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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, a sleepy little town in Northern California. 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 a devastating price. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 500
Vendor: Tyndale House
Publication Date: 2014
Dimensions: 9.00 X 6.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1414368186
ISBN-13: 9781414368184
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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. She has burned every bridge to get exactly what she thought she wanted. Now, all she wants is a way back home.

In this riveting and highly anticipated tale of temptation, grace, and unconditional love, New York Times best-selling author Francine Rivers delivers big-canvas storytelling at its very best.

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Rivers (Redeeming Love) returns with a page-turning recasting of the story of the prodigal son, here a prodigal daughter. In 1936, Abra Matthews is found as a newborn under a bridge in the small California town of Haven by Pastor Ezekiel Freeman. She’s taken in, but never feels as if she quite belongs, so she is susceptible to a beguiling young man who years later lures 17-year-old Abra to Hollywood. There, she becomes starlet Lena Scott, made over by a Pygmalion-like agent who wants everything from her, even while Abra/Lena comes to understand the cost of what she thought she wanted. Rivers nicely evokes 1950s Hollywood, with its gossip columnists, high-wattage movie stars, and ladder-climbing aspirants; Elvis Presley and Lana Turner put in cameos. This story arc will be particularly resonant for Christian readers, but Rivers has the writing ability to reel in others who enjoy a well-told tale of redemption.
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.
Francine Rivers is perhaps the best novelist of our time. In Bridge to Haven, she quickly captured me with her characters and pulled me into the story of this prodigal daughter. It’s a story you can’t forget. I predict it will become a blockbuster like Redeeming Love. Novel Rocket and I give it our highest recommendation. It’s a 5-star must read. Bridge to Haven has been added to my Top Ten for 2014 and My All Time Favorites List.
This is a book you won’t want to miss and won’t soon forget. It’s one that will make you think; give you courage and hope, for no matter what you face. I highly recommend it.

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  1. Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Love it!
    July 28, 2016
    Shannon
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    As a Francine Rivers fan I love everything she has written and this novel is no exception. There was an unexpected twist at the end that I did not see coming, so Mrs. Rivers continues to inspire, encourage and challenge me. I confess at first I thought this novel was just "Redeeming Love" set in a different time period. As I read on, I felt it was a metaphor for the prodigal son. In the final pages/author notes I learned the idea for this novel is Ezekiel 16. Francine Rivers is just "awesomely amazing"! She continues to "out do" herself with each novel. I highly recommend to all!
  2. Northeast
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    2 Stars Out Of 5
    Disappointed
    March 22, 2016
    CT Reader
    Northeast
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 2
    Value: 1
    Meets Expectations: 1
    I love some of Francine Rivers's books, but sad to say, not this one. As it's being distributed as a Christian book, I think it should come with a warning about the content. I was also disappointed in the publisher for allowing so much graphic portrayal of sin in this book. Of course God forgives those who repent and this was clearly shown in the story. But while the reader can know of the sins, it isn't necessary to actually walk the reader through the details in the scenes and especially the intimate scenes. The story line itself shows God's mercy and forgiveness and love to sinners. I just think the reader needs to be aware of the content--especially before passing it on to young ladies.
  3. Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Story of God's mercy and Love.
    November 27, 2015
    alwaysreading
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 4
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    A Bridge to Haven is the sweeping saga of an abandoned newborn, Abra, who is left under a bridge by her unwed teenage mother. She is found by a local Pastor on one of his early morning walks. However after five years with Pastor Zeke and his wife Marianne, Abra is then moved to another family when Marianne suddenly dies. Denied the only family she has known, Abra begins to build a wall around her heart developing a deep distrust of most everyone. The only person she shows a little bit about her true self is her former foster brother Joshua. Then in her senior year a young man show up in Haven and sweeps Abra off her feet and she soon learns what her choices are going to cost her.

    Joshua, Pastor Zekes son, has been in love with Abra for years. He is devastated when she suddenly leaves town. Torn between his desire to leave and Haven and search for her and obeying God when He tells Joshua to wait. I love the way the author writes about Joshuas struggle because it depicts every Christians struggle, human will verses Gods will.

    I think that Mitzi was my favorite. She teaches Abra to play the piano everything from Hymns to ragtime, trusting that God will use Abras love of music when the time is right.

    In many ways this book reminds me in so many ways of Redeeming Love. It showcases Gods grace, love and forgiveness even when humanity is at its ugliest. And I can understand why this book would make some readers uncomfortable. Although there is nothing graphic, there are sexual undertones and situations that are alluded to that some people would not like to see in a Christian novel. Personally I like a novel every now and then that brings the grit and reality of humanity especially when it is tempered with Gods unconditional love and mercy.

    For me the only downside was the lack of explanation in the time line. There are places where from one chapter to another simi big periods of time have passed and it would take me a few pages to play catch up.

    If you have teenage girls who want to read this book, I would suggest that you read it first so you can determine if it is suitable.

    I will be recommending this book quite a bit, but with the above warning.
  4. Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    God's Unconditional Love
    September 26, 2015
    Caroljo
    Farmington, MO
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    Bridge to Haven begins with a newborn baby girl found abandoned under the bridge to the town of Haven. A large part of the book takes place in Hollywood which is not my favorite setting but it was interesting. The last third of the book was definitely the best part. Francine Rivers never fails to bring her characters to life and make you feel their emotions. The ending did contain an element of surprise for me. Francine Rivers has written another poignant story of God's unconditional love and forgiveness.
  5. Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    "Bridge to Haven"
    August 7, 2015
    Shoopette
    Indiana
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: female
    Quality: 4
    Value: 3
    Meets Expectations: 4
    This review was written for Bridge to Haven.
    To me this novel seemed like a blend between Redeeming Love and Her Mothers Hope. Most of Francine Riverss books focus on the same themes of forgiveness, love, and redemption, and these themes are woven seamlessly throughout the novel. She is so talented at working the gospel and God into the story and into the characters lives without it coming across as pushy or unrealistic.

    I also really enjoyed the secondary characters in this novel. The residents of Haven were real and made the small town come alive. I especially liked Mitzi, Abras friend who encouraged her to play the piano. As a girl who grew up playing hymns almost from day one of piano lessons, I absolutely loved that part of the story. I so appreciated and identified with how those old hymns would just pop into Abras mind when times were hard to give her comfort and peace.

    The overall plot in this book is not necessarily surprising. You can see where it is going the whole time, but with these sweeping saga-type novels, the story is really in the journey. I did think this one got to be a little long, especially towards the end.

    The romance in this book is part of the story, but it is definitely not the main plot. Abras story of grace and redemption is the main focus. Its kind of refreshing to read a Christian fiction book every once in a while that isnt so wrapped up in the romantic plot. That being said, the romance in this story was not quite as good as I had hoped.

    I also feel I should warn readers that this is not a light Christian story. It is real and brutally honest in its portrayal of war, sexuality, and abusive relationships.

    Even though there were things about this novel that I had trouble with, the story as a whole was completely engrossing. It was pretty much what I expected from Francine Rivers.
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