Sofi's Bridge

Sofi's Bridge

by Christine Lindsay

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Sofi's Bridge by Christine Lindsay

Seattle Debutant Sofi Andersson will do everything in her power to protect her sister who is suffering from shock over their father’s death. Charles, the family busy-body, threatens to lock Trina in a sanatorium—a whitewashed term for an insane asylum—so Sofi will rescue her little sister, even if it means running away to the Cascade Mountains with only the new gardener Neil Macpherson to protect them. But in a cabin high in the Cascades, Sofi begins to recognize that the handsome immigrant from Ireland harbors secrets of his own. Can she trust this man whose gentle manner brings such peace to her traumatized sister and such tumult to her own emotions? And can Nei, the gardener continue to hide from Sofi that he is really Dr. Neil Galloway, a man wanted for murder by the British police? Only an act of faith and love will bridge the distance that separates lies from truth and safety.

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ISBN-13: 9781611165203
Publisher: Pelican Book Group
Publication date: 05/01/2016
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.63(d)

About the Author

Christine Lindsay is an award-winning author who makes her home in British Columbia, Canada.

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Sofi's Bridge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
Lattebooks More than 1 year ago
Another deep and moving story from this author. She always speaks to your heart and teaches you a lesson while you read. I feel as if I am in their lives with them, seeing the beautiful scenery, smelling the scents, hearing the sounds as they do. She describes areas perfectly – I could picture the bridge in my head. Sofi and Neil are both struggling with sorrow and pasts that are following them. They both need to decide if they can trust each other and keep each other safe also. What a beautiful twisting path of learning, tests and triumphs that build in suspense, dotted with danger, and culminate in an ending that fulfills every happily ever after. Secondary characters add an awesome element to the story and give it much depth. You can definitely lose yourself in this tale. I adore that Sofi stands up for her knowledge and gifts in a time where women were not meant to show they had brains and smarts. Family is a huge part of their lives and they rally around them to save them and build them up. Many times I wanted to smack a man or two who wouldn’t listen to her! I recommend this for a deeply moving book that touches on healing and heart struggles. Beautifully written and a beautiful ending.
MaureenST More than 1 year ago
Sofi’s Bridge grabbed my attention from page one to the end, and my only regret was when the last page was turned it was over. Sofi Andersson, eldest daughter in the family, and Neil Macpherson, the gardener, aka doctor, both suffering from the loss of their fathers, but this is not what brings them together. Ironically, or by God’s hand they end up fighting for the same causes, wellness of the family, and inferior safety conditions. Sofi needs to save her sister, and finds a way to try and do so, after her mother signs the form to have her sister committed to a sanatorium, she flees with her to a family sanctuary. Of course we find that Neil is on the run and needs a sanctuary also, and he finds away to travel with Sofi. What seems to have drawn then together may be what will end any kind of relationship between them, as Neil is a wanted man, but his compassion in times of need may just be his undoing. A wonderful story that kept my attention throughout, the word pictures of the surroundings made me wish I were there. We meet so many interesting characters, and some you will soon hate, and others you will wish you could shake and help. I loved this book! I received this book through the Author and was not required to give a positive review.
SBMC 6 days ago
This is the first book by Christine Lindsay I have read and it is quite delightful. The setting of 1913 Seattle is lush and clearly different in its rustic charm, the writing is fluid, the characters are enchanting and captivating, and the plot is well-paced with interesting twists and turns. The author handles many difficult topics like the life of immigrants, battle with opium tincture addiction, darkness in grief and depression, and suppression of intelligence and ability in women found during this time period with grace and sensitivity. Neil, an Irish physician running from authorities, and Sofi, a third-generation Swede who is the daughter of a wealthy and successful bridge engineer, meet by circumstance when he starts working as a gardener in her home right before tragedy strikes her family. Both Neil and Sofi are strong, loyal, intelligent, and dedicated to helping others and alleviating suffering. Their love for family runs strong - strong enough to put their lives on hold or at risk to protect and serve them. Their friendship/romance buds slowly but is incredibly sweet to behold. Sofi's faith, even in the midst of her greatest trials, holds steady and she helps Neil see the truth and comfort in leaning on God's saving Grace. I was given a copy of this book by Pelican Book Group and was under no obligation to write a positive review. All comments and opinions are solely my own.
LisaLickel0 3 months ago
