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The Bridge to Belle Island

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  1,832 ratings  ·  376 reviews
After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and my ...more
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Published December 3rd 2019 by Bethany House Publishers
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Nov 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This reminded me of a Hercule Poirot story. It was a story of who done it! Someone was murdered and I had no idea who killed them. And things just got more mysterious with every page. I love this authors writing and I love the time period.
But having said that...This wasn’t as romantic as I’d wished and parts of it dragged for me. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was good and I’m always going to read every book she writes. I hope this was helpful.

This was a NETGALLEY gift and all opinions are my
Say what? Julie Klassen wrote a murder mystery? I couldn’t wait to get my hands on a copy and I loved every minute of this beautiful story. It’s atmospheric and broody.

Our heroine has been trapped on the island for years with a sort of agoraphobia that prevents her from crossing the bridge to the mainland. She has made a good life for herself in spite of that, but it’s breaking her heart that she will have to miss her beloved niece’s wedding in London. At least she thinks that’s her worst troub
Jen. (JenGalaxy4 Christian Book Reviews)
I’ve just read my first book by Julie Klassen.

And, now I must collect everything she’s ever published!!

I LOVED this book! Just simply loved it!

The Bridge to Belle Island is a well-crafted and perfectly-paced! It’s a story filled with wonderful, vivid characters and imagery. There are so many intriguing layers, twists and turns!

I can’t say much more, because…well…spoilers. But! One thing’s for sure – you won’t want to miss this page-turning mystery at its finest!

The Bridge to Belle Island is av
Randi Annie Framnes
When lawyer Benjamin Booker and his senior partner Robert Harvey stumbles upon a crime scene, they are horrified the victim is longtime friend and company founder Percival Norris. The case seems connected to Isabella Wilder of Belle Island. Benjamin agrees to pay her a visit to investigate the murder under the cover of giving her legal advice.

The victim, Mr. Norris, has served as trustee of the Wilder estate in a way which increasingly worries and angers his charge Isabella. For the last ten yea
Amanda Hupe
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: netgalley, 2019-reads
I have read many Julie Klassen novels and was overjoyed when I received The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen. This book introduces a lawyer named Benjamin Booker who experiences a detrimental loss in his career. So now, he has trust issues, particularly with beautiful women. When he and his mentor discover that an old partner has been found murdered, they are determined to bring the culprit to justice. The evidence leads them to Isabelle Wilder on Belle Island. Isabelle has experienced so ...more
Maureen Timerman
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
The author kept me guessing, almost to the end, and thankfully a wonderful job is done to totally complete this read.
Greed and Pride, and maybe more, but these come in to play, and end with murder, but who wanted this lawyer dead? When the facts begin to fall, the list grows, and really surprises abound.
The setting sounds so ideal, a beautiful island on the Tames, made me want to live there!
If you like a book that is filled with action, most you won’t see coming, intrigue, and mystery, and natu
The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen
Isabelle Wilder: Feels a curse is on her
Benjamin Booker: Attorney seeking truth of a partner's murder
Rose Lawrence: Isabelle's beloved niece
Theodore Grant: Doctor and long time friend to Isabelle
Robert Hardy: Senior partner in the law firm, Ben's boss
Uncle Percy: Distant relative, trustee of Wilder estates.
Christopher Adair: Rose's intended
Evan Curtis: Isabelle's ex-fiancé
Carlota Medina: Isabelle's friend and lady's maid

1819, London and Berks
Deanne Patterson
Dec 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have read almost all of Julie Klassen's books and this has to be my favorite of all of them.
The characters really jump off the page at you, demanding your attention to solve the case before another murder occurs.
The story line was superb and I learned about Belle Island and River Thames , the ebb and flow of the river and it's flooding.
Belle Island is fiction but I could picture myself there among it's people watching the mystery crack wide open.
The story involves a disenchanted lawyer on the
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Squeal! Eep! Squeeppp!!! Regency with a Gothic flare! I'm swooning just on principle. :-)

Love the slow build to the mystery. Very atmospheric. The murder happens right at the start but the sifting through clues is delectably laborious. So many potential suspects, so many questions left unanswered. So many false trails to follow. And the secrets! Isabelle's safe island haven is anything but.

Though the mystery is an important part of the story, it doesn't outshine the luxurious Regency details --
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
Julie Klassen is a hit or miss author for me. Some of her books I love others not so much. This one fell right in the middle. It was a slow moving mystery with a bit of romance attached to the end. The story and characters take time to build. The mystery is a very good one. I was pretty stumped. Klassen wrote this so you would suspect everyone! Even the sweet leading lady who I knew could not have done it. It was a very well done book. I just felt like the characters got lost to the mystery with ...more
Jan 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
Lovely historical novel by the talented Julie Klassen. The characters and setting are both charming in this Regency novel.
Nov 28, 2019 added it
One of the best Julie Klassen books I've ever read outside of Pembroke Hall. But this one is my favorite by hers.
It's quite a bit different from what I'm used to reading by her but it's all good.
The setting of this story is just right for what goes on in the book. The way Julie writes I pictured myself there perfectly.
I enjoyed reading about Isabelle. Her struggles with anxiety reminds of of someone else I know.
We lived by a creek. I've seen that creek when it's flooded and the bridge we crosse
Isabelle Wilder is a 30 year old spinster who is chained to her home on Belle Island by fear since most of her relatives who left the island ended up dead. Thirty one year old Benjamin Booker is a lawyer who just lost an important case due to being swayed by the wiles of his female client. Now one of his bosses, Percival Norris, has been found dead; and the main suspect is Isabelle Wilder whose trust he handled. When his other boss, Mr. Hardy, sends Benjamin to Belle Island to investigate, he fi ...more
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
"Stay at home! Stay safe!"

