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The Bridge of Peace (Ada's House #2)

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Love alone isn’t enough to overcome some obstacles.
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
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Published August 31st 2010 by WaterBrook (first published 2010)
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Sep 26, 2010 Barbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, amish
I loved it! The characters are now part of my family. I laughed. I cried. I got angry. I cheered.
This is the 2nd in Cindy Woodsmall's Ada's House series of Amish novels. It's the story of Lena Kauffman, a single schoolteacher in an Old Order Amish community, facing both a challenging "scholar" in her classroom and a hostile school board ready to dismiss her for her independent ways. The trouble is that Lena isn't aware another enemy is lurking at every corner.

I haven't read anything by Cindy Woodsmall before. The author information page states that the author has a good grasp on the Amish c
Oct 21, 2011 Kristin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
'The Bridge of Peace' is Woodsmall's second book in the Ada House
series and follows the story of Lena Kauffman. Lena is in her early
twenties and is an Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a visible
birthmark on her cheek, which she feels is the reason that she has
never been courted. Taunted mercilessly as a child, she is unable to
see her own beauty.

Grey Graber grew up with Lena and always admired her. However, being
7 years older, he never pursued a relationship with her. Instead her
married Elsie,
Tina Watson
Feb 18, 2011 Tina Watson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-read
I love the fact that my county is the back drop in this series.
Even a local doctor is featured in the first book with a few lines. I went to school with his children and graduated with his oldest son, who at 32 yrs old is going back to college to be a doctor too.

Enough about that. Cindy Woodsmall as always writes an excellent book.
I just finished another wonderful Amish fiction book!

The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall

I received a copy of The Bridge of Peace through the Blogging for Books program run by WaterBrook Multnomah Publishing. I am under no obligation to write a positive review, just an honest one.

The Bridge of Peace is the second book in Cindy Woodsmall's An Ada's House Novel series.

I have not read the first, and I will start by saying that The Bridge of Peace can be read alone, but if you have a chance to rea
Nora St Laurent
Nov 02, 2010 Nora St Laurent rated it really liked it
I was excited to receive a review copy of this book which is the sequel to The Hope of Refuge. This story continues the story line of Cara and Ephraim. Cara is a woman who was raised outside the Amish Community and returned to discover her family heritage. In the meantime, she met Ephraim and fell in love. Ephraim is Amish and is willing to wait for Cara to learn the Old Order Amish ways so she can join the church. Then they could marry. What I liked most about Cara was her passion to do the rig ...more
Kaity-Jane Culbertson
Mar 11, 2011 Kaity-Jane Culbertson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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 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 prob
While many of us have our imperfections hidden on the inside, Lena feels burdened carrying hers on her face. How could anyone possibly be attracted to a girl with such a hideous birthmark? Lena is the local school teacher for the Amish children, and there is one particular boy who is making sure she knows how horrible she looks. When she begins being attacked and all her teaching methods questioned, Grey stands by her side. However, Grey also has his own issues trying to figure out why his wife ...more
Feb 11, 2011 Brenda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lena Kauffman is a twenty-three year old school teacher for her district. She has always longed for a husband, but because of a birthmark on her face she believes no one will ever want her. She is very outspoken and will often bend the rules if it means she can help her students. Not following the rules doesn't sit well with the school board members. When Lena allows an English counselor to come to her school after a tragedy occurs that the students witness, it just might be the end of her teach ...more
Christy Lockstein
Sep 03, 2010 Christy Lockstein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge of Peace by Cindy Woodsmall is the second book in the Ada's House series. Lena Kauffman treasures her job teaching the children in her small Amish community; she even attended public school past the usual age for Amish girls in order to be a better teacher. But her job is threatened when a boy and his family decide that the school would be better off without her. Grey Graber has been trapped in a loveless marriage for too many years, and divorce is not an option. Just when he breaks t ...more
I have enjoyed reading all of Cindy Woodsmalls books that I can get my hands on and The Bridge of Peace is no exception. This book is the second book in the Ada’s House series; it follows The Hope of Refuge, which I also read. I personally think this book would be hard to read as a stand-alone because throughout the book the author re-visits the characters from the previous book to let us know what is going on with them to and mix them together with the current characters!! Plus I think that boo ...more
Mar 02, 2011 Cindy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sorrow is often a part of every one's life, but it seems that the Old Order Amish Community of Dry Lake is experiencing more than their fair share of sorrow. We often think that the Amish deal with their sorrows more stoically than we Englishers do, but this book is a story of how they address the losses in their lives.
There is sweet Ada, whose husband died years earlier in a vehicle crash, with several other members of the community. Ada's son has skipped out on his mom and his bride to be, ne
Rachel Brand
I don't know why I haven't read more from Cindy Woodsmall, she is a fantastic author! She's a great addition to the Amish genre and I can't help but wonder if she'll ever expand out into other types of fiction. The character development in this book was excellent, and Cindy flipped between several different main characters without making me feel confused or making one storyline feel more interesting than others.

