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Bridges: A Daphne White Novel

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  295 ratings  ·  55 reviews
It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the tras
Kindle Edition, 194 pages
Published April 4th 2017 by Kindle Press
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Apr 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bridges - A Daphne White Novel is a delightful story of three women in their early forties who have been best friends since college. The story takes place over four or five days in New York as they come together to celebrate the engagement of Skylar.

While Skylar has obviously done very well, she is also kind and generous and wants to give her two friends a great time. And they do, and while they travel around New York, letting us in on some of the great aspects of this city, they renew their fri
Mar 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley, tbr-2017
Please note that I received this book from the author via NetGalley in return for a honest review.

I previously read the first book in this series, Wait for the Rain, and really enjoyed it, you can see my review here for Wait for the Rain at Goodreads. So I was happy to see that Maria Murnane had a follow up with Daphne, Skylar, and KC. The only reason why I gave this four stars and not five was that I wish that Murnane had explored going with another POV with this one like Skylar. I would have
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: kindle, netgalley
I was all set to read a few chapters before bed and an hour and a half later-it's finished! This book made me miss New York City(a city that I've had the luxury of visiting twice), Sex and the City, and my three best friends. Over the course of a weekend in NYC, three college friends, now in their 40's,come together to celebrate and support each other in life's ups and downs.

Bridges is sequel to "Wait for the Rain" but certainly can be read as a stand alone. I just loved how this book was about
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk . She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!

This is the second book in a series that follows three college friends, now in their forties
Mar 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I was so excited to read about this trio of ladies again! Bridges picks up about a year after Wait for the Rain ends, and this time, KC and Daphne are heading to New York City to celebrate Sklar’s engagement. Daphne has been submitting a manuscript to publishers and having a long-distance dating relationship with Derek, KC has been falling in love with her new granddaughter and Skylar has bought a new home with her fiance Jack, but struggling to connect with his college-aged daughter. Once again ...more
Aug 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
Bridges in the second Daphne White novel by Maria Murnane, picking up where Wait for the Rain leaves off. However, Murnane provides plenty of backstory so you can easily read Bridges as a stand-alone novel. In the year since Daphne and her best friends Skylar and KC celebrated their 40th birthdays on the Caribbean island of St. Mirika, she has moved on from her divorce and embraced the promise of a new beginning at this stage of her life. She is in a long-distance relationship with Derek, who al ...more
Dec 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the second book about Daphne White and even though you can read it as a stand-alone, I think it's a good idea to learn more about Daphne's life from the first book Wait for the Rain.

Daphne, KC and Skylar meet in New York City to celebrate Skylar's engagement. They all have big news - Daphne has submitted her just completed first book to 36 agents, KC is pregnant and Skylar after years of being single is engaged to the perfect man for her. As the friends tour NYC and talk with each other
Apr 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Friendship is what it is all about in Bridges. Daphne, Skylar, and KC are truly the three musketeers. The bond they share lasts a lifetime. A fun new addition is Skylar's friend, Krissa. She was so entertaining; especially with her dating horror stories. She is the poster woman for online dating sites gone wrong. Yet, Krissa is a good sport. She could laugh about herself.

The three musketeers brought the laughs, and love even more in this book. The more I hang out with the three ladies, the more
Jun 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that bec
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing

After reading Wait for the Rain, I was excited to dive back into the lives of KC, Skylar, and Daphne. It's like catching up with old friends - I wanted to know all about what they had been up to. Was KC enjoying being a grandmother? Had Daphne found new love yet? And most importantly, Skylar was getting married?! To whom?! I needed answers to these questions! As it turns out, Bridges was an incredibly enjoyable read and much stronger of a story than its predecessor.

One of my favorite aspec
Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
I absolutely loved Wait for the Rain, and was so excited to get to read more about Daphne, Skylar and KC again!! I enjoyed this book just as much and was so glad I read Wait for the Rain so I had more background on the characters. You don't have to have read Wait for the Rain, it can certainly be read as a standalone, but I think I enjoyed Bridges more because I'd read Wait for the Rain.

Murnane does a fantastic job of showcasing female friendships and how you can still be close friends despite
Teena in Toronto
Mar 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Daphne had gotten together with her two best friends from college, Skylar and KC, last year on a Caribbean island to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Skylar has recently gotten engaged (something she said she'd never do) and wants Daphne and KC to come to New York to celebrate for a long weekend.

In college, Daphne had had dreams of being a successful journalist but ended up devoting her life to being a wife (she's now divorced) and mom and working part-time in a flower shop. In the last year, sh
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
A solid, cute read :)
Up All Night Book Addict
Mar 26, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Maria is another author whom I love for my women's fiction fix. Her writing is so poetic and witty, I will always read her books.

I had been waiting a long time for Maria to publish a new book. It had been so long, I was afraid she stopped writing. But alas, she wasn't done quite yet.

If you have read Wait for the Rain, then you already will know who Daphne and the gang are. If you haven't make sure to put it on your TBR because you are missing out! The relationship between these women is everlast
Melissa Jackson
Aug 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in the Daphne White series. I reviewed the first book, Wait for the Rain in 2015 (you can refresh with the review here).

I was incredibly excited to read this book. Unlike movies, subsequent novels in a series are just as good as the first. I was looking forward to the adventure that this story will bring-- not only for Daphne, but for myself as I live vicariously through her experience.

