Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.

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. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.

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 digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.

Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?

The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

My Comments:  It’s a Wonderful Life – move over.  We now have vintage Karen Kingsbury’s The Bridge.  I enjoyed reading this book.  It is a great holiday read right from the beginning with it’s gorgeous and festive cover.  Kingsbury always takes the seemingly impossible and makes it seem possible.  This book sparkles with two or three seemingly impossible situations, that is, a near-death experience, possible bankruptcy, and an impossible love situation.  About two-thirds of the way through the book it began to strongly remind me of “It’s a Wonderful Life,” my all time favorite (right next to A Christmas Carol) Christmas movie.  I never miss it!  This book has a few elements of that story in it including a miracle and second-chances for four of the characters.  This story also includes a struggling book store which adds to the appeal.  Bookstores are among my favorite places!  The owner(s) of this privately owned bookstore treated it as a ministry to its customers, and in so doing made lots and lots of life-time friends.

This book will help you get into the holiday spirit beginning with the Thanksgiving holiday.  The setting’s time frame is from Thanksgiving to Christmas.

I received this book from Howard Books in exchange for an honest review.  It will be released on October 23, 2012.

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