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The bridge : a novel
Karen Kingsbury
Adult Fiction KINGSBU

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From Publishers' Weekly:

Popular inspirational novelist Kingsbury goes mainstream in her newest, which mixes a love story with a seasonal one that borrows from the Christmas favorite It's A Wonderful Life. Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly were college friends heading toward something more when a misunderstanding drives them apart. Five years later, Molly pines for Ryan, a country music guitarist, and vice versa, even though each assumes the other has married an earlier sweetheart. Meanwhile, Charlie Barton, owner of the Bridge, the Franklin, Tenn., bookstore where Molly and Ryan hung out, faces ruin in the aftermath of a devastating flood and the changes in publishing that have devastated many a book retailer. Shortly before Christmas, Charlie comes desperately to think he's worth more dead than alive, but before he can change his mind, a car accident leaves him in a coma. When Ryan hears about the accident, he begins a book drive for Charlie, and those who know the Jimmy Stewart holiday film don't have to guess how things turn out. Kingsbury fans may acquire a new holiday favorite read in this sugary tale of second chances. (Oct. 23) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

When the floods hit Nashville in 2010, Charlie Barton's bookstore, The Bridge, was destroyed. Now Charlie is in a coma following a car accident, and his store is about to be repossessed. Ryan Kelly has spent years on the road promoting his country music, but he has finally returned home to Nashville. When he was last there, he gave his heart to a woman whose controlling father forced her to marry someone else. Now all Ryan has left of Molly Allen are his memories of the hours they spent together at The Bridge. Ryan uses Twitter to plead for help in saving the bookstore. Molly hears about his efforts and returns to the city to assist him. Soon they learn that neither one has married. Can they move past their hurt feelings and to find a future together? -VERDICT Best-selling author Kingsbury (Coming Home) does a wonderful job of melding stories, moving between the present and the past and between points of view in this timeless story. A nice choice for readers who enjoy material from Kristen Hannah and Dorothea Benton Frank. [This title marks Kingsbury's first hardcover release with her new publisher-Ed.] (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Molly Allen
Walked away from the love of her life five years ago in Tennessee.

Ryan Kelly
Can still hear Molly's voice though she left him five years ago; visits the old bookstore where he and Molly spent countless hours.
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Charlie Barton
Owns a bookstore with his wife; the bank is pulling his lease after a flood destroyed nearly every book in the store.
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Owns a bookstore with her husband; the bank is pulling the lease after a flood destroyed nearly every book in the store.
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