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The Bridge to Belle Island

4.40  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  34 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 ...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
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
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
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
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
Nov 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is unquestionably a murder mystery, complete with all the trappings: red herrings, lies, sketchy alibis, and an abundance of suspects and motives, but set firmly in Regency era England. The mystery is definitely what drives the plot, and I didn't feel it had the emotional depth and impact of some of the author's other novels, but the constant spiritual thread about anxiety and placing one's trust in God was certainly timely for me!

While I preferred Klassen's Gothic stories (The Tutor's
Nora St Laurent
Nov 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story begins in a courtroom, introducing Benjamin Booker in 1819. “Benjamin Booker sat in the Old Bailey, pulse pounding His most important case to date had finally been called to trial – his chance to prove himself to the firm’s partners.”

Things don’t go as planned. The partners are not impressed with Benjamin and one of the partners turns up dead, Benjamin suspects there’s foul play. His partner tells him to go to Belle Island and deliver the news to the relatives. See for yourself how
A quaint, rather remote island in the Thames River sets the stage for Julie Klassen’s latest Regency tale! Suspense, intrigue, and romance add to the essence of this captivating story. After getting rather publicly humiliated during a trial, Benjamin Booker gladly accepts the challenge of going to the country and investigating Ms. Isabelle Wilder, purported to be a possible suspect in the death of her guardian, Mr. Norris, the senior partner at Mr. Booker’s law firm.

Benjamin finds himself drawn
Ebos Aifuobhokhan
Nov 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very interesting and intriguing book.
It captivated my attention from the very first line till the end.
A lot of tragedies had happened in the life of Isabella to earn her isolating herself in her lovely island. But her time out comes to an end when her life is once again treated at it's foundations. Despite her fears I enjoyed reading about her sweet spirit and her love for people. As a homebody myself I could relate with her.
Ben had been bitten before by a pretty woman and he had set his heart
Nov 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
1819, London – Thirty-one-year-old Benjamin Booker is an attorney who has risked everything for a female client he fully believes is innocent. But, when he loses her case, his whole world comes to a crashing halt.
Distraught and frustrated he meets up with his boss at a local pub to discuss the case and his future. As they head out, they discover a scene at the home of Percival Norris, their retired colleague. Further investigation leads to a dead body that will eventually
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
Marilyn Rondeau
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman after a humiliating incident with a young woman he believed innocent, admitted her guilt. So when a murder case involves a client of the firm, the senior partner asks Benjamin, eager to leave London, to investigate. 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 ...more
Marilyn Rondeau
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lawyer Benjamin Booker resolves to never again trust a beautiful woman after a humiliating incident with a young woman he believed innocent, admitted her guilt. So when a murder case involves a client of the firm, the senior partner asks Benjamin, eager to leave London, to investigate. 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 ...more
Anita Ojeda
Nov 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Benjamin Booker has failed. He thought this important case would bring honor to his mentor’s firm, instead, a beautiful face snookered him into believing a lie. A lie that could cost the law firm’s reputation.

Word travels fast in London, and Benjamin’s court loss will surely confirm to his father and brother that he chose the wrong profession. But Benjamin has no desire to work with sick or dead people as an apothcary or investigator. He loves the law and all its nuances.

In the wake of a
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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
Nancy Larimer
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
" The Bridge to Belle Island" is a mystery and also romantic fiction. Benjamin Booker is a lawyer and is in a firm with several other lawyers. In the beginning one of the lawyers was murdered. Benjamin was sent to Belle Island to figure out the details on how the murder occurred and who may have killed his partner. Belle Island is isolated and the area is a mystery . It is located on the Thames river. Other problems have occurred there which have not been solved. The island was very secluded and ...more
From gifted writer Julie Klassen comes a captivating novel of historical suspense set in England, intensively researched, with a sweeping plot that involves romance, betrayal, and murder. Belle Island is rich in texture and full of color and authenticity, as the author paints a picture with words. The premise for this book is interesting, somewhat unusual in certain aspects, and the characters are mostly proper, sometimes charming, sometimes rogues, and generally determined individuals.

Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie Klassen’s latest release is full of twists and turns, making it a challenge, if not impossible, to solve the mystery of who killed Percival Norris. The majority of the time, I felt like I was reading a drawn out game of Clue that had me guessing and regrouping several times until the end.
All characters are likely suspects, with powerful motivations to see the crotchety former barrister dead. With the introduction of secondary characters scattered throughout the first few chapters, each one
Nov 29, 2019 rated it liked it
"The Bridge to Belle Island" is a historical romance/mystery set in 1819 in England. Benjamin loses a case because he trusted a beautiful woman. Then one of the partners is found murdered, which further threatens the firm. Benjamin's mentor sends him to subtly investigate Isabelle, but he greets her by basically accusing her of murder. She's a very kind and compassionate woman who continues to forgive his suspicion, but they couldn't really grow to love each other because of his continued ...more
Laura Langley
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Julie Klassen has been a favorite author of mine for a while, so when I had the chance to review her latest novel, The Bridge to Belle Island, I jumped at the chance. Klassen has a gift for helping the reader to empathize with her characters, and immersing the reader in the setting. That's why I tend to read her novels.

I picked up The Bridge to Belle Island, set in Georgian England, and quickly found myself intrigued by realisitic and interesting characters, especially Benjamin and Isabelle,
Jennifer Purcell
Dec 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Julie Klassen’s The Bridge to Belle Island is a suspense-filled Regency romance, but for me, it wasn’t the Klassen I’m used to. Not to say that the book isn’t good. But it did take me a bit to get into. I pushed myself to continue reading, though, and I think it was well worth it.

Klassen did a great job of slowly revealing clues and building suspense. I would be certain I knew who the murderer was, but then Klassen would throw a curveball that left me second-guessing. With twists and turns and
Oct 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
In The Bridge to Belle Island, Julie Klassen has penned another intriguing, mysterious and wholly entertaining whodunit set during the end of the Regency era. I found the first chapter to be a bit confusing and had to go back and read again in order to get the characters straight....and there are many characters in this cast of murder suspects. The majority of the characters were very likable and I was completely unsuspecting of who the murderer turned out to be. As one who suffers from panic ...more
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
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Bridge to Belle Island

By Julie Klassen

A case gone wrong sends Benjamin Booker to Belle Island to lay low and regain reputation, however Belle Island is not the simple escape he thought it would be. Belle Island holds a killer and the longer Ben is there the more complicated his feelings become concerning the case and murder suspect Isabelle Wilder. How can Ben trust his feelings towards Isabelle when they might be leading him down the familiar path of deception.

I have enjoyed every book I’ve
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Mystery and Sweet Romance

This page-turning mystery kept me interested from start to finish, including an eye-opening plot twist I never saw coming! Fictional and beautiful Belle Island provided a scenic backdrop to the story and enabled me to learn more about the geography of the Thames River. Along with a supporting cast who contributed much to the plot line, Isabelle and Benjamin, were endearing and strong characters who each had their own issues to overcome. As an avid reader of Christian
It's been way too long since I've read a Julie Klassen book. The Bridge to Belle Island reminded me of what a master she is in this genre. The romance, the setting, the characters, the intrigue, the historical detail, the dialogue. So good!

The mystery was superb. Everyone was a suspect and had plenty of motive to do the deed. I was constantly left guessing and trying to figure out what was going on and who the most likely suspect was. I was shocked when the reveal finally came.

The pacing was a
Nov 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is a bit different than the other books I've read by Julie Klassen. This is a murder mystery. It is also a historical fiction with a bit of romance thrown in. I did enjoy the book. The characters were very well developed and the story flowed well. I do admit I was suspicious of whom the actual murder was about 3/4 of the way through. But, that did not detract from the story in any way.

The ebook I received was an ARC and it did have a few errors both grammatical and spelling. A couple
Dec 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
One would think there would not be many suspects to be found on a small privately owned island related to a murder committed in London. Ah, but one would be wrong because there are suspects in abundance. It is up to attorney Benjamin Booker to work through them all in order to prove the innocence of Isabelle Wilder, owner and prisoner of Belle Island. Intrigued? I hope so because I believe you will find this mystery and Klassen's characters compelling. Klassen's theme of trust and confidence ...more
Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’ve read a handful of Klassen books and this may be one of my favorites. It reminded me a little of the movie “Clue” where there are many people around and everyone seems to have some reason for disliking the victim. I thoroughly enjoyed the mystery.

There were several interesting factors in the story. One of the suspects is an agoraphobic woman who claims to have not left her island in 10 years. One of the investigating lawyers has vertigo. There are random Jane Austen quotes sprinkled
Tama Fortner
Dec 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Both Isabelle Wilder and Benjamin Booker have allowed the events of the past to overshadow and shape their present. Will they find the faith and courage they need to set aside the past and reach for a brighter future? Or will a murderer claim yet another victim? The Bridge to Belle Island is a story of letting go and of holding on to the One who holds the future in His hands.

Klassen is a master of the Regency novel, skillfully weaving in a page-turning mystery that will keep you guessing until
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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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