Northern Lights Trilogy, by Lisa Tawn Bergren, includes three well-written historical novels following the lives of immigrants as they traveled to America and forged new lives there. She begins the story in Norway, and follows her characters through both their struggles and celebrations after they arrive at their new homes.
In Captain’s Bride, Elsa and Peder Ramsted marry in Norway and sail for America two days later. Peder is the captain of the ship and president of their shipyard in Maine. 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, also steal the reader’s hearts in their struggles. This book provides the foundation for Deep Harbor and Midnight Sun, the other two books that follow the characters as they shape new lives in America.
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.