The Bridge

The Bridge

A Novel

Book - 2012
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The New York Times bestselling author of Learning and Leaving shares a heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.

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.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Howard Books, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451647013
Characteristics: 232 p. ;,19 cm.


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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.

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.

sablegirl Nov 17, 2012

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

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