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THE BRIDGE OF PEACE by CINDY WOODSMALL - REVIEWED and GIVE AWAY


Love alone isn’t enough to overcome some obstacles.

Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.

One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesn’t know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.

Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?

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CINDY WOODSMALL TALKS ABOUT WRITING AMISH STORIES



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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times best-selling author whose connection with the Amish community has been featured on ABC Nightline and on the front page of the Wall Street Journal.

She was also a homeschool mom. As her children progressed in age, her desire to write grew stronger. After working through reservations whether this desire was something she should pursue, she began her writing journey. Her husband was her staunchest supporter.

Her first novel released in 2006 to much acclaim and became a best seller. Cindy was a 2007 ECPA award finalist, along with Karen Kingsbury, Angela Hunt, and Charles Martin.

Her second book, When the Morning Comes, hit numerous best-sellers lists across the US, including edging into the extended list of the New York Times, coming in at number thirty-four.

Her third book, When the Soul Mends, hit the New York Times best-sellers list, coming in at number thirteen, as well as making the USA Today’s best-sellers list.

Cindy continues to write and release best-selling works of fiction, and she’s also written a nonfiction work with an Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud. The book is titled Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. It will release March 11, 2011.

Her real-life connections with Amish Mennonite and Old Order Amish families enrich her novels with authenticity.

As an adult, Cindy became friends with a wonderful Old Order Amish family who opened their home to her. Although the two women, Miriam and Cindy, live seven hundred miles apart geographically, and a century apart by customs, when they come together they never lack for commonality, laughter, and dreams of what only God can accomplish through His children.

Cindy, her husband, their three sons and two daughters-in-law reside in Georgia.

REVIEW:
THE BRIDGE OF PEACE

By Cindy Woodsmall
Published by Water Brooke
ISBN#978-1-400-7397-9
342 Pages

Back Cover: Lena Kauffman is a young Old Order Amish schoolteacher who has dealt all her life with attention raised by a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, Lena channels her zest for living into her love of teaching. But tensions mount as she is challenged to work with a rebellious young man and deal with several crises at the schoolhouse that threaten her other students. Her lack of submission and use of ideas that don’t line up with the Old Ways strengthen the school board’s case as they begin to believe that Lena is behind all the trouble.

One member of the school board, Grey Graber, feels trapped by his own stifling circumstances. His wife, Elsie, has shut him out of her life, and he doesn’t know how long he can continue to live as if nothing is wrong. As the two finally come to a place of working toward a better marriage, tragedy befalls their family.

Lena and Grey have been life-long friends, but their relationship begins to crumble amidst unsettling deceptions, propelling each of them to finally face their own secrets. Can they both find a way past their losses and discover the strength to build a new bridge?

Review: I was excited to receive a review copy of this book which is the sequel to The Hope of Refuge. This story continues the story line of Cara and Ephraim. Cara is a woman who was raised outside the Amish Community and returned to discover her family heritage. In the mean time she met Ephraim and fell in love. Ephraim is willing to wait for Cara to learn the Old Order Amish ways and join the church in order for them to wed. What I liked most about Cara was her passion to do the right thing as the same time be true to herself. She slipped up every now and then or discovers a new rule she knew nothing about. The elders would always seem to find out. Like when she brought a bike for her daughter to enjoy. “What’s so wrong with a bike?”

Ephraim explained, “It’s one of those old rules we’ve stuck by. They’re a bit flashy, and they allow a person to travel a lot longer distances than a foot scooter…I never said that I agree with all the Ordnung. I just trust that for the most part the regulations are needed to protect our ways and help us stay close and accountable.”

I enjoyed Cara and Ephraim’s courtship and the journey Cara and her daughter were on to learn and make the Amish ways their ways.

Lena Kauffman is new to this series. She is a young old order Amish schoolteacher, who has a passion to teach despite the many challenges she faced in doing her job and life in general because of the noticeable birthmark on her face. Lena is asked by Elsie and Grey Gaber to evaluate their son. Elsie thinks he’s slow and Grey disagrees. Lena aggresses to test the boy and tells them, “We all have a handicap and every one of us had to figure out how to get work done.” This didn’t mean their boy was slow. I liked Lena’s out look on life and how creative she was in teaching.

Deborah and Ada are in the story line in a big way. It was fun to read about how creative they were in running their business. Deborah surprised me as I learned how she liked pulling pranks on others. It was funny to think of the Amish women pulling pranks on one another. It cracked me up.

