I had not heard about Lamplighter Publishing until this year. I was very shocked when I read my first book from them. I was hooked, and so were the kids! We couldn't put it down! After that one, we had to add another and another. Growing our collection of books on the shelf, but with a much different kind of book. We absolutely were thrilled when we saw that Lamplighter Publishing had The Secret Bridge available for us to review!
Lamplighter Publishing has a mission "to make ready a people prepared for the Lord, by building Christ-like character one story at a time." Each of their books focus on character traits they would like to the reader to pick up on. And while you may be able to find these books by other publishers, Lamplighter Publishing edits their books to ensure that each story they give to us reflects the character of God. Just knowing that my kids can pick up on the character traits while reading a great story from the 1800s is enough to get me interested.
Now the book itself is one of pure beauty! The hardcover itself is covered in a soft teal faux leather with an engraved picture on the cover. The title has a gold embossed finish to it that gives it even more elegance. This is the book that was passed around because everyone wanted to simply feel it. The original book was written in 1899 by Amy Le Feuvre and the grammar within is kept as close to original as possible.
Now that we have fallen in love with the cover, the reading began. We are immediately introduced to Godfrey Bullingham as he is onboard a passenger ship heading towards London. On the same ship is a young orphan woman named Bridget Channing who is traveling to London to live with her uncle. Godfrey had immediately noticed Bridget and was drawn to her, and so starts the love story, or so we think.
Bridget did not accept the offer from Godfrey right away, yet she realized that this was the start of something. She put her trust in him, just as we are to put our trust in God and waited from him, as we are to wait for God. She decided to exchange vows with him but now must face a challenge. He must go out to sea as an officer in the Royal Navy and is leaving her on a farm near his family with one request, that she not tell anyone they are married.
I remember the joy of my wedding. Sharing with everyone I knew. But shortly after we were married, my husband headed to the opposite side of the country to do some work. Living miles, no states, apart as newlyweds was not something I envisioned. But just like Bridget, I learned to wait for my bridegroom. During the time apart Bridget finds it harder and harder to keep up with lies, which are hard for her. At the same time, she is finding time to get to know the Lord better.
Just as we fell in love with our previous Lamplighter Publishing books, we fell in love with this one as well. The story behind the story was wonderful and knowing that this was a book that I could leave lying around without worry about what the kid might read. Knowing that the worst they will get out of this romantic story would be a story from God, makes it a book I am glad to leave lying around.
If you want to add some great books to your shelf that are great reads and safe for the entire family to read, I would recommend taking a look at Lamplighter Publishing and especially The Secret Bridge!