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4.60  ·  Rating details ·  106 ratings  ·  52 reviews
Louisa Coultrie Halloway has returned home as caretaker for the family home on Edisto Island, but years before she left this world behind. Now she flounders to find her place. When Liam Whiting, a local professor studying tidal creek preservation, invites Lou to join his research team, she welcomes the opportunity for purpose.

David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and the
Paperback, 300 pages
Published July 31st 2019 by Firefly Southern Fiction
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Lauren Denton
Aug 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
The Bridge Between is a rich and satisfying follow-up to Brackett's debut novel, Still Waters, but it could also be read as a stand-alone novel. I loved this story! Brackett writes beautifully and creates characters who are so real, you'd think they're in your own family or living down the street from you. Just like with Still Waters, the deep family and relational dynamics pulled me in, as did the gorgeous setting and lowcountry details. I'll read anything Lindsey Brackett writes!
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Bridge Between is a lovely story of reconciliation and the beauty of a second chance. Though at first I missed the characters that the previous story revolved around, soon I was captured by Louisa and David as compelling characters in their own right. Cora Anne and Tennessee are featured in this story, so the reader does still keep up with them a bit, but more than that, it delves into the past and lays the foundation for the present day story line. I really enjoyed the use of the flashback ...more
Denise Hershberger
Jul 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book is all about second chances. I really enjoyed the multiple storylines that all featured forgiveness. But I really enjoyed multiple love stories!

I'm not a small town girl, but they make excellent book settings. It was fun to picture the family gatherings and fishing and such.

I'll be honest, there are a lot of characters to keep track of and it made it hard for me at first, but once I wrapped my head around every and their place I loved the story.

David and Lou made good lead characters.
Suzie Waltner
Oct 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lindsey P. Brackett brings readers back to Edisto, SC with a story built around broken relationships. While The Bridge Between can be read on its own, readers will get so much more out of this book if they’ve read Brackett’s debut novel, Still Waters, first.

Through the eyes of three characters and the here and now mixed with their earlier lives, Louisa, David, and Grace are granted second chances in friendships, families, and love. This story about people is beautifully set against the Edisto se
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of those books that I just wanted to keep reading. There are a lot of emotions in this book and I felt like I was right there with each of these characters. The story or stories of these folks are so entwined and you can’t hear one without wanting to hear the others. It’s true that we sometimes think we know what we want, but until other options are presented, just maybe we have a change of heart. I think it’s also true that we often hurt those closest to us, sometimes without realiz ...more
Jessica Shrader
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was such an amazing read. It was so well thought out and written. The author did such a great job with the characters and I could visualize everything like I was there. I really like the double timeline and it was easy to follow. This book moved me to feel so many emotions. I laughed, cried, cheered, and smiled. It contained real life family dynamics and there is something for each reader to relate to. I could not put this book down. The author is truly talented with her storytelling a ...more
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: southern-fiction
The Bridge Between takes us back to beautiful Edisto Island in South Carolina. The descriptions are so real that you can almost smell the salt air and the pluff mud while you are reading this later life coming of age novel. NOTE: Even though this book is a continuation of the 2017 book Still Waters, it can be read as a stand alone.

Louisa lives in her old family home on Edisto Island with her triplet sons. Her daughter lives nearby as does her ex-husband David. Lou and David have shared custody
Beth Erin
Oct 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
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With genuine characters and sometimes painful authenticity, Brackett explores and exposes the human condition and our soul-deep need for forgiveness and unconditional love.

The Bridge Between does not shy away from the nitty-gritty of life and complicated relationships. The tangled webs of love and loss in this story had my emotions tied up in knots, effectively holding me captive to the end! Fortunately, the calming ambiance of idyllic Edisto Is
Marriage and family relationships can be hard, messy, challenging, and frustrating, but they can also be rewarding, emotionally bonding, fun, and beautiful. Relatiomships not always what a person expects, they can be broken, but they can also be mended. Author Lindsey P. Brackett once again brings to life the world of Edisto, capturing the love and heart of her readers. This story is about friendships, families, love and second chances. It’s about overcoming obstacles in life and moving forward ...more
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I was honored to be able to read an advanced reader copy of Lindsey Brackett's latest novel. This story focuses on the relationship between Lou and David, who are Cora Anne's (from the first novel in the series, Still Waters) divorced parents. This story beautifully weaves together both the past and present and how choices we make have lasting effects, but with time and love there is always hope for a new beginning as the Lord can make all things new. Lindsey's rich descriptions of the setting l ...more
Amanda Hash
Jul 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
This book was breathtakingly beautiful. Weaving together themes of family, forgiveness, and unrelenting, unwavering love -- it will make you laugh, and weep, and believe in something wonderful. Brackett eloquently reminds us that even when everything seems broken, it "doesn't mean things aren't working together for good. Just takes a while, sometimes, to see it." The Bridge Between is an absolute treasure, filled with heart and sweet Southern wisdom.

