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Meredith Sullivan has three goals:

Win the Beckett Scholarship to study abroad.
Move to Paris for a year.
Leave boy-next-door Drew Sutton (and her ridiculous heart) behind.

There’s only one problem: Pete Russell. Yes, he speaks French like a native, but he’s boorish and snarky with a penchant for unflattering nicknames. So when Pete shows up on her flight to Paris, Meredith st
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Paperback, 285 pages
Published December 13th 2016 by Tower 19 Press
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
This story was absolutely adorable. Clever and funny and full of missed opportunities and misconceptions, The Bridge was not what comes to mind when I think of new adult. I was enamored with the characters and the setting, which became a character unto itself, such were the beautiful descriptions of events and places. Honestly, I was just kind of dazzled by the story in general; I've never been to Paris but I almost feel like I have after reading this novel. I still have heart-eyes just thinking ...more
Amanda
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Oh sweet motherly goodness of all that there is, for a beautiful sweet YA fiction with a strong and smart female lead who isn't bogged down with every teenage angst known to man. This book was beautiful and funny, witty and romantic, real and raw all at the same time. I found myself in complete understanding of our girl and yet rooting for seemingly the "wrong guy". I never do that! Jill is an author ninja.
We all have that one relationship. The one where that other person sees right past you. T
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Amy Kitchen
Nov 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A witty, modern, relatable love story with many twists and turns. I loved every minute. Hurry up and write a sequel please!
Kendra Ayers
Dec 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy of The Bridge through a giveaway and by giveaway, I mean blown away! This book was everything I wanted in a contemporary romance. I knew this was Jill's first novel and I wanted to keep an open mind, assuming that it would have an amateur feel to it. (I only say this because I have read about 20 debut authors and it happens and is totally understandable.) But this never happened with The Bridge. I dove into this book and fell in love with the story and its characters from the f ...more
Rose
Oct 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. This book is definitely one of my favorites. It does start with those 'Oh I'm in Paris and there's this cute and oh so amazing guy and we're hitting all the romantic stops' kinda feel but then the author turns it on a dime and this book takes on a deeper path that solidifies everything. Bravo Jill...bravo.

I'm definitely recommending this to others and would re-read it on those gloomy days when I'm wishing I'm in Paris falling in love.

Stacy
Oct 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
A sweet romance that instantly had me craving my own Paris adventure!

Seriously, this book is so much fun to read. Why? Because we have determined and practical Meredith, and snarky Pete (but is he really?) who come on the scene in a clash of wills. I love watching their walls come down. Oh, and Paris. The author does a fantastic job with setting and making me think Paris is as romantic as I've been told.

My only problem? I need book two. Like now.
Mary Jane
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I have read multiple drafts of this book and every one has been better than the one before. I love the characters in the book and it has made me wish I could have studied abroad when I was in college. What a fun time this group had in Paris! The love story is very sweet, wholesome and emotional. It definitely will appeal to all ages.
Brooke Devore
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Highly recommend!! This is a great, witty, intelligent romance perfect for any age reader. I've already re-read it multiple times for pure enjoyment, and can't wait for Jill Cox's next novel!!
Alisha
Dec 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: best-of-the-best
Enjoyed a very leisurely re-read, May 2018. Original review below.
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Could. Not. Stop. Reading.

I nearly wept a few times, which is a rare reading experience for me.

If you like Anne/Gilbert vibes but can handle a bit more emotional intensity, this is it. Though the emotional intensity comes in waves; it's not like that all the way through.

