Seattle Debutante Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles the family busy-body threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum— so, Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them.
But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions?
And can Neil-the-gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.
Occasionally, I come across a promising sounding novel published by a smaller Christian publishing house. When I read the premise for Sofi’s Bridge it sounded interesting enough that I took advantage of an online deal to download a copy to my e-reader. Then it became a matter of hoping for the best, which is always the case when both writer and publisher are new to me.
Sofi’s recently deceased father designed bridges and, going against convention, taught his oldest daughter to do the same. Her hideaway in the Cascades is within walking distance of her father’s final bridge, one on which she worked extensively. As she observes it being built, she notices some irregularities but her father’s partner has long dismissed her concerns. This bridge becomes a major plot point of the novel, with the police pursuit of Neil fading into the background. But Fred Andersson didn’t just teach his daughter about engineering. He also taught her that “a bridge conveys some of our deepest emotions – a step of faith.” Sofi’s Bridge is the story of Sofi taking that step of faith.
Christine Lindsay’s novel is easy to read. At times, it felt like I was reading a novella and it is one of the shorter books I’ve read recently. There’s drama and tension, with some great historical detail. I don’t tend to comment on the romance aspect of novels; however here I’ll make an exception. I don’t know if it was the setting or something else but I really enjoyed the description of the developing romantic relationship between Sofi and Neil. If you’re looking for a good read from one of the lesser known Christian publishers, you won’t go wrong with Sofi’s Bridge.
Have you read Sofi’s Bridge? Do you plan to read it? Let me know your thoughts.
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Publication Date: 01 May 2016
Page Count: 276