2/23/2010

Deep Harbor

Lisa Tawn Bergren
1999 (reprint 2010)
Waterbrook Press

Reviewed by Cindy Loven

Deep Harbor is book two of a three book series that Lisa Tawn Bergren wrote centered around a group of friends from Norway who have made their way to America.

Tora Anders, her sister (whom she claims is dead) Elsa Anders Ramstad, Karl Martensen, and Kaatje Janssen, all connected from their childhood home town in Norway. Each one making their way in America.

Tora thinks she has the world by the tail, only to find out her deception has brought her down and the man she loves turns her away from his life and from her job, costing her everything, but hopefully helping her to find the true meaning of life.

Karl, has lost his best friend Peder due to a kiss. He kissed Peder's wife, Elsa and a huge argument has ensued. Karl left the sea to explore other employment and in turn finds his way to his friends and back to his Savior.

Elsa, madly in love with her husband Peder finds herself a widow when her husband goes overboard in a storm. With child when he dies, Elsa too makes her way back to her friends. Dealing with her grief and learning life goes on after the death of a loved one, Elsa finds she will make it on her own.

Kaatje, has been handed a rough lot in life. A faithful wife, her love has been pushed to the limits when she finds her husband Soren was unfaithful and fathered a child. That child was left at Kaatje's feet, for her to raise, and she loves Jessie with all her heart. Soren, missing for years, doesn't even know of Jessie's existence. Her faith is tested severly, but Kaatje stands strong in the face of dire circumstances.

All these characters form to make a book that is a wonderful story. A story of love, hope and redemption. A reprint from 1999, and a part of a series the book easily stands alone, without reading the first in the series. 363 pages, US $6.99, 4 stars.

This book was provided by Waterbrook Press for review purposes only, no payment was received for this review.

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