- Series: Wishing Bridge (Book 1)
- Paperback: 300 pages
- Publisher: Waterfall Press (November 14, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1542046696
- ISBN-13: 978-1542046695
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
- Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 123 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,184,511 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Ruth Logan Herne is the bestselling author of more than forty novels and novellas. With millions of books in print, she’s living her dream of touching hearts and souls by writing the kind of books she likes to read. The mother of six and grandmother to fourteen, she loves God, family, country, chocolate, and dogs and lives with her husband on a small farm in upstate New York, where she can be found prepping chicken eggs for local customers—who know not to say too much (or they just may end up in a book).
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Those kind of agonizing thoughts ran through Kelsey McCleary's mind as her car took a nasty spin off an ice covered curve during nearly white-out conditions. "Run the car and heat for fifteen minutes every hour", was the advice of a meteorologist, but Kelsey's despair wasn't just on her own behalf, but on that of her unborn child.
Following his instincts, Officer Hale Jackson responded to the call of a possible vehicle in trouble near the curve of Perchance Road in Wishing Bridge, New York. The snow was falling at such a rapid rate, any recognizable trace was already filled with fresh snowfall, but he wasn't about to give up. Maggie Tompkins wasn't one to over react and Maggie was certain that she had seen car lights disappear across the field. Miraculously finding the vehicle, Hale's world tilts when he meets the distinctive eyes of its very pregnant driver.
This story is beautifully layered with faith, friendship, and the intrinsic value of life itself, when a small town embraces the plight of a newcomer and her friends, only to struggle when specters of the past jeopardize its hearty welcome to Wishing Bridge.
As at least two characters say, Welcome to Wishing Bridge has Hallmark movie written all over it. In fact, I wouldn't be at all shocked if the franchise snapped this up next Christmas to make a film. With that kind of endorsement, you might expect Wishing Bridge to be warm and fuzzy, but a little cheesy. I won't pretend the novel doesn't have its moments, but Ruth Logan Herne stays away from most cheesiness. Kelsey may look like a beleaguered single mom, but she's far more multifaceted than that. She's also smart, and blends natural compassion with a cynical edge honed by years in the foster care system. She wants to believe in prayers, wishes, and miracles, but freely admits life hasn't made that easy. She's made, and admits to, her share of mistakes, but even those aren't typical for a character of her description. She also doesn't fall back on a lot of clichés for this type of story, such as endlessly searching for biological parents or going through major angst when she realizes her family isn't what she thought it might be. Because of all this, I truly enjoyed spending time with Kelsey.
I also got a real kick out of the secondary characters, who were refreshingly given enough development to become main characters in their own right. As you might guess, Thea and Jazz are my favorites, each painted with unique histories and struggles that make them who they are. Like Kelsey, they want to believe and have a healthy respect for faith, but unlike most stories of this kind, you don't get sugary conversions from them. All three women, Thea and Jazz in particular, are on real and relatable journeys, as are other characters, especially Hale. Like Kelsey's, his arc has some well-known elements - he's a single dad who lost custody of his son - but in many ways, Hale's journey isn't typical, nor are his actions. Again, that's about as refreshing as the first cold day after a humid summer.
Being a fairly short, Christmas-set story, Wishing Bridge does fall back on a few clichés and classic writing problems like telling instead of showing in some places. About 70% of the way through, Kelsey finds out she has an enemy who looks like an upstanding community member but is petty, childish, and a stereotypical villain. I still wonder why this element was included, or why Ruth didn't take more time to develop it. Also, an awful lot of questions seemed not to get real answers until the last 30 or so pages, which in my opinion is a little late to wrap things up. But with all that said, the truth remains. I read about three quarters of this book in one day, because it's so enjoyable. What's atypical kept me interested, while what is typical kept me comfortable. Kudos to Ruth for achieving that balance. I definitely look forward to more Wishing Bridge books, and more like them from her.
Welcome to Wishing Bridge was another one of those type of stories that brought out all the emotions I love to feel and realistic characters I could easily call friends. Kelsey is a woman who finds herself in a bind; alone, scared, and her original plan taking an unexpected turn. With a snowstorm rescue by a handsome Deputy and the kindness of strangers she finds the strength to forge a new life even better then the one she had all laid out in her mind. Reunited with her best friends Jazz & Thea after an SOS call, they embark on an almost fairy tale Christmas story. Rife with heartache but handled with grace is my favorite way for a story to be told. Life is messy and nobody escapes it, it's in how you move forward and Ruth is a master at telling just that in her books. I loved everything about this, and especially the way she shows how strong a faith in God can be through Maggie & Jeb—the couple who take Kelsey into their home—in times of trouble. You won't meet a more gracious or loving couple, the hands and feet of Christ in action! Do I detect a bit of romance between Deputy Hale & Kelsey? That's sigh worthy stuff right there!
You don't want to miss this one! Really, if you want a story to take you away to a place you could call home and characters to call your band of friends (aka The Soul Sisterhood) this is where to find it. Heartwarming stories with a deeper meaning, full of faith & love!