The Bridge of Peace

The Bridge of Peace 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

  • Title: The Bridge of Peace
  • Author: Cindy Woodsmall Cassandra Campbell
  • ISBN: 9780307577238
  • Page: 132
  • Format: Audiobook
  • 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 rebelliousLove 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 From the Trade Paperback edition.

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    1. This is the 2nd in Cindy Woodsmall's Ada's House series of Amish novels. It's the story of Lena Kauffman, a single schoolteacher in an Old Order Amish community, facing both a challenging "scholar" in her classroom and a hostile school board ready to dismiss her for her independent ways. The trouble is that Lena isn't aware another enemy is lurking at every corner.I haven't read anything by Cindy Woodsmall before. The author information page states that the author has a good grasp on the Amish c [...]

    2. 'The Bridge of Peace' is Woodsmall's second book in the Ada Houseseries and follows the story of Lena Kauffman. Lena is in her earlytwenties and is an Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a visiblebirthmark on her cheek, which she feels is the reason that she hasnever been courted. Taunted mercilessly as a child, she is unable tosee her own beauty. Grey Graber grew up with Lena and always admired her. However, being7 years older, he never pursued a relationship with her. Instead hermarried Elsie, [...]

    3. I love the fact that my county is the back drop in this series. Even a local doctor is featured in the first book with a few lines. I went to school with his children and graduated with his oldest son, who at 32 yrs old is going back to college to be a doctor too.Enough about that. Cindy Woodsmall as always writes an excellent book.

    4. The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book of a three book series: Ada's House. This trilogy reminded me how much I enjoy books by this author. Ms. Woodsmall creates tales with emotional dynamics that pulls me in, keeps me reading intently without wanting to put down the book, and connect with the well-developed characters so that I feel I have a vested interest in the outcome.Cara and Ephraim's story is continued from the first book into this one. We also get to know Deborah, Eph [...]

    5. I love Amish stories. This one is no exception, however, this book was a bit more intense than the usual books. It had some disturbing events, a couple so disturbing I had to keep reading until the images were out of my head. One messed up character for sure! But, I did love the story otherwise! And the characters other than the one were just wonderful. The story was well written and just a great read! I have not read the first in this series, but I am hoping to in the future. I found this onein [...]

    6. I just finished another wonderful Amish fiction book!The Bridge of Peace by Cindy WoodsmallI received a copy of The Bridge of Peace through the Blogging for Books program run by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.The Bridge of Peace is the second book in Cindy Woodsmall's An Ada's House Novel series.I have not read the first, and I will start by saying that The Bridge of Peace can be read alone, but if you have a chance to rea [...]

    7. 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 meantime, she met Ephraim and fell in love. Ephraim is Amish and is willing to wait for Cara to learn the Old Order Amish ways so she can join the church. Then they could marry. What I liked most about Cara was her passion to do the rig [...]

    8. I have read a book by Cindy Woodsmall before and while I enjoyed it, I didn't find it exceptional - The Bridge of Peace was exceptional. I was immediately drawn into the character's lives, feeling their own pains and sufferings as if they were there with them. The story was well written and very easy to slide into, though part of a series, and while it took me a few chapters to get in mind who each of the characters were, once I had that figured out I fell in love with each of them.Grey was prob [...]

    9. Lena Kauffman is a twenty-three year old school teacher for her district. She has always longed for a husband, but because of a birthmark on her face she believes no one will ever want her. She is very outspoken and will often bend the rules if it means she can help her students. Not following the rules doesn't sit well with the school board members. When Lena allows an English counselor to come to her school after a tragedy occurs that the students witness, it just might be the end of her teach [...]

    10. The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book in the Ada's House series. Lena Kauffman treasures her job teaching the children in her small Amish community; she even attended public school past the usual age for Amish girls in order to be a better teacher. But her job is threatened when a boy and his family decide that the school would be better off without her. Grey Graber has been trapped in a loveless marriage for too many years, and divorce is not an option. Just when he breaks t [...]

    11. I have enjoyed reading all of Cindy Woodsmalls books that I can get my hands on and The Bridge of Peace is no exception. This book is the second book in the Ada’s House series; it follows The Hope of Refuge, which I also read. I personally think this book would be hard to read as a stand-alone because throughout the book the author re-visits the characters from the previous book to let us know what is going on with them to and mix them together with the current characters!! Plus I think that b [...]

    12. Sorrow is often a part of every one's life, but it seems that the Old Order Amish Community of Dry Lake is experiencing more than their fair share of sorrow. We often think that the Amish deal with their sorrows more stoically than we Englishers do, but this book is a story of how they address the losses in their lives. There is sweet Ada, whose husband died years earlier in a vehicle crash, with several other members of the community. Ada's son has skipped out on his mom and his bride to be, ne [...]

    13. I don't know why I haven't read more from Cindy Woodsmall, she is a fantastic author! She's a great addition to the Amish genre and I can't help but wonder if she'll ever expand out into other types of fiction. The character development in this book was excellent, and Cindy flipped between several different main characters without making me feel confused or making one storyline feel more interesting than others. Although this book follows on from the first one in the series, it also introduces n [...]

    14. I had to read this novel. I wanted to know more about Deborah and Ada. I was a little disappointed as Ada is not really a character we get to really see much of in this book.I also must say, as with many of the Amish fiction novels that I have read, this is not really a stand alone novel. It helps tremendously if one has read the previous novels. I found Grey and Lena's story to be really interesting. To me, it would be better if there were fewer people in Woodsmall's novels then we could become [...]

