* Book provided for review by WaterBrook Press for my unbiased review*
Amish fiction writer, Cindy Woodmsall introduces us to Dry Lake Community once again with Lena Kauffman and other members of the Community.
Lena is ashamed of the mark on her face, the dark mark reminds her of why she may not be suitable for marriage. Along with that issue she must constantly contend with the school board over her “out of traditional ways” of teaching the students. Meanwhile, Benjamin “Grey” Graber, who is married to Elsie is having some cloudy doubts about his marriage and hopes he and his wife can cross the bridge of hope before its tool late.
The Bridge of Peace has all of the classic pieces meant to bake a homemade Amish story: the large communities filled with families, women wanting to get married and have more than two children, strict rules based off the Ordnung and so on…but what the Bridge of Peace has is the ability to cause you tear up what you believe and reevaluate your old ways. Lena is a teacher but she has to try and seek out help for her students and in the process is gaining love from a person she has never thought would fall for her.
One flaw with this book that stems from my own personal opinion, is that as much as I crave Amish fiction and Amish Potato Salad, I can certainly do without the church leaders’ Ordnung or ways of Amish life. Too many restrictions actually does not equal peace for many people. I congratulate CW and those of the Amish faith for providing real background for her books along with the author’s uncanny ability to spill a character’s soul, but I’d like never to be Amish, just, maybe visit.
This book earns 4 out of 5 stars from this reviewer! Woot!
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