Her mother's last words . . . . forever etched in her brain; compelling Isabelle Wilder to remain tethered to her beautiful home on Belle Island. And now, unfortunate suspicions are swirling about her trustee's untimely death; murder they say . . . . . and somehow she is connected, albeit impossible, because she never travelled to London on that fateful night. However, she does remember having a troubling dream.

Attorney Benjamin Booker has been assigned to inv
Jill Williamson
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Julie's books! ...more
Library Queen
So glad Julie Klassen is back to doing mysteries! Such beautiful descriptions of the island, it makes me want to book a ticket to England. Great to read since I'm stuck at home. ...more
First she pulled me into a haunting, gothic romance and most recently inviting me into a delightful village to save an old coaching inn. For this occasion, she introduces an island estate on the Thames and a mystery tying it to a dark deed done in London driving me to high expectation. Julie Klassen is a deft hand at taking the reader back to the Regency Era with her engaging characters and the gentle flow of story that passes quickly leaving the reader is left well-satisfied, but still wanting ...more
Kristine Morgan
Dec 28, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Bridge to Belle Island by Julie Klassen, while a good book is not my favorite book of hers. I think for me the problem was that I did not really like most of the characters. The plot was good but was a slow starter. Other than that I did enjoy this book once I got into it. By the time I reached the last quarter of the book, I had to keep reading, at that point I wanted to know what happened. So grab the beverage of your choice and settle in for a good read.

I was given a copy of this book by
Susan Snodgrass
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Did she believe God was loving? She wanted to trust, but fear and worry all too often won out.'

I have been a Julie Klassen fan since her very first book, which I have read several times. Her Regencies are perfect and the mystery she throws in completes them. I was drawn in immediately here and continually kept trying to find the culprit. Her characters are great and the plot was also the same and the build up to the ending was superb! Recommended.

*My thanks to Bethany House Publishers for a pre
Apr 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Much more of a mystery/suspense than a romance. I’m not sure if that was the intention, but it felt different for this author.

Character-filled plot at times makes it a little difficult to keep track of everyone that pops up, you’ll find yourself trying to solve the murder. All the while, wondering if a romance will develop between the two main characters. It’s different for sure and if you are interested in a suspenseful historical fiction, this will be the story for you.

I received a complimen
After a humiliating mistake, lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman. When an old friend is killed, the senior partner isn't satisfied with Bow Street's efforts and asks Benjamin to investigate. Eager to leave London for a while, Benjamin agrees. Evidence takes him to a remote island on the Thames, a world unto itself, shrouded in mist and mystery. Soon he finds himself falling for the main suspect--a woman who claims not to have left the island in ten years. But ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
A beautiful heiress is implicated in a shocking murder, while a lawyer who vowed never to trust a beautiful face is the only one who can help her clear her name.

Isabelle loves her home on Belle Island, but fears keep her from spreading her wings and going beyond it's familiar comfort. She is shocked at the accusations, but she cannot with clarity say that she did not commit the crime.

Benjamin took a different path than was laid out for him, carving out a career in law. He seeks to live his fait
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I adore the experience of reading a Julie Klassen novel. The Bridge to Belle Island is no exception: this is a novel to savor, a reading experience in which to luxuriate as Klassen expertly brings the romance and intrigue of early 19th century Britain to life. Klassen is truly a master at blending the manners and societal mores of this time period with heart-stopping romance and a dash of gothic-style mystery. Here, as with her previous novels, the mystery is not the focus as much as it is a veh ...more
Malia Saldaña
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was so good. I loved the mystery. It was fun trying to figure out who did it. I also loved Belle Island. I wish it wasn’t fictional. So, I can go visit it one day. I loved the main characters in this book too. I highly recommend.
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Even though it took me a little bit to get into this book, once I got into it it captured my attention. I loved how it kept me guessing. Whenever I thought I had figured out who the murderer was, something new would come to light and change my mind. I really enjoyed this book!
Rebekah Brown
The Bridge to Belle Island is Klassen’s first true murder mystery novel. Her novel The Secret At Pembrooke park has a similar feel, but has a large romantic component to the plot, where This novel does not. The Bridge to Bell Island has some good qualities, but lacks Klassen’s sweet clean regency romances she does so well.

I’m not one to judge on the quality of a mystery (with most books and shows with the element of mystery I am surprised and enjoy the action). That was no difference with this b
Alysha (For The Love of Christian Fiction)
As always Julie wrote an amazing story! I really enjoyed this one. It had the perfect Julie amount of intrigue & romance.

4.5/5 stars
Feb 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Bridge to Belle Island is a really fun murder mystery! I didn't expect that it would lean quite so hard into the murder mystery aspect of the plot, but I found that I really enjoyed it! The plot kept me guessing throughout, and I didn't ever have it quite figured out.

I did feel, though, that once the killer was revealed and the mystery portion was over, the rest of the book fell a little flat. A good 350 or so pages are devoted to a short time period (maybe 2-3 weeks), and then the last 40 p
Kris - My Novelesque Life
2019; Bethany House

Do not read The Bridge to Belle Island if you are looking for a strong mystery. The mystery in this novel is easy to figure out, and is more of background noise to help the novel along. It seems many of Klassen's faithful readers have given this book a "meh" rating as they were expecting more of her signature clean romance. I have read 3 of Klassen's novel, all part of a trilogy, and enjoyed it a lot as it reminded me of Jane Austen's writing - witty stories w
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Julie Klassen loves all things Jane—Jane Eyre and Jane Austen. A graduate of the University of Illinois, Julie worked in publishing for sixteen years and now writes full time. Three of her books, The Silent Governess, The Girl in the Gatehouse, and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, have won the Christy Award for Historical Romance. She has also won the Midwest Book Award, the Minnesota Book Award, and ...more

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