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The Bridges Before Us (Fix It or Get Out) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 10, 2016
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I am happy I found this series and this book is a little bit of my favorite in the series even if I love all 3 of them. The story is in many ways unique but also well known. The reader get to experience new things, feel and question its own believes just like I think all good books do. And just like after reading a really good book, I got the feeling of "what shall I do with my life now" when i had finished this series. I didnt know what to feel or think and I couldnt pick up another book becaues this books made me think and still makes me think. I go back and think about situations in the books and in this book and wonder if I have everything figured out in my life or if I can learn something from this books, and now we are talking fiction and not "help yourself books" even if I sort off feel that this book is good for you and for your soul.
So obviously I cant do anything other than give all three books top reviews and 5 starts but sometimes I wish I could give more because some other 5 star books feels weak compared to this series.Read more ›
Samantha Hart has been an intriguing character in the Fix It or Get Out series, and this book explains everything. Her story jumps off the page as she gets help from (unknowingly) the wrong person to 'act' like who she wants to be, who she thinks is the person men want. This isn't a person we want her to be, a person we like so much, but think of this - at some point, we've made a wrong turn or found something about ourselves we didn't like - so forgiving Sam for her dirty deeds became easier. And, after some unfortunate bumps in the road, she learns who she truly is, the person living within her heart. Once she is able to love herself, she is able to realize love in its pure form with the man standing in front of her.
Ms. Ardigo wrote another love story that pulls at the heartstrings and has one thinking over their own experiences, making this a real story for everyone. Don't add this to your TBR list - one-click and read it today!
Samantha is a woman who easily trips on guilt, especially guilt laid out by her narcissistic mother. She knows her life is in the doldrums, and she tries different ways to change that status. She admires the beautiful, raucous, and self-assured co-worker Cara, and her night-clubbing, fast-paced life that has Cara with her pick of men swirling around. But Samantha isn't Cara, her heart wants true love, not a one-night stand, and her head tells her she deserves better. Her journey through self-improvement and growth made me want to bop her in her head at times, because she made some bad decisions--but then, don't we all make bad decisions along the way? It's how we grow, how we change our perceptions, and how we follow our hearts that leads us to where we are meant to go. That's where Christine Ardigo's talent in character development shines through; because even as Samantha makes mistakes, she is doing the work, giving us reason to cheer for her. The author keeps the story moving at a pace that made me want to keep turning the pages, to see if Samantha goes off the rails or flies right. The way Ms. Ardigo writes kept me engrossed in the story and invested in all of the characters' lives. Another winner!
Questioning her pathetic existence, envying her supposedly best friend's life, Sam starts emulating Cara's lifestyle, which leads her into some really bad choices. Like Lou and Bruce, you’re typical one-night stand mentalities. Thinking sex is the only path to love, Sam ultimately realizes her decisions have led to a bad reputation, and she's just as unhappy if not more, than she was before. Deep down inside, she knows she's not being true to herself.
Then Cooper gets hired as the manager for the hospital’s kitchen where Sam works. I really liked his character too, as he also had his own baggage, trying to please everyone but himself. His concept of what bridges mean was quite inspirational.
Every good story must have conflict, and this one has plenty. Between Lou, Bruce, Cara, Cooper, Rosyln, and her mother, Sam is always butting heads, trying to find her place. But her worst enemy is herself. Cara is a strong secondary character. I came to hate her, pity her and then wept for her at the end.
What I didn't like: sometimes there were antics Sam did I just couldn't see someone her age doing. Like stuffing her face full of food and taping her mouth shut. To me, these seemed contrived and unrealistic.
I recommend this book for anyone who loves chick lit and lots of drama. I give it 4 feathers.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Overall enjoyable book. Realistic in many ways, especially the young insecurities that go along with that age. Read morePublished 1 month ago by wheeldav
I know it has been said by other reviewers but this book is full of very well developed characters, particularly the central character Samantha. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Katharine Lee
This is an excellent book, far deeper than your standard romance. The central character, Samantha Hart, rings true and her inner battles with low self esteem and guilt will touch... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Fifty Sheds of Books
This book drew you into all the characters and their emotions. A well written story that made you feel you actually knew the main character. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Melissa Hayes
This was my first time that I have read anything by Christine Ardigo and I must say that I thoroughly enjoyed this great story. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bella's blog
I am a huge fan of this author. She is three-for-three in creating a believable world and compelling subject matter and stories. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Keith Marder
Samantha is a 24-year-old woman who lives with a controlling, unloving mother. She grows tired of who she is and decides to make a big change. Read morePublished 5 months ago by JCV
Christine Ardigo grabs you into the world of her characters from the first page and doesn't let go. The Bridges Before Us is an enjoyable read and I found Samantha, the main... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Teacher Mom