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The Bridge (The Bridge #1)

4.01  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,867 Ratings  ·  899 Reviews
Number one New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury delivers an instant classic with this heartwarming Christmas story about a hundred-year flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships. 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 fo ...more
Hardcover, 258 pages
Published October 23rd 2012 by Howard Books (first published January 1st 2012)
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Kristen Jaques
Dec 27, 2012 Kristen Jaques rated it it was ok
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Apr 12, 2013 Angela rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Not my style of book, but I like the title. The concept was good. The reading of this book was in honor of all book stores may they always be there for us.
Apr 27, 2016 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: holiday, romance
A Christmas romance about saving a bookstore set in Tennessee- sounds like a promising setup to me.

I have been trying to familiarize myself with some of the bestselling authors that I've never read. The Bridge is written by inspirational author Karen Kingsbury. The basic plot follows: Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly are college friends with deep feelings for one another but never quite able to act on those emotions. The couple is reunited five years later with the purpose of saving The Bridge, the bo
Jul 15, 2015 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Molly and Ryan met in college. The fell in love in a bookstore called The Bridge. There they meet the store owner Charlie Barton who has a huge heart and loves to give others the love of reading even if it means giving away the books he is selling for free. After a series of bad and unstoppable things happen in Charlie's life, five years later, the customers rally around Charlie and the Bridge. This book is all about second chances and faith and believing!

This is my second book by Karen and it s
Dec 24, 2012 Kirsten rated it it was ok
Shelves: christian, fiction
"The Bridge" is a typical Karen Kingsbury book. A heart warming story about the challenges, hope and second changes that comes with true love. The story tells of the forbidden love of two college students, as they still pine for one another seven years after they are separated. But this novel is also about "The Bridge", a small bookstore, and its owners. The owners, a husband and wife, unable to pay the rent, are on the brink of losing their store.

The novel takes place between Tha
Nov 12, 2012 Marianne rated it it was amazing
Do not pick up Karen Kingsbury's novel The Bridge unless you are willing to have your heart and emotions squeezed, wrung out and left to dry. And take the Kleenex box with you before you start. Coffee or Tea? Be prepared to drink them cold or lukewarm. My feelings went the whole spectrum from anxiety and despair all the way to joy and elation and everything in between. Of course, this is not at all unusual for the Queen of Sensitivity!
Starting off with two college students, one quickly learns th
Nov 16, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it it was amazing
I liked this book so much I read it in one sitting! I liked how the author brought the past and the present together in this short but powerful book. This story reminds me of a Hallmark or Lifetime Christmas movie. Two people going different directions in their lives all because of a misunderstanding.

This story takes place around the flooding that happened in Nashville. There are actually four main characters and the story centers on their lives. The title of the book leads you to believe this
Apr 23, 2013 Kara rated it did not like it
Shelves: religious
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Jun 24, 2012 Linda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: unlikely to recommend
Karen Kingsbury
The Bridge

I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. It was a quick read, but not satisfying.

This story is very similar to the movie It’s a Wonderful Life, broken dreams, despair, suicide attempt, regret, community support, and second chances. This storyline was interwoven with another storyline about lost love and second chances. It’s a sweet story with the underlying theme of second chances. However, the overall story was too simple and cursory. The author relied on flashba
Dec 23, 2015 Nicole rated it really liked it
This book was so cute, but also heart-breaking at the same time! I love Karen Kingsbury, and this was another good from her! Now that I've read it, I can finally watch the Hallmark movie!
Linda Bourg
Dec 08, 2014 Linda Bourg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2014
Loved this one by Karen Kingsbury, It was a short read but a wonderful christmas story. Sometimes the enemy comes to steal, kill and destroy..BUT GOD.. comes to give us life more abundantly. Charlie Barton lost his bookstore in a flood and he also lost hope when he could not rebuild it and supply it. The enemy stepped in and tried to destroy him, But Charlie had faithful customers ( his bookstore family) who come through for him. And of course there is a love story involved between 2 of the cust ...more
"One last time he looked around the empty bookstore. Even now it was hard to look at it without seeing it the way it once was."

Considering the site we are on currently, I think it is ok to assume everyone here loves books. Many of you also know the feeling of how crushing it is when your favorite book store closes. I was inconsolable when my local Borders location closed. I had been going there since I was a child and now it was just gone.

