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Burned Bridges

(The Crossing #1)

3.59  ·  Rating details ·  123 ratings  ·  31 reviews
Newly sober and dating the man of her dreams, Traci Collins is ready to enjoy the good life, until her new best friend, Olivia Durning, confides a dreadful secret far worse than Traci could imagine.

Sealed by a shared bond, and unaware there is more to the secret than what she was told, Collins feels honor bound to protect her friend when a confrontation between Olivia and
Paperback, 230 pages
Published November 25th 2012 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
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Renny Barcelos
Dec 07, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reviewed by Renata F. Barcelos for Readers Favorite

Burned Bridges is a story about Traci Collins, a recovering alcoholic. She and her three friends, Norman, Kevin and Olivia, support one another in the tough battle against alcoholism. The book is narrated by Traci, who is a lovely woman, with a troubled past. She’s in a relationship with Marc, a dominant, over-confident lawyer. Traci really wants to help her friends, especially Olivia, who has a terrible secret; but doing so can put her in dange
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
First things first: I need to mention I received this book in Goodreads giveaways.

Traci Collins just overcame her drinking problem and attempts to get her life back. She now has three friends from her support group who try to rebuild their lives and careers as well. One of these friends, Olivia has a really dark secret in her past which she confides to Traci. Unfortunately for Traci, this knowledge creates a lot of complications (including life-threatening situations and blackmail) in her not c
Larissa Reinhart
Recovering alcoholic Traci is newly sober, in a relationship, and building friendships with three other recovering alcoholics. When one of the three, Olivia, begins to act strangely, Traci and her friends start to suspect a deeper problem than Olivia falling off the wagon. Traci's tenuous emotional state begins to crumble as Olivia pulls her on a twisting journey of codependency and deception. Amid dealing with Olivia's problems, Traci also must reexamine her relationship with her possibly cheat ...more
Sarah Kernochan
Feb 01, 2013 rated it really liked it
Ashton’s promising debut novel concerns a group of friends who have bonded because they are all recovering alcoholics looking out for each other - and one of their members may be going over the edge. This is a great premise for drama and murder, with an enormously sympathetic heroine in Traci, who is not only struggling with recovery but who becomes pregnant by her untrustworthy and domineering live-in boyfriend. On top of that, she must answer the challenge of loyalty to her fragile friend Oliv ...more
Mary Ann
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-read-books
This book was really good, fast moving, with many emotions brought to light, but; kept you wanting to read more to find out how it ends. This author has a great writing style. Thanks to Firstreads & Marguerite for the opportunity to enjoy it.
Jessica Belmont
Jul 03, 2018 rated it really liked it
*I read this book as part of a blog tour. All opinions are my own.*

I really enjoyed this prequel. I think the sobriety, drama and mystery aspects of the novel worked very well together.

The mystery was solid. I think I figured it out toward the end, but it kept me hooked and wanting to read more. I was very invested in Tracie’s story and Olivia’s story. I loved the parallels of dealing with sobriety and the mental issues that were brought up.

Tracie, Olivia and Marc were the most developed charact
Sandra Lopez
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Recovering alcoholics become a group of friends as they battle their inner-demons along with old skeletons hidden in the closet. So much baggage and regret lie beneath the surface of every character. The main character, Traci, someone who barely has her own life together and now has to contend with a boyfriend’s fidelity and a new pregnancy, tells the whole story, which seems to center on her friend, Olivia. Why did she have a gun? And why was she so angry? It turns out Olivia was hiding a lot m ...more
Whitney Denise
Feb 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The book was good need more details

The book was quite good, I must say that it lacked details. Norman and traci’s relationship lacked The romance I was looking for. But over all the book was great and full of surprises.
Barb VanderWel
Sep 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this & I can't wait for more.
I will be also leaving a review on Goodreads @ Amazon.
And letting everyone know about it.
So i gave it a 5 Stars.
Apr 19, 2016 rated it it was ok
You know how some soap operas are HILARIOUS when they try to be dramatic? Like, it's so obvious how much they fuse drama unnecessarily in there? Most of those TV dramas have characters that consist of:
1. "Oh no! I'm pregnant!" *struggles over whether to get an abortion*
2. "My family members are having a feud that has either involved murder, disease, death, or abusive boyfriend number four!" *cries into pillow*
3. "Hi. I'm best friend's brother." *dashing smile* *audience sighs*
This felt like that
Dawn Edwards
Dec 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.8 Stars

