I fell in love with her writing in high school - close to 20 years ago. Gah! Has it been that long!?!?!
Ever since then, I've read absolutely everything she's published. I would say she is for sure one of my top 2 favorite authors. A large reason for that is she keeps things so real and honest - and without apology brings in God's truth in the most rawest of situations. I freaking love that. I've said it before and I'll say it again - it's hard to find good quality Christian fiction without it being preachy or cheeseball. I never get that from Francine - and I savor every sentence she crafts in her stories.
Bridge to Haven was a bit reminiscent of one of my all time favorite books (which happens to also be her best-selling novel, Redeeming Love). But that was quite alright by me - it was beautiful, heart breaking, redeeming, sobering and convicting. Loved it (as if you couldn't tell by now). My only wish is that she published books more frequently. Grab your copy here!
Description: 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.