(And though this novel is a sequel, it's a pe
Jun 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this beautifully written sequel, author Lindsey Brackett evokes a variety of emotions as she continues the story of a beloved family on Edisto Island who will never quite get over the loss of the family's matriarch...not that they want to. It's a story of love, forgiveness, and new beginnings. It will not disappoint.
Aug 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a well written book that holds your attention. It is a wonderful story about forgiveness and second chances. It is full of emotions and make you laugh, cry and cheer. I received an ARC copy of this book and was not required to write a review. All opinions expressed are my own.
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A book I truly loved and enjoyed from beginning to end! I was routing for Lou the whole time and loved the ending! I read this in a single sitting and loved the authors way of speaking to me. I can not wait to read more from her as I read as a stand-alone I still really enjoyed it ! A must read book!
Deborah Sprinkle
Jul 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Another amazing book by Lindsey Brackett! She transports us to the low country world of South Carolina with such skill, and we feel like we’ve known her characters all our lives. Warning: once you open this book, you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read the very last word!
Randy Tramp
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Louisa "Lou" Coultrie Halloway returns home to Edisto Island. Liam Whiting, a professor, invites Lou to join his research team studying tidal creek preservation. David, her ex-husband, has followed Lou and their children to Edisto. He wants their relationship to continue. She, not so much.

This story follows two timelines. Present and the past. I found myself enjoying each timeline, reading to get to the other. Lindsey did a great job weaving the past and the present, which in itself creates conf
Amy Mullen
Jul 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A very enjoyable summer read!! This book had such descriptive settings and I could almost feel like I was on Edisto Island! For anyone who has lived in a small town, the interconnectedness of the people in your life and the way families spiral through generations will be familiar to you! The themes of forgiveness, letting go of the past and moving forward can resonate with anyone anywhere, though. The characters are fully developed and relatable. Lou and David, with their relationship ups and do ...more
Jill Willis
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A perfect beach read! I could hear the gulls, feel the sand between my toes and sniff the scent of a low country boil. The story of Lou and David’s insecurities tore my heart open, even prompting me to cry in a few places. This is the first book I've read about a divorced couple considering reconciliation. The author did an admirable job bringing the characters' true feelings to the page. The only thing she could have done better would have been to print Grace's Southern recipes in the back. May ...more
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to Lindsey P. Brackett for an ARC of The Bridge Between in exchange for an honest review. This was the first novel I read by this author, and I really enjoyed it. It is a tale of forgiveness, love, and starting over. There are a few storylines running through the book. One thing that would have made this book better for me is to have read the other”Edisto” novels, so I could have a better understanding of the characters and their lives up to now.
This story follows Louisa and David as
Beckie Burnham
Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Lindsey Brackett is definitely an author to watch and read! My book club read her debut novel, Still Waters, last year and loved it. It was a great blend of Southern, romance, and women’s fiction that appealed to the varying ages of my group. So when Brackett released a book that takes the reader back to Edisto Island, I knew I needed to make the trip. The Bridge Between has some of the same elements of the first book in the series — wonderful setting, characters that capture your heart, and emo ...more
Jul 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dear Reader, if you have time, please read Still Waters, before diving into this second marvelous novel, The Bridge Between! Pull up a beach chair, a cold drink, feel the breeze, smell the pluff mud and listen to the rolling waves. It isn’t necessary that you do so, but the family you will fall in love with in Still Waters continues in this newest work. Having read both books, I feel I know the characters so well that I am surprised they are not neighbors of mine.

