Thursday, September 27, 2012

THE BRIDGE by Karen Kingsbury

Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly came from very different backgrounds but for two years while in school, they were inseparable. Encouraging each other to follow their dreams. One of their favorite hangouts was The Bridge. A local bookstore that was a warm and friendly place to be. A misunderstanding sends them in different directions and though they haven't spoken in five years, their connection still remains very strong. Charlie and Donna Barton are the owners of The Bridge. They love providing a place for folks to come and have some coffee, talk with people and find great books. Then tragedy strikes. The hundred year flood comes through and ruins the books in the store. The insurance isn't enough to cover the damage and the owner wants to sell the property. Charlie hits the depth of despair and feels like God isn't listening. Then suddenly in a moment of time everything changes. Is there really such a thing as miracles and second chances?

When I saw the gorgeous cover of this book and found out it was about a bookstore, I knew I had to read it. I'm so glad I did. It was a heartwarming story that follows the lives of four people. One thing I really appreciated about the story was the idea, that you really don't understand the impact a small act of kindness can have on a persons life. Sometimes we get discouraged, thinking it means nothing, but as we see in the story it can make a real difference. I loved watching how the whole story unfolded. The characters were very likeable and realistic. They make mistakes, think the unthinkable, and make wrong assumptions. You don't get any more real than that. Once you step inside the story you won't want leave until the very end, because you become so involved in the lives of these folks. The Bridge will not only pull at your heartstrings but encourage you in your faith. It makes a wonderful Christmas read.
Hardcover: 272 pages
Publisher: Howard Books (October 23, 2012)
ISBN-10: 1451647018
ISBN-13: 978-1451647013

*This complimentary copy was provided by Howard Books through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

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