Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Bridge - Book Review

The Bridge: A Novel
Author:  Karen Kingsbury
Publisher:  Howard Books

Book Description:
Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.
Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

My Thoughts:
The Bridge is a short story, unlike most that I read now. As a Christmas story it was what I expected; however, it didn’t rate as one of the top ten. It’s probably not one that I’ll re-read. It would have been nice to have had more background, which would have made it longer.

Molly and Ryan went to college together, became friends, fell in love, and split up due to family influences. They finally get back together in trying to help rescue the bookstore, The Bridge.

Disclosure: Many thanks to Howard Books for the opportunity to review The Bridge. I received a complimentary copy of this book for purposes of  facilitating this review.

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