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Deep Harbor (Northern Lights) [Kindle Edition]

Lisa T. Bergren
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Book Description

The Northern Lights Series
Book Two
“Lisa Tawn Bergren has a straightforward, evocative style of writing that makes her characters breathe. They walk right across the page and straight into your heart.” –Francine Rivers, author of Redeeming Love
As they build new lives in America, Tora, Elsa, Kaatje, and Karl each experience a personal tragedy that threatens to destroy everything they left Norway to find. Tora’s web of lies has cost her a successful future with the man she loves. When tragedy strikes, Elsa must draw upon her faith and the strength she can muster to discover who she is and the path she must follow. After her husband’s disappearance, Kaatje struggles to raise two young daughters and tend her farm, and Karl finds himself caught in a life of loneliness and emptiness. Only by placing their trust in God—and in each other—will they pass through these rough waters and find the safety of the harbor.
From the richly forested banks of the Washington Territory to the burgeoning city of Yokohama and across the turbulent, danger-filled waves of the open sea—experience the epic saga of perseverance, pain, faith, and calling in the Northern Lights series.  

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From Library Journal

The melodramatic lives of three very different immigrant sisters living in the West in the 1880s are documented by Bergren (The Captain's Bride, WaterBrook, 1998) in this historical romance. Action alternates among the women as they struggle not only to exist but to grow closer to God as well. Tora Anders has given up her child to pursue wealth and power as a roadhouse manager for the handsome Trent Storm. Elsa is enjoying an adventurous marriage to a sea captain when an encounter with a pirate threatens to destroy her happiness, and Kaatji raises Tora's daughter along with her own. Since it can be difficult to keep track of the wide range of characters and events, this is best read in series order. Libraries with the first may want to continue with this one.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.


“I found myself immediately involved in the stories of Elsa and Peder, Kaatje and her wayward husband, Soren, Tora and her quest for wealth and power, and a host of other people who sailed with them to America to fulfill their dreams. Lisa Tawn Bergren has a straightforward, evocative style of writing that makes her characters breathe. They walk right across the page and straight into your heart.”
—Francine Rivers, author

“Pick of the month. 4 1⁄2 stars! Lisa Tawn Bergren is a rare talent in historical fiction, writing with exquisite style as she immerses lucky readers in the powerful emotions of her full-bodied characters. Stay tuned for the next book to continue this exciting trilogy.”
—Romantic Times

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Product Details

  • File Size: 1281 KB
  • Print Length: 386 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0307458741
  • Publisher: WaterBrook Press; Reprint edition (February 16, 2010)
  • Sold by: Random House LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0036S4AAY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #245,280 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A book of change and self-discovery March 30, 1999
By A Customer
DEEP HARBOR is a place of refuge and that's what Lisa Tawn Bergren has created in this second series book following THE CAPTAIN'S BRIDE. Tora and Elsa and Katjaa and the men they love and wound -- who return the emotions; their children and mothers and fathers and friends are all characters who struggle, who deal with the joys and losses of life, who come to terms with who they are spiritually and as members of families. Readers can find themselves inside this story, well-written in a fast pace that both satisfies and leaves the reader hungering for more. Next year! That's the only trouble with a series book! But we can count on Lisa Bergren to deliver on time!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous! A real page turner. March 27, 1999
By A Customer
If you have read The Captain's Bride then this is a MUST READ! It continues the story of Peder and Elsa, Karl, Tora and all those you learned about in the first book. The book is so full of real like characters that you feel their pain and their joys. Lisa Tawn Bergren has done it once again. I'm looking forward to Book 3 due out next spring.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Harbor March 1, 2010
When I started reading this book it was a little hard to get into because I didn't feel a lot of sympathy for the main character Tora. She's a socialite in 1886 Helena, Montana which I thought was hilarious. As a historian I'm all too aware of what the Montana territory was like back then. She's come from Norway seeking a better life in America. Anyway, she comes off as a very stuck up person who doesn't really care about anyone but herself and then you learn she's hiding something from her fiance. I very quickly got into Deep Harbor as clues to what she was hiding and her friends and families' stories began to be deftly intertwined and intermingled into hers by the author, Lisa Bergren. Each of these side stories would take on a life of their own from her sea faring sister to their friend who owns a farm in the Skagit Valley of the Washington Territory(I love the fact that the Northwest finds its way into the story). In each of these stories we see how God works in their lives bringing them closer to each other and closer to him. The main character is not just knocked down a few pegs she's knocked down a ladder in the course of the story. All of this makes her much more humble and receptive to the God of her youth. The story ends with a new beginning afoot. Each of these people have been brought to a place where they must trust each other and trust God to survive. I thoroughly enjoyed this book once I got into it. It was interesting to see how the story played out and the interesting part that God played in all of it, especially in bringing those who had forgotten him back to him. This book is the middle of a three part series. I hate starting a series in the middle, but Deep Harbor definitely intrigued me enough that I want to check out the other books. If you're into historical fiction I highly recommend you read it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Review of DEEP HARBOR by Lisa Tawn Bergen February 25, 2010
Today I am reviewing DEEP HARBOR by Lisa Tawn Bergen, the second in the Northern Lights series.This is a wonderful Christian historical novel which deals with the themes of redemption, second chances, and waiting on God's perfect timing. Initially, I found it hard to get into, since I had not read the first book in the series, THE CAPTAIN'S BRIDE. And I found the first female protagonist presented, Tora Anders, very difficult to relate to, for she is selfish, manipulative and very much into the pleasure of riches and power. But it was Tora who won my heart as she became broken, lost her wealth and the man she craved. She became very much a nineteenth century female version of the Prodigal Son. One of the other female protagonists, Kaatje, is a hardworking farm woman whose husband had an affair with Tora, then left for Alaska, causing Tora to leave their baby with Kaatje. Kaatje took baby Jessica in, then feared someday Tora would someday return to claim her. The last of the three heroines, Elsa, is the wife of a ship's captain who sails with him. The three women are all connected as Bergensers (Norwegians who immigrated to America), and their stories intersect continually in a way that really drew me in.

