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 drives 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!
In my novel The Kissing Bridge a swinging bridge, a covered bridge, and a few train bridges all come into play.
The Kissing Bridge released yesterday! 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!