Title: Across the Bridge (Copper Island Novel #3)
Author: Kristin Neva
Publisher: The Christmas Tree House
My rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Across the Bridge is the continuing story of various characters introduced in the first two novels, Snow Country and Copper Country. In this story, we continue to be touched by Louise’s battle with ALS and how her faith sustains her and touches the heart of her neighbors and friends. Louise’s family comes to the island to help care for her in her home in the final season of her life.
We read about a wife who doesn’t tell her husband the truth about his son before dying unexpectantly in a car accident. The father and son move to Copper Island in the hopes of making a fresh start and come across a mystery that could change their lives forever. Then there is Marcella who has guarded her heart from hurt for so long that fear keeps her unknowingly from allowing love to draw near.
These are just a few the threads in the overall masterpiece written by Kristin Neva who is very familiar with the caretaking of a loved one with ALS. Faith and tests are woven into the tale in all three books, while they could be read as standalone novels. I found I enjoyed the overarching weaving of various players’ stories much better when read consecutively. My heart was deeply touched by the various joys and tough times experienced by players in the book.
The enjoyment came too from getting to know the back story of those who live on Copper Island and how faith does make a world of difference. The author does an excellent job of depicting the hope that never dims in the hearts of those who walk daily with the Lord regardless of the challenges they face in life. Kristin paints a masterpiece of various characters whose faith is and isn’t broken when life experience is less than ideal.
I don’t know whether this will be the last novel of The Copper Island series, but whatever comes next, I plan on reading the book!