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Crossing the Bridge [Kindle Edition]

Michael Baron
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Book Description

Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and that he was deeply in love with Chase's girlfriend, Iris.

When Hugh's father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he's been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris, who has long since moved away, on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he's falling in love with Iris all over again.

But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.

Charged by the power of desire and the impact of loss, Crossing the Bridge is a soulful, romantic novel that will speak to you deeply

Editorial Reviews


“I fell into this story and the depth of emotions the author carries throughout…. Mr. Baron touches my heart and soul with his book. Telling a romantic story from the male perspective is not only a unique one, but breathtaking as well. I am looking forward to putting this on my shelf and re-reading this for many years to come.”
-- Coffee Time Romance

"Michael Baron reveals his characters secrets in ways that make us care about them. Their search for love makes Crossing the Bridge a compelling read."
-- Ann Pearlman, Author of The Christmas Cookie Club and Infidelity

“Michael Baron is an exceptionally gifted writer who is clever in delving into the inner feelings of his characters. The struggle he has portrayed for Hugh is nearly insurmountable and shows how much this character grows during his trials and tribulations. It's heartwarming to see how this family eventually pulls together in understanding and love for each other to learn to live again after death has torn them apart.”
-- Fresh Fiction

“Writing eloquently about life, death, loss and love, Baron has a firm grasp on human frailty. This emotional story is about a man coming to terms with his past and trying to figure out his future. Excellent!”
-- RT Book Reviews

“A love story that tugs on your heart from page one. The characters came to life to the point I didn't want the story to end….The characters took on a real-life quality whereas they could have been my family and friends. I highly recommend this warm and touching love story.”
-- CMash Loves to Read

“This book was very emotional and really made me feel for the characters. It was hard to put down because I was so involved with the story that I needed to find out what happened next. If you like love stories that will make you cry, this is certainly one for you to read.”
-- Confessions of an Overworked Mom

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About the Author

Michael Baron is the acclaimed author of When You Went Away. His next novel, The Journey Home will be published in May 2010.

Product Details

  • File Size: 1465 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Story Plant, The (January 5, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003JTHBW4
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #52,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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46 of 48 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story February 18, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
There are few things better than discovering a new author whose writing you fall immediately in love with. And that's just what's happened with Michael Baron and Crossing the Bridge!

Ever since the death of his younger brother 10 years earlier, Hugh Penders has felt his presence acts as a painful reminder of what was lost, and has kept his distance from his parents as a result. But when his father suffers a heart attack, Hugh picks up his life and heads home to small town Amber, Connecticut to help his parents out during this time of need. What begins as a dull and tedious existence, becomes a fresh start at life with the help of some new (and old) friends that Hugh discovers as he re-acquaints himself with his hometown.

I can't think of a better way to describe Crossing the Bridge than it felt like 'going home'. I grew up in a small town, so reading Hugh's reactions to returning to Amber felt familiar and comfortable. All of the characters in Crossing the Bridge feel very real - like people you know in everyday life as opposed to characters created for a story. I was very sad to have to say goodbye to them at the end of the book. So much so that I've been dreaming of a sequel. Even though you can kind of see where the story is going from fairly early on, I still found I couldn't put the book down as I was eager to see the next interaction between these characters, and I was never really sure things would turn out the way I hoped.

Crossing the Bridge isn't a fast-paced read, but its tale about real people with real issues unfurls slowly and wraps you up in its cozy story. I will definitely be checking out more of Michael Baron's books!
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51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this book because it was listed under contemporary romance in the magazine RT Book Reviews. Unfortunately, it was mislabeled. I would call it human relationships fiction - not romance. I was not happy. It's a story about a man who wanders aimlessly through life and relationships for ten years, after his brother died. He quit college and then tried and quit various jobs. He does end up with a female at the end, but it's not done in the "romance way" where we see a developing relationship. To call this romance, the relationship would need to be a more important part of the story. Too much was missing. I didn't understand her thoughts and feelings. I never understood why she kept a distance between them and then why she changed later. The entire story was told from his perspective. She remained a mystery to me both during and after the book which frustrated me. There were some unanswered questions about her prior relationship with Chase, for example: Iris and Chase had two fights in the past. I never understood what the first fight was about and why they got back together. I was also frustrated with unanswered questions about what was going on with Chase before he died. It's ok if you're looking for a novel about loss and a man coming to terms with his past and trying to figure out his future. I've occasionally enjoyed some non-romance novels, but this one didn't work for me.

Story length: 320 pages. Swearing language: strong. Sexual language: none. Number of sex scenes: One scene is told not shown. Setting: current day Connecticut. Copyright: 2010. Genre: human relationships fiction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars I liked it... February 2, 2010
By A. Kerr
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I really liked this book, I was hooked from the very first page, the first chapter intrigued me plot-wise but for me I found the rest of the book to be really character driven - even if the plot isn't my usual style of book, the characters were so well written that it kept me turning the pages.

