Reviewer: Trudy Smith
Title: The Bridge of Peace - 2nd in the Ada's House series
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: WaterBrook Press
Release Date: August 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Romance
Year/Setting: Present day/Dry Lake, PA
Overall Rating: 3.75
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: Minimal/Moderate
Cindy's Website/Blog: www.cindywoodsmall.com
As schoolteacher of Dry Lake’s Amish school, Lena Kauffman has had many challenges. Challenges aren’t new to Lena as she’s had to face the large birthmark on her cheek. Whispers and stares have followed her her whole life and this school year they have followed her into the classroom. One of her students has shown particularly strong rebellious behavior constantly bringing up her birthmark. As the stress and anxiety builds in the classroom, Lena is forced to contend with several crises. Lena makes the best decisions she can at the time but the school board is not impressed.
The school board had put Lena on probation for a particular decision she made last year. Lena is now accused of not submitting to the school board’s decision as well as making choices not appropriate for an Amish schoolteacher or her students. One school board member, Grey Graber, has always stood up for Lena. As her brother’s best friend, Grey has known Lena most of her life. Grey knows Lena can be head-strong and opinionated but he also knows she’s a great teacher.
Grey has had challenges of his own, his marriage. Grey’s wife has shut him out and he’s not sure why so how and what can he do to fix it. Before they can really try to mend their relationship, tragedy strikes and his wife is killed.
Grey and Lena have to deal with their own problems and circumstances throw them together from time to time. New and different feelings are growing and neither knows how to deal with them.
How will God lead them through the crises’ and tragedies to peace? Can Lena and Grey build a bridge of peace for them, the school and the community?
The Bridge of Peace is a story of hatred and bigotry as well as love and healing. Both Lena and Grey have dealt with their own tragedies and through their faith have seen past them to build a stronger trust and a new life.
Cindy Woodsmall’s writing gives the reader just the right insight into the characters and plot to make the story unfold as if you were watching from a distance though it appears that reading The Hope of Refuge, the first book in the Ada’s House series, would give the reader greater depth into the story. Even at that, The Bridge of Peace is a great Amish story and will give you hours of enjoyable, entertaining reading.
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