Sunday, April 27, 2014
The Kissing Bridge - Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors 3 - by Tricia Goyer
About the book:
In the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series, award-winning author Tricia Goyer introduces a surprising new resident to West Kootenai as a young woman escapes from her stifling conservative Amish community to find a new life. Rebecca is an Amish woman whose pained past compels her to leave everything to become a nurse—abandoning her family and community. Caleb is an Amish man who is counting down the days until hunting season. At a crossroads in his own life, the excitement of hunting game is all he looks forward to. All the while he wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Even though he likes the Amish lifestyle, what good is an Amish man without faith in God?
An unexpected meeting pushes them together, and they embark with friends on a two-week-long wilderness wagon journey. Hardship tears down the flimsy walls of protection they've placed around their hearts, and as their friendship grows they open up to each other and eventually reveal their deepest secrets. While on the outside they appear to be traditional Amish people, inside they both know they are anything but that. Will their secrets pull them together or draw them apart? And will their faith in God grow? There is a bridge to cross at the end of the journey. Will true love take them across?
I found this to be an interesting story about a unique Amish situation. I can't imagine the heartbreak of losing a sister and feeling partly to blame and I admired Rebecca's determination to do something about it. I loved that we got to see more of Marianna and some other characters that were in previous books. I thought the romance was very quick; I like to see more development in relationships. The fact that Goyer put the salvation message in her story was wonderful and I loved the discussion between Rebecca and Marianna about Jesus, leaving the Amish and faith. There wasn't much said about Caleb's faith, though, and I wondered where he stood. I didn't like this story as much as the first two, but still enjoyed it. I would recommend it if you like Amish books.
I received a free copy of this book from BookLook Bloggers in exchange for an honest review.