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Bridge To Happiness [Kindle Edition]

Jill Barnett
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (77 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From the luxury of San Francisco's famous hills to the wild freedom of the majestic snow-covered Sierra Mountains, BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS is the intensely dramatic story of one woman's life, the idyllic moments, her humanity, her love, and finally, the difficult road she must walk discover the strong woman she is destined to become. When March Randolph meets Mike Cantrell, she has no idea how her life will change, and how time will change her. For over three decades she and Mike forge a marriage, a family and a business together, helping to make snowboarding into a popular, worldwide winter sport, and raising four strong-willed and independent children into a adulthood, never once fearing the future won't be as golden as their past. In a heartbeat everything changes, and March and her family suffer a tragic change, one that drives a schism into her once perfect life, and will test the bonds of love and family far beyond any definition of recovery. Suddenly March is stuck in the past, unable to move forward, and only if she, alone, finds the strength and will to move on, can any of the Cantrells have a single, glimmer of hope at a new life of happiness.

Product Details

  • File Size: 594 KB
  • Print Length: 269 pages
  • Publisher: Bell Bridge Books (January 1, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004HO5M3U
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #251,426 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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115 of 115 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I loved this book! February 9, 2011
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I've never been on a snowboard, nor have I ever learned to ski, but Jill Barnett, author of Bridge to Happiness, had me believing that I could get on the snow and understand what it was all about. But this book isn't about the snow, but rather the dynamics of family life. Mike loves March, and March loves Mike. They marry and start a family. But March knows Mike will never truly be happy working for his dad and encourages him to quit his day job, and start his own business. Mike does, and it becomes a very lucrative endeavor.

They love, they laugh, and they raise a family of wonderful children. March is lucky to be surrounded by such a loving family and friends when the worst thing imaginable happens. The journey that they all take during this time is gut wrenching at times, but ultimately, they all see that their love for one another is the nucleus that holds them together.

Jill Barnett has written a story that will make you laugh, and it definately made me cry. But those are the stories that remain with you. This is a story that I can pick up a year or more from now, and I will want to read again and again. I think you will too.
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Such a satisfying book! January 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Jill Barnett has such a talent for character and emotion. And for life's "moments" that change everything. This is a big story with wonderful, relatable characters that you'd expect in a Barnett book, and that's all good. I'm such a sucker for stories of how we find the guts to change.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED BRIDGE TO HAPPINESS! February 14, 2011
By Linda
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Jill Barnett creates a beautiful love story taking her readers on a journey of those
defining moments in life that threaten to destroy all that you have.
When faced with tragedy, March is forced to redefine her identity and all of her
relationships. In spite of all the emotional upheaval, she never loses her wonderful sense of wit and humor.
Beautifully written, I highly recommend this book. A great read and a refreshing love story.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars If you could skip the first 1/4 of the book..... August 7, 2011
By Beth S.
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I think this book would have been much better if she had left out the first 1/4 of the book. Reading it felt like I was watching a movie in fast forward. She took way too much time to describe 30 years of a perfect marriage and becoming rich. Then suddenly she throws in a group of supposedly best friends from high school who don't appear until weeks after tragedy strikes. These people show up just to get her drunk throughout the book. This happens with other characters as well, even one of her children, they show up and become a big part of the story but then suddenly disappear and you never hear their voices again (her youngest son, a sports reporter Spider...does Spider have a real name???)

In the description of the story you know that eventually March ends up alone so you just keep waiting for something to happen. Only after the main character starts to work through her grief do I get invested in the character. This is where the book should have started, with her dealing with the aftermath of the accident. That's when I saw some writing from the heart and could actually feel something for the character.

Some better editing would have helped, also. She sometimes switches to 3rd person from 1st and there were a few sentences that I caught with grammatical errors.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't put it down February 21, 2011
By Beth
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I was iffy on reading this book. It was free for the Kindle, so I decided to give it a try. I was surprised. I had to know what happened next. I fell in love with the relationship of March and Mike and how they made marriage seem so easy.
I would have liked more detail about the beginning of the relationship, when they first met. It comes out later in the book, but it seemed like more of an afterthough. The ending was great.
I liked going through the emotions of March as she went through the stages of grief. It helped heal a place in me.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars profound family drama February 17, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In San Francisco March Randolph and Mike Cantrell meet and fall in love. They marry, raise a family of four, and create a successful business together as she encourages him to take a chance on his dreams in the Sierras. Their efforts lead to snowboarding becoming popular sport.

