Book Review

Book Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

“He called it The Bridge because that was how felt about books. They connected the past and the present, the present and the future. Books brought people together and gave them a path to worlds they would not otherwise experience.”

Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Howard Books
Publication Date:
October 23, 2012
Number of pages:

From the Publisher:

“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. Sometimes when he’s lonely he visit The Bridge – The oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin – and remembers the hours he and Molly once spent there.

For more than four decades, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing customers with coffee, conversation, and shelves of classics – even through dismal sales and the rise of digital books. Then the hundred-year flood sweeps through Franklin and destroys everything. The bank is about to pull the store’s lease when tragedy strikes.

Now the question remains: Can two generations of readers rally together to save The Bridge? And is it possible that an unforgettable love might lead to the miracle of a second chance?”

My Review:

How many of you watched the Hallmark movie that was based off of this book?

*raises hand*

How many of you cried like a baby at the end?

*raises hand*

How am I expected to wait a whole year for the second part?!

Because I am insufferably impatient, I decided that I would read the book after the awful cliffhanger at the end of the movie.

It turns out to be more heartbreaking than I expected it to be!

I’m not going to do a book vs. movie contrast, but there were a few major details that were different in the movie that bothered me. Don’t you hate when that happens?

Anyway, it’s time to focus on the book and the book alone!

The Bridge is a moving story about how God works through us and how everything happens for a reason.

I loved the idea of a couple using a bookstore to reach out to people, to help them heal, and assist them on their journey through life. It was so inspiring! After finishing the book, I had this sudden urge to own a bookstore. Wouldn’t that be the life? *sigh*

The many book references made me giddy — especially the Jane Eyre quotes!

Molly and Ryan’s story was my favorite, though. It makes my heart leap just thinking about the two of them. They’re perfect for each other in every way. Even though I wasn’t physically there, I felt like I was part of the story. It was a very rare and special connection to have.

The Bridge was a light, easy read. I ended up finishing it within a few hours.

Now, I know what I have to look forward to when the second part of the movie releases:

  • Hours curled up on the sofa crying
  • Empty boxes of tissues
  • Lots of squealing
  • Many re-runs
  • Repeats of the previous bullet points



★ ★ ★ ★

If you’re looking for a book that will make your heart soar, read this book! It’s a short novel full of perfection, adorableness, and tear-stains.

Movie Trailer:
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Howard Books

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*Reviewer’s personal copy. All opinions are my own. *

*Photo borrowed from Goodreads*


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