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on 9 May 2017
I couldn't put it down, but at the same time I wanted to make it last as I was really enjoying the story! I love Francine Rivers novels and this one didn't disappoint!
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on 22 July 2017
Good story with a depth beyond most others.
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on 16 January 2015
Another smash hit from this talented author. Although Christian based as usual it is a story that would grip any avid reader. I have now bought 3 copies for oresents for various ages and all have really enjoyed.
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on 15 August 2017
Like all Francine Rivers books this is very good
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on 4 April 2017
Francine Rivers does it again, great story, hard to put down!
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on 24 September 2016
Great book
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on 14 August 2017
Excellent just as all the Francine Rivers books I've ever read!
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on 9 August 2017
Fantastic!
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on 6 May 2014
This book is a definite winner! It's a thick book, well worth the money. It's a gripping, exciting and dramatic story of one girl's struggle to be accepted in the world. Believing the lies she's made up in her head, she tells herself she doesn't fit in and that she's unwanted, unloved. So, when her foster sister's ex-boyfriend takes an interest in her, she's so ecstatic she doesn't think about the consequences. Ending up so far in the deep end she doesn't know who or what to turn to, she's desperate to escape the mess she's made. Through it all, her loving adopted family have worried and prayed about her constantly, not knowing where she is. She's built a false life for herself and she'll pay for the consequences... but can she learn to trust God, her family, and those who she wants to believe are her friends? And will she find true, actual love without all the pretence, in all this? Presented with love, a fresh look on life and a clever pen, Francine Rivers takes you on a journey you will never forget!
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Francine Rivers' new larger-than-life novel, Bridge to Haven, is a powerful and intense story of a seventeen-year-old girl who is unable to get a grip on her life. Rebellious, she has been struggling all through her young life, physically and emotionally. Her life in the small town is filled with boring study, mundane chores and practicing the piano, and she is stiff tired. She believes Haven, California, is the dullest place on earth. She is dreaming to escape the drudgery of her life by moving far away to a big city, even dreaming of Hollywood and becoming a movie star.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers is an incredibly poignant and soul-searching story - a sweeping tale of love, forgiveness and redemption. It is the story of a newborn baby who was found one night in 1936 under a bridge by Haven's minister Ezekiel Freeman. Zeke and his wife Marianne named her Abra. Five years later, Marianne dies forcing Zeke to give up on Abra to be adopted by Peter and Priscilla Matthews. So, Abra Matthews grows up under their watchful eyes but the searing imprint of her childhood left an agonizing scar on her. "I've been hurting my whole life," she said.

Years later, when a wily character Dylan Stark tempts her with the idea of trying their luck in Hollywood, she is seduced. She runs away with him, rejecting the advice of family and friends. She receives a make-over and becomes a starlet with a new name Lena Scott. But what initially promises to be an exciting journey brought her much heartache and disappointment. Everyone wants to exploit her, including her boss Franklin Moss who later committed suicide. Her life falls apart, leaving her painfully aching for the love and comfort of Haven and the dear people back home.

But when all seems lost, things can fall together miraculously beyond the hope of one's imagination. Joshua, the young son of Zeke who is deeply scarred by his experiences in the Korean War, is growing restless and wants to bring back Abra. His search brings him to Agua Dulce, and there in the most unlikeliest of all places they meet again. Abra was in her motel room, resting and reading the Gideon Bible. Every reading seems to point to her guilt. When Joshua brings Abra home to Haven, Zeke is praying on the bridge, almost as if he is waiting for her.

Bridge to Haven by Francine Rivers is inspired by the biblical story found in Ezekiel 16. It is a compelling story that will resonate deeply with readers. It is based on the life of 1950s Hollywood starlet Lena Scott, whose real name was Abra. Francine has meticulously researched about the lifestyles in the forties and fifties, Hollywood studios and stars, Second World War, the Korean War and many other details necessary to craft a realistic and believable story. It is an incredibly delightful story with memorable character that will leave a lasting impression on you.
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