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The Bridge at Valentine by Renee Thompson
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Aug 15, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: historical-fiction
Read from August 15 to October 17, 2010

The comparison of Renee Thompson's debut novel The Bridge at Valentine to Romeo and Juliet is understandable and accurate in terms of a deep love not accepted by the couple's parents. That's as far as the similarities go. July, the protagonist in this love story, has the strength and independence of spirit to make her own choices and mistakes. And the man she loves is just as strong-willed. The creative and unpredictable ways they resolve the conflict between their values and their relationship is intriguing. The characters are well-developed and the story is character driven. When I had to put the book down, I missed July and wondered what would happen in her life. Thompson made July that real to me.
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Renee Thompson Karyn,

Thank you so much for this lovely review. I'm so happy to learn you enjoyed the book, and that you were still thinking about July after you'd put the book down. Your kind words warm my heart -- thanks again!

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