Sunday, October 6, 2013

Review: The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

Title: The Bridge

Author: Karen Kingsbury

Where I Got It: I bought it for my birthday last year

Why I Read It: I love everything about Karen Kingsbury and the way she writes, her books, etc. I have read every book of hers.

Rating: 5 stars

This book is about a book store owner who named his book store The Bridge, and who had a rough time bringing his book store back up to par after a massive flood ran through the town. It talks about the ups and downs, triumphs and tragedies that occurred, and was also about a girl and a boy who met in college, and fell in love, even though they did not know it at the time. We follow Charlie and his wife Donna, as well as Molly and Ryan as they grow and develop in the trust and hands of God himself.

As usual, Karen Kingsbury earns 5 stars from me. She is an amazing writer, and I love how she can make you feel like you know her characters in real life. She brings these characters to life, and makes you feel like they are apart of your very own family. I found myself really routing for the couple who met in college and drifted apart, and also for Charlie, the owner of The Bridge, which was his book store that he built from the bottom up.

This book sort of hit close to home because recently I have been learning about second chances, and how everyone deserves a second chance. Karen shows us how God is the giver of second chances, and that is the best and most important thing I took away from this book.

I also loved this book because I am going to school for business management, so I can own my own book store some day. Considering that this book is about a book store owner, it showed me that even though it is taking a long time to get where I am going, it is going to be great to have customers coming into my book store that they feel like is home to them, and making those customers my family.

With all of that said, the only thing that surprised me about the book is that it did not seem as "God like", like most of Karen's books are. Yes, there was some mention about how great God is, and the power of Prayer, etc. But usually he books are more in depth with it. Based on how this book was verses her other ones, I prefer her books to speak about the Great and Powerful God, rather than not.

I would highly recommend this book for someone who wants a great, but quick read and for someone who wants to feel warm inside after you read the last page.

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