A bookstore of love. ;)
The Bridge isn't really a bookstore of love. It's a used bookstore, a dream for the owner, Charlie Barton, in Franklin, Tennessee. It also happens to be the place where Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly met.
Molly and Ryan met in the bookstore and fell in love, but it was not meant to be. Both college students had commitments to people back home.
Five years after they last saw each other, their favorite bookstore is in trouble. After a devastating flood, the store is left with nothing to sell, and Charlie Barton is left with rising debts that will cause him to lose the store. Due to the stress and struggle, Charlie considers taking his own life.
From the Goodreads.com description (which I think accurately describes the function of the bookstore for the town of Franklin better than anything I could say):
"For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of eBooks."
Karen Kingsbury knits together a wonderful tale of lost love. If you are a fan of Karen Kingsbury you will enjoy this book. It is set around Christmas and the cover is Christmasy, but it isn't so much a Christmas tale. Christmas just plays the scene setter, if you will.
One funny tidbit that I noticed: Molly has a male first name as her last name and Ryan has a female first name as his last name.
I read this as a review request from Netgalley.com on my laptop using Adobe Digital. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review in any way.