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The Other Side of The Bridge

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Ava Lancet has lost her job, her marriage, and her baby when she discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny village in central Greece. With the kind of emotional impulsiveness that has frustrated her stony-faced husband for years, she decides to move there and recover from life’s sorrows.

It only takes a few minutes in her new home to rea
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Kindle Edition, 300 pages
Published November 4th 2013 by Kate Hewitt Limited
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sue


This was a love story. One of those reads you can get a nice cuppa, piece of cake and sit and read outside in the sunshine with. OR equally curl up in front of a flaming fire on a cold winters day.


Ava is having a hard time in her life. Her marriage is rubbish [to say the least] and completely O...V....E....R.

On top of this she looses her job, her baby and her Grandmother.

Upon learning she has inherited a farmhouse somewhere in a village in Greece, she decides that she would go there. And why not
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Janine
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The story of new friendships, lost histories and discovering who you are and what you want in life. All set in a small town in Greece.

Ava Lancet goes to Lousidous Greece, to the home she inherited after her grandmother passed away. She needs time alone after separating with her husband. She is also still grieving the loss of their baby. She makes several good friends who help her fix up the house and trace the history of her grandmother and why she left so soon after the war. No one in this tow
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Terri
Nov 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Original review found at http://kristineandterri.blogspot.ca/2...

I received this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

For those that know me they know that this is the type of novel that I gravitate towards. Historical fiction surrounding wartime. When I read the synopsis of the story I knew I had to read this book.

This book was centralized around Greece during WWII and the Greek resistance. This was an aspect of the war that I have not been introduced to previously and I enjoyed
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Christa
Feb 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook-arc
This was a wonderful book that had both a WWII and current day storyline. Both storylines were interesting and appealing, but I felt more invested in the current one. Ava Lancet has suffered tremendous loss, and she is adrift when she discovers she has inherited an old house in Greece from her grandmother. She decides to travel to the village where her grandmother was from, but never talked about, and spend time there. While in Greece, Ava meets new people, some of whom become important to her, ...more
Rosalie
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This was a wonderful book. World War II and just normal family life. Trying to find out about ancestors. Good read.
Joan Novatt
Fabulous book!
Eddi
Sep 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting novel telling two related stories set in Greece. One in current time; the other in 1942 during world war 2. Modern day young woman inherits her grandmother's old run-down, uninhabited home in a tiny village in Greece. Her personal life was ina shambles, so she impulsively moves there, knowing no one or anything about this village. As she settles in, she becomes very interested in learning about her grandmother's life there, and why her grandmother had never told her about her life in ...more
Judy
This novel combines a historical plotline set during WWII in Greece with the current day story of her granddaughter who has traveled to Greece to take possession of the house left to her by her grandmother and escape the sorrow of her stillbirth and her problems with her husband. I enjoyed the setting of a small Greek village in both stories, and the two stories together are two different kinds of love story, but both are satisfying.
Veronica A Pitts
Feb 18, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting Story

This was a great story. Katharine Swartz wrote a great book. I never knew
That Greece was also affected with WW II as was were other countries.
MS Swartz wrote about a young lady named Sophia who lived in this quite little town in Greece, who had a big scary job to do.
Rosemarie
Good read enjoyed. Full of feelings,love, and caring!

Good read. Enjoyed. Full of feelings, love and caring.
Good story line. Kept my I interest. I liked the back and forth with the chapters.
Ashley
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Cute and sweet
Shirley Green
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Exceptional !!!!!

Loved this book. Sorrow, excitement and romance without all the mush. Also gave me a little history lesson which I could really use. SMG
Pam
May 13, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice historical fiction

I enjoyed this book which looked World War II from the perspective of Greek Village. Liked the link between the present and past.
Cindy Helzer
May 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Loved it.
Sandra McKenna
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An excellent story set in a village in modern day Greece, with flashbacks to WW2.
This is a tale of discovery in more ways than one.
I thoroughly enjoyed it, and found it hard to put down.
Stevie Carroll
Previously reviewed on The Good, The Bad, and the Unread:

I’m a great fan of novels that follow the parallels in the lives of two or more members of the same family across the generations, and I can certainly sympathise with the situation that the modern-day heroine finds herself in when she decides to take on a house in serious need of renovation. Having not been to Greece since my teens (and even then visiting more of the islands than the mainland), I also appreciate reading a story set in a co
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Laurie
Feb 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
The other side of the bridge is a beautifully written time-slip novel (a novel that covers two different time periods) that tells the story of two women,  Ava Lancet and her grandmother, Sophia Paranoussis. 

Ava's story -

Takes place in our current day. Grieving over her failing marriage and the loss of her newborn child, Ava makes the impetuous decision to leave England and travel to Greece where she has inherited her grandmother Sophia's farmhouse, which has sat desolate for decades. Ava hadn't
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Mahinui Gail
Jun 29, 2015 rated it it was ok
The story line - a woman is devasated by the still birth of her baby and runs away to Greece without thinking through anything past the next stop on her journey. This might be an enticing premise if she was not solely in touch with her sadness and out of touch with every other element in her life.

