Dual Timeline/Christian Historical Book Review: Bridge of Gold

About the Book

Title: Bridge of Gold 

Series: Doors to the Past, Volume 3 

Author: Kimberley Woodhouse 

Genre: Christian Historical/Dual Timeline

Publisher: Barbour Books 

Release Date: June 1, 2021 

Click here to purchase a copy of this book. 

Publisher's Book Description

"Repairs on the Golden Gate Bridge Uncover a Century-Old Murder 

Walk through Doors to the Past via a new series of historical stories of romance and adventure. 

Underwater archaeologist Kayla Richardson is called to the Golden Gate Bridge where repairs to one of the towers uncovers two human remains from the late 1800s and the 1930s. The head of the bridge restoration is Steven Michaels, who dives with Kayla, and a friendship develops between them. But as the investigation heats up and gold is found that dates back to the gold rush, more complications come into play that threaten them both. Could clues leading to a Gold Rush era mystery that was first discovered during the building of the bridge still ignite an obsession worth killing for?"  

My Review

Bridge of Gold, by Kimberley Woodhouse, is the third stand-alone novel in the Doors to the Past series. This engrossing dual-timeline novel is a wonderful blend of history, mystery, and romance. Utterly compelling, this well-written book thoughtfully blends characters and events from the past and the present to tell a moving story that is gripping, touching, and memorable. With intriguing characters and fascinating settings, Ms. Woodhouse has crafted a captivating story that is very entertaining.  

From the parks and neighborhoods of San Francisco, to the tumultuous Pacific waters of the Golden Gate strait, this novel draws the reader into a coastal world of underwater legends, greed, and peril. Hidden under the ocean waters, clues to a century old mystery are uncovered exposing truths that have nearly been lost with the passage of time and shifting ocean currents. The captivating plot alternates easily between two points in time, one in the past and one in the present. These storylines find connections in scenes of danger, uncertainty, loss, longing, romance, friendship, hope, and redemption.  


Throughout the novel, the characters show themselves to be thoughtful, resilient, determined, and faithful. Their experiences and choices are interesting and thought-provoking. Though they are challenged by events that test their assumptions and threaten their dreams, their faith holds strong. Even when facing danger and uncertainty, their tenacity and fortitude is inspiring. 

As a novel, Bridge of Gold is a riveting mystery, a terrific historical, and a sweet romance. The well-researched details, immersive settings, complex characters, and engaging storytelling ensure that each moment spent reading this novel is a worthy and enjoyable experience. It is truly a great novel, and I sincerely recommend it.  

*I was given a copy of this book by CelebrateLit and the publisher/author. A review was not required. The review I have written is voluntary and contains opinions that are entirely my own.

About the Author: Kimberley Woodhouse

Kimberley Woodhouse is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than twenty fiction and nonfiction books. A popular speaker and teacher, she’s shared her theme of “Joy Through Trials” with more than half a million people across the country at more than 2,000 events. Kim and her incredible husband of twenty-five-plus years have two adult children. She’s passionate about music and Bible study and loves the gift of story. 

You can connect with Kimberley at: www.kimberleywoodhouse.com and www.facebook.com/KimberleyWoodhouseAuthor

Click here to visit Kimberley Woodhouse's website. 

More from Kimberley 

BRIDGE OF GOLD was a blast for me to write. Not only do I love writing dual-timeline stories, but the present-day hero and heroine are named after my daughter and her husband. Steven and Kayla in the book are fictitious, but there are a few things in the book that do mimic their real-life namesakes.

One of them is food.

My son-in-law Steven in real life is six-foot-four and active military. The man can eat. It’s amazing to me how many calories it takes just for him to survive! Then there’s my daughter, Kayla. She was an elite swimmer for many years along with her brother. I could never keep them fed when they were at the height of their swimming careers. In fact, I joked that all I did was cook and load the dishwasher during those years.

To celebrate the release of BRIDGE OF GOLD, I’m going to give out a recipe that I created almost thirty years ago. It went through many revisions the first few months as I perfected it and now you get a special treat because I do not give this recipe out. In fact, one of my dearest friends begged for it when our kids were little. I gave in but made her promise to close her eyes while she made it (LOL) and to never, ever give it to anyone else.

Enjoy! And thanks for joining us on the tour for BRIDGE OF GOLD. I hope you love it.

Kim’s Chocolate Chunk Cookies – recipe by Kimberley Woodhouse

2 cups King Arthur all-purpose flour

½ tsp. baking soda

½ tsp. kosher salt

¾ cup melted/browned butter (this is important! Don’t skip this step)

2 Tb. Hot chocolate mix

1 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

1 large egg plus 1 egg yolk

1 – 12 ounce package mega morsels (I use Ghirardelli milk chocolate chips)

Directions: combine the first three dry ingredients and mix well. In a small saucepan on the stove, melt and brown the butter. Medium heat is recommended but you’ve got to watch it so it doesn’t burn. You want a beautiful caramel color. Set aside and allow to cool to around 100 degrees F before continuing. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F. Once the browned butter is cool, add the hot chocolate mix to it. Transfer to a stand mixer and blend the butter mixture with the sugar. Whip it until well combined and frothy about 2 mins. Gradually add eggs and flour mixture, beating on low just until blended. Stir in chocolate chips. Using a cookie scoop, drop heaping TB scoops 2 inches apart on parchment paper lined cookie sheets. Bake at 325 degrees for 12-14 minutes, watching carefully. Allow to cool on cookie sheets for 5 minutes and then transfer to cooling racks. Enjoy!

For other fun tidbits about BRIDGE OF GOLD make sure you check out my blog at – kimberleywoodhouse.com.


To celebrate her tour, Kimberley is giving away the grand prize package of a $25 Amazon gift card and copy of the book!! 

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.

Click here to enter the GIVEAWAY! 

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Gina Holder, Author and Blogger, June 26 (Author Interview) 

Simple Harvest Reads, June 30 (Guest Review from Marilyn Ridgway) 

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