Review of Bridge to Haven: a Beautiful Story of Love and Redemption by Francine Rivers

Leah Courtney
Years ago, I fell in love with the writing of Francine Rivers when I read the book Redeeming Love. It's a beautiful allegory of the book of Hosea, set in the Old West. Since then I've found and read most of her books. And I was very thrilled to win a gift card that allowed me to get her newest book, Bridge to Haven.

Review of Bridge to Haven

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From the book's description...

To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she’s paid to finally feel like she’s somebody.

To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua―Abra’s closest friend―watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth have etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking charmer who lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what’s expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at a devastating price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now all she wants is a way back home.

I loved this book as much as the others I've read from Francine Rivers. She has the ability to write characters that are real and believable. They are real people with faults and flaws. And even the ones who are believers have struggles- just as in real life.

The character development is excellent, and I definitely felt as though I got to know the characters and connected with them as I read. The storyline was interesting, and I liked the setting in 1950s Hollywood. Events that happened were believable, and the story flowed well. And- without giving away too much- the book ends with something unresolved, just as in life things don't always all work out in a nice, neat wrapped up way.

Most of all, Bridge to Haven has a beautiful story of love and redemption. It's not preachy in any way. But, throughout the book, we can see God's love and redemptive plan as well as the loyalty and love of family and friends. In Abra's story, we can see ourselves, often veering from God's perfect will but ever able to return to him and be blessed- never without hope, even if it seems so at times.

I can definitely recommend Bridge to Haven. I give it 5 stars. You can find the book on Amazon here and read a Kindle sample below.

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