First and second generation Americans with secrets help each other move beyond their stereotypes to protect the ones they love. One succeeds and the other watches another member of the family lose the battle. Sofi Andersson, born of Swedish immigrant parents, has never suffered until the day her beloved papa didn’t come home, and her younger sister became so traumatized she can no longer function. Her mother Roselle is held up only with destructive advice from her physician and late husband’s business partner, who Sofi has long mistrusted. When threatened with institutionalization, Sofi kidnaps her sister with the reluctant help of their newly hired Irish gardener, Neil Galloway, who is not what he appears. Sofi knows what she’s doing, running back to her late grandfather’s homestead and the friends and family who knew and loved him. Her father had certainly been a modern turn-of-the twentieth-century man who instilled independence in his daughters, encouraging them in daring to cross gender roles in architecture, math, and engineering skills. But he failed to surround them with the support they needed, and Sofi did right to leave Seattle high society and its rules to hunker down amongst her grandfather’s unconventional partners and family. It doesn’t hurt that this hiding place is also near her bridge-building late father’s last project. Sofi, at twenty-one, has absorbed all the skills necessary to build a railroad bridge, and when she realizes her father’s unscrupulous partner has changed her specs, she’ll move heaven and earth to save his reputation. Meanwhile, Sofi is distracted by her new partner in crime, the Irish gardener Neil, who out of necessity confesses his true vocation and eventually the reason for his subterfuge. Their relationship grows over the summer, but as events come to a head, realize reputation is always trumped by faith, hope, and love.
Anonymous 8 months ago
Enjoyed this book. Was hard to put it down. Parts were sad, but faith won out. Would recommend reading.
MrsTina42MR More than 1 year ago
Sofi's Bridge***** by Christine Lindsay 1913...Seattle, Washington...Sofi Anderson is determined to keep Charles from putting her traumatized sister Trina, into a sanatorium. She is convinced, given time and love, Trina will recover the tragic death of their father's drowning—which Trina witnessed. With Charles becoming ever more brazen and devious—what is he really after?—she develops a plan to whisk her sister secretly away. However, her plan is discovered by their mysterious gardener, Neil Macpherson, and he goes with them to hide away in a cabin high in the Cascade Mountains. Neil has his own secrets, can he really be trusted with their lives? More secrets are revealed, danger lurks ever near while hearts draw closer. Beautiful descriptions of the Cascade Mountains and Seattle bring the reader off the pages right into the story. What a great cast of characters, which are well developed—even the unsavory ones. ;-) My favorite characters are Sofi and Neil, along with the outspoken housekeeper Matilda—gotta love her. Mystery, suspense, adventure, murder, greed motivating so much evil, healing and forgiveness, secrets and more secrets—some shocking when revealed, strong emotions, more courage than one realized when needed, and strong faith—I appreciate the faith elements woven throughout the storyline. There is budding romance and love among all this tragedy and uncertainties, a love that may be short lived if authorities learn of a certain person(s) whereabouts. ~I received a PDF copy of the book from the author, (no monetary gain were exchanged), this is my honest review~
Brencz More than 1 year ago
This is my first read by author Christine Lindsay and I’m glad to have the opportunity. This book had it all...mystery, murder, sadness, tears, joy, love and faith in God. What a wonderful book with characters all so well written. The main character Sofi Andersson was a strong women of her time and the author clearly showed that an made you admire everything she did and believed in. Besides the characters being so well written the setting was beautifully told. Ms. Lindsay is a wonderful storyteller. The story of Sofi Andersson is of her trying to protect her sister and mother after the death of their father. The business associate of her father, Charles, wants to put Sofi’s sister, Trina in a sanatorium and keeps her mother drugged. Trying to protect her sister, Sofi runs away with Trina and the well meaning gardener, Neil Macpherson, who has many secrets of his own. The story goes on about Sofi’s talent in designing bridges, Neil’s secret, Charles trying to find them and the love that Sofi and Neil find themselves in when so much is going on. It’s a wonderful story with a little bit of everything in it. I received this book for an honest review and am happy to give one.
mrb2 More than 1 year ago
A tale of trauma and secrets, Sofi's Bridge is one that touches the heart. After her father's unexpected death, Sofi's mother finds comfort in a bottle of laudanum while her sister, slips farther into another world. Her own grief is shoved aside as she formulates a plan to keep her sister out of the sanatorium and get the help she really needs. She decides to trust an unknown man with kind eyes and a gentle voice with a secret past. In the process, she discovers the bridge she designed is being built, but something is drastically wrong. The calculations don't add up, the metal is falling apart, and people are getting hurt. More secrets surround her with every passing second.
