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The Kissing Bridge

(Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors #3)

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Rebecca is an Amish woman whose pained past compels her to leave everything to become a nurse---abandoning her family and community. Caleb is an Amish man who is counting down the days until hunting season. At a crossroads in his own life, the excitement of hunting game is all he looks forward to. All the while he wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Even though h ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published April 1st 2014 by Zondervan (first published February 1st 2014)
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Cindy
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Tricia Goyer shows us over and over how talented she is. This story was a bit different than most Amish stories. It doesn't center on the Amish faith, so much with all the rules and regulations. But the story centers on the people, and their faith in Christ. Very interesting story, and definitely a story to share with your friends and family. It was wonderful to connect with Marianna and Ben again too. I love when we get to glimpse into the lives of characters from ...more
Audrey
Ever since Rebecca's sister's death she knew that God was calling her to be a nurse. However growing up in an Amish community made her dream very difficult. She had to take her online high school and first year of college training in secret. Finally she runs away from home to go to nursing school. On the way to Oregon she stops in Montana to visit a friend who left the Amish faith. While she is there she meets Caleb who is a bit of a daredevil and they hit it off. He also has secrets of his own. ...more
Laura
Apr 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Title: THE KISSING BRIDGE
Author: Tricia Goyer
Publisher: Zondervan
April 2014
ISBN: 978-0310335153
Genre: Amish

Caught between a stifling Amish community and an unnerving outside world, a devout young woman on the run is about to become the newest arrival to West Kootenai, Montana.

On the day of her sister's death, Rebecca Troyer took her first step away from the Amish.

Rebecca had always strayed a little outside the fold---a job at an E
...more
Faye
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca left her home in Indiana years ago, without telling her parents, by train to Portland to studying nursing. She decides to stop by Montana to visit her childhood friend, Mariana.

Even though she is only there for a short while, Rebecca meets several people who help her grow in her faith and encourage her in her quest to become a nurse.


Caleb is fascinated by Rebecca's adventurous spirit , even when he doesn't know the whole story.


Will Rebecca have to choose between following her calling
...more
Tina Watson
Tricia Goyer has done it again, writing a book and you get to the ending that is breath-taking, priceless. God really gave her a powerful message to use and between the two of them it was written with powerful words to make a story come to life.

Rebecca witnessed something tragic happen growing up and ever since then she's determined to take that tragic event and turn it into something positive for all. She feels called from God to be a nurse, but to be a nurse she must venture out into th
...more
Tina Watson
Apr 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014-release-yr
Tricia Goyer has done it again, writing a book and you get to the ending that is breath-taking, priceless. God really gave her a powerful message to use and between the two of them it was written with powerful words to make a story come to life.

Rebecca witnessed something tragic happen growing up and ever since then she's determined to take that tragic event and turn it into something positive for all. She feels called from God to be a nurse, but to be a nurse she must venture out into th
...more
Vikki Vaught
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Lovely, emotionally charged story of a young woman’s spiritual journey to a greater faith through her belief in God’s path for her life. A path that differs from her old order Amish faith, but the right one for her and Caleb. Great narration as well. Happy reading/listening!
Terri
Jul 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: amish-books
Tricia is gifted author who wrote wonderful stories about Amish . I really enjoy reading what this story about this girl had set her goal in her life
Rachel Brand
Sep 03, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rebecca Troyer watched her older sister, Claudia, slip away from her just minutes after giving birth to her only son, helpless to do anything to stop her from leaving this world. It was then that she knew that God had called her to a life other than the one expected of an Amish woman—she was to become a nurse, and educate her Amish brethren about health concerns, so that deaths like Claudia’s could be prevented. Rebecca knows that her parents won’t understand her desire to nurse, so she hides he ...more
Cherese Akhavein
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Book three in the series Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors, The Kissing Bridge. By Tricia Goyer.
This is an amazing book all about bridges in a way, Rebecca Troyer is a young Amish woman on a secret mission to become a nurse and she has been working on that dream ever since she watch her sister slip from this life on the day her son, now her brother was born. Rebecca vowed to never let another feel that pain again. She was determined to become a nurse for that day.
Now years later as she ste
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Rosemarie
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
The third book in this series, this one also does not disappoint. Rebecca, best friend to Marianna (both introduced in Goyer's Big Sky Series), has kept a secret from her Amish community for years. She has obtained her high school diploma and wants to attend college to become a nurse. A tragedy in her family has catapulted her into a destiny not approved by the Amish ordnung. Her broken heart struggles with the decision of following God's obvious call on her life at the expense of losing all she ...more
Jenark
Aug 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Engaging

We see the struggle between straddling two worlds; the Amish and English. We also see the fight between responsibility and the desire for adventure.

