Have you ever been through a trial in your life, and you thought it would be easier to just cut all ties, leave everything, and start all over? That is exactly how two characters in Francine Rivers’ newest novel, Bridge to Haven, felt. Francine Rivers is an award winning author of Christian fiction novels. You may know her most by her best-selling book Redeeming Love. This “prodigal son” story brings to light some very difficult situations a child like Abra might experience. Abandoned at birth, Abra is a foster/adoptive child that does not feel loved though she is very well loved and cared for by her adoptive parents. This is an intriguing story about a girl who seemed to be unloved (in her eyes), but she is rather beloved in her hometown of Haven.
Abra was a character that was easy to fall in love with and empathize with, yet she made you want to so much for her eyes to be opened to the truth. How much heartache could have been saved in your life had you “seen the light” early on in your own experience? Unfortunately, like Abra, we burn every single bridge before we realize what we’ve lost and begin to rebuild a bridge that leads us back to the place and people we love most. I really enjoyed reading the latest book by Francine Rivers, but I caution young readers as many mature themes are explored. Such themes include rape, mild forms of exploitation, and other intimate relations. Moms of teens that love to read Christian fiction, you may want to do a book club style reading or read the book, and make the decision that is best for your family in regards to letting your teen girl read this novel.
Bridge to Haven is available for purchase at Lifeway, Amazon.com, and Barnes & Noble. The novel is also available in the Nook and Kindle versions. If you’ve read the book, what are your thoughts on the novel? If you have not already read the book, I encourage to add it to your summer reading list.