Bridge to Haven

Bridge to Haven

Book - 2014
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A New York Times , USA Today , and Publishers Weekly bestseller! In this riveting saga of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, the New York Times bestselling author of Redeeming Love and The Masterpiece delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.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."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."-- USA Today 's Happy Ever After Blog "This is another compelling and moving story by one of the genre's most honored and talented writers."-- Library Journal , starred review "Rivers returns with a page-turning recasting of the story of the prodigal son, here a prodigal daughter. . . . This story arc will be particularly resonant for Christian readers, but Rivers has the writing ability to reel in others who enjoy a well-told tale of redemption." -- Publishers Weekly
Publisher: Carol Stream, Illinois : Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., [2014]
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781414368191
Branch Call Number: FIC RIVER F


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TSCPL_Librarian_Deb Jan 02, 2018

Abra's life has been a struggle since the day she was born. Abandoned by her birth mother under a bridge, Abra's life was saved by Pastor Zeke. Pastor Zeke and his wife adopted Abra and things went well for a while. But the Pastor Zeke's wife - who had been in failing health already when they adopted Abra - dies and Abra is left full of grief and guilt. Did the strain of caring for her help cause her adoptive mother's death? Then Pastor Zeke decides that he cannot give the time needed to care for Abra on his own, and sends her to live with another family. You can guess she is going to have issues after that, and indeed she runs off to the Hollywood area with a man who entices her when she is a teenager. Try as they might, the people who love her from back home can't track her down for a while. It isn't until she is discovered by a talent agent and turns up on the big screen that the realize what has happened to her. Will Abra ever return to them?
This was a good examination of the factors that might cause someone to become entrapped in an abusive relationship, as Abra does with the men who are only after her for her beauty and talent. There was a nice contrast as the people who truly loved her for who she was were eventually able to break through to her and help her see that she was already loved (by them as well as by God) and did need to go looking for it elsewhere. Definitely work the read, it's an engaging and eye-opening story.

deehagg Oct 22, 2014

A pleasure to read. Ms. Rivers has more than a story to share; she has a message. While the message is clear and the story fairly predictable, it is still immensely satsifying to read every bit of the story. I'd definitely recommend this one to my friends who share the values expressed by Ms. Rivers, or those corny enough to enjoy a very happy ending.

Sep 24, 2014

I LOVE THIS BOOK! I think I have read it about five times, and each time something comes across that I hadn't noticed before.

I am a huge fan of 1950's Hollywood, and this book totally satisfies my glamour craving.

This book is evocative, honest, and a tear jerker. This is one of the best books I have ever read.

Jun 27, 2014

really inspiring book! recommended to all my friends!

Jun 11, 2014

AMAZING book! I couldn't put it down! I love this story and how Francine Rivers tells it! I highly recommend this book!

JCLBobbiB Jun 06, 2014

Ever made mistakes, burned your brdiges,.... there is hope, you can go back... encouraging read.

4ofharts May 11, 2014

Excellent book.

basslady May 11, 2014

One of my favorite Authors.... this book is Good, I'm having trouble putting it down!!!

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Apr 24, 2014

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