Tuesday, October 30, 2012

REVIEW: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

Date:                     10/25/12
Title:                      The Bridge
Author:                  Karen Kingsbury
ISBN 13:              978-1-4516-4701-3
Pages:                   232
Publisher:              Howard Books/Simon & Schuster
Cover:                  Hardcover
Rating:                  3

I vaguely remember reading a Karen Kingsbury holiday classic years ago and it seems similar to this title. The Bridge is about Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly, and Charlie and Donna Barton.
Ryan and Molly meet at a bookstore named the Bridge. Molly and Ryan are taken back by each other, but two things keep them from letting their true feelings known—Molly’s family has already pre-arranged her marriage and Ryan has a girlfriend back home.
Charlie and Donna Barton open the Bridge after Charlie’s father tells him he will be a failure and after Donna loses their only hope for a child. The Bridge is destroyed by a freak weather incident and Ryan and Donna have very little hope to re-open the famous bookstore, and after Charlie is involved in a near fatal accident. All hope seems to have diminished, until Ryan and Molly reconnect.
Karen Kingsbury has written dozens of books and has had ten #1 bestsellers, so she must be doing something right. I believe an author of her stature is entitled to a failed title every now and then. And even though I won’t say this book is a complete fail, it just didn’t float my book. If you’re looking for a short read and something to give you a little hope, this may be your book. This was a review book, and I am glad that I didn’t pay the $19.99 list price for the hardback, let alone $9.99 list price for the e-book.
FTC Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from Howard Books, for my honest review. The opinions expressed here are my own.

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