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Bridge to Haven Paperback – Large Print, April 1, 2015
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In Rivers' ("Her Daughter's Dream," 2010) latest inspirational tale, Pastor Zeke feels compelled to walk to the bridge at the edge of Haven, his small Northern California town. There he discovers an abandoned newborn infant. The year is 1936 and his wife, Maryanne, her heart weakened by rheumatic fever in her childhood and advised against another pregnancy, wants to keep the child. They name her Abra. Five years later, Maryanne dies and Pastor Zeke gives Abra up for adoption to friends. Abra ends up feeling rejected by her birth mom and the pastor, and never bonds with her adoptive family. Joshua, her best friend, goes to war in Korea with a MASH unit, and she runs away to Hollywood and becomes a starlet under the tutelage of an agent who sees her as his Galatea. Hollywood success fails to make Abra feel whole and wanted, and she has no idea that Joshua is looking for her. Rivers' persistent Christian message will please readers who are seeking fiction with a repeated and strong message about redemption and salvation.--Booklist
Starred reviewWhen Pastor Zeke Freeman finds a newborn baby abandoned under a bridge, he brings the child home and names her Abra. Although his wife, Marianne, is not well, she accepts the responsibility of caring for another child gladly. However, by the time their young charge is five, Marianne dies, and Pastor Zeke gives Abra to another family to raise. The girl is heartbroken and angry. By the time she reaches high school, the teen is already on a troubled path. Hooking up with the charming Dylan, she is off to find fame and fortune in the movie business. Her exotic looks take Hollywood by storm, and she soon realizes how fast life moves in Tinseltown, even in the 1950s. But success exacts a dreadful price, and now all she wants to do is return to Haven and the people who have always loved her.VERDICT This is another compelling and moving story by one of the genre's most honored and talented writers. Abra is realistically crafted, and her story--based on Ezekiel 16--is poignant and bittersweet. Essential for Rivers's many fans.--Library Journal
In Rivers' ("Her Daughter's Dream", 2010) latest inspirational tale, Pastor Zeke feels compelled to walk to the bridge at the edge of Haven, his small Northern California town. There he discovers an abandoned newborn infant. The year is 1936 and his wife, Maryanne, her heart weakened by rheumatic fever in her childhood and advised against another pregnancy, wants to keep the child. They name her Abra. Five years later, Maryanne dies and Pastor Zeke gives Abra up for adoption to friends. Abra ends up feeling rejected by her birth mom and the pastor, and never bonds with her adoptive family. Joshua, her best friend, goes to war in Korea with a MASH unit, and she runs away to Hollywood and becomes a starlet under the tutelage of an agent who sees her as his Galatea. Hollywood success fails to make Abra feel whole and wanted, and she has no idea that Joshua is looking for her. Rivers' persistent Christian message will please readers who are seeking fiction with a repeated and strong message about redemption and salvation.--Booklist
Why you should read it: If you are looking for a sweet little Christian romance with a mild theme of redemption, you'd better look elsewhere. "Bridge to Haven" is one of the edgiest Christian romances I have had the pleasure of reading in a long while. Francine Rivers has woven a deeply moving story with an adept hand that knows just how to layer humanity, in all its beautiful and ugly truth, into almost every individual who steps onto the page. This story takes Abra to some very dark places before a pinprick of hope breaks through.Some scenes (even one post-redemption scene) might be considered "almost graphic" by inspirational/Christian romance standards, but that does not mean those readers should shy away. Francine Rivers writes these sorts of scenes in a way that puts the reader in the moment, but allows her to depart without feeling soiled by what she witnessed therein. There is beauty and meaning to be found throughout this emotion-gripping story, even in the contrast between Abra's bedroom experiences.Longtime fans of Francine Rivers will not be disappointed in this painful, moving, and triumphant tale of redemption. For those who have not yet given this best-selling legend-of-an-author a try, I highly recommend "Bridge to Haven".--USA Today
When I was first given a copy of "Redeeming Love" and was told I MUST read it, the rebellious side of me tried not to (I wasn't a fan of Christian fiction). But I was soon gripped by the tale of undeserved love and grace that the re-telling of the story of Hosea and Gomer revealed. And the same has been true for every other Francine Rivers book I have devoured since.I must say Francine has done it again. I am always totally blown away by the worlds that her huge novels create. Each one is based around a totally different era and situation and yet she expertly crafts a totally plausible and utterly believable backdrop for her characters. It is obvious why she is a bestselling author, as she knows her craft so well.Francine often has at the heart of her books the eternal story of redemption and grace. This newest one reminded me a little of "Redeeming Love", in that it focused on one girl's journey. She makes so many huge mistakes, but ultimately finds her way home again.The book begins with Pastor Zeke discovering a little girl, just born, abandoned by the bridge into Haven. Taking her in for her first years, he eventually feels he must give her to another family from his church to raise. Devastated, Abra kicks back against the situation, feeling that it is just another instance of her being abandoned. You can sense the deep hurt on both sides, but also the integrity as the pastor tries to do what he feels is right.Eventually Abra grows into a beautiful young woman, but when a fast-talking, fast-driving boy turns up in town that both she and her "sister" fall for, it is she that turns her back on all she has known and runs away with him. Abra soon learns life's lessons the hard way as she is used and abused by the boy.Ending up in Hollywood, Abra becomes a rising acting star--but only due to a controlling agent desperate to make a comeback.There are so many things that spoke to me in this story. It is obviously about temptation, grace and unconditional love. However
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The plot of the novel sounded so exciting! An abandoned baby girl, taken in by a loving family. A girl who grew up and became a woman, but whose haunted past influences her decision to leave home, eventually becoming a starlet in the glitz and glamor of 1950s Hollywood!
