddings, and Elsa’s wedding was rich in Norwegian tradition and family togetherness. I also love ship/high seas settings, and while a good portion of the book is spent in transit to America, it took me through the characters’ start in Maine and Montana as well.

There were a lot of point-of-v
Apr 23, 2013 Leona rated it it was amazing

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The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights #1)
by Lisa Tawn Bergren (Goodreads Author)
The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights, #1)
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
Apr 27, 2013 Chanelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2013
Title: Captains Bride (Northern Lights #1)
Author: Lisa Tawn Bergren
Pages: 400

I must begin this review by saying I LOVE the ocean and anything to do with its beauty and grandeur. With that said I absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed the ties each character shared yet the individual life events the tore them apart. These life events were so relevant I found myself reflecting on how I would handle similar situations.

Plot: There are several stories happening within the main over arching story line
Clockstein Lockstein
The Captain's Bride by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the first in the Northern Lights Trilogy about Norwegian immigrants to the US in 1880. Elsa Anders has been in love with Peder Ramstad since they were children together back in Bergen. The day of their wedding, they, along with several neighbors, boarded his ship destined for Camden, Maine to begin a new shipyard there. Tora, Elsa's strong-willed younger sister, stows away onboard and begins an clandestine relationship with with Soren, who is married t ...more
Reet Champion
Nov 19, 2013 Reet Champion rated it liked it
Just a little word of advice - if you don't care to read reviews criticizing your favorite author's books don't read the following. I don't have an issue with authors personally whose books I have been giving poor ratingsbut I can't love every book they turn out either. Proceed with caution.

Soon after her marriage to Peder Ramstad, Elsa Anders sets sail on an adventure that will take her across stormy seas and to the coast of Maine. As she settles into life at sea her life in thrown into semi-ch
Valerie Waters
2.5 I guess, I just don't know what to rate this book. I think I would have really liked it if I had read it and not listened to it. The person reading the book did an awful job trying to change her voice for the different characters. Some of the characters sounded like they had some serious issues. I also hated that Carol felt the way he did....I wish he would have said something before Elsa got married. And Kaatje....aww what an idiot!!! You don't just keep going back!!!! Oh and Tora...ugh. sh ...more
Jul 29, 2009 Michele rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A thoroughly enjoyable historical novel about a group of Norwegian immigrants moving to the US. It was especially heartwarming to hear how proud they were to learn English and to be truly American. The author did a great job of capturing my interest for the story and the characters, but left enough dangling so that I can't wait to get the next volume of the series. The characters were real - subject to all the normal human faults and struggles but they also showed how their faith shaped their li ...more
Rhonda Buedefeldt
Oct 22, 2014 Rhonda Buedefeldt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My second book of this author. I read #2 of the Northern Light series and thoroughly enjoyed it so I backtracked to this one. I did enjoy it immensely, however I'm severely disappointed that the author did not value the readers interest in continuing the book until the completion of Tora and
Katcha's story lines. These two characters are developed in-depth and weaved into the primary characters life, but the story ends with no conclusion to either of their predicaments. VERY DISAPPOINTING and I
Jul 13, 2008 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
We have a large inspirational/Christian romance section in our library system, so I thought I'd give it a go. This has all the action of a normal romance without any actual bedroom scenes. I missed the sex.
Aug 14, 2015 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's not a literary masterpiece, but it was an enjoyable summer read. I loved that in this Christian novel not all the characters are flat and one dimensional, they have depth, and they're not all perfect. The ending did leave me wanting to know what happened next, so I'm glad I already had the book on hold from the library. I enjoy Christian fiction like this for the most part, but they prayed and said, "Father God." SO many times, it was a bit annoying, just because it's a pet peeve of mine. B ...more
Julia Miller
Sep 20, 2016 Julia Miller rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well-written and filled with truth, this novel tells the story of five individual characters and their various struggles. They have all immigrated to the United States, a land with customs and language unlike their own,and must build new and better lives. Faced with adversity and trials, they nearly falter in their task several times and need extreme fortitude to endure the hardships imposed upon them. Lisa Tawn Bergren has created a wonderful book—a book that allows readers to learn the thought ...more
Jul 07, 2016 Kelsey rated it it was amazing
Note: This is a review of the full series.

I read the Northern Lights series about twelve years ago and recalled enjoying it so I picked it back up for another go. Being older, hopefully a bit wiser, and now married with children, I could truly appreciate the plight of these characters and everything they had to fight through.

Strong Character Development - This is not to say that all the characters were strong people, but each one (both protagonists and antagonists) was fully developed and had d
Dec 29, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical, christian
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
Mar 15, 2013 Blessedmomfxs rated it it was ok
The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights, #1)The Captain's Bride by Lisa Tawn Bergren

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

The Captain’s Bride by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the saga of a group of Norweigans who imigrate from Bergen to the United States. Elsa and Peder Ramsted are newlyweds, heading to the US to begin a shipbuilding company while Peder continues his duties as a ship’s captain. Peder’s friend, Karl Martensen, intends to partner with him in the shipyard venture and is secretly in love with Elsa. Elsa’s sister, Tora, stows away in an act of rebel
Nov 12, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Captain’s Bride is a saga for sure. Dynamic and complex characters are woven into the fabric of this story.