    15. Title: THE BRIDGE OF PEACEAuthor: Cindy WoodsmallPublisher: Waterbrook August 2010ISBN: 978-1-4000-7397-9Genre: Inspirational/Amish Lena Kauffman is the school teacher in an Old Amish community. She has a huge birthmark on the side of her face, which she feels mars her beauty. This has been compounded by the fact that over the years, no one has ever wanted to court her. This year is difficult. There is a new family in the community with a teen that is difficult to teach. He keeps flinging insult [...]

    16. This second book in the “Ada's House” series picks up right where the first one left off. While the central character in this novel is schoolteacher Lena, others that we've come to know and love in “The Hope of Refuge” continue their stories through these pages as well.Lena is plagued by self-consciousness because of the birthmark on her face. She is convinced that no one can see past the blemish into her warm and fun-loving heart. Despite her fears she is quite a spunky lady and has com [...]

    17. THE BRIDGE OF PEACE by Cindy Woodstock is an interesting and amazing inspirational Amish fiction set in present day Amish country. It it the second in "THE ADA HOUSE SERIES",Book One, "Hope of Refuge",but can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with depth and details.It is about an Amish young women,Lena,,who is a teacher and has a birthmark on her cheek. She has endured ridicule,humiliation,and talk behind her back.She only wants a family of her own her,to teach school,find love and hap [...]

    18. The second book in Woodsmall's Ada's House series follows Lena Kauffman, a twenty-something Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Lena struggles to move past the stares and whispers and instead focuses on being the best teacher she possibly can be. However, her lack of submission and use of ideas that do not line up with the Old Order Ways causes the school board to doubt the abilities of their newest teacher.Shut out of his wife's life and home, Grey Graber wan [...]

    19. I love Amish fiction. So you can imagine my delight to be able to write a review about "The Bridge of Peace" by Cindy Woodsmall.When the book arrived, I learned that it is the second book in a series. However, I was able to jump right into the story without needing to have read the first book in the series (regardless, I am planning to check out Book #1 from the library very soon, as I enjoyed this book and these characters so much!).This book really drew me in. I felt like I was right there wit [...]

    20. THIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLYThe Bridge of Peace' is Woodsmall's second book in the Ada Houseseries and follows the story of Lena Kauffman. Lena is in her earlytwenties and is an Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a visiblebirthmark on her cheek, which she feels is the reason that she hasnever been courted. Taunted mercilessly as a child, she [...]

    21. I really liked The Hope of Refuge and was anxious for this book, but will admit to being a little disappointed in it. While I loved Lena and Grey, I felt the whole premise/plot was a bit of a stretch. I had a very hard time believing Dwayne's psychopathic character and how he was able to influence so many people against Lena. I also admit to not understanding Grey's relationship with Elsie and I was very, very annoyed that there were no repercussions/apologies forthcoming from Peter's parents. A [...]

    22. I love to read Amish novels and I have really enjoyed all of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish books. The Bridge of Peace is the second book in the Ada's House series. I also read the first book, The Hope of Refuge. The Bridge of Peace is a wonderful story about finding your true self and finding your joy in life according to God and not pleasing man. Lena is a spunky Amish teacher who loves the children with all her heart. When things start to happen at school she is in danger of losing her job. Grey is [...]

    23. Have you ever picked up a book that you couldn't put down but had to because you couldn't bear to read any more but then you picked it right back up again because you couldn't bear not knowing what's going to happen? LOL. Maybe I'm the only one who gets so emotionally involved with the characters that sometimes it just plain hurts to read. Anyway this was that kind of book for me.It's the second in the Ada's House series, and while reading the first book, The Hope of Refuge, isn't completely nec [...]

    24. This is the 2nd book in the Ada's House trilogy. This book tells the story of Lena Kauffman, an Amish schoolteacher who has had to deal all her life with a very noticeable birthmark on her face. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, she channels her zest for life into love of teaching. But challenges arise when she has a rebellious student, and other crises at the school house, and a school board that disproves of some of her actions.One school board member on her side, Grey Grabe [...]

    25. I am generally not a finicky reader, but there is one genre that I am more finicky about than any other – Amish fiction. I am fairly new to Cindy Woodsmall’s books, but I did read the first book in the Ada’s House series, The Hope of Refuge, and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting to enjoy The Bridge of Peace just as much, but I was a little disappointed with it. The story sounded very interesting to me before I started reading it, but it just didn’t hold my attention the way I had hope [...]

    26. The metaphor of this story if what grabs me every time I read this book and this is the second time I have done so. The symbol of the “bridge” between two of the characters always makes me take a moment and savor the power of it.There are several of such moments in this book, I wish I could share them all, but you’ll have to read the book to find them. Suffice it is to say I stop, dwell on the words, their rhythm and impact. I love how Cindy’s books move with a very easy quality. There a [...]

    27. Very good book. Lena's care for her students is obvious from the beginning, and she wants only the best for them. When she was doing her rumspringa she used that time to attend a public high school in order to learn more about how to be a good teacher. This sometimes puts her at odds with the church leadership. There is also one student that has been giving her problems and she is trying to reach him. The boy's brother is also a problem that gets worse over time. On a personal side, she has neve [...]

    28. The world goes as it will, but we expect the Old Order Amish to remain unchanged. That is one of the appeals of Amish fiction. This book shows a number of Amish who didn't even consider turning to their church to help them with their problems. The main character Lena, who went to public high school, is only one of them. If it's true that many Amish don't trust their church to heal them, to make the right decisions for individuals and the community, then something is very sadly broken for them as [...]

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