Tuesday, April 22, 2014

The Kissing Bridge (Book Review)


After reading a lot of Amish fiction for a while, I don't think I've read any for a few months.  When I saw that The Kissing Bridge by Tricia Goyer was available from BookLook Bloggers, I readily accepted the free-to-me e-book for review.

When her sister died in childbirth, Rebecca--a young Amish woman--felt helpless because medical help did not arrive in time and she was not able to save her sister.  That day she determined to be a nurse in order to help give her Amish community better access to health care.  At the start of the book, she is conflicted because her community does not approve of higher education; if she pursues her dream, she will be rejected by both her community and her family.

Without telling her family, she borrows a friend's computer and takes classes online.  She earns her high school diploma and begins nursing classes.  She is accepted by a nursing school in Oregon.

Again without telling her family, she leaves her hometown by train to move to Oregon.  Along the way she stops to visit an old friend in Montana.  There she meets Caleb, a young Amish man with his own family issues, and struggles to choose between her attraction to him and her dream of becoming a nurse.

The Kissing Bridge is a very sweet story, and I enjoyed it.  The character interactions are realistic and interesting.  Goyer has an exceptional way with words, and reading her work is a joy.  I also appreciated that the book is absolutely family-friendly, with no profanity or mature content.

For more information and a book preview, visit the Zondervan product page for The Kissing Bridge.

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