Sunday, January 10, 2010
Review: Crossing the Bridge
This is a novel by Michael Baron.
The only bridge to the future is through the past.
Hugh Penders has been stuck in neutral for nearly a decade since his brother Chase died in a car accident. He carries with him two secrets that he has never been able to share with anyone: that he believes he might have been able to prevent the accident, and he was deeply in love with Chase's girlfriend, Iris.
When Hugh's father suffers a debilitating heart attack, Hugh must return to the New England home he's been running away from for the past ten years. One day, he encounters Iris - who has long since moved away - on the street. They begin a friendship and Hugh believes he's falling in love with Iris all over again.
But the ghost of Chase haunts both of them. And when each reveals a truth the other never knew, their lives, their vision of Chase, and their chances for a future together will change forever.
This book was submitted for review and I retain my copy.
Crossing the Bridge is my first contemporary romance and also the first book I have read by Michael Baron.
I enjoyed this book a great deal. I love Michael Baron's writing style - it is very fluid and flows smoothly and in the case of Crossing the Bridge - seamlessly blends the current and past storyline.
My favorite part of the book is the interaction between Hugh and his father - I found that the relationship they had was strained at best and I was pleased to see that relationship evolve into something more.
Hugh and Iris are both carrying baggage from the loss of Chase - baggage that in ten years, has become much too burdensome.
The love story between Hugh and Iris comes across as sweet - building with time and proximity.
Crossing the Bridge is an honest look at the lives of a family that has been devastated by loss - but eventually triumphed over that loss with love. :)
I give Crossing the Bridge 4 out of 5 stars.