Friday, September 4, 2015

Book Review: Bridge to Haven

Today's review is on Francine River's latest release, Bridge to Haven

I have been a fan of Francine Rivers ever since I picked up her novel, The Atonement Child when I was in 8th grade. A friend had recommended it to me, and I loved it. Since then, I have read most of her novels and I continue to enjoy her writing style.

Bridge to Haven was easy to get into and I liked the whole setting of the fictional small town of Haven. The characters were realistic, even though Pastor Zeke could get annoying with his coldness and sense of duty. I felt like how he treated Abra at the beginning of the novel was kind of cruel, but at the same time I understand why he did what he did.

Abra was a dynamic character, there seemed to be a lot of depth to her and her struggles throughout the book. Through Abra's struggles to find where she belongs, the reader discovers the price of fame and searching for a place to belong in all the wrong places.

However, even though the book was good, there were a few things that I did not like about it. Firstly, I didn't like the theme of mother issues, which seems to come up in almost all of Francine  Rivers' contemporary novels. Secondly, I felt like the ending was wrapped up too quickly and that there were some loose ends left untied. I also found that it was predictable when it is revealed who Abra's mother is, it was obvious when the character was first introduced.

I am giving this book 4/5 Stars because Francine Rivers doesn't disappoint with this latest novel, and I could not put it down.

Happy Reading,
Janelle

P.S. If you have any book recommendations let me know and I will check them out. :)






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