Book Summary: 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 and spends plenty of time at The Bridge-the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin-remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there.
Now, 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 a flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. By Christmastime, the bank threatens to pull the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons' house as well. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.
Review: It started out slow but moved into high gear quickly. The book was split between the owners of the Bridge and the younger couple who moved from college to present time. Some of the time is spent in the past and was moved there nicely by a video or remembering through a character. I found the background information to be enjoyable and like the characters. I thought some of the hospital events to be less believable, although not impossible. Overall this was an enjoyable well laid out story.
In typical Karen Kingsbury style, the story deals with our "God of second chances." Beautifully written, with a "can't-put-it-down" plot, Karen delivers a wonderful read -- light, but poignant -- for the holiday season. Just be sure and keep the Kleenex nearby -- as always for a Kingsbury novel! Enjoy!!
I always anxiously awaiting each of Karen Kingsbury books to come out and this was no exception! She is able to convey the thoughts and feelings of the people she writes about as though she has experienced the exact same situations herself. And of course the "Christian" perspecitive that she writes from is a must for me! I haven't read a book of hers that hasn't left me different than before I read it.