The Bridge

A Novel

Kingsbury, Karen

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Bridge
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.

Publisher: New York : Howard Books, 2012.
ISBN: 9781451647013
Characteristics: 232 p. ;,19 cm.


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Jul 18, 2014

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."

Jun 26, 2014

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

Jan 13, 2014
  • kimrae rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

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

Oct 26, 2013
  • theprincess rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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.

Feb 02, 2013
  • branch_reviews rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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.

Nov 17, 2012
  • sablegirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this heartwarming holiday story. I definitely recommend this story for a quick inspirational read.


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