Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Secret Bridge ~ Lamplighter Publishing (Homeschool Review Crew)

It’s no secret that my favorite pastime is reading. I adore books! What’s even better is when a good book is sent to me to review. This time around I got to read The Secret Bridge by Amy LeFeuvre from Lamplighter Publishing.

Before I get into the book itself, I want to tell you a little about Lamplighter Publishing. They publish rare books from the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries. The books are edited to include Scripture reference footnotes. They are rich and upright novels that emphasis positive role models and Christian principles. Lamplighter's goal is to develop "Christlike character one story at a time."

The Secret Bridge by Amy LeFeuvre was published in 1899. I am such a huge fan of classic literature, but had never heard of Amy LeFeuvre before reading The Secret Bridge. I am glad Lamplighter Publishing helped me remedy that.  The book is intended for ages 12-adult.

A young woman, Bridget Channing comes home to England after her father’s death. She has lived her entire life in India so she is actually returning to an unfamiliar place. Bridget has had an unconventional upbringing, but is relying on the goodness of her uncle. He has invited her to make her home with him, even though she has never met him.

On the ship over, she meets a young gentleman, Godfrey Bullingham, who is entranced by her innocence and sweet ways. He comes to her rescue when she discovers that her circumstances have changed and she does not, indeed, have a home to go to.

Godfrey makes an unusual proposition. He offers to make Bridget his wife. He can provide her with comfort, a place to live and security. His only stipulation is that he asks her to promise him that she will keep their relationship a secret. Godfrey is a seaman and has to return to his Navy post, but he takes her to his “home town” and sets her up in a cottage with a friendly couple to look after her. His wish is that he hopes that Bridget will meet his mother and they will develop a relationship of friendship. He worries that his mother’s reaction to his sudden marriage will be one of outrage. After all, Bridget is a young woman without friends, connections or fortune.

Bridget also meets another local family, the Fitzroys, and discovers that Godfrey’s family, the Bullingham’s and the Fitzroy’s have had an acrimonious relationship for years.  Bridget delicately balances her relationship with both families, but feels guilty for concealing her identity from her husband’s family.

I am not going to go any further with my disclosures because there is a twist in the story that one  must read for his or herself.

Throughout the story, Bridget desires to know and trust God. 

I personally have to say that this will not be a story that appeals to all audiences. The language and morals of the day might be unfamiliar to some in our modern society.  There are no steamy, love scenes, no filthy language or violence.

Just a story of a girl finding God and true love. And a little more!

I will admit that the day I received it I sat down to read a little bit and found myself staying up into the night to finish the book. I had to know what happened next!

Also, I find these classic books worth the read. They are food and nourishment for the soul and brain!

Another little note. The cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous. It would make a perfect keepsake gift.  It is a beauty!

Go check it out!
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