‘The Bridge’ by Karen Kingsbury Book Review

Oh my heart. It gives you hope for that chance-meeting-turn-forever-love type of romance. Dewy eyes from cover to cover.

It’s been a long time since a book caused tears to flow down my cheeks; dewy eyes from cover to cover. It is the definition of second chances. Oh my heart. It gives you hope for that chance-meeting-turn-forever-love type of romance. This book entangles love, loss, the magic of Christmas, and the joy of books into one sweet story that is impossible to forget.

Molly and Ryan just happen to meet while both in their first year of college. Ryan takes her to The Bridge bookstore-the historic staple of downtown Franklin, just outside of Nashville. As the two spend more and more time together, especially at the bookstore, it’s clear they’ve fallen in love, and connect on so much more than just their adoration for books and striving to make their dreams come true.

The Bridge was started by Donna and Charlie, an older couple who also met by chance at a bookstore. After falling in love, marrying, losing their baby and finding out they can’t have children, they decide to create a magical place, a bookstore, full of stories of love, loss, hope and second chances.

But complications cause Ryan and Molly to pull apart-she reluctantly takes over her dad’s company back in Seattle and dates a man her dad finds suitable for her and Ryan, follows his dream of being on the road playing music. After several years apart, they’re brought back to where it all started-The Bridge, after a devastating flood destroyed the building and all the books.

Ryan and Molly go back to Franklin to help Donna and Charlie after the flood and a terrible accident to figure out how to restore the bookstore to its original glory and Molly and Ryan’s love blossoms once again.

This book was turned into a two-part movie from Hallmark and it was just as touching as the book. I totally recommend reading the book and watching the movie. Both are completely inspiring and heartwarming. You could easily read through this in one day, cozied up on the couch with some hot cocoa. A love story you won’t soon forget, a movie you’ll want to watch every Christmas season and a book you’ll want to keep re-reading. Christmas magic, through and through.

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