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?
About the Author
I like Amish Fiction and Cindy is one of my favorite authors. I can relate to this book a little. My youngest daughter Hannah has a rare chromosome deletion. One of the multiple issues we face is that she was born with a a bilateral cleft lip and palate. We deal with people always staring at her (and because she is in a wheelchair). Lena faced life head on even when she was discriminated against. Because of her large birthmark she taught people that inner beauty is more important than outer beauty (although she did have both). this book is a very good read, I enjoyed it. Lena helped others to overcome their "disabilities".
you can read excerpts of this book here.
Bridge of Peace