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The Other Side of the Bridge

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,474 ratings  ·  341 reviews
Two coasts. Two strangers.
And a bridge that silently beckons them both.

Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of how he saved jumpers still haunt her. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promis
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published March 6th 2018 by Shadow Mountain
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Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-clubs
2.5 stars, rounded down
This book was a book club selection and on the face of it, I thought it would work well. Both Katie and Dave are getting over tragic losses. The Golden Gate Bridge draws them both in, for different reasons.

But I struggled to see either character as real and not just a cliche. Katie is assigned to write a research paper on the Bridge, a bridge her father worked on his whole career. She discovers an old journal from the time of the bridge’s construction and this sends her o
Julie Carpenter
A bridge.
Two strangers.
Lives lost.
Irrevocably damaged and changed.
A journal.
A research project.
A journey.
Finding your way.
Love returned.
Changing course.
The Past.
The Present.
The Future.

Those words might not mean much but they very quickly sum up this book. Although this isn't a book to be quickly summed up. It took me a week to listen to it because I had family in town visiting. I enjoyed every moment with them and didn't turn on the story at all. But it was inside my mind, swirling and c
Aimee (Getting Your Read On)
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
3.5. rounding up

I was really looking forward to reading this book. The cover alone would make me pick up this book because I LOVE the Golden Gate Bridge. It is beautiful and because I grew up not too far from it, it speaks of home to me.

One thing I loved about this book was the bits of history it gave me about the bridge. It made me want to go find a book about the Golden Gate and read it myself. I love when books inspire me to know more about something or someone.

This book is basically two diff
Jamille Parks
Feb 20, 2018 rated it did not like it
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Aug 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: book-club
The Golden Gate Bridge is a majestic landmark and I loved learning more about its history through the pages of this contemporary novel.

Katie's father's career was working on this bridge and he was a volunteer who saved lives of those trying to commit suicide at this location. I loved the words of wisdom that a journal that her dad found provided--truly words to live by. A promise leads her on a search to find the descendants of this man and the reader comes to know Katie by her reactions to thi
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Reading The Other Side of the Bridge is more than just reading a book, it's an experience. Readers are quickly immersed into the lives of two different people, Dave Riley from New York City and Katie Connelly from San Francisco. I enjoyed how the story was told from the two different POV's and it was intriguing how the author slowly wove together their two paths.

Dave at the beginning is happy and successful in his life, but experiencing the often mid-life crisis that people go through in their
Mar 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2018
content: a little mild language
Jul 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After reading Rent Collector and Orphan Keeper, I really was excited to read more by this author. I entered a drawing for this book, and received a free copy! This is my favorite book by Cameron Wright that I’ve read. The stories are very touching how they weave together. I love the element of those that have gone on before us that is used throughout the book. I thought I could predict the ending, but I couldn’t. And the author’s ending is much better than the one I predicted!

Another reason thi
Apr 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Other Side of the Bridge is another beautifully written story by Camron Wright. I loved how this book was written. The author did a brilliant job of leaving the end of a chapter by hooking me to read more and more. I enjoyed the alternating stories of Dave and Katie. Katie was researching the bridge that was maintained by her father until his death. And Dave, having to cope with the death of his family and how he is drawn to the bridge. I loved the connection of their stories at the end and ...more
Traci Brown
Nov 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I think I would've liked this book more if I had read it rather than listened to the audio version. It was a thought provoking story, and I did enjoy it overall. It made me want to go to San Francisco. 😀 It's always interesting when there's some history included in a novel.
Jun 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book included two different stories. One was about a girl who was asked by a professor to do research on the Golden Gate Bridge. She comes across a journal her dad had found back when he worked on the bridge. The other story belongs to Dave Riley (a man who lost his wife and kids in a car accident,) and discusses how he copes with the loss. And how he once again finds love. I enjoy this author. Although, I think I prefer some of his other books more.
Michelle Llewellyn
Jul 29, 2018 rated it it was ok
I enjoyed The Rent Collector
I enjoyed The Orphan Keeper even more
This author's newest whimsical tale about two unremarkable characters and one remarkable bridge? Not so much.
The two characters are the very single Katie who lives in San Francisco and the very happily married Dave in New Jersey. The red herring is: how are these two characters going to inevitably meet, fall in love while still maintaining a clean read and live happily ever after under the long shadow of the Golden Gate Bridge?
Apr 05, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping for more from this author, after I had enjoyed The Orphan Keeper so much. The story is just quite implausible. I didn’t feel like the male character, Dave, was believable in many of his choices, especially regarding his time in Colorado. That part had me rolling my eyes a few tines. The story didn’t develop very deeply, as Dave had many thoughts from his past but they were all only ever from the week or so lived at the beginning of the book. For example, his wife only ever called hi ...more
Leslie aka StoreyBook Reviews
This is the story of two individuals with ties to the Golden Gate bridge's construction via family members. It is told from two different viewpoints which was a smidge confusing to me at first, but it did not take long to get into the swing of the characters and their lives.

Kate intrigued me and I found her passion for research interesting. Of course, at one point it becomes an obsession for her when trying to find Patrick O'Riley after discovering his journal in her father's study.

