“The Bridge” is a beautifully poignant story that perfectly showcases Kingsbury’s skill. A relatively short book, it can be read in a matter of hours (or less). Although short, the plot is perfectly balanced with enough character background to make the reader care about each one and want to learn what happens in their lives. My attention was snagged from the first page and I had difficulty closing the cover in order to get some much needed sleep. Once I picked the book up again, it didn’t close until the very last page.

A story that includes a lost love, lost hope, and tragedy, “The Bridge” points to a God who cares even when we don’t acknowledge it. “The Bridge” will renew your hope in mankind, second chances, and belief in miracles. And it might just bring a few tears to your eyes like it did mine.

A wonderful story with a powerful message, “The Bridge” is sure to become a Christmas favorite. This is one not to miss!

This book was provided for review by Howard Books-a division of Simon and Schuster.


Why do miracles and second chances always happen at Christmastime?

NY 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 her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.

Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin again after several years in Kentucky and a broken engagement. At least in Franklin he can visit The Bridge – the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin – and remember the long hours he and Molly once spent there.

Now, though, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. 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 eBooks. Then in May the hundred-year flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.

The bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons’ house. Despondent and without answers, Charlie drives through a blinding snowstorm and considers ending his life. But before he can decide, he hits black ice and crashes into a utility pole.

Suddenly, in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.



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Dubbed the “Queen of Christian Fiction” by Time magazine, Karen Kingsbury has rightly earned her platform as America’s favorite inspirational novelist. She has more than 15 million books sold and a dozen back-to-back New York Times and USA Today bestsellers to her credit. She also has over 50 titles in her trademarked novels, Life-Changing Fiction™.