At the beginning of the story we meet Elsa who is about to marry Peder, a sea captain, and travel with him to America. Her younger sister, Tora, is a mess of a girl who is driven to have her own way.

Determined to make the voyage (against her parent’s wishes) Tora conspires to be a stowaway aboard the ship. Her presence creates long term havoc. On board are several interesting characte
Jun 26, 2013 Deborah rated it it was amazing
Elsa Anders is about to become the wife of Captain Peder Ramstad. Leaving her beloved Norway for the shores of Maine, Elsa wants to be more than just a captain's wife. She wants the adventure of the seas; see exotic places, painting the beautiful sights and vistas, and just being with her husband. Will Peder allow it? Or will his authority as captain spill over into their lives?

Kaatje wants to come to America to save her marriage. Her life, and the life of her unborn child depend on it. Karl Mar
Apr 22, 2013 Sverre rated it really liked it
Bergren captures the aspirations, hopes and dreams of Norwegian immigrants to America in the 1880s. She ably weaves a story of interpersonal conflicts, obsessive infatuation, infidelity, lying deceptions, abandonment and rapacious greed. The couple Peder and Elsa Ramstad--the captain and his wife--are locked in a struggle of wills. Both are headstrong and persist in wanting things as he or she sees them.

The story progressively picks up speed and the book's last half will keep most readers intent
This is a fascinating and exciting series about Norwegian immigrants coming to America! In Captain's Bride, Elsa Anders marries Captain Peder Ramstad the night before they leave their home in Norway to make their way in America. Also making the journey are her best friend Kaatje and her unfaithful husband, Elsa's conniving sister Tora, and Peder's best friend and first mate Karl, who's secretly in love with Elsa. Strong-willed Elsa wants to travel with her husband, but his fear insists on leavin ...more
Jessica Allen
Mar 30, 2016 Jessica Allen rated it really liked it
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
Feb 14, 2016 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 There were some point-of-view switches that were confusing. So far, as I've read books from this author I've found that she doesn't tend to give much conclusion to individual books in a series. As long as I think of her trilogies as one long book, that's ok. Since I have to wait to get the next one from the library, it's a bit annoying this time, but I do look forward to finding out what happens with the various storylines.
Feb 12, 2014 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the one that got me hooked on LBT! I picked it up at a garage sale, because Francine Rivers wrote an accolade. I have not been disappointed in a single Bergren book since! I especially loved this one because it started in Norway, and I would so love to visit there someday, see the farm my Great-Great grandparents lived on.
Sissy Lu
This book wasn't bad but it also didn't keep me entirely engaged. There are a lot of characters and their stories going on in the background with the over arching plot being so-so.

It's written well but it was akin to reading a documentary and not an engaging love story. As I said before, it's not written badly it was just the general plot wasn't for me. This is only my second Christian romance I've read and my first set the bar pretty high. This one just didn't do it for me.
Dec 09, 2013 Misty rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
It was an ok read for me. I struggled with some of the characters and their ubrupt departure from the story without explanation. I figured the book would need to have companions to it to truly finish the story line so I give it that. It did leave me with the urge to read more at the same time I go a lot by the way books make me feel and I felt a bit frustrated and desperate during this read. Anger is a big part of that too! I was upset at how characters handled things at times yet I give the aut ...more
Kristina Brownell
I read the first half...then got bored and tired of all the born again christian prayers and predictable plot. I was interested enough in the story to skim the rest and see what happened and that wasn't even really worth it since it didn't end well and I did not find it uplifting. There are two more in this series and I read the back covers to figure out the rest of the plot. I won't be reading them...or skimming them. I will probably not pick up anything by this author again either. But it WAS ...more
Aug 18, 2016 Val rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful read. So many stories going on at once, yet I never felt lost. Can't wait to continue this series. Definitely one of my faves from Mrs. Bergren!
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I picked up this Christian historical fiction series after reading one of Lisa T. Bergren's young adult series, and found a beautifully enticing journey. From start to finish, Norway to America, I followed these characters and their diverging and converging paths with a joyous realization of the story's accurate portrayal of faith, sin, redemption, and life in general.

This is one of my favorite series (and authors) of all time, and I find myself recommending it (and her) again and again!

(The fac
Dec 12, 2014 Lieniitte rated it really liked it
This story was a bit difficult to get into, but when I did, I found that I really cared for the characters. They all felt real as did the struggles they were facing.

There are many, many points of view, and some I liked more than others, but I am very intrigued to know what happens to them afterwards. It's been a couple of weeks since I finished reading this, and I'm surprised to find that I want to know more about the side characters than I do of the main heroine, the captain's bride.

All in al
Aug 01, 2016 Julia rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wanted to love the book, but characters and plotting too predictable. Just couldn't hold my attention.
Isabelle Ley
Nov 10, 2015 Isabelle Ley rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: challenge
I'm not sure how I felt about this book. I really liked some of the pov's, but not all of them. I might continue on with the series but I probably won't.
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Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. She recently finished a teen series called Remnants (SEASON OF WONDER, SEASON OF FIRE, and SEASON OF GLORY). She's also written the River of Time Series (WATERFALL, CASCADE, TORRENT, BOURNE & TRIBUTARY, DELUGE) and The Grand Tour Series (GLAMOROUS ILLUSIONS, GRAVE CONSEQUE
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