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What's left when you lose everything? Kingsbury (Coming Home, 2012) works through that tough question in her newest novel. Charlie Barton and his wife, Donna, ran the Bridge, a historic bookstore in Franklin, Tennessee, for 30 years, but a declining industry and a devastating flood left them with an empty storefront and insurmountable bills. Molly Allen and Ryan Kelly connected in college over their passion for reading, using the Bridge as their getaway from the very different lives they lead. ED: S/B they led ? Years later, both look back and wonder what could have been. When Charlie gets into a horrible accident, Ryan decides to organize a book drive and gather donations, so Charlie can rebuild the bookstore when he heals. Through the effort, Ryan and Molly reconnect. It's hard to know what is most important until something forces you to change your perspective. Kingsbury's characters are confronted with the hard choices readers face daily. The award-winning author brings her trademark empathy for the people she writes for to this tale, and fans will love her dramatic take on real issues.--Richard, Carolyn Copyright 2010 Booklist
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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.