Friday, May 16, 2014

The Kissing Bridge

Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2014
ISBN: 978-0310335153
Genre: Amish

Caught between a stifling Amish community and an unnerving outside world, a devout young woman on the run is about to become the newest arrival to West Kootenai, Montana.

On the day of her sister's death, Rebecca Troyer took her first step away from the Amish.

Rebecca had always strayed a little outside the fold---a job at an Englisch bakery, long weekends with non-Amish friends---but nothing could have prepared her family for what she is about to do: Rebecca is abandoning the community to attend nursing school. She is headed to college, into “the world.”

But she has to make it across the country first.

When she stops in West Kootenai, at the home of a lapsed Amish friend from her youth, Rebecca finds a lot more in Montana than she had bargained for---namely a handsome working man named Caleb Hooley.

Caleb is at a crossroads of his own. A daredevil bachelor with high standards, he has decided he’ll never find an Amish woman who can quench his thirst for adventure. Needless to say, the pretty Amish girl who has fled her community in secret catches his attention immediately.

As hearts are opened and secrets are revealed, Rebecca and Caleb find they have much more in common than just their Amish background. But can this runaway find love with a risk-taker who has lost his faith in God? All it will take is one week in the wilderness to find out . . .

THE KISSING BRIDGE is the third book in Ms. Goyer's Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series. I hope this won't be the last book in the series, but as it as been shared, the publisher has discontinued the series due to bad sales. That is sad news for Amish fans.

I enjoyed reading THE KISSING BRIDGE and getting to know Caleb and Rebecca, though it took me awhile to learn to like them. Caleb lied to Rebecca right away, and then both Rebecca and Marianna got upset with each other for withholding secrets.  It was nice to catch up with Marianna and Ben from the first book in the series.

By the end of this engaging story I was cheering Caleb and Rebecca on and wondered how they would settle the one huge obstacle in their path (there were plenty of small ones too.)  Fans will want to read the first two books in the series, The Memory Jar and The Promise Box, and write to the publisher to beg for the rest in the series. A good book, recommended. 4.5 stars, rounded up to 5. $14.99. 290 pages.

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