A Book You Won't Want to Put Down Once You Start Reading

Ms. Ashton has done an excellent job of portraying new bonds developed through three people newly sober. She shows how stresses can cause setbacks, how new friendships can become too intense, particularly when one person doesn't divulge all the secrets that put her into the sobering path to start. This framework is a fine backdrop for the drama that Ms. Ashton portrays so well.

I was touched by the caring shown by these people and t
Mar 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book! Main character, Traci is newly sober,in a seemingly perfect relationship and has a growing friendship with 3 fellow recovery alcohlics;Kevin, Olivia, and Norman. When Olivia starts acting strange, Traci and her friends start to suspect a deeper issue than Olivia falling off the wagon. Traci's "perfect" world begins to fall apart as Olivia drags her into her drama. Besides dealing with Olivia's problems, Traci is also forced to reethink her relationship with Marc, her cheating ...more
Angel **Book Junkie**
As sad as I am to say this entire story totally confused me.
I wanted to like the characters I really did.

Traci was annoying. The boyfriend I forgot his name I just remember the whole secretary at the house fiasco. The two men.. I think ones name was Norman (the doctor), Jessie the sponsor, and Olivia the psycho killer. Oh wait I forgot the husband Bruce.

The kid was soon forgotten as soon as he came and the other one was so out of touch with the story line that I have no idea what in the world
Sally Kitter
Jan 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
 I have received a free copy of this book through a GoodReads FirstReads giveaway.
 I am definitely looking forward to reading more by this author.
 The story begins with a woman who seems to be picking up the pieces of her life from an alcohol addiction. With the help of friends to lean on things get better, but she soon realizes she may not know her friends as well as she thinks. A tragic story of family secrets and addiction. 
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Five Star

Five Star

My first book by Marguerite Ashton, didn't want to put it down. I loved the character's and the story kept me guessing. I would recommend this book and look forward to another by this Author.
Jun 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


this all about the dease that is alcoholism and mental and sexual abuse.the way people have to learn to live with it. the relationships it affects.
Lavenia Otts
Feb 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
immeasurably sad

This is the story of some good friends with the bond of AA. It's the story of sadness and depression. The ending is a surprise that breaks your heart.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Marguerite and Good reads.
A dark emotional mystery. Well written, that will take you inside the lives of those who struggle with secrets from their past.
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book shows how important it is for recovering alcoholics to have a good support group. I think this is an interesting book and can recommend reading it.
Annika Paterson
Feb 15, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book and didn't want to put it down. Having a good support group for anyone who is trying to battle an addiction is very important.
Nancy Hollmaier
Aug 25, 2013 rated it did not like it
I give this a rating of one because I don't remember what the story is about or even the plot. Sorry.
Dec 30, 2012 marked it as to-read
Won in Goodreads First Reads Contest. Received on Thu, Jan 17 2013. TO REVIEW.
I only read the first three chapters but those just seemed too depressing for me to enjoy continuing.
Jul 10, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Words cannot describe this book. I can't believe I actually finished. I guess I kept hoping it would get better. I can't believe it is part of a series. Thank goodness it was free.
Sep 24, 2014 rated it it was ok
Burned Bridges was ok, had a plot I hadn't read before, but I didn't like it.
Though I finished Burned Bridges, I not planning to read the rest of the series.
Mar 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Predictable and poorly written.
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great story and amazing characters. I didn't want to put it down.
Dec 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Received from Goodreads First Reads

I enjoyed the wonderful story this book told.
Sally Hutcheson
Aug 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting story

First time to read this author. Will definitely try her again in the future . Olivia was so fragile and Marc was a dick
Amy Weinreich
Jul 29, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Amateur writing was too much for me to get through the book. Characters lacked depth.
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