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When a wildfire forces her small Amish community to abandon their Montana homes, Christine Mast makes the decision not to move with her family to Kansas. On her own for the first time, she works at her uncle's store in St. Ignatius, a small Amish town on the Flathead Indian Reservation.
There she meets Raymond Old Fox, and they form a friendship that stretches Christine's world beyond the tight boundaries of her Amish faith. He introduces her to the rich cultural history of his ancestors and their close ties to nature. She tells him about her faith and way of life that centers so firmly around forgiveness.
While Christine's mind is expanding through the deep conversations with Raymond, her heart is pulling her back home where her beau, Andy tends to his ailing father. She knows he is wrestling with something of his own, but why won't he let her in?
|Title: Long Bridge Home|
By: Kelly Irvin
Number of Pages: 336
Publication Date: 2020
|Dimensions: 7.17 X 4.71 X 1.04 (inches)|
Weight: 9 ounces
Series: Amish of Big Sky Country
Stock No: WW356738
After her community in the awe-inspiring Montana mountains is suddenly consumed by a raging wildfire, one young Amish woman finds herself in a new town where shes introduced to the Native culture of the Kootenai people.
When the Mast family is forced to evacuate their home in the West Kootenai region of Montana, Christine chooses not to move with her family to her fathers childhood home in Kansas. Instead, she wants to stay closer to home and to her beau, Andy Lambright, who has yet to ask for her hand in marriage and who seems to be holding tightly to secrets from his past.
Now, living with her aunt and uncle in St. Ignatius, Christine is on her own for the first time in her life. While working in her uncles store Christine meets Raymond Old Fox, whom she befriends, and he introduces her to his rich native culture with strong ties to the earth and nature. Despite the warnings of her aunt and uncle, Christine is inexplicably drawn to Raymond, and her mind is opened to a history and heritage far different from her own.
With her newly expanding horizons, Christine wonders if she can return to the domestic life that is expected of her. Her heart still longs to be with Andy, but she isnt the same person she was before the fire, and she wonders if he can accept who she is becoming. Has too much distance grown between them? Or can they bridge the gap from past to present and find their way back together?
Kelly Irvin is a bestselling, award-winning author of over twenty novels and stories. A retired public relations professional, Kelly lives with her husband, Tim, in San Antonio. They have two children, three grandchildren, and two ornery cats. Visit her online at KellyIrvin.com; Instagram: @kelly_irvin; Facebook: @Kelly.Irvin.Author; Twitter: @Kelly_S_Irvin.