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One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife Elsie has shut him out of her life, and he doesn't know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family. Lena and Grey have been life-long friends but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?
Number of Pages: 352
Publication Date: 2010
|Dimensions: 8.25 X 5.50 (inches)|
Series: Ada's House
The Bridge of Peace: A Novel - eBook An Ada's House Series #2Cindy WoodsmallWaterBrook / 2010 / ePub$11.995 Stars Out Of 5 79 Reviews
Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that dont line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school boards case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.
One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesnt know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.
Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?
SPOILER ALERT! If you haven't read the novel yet, and want to retain the element of suprise as the story unfolds, we highly recommend that you do not read the reading guide questions.
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5So Much Wonderful Character Development and movement of the plot series wiseOctober 4, 2017GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book of a three book series: Ada's House. This trilogy reminded me how much I enjoy books by this author. Ms. Woodsmall creates tales with emotional dynamics that pulls me in, keeps me reading intently without wanting to put down the book, and connect with the well-developed characters so that I feel I have a vested interest in the outcome.
Cara and Ephraim's story is continued from the first book into this one. We also get to know Deborah, Ephraim's sister a little better since she, Cara and Ada live together in Hope Crossing now. Cara is helping Deborah recover when her fiance leaves her and his mother without support. It seems he even left the Amish lifestyle behind him. The three women eventually establish a good business as a bakery in their new setting in spite of a rough beginning, while Ada continues to mentor Cara.
Meanwhile back in Dry Lake, where the story originated, Teacher Lena is having difficulties in school with a rebellious and angry student, a bull in the neighboring pasture threatens the school children, Grey is having marital difficulties, Jonathan is attracted to Deborah, Israel is beginning to see Ada, and Dwane is being downright creepy. While we don't know these characters now, this authors manages to capture our interest in them quickly as our sense of community grows. Suspense builds, and so does the drama. I recommend you bring along a box of tissues when you read this book. The drama in this tale is just as heart-wrenching and touching as those in the first book.
Midst all the emotional valleys and mountain tops, this author holds it all together with great humor and meaningful life lessons. I found it helpful to read this book right after book 1 of the series. The three books together run seamlessly into each other, building on the storyline right at the beginning. You can read them independently, but you would lose some of the references to the action that went on before. Because of that, I recommend purchasing these books together.
One other thing really attracts me to this author's works. She weaves into her stories examples that steadfastly demonstrate God's involvement in our everyday lives. These stories are like word pictures in action. We're not preached at, but we see God's principles enacted throughout the book in such a way that it has to touch our hearts. Whenever I read her books, I find myself delving into deep thoughts of spiritual meaning, how God can live through me more effectively, showing how much He loves His children. All this comes so naturally to the author's pen, that we barely notice it while reading these tales. This is why Cindy Woodsmall is one of my top favorite authors.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Bethany House (a division of Baker Publishing). I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
Joy Kwap5 Stars Out Of 5November 27, 2011Joy KwapThis type of reading is very peaceful and comforting. A welcome change in todays world.
LouiseBethlehem, PAAge: Over 65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Enjoyed the facts, fiction and storySeptember 24, 2011LouiseBethlehem, PAAge: Over 65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 4Meets Expectations: 5I anxiously await books by Cindy Woodsmall. The story presentation is very interesting and challenges me to "just keep on reading" to see what happens next.
JamochaWaynesboro, PAAge: 25-34Gender: female4 Stars Out Of 5Another great story from Cindy Woodsmall!July 2, 2011JamochaWaynesboro, PAAge: 25-34Gender: femaleQuality: 4Value: 4Meets Expectations: 4I 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.
BRHSTEACHRock Mills, ALAge: 55-65Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Crossing the Bridge of PeaceMay 16, 2011BRHSTEACHRock Mills, ALAge: 55-65Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5About 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.