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"I hate being a foster kid!" Fourteen-year-old Lissa had thought those words dozens if not hundreds of times over the last 12 years. She and her twin brother, Leigh, had been foster kids for as long as they could remember. Lissa was naturally shy, and this life of bouncing around from one foster home to another, of changing schools midterm, and of never having a real place they could call home had left her 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.

©2015 Rebekah A. Morris (P)2016 Rebekah A. Morris

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A Wonderful Book for the Family!

I absolutely love this story! Listening to this book helps me to take a step back and remember what a wonderful gift family is!

The first time I read this story was from the paper copy and I loved getting to listen to it again! The reader is excellent. I love that she changes her voice just a little for each of the characters.

As the story progresses, Lisa's struggle for the security of family brought tears to my eyes. The way that Rebekah resolved the case in the end was perfect! I love the beautiful picture of salvation the adoption in this story portrays.

I just love the creativity in all of the different personalities that the characters have. They are very real to life. Debbie, with her hilarious enthusiasm, brought a comical side to this story that I thoroughly enjoyed! :)

All in all, this is a very enjoyable, wholesome story. I would, heartily, recommend this book to many a friend!

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So Sweet

Oh, this book was so, so sweet! <3

I think one of my favorite things about this story was how very realistic it felt. The way Lissa's emotions swung and swirled between hope and dread, excitement and confusion felt so spot-on and true to life. I usually have a hard time with books where characters have conflicting or back-and-forth emotions, but in this case, it endeared Lissa to me all the more. Her emotions never felt arbitrary or contrived for the sake of plot or conflict; instead, they felt like the very real struggles of a girl trying to adapt to change and longing but fearing to cling to something true and constant. I haven't had firsthand experience with the foster care system, but I know people who have, and I thought the timelines and other similar details were much more realistically portrayed than in a number of other books. Along with lending an air of realism, the foster care angle really helped to drive quite a bit of Lissa's internal conflict, not just in her past but in her present and future, which I really enjoyed.

Leigh was such a wonderful brother--so protective and loving while still being a regular boy. I would really have loved to get a few more scenes from his perspective, since I was intrigued every time we got a glimpse of his thoughts and attitudes. On the outside, he was much stronger than Lissa, but on the inside, he struggled with a lot of the same doubts and insecurities. Overall, he definitely fascinated me!

And of course the family--they were all so sweet, but not without the inevitable temperament clashes or slightly-overwhelming presence. Again, it felt so realistic, and even though I would probably have fit into this particular home without any trouble, I immediately sympathized with shy, quiet Lissa trying to figure out where she belonged in all the noise and bustle.

The spiritual thread felt very natural and not in any way forced. I actually thought the story was ending about eight chapters before it actually did, but I'm so glad it kept going after what would have been an obvious place to stop. And honestly, it added once again to the realism of the story. But I love the fact that with all the realism, the tone is one of love and hope and belonging. "He places the lonely in families" is one of my favorite Scripture quotes, and I loved seeing it included here. <3

My only real complaint was that the story ended pretty abruptly, and I would have at least liked to see Lissa's reaction to the final conversation. I also had a bit of a hard time keeping Leigh and Lissa in my mind as 14, but I think that may have had more to do with the audiobook narration than the writing. (Not criticising the narration as a whole, which was very good; I just felt like the voices used for the twins made them sound a bit younger than they were meant to be.)

4.5 stars, and one of my favorites from Rebekah Morris so far!