The Captain’s 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 God’s will for their lives. Tora, Elsa’s 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 reader’s hearts in their struggles.
Bergren’s 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.