Welcome to the Blog Tour & Giveaway for Across the Bridge by Kristin Neva with JustRead Publicity Tours!
ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Across the Bridge
Series: Copper Island, Book 3
Author: Kristin Neva
Publisher: The Christmas Tree House
Release Date: November 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fiction from the Ragged Edge of Faith
When Marcella Seppa meets her new tenant, widower Drew Smith, a spark ignites, but she won’t consider dating him. She doesn’t want his son, AJ, to experience the hurt she felt when her dad remarried shortly after her mom died. Her faith unraveled, and she threw herself into exercise and gardening instead of forming trusting relationships.
When Drew finds out he may not be AJ’s biological father, his first instinct is to leave Copper Island, but he wants to find out the truth. He seeks out Marcella’s support.
Is it possible their friendship could become more? But how would that affect AJ? Could love help make peace with the past?
Love weaves its way through the messiness of life on Copper Island.
Across the Bridge is part of the Copper Island series, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Across the Bridge will make you laugh and cry. Deep, meaningful themes are woven into a fast-paced storyline.
After Marcella Seppa lost her mother when she was fifteen years old, her father quickly remarried, and her stepmother pushed too hard to foster a relationship with Marcella. Well-meaning people used Christian clichés in an attempt to comfort her, but it resulted in Marcella having a faith crisis. Is love worth the risk of loss, and how can you hold on to faith when questioning the idea of a puppet-master God?
Drew Smith moves to the small town of Quincy so that his in-laws can help raise his son, and he plugs into a local church where the leader of a boys group — and his deceased wife’s high school boyfriend — looks strikingly like his son. Drew fears losing part of his son’s heart to a man who even he admires for his height, charm, and cool job as a State Trooper. What does it mean to be a father, and what is the balance between protecting and preparing your child?
Across the Bridge also contains a theme dealing with ALS, a terminal disease that requires a team of caregivers. Readers who’ve met Grandma Lou in Snow Country will want to be with her again.
IN MY OPINION
I’ve only read a couple books set in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (or UP), so another book set in the area with their proud history and roots is always great to find. Kristin Neva enhanced my knowledge of the Copper Country area while introducing a cast of characters who are not easily forgotten. (For some of you, these characters may be familiar, but this was my first book by Neva).
There is a lot happening in Across the Bridge that held my interest and attention. From the uncertainty Marcella has about God after her mother’s death to AJ’s paternity to a friend’s struggle with ALS and all the relationship dynamics, I was definitely not ever bored with this story.
I enjoyed watching the friendship between Marcella and Drew grow and the almost instantaneous connection she had with AJ. Each of these three struggle with difficult, true-to-life issues and their relationships (with each other as well as others in their lives) require some work and some healing. Experiencing loss bonds Drew, AJ, and Marcella together.
One thing I felt was missing in this story was a conversation or more interaction between Marcella and her father because at times, he comes across as unfeeling about Marcella’s circumstances. Circumstances he’s put her in. But that was just a small part of the book, and everything else points readers toward forgiveness, healing, and the strengths (and sacrifices) of love.
I receive complimentary books from publishers, publicists, and/or authors, including NetGalley. I am not required to write positive reviews. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristin Neva grew up in an old farmhouse on Copper Island in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula where the hard-working, rugged residents persevere through harsh winter weather, sustained by friendship and family, surrounded by natural beauty. As an adult, she lived in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas for seventeen years before returning to the her hometown with her husband and two children.
Kristin’s first book, Heavy, co-authored with her husband, Todd, journeys through the first year after Todd’s ALS diagnosis as the Nevas struggle to find meaning, hold on to faith, and discover joy in the midst of pain.
It is this life experience that brings authenticity to Kristin’s fictional works as she explores themes of love, loss, and faith on Copper Island. Her quirky characters are endearing and wholesome. But they are also full of healthy grit, humor, flaws, and appetites.
Learn more about Kristin and explore Copper Island at KristinNeva.com.
(1) winner will win a Copper Island Gift Pack containing:
- a Signed Copy of Across the Bridge
- Scandinavian Dish Towel
- Garden Note Cards
- Locally Hand Crafted Bird’s Eye Maple Spatula
- Rishi Loose Leaf Tea and Tea Ball
- Keweenaw Mug
Most items are from Copper World, A Copper Island Gift Shop.
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