Everything remains perfect even after three decades as a couple. Then in an instant, tragedy strikes with a wrong way driver. Traumatized and feeling all alone March can no longer look to the present or future for happiness; only the past gives her moments of joy though her friends and children had her strip her home of her beloved Mike. Yet she knows her loved ones have problems too as they need her to lead them back to living again, if she dares.

This is an entertaining profound family drama starring a strong cast but anchored by the matriarch. The Cantrells were golden for over thirty years when the gold ended with death leaving a mother unable to move forward from their grief. Jill Barnett eloquently makes a strong case that life goes on for the grievers as the inevitable death of one generation is replaced with the renewal of a new generation.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding Read!! February 15, 2011
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This story captivated me from the start! The author did a more than outstanding job creating a couple then family that you felt was your own. You move thru years of family struggles and dreams like they are your own. I laughed, I cried; my heart broke for this family! From start to finish, it was excellent!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart rending story.
Loved this story. As a widow it was difficult to read sometimes, but I could really relate. Too bad there isn't a "happily ever after " in real life for many of us who are... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Suzy
4.0 out of 5 stars Really enjoyed it and would recommend it as a good read
Just read this book for a second time. Really enjoyed it and would recommend it as a good read. The main character, March,
retained her sense of humor when she had to cope... Read more
Published 4 months ago by KLM
5.0 out of 5 stars A good story
I so loved this book. The main character is called March and when reading the book I came to love and feel for her. It is her story. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Anthea R. Close
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Nice to progress through generations at a rapid pace.
Published 8 months ago by gomarylee
3.0 out of 5 stars Can't Remember Reading Book
I don't remember reading this so I guess it didn't stick in my memory too well.
Published 8 months ago by Jbee
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It's been too long ago to give a review
Published 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
i really liked this book, it was a good story, great holiday read about life changes and family issues. Enjoy!
Published 16 months ago by Mander
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Book!
I really enjoyed this book! Once I started reading "Bridge To Happiness" I couldn't put it down! Read more
Published 18 months ago by SueB
5.0 out of 5 stars A joyful book
Despite the first 25% of the book being a conflict-free story, the author more than made up for that with a realistic series of challenges for the characters who are functional,... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Julie E. Painter
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite author
What a great story. Like all of Jill Barnett's books, it sweet and touching and she's done an absolutely great job of making her characters alive and meaningful
Published 18 months ago by Barbara's historical fiction
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More About the Author

I am a native Californian, a baby boomer who grew up in a very idyllic place at a very idyllic time--on the coast of Southern California in the 60's, although I spent many childhood summers before that on my grandparents' farm in Texas.

So I'm a West Coast girl raised by Southern parents, who grew up in a place where you spent your free time playing volleyball on the beach and weekends dancing to local bands like Beach Boys and the Righteous Brothers.

My husband and I met in high school, and I never knew I wanted to be a writer until I was in my thirties and back in college again. I had been an art major the first time around--it was the 60's--quit to make some kind of mark in the world, but I got married instead.

My love of history and reading and art all came together for me when I quit school again, after working toward my history degree and then becoming a mother--something we were told couldn't happen. (The child not the degree.) So with the miracle gift of my daughter, came a new career for me.

I knew then I wanted to write a book, had an idea and more importantly a vision of the kind of stories I wanted to tell. I told myself I could always go back to school.

Funny thing the way life works. Almost two years to the day I quit school, I sold my first book on 50 pages to Pocket Books, a division of Simon and Schuster. That was over 22 years ago and many books later.

So the road I traveled to become an author had many twists and turns, joys and disappointments. Yet I'm doing something I really love. In so many ways I'm a very lucky woman.

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