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Bridge Daughter

3.72  ·  Rating details ·  209 ratings  ·  50 reviews
Young Hanna thinks her thirteenth birthday will be no different than the one before — until her mother explains the facts of life. Hanna is a “bridge daughter,” born pregnant with her parents' child. In a few months she will give birth and die, leaving her parents with their true daughter.

A mature bookworm who dreams of college and career, Hanna is determined to overcome h
Kindle Edition, 218 pages
Published June 7th 2016 by Kindle Press
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(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Kindle Scout.)

“Your mother wants the child you’re carrying. That’s the motherly instinct, one of the strongest instincts in the world. I’ve never heard of a mother seeing it any other way.”

This was a YA dystopian story, about a girl who was pregnant with her parent’s child.

Hanna was an okay character, and I felt quite sorry for her that she was having her life taken away from her. It seemed quite h
Mar 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
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Sandra "Jeanz"
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: dystopian, sci-fi
Approaching reading this e-copy I was really looking forward to learning more about the dystopic society. I also think reading the excerpt and being a part of the kindle scout program voting has increased by anticipation for reading the book.

2% After discovering this one via kindle scout I knew that I had to read it!"
30% In just one word? "Intriguing"....don't want to put it down!"

The cover is really cleverly done, as it represents the main concept of
Jul 31, 2016 added it
This story takes place sometime in the 70's. It tells the story of bridge daughters and one special bridge daughter, Hannah, is the main character. A bridge daughter is born pregnant with her parents' child. It is like a parasitic twin that starts growing when the bridge daughter turns 13. When the twin is born, the bridge daughter dies, her purpose in life was to nurture her parents' healthy child.

Hannah's family raise her differently than other bridge daughters. She has been educated and love
Lora Shouse
Jun 13, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Hanna Driscoll lives in some kind of alternative universe where nearly everything appears to be just like it is in our universe except for the way humans reproduce. In this universe normal women do not give birth to their own real children. Instead they give birth to what are known as ‘bridge daughters’. The bridge daughters are born pregnant with their parents’ real child. They appear to be just like normal children until they are around thirteen, when their pregnancy suddenly becomes apparent. ...more
Rebecca Davison
Dec 27, 2016 rated it really liked it
A Story That Will Shatter Your Heart, BEWARE!!!

Oh my goodness! I've never read anything like this before. This is one screwed up Society. Even though this story is told from the perspective of a 12 to 13 year old girl, I was pleasantly surprised to find myself enraptured from the first chapter. Several controversial subjects are sewn in to the main plot with a very sadistic twist. This book takes being a serogate mother to the extreme. I truly loved the inventiveness of Nelson to create this ent
Luan Pham
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great fiction book

The author combined biblical source to tell story of thirteen years old girl in Concord California and with sad ending. Great fictional story.
Jun 01, 2016 rated it liked it
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I received a free copy of this book through Kindle Scout

Really an amazing story. How do we choose which lives are more important? I think I would have preferred a different ending, but I have no idea what that would have been. Any variation seems to end in the same place - choosing which life. Well written and very thoughtfully done.
Susan Schimmel
Jun 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a very quick read, possibly in the young adult category. I found the premise of the bridge daughter fascinating and enjoyed following Hanna as she made her harrowing life choices, moving from her initial devastation to eventual acceptance of her situation. This dystopian novel has so many parallels to our own reality that it is very believable.
Barbara Bush
Jul 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Very intense story

Excellent writing, I truly could not put it down. After reading the book synopsis as a sci-fi/fantasy release, I wasn't sure if it was really my type. Once I started it I was so drawn in that I finished it in one day.
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Haunting and beautifully written. I could not put this book down! I found Hanna to be a strong and likable protagonist, and I was rooting for her the whole way through. The similarity between the world of the story and our own world was unsettling and very thought-provoking.
May 26, 2016 rated it really liked it

Still, it was fascinating . I read 85% the first night – that's the first time in a long time that I stayed up late to read almost an entire book.
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Excellent for discussion between men and women, and between pro-choice and pro-life. This is a combined double review between myself and the friend I read BRIDGE DAUGHTER aloud to. As best I can remember his comments, my friend found it dark/noir, strange, full of twists and turns so he didn't know how it would turn out right up to the ending. He said it did a good job of making men aware of the gynecological physical realities of reproduction that women are familiar with, that men are not. Both ...more
Janet Charlton
Jun 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
I received a free copy of this book through the Kindle Scout programme so I think I should write a review. I rarely write reviews and this one is particularly difficult because I have mixed feelings about the book. On the one hand the book is very well written and on the other hand it is rather disturbing as it gives us gives us a world very much like ours where there is a large underclass of bridge daughters who really have no hope and are generally treated very badly. The worst thing is that t ...more
Jennifer Lee
** I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review**

Wow, this was an emotional story. It's been a long time since I had a good ol' ugly cry while reading a book.

