5 Stars Out Of 5
small box, big treasure
October 24, 2011
Kathleen L. Maher
Bridge to Love, book two in the series set in Maple Notch, Vermont has so much to recommend itself. It is a story of economic hardship, community spirit, the arrogance of pride, and the overcoming power of faith and love. Beatrice Bailey is the privileged daughter of the town banker destined to marry a successful New York City businessman, but in love with a local farmer. In a year where the crops keep failing due to unseasonably cold weather, all the farmers of Vermont face disaster--all, that is, except Calvin Tuttle. He has concocted a way not only to save his crop, but perhaps also the town of Maple Notch from price gouging and greed in their hour of need.
Calvin Tuttle has adored Bea since school yard days. When the sweet girl he remembers from before the War has become a lovely young lady, he pursues the hope that he could prove himself worthy of her. The plot thickens when her father tells him he isn't good enough and forbids him to see his daughter. Can Calvin's inventiveness and ingenuity elevate him from the dirt farmer her father despises to a man of standing in the community?
This delightful romance full of authentic Vermont history captures the innovative spirit of early America in rich writing and poignant themes of forgiveness, perseverance, and grace. Moving and inspiring, it left me rooting for the underdog, admiring the hero's resilience, and hoping and believing for miracles. A thoroughly satisfying story that I relished to the last word.