I found Elsa, the widow of a ship's captain who bears his posthumous child after he falls overboard and drowns, hardest to sympathize with. I did like that she aided Tora in her quest to become a new person in Christ. But knowing there is a pirate looking for her in a desire for revenge since the first book, and knowing he is still looking for her in the second book, she nonetheless goes back to sea with her children along, including the baby, and writes articles to the New York Times detailing her whereabouts, which the villain takes full advantage of.
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4.0 out of 5 stars entertaining February 23, 2010
Deep Harbor is the second book in the Northern Lights series by Lisa Tawn Bergen, but it's written so that it's not necessary to read the first book (though, of course, you have more background on the characters and their current situation if you do). The story focuses on three females--two are sisters and the third is a friend of one sister and is raising the daughter of the other sister. Why is she raising someone else's daughter? Well, Tora's daughter is the younger half-sister of Kaatje's daughter because Tora and Kaatje's husband had an affair. Tora didn't want the burden of a child while trying to trap her wealthy boss into marriage, so she gave the child to Kaatje. Kaatje, meanwhile, is abandoned by the cheating husband and ends up relying on her neighbors for help with the farm. Whew! Tora's sister Elsa is the only one who doesn't have problems at the start of the book. Elsa has a son with her wonderful husband, who is quite wealthy. Elsa even has a job of her own writing for The New York Times.

The three separate lives come together quickly. Elsa's husband (a ship captain) is thrown overboard during a storm. Tora's boss finds out about her lies and fires her. She tries to make it on her own, but is kidnapped and assaulted before being abandoned in an unfamiliar city. Of course, Seattle just so happens to be where Elsa is grieving her husband. Kaatje comes to Seattle as well at the request of Elsa, who feels bad that Kaatje is raising Elsa's niece all on her own.

There's action and romance. While the characters all do dumb things at times (good job of antagonizing the pirate who's after you by writing about him in the Times, Elsa!), they are likable; though it does take a bit longer for Tora to redeem herself. It was nice to see women in the late 1880s taking care of themselves.
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I actually read this book a very long time ago. It was before I knew how important reviews were to authors. Now that I've written my first, I clearly understand. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Carisa
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Published 7 months ago by Renee Pearson
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Published 10 months ago by sarah
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the Author and story!
Always enjoy a good Lisa Bergren book! This series is a must read for ppl that enjoy christian fiction. has romance but it's not the main focus! love it! Read more
Published 19 months ago by Rab06
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Harbor
Got Series #1 book as gift and had to read the rest of the series. Was able to obtain #3 from another source and could not find #2 except on Amazon. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lorraine J. Zuk
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Harbour
Building new lives in America, Elsa, Karl, Kaatje, and Tora find out exactly how high the cost of rebuilding really is. Read more
Published on January 14, 2013 by debwilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Emotions in Deep Harbor
Deep Harbor is the second book in the Northern Lights Series by Lisa Tawn Bergren. It continues to follow the four Bergen friends: Elsa, Kaatje, Tora, and Karl as they make their... Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Christiana J. Mustion
5.0 out of 5 stars A Need-to-Read Sequel!
I knew I wanted to read this book after reading the intriguing excerpt at the end of The Captain's Bride (the first in the series), and I'm so glad I did! Read more
Published on November 29, 2010 by Amber C. Stokes
5.0 out of 5 stars Deep Harbor plunges you into dramatic depths!
Fans of `The Captain's Bride' will not be disappointed with `Deep Harbor'. The characters' lives are so well thought out and mapped out so well, that even in their triumphs and... Read more
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