Friday, November 2, 2012

Review: The Bridge

Howard Books - October 23, 2012 
272 pages - Adult, Fiction, Christian
Facebook: Yes 
Twitter: @KarenKingsbury
Source: Publisher
Reason for reading: Review
I received a copy of this book, free, in exchange for my honest opinion. 

Goodreads Summary- 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-
Karen Kingsbury is the mega-superstar in the writing world.  She has a billion books under her belt (and yes the exaggeration is all mine). For me, she's like the Jodi Picoult of Christian Fiction.  So, why did it take me so long to read my first Kingsbury novel? Especially since I own a few? And have a couple more sitting in the review pile? I have no idea, but that will be remedied rather quickly. 
Anyway, I digress. The Bridge was a beautiful story about love, friendship and second chances. It was at once beautiful and heartbreaking. Molly Allen adn Ryan Kelly pose as "the one that got away" for each other. They have moved on with their lives, thinking that the other is happier in their separate walks of life. But they both hold these special memories in the back of their mind and The Bridge bookstore in their hearts.
Charlie and Donna Barton have given everything  to The Bridge and now they stand to lose it all.  Their love for each other is inspiring. A tragedy brings Charlie and Donna and all of the customers that they have ever touched back together. It's beautiful and refreshing to see how many lives are impacted by a man who only wants to share his passion of reading with those who enter his store. It's daunting to feel that there are so many good people in the world who will rally around a cause that most would ignore. 
This was short and beautiful, and I felt right at home. 

What's Next? The Chance 

4 Stars ****

Always Shine, 
Starr K

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