“Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.”- Book Description from amazon.com
Karen Kingsbury is easily one of my all-time favorite authors. “The Bridge” is her last novel out in 2012, but it also happens to be a Christmas novel! The cover screams Christmas with all the lights, trees and garland. And the story has a great feel to it. The story had the perfect amount of Christmas feel to it. Some Christmas novels I've read previously didn’t carry very much of the holiday sentimentality. But this did. The story was so gut-wrenching and touching all at the same time. The book store was the focus of the novel, and everyone that this store had touched, or the store owner Charlie had helped, all came out of the woodwork and help the owners who were going to lose this precious place. I will not give away precisely what happens but it’s worth reading for sure! Check this out asap, as it’s such a good read and it probably won't even take you 2 hours to finish, and then you'll just ache for more. I hope they make this into a TV movie as it would be a great story to see played out on the screen. This another hit for Karen Kingsbury, so go check it out this Christmas!