The Bridge

The Bridge

A Novel

Book - 2012
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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.

The dazzling bestseller- a powerful tale of Christmas miracles from America's #1 inspirational novelist

Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, Oregon, but she left her heart in Tennessee with a man she adored in college, a man she forced herself to walk away from five years ago.

Nashville-based guitarist Ryan Kelly can still hear the voice of the girl he can't have but can never forget. Time only intensifies his memories of Molly--especially of the happy hours they shared at The Bridge.

For three decades, Charlie and Donna Barton have kept the historic Franklin, Tennessee, bookstore afloat. But after a catastrophic flood, the bank pulls their lease, leaving Charlie despondent at The Bridge's demise. Driving through a blinding snowstorm, alone with his desperate thoughts, Charlie hits black ice and crashes.

Suddenly, in the face of tragedy, miracles--and second chances--begin to unfold for those whose lives have been touched by The Bridge.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Howard Books, 2012
Edition: 1st Howard Books hardcover ed. --
ISBN: 9781476734859
Characteristics: 232 p


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Jul 13, 2016

I loved "The Bridge" it tugged at my heart strings, Could read it over and over again.

Jun 22, 2015

one of my favorites!

A patron review from the Adult Summer Game: "Although not the season for a Christmas story, I selected this book from last year's book sale and only now picked it up to read. It was labeled Christian fiction and it certainly fits this description as God's blessing, mercy, and grace are ultimately revealed to characters within this story. This book weaves together two stories. The first is about a couple who own and operate a bookstore in Tennessee. They have passionately served their community and love bringing people together to share their love of books and reading, even offering books for free. Sadly they endure a catastrophic flood that destroys their store. Further tragedy befalls them and it seems that their hardships will devastate them. The second story is about Ryan Kelly and Molly Allen. Ryan, a former, loyal customer of "The Bridge", hears of the circumstances of the Bertons and begins a campaign to restore the shop. Molly also returns to town and although Ryan and Molly met at the bookstore and fell deeply in love, they went on with their lives separately without ever recapturing the extraordinary connection they shared. This book is about recovering love, second chances, and keeping faith. It's a sweet story, fast read, and delivers a lovely, heartwarming message."

Chermann Jun 26, 2014

I loved the book and I want to read more of her novels.

kimrae Jan 13, 2014

A nice read, but I agree it could have been shorter. First time reading Karen Kingsbury and enjoyed her style.

Oct 26, 2013

I enjoyed reading this story, however it could have been shorter. There was a lot of description. Didn't feel that I have to finish it but I did any way.

Mar 11, 2013

This was a relatively short book, but could have been a lot shorter based on the actual substance. It was predictable, drawn out, and fairly one-dimensional. Not my favorite from Kingsbury, whom I usually really enjoy.

branch_reviews Feb 02, 2013

A hundred-year-flood destroys Franklin’s oldest bookstore, The Bridge. The owners Charlie and Donna Barton have made this bookstore and their customers their family over the years. Charlie has really helped several people. Long lost lovers are reunited when Ryan Kelly hears of the terrible state Charlie is in after an accident. Through social media, Molly Allen comes to help the town people’s effort. This book is about second chances for a book store and for a love affair. Excellent read. Reviewed by CP

Dec 04, 2012

A really sweet novel. I enjoyed it.

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