Book Review ~ The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury @KarenKingsbury #ChristmasGiftGuide

Fiction/ Religious/Christmas

Inside book cover:

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.

About the author:

Twitter: @KarenKingsbury

No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

My thoughts:

Here’s another great Christmas book for making our season merry and bright! It is great for a couple of different reasons. Number one; it is written by Karen Kingsbury . . . enough said! Number two; it is centered around a bookstore. Not just any bookstore, this is a special bookstore. It is one of those quaint shops that draw you back time and time again.

There are two different love stories going on here. The first is that of Charlie and Donna. Theirs is made up of years together and all the heartache and joy that comes with that span of time. The other storyline is Ryan and Molly. Theirs is a young love that has hit a major bump in the road.

I completely enjoyed how Karen wove the two tales together. The Bridge is a perfect title. It reminds us to always look for that span between the two situations. That is where our hope lies.

To make this little novella even better check out Karen’s prequel to The Bridge.

(It is the backstory of Charlie and Donna and will make the whole account come to life.)

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