I found this book to be very enjoyable. Once I got into the story and the characters, I had a really hard time putting the book down. Lena has lived her whole life with a birthmark on her face and has struggled with the comments and remarks that have come with that. She is a wonderful young woman who loves teaching her students and wants to help them in every way possible. Her story is one of coming to an understanding of herself. I enjoyed her story, Grey's story, and the many other stories in the book. The details of Amish life are always so interesting to me, and Cindy Woodsmall does a great job capturing so many aspects of Amish life. This book had some very intense moments, twists, and turns, which just added to the draw of the story. I find the books in this series so interesting for several reasons: there's romance, there's suspense, there's faith, there's Amish life, and so much more. I have so many thoughts swirling through my head about this book, but I can't seem to capture them well. I really found it to be another great story from Cindy Woodsmall. She really has a way of bringing Amish life to life for her reader. I look forward to the next book in this series. I'm hoping that some loose ends get tied up! I so enjoy reading about each characters struggles and challenges and joys! If you love Amish fiction, you will certainly enjoy this story!!
Disclaimer: This book was provided free for review by WaterBrook Press.
About the Book: The Bridge of Peace is the second book in the Ada's House trilogy by Cindy Woodsmall but is a stand alone. This book is the first one I have read and I am looking forward to reading more. I am especially looking forward to her third book that should be in bookstores in early Fall 2011.
Summary: Lena Kauffman is an Amish schoolteacher whose outspoken and independent ways surprise and upset members of the Amish community in which she lives. Lena has a birthmark on her face and believes that this makes her flawed and unlovable. Her life as a teacher is not easy_.and a series of events threatens her position as a teacher.
About the Author: Cindy Woodsmall is an excellent storyteller as she unravels the tale through her characters' everyday relationships. The plot of this book is very engaging and I just could not put it down. The author obviously knows the ins and outs of the Amish world so well that it makes the reader feel as if they are right there observing life in a peaceful Amish town of Dry Lake.
My Thoughts: There several good Amish fiction writers, but I'd have to say that this one would be my number one pick. This is a must read.
THE BRIDGE OF PEACE by Cindy Woodstock is an interesting and amazing inspirational Amish fiction set in present day Amish country. It it the second in "THE ADA HOUSE SERIES",Book One, "Hope of Refuge",but can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with depth and details.It is about an Amish young women,Lena,,who is a teacher and has a birthmark on her cheek. She has endured ridicule,humiliation,and talk behind her back.She only wants a family of her own her,to teach school,find love and happiness.Grey,her long time friend,has problems of his own with his marriage,a son who has a handicap,a wife who has gone cold in their marriage
and dealing with how to bring his marriage to what it used to be. While Lena is dealing with rambunctious children,and a school board she has defiled their word.She believes her students should be able to learn. Then a tragic accident happens,leaving a wife dead,a husband and a student full of guilt,the school board furious with Lena,someone is not only trying to discredit Lena but is also planning to get rid of her.While Lena and Grey are finding their way ,they find they are not only facing deception,but Lena is facing danger,she isn't even aware of,and they are fighting their own feelings. They will have to build a bridge of peace to survive.This story is of love,faith,deception,redemption
forgiveness, and the power of second chances. This is a fast paced story of the Amish faith and their power of moving forward.If you enjoy Amish,romance,faith,a little mystery you will enjoy this one.A great read. This book was received for the purpose of review from the publisher and details can be found at WaterBrook Press,Multnomah and My Book Addiction Reviews.