Although this book follows on from the first one in the series, it also introduces n
Michelle Robinson
I had to read this novel. I wanted to know more about Deborah and Ada. I was a little disappointed as Ada is not really a character we get to really see much of in this book.

I also must say, as with many of the Amish fiction novels that I have read, this is not really a stand alone novel. It helps tremendously if one has read the previous novels.

I found Grey and Lena's story to be really interesting. To me, it would be better if there were fewer people in Woodsmall's novels then we could become
Mar 06, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Author: Cindy Woodsmall
Publisher: Waterbrook
August 2010
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7397-9
Genre: Inspirational/Amish

Lena Kauffman is the school teacher in an Old Amish community. She has a huge birthmark on the side of her face, which she feels mars her beauty. This has been compounded by the fact that over the years, no one has ever wanted to court her. This year is difficult. There is a new family in the community with a teen that is difficult to teach. He keeps flinging insult
This second book in the “Ada's House” series picks up right where the first one left off. While the central character in this novel is schoolteacher Lena, others that we've come to know and love in “The Hope of Refuge” continue their stories through these pages as well.

Lena is plagued by self-consciousness because of the birthmark on her face. She is convinced that no one can see past the blemish into her warm and fun-loving heart. Despite her fears she is quite a spunky lady and has come under
THE BRIDGE OF PEACE by Cindy Woodstock is an interesting and amazing inspirational Amish fiction set in present day Amish country. It it the second in "THE ADA HOUSE SERIES",Book One, "Hope of Refuge",but can be read as a stand alone.It is well written with depth and details.It is about an Amish young women,Lena,,who is a teacher and has a birthmark on her cheek. She has endured ridicule,humiliation,and talk behind her back.She only wants a family of her own her,to teach school,find love and hap ...more
Apr 04, 2011 Christina rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: amish, 2011-reads
The second book in Woodsmall's Ada's House series follows Lena Kauffman, a twenty-something Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a noticeable birthmark on her cheek. Lena struggles to move past the stares and whispers and instead focuses on being the best teacher she possibly can be. However, her lack of submission and use of ideas that do not line up with the Old Order Ways causes the school board to doubt the abilities of their newest teacher.

Shut out of his wife's life and home, Grey Graber wan
Mar 26, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 18, 2015 Chris rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: cindy-woodsmall
The Bridge of Peace' is Woodsmall's second book in the Ada House
series and follows the story of Lena Kauffman. Lena is in her early
twenties and is an Old Order Amish schoolteacher with a visible
birthmark on her cheek, which she feels is the reason that she has
never been courted. Taunted mercilessly as a child, she
Holly (2 Kids and Tired)
I really liked The Hope of Refuge and was anxious for this book, but will admit to being a little disappointed in it. While I loved Lena and Grey, I felt the whole premise/plot was a bit of a stretch. I had a very hard time believing Dwayne's psychopathic character and how he was able to influence so many people against Lena. I also admit to not understanding Grey's relationship with Elsie and I was very, very annoyed that there were no repercussions/apologies forthcoming from Peter's parents.

