The Bridge

A Novel

The Bridge

Read by: January LaVoy
The New York Times bestselling author of Learning and Leaving shares a heartwarming Christmas story about a devastating flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships.

Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but her heart is back in Franklin, Tennessee, where five years ago she walked away from a man she cannot forget, a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
     Ryan Kelly lives in Franklin and spends plenty of time at The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—remembering the long hours he and Kelly once spent there.
     Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. 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. Then in May a flood tore through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store. By Christmastime, the bank threatens to pull the lease on The Bridge and is about to take the Bartons’ house as well. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles begin to unfold.
  • Simon & Schuster Audio | 
  • 4 disks | 
  • ISBN 9781442353213 | 
  • October 2012
Add to Cart
List Price $19.99
In Stock: Usually ships within 1 business day

Video

Karen Kingsbury’s 'The Bridge'

Based on the novella by the same name, Karen Kingsbury’s 'The Bridge' is a heartwarming Christmas story about a historic flood, lost love, and the beauty of enduring friendships, soon to be a Hallmark Channel movie event.

Reading Group Guide

This reading group guide for The Bridge includes an introduction, discussion questions, ideas for enhancing your book club, and a Q&A with author Karen Kingsbury. The suggested questions are intended to help your reading group find new and interesting angles and topics for your discussion. We hope that these ideas will enrich your conversation and increase your enjoyment of the book.


Introduction

Molly Allen lives in Portland, but her heart is in Franklin, Tennessee—where she walked away from Ryan Kelly, a man she cannot forget. Now, Ryan and Molly’s favorite bookstore is in trouble. For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of Franklin, Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books. But when a flood tears through Franklin, destroying every book in The Bridge, the bank threatens to pull the lease on the store and claim the Barton’s house. Despondent, Charlie considers ending his life. And in the face of tragedy, miracles unfold.  

Topics & Questions for Discussion 

1. The Bridge is told from multiple points of view in alternating chapters, allowing readers to hear from Molly, Ryan, Charlie, and Donna. How might the story be different if The Bridge was only told from by Molly’s perspective? Or from Charlie’s? Were you drawn to any one, particular character’s story? see more

Articles About This Book

Christmaspresents_300

Posted on Tips on Life & Love

Posted by Maurice Boyer

Giving the gift of good reading is a holiday trend that will never be outdated. If you're in need of a classic story of family, generosity and joy to rekindle your Christmas spirit then have no fear as these titles should do the trick.

More Books from this Author

The Family of Jesus
The Friends of Jesus
Brush of Wings
Best Fiction Sampler Ever 2016 - Howard Books

About the Author

Karen Kingsbury
Photograph © Dean Dixon

Karen Kingsbury

Karen Kingsbury, #1 New York Times bestselling novelist, is America’s favorite inspirational storyteller, with more than twenty-five million copies of her award-winning books in print. Her last dozen titles have topped bestseller lists and many of her novels are under development with Hallmark Films and as major motion pictures. She lives in Tennessee with her husband, Don, and their five sons, three of whom are adopted from Haiti. Their actress daughter, Kelsey, lives nearby and is married to Christian recording artist Kyle Kupecky. The couple recently welcomed their first child, Hudson.

BECOME A FAN

Explore

CONNECT WITH US