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The Beginning: An eShort prequel to The Bridge [Kindle Edition]

Karen Kingsbury
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (630 customer reviews)

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Book Description

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury comes this e-short prequel to her upcoming novel, The Bridge, shedding light on the love story behind the bookstore and how it came to be a place of hope and encouragement.

Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

What’s left when you lose everything? Kingsbury (Coming Home, 2012) works through that tough question in her newest novel. Charlie Barton and his wife, Donna, ran the Bridge, a historic bookstore in Franklin, Tennessee, for 30 years, but a declining industry and a devastating flood left them with an empty storefront and insurmountable bills. Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly connected in college over their passion for reading, using the Bridge as their getaway from the very different lives they lead. ED: S/B “they led”? Years later, both look back and wonder what could have been. When Charlie gets into a horrible accident, Ryan decides to organize a book drive and gather donations, so Charlie can rebuild the bookstore when he heals. Through the effort, Ryan and Molly reconnect. It’s hard to know what is most important until something forces you to change your perspective. Kingsbury’s characters are confronted with the hard choices readers face daily. The award-winning author brings her trademark empathy for the people she writes for to this tale, and fans will love her dramatic take on real issues. --Carolyn Richard


"Popular inspirational novelist Kingsbury goes mainstream in her newest, which mixes a love story with a seasonal one that borrows from the Christmas favorite It's A Wonderful Life. . . . Kingsbury fans may acquire a new holiday favorite read in this sugary tale of second chances." (Publishers Weekly )

Reader Praise for The Bridge:

The Bridge is a reminder that all things aren’t as they seem. That things really do work together for the good! That God IS in control even when we can’t see it. Karen’s books make you laugh, cry, and leave you wanting more! Her characters are so real you feel like you know them, and want to be friends with them. Once I read the first page of The Bridge I couldn’t put it down. I read the entire book in one day!!” (Hellen (Annette) H. )

“Karen Kingsbury once again uses her beautiful talent to illustrate God’s awesome love and grace for us! Each new story speaks to so many hearts across the world. Karen’s gift is certainly a loving legacy that I share with others!” (Cyndi A. )

“Gripping from the beginning, The Bridge is an amazing story where we learn even in tragedy or loss God is the God of second chances and we should learn to treasure the miracles He sends our way.” (Chris V. )

“Karen Kingsbury’s newest book, The Bridge, will tug at the heart-strings of old time bookstore lovers everywhere! Blend in a little romance with the timeless principle of doing unto others as you would have them do unto you, and you have a classic story built around classic books!” (Annette W. )

The Bridge is a story of friendship, love, forgiveness, and God's amazing grace. Join Charlie, Donna, Molly, and Ryan on an adventure of never-ending friendship in this wonderful story that God will never leave us and always protect us.” (Hope P. )

“Karen Kingsbury has done it again with The Bridge. She is more than an author. She’s a vessel that God has used to minister to myself, as well as her other readers. She is a passionate and inspirational woman of God. I am grateful for her faithfulness and obedience to write when God gives her a story. Thank you, Karen, for your faithfulness. Your stories have touched my life more than you could ever know.” (Tami D. )

“Once again Karen writes such strong characters that draw deep emotions, you feel like you are right there, a part of the story. The Bridge is a beautiful love story intertwined with many types of love. You will be truly moved and inspired by this story. Have the tissues ready!!!” (Renette S. )

The Bridge is an incredibly heart-warming collection of love stories—the story of a young couple in love, the story of an older couple who love each other and their fledgling business, and the love of a community coming together for one of its own. I could not put The Bridge down, because I was captivated by the events and anxious to read ‘the rest of the story!’ Inspirational! A beautiful story about second chances!” (Lisa H. )

The Bridge will be a bridge to your heart. It is a heart-warming story of second chances that you will not want to put down until you finish it. You will fall in love with the Barton’s and their wonderful store & ministry as well as Molly and Ryan. This is a must read. God does give second chances and answer our prayers.” (Marnie M. )

