BRIDGE TO HAVEN
In Rivers’ exquisite style, she takes the Biblical story of Ezekiel 16 and translates it into a character-driven tale set in the ‘30s through the ‘60s. Relating the experiences of the characters to the reader’s relationship with God takes the story to the next level. Richly detailed, at times disturbing, but completely real and dynamic, this is a book to savor.
One night in 1936, Pastor Ezekiel Freeman finds a newborn baby under the bridge in the town of Haven, Calif. He takes her home where he and his ailing wife care for the infant, who they name Abra. When tragedy strikes, Abra is adopted by another family. For years Abra has never felt loved and accepted, and when she has the opportunity, she leaves the small town for Hollywood. Yet Zeke’s son, Joshua, never forgets his friend Abra, even when it seems she has turned her back on everything she once valued. Will Abra ever accept love and find her way home? (TYNDALE, Apr., 480 pp., $25.99)