I admire Rebecca for sticking with what she truly feels God has called her to, even when it could cost her everything.

My one regret with this book is it not having an epilogue. I would like to see a couple years into the future so some of my questions could be. I wish the publisher had allowed the last four books too. I'm sure they would h
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Mom
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: karen-s-kindle, amish
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Lucy
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
"We just think we are in the land of the living, and that we're going to die, but when we believe in God the opposite is true. We're in the land of the dying, and because of Jesus we're going to the land of the living. The land where there is no more pain, not more tears, and where we'll be with Christ for eternity." - The Kissing Bridge.
Sandy Carmichael
Dec 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Have to admit I still like "happy ending" stories. This is a book about loving and discovering God thru the life of young Amish people. I think it is a good read.
Andrea Cox
Apr 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
By Andrea Renee Cox

“The day of her sister’s death had also started Rebecca on her path to leaving the Amish.”

Graduating from high school, going to college, becoming a nurse… none of these things describe an Amish girl, but because of her sister’s death, those are things Rebecca Troyer strives to do. She won’t be caught unprepared for another emergency, not when she can learn the skills that could help save lives. Abandoning her family and Amish ways, she sets off on a jou
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Emma
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
The Kissing Bridge (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors) by Tricia Goyer

this is Rebecca Troyer and Caleb Hooley story.
Caught between a stifling Amish community and an unnerving outside world, a devout young woman on the run is about to become the newest arrival to West Kootenai, Montana. On the day of her sister's death, Rebecca Troyer took her first step away from the Amish. Rebecca had always strayed a little outside the fold---a job at an Englisch bakery, long weekends with non
...more
Lindsey (Books for Christian Girls)
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“Rebecca is an Amish woman whose pained past compels her to leave everything to become a nurse---abandoning her family and community. Caleb is an Amish man who is counting down the days until hunting season. At a crossroads in his own life, the excitement of hunting game is all he looks forward to. All the while he wonders what to do with the rest of his life. Even though he likes the Amish lifestyle, what good is an Amish man without faith in God? An unexpected meeti
...more
Alyssa
Apr 18, 2014 rated it liked it
Overall, and honestly, I didn't think "The Kissing Bridge" was as good as "The Promise Box". Unlike the last book, I struggled to connect with the characters. This is purely a personal judgement, but I just couldn't come to understand them. Why did Rebecca have to run away? If Rebecca truly didn't judge Marianna, why was their friendship now full of secrets and holes? Caleb initially falls in love with Rebecca because he thinks she is daring, yet Rebecca is turned off by Caleb's wild ways...so h ...more
Beverly Lytle
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The horrible feeling of helplessness Rebecca felt when her sister died after giving birth has burned a desire in Rebecca’s heart: a desire to help others, a desire to know what to do in the event of a medical emergency, and a desire to fulfill a calling from God. In order to live out those desires, Rebecca must figure out how to fulfill her dream. Will she have to choose between the Amish life and the life of the Englisch? Is there a way to work toward her goal while still living among the Amish ...more
Freda Mans-Labianca
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, amish, book-3
Of the three books I have read in the series, this is by far my favorite one. The premise is unlike no other Amish story I have read.
Tricia's books always stir up emotions in me, and have me evaluating my own relationship wit God, but this story had me looking at compassion and judgement in a whole new way. The fact that we all judge people, even the Amish do it, mad me stop a think quite a bit. Rebecca's parents were so harsh and judged her for her wanting a nursing education. They see it
...more
Pat
May 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Rebecca Troyer wants to be a nurse and help her Amish family, friends and neighbors. She has spent a lot of time with English friends, working at an English bakery and tries to keep her secrets from her Amish parents. She has worked and saved for a long time to finish school, take classes and now she wants to go across country to college. On the way she stops in Kootenai, Montana to visit her childhood friend that has left the Amish to marry outside her faith. While there she meets some Amish ba ...more
Karen Korb
Mar 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts On The Book: This was a great book to conclude the Seven Bachelors Series. I have read all the books and was able to move from book to book with ease. The reader would not have to have prior knowlede of the characters. The setting and theme ae really the only things the series books have in common. I was quite drawn to Goyer's description of the area around West Kootenai, Montana. My favorite part of this story involved the by chance meeting of Rebecca and Caleb. Here were two young ...more
J.C. Morrows
It’s always fun to read a book that is part of a continuing story.