She is helpless. Over and over again. Partly this is because she speaks no Greek, and remarkably, does not seem to entertain the idea that maybe if she is staying on indefinitely a little of the local
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Emma
Jul 28, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Katharine Swartz the other side of the bridge
Ava Lancet has lost her job, her marriage, and her baby when she discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny village in central Greece. With the kind of emotional impulsiveness that has frustrated her stony-faced husband for years, she decides to move there and recover from life’s sorrows.

It only takes a few minutes in her new home to realize just what a dump it is, and how ridiculously rash her decision was. Yet Ava
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Sue
Jul 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In The Other Side of The Bridge by Katharine Swartz, a surprise inheritance from her Grandmother Sophia comes at just the right time for Ava. With a floundering marriage, grief and heart ache weighing heavily on her shoulders, Ava leaves England for Greece and the small home there her Grandmother has left her in rural Greece. When Ava arrives in Greece, she doesn't know how long she'll stay, she just knows she needs the space and time. Is her marriage over? Does she want it to be?

Ava cleans up a
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Emma
Jul 12, 2014 rated it liked it
Katharine Swartz the other side of the bridge
Ava Lancet has lost her job, her marriage, and her baby when she discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny village in central Greece. With the kind of emotional impulsiveness that has frustrated her stony-faced husband for years, she decides to move there and recover from life’s sorrows.

It only takes a few minutes in her new home to realize just what a dump it is, and how ridiculously rash her decision was. Yet Ava
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Sue
Jul 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In The Other Side of The Bridge by Katharine Swartz, a surprise inheritance from her Grandmother Sophia comes at just the right time for Ava. With a floundering marriage, grief and heart ache weighing heavily on her shoulders, Ava leaves England for Greece and the small home there her Grandmother has left her in rural Greece. When Ava arrives in Greece, she doesn't know how long she'll stay, she just knows she needs the space and time. Is her marriage over? Does she want it to be?

Ava cleans up a
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SE Stone
Nov 26, 2013 rated it liked it
Ava’s life fell apart long before she arrivedin rural Greece. She left her husband, struggled with losing her daughter, and lost her job as an art teacher. Moving to the dilapidated farm house that Ava inherited from a grandmother that she barely knew only adds to her stress. Then an elderly woman mistakes her for her grandmother, sparking Ava’s interest in her family history. As she searches for clues about the woman who abandoned her home during World War II, Ava struggles to put her own life ...more
Mystica
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ava has beaten a retreat. Her marriage has failed, she has lost a longed for baby and she feels she needs to take a step back to see whether she can retrieve her life in England.

Her grandmother has bequeathed a house to her - a house in far off central Greece. Her grandmother though being Greek has never spoken of her Greek heritage, has never disclosed how she came to England and even her daughter Ava's mother knows very little of her mother's past. Despite having several grandchildren, Ava ca
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Janka H.
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
About how to find the courage to love and live. The stories of grandmother and grandaughter, who both lost and loved and find the courage to see the beauty in both.

Ava was never very close to her grandmother Sophia - but obviously Sophia had saw the kindred spirit in her, letting her inherit her native house in Greece and thinking of her that she was stronger than she had thought. But Ava thinks of herself as broken, as her marriage got almost destroyed by the death of her unborn daughter. Ava i
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Melinda
Mar 13, 2012 rated it liked it
A good book with the potential to be great missed the mark. As a reader I am tiring of the split narrative of past and present, done so often the originality is gone. Swartz created an interesting plot with semi-predictability, saved by a surprise twist.

The main protagonist Ava is suffering from tremendous sorrow and grief. Dealing with so much, plus her marriage in trouble, Ava is stoic, unemotional and detached. With Ava there was boundless potential to draw the reader in emotionally, rather
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Valri Western
Jan 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
At first I had a little bit of a hard time getting into this book. It is a split narrative between Ava (the present) and her grandmother, Sophia (World War II). Ava has suffered greatly from a stillborn birth of her daughter and has separated from her husband because of her grief and the perception that her husband isn't suffering very much but has moved on when she can't. She inherits her grandmother's old house in Greece that she didn't even know existed so she decides to go there and she if s ...more
Chris McFarland
Jul 28, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ava Lancet's world has completely fallen apart. After losing her baby, her job, and her marriage, she discovers that her late grandmother has left her a house in Greece. Hoping fervently for a chance to separate herself from the emptiness around her she jumps on a plane and heads out to investigate her inheritance. Little does she know that so much more is involved than a rustic, abandoned house and one broken life. She embarks on a journey of not only self-discovery, but discovery of a life she ...more
Jo Barton
Dec 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Following the break down of her marriage Ava Lancet escapes to a small Greek village, ostensibly to check out the dilapidated cottage which she has inherited from her dead grandmother, but also to heal her emotional wounds in peace and tranquillity. Her arrival in the village is the cause of much speculation, but it is her uncanny similarity to her grandmother , Sophia, which sparks memories long buried.

In 1942, Sophia Paranoussis is enrolled, albeit unwillingly, into the local resistance , wher
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Kerry Croucier
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In the past year, Ava Lancet has faced the tragedy of a lost baby, but has also lost not only her job, but her marriage as well. Feeling the need to get away, when she inherits her Grandmother's farmhouse in Greece, she picks up and moves thinking she needs to get away and start over. The dilapidated farmhouse is in a small town, where everyone knows each other, but younger people are few, and no one talks about the World War II, or the Civil War years after. When one old woman mistakes her for ...more
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