The Last Bridge Home (Redemption River #5)
by Linda Goodnight (Goodreads Author)
Doing the right thing always came easily to firefighter Zak Ashford. So he can't refuse taking in the dying wife he thought divorced him long ago—and watching over her three troubled children. The only person Zak can turn to is his cute neighbor, Jilly Fairmont, who helps him and the children through their loss. And not just because she secretly cares for Zak. Yet it isn't...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published January 24th 2012 by Love Inspired
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Leave it to a veteran writer like Linda Goodnight to present her hero and heroine with a very complex, rare in inspirational romance, conundrum. Not everyone can pull off a story where a man finds himself still married to a woman he long thought he had divorced and the heroine, his best friend, dealing with her feelings for a married man. To add to the mix, the wife is dying of cancer and her children need a new home so readers will be turning the pages to see how it all works out. Be assured, i...more
A sweet romantic, inspirational story about two main characters that deal with the changes in their lives. Zak is a firefighter with a dream to be a famous ball player. He seems a bit immature to me, but has to grow up fast when the woman he thought he divorced 10 years ago, shows up at his home with 3 children who are not his. She is dying of cancer and wants Zak to take them when she is gone. Jilly is the sweet little girl next door who has been in love with Zak since he moved there, but she h...more
Love this book. The humor and tenderness in this faith story make it special. Love that Zak and Jilly, best friends, kind of stumble their way into the relationship...at least Zak does. However, the ending disappointed me a little. I wanted a have-your-cake-and-eat-it-too ending. Didn't get that, but not disappointed enough to downgrade my rating. Hard to do that with a Goodnight romance. Gotta go back and find the prior unread books in the Redemption River series.
Jan 03, 2012 Martha rated it 4 of 5 stars · review of another edition
Realistic characters deal with a difficult situation in this emotional story. Both Zak and Jilly are likable and sympathetic. The supporting characters are also well written, although I found myself not really liking Jilly's mother and sisters at some times. This is the last book in the Redemption River series; I have not read any of the previous four books. I didn't feel lost in this story for not having read them, but I would like to read them if I get the chance.
The Last Bridge Home is a worthwhile read for anyone wanting a feel good story with a happy ending. The characters draw you in and their interaction is believable. The story line intriguing. We get to see the hero grow up from being a self-centered "Peter Pan" to taking on the responsibility of three homeless orphans. The heroine becomes much more to him than his neighbor and best friend. He suddenly sees that she is everything he wants. Convincing her that she's more than a babysitter takes a l...more
Winner of the RITA Award, Linda Goodnight’s books have also won the Booksellers’ Best, the ACFW Carol and the Reviewers’ Choice Award from RT Book Reviews. Linda has appeared on the Christian Bestsellers list and her romance novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. Active in orphan ministry, this former nurse and teacher of the year lives in rural Oklahoma with her family. Rea...more