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Bridge Over the Atlantic (Bridge Over the Atlantic #1)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  253 Ratings  ·  90 Reviews
Mallory Westerman is a full-figured, successful, young business woman living in Yorkshire, England. Though very career minded, she is extremely self-conscious about her ample curves and so her love life tends to pay the price. Concentrating solely on her business, she has almost given up on finding someone to love. That is until she literally trips into the arms of a stran ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by 5 Prince Publishing
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This had been in my TBR list forever so when I saw it in the library I snatched it without a second thought. To be honest I cannot even remember why I added it to the TBR in the first place! it has glowing reviews but doesn’t look like anything special…

Well, the point is I couldn’t read it. I tried, stopped at around 5%, went ahead and read all the spoilers, felt a little bit more interested, tried again, and stopped again around 10%.

I don’t like the characters, I don’t like the writing. I don
Aestas Book Blog
Jul 12, 2013 Aestas Book Blog marked it as to-read
Shelves: top-tbr, soon
I've had this book recommended to me a few times now and I've added it to my list so I'm sharing the link in case you want to check it out as well. It's a standalone with a happy ending and readers have described it as an "emotional" and "feel-good" romance

Amanda (Hootie) Clark
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Jenny - TotallybookedBlog
Jul 17, 2013 Jenny - TotallybookedBlog rated it really liked it
I’m not going to say anything much about the story because firstly I don’t want to give anything away and secondly because I really want readers to experience this the way I did. I want you to feel the ” gasp” moments I did and I don’t want to ruin those surprises in any way.

Bridge Over The Atlantic was beautiful, heartfelt story about loving and living, growing and healing and finding happiness. Of moving on, never forgetting and not looking back.

Mallory suffers with self esteem issues, she is
Susan Lohrer
Oct 21, 2013 Susan Lohrer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book begins as a nice little romance... and then a couple of chapters in, bam, the story takes an unexpected twist and becomes a full-fledged, buy-stocks-in-a-tissues-company love story.

I think the only way to adequately describe how emotionally gripping Bridge Over the Atlantic is, without giving too much away, is to say that Ms. Hobman has a bit of a Mr. Sparks thing going on.

It'll make you believe in love.
Jul 14, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
My first book and the equivalent to my novel 'baby'. I'm still crazy about Greg. So much so that he is getting his own book :-D
Kelly Anne  O'Connor
Sep 28, 2014 Kelly Anne O'Connor rated it it was amazing
I'm hanging my head in shame as I write this review. Lisa J Hobman has been a huge supporter of my blog for a long time now and it's taken me until now to discover what a talented author she is, but as the saying goes " better late than never " right ?
Mallory and her fiancé decide to more from Yorkshire to the beautiful highlands of Scotland to pursue their dream but fate has a nasty way of changing their hopes and dreams in a heartbeat taking the reader on a journey to find love because love c
Christine Steendam
May 10, 2013 Christine Steendam rated it it was amazing
Bridge Over the Atlantic is a beautiful story about love, and how it’s not always so simple and straight forward. When I started the book I thought I knew what it was going to be. Boy meets girl, they fall in love, they have some hardships but live happily ever after. Isn’t that the timeless formula for romance that we all love?

But Lisa turned all my expectations around and showed me a story with so much more depth than I expected. There was heartache, tears, laughter. It’s been a while since I
Smitten's Book Blog
Mar 14, 2014 Smitten's Book Blog marked it as to-read
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Bridge Over the Atlantic, by Lisa J. Hobman

I've had this one on my TBR list for a while and I've heard some great reviews about it. And it's now been shortlisted in Romantic Novel of the Year through the Romantic Novelists Association.
In celebration of this, it's currently on sale for 77p/99c

Congratulations Lisa J. Hobman, and good luck for the results, on Monday!

Jun 01, 2013 Lesli rated it really liked it
If you love romance and tragedy and believe in fate then this is the book got you. I fell in love with Mallory and Greg's love story. I laughed and cried with them, you could feel the pain that they were going though and just hoped that they would be ok. The author makes you want to go to Scotland and see all of the Loch's and scenery that the characters visit. I love how the author included Sam's family in to Mallory's life and made them her family also. This story proves that “Love Conquers Al ...more
Jun 24, 2014 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this story about heartache, grief and finding new love. I think the fact they had both each lost someone they loved made the connection even more acute and becoming aware that they were developing feelings while helping each other through the grieving process made the story more emotional for me. They had their ups, downs and misunderstandings but got there eventually. Written with great words and emotion. Can not wait to read from Greg's POV.
Terry Trahan
Jun 08, 2013 Terry Trahan rated it it was amazing
Loved it! I will admit I was rather upset at first, but Lisa was able to make me a fan of her writing abilities in relating a story that totally kept me on my toes! I love the way it went back and emotions did the same! Thanks Lisa for an amazing read!!!
Jul 20, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
4.5* Sweet surprise. Laughed and cried.
Fiona Wilson
Dec 31, 2015 Fiona Wilson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013-reads
Ok this book made me cry not once, but twice, while reading it! That's a good thing though. For a book to make me cry means I am so into it that I am affected by things happening in it.

