This novel is a wonderful story that I think about every once in a while even though it has been a while since I read it. The idea of a young widow being left a surprise by her late husband definitely touched my heart. The response to the surprise was just want I would have expected, and MaryBeth conveyed it with profound feeling. At no time did I feel pulled out of the story, she used excellent imagery, very vivid, and I could almost feel the mist come off of the water as I watched the Bridge tender raise the bridge for the boats. The issues broached in the story were valid, and I felt the conflict of those living at Sunset Beach as they tried to determine the best coarse of action. Definitely a keeper, and I'll be reading more of MaryBeths novels based on how I loved this one.
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I did not enjoy the first book I read by Marybeth Whalen, so I thought I would give another one a try. I am glad I did. I just finished The Bridge Tender and I loved it!
You meet Emily, a young widow, who is trying to cope with the loss of her husband, Ryan, after barely five years of marriage. Shortly after Ryan's funeral, Emily learns that her husband had been secretly putting money towards a life insurance policy, in case the unthinkable happened. Ryan left Emily with $500,000 to buy herself a house at the beach!
A year later, Emily finally heads out to Sunset Beach to purchase a new house. Emily and Ryan had honeymooned there and had always dreamed of having a home there someday to visit from time to time. Now Emily needs to find a place to start building her life again!
First, Emily finds a house to call home. Next, she meets a young girl who is need of some serious help with life. Finally, she meets a man who has experienced a loss as great as hers!
This is a very enjoyable read as you journey with Emily through this very difficult event in her life.
I received this book from Zondervan in exchange for my unbiased review
When selecting a new book to read The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen caught my eye. First the beautiful cover picture, then comments from other readers and finally the storyline drew me in. I'm not usually one to read romance books, so I wasn't entirely sure if I would like this book by an author who is new to me.
The story starts out with Emily and her husband Ryan on their honeymoon in Sunset Beach filled with carefree days, romance and love. Fast forward five years and we find Emily getting dressed for Ryan's funeral. In the ensuing chapters, we learn about Emily and how she handles overwhelming grief and how life moves on in spite her.
I found the author very insightful on relationships, friendships, grief, loneliness and learning to live again after a huge loss. Many times I found what was shared evoked in me a desire to appreciate what I have been given and to recognize that I don't know how long I will have those gifts in my life. I appreciated how Emily reasoned through her way to be supportive of her friend Marta who had a budding romantic relationship in the wake of Emily's loss of her husband Ryan. God and faith were part of what Emily wrestled through, but I would have appreciated an even greater emphasis on faith.
There were many times, I didn't want to put the book down when duty or sleep called. All in all The Bridge Tender holds a special place in my heart and look forward to reading more books by author Marybeth Whalen. I highly recommend this book.
The Bridge Tender: A book with many good elements.
June 2, 2014
I have to confess that I have never been a big fan of romance novels. I tend toward "the classics" and oddly, sci-fi. Yet I found Marybeth Whalen's novel a satisfying read. I was able to relate easily to the characters and Emily's grief journey was realistically portrayed.
The loss of a loved one, especially a beloved spouse can be emotionally and spiritually devastating. Whalen was able to show that struggle without the novel getting bogged down with depressing imagery or tritely skipping over a difficult process just to "get to" the romance part. This novel strikes a good balance between the process of loss, and the journey to healing. I recommend it highly for those who like romance novels and for those who have experience in the journey of grief!
The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen is an unexpected journey through grief and recovery. This is not the typical romance novel where you meet the widow a year after her husband's death and she quickly meets and falls in love with a man she hardly knows. In fact, this book is more about a woman who faces a devastating loss and slowly moves through recovery. It is heavy and emotional and I would not take it on vacation.
In this book, we are introduced to Emily Shaw who has married an amazing man named Ryan. After being married a few years shy of a decade, Emily loses Ryan to illness. He left her enough money to buy their dream home on the island of their honeymoon destination, Sunset Beach. It is there she meets new people she grows to love, including a man who understands loss.
Marybeth Whalen has a way with words. This story is unlike anything I have ever read. It is so different from many books that address the same issue of loss and loving again. The grief Emily Shaw feels in this book is tangible. It felt real and I actually cried a few real tears! I loved this book for that reason. While it does end happily, the hope and relief come slowly. There is no instant gratification here. I would still give this book four stars, but I do not recommend this book for a fun and flirty vacation read. Seriously, you will need tissues_and a muffin.
I was given a complimentary copy of this book from its publisher and BookLookBloggers in exchange for an honest review. I have not been compensated and all opinions are my own.