Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers

Book description:

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 etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and 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 an awful price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

My review:

I couldn’t wait to read this newest Francine Rivers book! Her Redeeming Love is one of my all-time favorite books and I love her Lineage of Grace series. She has a gift for bringing stories to life and making readers fall in love with her characters.

Despite all my raving over Rivers, I have to be honest and admit that this book is my least favorite of any of her books. I loved the characters and the message, but I found the ending too predictable.

I think Rivers greatest strength is bringing history to life and helping readers understand and sympathize with people in circumstances vastly different from their own. I appreciated the glimpse into the Hollywood lifestyle through the eyes of Francine Rivers. The message of forgiveness and redemption was great.

Despite my lack of enthusiasm for this book, I am eagerly anticipating the next Francine Rivers book to come out. I am still a huge fan! Perhaps I didn’t enjoy this book as much as some of the others because the bar was set too high. Rivers is that great of an author!

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