THE BRIDGE OF PEACE
Bringing the interesting world of the Amish to life, Woodsmall demonstrates that there are many challenges to “living plain” that everyone can understand and sympathize with. Psychological issues can plague people in any walk of life, of any faith. Second in the Ada’s House series, The Bridge to Peace is still very readable to those new to the series.
Lena Kauffman teaches in the Amish community where she was raised. When one of her students, a dangerous and rebellious teenager, threatens her and her students, she finds her own way of helping him. The school board disapproves of Lena’s refusal to submit to the Old Ways, and ignore the troubled young man’s problems.
Grey Grabber, a member of the school board, and Lena’s longtime friend, has his own problems that he must deal with. His unhappy relationship with his wife makes him hopeless that things will ever improve. And then tragedy befalls their family, just as Grey and his wife begin to work through their issues together. Only after Lena and Grey work out the truth behind the lies and secrets, and past the loss and pain can they build a bridge to peace. (WATERBROOK, Aug., 352 pp., $13.99)