Patty LeBlanc
Mar 03, 2011 Patty LeBlanc rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love to read Amish novels and I have really enjoyed all of Cindy Woodsmall's Amish books. The Bridge of Peace is the second book in the Ada's House series. I also read the first book, The Hope of Refuge. The Bridge of Peace is a wonderful story about finding your true self and finding your joy in life according to God and not pleasing man. Lena is a spunky Amish teacher who loves the children with all her heart. When things start to happen at school she is in danger of losing her job. Grey is ...more
Sep 24, 2011 Kav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Have you ever picked up a book that you couldn't put down but had to because you couldn't bear to read any more but then you picked it right back up again because you couldn't bear not knowing what's going to happen? LOL. Maybe I'm the only one who gets so emotionally involved with the characters that sometimes it just plain hurts to read. Anyway this was that kind of book for me.

It's the second in the Ada's House series, and while reading the first book, The Hope of Refuge, isn't completely nec
Oct 19, 2015 Alicia rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This is the 2nd book in the Ada's House trilogy. This book tells the story of Lena Kauffman, an Amish schoolteacher who has had to deal all her life with a very noticeable birthmark on her face. Having learned to move past the stares and whispers, she channels her zest for life into love of teaching. But challenges arise when she has a rebellious student, and other crises at the school house, and a school board that disproves of some of her actions.

One school board member on her side, Grey Grabe
Feb 03, 2011 Carly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am generally not a finicky reader, but there is one genre that I am more finicky about than any other – Amish fiction. I am fairly new to Cindy Woodsmall’s books, but I did read the first book in the Ada’s House series, The Hope of Refuge, and I really enjoyed it. I was expecting to enjoy The Bridge of Peace just as much, but I was a little disappointed with it. The story sounded very interesting to me before I started reading it, but it just didn’t hold my attention the way I had hoped it wou ...more
The metaphor of this story if what grabs me every time I read this book and this is the second time I have done so. The symbol of the “bridge” between two of the characters always makes me take a moment and savor the power of it.

There are several of such moments in this book, I wish I could share them all, but you’ll have to read the book to find them. Suffice it is to say I stop, dwell on the words, their rhythm and impact.

I love how Cindy’s books move with a very easy quality. There aren’t a
Very good book. Lena's care for her students is obvious from the beginning, and she wants only the best for them. When she was doing her rumspringa she used that time to attend a public high school in order to learn more about how to be a good teacher. This sometimes puts her at odds with the church leadership. There is also one student that has been giving her problems and she is trying to reach him. The boy's brother is also a problem that gets worse over time. On a personal side, she has neve ...more
The world goes as it will, but we expect the Old Order Amish to remain unchanged. That is one of the appeals of Amish fiction. This book shows a number of Amish who didn't even consider turning to their church to help them with their problems. The main character Lena, who went to public high school, is only one of them. If it's true that many Amish don't trust their church to heal them, to make the right decisions for individuals and the community, then something is very sadly broken for them as ...more
Jun 22, 2016 Camara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was probably one of the better Amish books I've ever read... but to be honest, I don't think I'm a fan of the way the Amish lifestyle is romanticized and idealized. Maybe I'm just an "insider" complaining, whose grandmother was terribly affected by the very dark side of the Amish. (Every community has a dark side, I think, but it still doesn't excuse that.) Some things in the book that I could relate to and realized where my thinking is still shaped by my Mennonite/Amish heritage: 1) the obse ...more
Mar 28, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge of Peace is the second book in the Ada's House series and I would probably recommend reading this series in order. When I first started reading this I really wasn't in the mood to read it but I knew I needed to get it read to write my review. Well, I'm happy to say that it didn't take long before I was enjoying reading about Lena and Grey. I actually had a hard time putting it down. It was one of those books where you say to yourself, "one more chapter and then I'll go to bed." Before ...more
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Cindy Woodsmall is a New York Times and CBA best-selling author who has written nineteen (and counting!) works of fiction and one of nonfiction. She and her dearest Old Order Amish friend, Miriam Flaud, coauthored the nonfiction, Plain Wisdom: An Invitation into an Amish Home and the Hearts of Two Women. Cindy's been featured on ABC Nightline and the front page of the Wall Street Journal, and has ...more
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