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Book Review: The Kissing Bridge (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Book 3) by Tricia Goyer #grow4christ #bookreview

on June 25, 2014

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About the Book:


Caught between a stifling Amish community and an unnerving outside world, a devout young woman on the run is about to become the newest arrival to West Kootenai, Montana. On the day of her sister’s death, Rebecca Troyer took her first step away from the Amish. Rebecca had always strayed a little outside the fold—a job at an Englisch bakery, long weekends with non-Amish friends—but nothing could have prepared her family for what she is about to do: Rebecca is abandoning the community to attend nursing school. She is headed to college, into “the world.” But she has to make it across the country first. When she stops in West Kootenai, at the home of a lapsed Amish friend from her youth, Rebecca finds a lot more in Montana than she had bargained for—namely a handsome working man named Caleb Hooley. Caleb is at a crossroads of his own. A daredevil bachelor with high standards, he has decided he’ll never find an Amish woman who can quench his thirst for adventure. Needless to say, the pretty Amish girl who has fled her community in secret catches his attention immediately. As hearts are opened and secrets are revealed, Rebecca and Caleb find they have much more in common than just their Amish background. But can this runaway find love with a risk-taker who has lost his faith in God? All it will take is one week in the wilderness to find out . . .


You can purchase a copy at Amazon or at Zondervan.


My Opinion:


If you do a search of my blog you’ll see it’s no secret that I’m a fan of Tricia Goyer’s writing – both non-fiction and fiction alike – they are excellent and also set a high standard for Christian reading in both areas.  I’ve read and reviewed The Memory Jar and The Promise Box, which are books 1 and 2 in the Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors series and I have to say I think this one may just be my favorite! I don’t know why it didn’t dawn on me while reading The Promise Box but as Millie explains it to Rebecca it has me wanting to make a real promise box of my own – that I can go to when I need some inspiration and reminding of what the Lord is doing in my life.  Rebecca just knows she is supposed to leave the Amish and become a nurse, so that she can save others like she couldn’t save her sister – but she never listens to what God wants until she is on a trail ride through the wilderness.


Getting to re-visit some old friends like ex-Amish Marianna and her singer husband Ben along with the old friends that live in West Kootenai was so much fun and I could feel like I was breathing in the mountain air that is clean and clear.  I’ll admit at first I kept thinking why was Rebecca so “know-it-all” and almost whiny and woe is me in some ways that she couldn’t get past her sister’s death and also I shuddered at some of Caleb’s dangerous antics almost as much as Rebecca harped on him about them, but the two new characters grew on me.  I’m not going to tell you a bunch of spoilers or dangle too much in front of you but I will say this – The Kissing Bridge is a wunderbar gut book that is a fast read and it will pull you in to the community where Amish and Englisch live and work together unlike other Amish communities and one that should be read by those who enjoy Tricia Goyer or Amish fiction, or both!



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