Christian Historical Fiction Book Review: Return to the Misty Shore

Publisher's Description

"In the spring of 1885, Luba Engstrom meets Nicholas Matroona, a strong, brooding Native from the island of Unalaska. Against her parents’ wishes, she elopes, believing love will be enough to bridge the gap between the world of Juneau and the unfamiliar culture of Nicholas’s small village. After all, before Luba was born, her mother lived on a wild Alaskan island until she was forced to leave when a tsunami destroyed her people. But from the moment Luba arrives at Nicholas’s home, she struggles to adapt and learn the village ways.

Will the conflict between her husband’s belief in ancient gods and her faith in Jesus Christ the Redeemer destroy Luba and Nicholas’s relationship?"

My Book Review

Return to the Misty Shores, the third book in the Northern Lights Series by Bonnie Leon, has been revised, updated, and re-released with a striking, new cover just in time for its 20th anniversary. That means that all three books in the Northern Lights Series have now been updated and re-released so that a whole new generation of readers can enjoy them too. While I have not yet read the two books that preceded this one in the series, I found this third book to be a very enjoyable novel all by itself. 

Set in Alaska in the late 1800’s, it is a story full of adventure, cultural traditions, tough choices, difficult consequences, heartache, perseverance, friendship, and faith. The Alaskan setting is so well written and artfully described that it almost becomes an important character itself, influencing and motivating the main characters’ actions and decisions. The characters themselves are also well-developed and emotionally engaging.  I was quickly drawn into the story, because the plot of the novel is very well-researched, intriguing, and thoughtfully paced. 

This updated edition of Return to the Misty Shores is a fine example of Christian historical fiction that today’s readers will certainly appreciate. I truly enjoyed the hours I spent reading this book, and I am looking forward to reading the first two books in this series very soon.  

* I was provided a copy of this book by the author. All opinions in this review, whether positive or negative, are entirely my own.


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