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The Other Side of the Bridge by [Swartz, Katharine]
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Length: 236 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 1085 KB
  • Print Length: 236 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tule Publishing Group (July 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: July 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00LU1SOH4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #150,053 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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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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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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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. Losing a child can either make a couple closer or tear them apart, and in this story after a year of mouring Ava and Simon grow apart and she decides to go to Greece to check out the cottage that her grandma left her. A cottage that she grew up in and left in 1942 during WWll and never to return. It's 2 stories at the same time as Ava tries to find out about her grandmother and what her life was like during the war. In the process she sees things about herself and that life does go on and she loves her husband very much. I like how the author switch back and forth between the past (her grandmother) and the present. Be sure to go to the author's Amazon page and at the top right click like that number helps a lot
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