The Bridge takes that heartbreak and blends it with other
Jan 01, 2013 Christy rated it really liked it
In the past few years, I have shied away from reading books by Karen Kingsbury. To me, it seems as though she has been churning out books left and right, which has left much to be desired in the content of her stories. But on a whim, I decided to give her latest book, The Bridge, a try after seeing it featured on the new releases shelf at my library. Honestly, I'm very glad that I did.

I'm not sure why I connected so much with this particular story, but I think most of it had to do with the setti
Kathleen (Kat) Smith

If you have never read a book by Karen Kingsbury and you love books, you are seriously missing out on a true treasure and a book lover's blessing. This is my third Karen Kingsbury novel and they are all amazing and I don't believe there isn't a great one out there she has written that won't touch your heart and your soul and bring out your emotions.

Her latest book, The Bridge, is no exception. In fact, before you begin this one, grab a box of tissues because you will need it. The story begins wi
Oct 31, 2012 Linda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
What could be more fun for a book lover than to read about a very special bookstore? The Bridge is the name of that bookstore. However, the bookstore, itself, is not as special as the owners, Charlie and Donna Barton. A young college couple, Molly and Ryan fall in love in The Bridge because that is where they go each day to study and spend time together. Her father has her life planned for her and does not want her to see anyone while she is at school so they must hide at The Bridge to be togeth ...more
VaLinda Miller
Nov 24, 2012 VaLinda Miller rated it really liked it
I just finished reading, “The Bridge” by Karen Kingsbury. I have never read any of her books, even though I have seen her books throughout my work at the library, books sales and book stores. Knew she was a Christian writer. I did miss two bible book club meetings when her books were the discussion. I just happen to read something in either a magazine or on Amazon and it caught my eye. A romance book of lost, enduring and found love; weather devastation (thinking Hurricane Sandy!) and what reall ...more
Dec 23, 2012 Rayni rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Feel good, Christmas
Recommended to Rayni by: Author recognition
My mother has listened to this book twice in the last 4 days. I heard the ending the first time through, but didn't know the back story. Just knew the ending was great. I thought maybe I would put it on my "To Be Read" shelf, & get to it someday. She had a new book she was listening to & didn't like it. So, I asked if she wanted to listen to "The Bridge" again or she had other books she could listen to. She'd been thinking about "The Bridge" ever since she'd finished it. It's one of thos ...more
Jan 06, 2013 Dianna rated it it was amazing
Another Karen Kingsbury great. Although this is a short story, it is very impact full.

Molly and Ryan met and fell in love in college. Their favorite hideaway was an old bookstore called The Bridge. As the story unfolds you see how many lives were impacted by this store. Thanks to Molly's dad their love was never able to go full circle. That is until 7 years later when once again they met due to the illness of the owner of The Bridge.

Lesson learned is to never give up because you never know what
Jun 16, 2016 çilek rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Köprü, kitaplar sayesinde aşkı bulan çiftin hikayesi. Aynı zamanda bir kitabevi açıp huzur bulan, insanları mutlu eden bir çiftin hikayesi daha.

Molly ve Ryan üniversitede birbirlerine aşık olurlar. Zamanlarını Köprü adı verilen kitabevinde geçirirler. Ama maalesef kader, onları ayırır.
Donna ve Charlie ise hayatı zorluklarla geçmiş, daha sonra birbirlerinde aşkı bulmuş yaşlı bir çift. 'Köprü' kitabevine sahipler. Ama kader onlara da kötü oyunlar oynayacaktır.

Çok tatlı bir kitap Köprü. Ben beğendi
Diana Barbosa
Feb 23, 2013 Diana Barbosa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: leituras-de-2013
Um livro sobre segundas oportunidades e amor e amizade :)
Dec 06, 2012 Darlene rated it really liked it
It's hard not to like a Karen Kingsbury book. I don't read a lot of hers because they can be so emotional and she writes a lot of series, (and I don't have time to get into any series while I am working on my current reading challenge), but I wanted to pick this one up because it is a Christmas book AND it is a "book lovers" book. Meaning: it's about books. Actually it is about a couple that owns a bookstore and they have both found solace in books all their lives and they want to share that lov ...more
Sep 19, 2012 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Karen Kingsbury delivers a heartfelt Christmas story about second chances in The Bridge. Charlie and Donna have run The Bridge in Franklin, Tennessee, for decades, treating each patron as family and creating a safe haven for readers. After a 100 year flood, the bookstore is destroyed, and Charlie and Donna are on the brink of closing the store. When Ryan Kelly hears of the bookstore’s fate, he starts a campaign to save The Bridge, where he fell in love for the first and only time. Will giving Th ...more
Sep 12, 2012 Samantha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge is a book that will have you grabbing for the tissues and falling in love with every single character, all whilst holding your breath.