The story itself was really quite heartbreaking - I think one of lifes greatest tragedies is having to talk about someone you loved in the past tense and it was basically like a love triangle where one of the corners is dead but their presence is still very much there, making the characters hold something back and seeing Iris and Hugh's characters work through that was really sweet and sad, I was rooting for them from the very start.

I'm not entirely sure what else I could say about the book, but I liked it and I would definitely read some of Michael's other books sometime in the future and you should check them out.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Crossing the Bridge by Michael Baron January 25, 2010
Format:Mass Market Paperback
When Hugh is called back to Amber, his hometown, in order to help his parents deal with his father's heart attack and look after the stationary store, Hugh must stop running away from his past and face the fact that he hasn't moved on after Chase's death. He has gone from one mindless job to another, not able to take a chance on success or on love. Instead, he's been pining for his brother's girlfriend, Iris. I think the premise has the makings of a great love story, but it takes Hugh so long to realize that he's sabotaging himself, that I felt myself getting really irritated by this protagonist.

Iris didn't fare much better for me. It's not just Hugh that is stuck in neutral. When Hugh comes to help in his father's stationary shop and he runs into Iris, all his feelings for her come raging back. At first Iris seems to want him. Then she just wants to be friends. Then she seems to want him again. Then not.

Hugh's dad is depressed about his illness and refuses to go out of the house or even attempt to go upstairs to his bedroom. The first half of the book is about people who are stuck, in one way or another, and I wanted everyone to shout or cry or rage instead of being polite, and logical and safe.

Despite my irritation with Hugh, Baron kept me reading because I just knew that Hugh had to wake up sometime, and after half the book, he finally starts showing initiative, and Baron expertly reveals each person's secrets at the right time to keep me interested. In the end, it was a pretty satisfying read.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Very slow read.
I kept waiting for the charters to be more involved. This book could have been 3 chapters long and told the whole story. I doubt I would ever read another of Mr. Baron's books.
Published 14 days ago by Cher
1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
I expected more, well written but too predictable
Published 15 days ago by Monica
5.0 out of 5 stars great story
Reminded me why I like Nicholas Sparks books so much only this book was from a male point of view.
Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Well written and easy to read
Published 1 month ago by Kenneth W Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Coming of age
A good weekend read. Loved the lead character Hugh. Nice guy. Responsible and strong. Glad he got his girl. I enjoyed the story through Hugh's view point.
Published 3 months ago by HurriJayne
3.0 out of 5 stars ***
I really did like this book. It did keep me interested and I thought it was an easy read. This was my first time reading Michael Baron, but will read more of his books.
Published 3 months ago by Linda Poimboeuf
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
It's really slow
Published 3 months ago by Linda D. Geist
1.0 out of 5 stars t like his writing
Don,t like his writing. Wished I would have boughty only one instead of two. Listened to the reviews l guess.
Published 6 months ago by nanny
3.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable light read.
I enjoyed the writing style and will probably read other works by Michael Baron. However, even though the ending was predictable, I felt it could have been a bit more creative.
Published 8 months ago by P. Corcoran
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Enjoyed reading this book, will try others b this author
Published 8 months ago by nlstc
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More About the Author

I grew up in the New York area and I've lived there my entire life. I worked in retail and taught high school English before I got my first book contract. I have gotten several additional book contracts since then, which is fortunate because I didn't have the patience to work in retail and, while I quite enjoyed teaching, my approach was a bit too unconventional for most school systems. One school administrator told me that, "there are more important things than being a dynamic teacher." Since I couldn't name any of those things (at least in the context of school), I figured I didn't have a long-term future in the profession. Hence, I became a writer, where I believe people appreciate a certain level of dynamism.

Though I started with nonfiction, I have always loved fiction and I have always wanted to write it. I've always had a particular affection for love stories. In fact, the very first book-length thing I ever wrote, when I was thirteen, was a love story. Mind you, it was the kind of love story that a thirteen-year-old boy would write, but it was a love story nonetheless. I have a deep passion for writing about relationships - family relationships, working relationships, friendships, and, of course, romantic relationships - and I can only truly explore this by writing fiction. These novels have given me a way to voice the millions of things running through my head.

My wife and kids are the center of my life. My wife is the inspiration for all of my love stories and my children enthrall me, challenge me, and keep me moving. One of the primary reasons I wrote my first novel, WHEN YOU WENT AWAY was that I wanted to write about being a father. Aside from my family, I have a few other burning passions. I'm a pop culture junkie with an especially strong interest in music, I love fine food (and any restaurant shaped like a hot dog), and I read far too many sports blogs for my own good.

You might have noticed that I haven't published a photo of myself. This isn't because I'm involved in the Witness Protection program or because I have an innate fear of cameras. It's because Michael Baron is a pseudonym. I'm writing these novels "undercover" because they're not entirely compatible with the nonfiction books I write and I didn't want to confuse readers. We're all different people sometimes, right? I just decided to give my alter ego another name.

My fourth novel, SPINNING, has just come out. It's a love story, too. Naturally.

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