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Deep harbor
Bergren, Lisa Tawn.
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Colorado Springs : WaterBrook Press, 1999.
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363 pages ; 21 cm.
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From the richly forested banks of the Washington Territory; to the burgeoning city of San Francisco; and across the turbulent, danger-filled waves of the open sea-you will experience an epic saga of perseverance and pain, faith and calling in Deep Harbor.

Determined to live "the good life," no matter the price, Tora Anders weaves a web of lies that could cost her everything she cares for-including a successful future and the man she loves-but lead her to what her soul most desperately needs. Her sister, Elsa Ramstad, has everything her heart desires: a loving husband, a family she adores, and a fulfilling life at sea. Then tragedy strikes. Now, drawing upon her faith and all the strength she can muster, Elsa must once again discover the woman she is and who she chooses to be.

Four years after her husband's disappearance, Kaatje Janssen struggles to raise two young daughters and tend her farm. But when help comes from the most unlikely source, Kaatje faces both uncertainty about the future and a deep secret from her past. And after years of grappling with his feelings for Elsa and the mistakes he has made, Karl is caught in a life of loneliness and emptiness. Can he finally accept the reality of what he once lost and open himself up to the possibility of what could be?

Separated by physical distance and emotional boundaries, these four bound by friendship and family find each other once again and discover that some ties can never be broken in Deep Harbor, Book Two in The Northern Lights series.

Author Notes

Lisa Tawn Bergren is the best-selling, award-winning author of over 40 books, with more than 2.5 million copies sold. Her most recent works includes a YA series called River of Time (Waterfall, Cascade, Torrent, Bourne & Tributary), a devotional called Upside-Down Prayers for Parents and the Grand Tour Series (Glamorous Illusions, Grave Consequences, and Glittering Promises). She¿s currently at work on a new YA series called Remnants, coming out in 2014. Her title God Gave Us Easter made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2014.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

??ROMANCE All the elements of a soap opera are present in this Evangelical Christian historical saga that continues the Northern Lights series. As the action moves westward through Montana and into the Washington territory of the 1880s, a variety of tribulations challenge the Bergensers' faith in God. Tara, who has achieved wealth and status, looses everything as a consequence of her deceitfulness. Tara's sister, Elsa, a successful New York Times columnist happily wed to a sea captain, faces a tragic loss but finds the strength to confront a pirate. Kaatja's husband has disappeared into the Alaskan wilderness, leaving her fearful that Tara, her husband's former lover and her daughter Jessica's birth mother, will reclaim the child. And Karl finds faith and fortune as he grieves over lost friendships. Romance, adventure, and multidimensional characters combine for a very entertaining read that will appeal to fans of Lauraine Snelling's Red River of the North series. --Diana Tixier Herald

Library Journal Review

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. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.



Chapter one 4   When the knock at the door sounded twice, sure, quick, Tora's heart jumped. She swallowed and resettled herself in the chair, making sure the best side of her face was toward Trent and the flounce of her polonaise that fell to the floor was "just so." She could feel his presence before he came into view, and she wondered at this thing inside her heart, this thing that would not die, that stirred for him more than any other. What was it about Trent Storm?   He entered the room as if he owned it, looking elegant in new attire. He peeled off his gloves and coolly perused her. "Tora," he said with a nod and then a slight smile. There was something hopeful in his eyes, and Tora was glad for it.   "Trent!" she said in a surprised tone, as if she had forgotten he was coming, and went to him. He bent over her hand and kissed it, then held it in his warm, strong fingers as they stared at each other. After a long, intense moment Tora squirmed. "It has been a while, Trent."   "Yes, well, things at home have kept me quite busy. Helena is a few miles from Duluth, mind you."   "Please sit down," she said with a grand gesture, hoping he would notice the neorococo furniture just in from France. He sat without hesitation. "Yes, but we haven't seen each other for what? Five months?"   "Counting, darling?"   Tora frowned. His eyes were alive with challenge, and the air was suddenly charged with energy. "No, not at all. I simply was commenting. I've certainly been busy enough establishing new roadhouses--I've not had time to count the hours until seeing you again." She hoped the edge of sarcasm in her voice would deflate whatever dangerous balloon was rising between them.   "Quite. The facilities here are quite impressive. Not to mention this house." He glanced around. "Very nice. I trust you did this with only your own funds."   Tora scowled. This was not going at all as she had planned. "Of course, Trent," she said, hating the defensiveness in her tone. "I wanted to build a house in which I could entertain   important guests, but moreover, a home . I had to borrow a certain sum from the bank, but they were happy to assist such a prominent--"   "A home?" Trent interrupted, rising and walking to a window that stretched from the floor to the twelve-foot ceiling. He parted the velvet drapes and looked outside. "Hmm. A home. Something that reminds you of Bergen?"   Tora felt the blood drain from her face. "Bergen? Why, it has been years since I've thought of Norway. No, I was thinking of someplace--"   "Like Camden?"   "Camden-by-the-Sea?" she managed to ask without her voice rising an octave. Where was he going with this? "No, what I started to say was--"   "That you needed a home," he put in.   "Yes," she said, staring back into his eyes when he studied her.   "A sense of place."   "Yes, I suppose so."   "A place where you know who you are, and others do as well.   That's the reason for this grand showcase of a home, correct? The three-story, overdone, showy Queen Anne of the Storm Roadhouse Maven?"   Tora rose, thoroughly alarmed now. "Trent, whatever is wrong with you? I had so hoped you would like it, so treasured the idea you might want--"   "What? To live here?" He shook his head once, decisively. "No, Tora. I do not even know who the Storm Roadhouse Maven is. You have not allowed it. How could Excerpted from Deep Harbor by Lisa Tawn Bergren All rights reserved by the original copyright owners. Excerpts are provided for display purposes only and may not be reproduced, reprinted or distributed without the written permission of the publisher.