Another thoroughly engrossing book by Irvin. She is one of the best in her genre (Amish fiction). A Long Bridge Home is up to her usual standard of excellence and covers some new ground in the Amish trope department.
Christine and Andy are “special friends”, a term for what young people nowdays call “going out”. But in the Amish world, being special friends normally leads pretty swiftly to the marriage altar. Andy, however, has some baggage to deal with before he’s comfortable moving forward.
Unfortunately for love’s course, events intercede and put even larger impediments in love’s way. Raging forest fires destroy their small Montana town and they are forced to move away from each other. Also, Christine runs afoul of the domineering and unloving uncle she is staying with. And, Andy’s in a car accident in which his friend and driver is killed.
Their romance is on shakey ground, but the love spark does not die out completely. It’s interesting to see how the author brings resolution. This book kept me reading until the end and I recommend it especially if you like Amish fiction.
One of the special things about the way Irvin writes about the Amish is that she doesn’t sugar-coat them as super-holy. Along the story’s path, we find that they don’t believe in assurance of salvation, something that is clearly shown in the Bible to be a true thing . But the Amish are proud of their humility (LOL). Also, they are very hard on each other and a lot of pressure to conform keeps people in the Amish religion.
The one thing I didn’t like about this book was a preposterous element in which the heroine, Christine, goes on several jaunts with a native man. Not only is this against her religion to go about with a strange man (she was past Rumspringer, the period when she can run wild and still come back and become a member of the Amish religion), it’s just plain unbelievable that she and Raymond the native would be “friends”.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” Luke 19:10
“The LORD is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit” Psalm 34:18
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