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The Bridge: A Novel
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59 of 65 people found the following review helpful
on October 24, 2012
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I have never given a Karen Kingsbury book less than 4/5 stars! I love her books and her writing, but I can't find words to describe what I feel is lacking with THE BRIDGE. I read the short story prequel THE BEGINNING and was immediately sucked into the story because I felt a great connection with Charlie and Donna and their love of books. I couldn't find that same connection with Molly and Ryan in THE BRIDGE. THE BRIDGE seemed really short. Only 77% of the Kindle edition was the actual book. My favorite part of THE BRIDGE was the group of people coming together to try and help the bookstore. I could identify with that. There are good people out there who will help! Good people helped my family when my son underwent brain surgery with prayers, money or just a shoulder to cry on. In a nutshell, I enjoyed the book but felt something was missing. I wanted more book, more story, more something. Again, I can't rightly express my feelings. However, I continue to be a KK fan and will continue to read her books.

Additional thoughts...I just realized what bugged me about this book. I didn't feel God in the pages. Every other KK book has been very much about prayer, seeking God's wisdom, etc. I like Karen's very in your face writing about God and seeking a relationship with him. I didn't feel that here. Other than Charlie praying about the store, I didn't see the other characters really going to God.
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
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Really? You're kidding me! Those are the words I said out loud when I finished this book. I was reading the book electronically so I had no idea the book was anywhere near being over. The characters were underdeveloped and the ending was so predictable and "tidy". I am a huge Karen kingsbury fan. I've read every novel she's written so it pains me to write a review that is less than 5 star. Unfortunately, This is not a book I will be recommending.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury is a heartwarming story of love, hope, and second chances. "The Bridge," a bookstore, in Franklin, Tennessee has served the community for many years. The owners, unable to pay the rent, are on the brink of losing their store. When tragedy strikes, a former college student who used to frequent "The Bridge" tries to step in and help. While trying to rally a town together, he relives his memories at "The Bridge" and wonders about Molly, his long-ago love.

The Bridge is set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, a time when many are longing for a miracle in their lives and a time when many are getting into the giving spirit. The Bridge will help with this as readers travel to Franklin and stroll down the streets, as they see the small shops and boutiques, and as they gaze into the historic bookstore in downtown Franklin. Many readers will be captured by a previous love and a hope and a prayer for the owner who provided a place for it to happen.

I am a huge Karen Kingsbury fan and I was really excited to read The Bridge. As with most of Karen's books, I was not disappointed. The Bridge kept moving and really held my attention. Many times I found myself caught up in the story-feeling the pain of the characters and longing with them for miracles and second chances.

I received a copy of "The Bridge" from Howard Books via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful
on October 28, 2012
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I cannot believe how disappointing "The Bridge" was and that I wasted $10 on it. What has happened to Karen Kingsbury's writing. I have read almost everything she has written, but the past few years her books are either terribly depressing (Coming Home) or just short and boring like this one. Very little interaction between Ryan and Molly, and I had already paid for the prequel so I did not need to read page after page about how the whole thing started. Do not waste your money on this one.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon October 27, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I have only read a few of Karen's books and I know she is a prolific and popular author, but I have never been terribly impressed by her writing. Her books are enjoyable enough, but they have always felt like assembly line books and I hate to say it, The Bridge had that same feel. It was a very quick read, which isn't a bad thing. Most of the Christmas novels that come out are short and sweet reads and I find that very appealing because it's a busy time of year and there is nothing better than a quick and relaxing read right now.

I don't want to say that I did not like this book because it was about what I would expect from a Christmastime novel. The setting was definitely my favorite thing about this story and it went a long way with me in making it more enjoyable. There just wasn't much that was unique with this book. I read it fast and when I finished, I was satisfied for the most part, but I did not have the warm, fuzzy feeling I crave when reading a Christmas story. I'm sure Karen's devoted fans will love her holiday offering and I did enjoy it enough to recommend it. I just wish Karen had taken a bit more time to pull me in, instead I felt like I was being hurried along.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on November 30, 2012
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Like one of the reviewers said, the best part of the book and one of the most enjoyable was the scene at the animal rescue. I really wished I would have taken the critical reviews more seriously, I feel I've wasted my money. This could have been a wonderful, fanciful book full of the Lord but instead I felt it was shallow and almost reminded me of a hastily written Hallmark story. The author does mention the Lord, and that is great but not what I expected. I expected a book I would relish and instead I found myself speeding through the last chapters to get through it. I dislike leaving a critical review but perhaps it will save someone's hard earned money.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 5, 2012
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I agree with the other reviewers--it's short, shallow, and unsatisfying. Too rushed to know or care about the characters or have any real spiritual or emotional depth. That's the "waste of money" part.

The "stupid" part is the ridiculous plot contrivances for a 21st century novel. Scheming, rich, snobby parents? The main characters not telling each other critical information? ("Your father called me to warn me to stay away from you"; "I'm not actually married even though I made you think I was by wearing a wedding ring"). Even the Bartons keeping the secret of their lost child seemed weird. Losing a child is a tragedy, but it's not a scandal. What if Charlie and Donna could have used their pain to minister to others going through loss?

You know, I've read pretty much all KK's books over the years, but I think I'm done now. After the tedious "Above the Line" series and the horrible "Bailey Flanigan" series, I thought maybe the final Baxter book might recapture something--but it was a weird combination of boring recaps of six previous books and gut-wrenching, gruesome tragedy. With "The Bridge," I hoped that a new stand-alone might go in a better direction (some of her best books have been stand-alones). But this book is ridiculous. She's lost it or sold out or something.

Too bad. Some of her earlier stuff was pretty good.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I keep reading positive reviews for Karen Kingsbury's latest books, and I wonder, "Who are the people who actually liked this book?" I have grown more and more disenchanted with Karen's writing, and I actually think she is starting to lose something. What, I'm not sure. I read all of the Baxter books, and Bailey Flannigan out of a sense of duty, since I had come so far, I might as well go the distance. I was so let down by Coming Home that I actually said I was done with Karen Kingsbury. But then the Bridge came out and it had such a beautiful cover, I thought I'd try it. I was let down and disappointed. The cover was the best thing about it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on December 1, 2012
Format: Hardcover
There was a time I would have been the first in line to get the "new Karen Kingsbury book" that stopped more than 10 books ago. Before that time Karen had an edge on Christian Fiction but somewhere along the line it was more about publishing more books and less about Christian Fiction. I had thought it was because she did a series that just went on to long, but after this book I'm not so sure. I can remember when Karen gave away a chapter in her books, now there is a charge for "the extra (The Beginning, and I understand only in e-book form)".

I miss the depth in Karen Kingsbury books.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on November 24, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I agree with the reviewer about there was so little spiritual depth in this book, can't imagine it being "life changing fiction". With each new book, I get a little more dishearten with this author.
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