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BRIDGE TO HAVEN
Grade A- Woeful tale of an abandoned child turned adult and her headstrong escape into desolation and darkness, it’s a long journey but the love and light of home beckons and eventually restores her. Well-written, page-turner as usual from Rivers. However the author never addresses the fact that the pastor could have kept the child if he had asked for help from the congregation. She was really abandoned more than once and it is heartbreaking and hard to get past, making the rest of the book seem like it was unnecessarily tragic...but apparently necessary to develop a romantic interest in the adopted brother. These two elements don't fit Rivers' usually seamless writing. Still a worthy read.
Appeals to: Fans of Francine Rivers, especially of Redeeming Love, and those who like fiction with an edge instead of fluff.
Bookbite: "Abra sat back on her heels, bowing her own head, hands clasped tightly. 'Please, God, please, please, make my daddy take me home. Please I'll be good. I promise. I won't make anybody too tired or sick.' She dashed tears away. 'I wanna go home.' Full of hope, she rose and looked out the window. Daddy had walked to the end of the block. She stared as he disappeared around the corner."
Grade B Known for her romantic suspense, Henderson unfortunately does not add much of either to this book; they are almost undetected or at least very tepid. However if you are enchanted by submarines and want to learn more about them, you will love this book. The men in the book bend over backwards to be the good guy in the white sailor hat, to the point of giving up the girl to the other guy. Gina is a girl-genius, smarter than she deserves to be, who beats herself up for discovering things that might get somebody killed at the same time that they also save lives. Lots of anguish from all throughout but in the end predictable.
Appeals to: Dee Henderson fans, but lacks the charm of the O'Malley series and the suspense of some of her newer books.
Bookbite: “Nothing’s changed with us, Gina. We’re still in the days after Georgia. As difficult as this is to sort out, Bishop and I really are different sides of the same coin. You want to get married. One of us will likely be the guy. That’s still the reality. Okay?”