David C. Cook
In Don Reid's One Lane Bridge, the author uses an intriguing concept of a rift in time that only one person can pass through. Reid does an impressive job displaying the tension that the alternate reality causes between the characters. The Scripture passage, “Now I know that you are a man of God and that the word of the LORD from your mouth is the truth,” (1 King 17:24) is very applicable in this story.
At first it is hard for the characters to believe there is another world, but soon they realize that truth is being told. Reid may have put a little too much non-plot-related drama into the characters' interactions, but the plot itself was enough to keep me glued to the book. As the story progresses, the author slowly reveals how the characters are connected, how they grow in matters of courage, grace, wisdom, and determination, and how they positively influence one another. It is these relationships that give the book both its value and intensity. Although this is a fantasy, it has real-world challenges related to virtue, belief, and human dignity. It uses dramatic scenes to cause the reader to ask what he would do to protect a friend, stand for a cause, or defend a reputation.
One Lane Bridge is a page turner with strong narrative momentum, grand imaginative writing, and three-dimensional characters. – Claire Hadley, www.ChristianBookPreviews.com
J. D. Wickman has a thief stealing from his restaurant, a daughter struggling at college, a demanding mother in a nursing home-and he may be losing his sanity too.
What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. Between his business and his family he has plenty to think about. One tranquil evening, he takes off on a ride in the country-and promptly has car trouble. He asks for help at an old farmhouse and finds a family living in abject poverty, and vows to help. When he returns with groceries, he can't find them or the house-although he's not lost. While J. D. struggles to make sense of this riddle, his behavior creates doubt in his marriage, and his best friend thinks he's crazy. This charming tale reminds readers that "God moves in a mysterious way his wonders to perform."