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The Captain's Bride (Northern Lights #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  514 ratings  ·  70 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 Press (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 5 of 5 stars

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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
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
Titanic Buff
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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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
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
Isabelle Ley
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.
Apr 17, 2012 Melanie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
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I picked up this book after reading the River of Time series by the same author. While I enjoy a good, clean read, this book was overwhelmingly slow to me and on top of that, I felt that the characters were so poorly developed (so many situations left me thinking - really? that doesn't jive with how the author began portraying the character) that I had to muddle through to finish. I don't recommend this one - while it is clean and wholesome, it just wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention ...more
Unfortunately, this is a DNF for me. I think that's a whole giant total of 2 EVER. This is partially my own fault - I didn't realize until after I'd started it that this was Christian Fiction - don't get me wrong, I've read some Christian Fiction, and those ones I could handle, since there was something else going on in the storyline. Not here.

I was listening to the audiobook and was over two hours in and it was not drawing me in at all. There's a 3-page cast of characters that I could barely ke
Denise Lyon
I started the book and thought it was just going to be a boring book, especially when had a lot of long prayers in it. But, when you get past all of that it really started getting interesting, with Tora thinking only of herself, and Karl having a hard time with his infatuation of his best friends wife, that he does not know what to do. And then there is Kaatje left to defend for herself and two daughters. It is really good if you give the book a chance. I could not put the book down and cannot w ...more
Danella Virtue
I like reading about life in the 1800s. It is so different than now.
Feb 13, 2014 Marci marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
recommended by Alicia
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