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This post, The Secret Bridge | Christlike Character One Story at a Time, was made possible with a copy of the hardback book from Lamplighter Publishing for review as part of the Homeschool Review Crew.
We are a family of readers.
And, we read a wide variety of books.
Yet, there are times when I feel like we’ve gotten into a rut.
The rut is that we’ve not actively sought out older titles that can entertain and help us to improve in life. Rather, there are periods of mainstream ‘fluff’ where you can be entertained. Yet, the titles may be lacking in their quest to help you live by your moral code.
About The Secret Bridge
The Secret Bridge is novel from the end of the 19th century written by Amy LeFeuvre.
Bridget is a young woman adrift. She has traveled to London to live with an uncle she’s never met after the death of her beloved father in India. Upon arrival in London, she discovers that her uncle has passed away during her journey and was sweet talked by his landlady to change his will leaving Bridget truly alone in the world.
Suffering from the shock of her discovery, she is ‘rescued’ by a fellow passenger from the ship which brought her from India, Godfrey Bullingham. He begins by helping her find lodging in London, but after seeing her struggle and lack of funds he ends up making what she deems an outrageous offer. He asks her to marry him!
Setting the Stage for Growth
After an initial rebuke of his offer, she realizes that she does enjoy his company and does not wish to become a woman on the streets. So, she exchanges vows with him and then agrees to a somewhat unusual arrangement. She will live on an estate near his family, but she is not to tell anyone, save the caretakers, that they are husband and wife.
As she waited until almost his last day ashore (for Godfrey is an officer in the Royal Navy on shore leave,) there is little time to spend together. Instead, he whisks her off to the ‘farm’ where she will live showing her around the property and introducing her to the caretakers who will aid her in keeping their true relationship secret.
It is not long before Bridget discovers that this arrangement is not for the best. Lies do not come easy to her and she finds them a serious hindrance to the quest to truly know God.
Along the journey, Bridget grows in affection and love for her husband as well as God. And, it is the journey towards having an intimate relationship with Christ and the Father which is the heart of this story.
My Thoughts The Secret Bridge
For this review, I was the primary reader. Knowing this title could be seen as a love story, I was hesitant to have any of my boys required to read it.
However, having read it myself, I know that this tale of love goes beyond that between a man and woman. Rather it is a story which seeks to show the reader how important and life changing an intimate relationship with Christ can be. And, that you do not have to be a certain age or station in life to accept that relationship.
What surprised me is how easily I was drawn into the story. I originally thought I’d read a few chapters each day through the review period. Instead, I read the entire book in one sitting at night. At 261 pages, it is not a real long book, nor is it real short.
My greatest takeaway is that there is such a wealth of literature that has become ‘buried.’ Thankfully, there are companies like Lamplighter which are republishing these books for a new generation to enjoy.
Do you enjoy historical fiction titles based on Scripture?
Are there particular sections of the Bible which you find more challenging to read?
Don’t just take my word for how we found this to be. Visit Lamplighter Publishing Reviews on the Homeschool Review Crew website to see what other homeschooling parents thought about this book.