And I really hope we get 7 books out of this series!

Tricia Goyer certainly has a deep well of story lines. Each book of hers that I have read is clearly original. There is no feel of having read the same story in a slightly different form over and over again.

Tricia continues the story that began with The Memory Jar – beautifully in The Kissing Bridge. We see some familiar characters and we
...more
Donna Feibusch
Apr 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An Awesome Read!

I loved reading The Kissing Bridge (Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Book 3), all about Rebecca a young Amish girl who left her home in Indiana and is going to Oregon to become a nurse & Caleb Hooley a young Amish man who happens to be a bachelor in Montana. She meets him when she stops in West Kootenai Montana to visit her BFF Marianna who has recently left the Amish order and married an English man named Ben who happens to be a musician. Rebecca has wanted to be a nurse
...more
Jeni Enjaian
Once again, I wish that goodreads gave an option for half star reviews. This book was definitely a 3.5, almost but not quite a 4.
I picked up the book with hesitancy. While I thoroughly enjoyed Goyer's series staring Marianna, the other work of Amish fiction of hers that I had read left much to be desired. I believe it was the first in the "Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors" series of which this is the third. The series is more a collection than a continual story although other characters fr
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Dali Castillo
Jun 04, 2014 rated it it was amazing
What makes a great read? Well, I don't have a definitive answer for that, because for me, it varies. I look at each book independently and choose what stood out for me with that particular book. However, one thing I can say for sure is that if I have various scenes from a book that run through my head long after I'm finished reading it, that's a pretty good indicator that it was most definitely a great read. And The Kissing Bridge fits that description to a T. Without revealing any of the plot, ...more
Julie Graves
Apr 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian, 2014-reads
Rebecca is leaving her Amish community in Indiana to pursue a nursing career in Portland, Oregon. On her way to Portland she feels led to stop and visit her friend Marianna in Montana. There she meets Caleb, a young Amish man with a sense of adventure and daredevil. Both Caleb and Rebecca are keeping secrets that could jeopardize any further relationship between them.



I enjoyed THE KISSING BRIDGE. The relationship between Caleb and Rebecca had its ups and downs of course. I admired Rebecca for
...more
Veronica
I found this to be an interesting story about a unique Amish situation. I can't imagine the heartbreak of losing a sister and feeling partly to blame and I admired Rebecca's determination to do something about it. I loved that we got to see more of Marianna and some other characters that were in previous books. I thought the romance was very quick; I like to see more development in relationships. The fact that Goyer put the salvation message in her story was wonderful and I loved the discussion ...more
Jane
Jun 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A story of faith. Rebecca lost a sister and felt called to leave Amish community to pursue nursing. She felt a call to help others so they would not have to die like her sister while she stood by helpless.
She stops in Montana to see a friend who had left the Amish community. There Amish and English lived together in a community.
She meets Caleb, a risk taker. He wants an Amish wife but one with spunk.
Both Rebecca and Caleb find faith in God.
This book was what I needed righ
...more
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Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of ten, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two tim ...more

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“We just think we are in the land of the living, and that we’re going to die, but when we believe in God the opposite is true. We’re in the land of the dying, and because of Jesus we’re going to the land of the living. The land where there is no more pain, no more tears, and where we’ll be with Christ for eternity.” 0 likes
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