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One Lane Bridge: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Don Reid
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Book Description

What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. He is trying to run two restaurants, keep his daughter from dropping out of college, and satisfy his lonely, aging mother. Cash begins to disappear from one of the restaurants, and he and his wife argue about how to deal with the problem.

One tranquil evening, J. D. takes off on a ride in the country to clear his mind. Top down, setting sun, wind in his hair ... leak in the radiator. When he walks up to an old farmhouse to ask for water, he finds a family living in poverty, and vows to help. When he returns with groceries, he can't find them or the house—although he's not lost. While J. D. struggles to make sense of this mystery, his behavior creates doubt in his marriage, and even his best friend thinks he's crazy. And when he solves it, his life is changed forever.

Editorial Reviews


"Listeners may recognize the voice of author-narrator Don Reid as he was a member of the Statler Brothers. Now, he’s a highly acclaimed author of Christian fiction with the ability to tell a great story. In ONE LANE BRIDGE, we’re introduced to J.D., who is mysteriously transported back in time in order that he may learn to rely more on God than on himself. Reid’s deep voice resonates with the story and engages the listener in the drama found just across the one-lane bridge. Reid moves from character to character with the precision of a master storyteller. As the plot turns, so too will listeners’ thoughts as they seek to understand its meaning." 
T.D. © AudioFile Portland, Maine

About the Author

Don Reid, a member of the Statler Brothers, country music's premier singing group for nearly forty years, has established himself as a singer and professional writer in multiple fields.

As a songwriter of 240 published and recorded songs, many of them number one and top ten hits, Reid is the recipient of 18 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) awards, 3 Grammy awards, 9 Country Music Association awards, 48 Music City News/TNN awards, 13 gold albums, and 8 platinum albums.

Reid also cowrote (with his brother Harold) the television series The Statler Brothers Show and numerous TV specials. He has published three nonfiction books (Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, and You Know It's Christmas When.). O Little Town is his first novel.

Don lives with his wife, Deborah, in Staunton, Virginia.

Product Details

  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NHTT1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #364,803 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believable November 7, 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This was one book I found I could not put down. I wanted to know and couldn't hardly wait to what happened in the end. It is a little bit supernatural, a little bit science fiction time travel, and a little bit of the miraculous. The story is about a guy who drives out on this road and comes across a one lane bridge. This bridge is really old and not like anything that he has seen before around the area. When he goes across the bridge he becomes involved with a family that turns out to be living back in the 1930s. Each time he goes across the bridge, it is the same family but the time is different. Time keeps moving forward until the times (then and now) collide.

That is about all I want to say about the theme of the book because it will ruin the ending. The ending is not exactly what I expected but I think it seemed plausible. I've read a few books that were similar about circumstances of time travel and found them unbelievable; not this one.

Don Reid does a great job of the writing. It is easy to read. It keeps your attention until the end. I just bought his other novel "O Little Town" and hope it is as good as this one.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Lane Bridge October 30, 2010
John David (J.D.) Wickman and his wife, Karlie, have been married twenty years. They live a good life, but when their family restaurant starts having problems, J.D.'s mother needs more attention, and their college-age daughter wants to drop out of college, the couple starts struggling.

Needing to clear his mind, J.D. decides to go driving around one night. Crossing a one lane bridge, he meets a family who is clearly destitute. The wife is bedridden and ill, and the husband, Paul Clem, and their daughter. The family is very friendly. Wanting to help them out, J.D. and Karlie decide to take groceries to them. But J.D. can't find either the house--or the bridge! J.D. is flabbergasted by this, and knowing what he's seen, determined to find the family again so he can help.

Karlie begins to worry that J.D. might be going crazy from the stress. After all, bridges don't just up and vanish. J.D.'s best friend shares his wife's opinion. Is J.D. going insane, or will he be able to unravel this mystery?

Don Reid is a member of the Statler Brothers Country music group, but he is also a author. The story has a lot of unexpected twists and turns in it, which will help to hold the readers attention.