There are a few things I love about this book which stand out for me. The main thing is where it is, for the most part, set - Scotland! Obviously as I come from Scotland myself this makes the book stand out for me. I love that the main female character has esteem issues over her curves. And I love that the author
Aug 26, 2014 Tara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2014
Okay, so I am an idiot! - At least I can admit it right?

Anyway…here’s why I am an idiot…today. I was looking on Net Galley, trying to find the next great read and saw the above blurb for Bridge of Hope and thought, well now that sounds interesting. I loved the cover of the guy playing guitar and said – okay let’s give this one a try. I completely and totally missed the little blue box off to the side that said “THIS IS A COMPANION NOVEL YOU IDIOT – DON’T REQUEST THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T READ THE BOOK
Magic Within the Pages
Oct 03, 2014 Magic Within the Pages rated it it was amazing
Reviewer: Donna
Rating: 5 Stars

I love the idea of when a tragic accident happens that takes your partner and love of your life away from you, that life still goes on and that love is still around and that you can find love again. This is what happens to Mallory.

Mallory is engaged to Sam and they are blissfully happy together. He asks her to move to Scotland with him and she agrees. Mallory finds it hard leaving Yorkshire where all her friends are but she sees this as her and Sam's new start. The
Oct 21, 2013 Anne rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle
Please don’t be put off - as you could well be - by the rather clumsy Amazon summary, or by the fact that this book is currently selling at only 49p for the Kindle in the UK. It was a really lovely read with well-drawn characters (you can’t help but love Mallory), a strong sense of place and a rollercoaster of a storyline that has you laughing and crying in turn. It’s really well written – the dialogue in particular – and I loved the way the author portrayed some of the more minor characters too ...more
Nicole McCurdy
Apr 26, 2014 Nicole McCurdy rated it it was amazing
If Cecilia Ahern used P.s I Love You to celebrate Ireland, Love and over-coming adversity in the face of tragedy then Lisa J. Hobman has Bridge Over the Atlantic to showcase the raw beauty and romance of Scotland...Only so much better! (In my opinion anyway)

Lisa's character's are so flawed and real and so utterly lovable. The way they talk, the way they deal with their emotions, the way they go about everyday life, all so very realistic and I just wanted to pack my bags and go live there with th
Jun 02, 2013 TrixieTalksBooks rated it really liked it
**Note: I received a free copy of this book, in exchange for an honest review**

This is the first time I have ever read a book without knowing what it was about – never read the synopsis until I was about 75% through. I just dove right in, at the end of Chapter One, I was already in love…..with Sam and Mallory. I found myself smiling through their conversations and their date and first sexual encounter. I LOVED that I was finally reading a book around real everyday people. Mallory is a curvy girl
Aug 30, 2013 Holly rated it really liked it
Bridge over the Altantic was a well written book. It is a love story in all of it's stages. Mallory had to learn to love herself so that she could recieve the love others held for her. Mallory finds a lovely Canadian guy in Leeds, they hit it off, and the story takes off. They decide to move to Scotland together, then it dips back. After a while Mallory accepts her new life. She meets Greg in the local pub, he describes himself as an arse a lot. Greg has his own love story, but his didn't end ha ...more
Sep 21, 2014 BooksandBeyondFiftyShades rated it it was amazing
Mallory Westerman is a woman who has focused more on building her business than her love life. One day, she literally trips into her knight in shining armor, Sam Buchanan. They have immediate chemistry with each other. As their relationship progresses, she begins to see herself in a new light, and her old doubts on how she looks and who she is change. But something happens in her life that drastically changes how she thought her life was going to go. Can Mallory realize she is truly a beautiful, ...more
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Review: Jo
"Bridge Over the Atlantic" is the debut novel from new Author, Lisa J Hobman and I really enjoyed it. It was about love and heartbreak and I read most of it with tears in my eyes (at times there were big, ugly tears) so be warned. Keep a box of Kleenex handy.
The story followed Mallory's up's and downs in her journey of finding love and it definitely tugged at my heart strings. Mallory was a character I could really empathise with. This girl just wasn't lucky when it came to love. She
Linda Dunn chilson
Wow What Rollercoaster Ride of Emotions

This was very first read by Lisa J. Holman and I am now anxiously awaiting the next book. This book definitely took you through the emotions and I will truthfully tell you if you don't like a tear jerker story don't read this and if you don't like surprising turns don't read this. BUT IF YOU DO YOU WILL DEFINITELY WANT TO READ THIS BOOK!! I happen to love a book that makes me emotional since it means I invested in the characters. I'm not going to talk too m
Nicola Hudson
Aug 18, 2013 Nicola Hudson rated it it was amazing
This is one of those reviews that is quite difficult without including specific plot details...

