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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

The Bridge (original 2012; edition 2012)

by Karen Kingsbury

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Title:The Bridge
Authors:Karen Kingsbury
Info:Howard Books (2012), Kindle Edition, 274 pages
Collections:Read but unowned
Tags:Christian fiction

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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury (2012)



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I cried, I laughed, I wish there really was a place like The Bridge. I'd want to be there. Very touching story. It's on my read again every Christmas list. ( )
  mcgeerhonda | Feb 7, 2017 |
was really a great book read it in one sitting ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 6, 2016 |
was really a great book read it in one sitting ( )
  KimSalyers | Oct 2, 2016 |
Sweet, sentimental, and fairly predictable romance about two college students who fell in love with each other and with a bookstore called the bridge. Circumstances pulled the young couple apart, but they are reunited years later when the owner of The Bridge is hospitalized after an accident and former customers rally to support him and his wife. If you're looking for a sweet heartwarming romance to pass the time this one will do, but it's not outstanding in any way. ( )
  debs4jc | Jun 19, 2016 |
Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury.

This is an amazing book. When I picked up the book I didn’t know there was a short novella called “The Beginning” that started before the story “The Bridge”. The book was well written and very much in touch with grief, religion and faith.

The first story began years earlier when Charlie and Donna Barton first met and set out fulfill Charlie’s dream. He wanted Donna as his wife and a family. They both came from dysfunctional families so they only had a small ceremony to confirm their marriage. Once Donna was pregnant and her health seemed to be going good they decided to fulfill another of Charlie’s dreams which was opening a bookstore. Then tragedy struck them at the end of Donna’s pregnancy. The baby girl was born dead and Donna’s life only could be saved by a last minute decision by the doctor and he performed a hysterectomy on Donna. This crushed their hope of having a child so they placed all their strength in making the bookstore a place where they cold share hope and spirit to others who sort of lost hope and needed someone to help bring them to some meaning to their lives. This is also the place where two college students, Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly met and drifted apart because of misinterpretations and vibes they were experiencing between them at that time. They spent eight years apart taking different paths only to meet again in the next story.

The Bridge also was held together by love, hope, and believing in one another. Charlie’s dream was fading slowly away after he lost everything in the bookstore because of a flood that ruined the store. Months later he was struggling to find means to reopen his store but at this time he was in his sixties and couldn’t get credit, plus some told him that a bookstore was becoming a thing of the past. A new market of technical products were taking over the past generation and enhancing to a new era. Charlie was devastated and for a moment he lost all hope and only could remember his father telling him he was a failure to society. That day in the cold bare bookstore he lost his faith. He did struggled with his thoughts that day when he was leaving the bookstore for the last time, hesitating about going home to Donna, his first and only love of his life.

The story proceeds and as a reader I was shattered and hoped for the best for Charlie and Donna. Throughout the rest of the story it took love, strength, many prayers, friends, past customers of Charlie’s, the community and the new cyber network to bring this story to an end on Christmas Eve……
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
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Ryan Kelly spends plenty of time at The Bridge--the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin, Tennessee--remembering the times he and Molly Allen--who moved to Portland--once spent there, and now, with the bookstore in deep financial trouble, it will take a miracle to keep tragedy from unfolding.… (more)

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