This was a very thought provoking and emotionally traumatizing reading experience for me. The whole concept of a bridge daughter is both interesting and terrifying at the same time.

The story is about Hanna and how she is what they call a bridge daughter. She is born pregnant with her parents child and when she turns
May 26, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-scout
Bridge Daughter is a very unique and original story. The premise is basically that most women do not give birth to their own children, but rather, they give birth to bridge daughters who are born pregnant with the parents’ "real" child. These daughters are just like normal children until their pregnancy suddenly becomes apparent at about the age 13. It doesn't take much to imagine that the main character in this story doesn't want to have her parent's baby and instead wants to go to college and ...more
Rebecca Carlsen
Aug 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
I don't really know what to say about this book! It was an extremely disturbing premise, and I couldn't stop reading it. It was like watching a car crash and being unable to look away. It's a YA book set in an alternate reality where human reproduction has evolved very differently. Hanna finds out on her 13th birthday that she is a bridge daughter - she was born carrying her parents' child, and the dormant pregnancy will soon begin progressing. Shocked and scared, it tells the story of how she d ...more
Rhonda L.
Jul 08, 2016 marked it as to-read
What an absolutely bone-chilling premise! This is one that I would love to read. The vivid (and might I add "twisted") imagination of this author! I fully intend to check out his work... Happy Reading everyone!
Mandie D
Jun 08, 2016 rated it liked it
This was odd and strange. It is sad. Not a bad book. It just isn't something I could come to say I enjoy.
May 25, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Do you grow up and become your own person or slowly succumb to your own biological predispositions and societal pressures?

Great sci-fi premise executed expertly by Jim Nelson.
Jan 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Bridge Daughter

It is not often that I find myself fully in tears at the end of a book. This is well worth the read.
Sep 10, 2016 added it
Very interesting in many ways. Emphasizes very strongly the unfairness of (real) life.
Jan 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If I had to sum this book up in one word I would say intriguing.

The book follows thirteen year old girl named Hannah. She is, what is referred to in the book, a bridge daughter. This means that she is carrying her parents child and when the baby is born she will die. There seems to be no way around this until she meets a friend of her aunt who had a procedure called a bi-graft. The process is illegal and after it is performed the recipient has to go into hiding for the rest of their life. It kil
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Mar 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book sucked me in right away and I was compelled to finish it to find out what choices Hanna would make. I wasn't quite so sure what I thought of the ending when I first finished, but it definitely kept me thinking long after I was done reading, and for me that is one of the signs of a good book.

Hanna is the type of heroine I enjoy: she's a bookworm and heads straight to a book when she wants to know the answer to something (the story is set in the early 80s, so no internet). In many ways s
Sandy Batesel
Jun 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A book that will make you take a really good look at your internal "what ifs" and consider how you would react. I loved this book. It's such a contrast of here's what's always been done vs what's always done isn't necessarily right let's change it and the feelings, the very deep feelings, that would go into changing it. I didn't realize until I finished this book that there is another in the series but I can't wait to read it! I haven't completely decided my "answer" to the dilemma in Book One y ...more
Nikki Kitchen
Nov 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't know what to think about this book. It's a difficult concept, a mother giving birth to a human incubator, who will in turn, give birth to the "mother's" child 13+ years later and then die. The story is incredibly well written and interesting, which is why I gave it 4 stars. I don't think it's the kind of story I could read again and again, which is why I'm going to donate it to my local library. For me, there are so many ethical questions that are raised in this book, but seeing how it's ...more
Mar 05, 2018 rated it really liked it

There were several typos.

There were also a couple of logical glitches. For example when she says that birth mothers nurse bridge babies but by the time the real babies come they’re ready for solid foods but then when she visits baby Cheryl’s house it stinks of sour formula?

But still the idea is truly intriguing and the story itself is thoughtfully done even if I wish the main character made different choices
Sharon Huether
I won this Free book through Goodreads first reads.
Hannah was thirteen and had to follow the tradition set before her. She was to bear a child for her parents. She had many questions and tried to to change her fate. Her friends seemed to accept this way of life better than Hannah, but to no evail. Hannah bore the child her parents wanted and slipped away peacefully.
This story was out of the box for me.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Great book book 1 of 2 bit you could read book 2 Alone but highly recommend read this one first it's a book that makes you wonder if it was real and really happened ? What would you do ? It's a story that seems believable as if it could happen in real life if the world happened that way
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Jim Nelson’s latest novel is Hagar's Mother, the sequel to Bridge Daughter (Kindle Press, 2016).

Previously his work has appeared in North American Review, Confrontation, Watchword, Instant City, Switchback, and other fine venues. His books include A Concordance of One's Life (stories), Everywhere Man, and Edward Teller Dreams of Barbecuing People.

He lives in San Francisco.