I couldn't believe how invested I got in this story, as I don't normally care for contemporary romance and expected this to be nothing more
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Julie Cantwell
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed so many things about this book. I laughed out loud countless times. I squirmed uncomfortably with Meredith and I cried full tears rolling down my face. And that was all by page 76. It only got better from there. The characters captured my heart. The witty banter between Meredith and the other characters was a blast. After studying French for five years and finally visiting 20 years later, this book was a wistfully wonderful trip down memory lane. The descriptions/references ...more
Tomas Martin
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
With "The Bridge", Jill Cox has evoked the Paris of which romantics dream, and the Paris, which inhabits the memories, and past lives, of those who have lived there. The Bridge is written in wistful and elegant prose, and carries the reader lovingly to a smart, quirky, passionate close. The reader's only regret will be that they don't already have three sequels to immediately read.
China
Nov 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a charming Parisian romance with a strong, funny protagonist. Perfect for fans of Anna and the French Kiss.
Amanda
Oct 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
"Because when I stereotype I cover all my bases." LOL I really enjoyed reading this book. I think one of the reasons I liked it so much was that Meredith was so relatable. She's the girl next door with the same problems and thoughts in her head all us girls have. This book was a love story, an adventure in France and a lesson on not judging people too quickly all wrapped into one! Maybe one day I'll get to go to France and see everything that Meredith talked about and relive this story over agai ...more
Kimberly
Dec 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Inspiring, quirky, whimsical, and unforgettable

This story is awesome! There's nothing else to say. Meredith's story and her love triangle was a clean, engaging, and unforgettable.

Jill Cox's writing style is one that invites you in like a smooth cup of hot chocolate and layers on the marshmallows for fun. I thoroughly enjoyed every second, every page turn, and every character.

Pete - my favorite male lead ever - is an endearing character, whom everyone will love to fall in love with.

Great job, Ji
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Tarran
Oct 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I am utterly OBSESSED with these characters! Such an amazing book with an amazing story! If I ever make it to Paris, I will MOST DEFINITELY bring my copy with me so I can relive Meredith's adventure. ❤❤❤ ...more
Stephanie Osborne
Jan 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I cannot put into words how much I enjoyed this book! It was so refreshing to read a book with a sweet romance not mired down in teenage angst. I found the story believable, genuine and compelling. At the same time, the descriptions of Paris will suck you in and test the limits of your self control not to buy a ticket to Europe from travelocity immediately. Having spent time in Paris myself, the descriptions were so authentic that I could see, hear and even smell the city of lights again as I re ...more
Victoria
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kid-lit, ya, 200-mg-ya
I'm not a reader of the romance genre but I do enjoy YA and I read a lot of it to keep ahead of my kids. On the recommendation of a friend and because it's YA, I picked up The Bridge and finished it in a day. I give this book a strongly recommend. Meredith Sullivan, "Sully," the lead character, is smart and ambitious and goal oriented. She is either goofy with boys or too rough but it's clear they haven't been her main focus until this point in her life - mostly becasue she's always had a crush ...more
Megan
Sep 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
*** Since this is a book I will likely read again, I decided to change my rating from 4 to 5 stars.***

The Bridge opens with 20 year old Meredith Sullivan boarding a plane to Paris, where she will spend the next year studying abroad. In addition to wanting to have a once in a lifetime experience, Meredith also wants to study aboard because every time she thinks her childhood friend Drew might be interested in her, he ends up back with his old girlfriend. At this point she is tired of having her
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Hannah McGinnis
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I could not put this book down (much to the chagrin of everyone else on my late night flight on which my overhead light was the only one glowing...)! If you love Paris and good stories, you will love this book! I fell in love with Meredith, the narrator, as well as some other characters (no spoilers!), and as soon as I finished the book, I found myself wanting to pick it back up and read it again! Jill has done a great job with the bridge (and with the symbolism of the title!), and I hope for mo ...more
Kyra Nelson
This ended up being my Christmas day read and it's the perfect feel good book for the holidays!
Heather Andrews
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First of all, Jill is my friend and she's wonderful and so is this novel, SO READ IT!

