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 eBooks. Then in May a flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. By Christmastime, the bank threatens to pull the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons’ house as well. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.
The Bridge is a charming holiday tale from the always enjoyable Karen Kingsbury. As the story opens, we meet Molly Allen, who lives in Portland but still yearns for the days before she left Tennessee and the man that she loved, Ryan Kelly. She and Ryan had spent many hours in the little bookstore run by Charlie Barton, getting to know each other and falling in love.
They had parted ways under less than ideal circumstances, but they encounter each other again when they both come to Charlie’s bedside after learning of his terrible situation. Determined to help Charlie and The Bridge recover, they work together to restore his life’s dream and, in the process, have to decide whether they will be able to forgive each other for the past and move on in their lives – or whether God has other plans for them.
I greatly enjoyed The Bridge – this little book is a perfect quick holiday read!