Thursday, June 12, 2014

The Kissing Bridge


The Kissing Bridge By Tricia Goyer Review 

~About the Book~
 Series: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors (Book 3)


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 . . .

~My Impressions~
This is the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series, but works well as a standalone. The book was a little hard to get into at the beginning, but quickly picked up pace a few chapters later.  Tricia does a marvelous job giving us great visual imagery of Montana and the countryside that helps transport readers into the story. 

Romantic does not begin to describe this story between Rebecca and Caleb.  It was one of those breath taking love stories that you adore hearing about and cannot get enough of. The story starts off with Rebecca leaving her Amish community in Indiana to pursue a nursing career in Portland, Oregon. On her way to Portland she becomes sidetracked when the Lord puts in her heart to stop and visit her dear friend in Montana, Marianna. While there she meets Caleb, an Amish boy with a wild side and is instantly drawn to him. Both Caleb and Rebecca are keeping secrets though that can hinder any relationship between them, leaving both with choices that they have to make and obstacles they will have to learn to overcome in order to have any future together. 

I really enjoyed this book and the struggles that the characters had to overcome to improve their lives. It was a basic fork in the road story with choices and consequences that were real and enjoyable that really brought this book to life for me. 

~About the Author~
Gloria is a 59-year-old retired RN and former accountant who has a life long love of reading. She has spent the last two years reading every Amish novel she can get her hands on.When not reading, Gloria spends her day trading stocks and options, tweeting under the name of @gloriason, and expressing her gratitude to God. She blogs at amishreader.blogspot.com.

Disclaimer:  I received a free copy of this book from BookLook in exchange for my honest review and opinion which I have given.

The Kissing Bridge By Tricia Goyer Review

Book Description

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?
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