It was a beautiful summer day when my family and I climbed into a horse-drawn wagon and were taken on a ride through the hills of Northwest Montana. Our tour guide had grown up Amish. Ora Jay has a way with horses. He and his wife Irene also have a way of telling stories.
They once told me about a time when they and their Amish friends took a wagon ride from Montana to Idaho. It took them two weeks, and they traveled the logging roads along the way. Well, most of the way. They only had to travel along the highway a few times. Could you imagine the looks on the drivers’ faces seeing wagons filled with Amish families traveling on the shoulder?
Ora Jay and Irene’s story sparked the idea for The Kissing Bridge, a new Amish fiction release. Instead of traveling from Montana to Idaho my Amish characters traveled from West Kootenai, Montana to Libby, Montana. And they had a special destination in mind, the Kooteni Swinging Bridge.
I love the symbols of the bridge, and this plays out in my story. My main character Rebecca loves bridges, too. In fact she always imagined receiving a special kiss in a “kissing bridge.”
A kissing bridge is another name for a covered bridge. Why? Because when Amish courting couples drive their wagons in covered bridges they have a chance to kiss without prying eyes upon them!
The Kissing Bridge released in April. It’s always exciting to know my novels are in the hands of readers. Hearing from readers is wonderful. It spurs me on … oh yes, that and the fact I get to go on research trips like this!
The Kissing Bridge is my third novel in my Amish Series: Seven Brides for Seven Bachelors Series. The other novels are The Memory Jar and The Promise Box. The main characters in these books are the minor characters in my Big Sky novels.
What about you? What’s one of your favorite bridges? Why? I’d love to hear!
Tricia Goyer is a busy mom of six, grandmother of two, and wife to John. Somewhere around the hustle and bustle of family life, she manages to find the time to write fictional tales delighting and entertaining readers and non-fiction titles offering encouragement and hope. A bestselling author, Tricia has published thirty-three books to date and has written more than 500 articles. She is a two time Carol Award winner, as well as a Christy and ECPA Award Nominee. She is the founder of Hope Pregnancy Ministries in Northwestern Montana, and she currently leads a Teen MOPS Group in Little Rock, AR.
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