Review Time: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

The Bridge

by Karen Kingsbury

A bookstore sets the stage in this romance by Karen Kingsbury.
A bookstore sets the stage in this romance by Karen Kingsbury.

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.

My Review:

I ‘read’ the audio version of this book and had to pull off the side of the road for a Kleenex moment.  The story begins with Molly and Ryan in college, building a friendship that had deeper foundations than either of them was mature enough to comprehend.  At the center of this friendship is a bookstore called, “The Bridge,” a place where dreams and lives of a community are nurtured by the endearing owners and a passion for books.  A painful break and separation sends Molly and Ryan far down other roads to build their adult lives and dreams.  However, a tragic situation at “The Bridge,” draws Ryan, Molly, and entire community together to restore the beloved bookstore and its owners.  Restoration of the bookstore is only the beginning as old hurts are healed, and chances, once lost are found.