Cindy Woodsmall shows in this novel not everyone's happy and/or life isn’t always simple in this Amish community. It was interesting to read how Grey and Elsie dealt with their marital struggles. It found it fascinating and funny to watch Cara and her daughter learn the Amish ways and yet struggle with what they loved in their old life in New York. I was also surprised by Lena and enjoyed her zest for teaching and life. Everyone in the community couldn’t get over what she did on her rumspringa. I was surprised too. Lena not only had a passion to teach but she had a heart to help her community. Once again this author writes a heart felt story in the Amish community with several twists and turns, novel that is about patience, love, joy, hate, forgiveness and suspense. The conclusion of this series comes out in the fall of 2011. I look forward to reading it and you will too!

Nora St. Laurent
The Book Club Network
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31 comments:

  1. I would love to win a copy of this book. I have read her books and they are wonderful. Thanks for the opportunity to win.

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  2. I would love to win this book. Fascinating interview. Thank you for doing it.

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  3. I love Cindy's fiction! If I understand correctly the giveaway is on this site? If so, please enter me, I would love to add this book to my collection!

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  4. "Old Order Amish" books are my absolute favorite. When I was younger we lived on a farm and I remember that my Dad did some sort of bartering with an Amish family. Don't remember exactly what possibly farm work for food?? Who knows, but I just remember all of the children being so nice to me when I was there and their plain lifestyle just intrigued me...and it still does.

    I love that Cindys first meeting with the Amish was because an Amish girl stuck up for her at school.

    Great interview, sweet story of Cindy and her husband.I never worry when reading Cindys books that they might not be realistic I know she has really done her research before she writes the books. Please enter me, I would love to win this book.

    ~Steph
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  5. I love books about teachers! :) Please enter me.

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  6. This is the first time I have watched an interview on youtube. Thanks!
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  7. Hi Ciney, I think it was wonderful that you won the trophy and glad you allowed your husband to "push" you to continue your writing. I have always loved Amish books and find the Amish people to be honest, sincere, and diligent in their faith. They don't have to have all the modern conveninces that we can't do without in our lives. They use the old ways to farm and take care of their families.
    Thanks for this opportunity to enter this giveaway.

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  8. Enjoyed the video, especially Cindy's comment about her husband dragging her places. So often others might need to prod us along, even out of our comfort zone. I think most of us have the impression that Amish life is without conflict or trials, and Bridge of Peace sounds very interesting with the marriage conflict of Grey and Elsie. Great review!

    Please count me in for the book giveaway.

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  9. Love the Amish stories. Enter me for a book :)

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  10. I would love to win a copy of this book. I enjoy reading the Amish books. Please enter me.

    Blessings,
    Jo
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  11. I would love to read this one.

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  12. I can't wait to read this book! The first one was awesome! Please enter me!

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  14. Awesome! I absolutely love Cidy's books!
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  18. I would love to win this book! Please enter me! Carmen sent me here!
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  19. Great interview. I would love to win this book...I have #1 already. Thanks for the chance!
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  20. I'd love to win a copy of the book. I thought the interview really gave a lot of insight into where the author was coming from.

    Please enter me in the giveaway.

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  22. I'd love to win this book. Wow cool that she met her husband when she was so young (at a burger joint).
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  23. Great review.Youtube interview was wonderful. THE BRIDGE OF PEACE sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. I like all of Cindy's books. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  24. Great review.Youtube interview was wonderful. THE BRIDGE OF PEACE sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway. I like all of Cindy's books. augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

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  25. Looks like a great book.
    Love your review.
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  26. These are my favorite readings. Love them. This book sounds great as well. Looking forward to reading it. Thanks for giving away a copy. Carman sent me.
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  27. I'd love to read this book! It sounds great!

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  28. I really enjoy Cindy's books and would love a chance to win this one. Thanks for the entry!
    Also, for the interesting interview.

    Blessings,
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  29. Great giveaway

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  30. I would love to win this book.
    Love the interview and that her husband encouraged her even in school to continue to write.
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  31. Loved the Interview and that Cindy's husband encouraged her even shcool to continue to write. I also like the way Cindy writes of families, triumphs, the fun they can have, their struggles and their love. Lena dealing with a birth defect, Deborah pulling pranks, Grey and Elsie dealing with maritial struggles.
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