We had the pleasure of reviewing the lovely book, The Secret Bridge from Lamplighter Publishing. This is a sweet coming-of age story about a young woman who finds herself alone and poor in a new country. Bridget is very headstrong and doesn't want to rely on the dashing stranger who is more than willing to help her. Bridget states in the beginning that she doesn't believe in God but her attitude changes throughout the book. As her relationship blooms with the dashing Godfrey Bullingham, she finds herself being drawn closer to God as well. This is a romance, but also a journey in her love for Christ. She is soon a young bride and is faced with many difficult decisions. The book is 261 pages long and geared toward middle school/ high school. It is written by Amy Le Feuvre.
Lamplighter Publishing is well known for providing wonderful books that depict Christian characters and supporting the development of good Christian characteristics and biblical growth through great literature. This book certainly fits their criteria.
My daughter was excited as soon as she saw this book arrive. It is a very nice hardcover book with an embossed cover. There is even gold on the front. She was very impressed. She is 13 and a struggling reader and was relieved when she saw that the print was a bit larger than is typical. We decided to read it together and spend some mother-daughter quality time. This insured that we would be able to read it at a faster pace. It did take us a few chapters to really understand the setting and get into the story. However, we were soon transported to a long time ago in England. The story quickly becomes a page turner.
My daughter and I enjoyed this book. It is much deeper than I originally thought it would be. The story line is easy to follow and enjoyable. There is plenty of opportunities for spiritual growth and discussion. This book gets a thumbs up from our family. I am always pleased when I find tender books for helping my daughter grow into a strong, caring and capable woman. Although this story is filled with the past, it is every so easily related to our present day and growing our daughters in faith.
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