This story begins with Skylar contacting the other members of their in-circle group, th
Kristin's Novel Cafe
Oct 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
My Review: 4/5
This is a story about friendship.  Three best friends from college (Daphne, Skylar, and KC) are reunited again when Skylar gets engaged.  They meet in the Big Apple and have a "non-bachelorette" girls weekend.  A weekend full of adventure, secrets, and fun awaits them.
What fun, light-hearted, fast read.  It's the perfect book for that weekend getaway.  The characters, now in their early 40s, are well-liked and I think everyone can identify with at least one of them.
First there's Da
Jessica Bronder
May 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It has been a year since the three friends were on vacation in the Caribbean. Daphne has taken time off to try and publish her first book based on their adventures but seems to be in the rejection rut. Skylar calls her up and invites her and KC to come to New York to celebrate her engagement. Besides being surprised, Daphne wants to be there for her friend but can’t help thinking about how her book is failing. While in New York and after seeing how successful Skylar is Daphne starts thinking tha ...more
Kathryn Laceby
Sep 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes

I was given Bridges and the prequel, Wait for the Rain, to read by the author and I read them back to back which was really helpful.

In Wait for the Rain you’re given a chance to explore all three of the friends’ personalities, though the perspective comes from Daphne alone. It’s a chance to really get to know each of the ladies and see how they relate to each other. As I was reading it though I wished there had been a little bit more about their connection in
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley-e-arcs
This book is about three best friends, thick as thieves, in their mid-forties, meeting for a weekend together to celebrate on of their own’s engagement.

Daphne is divorced, mother of a high school teenager and a writer trying to publish her first novel. Skylar, her successful career oriented best friend is getting married finally in New York and Daphne is beyond thrilled to visit NYC to celebrate her engagement. KC, the third musketeer, who is happily married to Max and a fitness freak, is the st
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
While not completely necessary, I highly recommend reading Wait for the Rain prior to Bridges. Daphne, KC and Skylar are all reunited in NYC, just a little bit older than last time, but a whole lot wiser. Not a one of their personalities are the same, but together they mesh really well. My biggest critique, and I am really stretching here, is that I found their dialogue to be written almost too formally, instead of how people actually speak. Perhaps that could be because I compared it to when my ...more
Jessica Higgins
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
The three musketeers are back with some shocking surprises that may throw readers for a loop!

Daphne has taken control of her life and is using her journalism background to write a novel based on the trip she and her two friends took to the Caribbean. It’s a great book, but all the agents she has sent it off to don’t feel it is within their representation area. Then on a surprise video chat, Skylar drops a bombshell, she is getting married! The upcoming 4th or July weekend brings the three of the
Moe's Book Blog
Mar 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-s-fiction
Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane is a women's fiction novel about three women who were college friends and are now in their early 40s, decide to catch up in New York City on the 4th of July to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret. Will all be revealed?

Daphne is a divorced mom working as a part-time florist in Ohio, decided it was time to realize her long-forgotten dream of being a journalist and finally penned her debut fictional novel. However, her self-
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I haven’t been single in decades, and I don’t count as young anymore, but there is something universal about Maria Murnane’s trio of women friends, Daphne, Skylar, and KC (Krissa). I didn’t feel too old while reading this novel, nor did I feel out of touch. Instead, I enjoyed a funny, sweet, sometimes poignant novel about a trio of women who truly represent what friendship can, and should, be.

Author Murnane is particularly adept at differentiating the voices and personalities of each woman: free
Wander Girl Life
May 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the second book in the Daphne White series. The first one was ‘Wait for the Rain’. This book is about the three Musketeers, Daphne, Skylar and KC whose friendship has lasted from college till mid-forties. They finally decide to meet after their ‘Caribbean vacation’ which was three years back. Skylar is finally getting engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York to celebrate, as Skyar calls it for a “non bachelorette” weekend.
Daphne has finally completed her first novel and is looking
Just Commonly
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
What a delight!! Bridges by Maria Murnane was a fun read. As a New Yorker, I love books set in my hometown, and to read about familiar places was heartwarming. I love that this book is not focused on romance, but more about friendships, one of the most important relationship in each of our lives. The friendship between our main characters, Daphne, Skylar and KC reminds me of my best pals as well. No matter the good, the bad or the in-between, we've got each other's back. Our words may hurt at ti ...more
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
I received my copy of Bridges, from the author in exchange for an honest review... so here goes my review. I did not read the first book in this series, however... that doesn't effect me reading this book at all. I think the author did something I have not come accross in a long time she wrote a sequel that easily was mistaken as a stand alone. This is a novel that revolves around the friendship between 3 best friends. They are a supportive bunch with lots of love that circles back around to the ...more
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
The three friends are back, from first reading about these women in Wait for the Rain i fell in love with their friendship. Maria Murnane really knows how to draw you in with emotion and feelings with their friendship. And that cover says everything about friends.

We pick back up with their lives about a year after their Caribbean trip. Skylar is newly engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York City to help her celebrate. Each friend is dealing with secrets and problems that only time spent wi
Natasha du Plessis
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was my first Maria Murnane book. I did not read the first book in the series but also did not feel as if I missed out on something. This book reads well as a stand alone. This is a story about the friendship between three best friends and how they support each other. I loved reading about Skylar, Daphne and KC and wished I had best friends like these. A longstanding friendship like this is something special to be treasured, I loved Maria's writing style and her description of the High Line ...more
Katy Halsema
Aug 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
Some of the girls from Wait for the Rain are back in Bridges. The three friends meet to catch up and celebrate an engagement for one of them. Each of them have secrets and it becomes harder for them to pretend to be happy when their secrets are wanting to come out.

You don't necessarily need to read Wait for the Rain before reading Bridges but if you want to get a better feel for the characters, and read previous shenanigans, I would read it.

The only reason I didn't rate this five stars is becau
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