ONE LANE BRIDGE is the second novel I read by Don Reid, and I really can't say which one I liked best. The characters are multi-dimensional, and have their own individual quirks. The reader will come away from ONE LANE BRIDGE feeling more compassionate, more loving, and more willing to travel unknown paths. This is a good book to read during this holiday season. A discussion guide and an interview with Don Reid is included at the end of the book.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A simple read October 31, 2011
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This book is very simple in nature and writing. Characters are far from complex as some reviewers would claim; in fact, I wondered at the value of some of them at all...(such as the daughter) and disappointed at the lack of knowledge who the thief was. In fact when it ended I sighed at the big "reveal" and how elementary it was. So I would state it is simple read and take it for that. You won't be wowed.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Lane Bridge December 17, 2010
Don Reid is well known as one of the founding members of The Statler Brothers, This was my very favorite of the singing groups and I still love to hear their music but that is enough about his music and now to his book. This is the first one that I have read and believe me when I say I could not put it down, I read the complete book in one sitting four and one-half hours, I just had to see what was on the next page.

The novel is about a man and his wife J. D. and Karlie Wickman that owned two restaurants and they were having trouble with one of their employees as they had money missing. Then J. D,'s mother was in an assisted living home, they had a daughter at college and she was home sick, so they were going through a lot. One night J.D. decided to get in his old car and just drive, this always helped him with the top down and no where really to go, just ride and enjoy the night air. He was on this road that he had not been on before and he came upon a one lane bridge, an old bridge, he looked to be sure no other car was coming they he just went across real slow and looked at the bridge and the water. When he got on the other side his old car started to run hot, he had to turn it off, he looked at his cell phone and had no bars but so what he could not tell anyone where he was. He then saw a house up an old dirt lane and he walked up there, he found a man and was asked in. When he got inside a woman asked who was there, she was really sick and they had a fourteen year old daughter that was doing the cooking. The man helped him carry water back to his car so he made it back home. He was telling his wife about the family that he believed were really poor and the next day they both went and bought some groceries to carry to them.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Second Act October 28, 2010
We all knew Don Reid could sing. Well...if you missed the news, get this: He can write, too!

Reid, the long time lead singer of The Statler Brothers, was bound to have lots of stories roaming around his thoughts and memories. After all, the best Statler songs were stories. But HAVING a story and being able to TELL a story are two different things. Being able to WRITE a story is so far removed from what we thought this man's limits were that no one would have been surprised if his written words were not up to the standards he set with his music.

Let me cut to the chase here... Good novels take a thread and slowly unwrap before your very eyes. Great novels relax, delight, and intrigue the reader all the while daring us to take our eyes from the page. But because what we are reading is great, we just keep reading!

I read "One Lane Bridge" in two sittings. Trust people of all ages will love this book. It is subtle and well written, allowing the reader plenty of room for questions and conclusions of his own, while wrapping the story with a conclusion that leaves one satisfied and wanting more from Mr. Reid.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
This book isn't exactly my cup of tea, but it is well written. I'm not a fan of alternate universe type stories, but if you are, this book is worth a read.
Published 1 month ago by Sheila B. Edney
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read
This is a very good book. It's concept is unusual and you can't wait to see what will happen. Don Reid is a good writer and keeps you wanting more.
Published 1 month ago by Mary Goodwin
4.0 out of 5 stars great book
This had a great story. I got hooked and wanted to just keep reading to find out what was going to happen next.
Published 3 months ago by Shani Fjelsted
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing ending
It didn't take long for me to be intrigued by the book, and I eagerly read to find out how it was all happening. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Baker
3.0 out of 5 stars Didn't like the last few pages
This was an interesting book, kept my interest for the most part. The theft of the restaurant money really had nothing to do with the plot & just seemed to be "filler" to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by tanqueray cat
5.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting book
It was a book that held my attention. I usually don't read fiction, but Don Reid books are very good.
Published 4 months ago by Pat Lehman
5.0 out of 5 stars Bridge the gap
I didn't get this book from amazon. When I got into the third chapter I was hooked. I knew Don Reid from 'The Statler Brothers'. This is the first book of his I've read. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Good Lesson
Don is an excellent musician, and an even better story teller. He weaves several story lines about how to handle real-life problems into a main story you can't put down. Read more
Published 6 months ago by CF
4.0 out of 5 stars Twist and Turns
This is a time-travel book with many unexpected twist and turns. Really captures the imagination. A fun book to read.
Published 6 months ago by Brian Fraaken
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
I found this to be an odd book, but in a good way. The plot was uncommon, which I applaud. As an avid reader, more than two books a week normally, I tire of the same old story line... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Andora Henson
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