Monday, February 21, 2011
The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall
Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.
One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesn’t know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.
Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?
My Thoughts: First of all, I really enjoy reading books about the Amish and this book is a really good one. I'll admit when I first started reading it, it seemed a little slow. I think the reason for that is I hadn't read the 1st book in the series and I was a little lost on all the characters. But it didn't take long and I was completely engrossed in the story and totally loved the characters. The story is about very down to earth and real life issues that we all could face. It deals a lot with honesty and openness in relationships and how important that is. And how sometimes when we hide things from our family because we think we need to protect them and that often this ends up hurting them even more. I really love the character of Lena. She loved and wanted to help people so much. Many times she acted beyond her boundaries and got into trouble, but it was always with an honest, pure and giving heart. I think this world would be a better place, if more of us were like her. I recommend this book very highly.
Click here to read an excerpt from The Bridge of Peace
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"I received this book for free from WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing Group for this review"