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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody. To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven, a sleepy little town in Northern California. Zeke and his son, Joshua-Abra's closest friend-watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what's expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at a devastating price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414368186
ISBN-13: 9781414368184

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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua—Abra’s closest friend—watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

Editorial Reviews

Rivers (Redeeming Love) returns with a page-turning recasting of the story of the prodigal son, here a prodigal daughter. In 1936, Abra Matthews is found as a newborn under a bridge in the small California town of Haven by Pastor Ezekiel Freeman. She’s taken in, but never feels as if she quite belongs, so she is susceptible to a beguiling young man who years later lures 17-year-old Abra to Hollywood. There, she becomes starlet Lena Scott, made over by a Pygmalion-like agent who wants everything from her, even while Abra/Lena comes to understand the cost of what she thought she wanted. Rivers nicely evokes 1950s Hollywood, with its gossip columnists, high-wattage movie stars, and ladder-climbing aspirants; Elvis Presley and Lana Turner put in cameos. This story arc will be particularly resonant for Christian readers, but Rivers has the writing ability to reel in others who enjoy a well-told tale of redemption.
In Rivers’ exquisite style, she takes the Biblical story of Ezekiel 16 and translates it into a character-driven tale set in the ’30s through the ’60s. Relating the experiences of the characters to the reader’s relationship with God takes the story to the next level. Richly detailed, at times disturbing, but completely real and dynamic, this is a book to savor.
Francine Rivers is perhaps the best novelist of our time. In Bridge to Haven, she quickly captured me with her characters and pulled me into the story of this prodigal daughter. It’s a story you can’t forget. I predict it will become a blockbuster like Redeeming Love. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It’s a 5-star must read. Bridge to Haven has been added to my Top Ten for 2014 and My All Time Favorites List.
This is a book you won’t want to miss and won’t soon forget. It’s one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you face. I highly recommend it.

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  1. Kim
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great book
    October 23, 2017
    Kim
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    another great book by Francine Rivers. She does a wonderful job of showing how our free will to choose brings consequences. But when we finally surrender to God he will restore us.
  2. HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Incredible 1950s Fiction
    October 17, 2017
    HomeSchool Mom of 4
    The Hot Dry Desert
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    "Bridge to Haven" tells the story of Abra, lovely but wounded. As a baby, she is abandoned under a bridge where the local preacher finds her. He and his wife adopt her, even though he has misgivings--his wife's health isn't good and he doesn't think she can handle the demands of a baby... then a toddler... then the high-spirited little girl Abra becomes. Her adopted mother dies and her daddy gives her away to some family friends. My heart broke for Abra. After some time, the only daddy she ever knew doesn't even seem to want to see her anymore! Later, as the story unfolded, I was on the edge of my seat as I turned every page. I was gripped with Abra's life as she searched for love and approval from everyone. She put herself on a pedestal, she sought perfection, she tried to please those closest to her to earn their love.

    As a teenager and later as a young woman, Abra doesn't feel at all like she belongs in her small town of Haven. She ends up in Hollywood, pursuing stardom, living a life giving into any temptation she feels like giving into, essentially trying to fill her heart with something... anything... anyone... who might be able to fill it. After she ends up burning every bridge back to Haven, she realizes she wants to go back but it seems impossible. The story is riveting and, in the end, it has such a message of hope! In my own life, I recently made quite a mess of a certain something but God has been filling my heart with hope just as He showed Abra in this story--hope that He can somehow turn the mess she made into some part of His beautiful plan, and the truth that He can replace "sorrow and shame" with "everlasting joy" (Isaiah 61:7). Abra seemed real, I loved her, she felt more like a "friend" than most book characters I've met, and reading her story was a blessing to my heart.

    I enjoyed this book so much! Read it!!
  3. Julie
    3 Stars Out Of 5
    Wierd Plotline
    August 12, 2017
    Julie
    Quality: 5
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 2
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    This book was very wierd to me. I did not like the plotline. It was too much horrible things happening to the main character that were very unpleasant to read. Only read if you are firmly established in your faith, because it could sway you.
  4. Syracuse gma
    Michigan
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    well written novel
    March 19, 2017
    Syracuse gma
    Michigan
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven - eBook.
    engaging and well written novel set in 1950s
  5. Shannon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love it!
    July 28, 2016
    Shannon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a Francine Rivers fan I love everything she has written and this novel is no exception. There was an unexpected twist at the end that I did not see coming, so Mrs. Rivers continues to inspire, encourage and challenge me. I confess at first I thought this novel was just "Redeeming Love" set in a different time period. As I read on, I felt it was a metaphor for the prodigal son. In the final pages/author notes I learned the idea for this novel is Ezekiel 16. Francine Rivers is just "awesomely amazing"! She continues to "out do" herself with each novel. I highly recommend to all!
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