The New York Times best-selling author of Learning and Leaving shares a heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.
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 30 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.
©2012 Karen Kingsbury (P)2012 Simon & Schuster, Inc
This book was a pleasant surprise. I have "read" most of Karen Kingsbury's books and this is one of my favorites. The characters are well developed and I could relate to each one is some way. The book quickly draws you in and keeps you involved in these peoples lives. I am waiting for the next one in this series. I hope Karen writes it soon. Can't wait.
Maybe Charlie. I love how generous he is and how he focuses on people not money. His business way successful inspite of this focus.
The prequel is worth the listen, either before of after this book.
The relationship between the main characters was hopelessly romantic.
The Christmas Miracle scene was very powerful.
My favorite part of the book was when the main characters shared their first kiss together.
I felt like the ending was rushed, but it was still worth the read.
A pretty good story, but oh so predictable. Lots of praying to God, some "miracles". Read if you don't want a surprise ending. But still enjoyable.
hopeful, faith & kindness
Charlie b/c he cared so deeply about those around him and wouldn't give up
When Charlie realized he didn't want to die, and he cried out to God
This is a simplistic religious novel. Because the publisher's summary does not disclose its religious bent, it masquerades as a romantic Christmas story. I will not buy another audio book without googling the author.
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