Review of "The Bridge" by Karen Kingsbury

The Bridge
By Karen Kingsbury
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Like hot cocoa, a warm blanket and a crackling fire, The Bridge is the kind of book to savor in a comfortable chair on a cold, wintry night. Sure to become a Christmas classic, the story combines elements of It’s a Wonderful Life with You’ve Got Mail, yet weaves its own unique tale, one that is sure to capture the hearts of romantics and booklovers alike.
As with most Kingsbury novels, the storyline is a tad predictable, but the characters, dialogue, setting and theme of the book kept me reading to the end.  I recommend The Bridge to those looking for a feel-good, Christmas story. It’s also a great gift for a friend.
I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
Product Description from the Publisher: 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.

Category: Christian, Christmas, Romance
Publisher: Howard Books (A Division of Simon and Schuster, Inc.)
Pub Date: Oct 2012

Hardcover:  272 pages
List Price: $19.99

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