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The Other Side of the Bridge [Kindle Edition]

Katharine Swartz
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Book Description

Ava Lancet has lost her job, her marriage, and her baby when she discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny village in central Greece. With the kind of emotional impulsiveness that has frustrated her stony-faced husband for years, she decides to move there and recover from life’s sorrows.

When an elderly woman in the village mistakes Ava for her grandmother, telling her, with tears trickling down her face, that she is sorry, Ava is both touched and intrigued. What is the woman sorry for, and what secrets did her grandmother keep? Soon Ava is discovering the surprising threads of her grandmother’s life, including her part in the local Resistance during World War Two and a forbidden love affair with a British SOE agent.

Spanning three generations and exploring the lives of two very different and yet surprisingly similar women, The Other Side of The Bridge will remind you how a fragile hope can spring from both tragedy and despair. Written by USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt, writing as Katharine Swartz.


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  • File Size: 994 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tule Publishing Group (July 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LU1SOH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #191,671 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Two stories in one, grateful for both. November 15, 2013
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I wish I could give this 4.5 stars. There are two stories in this book and about half way through I found myself really not liking the main character Ava (current time). The way she was treating her husband, marriage and the past year of her life was really annoying me. Maybe because I identify more with husband, Simon, or the Greek philosophy talked about in the story. What is past is past and you move on. I was ready to give up on the book and move on to something else. What kept me engaged was the story of Sophia in 1942 WWII Greece. I wanted to know what happened to her. Finally about 60 - 65% through the story Ava started to grow up and I began to like her and by the end of the story (finished this morning), I could say I really did love the story. I've very grateful that the author made the character of Ava become a woman I could like. Both my grandfathers served in WWII. My paternal grandfather talked about his time a lot, but my maternal grandfather never spoke. He was raised in a small farming town in Nebraska and I thought of him often when reading this story. After he died, we found his purple heart and a letter about his service years. His plane had been shot down and in Germany. A family sheltered him and helped him get back to the allies. I wish I could have talked to him about his experience when he was alive. I say that because I kind of understand Ava's growing interest in the life her grandmother lived but she never knew about until it was too late to talk to her. Definitely a worthwhile read.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, not great November 26, 2013
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Ava’s life fell apart long before she arrivedin rural Greece. She left her husband, struggled with losing her daughter, and lost her job as an art teacher. Moving to the dilapidated farm house that Ava inherited from a grandmother that she barely knew only adds to her stress. Then an elderly woman mistakes her for her grandmother, sparking Ava’s interest in her family history. As she searches for clues about the woman who abandoned her home during World War II, Ava struggles to put her own life back together.

The Other Side of the Bridge has two narratives: Ava’s in the present as she struggles separation from her husband and Sophia–Ava’s grandmother–while she works with the resistance against the Nazis in World War II. Ava’s is the primary story line, and the connection between two is the struggle both women face on their journey to find their love. But that was a pretty weak connection. Ava’s struggles, while difficult, aren’t comparable to her grandmother’s. Her grandmother reluctantly risks her life several times while Ava grapples with the drama of whether or not her husband loves her. I wished that the focus had been more on Sophia, or at least that Ava had faced similar stakes.

Ava’s story shows a woman struggling to put her life back together after her marriage falls apart. She gains depth in her character through her relationships with the villagers, and they break her out of the woe is me introspection. She also recognizes that she doesn’t know everything when she’s dealing with living on her own or accidentally butting into other’s lives. If the story didn’t shift back and forth between her and her grandmother, it would have been easy to sympathize with her emotional state.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the bridge December 4, 2013
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I loved it. So many parallel tales of coming to terms with sorrow and disappointment. The added bonus was a look at old Greece customs and a woman's place in small village life. Also the historical view of WWII and civil war.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting Point of View February 27, 2014
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I really liked the way the author told the story from the two different points of view. Also being set in Greece was a totally different perspective than any other WWII story I had read. Good, fast read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of the Bridge by Katharine Swartz July 15, 2014
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The story of new friendships, lost histories and discovering who you are and what you want in life. All set in a small town in Greece.