The novel was fantastic...and (hangs head in shame) much better than I was expecting :-)

I fell hard for both main characters (and loved that the narrative voice gave us an insight into more than just the female thoughts) very early on but then...well, I don't do spoilers so I can't say anything other than expect an early surprise in the storyline...

I LOVED the British setting and voices in the novel a
Virginia Hill
Bridge Over the Atlantic was a delectable novel—proportionately interspersed with moments from everyday life, romance, humor, emotions born of profound loss, and second chances. The setting was made delightfully apparent by tidbits of charming British and Scottish slang and vivid descriptions. The heroine, Mallory Westerman, was a character I found easy to relate to—a woman who struggled with self-esteem issues, life decisions, and whom to allow into her heart. She had her little house, her shop ...more
Natalie Townson
Feb 14, 2014 Natalie Townson rated it really liked it
You know when you start to read a book and think you know what is about to happen, then something happens that makes you think wtf why why why. Well welcome to Bridge Over The Atlantic

Mallory is a very likeable character and you are instantly drawn to her from the beginning when she meets Sam from Canada who is completely swoon worthy and a complete fox.

Mallory and Sam are soon deeply in love and planning for their future when they decide to move to Scotland and start their life there. Well with
Heather Husler
Jun 13, 2015 Heather Husler rated it it was amazing
I did enjoy this book. The story is a real roller coaster ride for the main character, Mallory. I really did warm to the characters and the author's descriptive writing made it easy to imagine the locations and characters.

I thought it was a bit annoying that place names are in italics for some reason and I didn't like some of the terminology, for example, referring to a woman's intimate place as "her sex", very americanised and the same sort of thing that was used in 50 shades, which incidentall
4 Stars. I didn’t know anything about this book, just saw the high ratings and decided to read it. The first 10 percent I loved. The book was right up my alley and I really enjoyed it. Then the next 10 percent of the book was really slow and I was getting bored with the book and was deciding whether or not to shelf the book and make it a DNF. I don’t like to quit a book so as a rule I try to at least read 30 percent before making a decision. I continued on reading and I am so glad I did. The boo ...more
She Picked This Book
Sep 29, 2013 She Picked This Book rated it really liked it
Wow this was a solid book. I have been wanting to read this one for sometime and kept passing it over for other book. Glad I finally took the plunge & I totally recommend this one.

The good
1) This was the author's debut novel. Really impressed by her writing
2) The story had an unexpected depth to it which I really enjoyed
3) i loved the gradual build up in there relationship it didn't go to fast or to slow
4) I definitely did not expect any of the twists and turns

The bad
1) There were some parts
Jodi Pollard
Sep 30, 2013 Jodi Pollard rated it it was amazing
This is the second book that I have read by Lisa and just when I thought I wouldn't need any tissues I needed then within the first 100 pages.

Lisa brings the story alive with her characters and you just feel like you are there. I don't know how Lisa writes these books and isn't an emotional reck. My husband just looked at me and asked if I was crying again and told me it was only a book. But this book you can feel the love and you can hear the music I think I even started sounding like I had a
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I'm a happily married mum with two crazy dogs and a thing for men with tattoos! In May 2012 I relocated from Yorkshire to my favourite place in the world, Scotland. The time since then has been a rollercoaster!

I love writing, singing and I'm very passionate about music. My tastes are quite eclectic.

My debut novel Bridge Over the Atlantic was shortlisted in the 2014 RoNA awards and I have written m
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“Looking into his eyes she pleaded, "Don't hurt me like that again, Greg, please. I couldn't bear the way you looked at me like you hated me."She sobbed.
He grasped her face in his hands. "I could never hate you. It's me that I hate. I'll never,ever be so stupid again, I promise. I'm such an idiot. I care about you so much. I would never really want to hurt you, ever. I just don't know what else to do Mallory...I...I love you so much...I don't care anymore if it's wrong...All I care about is you. If friends are what we are then that's what we are. I'll get used to it, I promise I will." He hugged her again, "I can't be without you in my life. I said some terrible things.Can you forgive me?”
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