Bridge to Haven is a romance novel by Francine Rivers.
Pastor Zeke is on his morning walk when he feel a strong pull to go to the bridge where he finds a new born baby girl. He, his wife and son take the baby girl Abra in for 5 years as a foster child. At this time their life is changed and Abra is adopted by a couple with a young daughter who is Abra's friend. Dispite the adults thinking this is best for Abra, it isn't. She feels like no one loves her.
As a seventeen year old, she takes off one night with a young man, Dylan Stark, and goes with him to Hollywood. He uses her until he is tired of her. At one of Dylan's mother's parties she is introduced to Franklin Moss. She leaves with him and he turns her into a movie star, changes her name, controls what she eats, wears, and who she is around. One day while he is gone she leaves and end up being a waitress where she runs into her foster brother, Joshua, who convinces her to go home to Haven with him.
In Haven she find forgiveness from those she ranaway from.
I have enjoys Francine River's books, until this one. I felt the story had to much sexual undertones. Many events are mentioned but are not realistic. Law enforcement is not called in to help find Abra when she runs away, or when close to $8000 is stolen from her years later. The books continually has christian references and spricture, but no one talks to Abra as a child to see what is bothering her or try to help her like a christian normally would.
This is a wonderful book. Once I started reading it, I did not want to put it down. It really brought home how much God loves us, watches over us and brings us back to Him. It also shows the power of prayer warriors.
Abra was abandoned as a newborn. Pastor Zeke found her under the bridge where she had been placed. He, his wife, Marianne, and their son, Joshua became her foster family. She loved them and they loved her. When she was five, Marianne died. Zeke thought she would be better off in a family with two parents, so she was adopted by her best friend's parents. She learned to play the piano from her mother, then took lessons from Mitzi, an older woman with a colorful personality. Mitzi recognized the unhappiness in Abra and tried to encourage her. Abra learned hymns, even memorizing the words. Mitzi wanted Abra to learn the words, so no matter what happened in her life, she would always remember them. Despite being loved by her foster and adoptive familes, Mitzi and others, Abra felt out of place and unwanted.
At 16, her sister Penny became infatuated with an older boy. Dylan was 21, drove a red corvette, was handsome and knew it, and took what he wanted. Abra felt an immediate attraction to him. Dylan convinced her to leave her family, and her little town, and run away with him. Since she felt no one would miss her anyway, she left with him. For her, it was love. For him, another conquest.
Even though this is a book of fiction, it contains real life situations. Feelings of abandonment, loss, heartache, guilt, forgiveness, and love are what many of us experience at some point in our lives. The characters in this book experience these as well. The book held my interest as I wondered what decisions Abra would make, and how far she would go to receive the love and acceptance she craved. Some scenes were a little too intimate, in my opinion, but overall I enjoyed reading Bridge to Haven.