The Bridge Between opens where S
Hope W.
Aug 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Bridge Between is a beautiful story of family, forgiveness, and second chances. The two main characters are divorced parents of four children, so not the typical hero and heroine like most romances. It was refreshing to see love from the other side of "I do." The story includes flashbacks to how the characters met and how their marriage began to fall apart, and all the chapters flowed together seamlessly. The family ties and complicated relationships create tension and conflict as well as jo ...more
Leslie M.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is Brackett’s second book, and while it’s technically part of a series, the book can easily stand alone.

The author crafts well-developed characters that have depth, are realistic, and are easy to root for. Their struggles are relatable. Second chances is a key theme. Vivid descriptions make the reader feel a part of Edisto Island. I’m from a small town, so I always enjoy them as a setting. I was happy to see a dual timeline used in this emotional read, which contains moment that will have t
Haley Resseguie
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
In The Bridge Between, Lindsey Brackett takes us back to Edisto Island and the slow life of the Lowcountry. I highly recommend reading Still Waters first so you can fully understand and appreciate the connections between the Halloway and the Watson families. Getting to see Lou and David again in this book was wonderful as well as learning all the history of their relationship. Lou and David divorced 5 years ago when the past, their own desires, and the harsh realities that come with life became ...more
Kristen Parnell
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This southern fiction sequel to Still Waters follows Cora Anne's mother and her own unraveled romance. The story opens with Lou pursuing a dream career that refuses to launch while juggling work and raising her three triplet sons, with the help of her ex-husband David.

David's character was my favorite. Sure, he made his share of mistakes that contributed to their divorce, but he is so much more likable than Lou. I just wanted to smack that woman sometimes. She clearly doesn't see how much he's
Aug 10, 2019 rated it really liked it

The Bridge Between by Author, Lindsey P. Brackett

Welcome to Low-Country on Edisto Island, South Carolina- where emotions run deep- a story of family history, painful memories, second chances, insecurities, love, loss and Southern Charm.

I feel for me personally, I feel that reading the previous story in the series, the authors debut novel, "Still Waters", may have helped me a bit more in understanding the "story behind the story" of Louisa, David and others included within the story li
Heather Iseminger
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Ocean breezes and southern charm. Author Lindsey Brackett weaves a lovely narrative of redemption and forgiveness with the difficult questions we often ask ourselves when life doesn’t look like we dream it should. Set deep in the heart of low country South Caroline on the sandy shores of Edisto, readers of The Bridge Between will yearn for toes dipped in salty waves and glasses of ice-cold lemonade as they are immersed in this authentic, moving story. Brackett is seamless in her ability to compo ...more
Emily Yager
Oct 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Get swept away to the beautiful Edisto Island off the shore of South Carolina. A sweet second chance romance that covers the power of forgiveness.

There are a lot of characters in this story, it took me a bit to get them all straighten out. The dynamics and chemistry between Lou and David was very interesting and I loved seeing that despite everything they still tried to make things better for their family.

I really enjoyed this story. When I started this I didn’t know it was part fo a series, b
Christina Alexander
Nov 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I couldn't put it down.
Or more to the point, the emotional connections and explorations in this book grabbed me, pulled me in and I didn't want to put it down so I didn't.
The descriptions are delightful and make you feel fully present without subjecting you to long slogs through paragraphs of landscaping. I rooted for these characters --- even the ones who weren't like me. Brackett overlays family history, stories in letters, memories (told as flashbacks and reminiscences), Edisto lore, traditio
Robin Skelton
Jul 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Once again, Lindsey Brackett has been able to take the characters from Edisto Island and not only bring them to life but also to continuously intertwine the history of the family/island and the many secrets kept there. When I finished Still Waters, I could not imagine being able to continue to put so much family history along with love, betrayal, and forgiveness. I am super excited to get the copy I preordered and also sad because we do not have the third story yet!
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Lindsey P. Brackett writes southern fiction infused with her rural Georgia upbringing and Lowcountry roots. Her debut novel, Still Waters, inspired by family summers at Edisto Beach, released in 2017. Called “a brilliant debut” with “exquisite writing,” Still Waters was named an INSPY finalist and the 2018 Selah Book of the Year. Her second novel, The Bridge Between, releases July 31, 2019.

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