Tuesday, May 4, 2010

My Review of Deep Harbor

Here's the description of the book from WaterBrook Multnomah's website:


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."

My Rating: Spring/Summer

My Review:
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! Deep Harbor covers the lives of several different characters, all of whom have their own problems they must confront. I loved how real the characters were, yet not without hope. The author never gives up on any of the characters (even Tora!), and that made me want to keep cheering them on, as well. The way Bergren describes them and their surroundings is beautiful.

However, I was a bit thrown off sometimes when events happened abruptly. That is to say, I felt sometimes that not everything was as fluid or smooth as I preferred, but that was my own perception. None of the scenes were overly choppy at all, and overall I loved the story! It's a story full of vivid emotions and exciting action/adventure as the characters strive to follow God's will and trust in His guidance.

I also love how WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing repackaged this series, and I really, really hope that they do the same for the third book! I think I've been too involved in these characters' lives to not find out what happens next!

And what a great deal for only $6.99! I highly recommend Deep Harbor (and The Captain's Bride, as it is nice to read the books in order to get the whole story)!


Lisa Tawn Bergren said...

Thanks for the review, Amber! I do believe MIDNIGHT SUN is coming out in this new packaging/price, sometime in 2011. Stay tuned! And I hope you go on to read some of my more recent books--maybe I've gotten better at the transitions. :-) Love, Lisa

Amber Holcomb said...


You're welcome! It's a great series, and I'm so excited to hear that they will be repackaging the third book!!! :D

And yes, I'll definitely have to read more of your latest. ;)

Thanks for stopping by!