The Bridge of Peace (Ada's House, Book 2)

by Cindy Woodsmall

Paperback, 2010



Call number



WaterBrook (2010), Edition: 1st, 352 pages


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 the 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?… (more)


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Physical description

352 p.; 8.25 inches


1400073979 / 9781400073979

User reviews

LibraryThing member wearylibrarian
Woodsall writes stories that are not all goodness and light. Stories where not everyone lives happily ever after. In this second book of the Ada's House series, Woodsall continues the saga of Cara, Levi, Ada, and the rest of the Dry Lake and Hopes Crossing characters. This time one of the
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characters is a sociopath young Amishman who has it in for Teacher Lena. There is also Grey and his wife, Elsie, who live in a 'wanting' marriage. Sleeping in seperate bedrooms, Elsie is determined to have no more children with Grey.

Some of the characters are dark and sad. Cara is still fighting the Old Order Amish Ordnung and trying to bring her Englischer ways into the community. While the book is not boring, it didn't leave me with the 'happy all over' feeling I get from other inspirational books.
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LibraryThing member dawnymae
The Bridge of Peace is the sequel to Hope of Refuge, with the conclusion of the Ada’s House series due out in the fall of 2011. In this book Cara and Ephraim’s courting is continued, where Cara tries to learn the Old Ways in order to be Ephraim’s wife. New to the series characters is Lena,
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who is an Amish woman who has been in the world and has chosen to come back to the community to be a teacher. We also meet Deborah and Ada who are struggling to have a successful business and finds lots of interesting ways to market and expand their wares. There is a lot of character development, which allows you to become close with the characters. I liked that they helped the reader to understand some of the Amish ways and that Amish or not, people have disputes, problems, and family and marital issues. I found it interesting to learn how they as a community help each other, solve problems through elders, and manage to stay a community within the world, yet outside of it. I found this novel to be informative, heartbreaking, suspenseful & charming. I would encourage any adult to read this delightful novel.
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LibraryThing member kaitkatjane
I have read a book by Cindy Woodsmall before and while I enjoyed it, I didn't find it exceptional - The Bridge of Peace was exceptional. I was immediately drawn into the character's lives, feeling their own pains and sufferings as if they were there with them. The story was well written and very
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easy to slide into, though part of a series, and while it took me a few chapters to get in mind who each of the characters were, once I had that figured out I fell in love with each of them.

Grey was probably my favorite character. Yeah, you may think I am just saying that because he's the hero(who doesn't like the hero?), but I personally really loved his character and personality. He reminded me of a very close friend of mine. He was caring and considerate, but at the same time he had a very funny sense of humor. The way he interacted with Lena during some of the scenes had me laughing out loud - they were hilarious together! His carefree attitude and longing to fix the broken relationship between him and his wife made me love him from the get go. And not only all that, but his name is cool and has been added to my favorites list. ;-)

Lena was also a very likeable character. Like Grey, I instantly fell in love with her playfulness and sense of humor. Lena was a lot like me - a prankster. ;-) I couldn't help but laugh at some of the things she did to her friends and was very funny! I loved the amount of realisticness( I don't think that's a word but oh well) that was displayed in Lena's character by her feeling somehow marred by the birthmark on her cheek. The lessons Lena learns throughout the book were great examples and really made me stop and reflect on my own life.

Jonathan, Deborah, Cara, and Ephraim were all also excellent characters in the book. I loved each of them and their personalities. Lori and Ivan were also cute and I loved having them added to the story.

This book was actually very clean. I only have a few things to point out, the first being that it is made known that Grey and his wife haven't been together for two years and have been sleeping in different rooms. This is a very minor, minor thing but I wanted to point it out. Also Grey sees a woman in her pj's with her hair down. While that isn't a big deal for modern Englishers, it's a big deal for the Amish, where men aren't allowed to see a woman's hair down until matrimony and the women wear long dresses that cover all of their skin. It mentions that he sees some flesh on her shoulder, and then a few sentences later mentions desire filling him. Other than that all I have to point out are kisses that take place between several different couples in the book.

All in all, this was an excellent book that I highly recommend for Amish fiction lovers. The Bridge of Peace was a great read and I will not soon forget it. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for more of Woodsmall's work.
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LibraryThing member greenduckie13
I was only going to read a few pages and go to bed. I ended up reading the whole book. It just drew me in and before I knew it I was done. It is book two in a series. I didn't read the first book and I think it would have been better reading them in order. But it stands alone very well. I'm going
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to reading more of Cindy Woodsmall in the future. I really enjoyed The Bridge of Peace.
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LibraryThing member DivineMissW
REally enjoyed this book. I fyou enjoy a simple Amish love story, you will LOVE this book
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