Thursday, June 5, 2014

The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen

I just love Marybeth Whalen. Really. You can see her sweet spirit through the words she pens so eloquently. She brings a story to life by adding such rich emotion that gives the reader that extra bonus in uncovering the truest form of enjoying a novel. 

I have enjoyed each of her novels. The Mailbox probably being my favorite. With each novel from the Sunset Beach collection we meet characters that are so real. We see their heart etched in the story-line, and their realities become very much our own. 

This is a story that could be on the big screen. I can see Sandra Bullock playing the lead roll of Emily. This novel gives me the same feeling as one of my fave movies, Hope Floats. 

The writer has done their job when you feel the deep pain of a character. When they bring you to laughter, you know they have a rich gift. 

I enjoyed this novel very much. I loved the connection between Emily and Ava. Their circumstances ironic, but so poignant to the story. It would be wonderful if each of us could have a connection like the one we witness between these two sweet ladies. 

I love seeing Jesus throughout this entire story. The message doesn't jump off the page and hit you in the face. It's gentle and moving. Marybeth has taken a bridge and has given each reader a way in which they can connect to the story. 

New love. New life. We are reminded that God has a plan for each of us. We can't see what's up ahead, but we can trust Him without a doubt to bring us to the very places in life He has chosen for us. This is a story that will touch your heart and leave you wondering about the bridges in your own life. 

This novel was a gift from Zondervan for sharing my review with you. 

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six Children. She is the co-founder of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth is the author of The Mailbox and The Guest Book. She spends most of her time in the grocery store but occasionally escapes long enough to scrible some words. She's always at work on her next novel. Marybeth and her family live in North Carolina. You can find her online at


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