I hadn't read a Karen Kingsbury book before this one and right now, I wondering why on earth not! It was beautifully written, with a style that captures your attention from the get go and is utterly moving.
For a Bookseller, the fact that it centred around a book shop was an added bonus! I can only wish to make half the impact that Charlie has had on his
Oct 20, 2012 Laura rated it it was amazing
Author: Karen Kingsbury
Publisher: Howard Books
October 2012
ISBN: 978-1451647013
Genre: Christmas/contemporary

Molly Allen came to Tennessee from California. Her father has granted her desire to go to college to get a music degree, but then she must return to California and take over the reins of his corporate offices and marry a man she’s known since a child.

Ryan Kelly came to Tennessee from Mississippi. His dreams are to play in a country band, but reality dictates he return home,
Sep 08, 2012 Janet rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
For the first time in a long time I was disappointed in a book by Karen Kingsbury now to be fair I was a huge Baxter fan and maybe because this is different that was part of it but I doubt it. I raed a lot and I either like a book or I don't, I rarely compare them to others by the same author or other books in general.

This book just didn't do it for me. I loved the concept and parts of it were very heartwarming but overall it was just ok.

Who doesn't love a good bookstore and the history of thi
Oct 22, 2012 Rina rated it really liked it
This is the first Karen Kingsbury book I’ve read. And I loved it. It is very likely that I’ll be reading more of books in the near future. For some reason I thought her novels tended to have a lot of romance but this one didn’t, it had a very sweet love story.

I loved the setting, not just because it revolved around a bookstore, but because the author did such a great job describing the scenes and letting the reader feel the joy and contentment, the sorrow and the helplessness right alongside the
Nov 22, 2012 M.C. rated it it was amazing
There isn't much to say about this cute Christmassy little book.
If you love books and bookstores and Christmas, then you will love this book.

There is a deeper aspect to the romance mentioned at the Publisher's Description above. It is not only about a long-lost love. It is also about finding yourself and becoming the person you always wanted to become.

There is a second story, the story of the owners of the bookstore, who are going through a crisis in their business which quickly turns into a cri
Oct 24, 2012 Faye rated it really liked it
A heart warming Christmas romance.

Ryan and Molly met a few years ago in college and met secretly in a used bookstore so full of warm and love, owned by a kindly older man and his wife. Now seven years later a tragedy has brought them all back together to help Mr. Barton, the owner of the bookstore, get his shop up and running again.
Can Ryan and Molly bridge the gap that has grown up between them?

This is only the second book that I have read by Karen Kingsbury, and I found The Bridge to be a sho
Oct 18, 2012 Kristen rated it liked it
What I loved about The Bridge was the real struggle of a small town bookstore fighting to stay open. In the age of digital everything, it’s a real tragedy that happens all of the time. Book lovers everywhere can relate to having that one special bookstore where you can browse for new gems and old favorites, the smell and feel of the books evoking special feelings in us. E-readers can never take the place of feeling the weight of a book in your hands.

I thought The Bridge was a good book but it wa
Dec 12, 2015 Jennifer rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-read
I have never given a Karen Kingsbury book less than 4/5 stars! I love her books and her writing, but I can't find words to describe what I feel is lacking with THE BRIDGE. I read the short story prequel THE BEGINNING and was immediately sucked into the story because I felt a great connection with Charlie and Donna and their love of books. I couldn't find that same connection with Molly and Ryan in THE BRIDGE. THE BRIDGE seemed really short. Only 77% of the Kindle edition was the actual book. My ...more
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Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. In addition, it was recently announced that Roma Downey and MGM Studi ...more
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“He called it The Bridge because that was how felt about books. They connected the past and the present, the present and the future. Books brought people together and gave them a path to worlds they would not otherwise experience.” 12 likes
“It was one thing to pray for a Christmas miracle, to believe in one. It was something else entirely to see it happen before their eyes.” 4 likes
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