What I Loved:
- beautiful writing
- awesome references to awesome things because Jill
- Sweet, kind, and authentic characters
- She captured that beautiful, bittersweet feeling when one leaves a piece of their heart someplace
- Gigi
- Meredith's growth
- Reminiscent of a Hallmark Channel movie (which I love and devour) or a Jane Austen novel; in fact, the entire thing felt like a modern Austen

My Only Criticisms:
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Lisa Renz
Jun 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A love story spanning from Paris to the Oregon coast. Meredith, the main character, is on her way to learning to trust her intuition, reserve judgement, and figure out what is most important to her, and becoming fluent in French to boot. A witty, snappy, delightful read, with a sequel coming out Fall 2017!
Marisa Collett
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ashley
Jan 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a great YA, and I would recommend it for anyone who likes those tense yet tender romance novels that read at a fast quip. Even with this in mind, THE BRIDGE is not a generic romance novel.

After I hit page 50, I couldn't put it down. This novel surprised me with its humor, plot intricacies, and its intimate portrait of Paris. But I think what I liked the most about it was its tenderness. I had butterflies and chills and misty eyes at all the right moments, and when I was done, I sat
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Richard
Dec 31, 2016 rated it it was amazing
“How ya gonna keep ’em down on the farm…”
Be careful dreams, The Bridge might change your life forever. After leaving the beautiful Pacific Northwest, you will find yourself in a Jumbo 757 eating breakfast as your captain slowly descends from 33,500 feet to land at Charles de Gaulle Airport. Yes, Paris, France. This gifted debut author continues her compelling journey as the taxi ride takes you into the sights and sounds of the “City of Light.” It’s about history, life’s unexpected changes, study
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Destiny
Jan 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Having spent time traipsing through the Paris streets Jill Cox described, I was transported once again to the beauty and joy of discovering yourself in a new country... establishing new normals and pushing yourself to be open to new things. Moving to a foreign country is scary, but so worth it and Jill captured that so beautifully! The Bridge was delightful and charming and all I hoped it would be. The slow burn of a romance, playful wit, characters you grow to love, and great settings. Loved th ...more
Prerna Pickett
May 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this romantic tale set in one of the most romantic cities in the world, Paris. I didn't know exactly what to expect from this book, but I was blown away. I adored Pete, like right away. I loved the slow burn of the romance, that it wasn't in your face, but a more subtle shift as Meredith and Pete got to know one another. I thought the "love triangle" was handled well. I also really enjoyed Pete's backstory and how it intertwined with Meredith's. And, of course, the setting. I'm going to ...more
Sydnie Shreffler
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This story was so sweet and so refreshingly honest. It’s been a while since I read a good, sweet romance. The tension between the characters was perfect, the conflict wasn’t contrived, and the dialog was extremely true to life. Everything about this book was perfect! The completer in me would have liked more of an ending, but the succinctness actually went well with what can feel like a very abrupt ending to studying abroad, so it worked! Beautifully written—it made me miss my own time abroad an ...more
Meg Wilder
Nov 02, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Y'ALL! I don't know why I haven't reviewed this book on here until now. This novel ignited my desire to travel to Paris. The detail and scenery made me feel like I was standing next to Meredith.
I loved the dialogue and quirky dynamic between Pete and Meredith. I'm definitely a Team Pete for life!
I am anxiously awaiting the sequel! I know Jill Cox will do Meredith and Pete justice by releasing another great novel.
Christy
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I just read this book for the second time because I want d to refresh myself on the story and characters before reading the sequel that just came out. Even though it was a second read, I thoroughly enjoyed the book again and completed it in two days. I love the characters and it is such a great book, a sweet love story that is realistic and clean and set in Paris. I can’t wait to start the sequel tomorrow!
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Jill Cox studied French Language and Literature so she could move to Paris, and then taught high school so she could convince others to join in on the fun. Though she is a Texas native, Jill spends most of her time imagining ways to visit her three favorite spots on the planet: the Oregon coast, the city of Paris, and western Ireland. Find out more about Jill on jillcoxbooks.com, or follow her on ...more
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