Ava Lancet goes to Lousidous Greece, to the home she inherited after her grandmother passed away. She needs time alone after separating with her husband. She is also still grieving the loss of their baby. She makes several good friends who help her fix up the house and trace the history of her grandmother and why she left so soon after the war. No one in this town likes to speak of the war, so it's hard to find the answers she desperately wants. Little by little she gets some answers, but they only lead to more questions.

I loved this book because it kept me interested throughout the entire story. I didn't want to stop reading because I was anxious to find out what happened. Ava's grandmother, Sophia's part in the story was very interesting too. This is one of those books that you don't know what happens until the very end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Past, present, and future July 15, 2014
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Ava Lancet's world has turned upside down. One year ago, she lost a child and now her marriage is hanging on by a thread. Racked with grief, she escapes to the childhood home of her grandmother Sophia in rural Greece. She arrives to find a farmhouse that has been untouched for over forty years and sets out to make it habitable. In the process, she discovers that her grandmother had a whole life of which she knew nothing about. Will piecing together Sophia's past, enable Ava to find solace in her own life? The Other Side of the Bridge by Katherine Swartz is a very intriguing tale of two women more alike than they could have imagined. It is really two stories, told in alternating chapters. One modern and one set during the devastation of World War II. To me, the book was reminiscent of the works of Kate Morton, Lauren Willig, and Beatriz Williams. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for a solid women's fiction story.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A VERY GOOD READ
I really did like this story. I think it taught us that everyone's grief is different and not to expect our loved one to grieve like you. Read more
Published 6 days ago by F. Breece
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, The Other Side of the Bridge
The Other Side of the Bridge was a fascinating book about a deceased grandmother who had lived through the war and mystery surrounding why she had left Greece where she had a home. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Carol K. Hansing
5.0 out of 5 stars Dual stories equally evocative
I enjoyed both Ava's and Sophia's stories. Totally related to the grief ava experienced with the loss of her daughter, and the ensuing relationship change with her husband. Read more
Published 23 days ago by Judes459
4.0 out of 5 stars Two Generations tightly woven
Ava's story was a little slow to catch my attention and then I was caught. I enjoyed how the story went between what Ava was currently dealing with and putting herself back... Read more
Published 28 days ago by Renae
4.0 out of 5 stars A little slow at the beginning.....
But I'm so glad I stuck with it...great characters and great ending. The author definitely tied up all loose ends. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Joanne Audette
4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of the Bridge
I loved being able to explore a beautiful new location with the main character. I am a history buff, so the twisting of past and present kept me reading.
Published 1 month ago by Lee Strickler
5.0 out of 5 stars The Other Side of the Bridge
Reading this story took me back in time when as a little girl, I would hear about WW 2 and how everyone would be suffering overseas. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The other side of the Bridge
The other side of the bridge was a well written in telling the stories about Ava and Sophia. With Ava she left her husband and was struggling with losing her daughter. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kayla
4.0 out of 5 stars good women's fiction story
I really enjoyed this story. It is women's fiction, not romance. I wont go into plot detail, as others have done that pretty well.

The good: great setting and detail. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Feehan5
3.0 out of 5 stars Running away from your problems
I had a hard time getting into this book with it going back and forth so much. I was happy in the end with everyone getting peace and a happy ending.
Published 1 month ago by Nancy
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After spending three years as a diehard New Yorker, Katharine Swartz now lives in the Lake District with her husband, an Anglican minister, their five children, and a Golden Retriever. She enjoys such novel things as long country walks and chatting with people in the street, and her children love the freedom of village life--although she often has to ring four or five people to figure out where they've gone off to!

She writes women's fiction as well as contemporary romance for Mills & Boon Modern under the name Kate Hewitt, and whatever the genre she enjoys delivering a compelling and intensely emotional story. Find out more about her books at www.katharineswartz.com.

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