Friday, April 24, 2015

The Bridge of Peace Book Review

I was at the library on the search for a few books to read without any notes of books that I was looking for because I packed my list in a box already and moved it.  The Bridge of Peace (Ada's House, Book 2)
by Cindy Woodsmall was on the shelf and I was excited to see that it was the second in the series of a book that I just read last month.  WOO HOO!!  It went home with me and I was glad to read another Cindy Woodsmall book. 

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 don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s 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 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?

I enjoyed reading this book but I was trying to figure out from the beginning what happened in the first book.  You know you are reading too many difference Amish fiction series when you can't keep them straight!!  It was a great love story while still giving the trials and tribulations of being Amish and trying to live within the rules.  There are many lessons in the book but it really points out some differences between the Amish and English lifestyle which make you grateful to have all the great things that we have in our everyday life.

Anyway, I was sad to come to the end and find out that I didn't have the next book in the series.  I thought that I did but then I picked up the book that I got off the reserve at the library and realized that it was the next book in the other Amish fiction series that I am reading.  Boy did I set myself up for confusion.  I put the last book in this series on reserve at the library so I guess I will get it in next week so I have a little time to finish the other series and get all confused all over again.  I hope that you pick up this book and the rest of the series at your local library or bookstore.  I believe that you will greatly enjoy it!!!

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