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Bridge to Haven: A Novel (A Riveting…
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Bridge to Haven: A Novel (A Riveting Historical Christian Fiction Romance… (udgave 2015)

af Francine Rivers (Forfatter)

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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody.To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua--Abra's closest friend--watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what's expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price.… (mere)
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Titel:Bridge to Haven: A Novel (A Riveting Historical Christian Fiction Romance Set in 1950s Hollywood)
Forfattere:Francine Rivers (Forfatter)
Info:Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (2015), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek, Læst, men ikke ejet
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Unlike most Francine Rivers books I've read, I didn't really like this one and found it difficult to finish. I think my mistake may have been listening to it in audiobook format. I really did not like the narrator--to elderly sounding and not great at inflecting dialogue. The book's message was good overall, but I was too distracted by Abra's overall foolishness and Joshua's unbelievable perfection to really connect to the deeper message. Also, I found it realllllly easy to predict what was going to happen next in the story. There was little mystery, and the action moved so slowly. Abra did this, Abra did that. Joshua did this, Joshua did that. It just wasn't at all engaging. This story had so much potential for a really compelling plot -- but it fell completely short. Disappointing! ( )
  melissa_faith | Mar 16, 2019 |
Abra's life has been a struggle since the day she was born. Abandoned by her birth mother under a bridge, Abra's life was saved by Pastor Zeke. Pastor Zeke and his wife adopted Abra and things went well for a while. But the Pastor Zeke's wife - who had been in failing health already when they adopted Abra - dies and Abra is left full of grief and guilt. Did the strain of caring for her help cause her adoptive mother's death? Then Pastor Zeke decides that he cannot give the time needed to care for Abra on his own, and sends her to live with another family. You can guess she is going to have issues after that, and indeed she runs off to the Hollywood area with a man who entices her when she is a teenager. Try as they might, the people who love her from back home can't track her down for a while. It isn't until she is discovered by a talent agent and turns up on the big screen that the realize what has happened to her. Will Abra ever return to them?
This was a good examination of the factors that might cause someone to become entrapped in an abusive relationship, as Abra does with the men who are only after her for her beauty and talent. There was a nice contrast as the people who truly loved her for who she was were eventually able to break through to her and help her see that she was already loved (by them as well as by God) and did need to go looking for it elsewhere. Definitely work the read, it's an engaging and eye-opening story. ( )
  debs4jc | Dec 29, 2017 |
I only made it a third of the way through this book. I stopped reading due to the sexual content--an extremely detailed bedroom scene which was effectively a rape as the victim had expressed that she didn't want to participate.

I have read some great books by Rivers and others that I really didn't like recently. This was probably the worst in terms of the graphic detail and I don't understand really why she included it. She managed to do a great job in The Atonement Child, which also has a rape scene, of dealing with the matter sensitively whilst still telling the story and without the graphic detail. But unfortunately Bridge to Haven is a definite fail.

I also was a little uncomfortable with an "innocent" romance developing between two of the main characters because although they were not biologically related, they had grown up in the same household and must've known each other as brother and sister from a young age. The scenes where the male party begins to experience lustful feelings towards the girl were a little weird given the original nature of their relationship. Also, the descriptions of them were again quite graphic.

I can't comment on the Hollywood storyline as I didn't read that far but others reviews state that it involves strip clubs and the like. If that is the case, then judging by the graphic details that I have already endured, I'm glad I stopped reading when I did.

I don't recommend this book due to the graphic sexual content. ( )
  sparkleandchico | Jun 2, 2017 |
This New York Times bestseller is about a girl with a painful past who decides to leave her safe Haven for a smooth talking young man and the glamour of 1950's Hollywood. Will she really find what her heart desires?
  mcmlsbookbutler | Mar 22, 2017 |
A good book but not at her best. ( )
  slhayes | Jul 2, 2016 |
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First of all, I have to say I love all books by Francine Rivers and I became a member of Library Thing just because I needed to give my review of this book. Atonement Child, Redeeming Love and some other books from like writers spoke volumes to me. I had to study and pray on Ezekiel 16 after reading Bridge to Haven. The girl Abra spoke to my heart, but Pastor Zeke reminded me of God's undying love. I saw from Ezekiel a faithfless bride just like Abra Matthews and a covenant keeping God, one whose mercies endure forever just like Joshua and Zeke. Oh I loved Mitzi, she was so invested in Abra. I see a lot of young men like Dylan once in a while and I don't keep quite about it. Francine has a way of beautifully telling stories and still sharing God's word and his love, she does the same in this book. I have read her books for years and I have never been disappointed. I pray you find this book and allow the Holy Spirit speak to you as you read.
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To those who matter in 1950s Hollywood, Lena Scott is the hottest rising star to hit the silver screen since Marilyn Monroe. Few know her real name is Abra. Even fewer know the price she's paid to finally feel like she's somebody.To Pastor Ezekiel Freeman, Abra will always be the little girl who stole his heart the night he found her, a wailing newborn abandoned under a bridge on the outskirts of Haven. Zeke and his son, Joshua--Abra's closest friend--watch her grow into an exotic beauty. But Zeke knows the circumstances surrounding her birth etched scars deep in her heart, scars that leave her vulnerable to a fast-talking bad boy who proclaims his love and lures her to Tinseltown. Hollywood feels like a million miles from Haven, and naive Abra quickly learns what's expected of an ambitious girl with stars in her eyes. But fame comes at an awful price.

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