“‘I hate being a foster kid!’ Fourteen-year-old Lissa had thought those words dozens, if not hundreds, of times over the last twelve years. She and her twin brother, Leigh, had been foster kids for as long as they could remember. Naturally shy, this life of bouncing around from one foster home to another, of changing schools mid-term, and of never having a real place they could call home had left Lissa with feelings of insecurity and doubt. Would they ever have a real home? Why didn’t anyone want them? Then one cold, winter afternoon, Lissa persuades her brother to make believe that a tunnel under a snow covered bridge is the entrance to a new world and a new life; together they walk through it, and it changes their lives forever.” (from Amazon)
I was super excited when I found out that Rebekah Morris had released another stand-alone book. After waiting a while until resources would permit it, I bought the book and read it in a day. ; )
Set in winter first at a vacation cabin and later at a country farmhouse, this book just pulls you into these places and makes you love them. Most of the story happens during Christmas, which is always a special treat. ; )
Leigh and Lissa were great! Close twins who had learned to depend on each for everything, they had you both loving and pitying them at the same time. The Holdens were awesome in every way! (Debbie definitely won if for the humor side, though.) ; )
I loved the story. From the moment they entered their “new world”, I was hoping it would actually be; and the outcome delighted me. Lessons in trust and a beautiful parallel between adoption and God’s gift to use were woven nicely into the story. Some of my favorite parts included the twins going through the tunnel, decorating the house for Christmas, and Ben’s Christmas gift. (I’ll say no more…) ; )
Parents may want to have caution considering this book for younger readers because of the foster children’s general mistrust of people and insecurities. Other mild concerns include slightly rebellious actions against foster family and mention of previous neglectful family who were the cause of young boy getting a little hurt. Also, the main characters do not know Christ (SPOILER ALERT! for most of the book), so the have some doubts and questions same families may not appreciate for younger readers.
Altogether–I loved it! And I think you will too. (Notice the “will”.)