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ABOUT THE BOOK
Title: Across the Bridge
Series: Copper Island, Book 3
Author: Kristin Neva
Publisher: The Christmas Tree House
Release Date: November 4, 2018
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Fiction from the Ragged Edge of Faith
When Marcella Seppa meets her new tenant, widower Drew Smith, a spark ignites, but she won’t consider dating him. She doesn’t want his son, AJ, to experience the hurt she felt when her dad remarried shortly after her mom died. Her faith unraveled, and she threw herself into exercise and gardening instead of forming trusting relationships.
When Drew finds out he may not be AJ’s biological father, his first instinct is to leave Copper Island, but he wants to find out the truth. He seeks out Marcella’s support.
Is it possible their friendship could become more? But how would that affect AJ? Could love help make peace with the past?
Love weaves its way through the messiness of life on Copper Island.
Across the Bridge is part of the Copper Island series, but it can be read as a stand-alone novel.
Across the Bridge will make you laugh and cry. Deep, meaningful themes are woven into a fast-paced storyline.
After Marcella Seppa lost her mother when she was fifteen years old, her father quickly remarried, and her stepmother pushed too hard to foster a relationship with Marcella. Well-meaning people used Christian clichés in an attempt to comfort her, but it resulted in Marcella having a faith crisis. Is love worth the risk of loss, and how can you hold on to faith when questioning the idea of a puppet-master God?
Drew Smith moves to the small town of Quincy so that his in-laws can help raise his son, and he plugs into a local church where the leader of a boys group — and his deceased wife’s high school boyfriend — looks strikingly like his son. Drew fears losing part of his son’s heart to a man who even he admires for his height, charm, and cool job as a State Trooper. What does it mean to be a father, and what is the balance between protecting and preparing your child?
Across the Bridge also contains a theme dealing with ALS, a terminal disease that requires a team of caregivers. Readers who’ve met Grandma Lou in Snow Country will want to be with her again.
Imagine your book were to be made into a film. Who would you want to play the cast of your main characters?
Emma Watson would be a lovely Marcella. Liam Hemsworth has the right look for Drew. I’d like to see Richard Karn as Mak. His performance as Al on Home Improvement has a similar vibe as Mak.
If you could spend the day with any of your characters who would you pick? Explain and what would you do?
I’d spend the day with Grandma Lou. Even as she battled ALS, she still finds joy in life. She’s a wise sage, having lived well into old age. Decades earlier, she experienced great heart-ache when her husband was ill and died. She persevered, building a meaningful life investing in the lives of others and appreciating the simple things in life. She has a lot of wisdom to offer. We’d have tea in her kitchen with the wood stove burning as we watched the chickadees at the bird feeder.
Do you have a playlist that you listen to while you’re writing? If so, what is on the current playlist?
I love the peaceful quiet of my country home. This morning I was appreciating the sound of chirping birds.
Tell us about some of the themes.
After Marcella lost her mother when she was fifteen years old, her father quickly remarried, and her stepmother pushed too hard to foster a relationship with Marcella. Well-meaning people used Christian clichés in an attempt to comfort her, but it resulted in Marcella having a faith crisis. Is love worth the risk of loss, and how can she hold on to faith when questioning the idea of a puppet-master God?
I also explore what it means to be a father. Drew moves to the small town of Quincy so that his in-laws can help raise his son, and he plugs into a local church where the leader of a boys group — and his deceased wife’s high school boyfriend — looks strikingly like his son. Drew fears losing part of his son’s heart to a man who even he admires for his height, charm, and cool job as a State Trooper. What does it mean to be a father, and what is the balance between protecting and preparing your child?
What do you hope readers take away from the story?
That love weaves its way through the messiness of life.
Near the end of the book, Mak sums it up when he tells Marcella, “Ya know, I started writing’ romance because it sells. But now, I’m startin’ to like da genre because ya see how strong love is. My first book showed that love is stronger than shame. This book I’m workin’ on is about love being stronger than blood ties, but I’d say love’s also greater than hurt, anger, grief, even doubt. Don’tcha think?”
Before you go, are there any projects you’re currently working on?
I’m brainstorming ideas for Senja’s story. She’s a minor character in the Copper Island Novels. We know she had never married but came close once. I hope her college sweetheart returns to Copper Island and they get a second chance at love.
I’m also collecting ideas for a middle-grade reader. My daughter is in middle school, and she comes home with stories that make me laugh. I have a unique opportunity to mine her experiences for ideas — with her approval, of course. She prefaces some things with “you can’t put this in a book.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Kristin Neva grew up in an old farmhouse on Copper Island in Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula where the hard-working, rugged residents persevere through harsh winter weather, sustained by friendship and family, surrounded by natural beauty. As an adult, she lived in the Chicago and Milwaukee areas for seventeen years before returning to her hometown with her husband and two children.
Kristin’s first book, Heavy, co-authored with her husband, Todd, journeys through the first year after Todd’s ALS diagnosis as the Nevas struggle to find meaning, hold on to faith, and discover joy in the midst of pain.
It is this life experience that brings authenticity to Kristin’s fictional works as she explores themes of love, loss, and faith on Copper Island. Her quirky characters are endearing and wholesome. But they are also full of healthy grit, humor, flaws, and appetites.
Learn more about Kristin and explore Copper Island at KristinNeva.com.
(1) winner will win a Copper Island Gift Pack containing:
- a Signed Copy of Across the Bridge
- Scandinavian Dish Towel
- Garden Note Cards
- Locally Hand Crafted Bird’s Eye Maple Spatula
- Rishi Loose Leaf Tea and Tea Ball
- Keweenaw Mug
Most items are from Copper World, A Copper Island Gift Shop.
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