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 nurseâ€”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?"
My review: Unusual Amish stories no longer surprise me. It seems that the typical Amish stories are a thing of the past. This one certainly does not fall into the typical category. Not only does Rebecca not fit the mold, the Amish in Montana don't fit the mold either. I still enjoyed the story and appreciated that the author is sensitive to the Amish way of life but still shows that many Amish have found that the way to God is through Jesus. I loved the analogy of the bridge and finding our way to God. I loved that the author, Tricia Goyer, included the plan of salvation very clearly. Tricia Goyer has always been an author that I have enjoyed. This book was no exception. I received a complimentary copy of this book from Zondervan publishers in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
Rebecca has planned this day for years, and now it is here. The day she leaves home to start nursing school. While it seems to right to gain the skills to be able to help just one person, her Amish community says it is so wrong. What a challenge! After the child birth death of her sister, Rebecca as vowed that she wants to be able to help those in her community with their health problems. So she has gone to school on-line to get her high school diploma and EMT certification. And now she has been accepted to attend nursing school in Oregon.
On the train ride she calls her childhood friend in Montana and stops by for a visit. A visit that changes her life!
Caleb is one of the Amish bachelors who came to hunt, and has enjoyed the time in Montana away from his family and the problems there. He persuades Rebecca to go on a wagon trail trip to see the Montana sights before she heads to Oregon, and they are able to help each other learn more about each other.
This is the #3 in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series.
Disclaimer: I received this book from the publisher, Zondervan. All opinions expressed are my own.
"The Kissing Bridge," written by Tricia Goyer, is the third book in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and it is a wonderful addition to this series! Rebecca has been living a secret life since her sister passed away as Rebecca is determined to help others avoid the complications that her sister did giving birth and decides to go to enroll in collage for nursing school. However, Rebecca is Amish and this would not be accepted by her parents and community. Finally the time has come for Rebecca to leave home, really leave, not just living her double life that she has been. As Rebecca begins this journey she encounters some complications, one being a man named Caleb. Caleb is also trying to find his place in the world as he is torn between his Amish community and the English world. This is such a sweet story and journey that these two individuals are on in their lives and I highly recommend this to fans of Amish fiction. It is a well written story and the characters were easy to empathize with; this is one you will not want to miss!
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The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer was magical. I cannot get enough of the Amish way of living and the beautiful stories that I can enjoy at whim. The idea of being able to live off of the land and not by industries sounds like a peaceful way to live with no distractions and a closer relationship to God. Although the struggles are not only in the English world they are sometimes a part of the Amish and this story is framed around the struggle of continuing to live in the Amish community or become part of the English world. Our heroine, Rebecca, has been grappling with the idea of wanting to become a nurse and no longer live Amish and when she loses her sister it seemed like a sign to do so. In fact, it was a sign for her to find the right Amish community that would enable her to be a nurse, find love, and be in an Amish community that was be to her liking. Interestingly enough she finds all of those aspects and found herself in the process with the guidance of His love for her. It may seem like we have lost our way and are no longer a believer, but He is always by our side ready to help when we need Him. I was given a review copy and all thoughts are my own.
Rebecca left her home in Indiana years ago, without telling her parents, by train to Portland to studying nursing. She decides to stop by Montana to visit her childhood friend, Mariana.
Even though she is only there for a short while, Rebecca meets several people who help her grow in her faith and encourage her in her quest to become a nurse.
Caleb is fascinated by Rebecca's adventurous spirit , even when he doesn't know the whole story.
Will Rebecca have to choose between following her calling and love?
This is not your typical Amish story. I immediately liked Rebecca and her determination to follow where God was leading her, trusting when many things seemed unclear. One of my favorite characters was Millie, who was a rancher's wife for fifty years. Millie had many stories to share, as well as plenty of faith and encouragement. Millie also gave Caleb a talking to when he needed it.
Rebecca was my favorite though, ever since her sister died in childbirth Rebecca has wanted to learn all she can to keep that from happening again. She worked hard to earn her high school diploma, pass her EMT classes, and keep up with her online classes. She wants to help all people, Amish and English alike.
I enjoyed every moment of this book, it is well written and easy to read. There is plenty of good dialogue between Rebecca and Caleb. But this book is so much more than the relationship between Caleb and Rebecca. Faith and inspiration are well woven into the storyline, and fit effortlessly into the storyline. I loved the setting and descriptions of the majestic mountains. Kootenai sounds like a great town to visit :)
Overall, this was a fantastic read from begging to end, with characters that will capture your heart. I can't wait to read the next book in the series!
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