I suppose I had high hopes that this story would be more like Francine Rivers' "Mark of the Lion" series, with its rich history, emotional / psychological depth, and ability to weave the light of Christian truth throughout the lives of complex characters. "Bridge to Haven" certainly had the potential to be one of Rivers' most compelling reads. Yet, in so many respects, it fell flat.
First, the characters in this novel were largely two-dimensional. The Matthews, Abra's eventual "adopted" family, were neither likable nor sympathetic. Pastor Zeke, too, helped to contribute towards Abra's fear and mistrust of others. Even though they later came to regret their actions and sought forgiveness, it seemed to me rather cruel that Pastor Zeke later reprimanded Abra for not being able to forgive and forget so easily.
Second, I wish Francine Rivers had gone into more depth during Abra's stint in Hollywood. I did not feel transported back in time-- I had wanted to feel the glitz and glamor of Tinsel Town during the 50s. Even if the author had wished to demonstrate that life in Hollywood was all ultimately an empty and/or fleeting thrill, what could have been an amazing glimpse into a world of intrigue, fame, and fortune was rather dull.
Third, as someone who has lived through sexual abuse, Abra's overnight transformation with regard to her marital relationship felt a bit of a stretch. Still, I did find the "wedding night" scene to be beautiful-- albeit graphic. It actually had me on the brink of tears. This part of the novel was, to me, one of the most genuine-- and healing-- moments of the whole story.
Fourth, the identity of the mysterious diner waitress was fairly predictable.
Last, the novel could have used better editing. There were at least a few times when I turned the page and read the exact same line over again. And, if something had been characterized as "droll" one more time, I would have chucked the book across the room.
All in all, "Bridge to Haven" was good, but not great. The author has an incredible gift for writing, but her talents were not wholly realized in this novel. I cannot help feeling that if Francine Rivers had extended the story by 50 pages or so-- taking the time to flesh out her characters and play out the more delicate notes of the plot line, this work could have been a masterpiece.
If I wake up at 2 in the morning and want to read and end up finishing a book, it's a good book!
That happened with Bridge to Haven, so it's good!
Usually if I am thinking about the book the next day, it's also because it's good but this time
I was asking a lot of "why's".
Joshua and Abra: Brother and sister until age 5 and 8 or 9? That's too old to change direction
from brother and sister to best friends and then potential/eventual love interest. This was a struggle for me as was the first part of the book until Abra ran away. I actually had to re-read parts as I was confused with this part of the story.
I wanted more character development with Murray the hair stylist and the manicurist ...both appeared to have faced failure and then redemption, something Abra was in the middle of, and I kept thinking it was going to happen as I read...but then they just sort of faded away. It would have been nice to see those special relationships that God provided Abra in the middle of her nightmare life help her. It made me wonder if an editor said "shorten it up" ?
Susan and Zeke? So much time developing a possible relationship there and then nothing? Weird.
And then when Susan talks to Abra about who she is, it surprised me that Abra was so angry and stayed hurt.
Usually people who have failed in a big way have compassion for others failures.
And the various friends from high school, again you think it's going to go deeper and people are tie up some
loose ends but they fade away as well.
Adore Francine Rivers, I have read everything she has written --Redeeming Love more times than I can count and have always thought The Mark of the Lion series would make a great movie. She is authentic and transparent, not afraid to speak TRUTH! No sugar coating and a wonderful story teller. I just feel like this one had some holes, maybe there is a sequel coming and they will get filled in?