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. Shes 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 readers 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. Its a story you cant forget. I predict it will become a blockbuster like Redeeming Love. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. Its 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 wont want to miss and wont soon forget. Its one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you face. I highly recommend it.