Thursday, December 28, 2017

Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury



About the book:
Now a Hallmark Channel movie event, The Bridge, along with prequel The Beginning, is a heartwarming story of two couples who find love in a bookstore and experience the sort of miracle that can only happen at Christmastime.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written a modern-day classic with this unforgettable love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore. Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee when she walked away from Ryan 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. Sometimes when he’s lonely, he visits The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remembers the hours he and Molly once spent there.

For over four decades, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing customers with coffee, conversation, and shelves of classics—even through dismal sales and the rise of digital books. Then the hundred-year flood sweeps through Franklin and destroys everything. The bank is about to pull the store’s lease when tragedy strikes. Can two generations of readers rally together to save The Bridge? And is it possible that an unforgettable love might lead to the miracle of a second chance?

My rating:
3 stars
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My thoughts:

The Bridge had been sitting on my TBR for quite a long time because I was kind of avoiding Karen Kingsbury novels (still annoyed with the way the Baxter/Flannigan series ended)...but I finally got around to reading it and, while I didn't love The Bridge, it was better than I expected.

The story was cute; and, even though some parts were hard to believe, I did overall like it. I loved the bookstore aspect and there were some moments of intense emotion.

All in all, The Bridge was a good read.

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