Dave Riley se
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Clean read, mild language
Beautifully detailed grief, mourning, and healing along with the search for a mystery and healing for someone else grieving the loss of a father. The stories intertwine, and the intertwined part, while brief, is poignant and lovely.
This is a dream ride of a read, literally. Hurting, healing, reaching, wanting, muddling through it all, and digging for an answer for two sets of problems. Little bit of romance, but not the main part of the story.
Loved this read, and will al
The Other Side of the Bridge is the first 2019 pick for my sisters reading group. The last three or four chapters made this a four-star read for me. I find a great deal of meaning in the metaphor of the bridge.
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
A lovely read. Nothing riveting . Everything works out as it's meant to work out . No red herrings . No untidy endings . It's meant to make you think about your hopes and dreams and are you happy with your life. I can't say it actually did , but can't think of anything bad to say about it either! Just a pleasant read...
Karen Nelson
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: pre-pub-books
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A wonderful read with tones of love, loss, and life's purpose with the backstory of the history of the Golden Gate Bridge. The book’s two characters both dealt with grief and loss, with only the bridge in common.

The book was well written and brought in both characters, who were joined by a single person. Kate, a researcher, found herself looking for the author of a journal who documented the building of the Golden Gate Bridge. Patrick, having experienced a gre
Jun 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2018-challenge
My favorite quote from the book is “Baseball is symmetry and grace and beauty and power, all woven into a single fabric. Simply put, Doctor, it’s a perfect game.”

And you thought the book was about the Golden Gate Bridge. 😀
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
When the opportunity came up to review one of Camron Wright's books I jumped at it. His book "The Rent Collector" is one of my favorites, so I knew I was getting a good book.

This story was so complex, and beautiful. I have to admit I had read some reviews that made me wonder if I would love it as much as I did his other books, lets just say, everyone has their own opinion, and I loved this book. It was so moving.

We follow two different stories in this book, that end up being intertwined, but not
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
This is nowhere near the best book I've ever read. I was tempted to give it four stars because I like it so much better than other books I've recently given three stars. It was exactly what I needed to read. I'm thankful my friend let me borrow it.

What I like about this book:
*The story is about loss and about freedom. Those are very relatable themes.
*Overall, I like the characters. I was rooting for them, hoping everything would come out okay. That emotional connection and investment matters v
Mar 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: a-to-z-challenge
Wow, I've read some really great books lately! This is one of them. I loved everything about this book! Camron Wright is one of my very favorite authors. He has a way of making the characters in his books jump right off the page and seem so real.

This book starts with Katie. She's a bit of a mystery. From the first chapter, I wasn't quite sure what to think about her. You don't really have all of the pieces of who she is or why she's part of the story. But I liked it that way. I liked her inquis
Wendy Jensen
May 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
It is hard not to compare one work by an author to another work by that same author but to do so would be to miss the beauty of this touching read. Loss is a part of life. Wright brings the emotion and struggle of loss realistically into his telling. The story is beautifully told as it moves forward in believable ways. Two souls with connection to the Golden Gate Bridge search for life meaning and purpose following painful tragedies that leave each heart broken.

I listened to the audible while pa
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
What an inspirational book! It started out slow, but once I found the flow it soared.

Many life lessons are learned and discovered as lives are lost, hearts are broken and betrayed, and two people from opposite sides of the states try to find understanding and hope for a new day and a new start.

“ I think that’s what life must be about- helping others, leaving pieces of us with them, in return fitting borrowed pieces from them into our own voids, each person helping others along the way.” Katie
Kim  Dennis
May 10, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a hard book for me to review. I really enjoyed it. There were a couple of things I would have done differently, which is why the 4 stars instead of 5. There was one scene in particular, that I could more or less figure out why it was in there, but didn't really seem to fit and I felt like the same objective could have been achieved in a way that fit more with the story. However, I loved the lessons that were taught and the characters were really believable. Wright has a way with words th ...more
Sep 10, 2019 rated it liked it
I really have enjoyed other books by this author, so picked this up on author alone. So.... the storyline was intriguing, the history of the ironworkers on the Golden Gate Bridge, a man losing his family, etc. I found myself reading on to find out how the two stories would intersect. I really enjoyed the journal writing of the ironworker Patrick O'Riley from the 1920s and 1930s on the bridge. I think it was the ending somehow just wasn't quite what I was expecting. It was still a good read, just ...more
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a well written book. I had never read any of Camron Wright's books. I definitely will plan on reading his previous books. I enjoyed the stories of the two separate characters and how they were eventually tied together in the end of the book. The stories of the characters caused me to ask myself how I would react and feel in their situations. I loved learning about the history of the Golden Gate Bridge. I enjoyed reading this book.
Carol Wendkos
May 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing

This is the story of two individuals with ties to the Golden Gate bridge's construction via family members. It is told from two different viewpoints and goes back and forth between the 2 main characters. There is a lot of history about the Golden Gate Bridge and I found it all to be very fascinating. Another Cameron Wright winner!
Kirstin Dobson
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
So I won the book "The Other Side of the Bridge" by Camron Wright in a Deseret Book Platinum Member drawing. I just wanted to tell you how wonderful that book is. I just finished it and it is one of the best books I've read (and I read all the time). Especially glad I won this book because I  wouldn't have read it otherwise-- I'd never heard of it before and I don't often read church fiction.
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read everything this author has written and this book was certainly not disappointing. A wonderful story about love, loss and new beginnings with some history about the Golden Gate Bridge.
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Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better deci

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