Book Review: The Bridge

The Bridge

Book Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

Publisher: Howard Books (A division of Shimon & Schuster, Inc.)



The Bridge is such a sweet book and I can’t believe it’s taken me this long to read a book by Karen Kingsbury! I know, where have I been? For those that are Karen Kingsbury fans, I trust no excuse will suffice, so I won’t offer one.  All kidding aside, this was a wonderful book. I decided to read it after she announced on Twitter that Hallmark would be making a movie based on her book.

The Bridge is a book that you will want to read with your Kleenex nearby. The theme of the story is that God is the giver of second chances. There are a few characters you will instantly fall in love with. There is a sweet older couple, Charlie and Donna Barton, the loving and selfless owners of The Bridge bookstore and then Ryan Kelly and Molly Allen, two college students that will warm your heart.


Tears gathered in Charlie’s eyes. Hope and promise, adventure and purpose. The Bridge had given them all of that, and through every stage, Donna had believed in him.

-Karen Kingsbury, The Bridge

Charlie and Donna are struggling to make ends meet after a 100-year flood destroys their beloved store in Franklin, Tennessee, and it may also destroy their lives. With no money to rebuild after the flood, they are facing not only the close of their business but also the foreclosure of their home. Charlie, who has a passion for books and a heart bigger than the state of Tennessee, struggles to decide if he is worth more to his wife dead or alive. Donna, his loving and faithful wife, struggles to trust God through these hard times, adding more pressure to Charlie. They face one tragedy after another. The question is can they maintain their faith in God and ride the waves of this storm?


“I hate safe.” She came closer still, and tears filled her eyes. “I want to be like Jane Eyre.” She sniffed, her voice breaking. “I am no bird; and no net ensnares me… Help me, Ryan. Please. Help me to be free.”

-Karen Kingsbury, The Bridge

Ryan and Molly are both college students. Ryan is from the small town of Carthage, Mississippi and Molly is from Pacific Heights, California. Both are following their passion and studying music. What started off as a friendship quickly grows into something neither of them expected and neither of them is sure they can pursue. Will Ryan’s high school sweetheart, back home, and Molly’s father allow them to follow their dreams of music and to fall in love or will the cares of life pull them apart?


“Yes.” He slid back a little, fighting his emotions. “I remember everything.”

“This time you didn’t ask.” She lifted her chin a little. “You know nothing about me, Ryan Kelly.”

-Karen Kingsbury, The Bridge

Karen Kingsbury sets the book in one of my favorite locations, an old small town bookstore with charm and heart. The time period for the book is set between Thanksgiving and Christmas, one of my favorite times of the year. With a cast of amazing and lovable characters and the setting, what is there not to love about this book?


“A pastor once told me that God was the giver of second chances.”

-Karen Kingsbury, The Bridge


Would I recommend The Bridge? Definitely, but don’t forget to bring your Kleenex. If you love people, The Bridge will surely bring tears to your eyes. I started this book late one night and had to force myself to put it down so that I could get some sleep. I picked it up the next night and told myself I’d read just a few chapters and then off to bed. Well, anyone that is a lover of books and great stories knows how that went. Once again, I couldn’t put it down and stayed up until I read the last page, with tears rolling down my cheeks. Incidently, Karen mentions Jane Eyre a few times in her book. I’m currently reading the annotated version of that book for the first time. Pretty awesome!

If you love the holidays, good-hearted people, watching God work in people’s lives and anything to do with books, you’ll want to read The Bridge to find out if God comes through for these sweet people and if He remains the God of second chances. No matter how this book turns out, you will love every minute of the journey.

I hope you found this review helpful. If so, please share it with your family and friends, so they can learn about this great book too. You can click on any image of the book on this page to see it on Amazon.

Thanks for taking the time to read my review and God bless!


The Bridge

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