Trimaze More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have never been a fan of historical Christian romance stories, however author Christine Lindsay has definitely changed my mind. Sofi's Bridge is a beautifully written story that will restore your belief in the human spirits ability to overcome what seems to be impossible. Twenty one year old Sofi Andersson has grown up with the finer things in life. She is the oldest daughter of a family in crisis. She has become the backbone of her family since the tragic drowning death of her father. Her sister is slowly descending into madness after witnessing her fathers untimely death and her mother is lost in a grief driven drug induced haze. A business partner of her late father, who has taken over the family affairs, has her mother convinced that putting her sister away in a sanatorium is what is best for her. Sofi refuses to believe her sister belongs in a sanatorium, she believes that her sister just needs time to heal. Through the help of the family gardner Neil, Sofi is able to runaway with her sister to keep her safe. However Neil, an Irishman in trouble with the law, has secrets of his own that will either help or endanger the sisters. Throughout the story Sofi and Neil begin to develop feelings for each other. But can they overcome all the obstacles in their way? The story that follows is truly inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys a well written easy to read story with true to life characters.
Trimaze More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have never been a fan of historical Christian romance stories, however author Christine Lindsay has definitely changed my mind. Sofi's Bridge is a beautifully written story that will restore your belief in the human spirits ability to overcome what seems to be impossible. Twenty one year old Sofi Andersson has grown up with the finer things in life. She is the oldest daughter of a family in crisis. She has become the backbone of her family since the tragic drowning death of her father. Her sister is slowly descending into madness after witnessing her fathers untimely death and her mother is lost in a grief driven drug induced haze. A business partner of her late father, who has taken over the family affairs, has her mother convinced that putting her sister away in a sanatorium is what is best for her. Sofi refuses to believe her sister belongs in a sanatorium, she believes that her sister just needs time to heal. Through the help of the family gardner Neil, Sofi is able to runaway with her sister to keep her safe. However Neil, an Irishman in trouble with the law, has secrets of his own that will either help or endanger the sisters. Throughout the story Sofi and Neil begin to develop feelings for each other. But can they overcome all the obstacles in their way? The story that follows is truly inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys a well written easy to read story with true to life characters.
Trimaze More than 1 year ago
I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. I have never been a fan of historical Christian romance stories, however author Christine Lindsay has definitely changed my mind. Sofi's Bridge is a beautifully written story that will restore your belief in the human spirits ability to overcome what seems to be impossible. Twenty one year old Sofi Andersson has grown up with the finer things in life. She is the oldest daughter of a family in crisis. She has become the backbone of her family since the tragic drowning death of her father. Her sister is slowly descending into madness after witnessing her fathers untimely death and her mother is lost in a grief driven drug induced haze. A business partner of her late father, who has taken over the family affairs, has her mother convinced that putting her sister away in a sanatorium is what is best for her. Sofi refuses to believe her sister belongs in a sanatorium, she believes that her sister just needs time to heal. Through the help of the family gardner Neil, Sofi is able to runaway with her sister to keep her safe. However Neil, an Irishman in trouble with the law, has secrets of his own that will either help or endanger the sisters. Throughout the story Sofi and Neil begin to develop feelings for each other. But can they overcome all the obstacles in their way? The story that follows is truly inspiring and uplifting. I highly recommend it to anybody who enjoys a well written easy to read story with true to life characters.
Sara_Goff More than 1 year ago
I’ve read Lindsay’s British Raj series and know that she is a master of settings and storytelling. Sofi’s Bridge is no less engaging and may possibly be her masterpiece to date. Sofi’s journey to uncovering secrets in her life, to freeing her sister from both physical and mental bonds, and to spiritual growth and love, is set in captivating action from page one. I held my breath from the start. What I love most about Lindsay’s books, and Sofi’s Bridge, in particular, is the writing. The words draw me in, construct a new and vivid world around me, and keep me reading totally removed from reality. I also love the way Lindsay’s characters unfold with the sincerity and honesty of a rose. She’s truly a gifted author, and the life-giving messages she builds into her stories; for example, Sofi’s ultimate challenge, trusting love, makes each novel culturally unique, meaningful, and memorable. Sofi’s Bridge will appeal to men and women of all ages. I absolutely recommend it and hope to read more about Sofi in the future!