Tuesday, March 1, 2016
Covered Bridge Charm by Dianne Christner
Carly Blosser may not match the typical description of a conservative Mennonite woman—unmarried at 27, living alone, and careening around her Oregon neighborhood on a pink bicycle—but she has a soft heart for the elderly Mennonite residents at Sweet Life Assisted Living Facility, where she works as a caregiver. When Carly’s plans for a new volunteer program go awry, she shifts her focus to one lonely resident named Martha. Adam Lapp, a wood shop instructor at Sweet Life, joins with Carly to reunite Martha with an old flame before her 85th birthday. Carly and Adam’s hunt involves carved initials on covered bridges, digging up the past, and the appearance of a newcomer, who hinders the budding romance between the two. Soon, new clues sweep them all in a harried race to the finish line where love is sure to be the ultimate prize.
About The Author
Covered Bridge takes place in an Oregon Mennonite community, and we are quickly absorbed in their lives. Our main character Carly is a spunky, caring, and a Mennonite that pushes her plain life to her limits. She drives a bright pink bicycle, her basket contains her pet rabbit, and she works in a nursing home.
I loved her compassion with the older folks, and we meet some very interesting characters, with pet names that fit their personality, Klepto, watch as she even tries to take the saltshakers.
Adam has been Carly’s friend and her brother’s best friend forever; her brother has even requested he look out for her when he was out of town. What neither expected was to have an attraction for one another, but his family does not want her, and especially his Dad, and a rumor about her that was spread by Adam’s cousin.
For pacifists you are going to be surprised how jealousy makes Adam’s temper flare. Carly also has her turn at jealousy, but will these two ever work out their difference, and family problems.
A covered bridge and initials play a sweet part in this story, with one of the elderly nursing home patients and an old love. I loved what Adam did with the initials that were carved many years ago on the old bridge. You will also chuckle when a kiss brings on Adam ends up taking his pants off, and of course someone was watching and rumors again fly.
In the end is their any hope of a committed relationship here, or will they each find new loves?
I received this book through Net Galley and Shiloh Run Press, and I was not required to give a positive review.