Product Details

  • File Size: 2066 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Howard Books (September 18, 2012)
  • Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008X6TCNE
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #26,483 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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48 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On the Way to The Bridge September 18, 2012
By Sheila
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A prequel to THE BRIDGE, releasing on October 23rd, THE BEGINNING is a beautiful short story about what can happen when life's tragedies intersect with hope, dreams, and the unfolding of God's plans. A bookstore becomes a place where lives are changed, friends are made, and healing is experienced. I felt a renewed appreciation for books in general...for the influence they have in our lives, especially when reading these lines, "Books were changing her life. But she didn't consider the idea that they could do so much more. That they might actually heal her." Whether short or long, I can always count on the stories of Karen Kingsbury to cause tears to flow and to find a warm, special place in my heart. THE BEGINNING has only whet my appetite further as I excitedly anticipate the release of THE BRIDGE. I encourage you to let it whet yours too!
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning of The Bridge September 18, 2012
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The Beginning is a short story pre-quel to Karen's upcoming book The Bridge (releases 10/23/12). No matter how short or long a story, as usual I was sucked right in! I read most of it at the gym. It's kind of hard to walk on the treadmill and read through tears :) Karen truly is a gifted writer! Thank you for anther beautiful story! I can't wait to read The Bridge and finish Charlie's and Donna's stories!
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply amazing! October 4, 2012
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It reminds me of her older stuff, which I love. I loved the Baxters but the last couple years the books about them and Bailey seemed a little rushed and dramatic. I love the direction The Bridge is taking Karen.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't wait October 4, 2012
By Sas
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As always, loved the story line. Can't wait for the book to be released! I am glad that this will be a stand alone novel since I don't like to wait for sequels.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Karen Never Disappoints.... September 18, 2012
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The Beginning is an amazing e-short prequel that gives you a look into the story and the beginning of The Bridge. No matter how long a Karen story is it will always tug at my heart and have me looking for so much more when the book is finally released on October 23. Karen is an amazing author that really knows how to listen to Gods amazing words when he places things on her heart, no matter your age or situation you will close one chapter and just feel so blessed. I loved reading these chapters and really feeling the connection early with the characters. This prequel and book are going to be the most amazing book to be released this time of the year. We are getting into the spirit of holidays coming and everyone getting in the spirit and this will teach all of us what love, friendship, and how great when God tells us something to do he knows the plans and how we can impact lives.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A set-up (money maker) for the Bridge October 4, 2012
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I purchased this from Amazon for my Kindle and read it that day. This is basic information to acquaint the reader with the characters for the BOOK and it was good but could have been the first 10 chapters of the BOOK. I believe this was just a way to entice a reader to spend more money.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Barbara C September 19, 2012
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I read The Beginning and I couldn't put it down, it was once again an amazing read. I've come to look forward to Karens books. I can't wait for the Bridge to come out, I love books, and a cozy bookstore would feel like home to me. And the way they know what is needed to help someone and I'm in awe of Gods power as well as the power of prayer. Believe me when I say, once you start one of Karen Kingsbury's books you won't be able to put it down, and it will be life changing. I love her books!!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Intro! October 14, 2012
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This is such a great introduction to Karen's new novel "The Bridge." I didn't want it to end :) I'm so excited to read "The Bridge" for the Christmas season. Karen Kingsbury has been so blessed as an author, and her words have made me laugh, cry, pray, and draw closer to God by presenting situations in which people come to realize they need God more than anything in their lives. I most definitely reccommend "The Beginning" and any other novel of Karen's. God Bless!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars starting the beginning now!
As always karen always gets me so engrossed in her story! She makes me want to be at that little bookstore, the bridge! Will begin reading the beginning right now! Read more
Published 16 days ago by joseph c. ortis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
loved it!
Published 18 days ago by Betty Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning is the perfect prequel, it will give you more history on...
The Beginning is the perfect prequel, it will give you more history on the characters in The Bridge. This should be included in the paper and hardback books. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Sara Dunning
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning
The Beginning is the perfect telling of Charlie and Donna and how The Bridge came to be. Reading both The Beginning and The Bridge encourages even those who do not think they have... Read more
Published 24 days ago by Montananana
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beginning: An eShort prequel to The Bridge
I really enjoyed the story. It touch my heart in a heartfelt way. I look forward to reading "The Bridge.
Published 24 days ago by Potatoes1078
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book
Loved the amazing way Karen Kingsbury leaves you wanting to know more. The story makes you feel a part of the characters lives.
Published 27 days ago by Kathy Burd
2.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed because it was just the prequel and I had ...
Disappointed because it was just the prequel and I had already read the book. My mistake because I didn't pay attention when I purchased it.
Published 29 days ago by Jane M
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Short & valuable
Published 1 month ago by Nazih Ibrahim
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
I am looking forward to reading the complete book. I love all of Karen Kingsberry's books. Enjoy the positive message in each one
Published 1 month ago by Mary
4.0 out of 5 stars healing for the heart
This special bookstore that drew hurting people to it, helping each person gradually developed the strength and courage to move beyond pain and survive, is a wonderful idea, one... Read more
Published 1 month ago by gamer
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More About the Author

No. 1 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Karen Kingsbury is America's favorite inspirational novelist. There are nearly 20 million copies of her award-winning books in print, including several million copies sold in the past year. Karen has written more than 50 novels, ten of which have hit #1 on national lists.

Karen's newest novel, COMING HOME - The Baxter Family - releases June 26 and is the subject of much buzz on Karen's active Facebook page, where she had more than 250,000 friends. There is also great anticipation over THE BRIDGE, Karen's much-anticipated first hardback release with her new publisher - Simon & Schuster's Howard Books. THE BRIDGE is a love story set against the demise of the American bookstore.

In addition, Karen has ventured into the area of short pieces with her new non-fiction series - KAREN KINGSBURY, THE REST OF THE STORY. Her first piece, I CAN ONLY IMAGINE, has touched the hearts of tens of thousands of readers interested in knowing more about Karen's personal life and the motivation behind her Life-Changing Fiction (TM). I CAN ONLY IMAGINE shares the story of Karen's brother, his struggles, and his quest for redemption.

Karen's novel LIKE DANDELION DUST is the subject of a major motion picture currently in theaters. Like Dandelion Dust stars Academy Award winning Mira Sorvino and Barry Pepper, along with Cole Hauser and Maxwell Perry Cotton. The film has received more than 30 awards in the Film Festival Circuit including numerous Best Picture awards. Several of Karen's books are currently under theatrical development.

Karen's most recent series - the Bailey Flanigan Series, wrapped up in March. Coming Home - The Baxter Family - is a stand-alone novel about John Baxter's 70th Birthday and the tragedy that happens during June, 2010 with Take Four. The series is about two producers looking to change the world with the power of film. The Above the Line series also includes Karen's popular characters from the fictitious Baxter Family. The Baxters were first introduced to readers through the five-book Redemption series, and then the five-book Firstborn series, and finally the four-book Sunrise series.

Dubbed by Time Magazine as the Queen of Christian Fiction, Karen has also been a featured guest on the Today Show, Fox News, USA Today, and numerous other television programs and magazines. Her fiction has made her one of the country's favorite storytellers. Others of her emotionally gripping titles include the 9-11 Series, Even Now, Ever After, and Between Sundays.

Karen is also a public speaker, reaching more than 100,000 women annually through various national events. Karen and her husband, Don, live in Nashville, TN with their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their daughter Kelsey is an actress who has appeared in several Christian films. She is newly married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The two also live in Nashville.

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