It truly has been a long time since I have stayed up late at night trying to finish a book, but this was one of those books that you just can't put down! The "Bridge of Peace" by Cindy Woodsmall is an Ada's House Novel. It captured my attention from beginning to end. Woodsmall does a wonderful job of giving the reader a peek into the life of the Amish in a positive light.
Lena Kaufman is an Amish school teacher, that has a love for teaching and for her students. The trouble for Lena lies in her birthmark that is across her cheek. Lena believes she hasn't been courted or found a husband because she people can't see beyond her birthmark. As most Amish teachers experience, Lena has troubles with one of the older, bigger students in her class, which in turn creates a community-wide crisis. Lena finds herself being unsubmissive to the school board with her unconventional ways of dealing with the crisis and, in turn, loses her job.
One of the school board members, Grey Graber feels trapped in an unfulfilled marriage. He and his wife, Elsie keep up appearances in the community, but behind closed doors, Elsie has closed herself off from Grey. In desperation, Grey and Elsie finally begin to work out their differences when tragedy occurs.
Both Lena and Grey work to overcome their own insecurities and secrets and learn to literally build a "Bridge of Peace." This book really shows how God can heal hurts and broken hearts and build bridges in relationships.
This book is believable and will put you on the edge of your seat to figure out the ending. Living in an Amish community, I did question the daily showers and running water, throughout the story. I'm not sure if some communities allow running water with showers, but our community doesn't. That aside, I find this book to be a wonderful read and would highly recommend it to my family and friends. I can't wait to get my hands on another Cindy Woodsmall novel! Thanks to Water Brook Multnomah for this book in exchange for this review!