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Rekindle an old romance but there is the possibility that this chance meeting will bring her love and happiness she never thought possible Once again she will have to choose She will have to make the right decision She will have to believe that Christmas miracles can still happen This is not a Christian Novel. A Christmas BridgeElyse DouglasContemporary Romance 5 Stars A uick read one filled with heartache pain and happiness not necessarily in that order Olivia has been a widow for a year since her Carl died suddenly of a heart attack And her 19 year old daughter Emily is away at college Her father in law Taylor Scott is her biggest supporterfan A business trip to New York city finds Olivia with mixed emotions about her past Andrew an ex boyfriend from her college days twenty years ago and a future with Brett a professional baseball player she is skeptical about pursuing Until tragedy strikes and she is faced with yet another loss Will Olivia be able to find happiness again Or is she destined to be alone This is the first book I have read from this author I ca honestly say without a doubt it won t be my last Great job I couldn t put it down I took it in the car and listened while driving to workARC provided by author in exchange for an honest review Reviewed by Lisa from Alpha Book Club

CHARACTERS The Christmas Bridge

The Christmas Bridge

R since She knows she’s about to come face to face with her past and she’s hoping for some redemption and resolution She also wonders if she can somehow pick up where she left off 20 years ago and start again An exciting chance encounter changes everything Now not only will she face the past with hope to. The Christmas Bridge is the story of a woman s journey of self discovery and getting a second chance at true loveOlivia is a forty year old widow who travels to New York City on a business trip a few days before Christmas While taking a walk in Central Park Olivia has an unexpected chance encounter with Brett Baylor a professional baseball player on Bow Bridge a landmark that holds nostalgic twenty year old memories of Andrew her old college love With a chance to reconnect with Andrew and rekindle an old romance or take a chance on a new romance with Brett Olivia is faced with the challenge to make a decision that could bring her another chance at love and happinessThe authors weave a lighthearted and emotional holiday romance tale that will pull at your heartstrings and stir the soul Written in the third person narrative the reader is easily drawn into Olivia s journey as she learns to deal with the life issues that she faces love and loss uestioning one s life choices and the decision of which roadpath is best to take in one s life in order to get a second chance at love and happiness Can NYC provide a little Christmas miracle of redemption resolution and a chance to move forward for OliviaThis is a lovely story that will draw the reader in from the start and have them experiencing the full gamut of emotions You can t help by relate to Olivia and feel compassion for her as she struggles to restart her life after a traumatic heartbreak I couldn t help but cheer Olivia and Brett on hoping that their romance would take wings and that Olivia would have the strength to finally let go of the past and embrace a new chance of love and happinessSet in the picturesue holiday setting of New York City the reader can easily envision Olivia s chance to restart her life among the city s famous landmarks and get drawn into the city s joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season The Christmas Bridge is a captivating holiday romance story that captures the essence spirit and magic of the Christmas season that will warm your heart and leave a smile on your faceDisclaimer I received a copy of the book from the authors in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Premier Virtual Author Book Tourshttpjerseygirlbookreviewsblogspot


A First Love A Second Chance A young widow travels to New York on business a few days before Christmas She has reluctantly made a date with a lover she hasn’t seen in 20 years and she is nervous and apprehensive Twenty years before she had made a difficult decision that has both troubled and haunted her eve. Note This review has several spoilers I decided to include them in order to explain exactly why this book was SO disappointing to me If you don t want to read spoilers in book reviews then don t read this one But I m not removing the spoilers because I totally think they re necessary YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED BTW I HIGHLY recommend another Elyse Douglas holiday novel titled The Christmas Town THAT book is absolutely WONDERFUL Go check it outOne look at this cover and a uick reading of the synopsis convinced me to read and review this book That cover just looks so special so very heartwarming And the synopsis tantalized me with the hope of a re kindled romance Being a hopeless starry eyed romantic I never get tired of this particular romance novel tropeUnfortunately I found this book to be extremely disappointingThe cover as well as the synopsis are very misleading That one sentence should have alerted me An exciting chance encounter changes everything This chance encounter did change everything in the novel and it also totally changed my initial perception of as well as liking for the storyI felt very sympathetic toward Olivia the main character at first I really liked the fact that she was an artist too as I studied art in college myself Years ago she made a terrible mistake hurting the man she had been passionately involved with while they were both college students in New York Olivia could not forgive herself for this mistake and was tortured by thoughts of what might have been throughout her long marriage to Carl her hometown boyfriendThe college guy was named Andrew and Olivia felt things for him she had never and indeed would never feel for Carl Andrew loved her wildly passionately as well At one point he impulsively asked her to marry him Andrew was also as sensitive as any artist he even cried when Olivia told him that she had gotten pregnant by Carl on a visit back home She had allowed this to happen because of guilt She also lied to Carl about the extent of her relationship with Andrew And poor Andrew still wanted to marry her when she gave him the newsI could certainly empathize with Olivia s guilt at this point in the narrativeWhat I could not and indeed refused to understand or empathize with was how once having re connected with Andrew even having planned to meet him during a business trip back to New York she could then so very easily have suddenly started yet another relationshipOn the eve of her planned dinner date with Andrew she meets another man To add insult to injury toward Andrew although he s not aware of it at the time Olivia meets this new guy at the very same bridge the Bow Bridge in Central Park where she had first met Andrew 20 years beforeAt that point my initial liking for Olivia totally evaporated First she cheated on Carl because she found someone new and exciting in NYC Then she cheated on Andrew because of guilt toward Carl while totally knowing that she truly loved Andrew So then she threw that love away and married a man whom she absolutely did not loveI do understand that no one on the face of the Earth is perfect But I was initially under the impression that Olivia wanted to make things right with Andrew I thought she really loved him It turned out that even before she had that dinner date with him her feelings for him seemed to magically disappear once she met the new guyThis was not a story of two people reconnecting trying to make a go of things failing miserably in the attempt and then and only then after they have gone their separate ways one of them meeting someone new That I would have entirely understood That I could have easily accepted Instead this fickle vain egotistical vapid shallow excuse for a human being named Olivia Norris decides on the spur of the moment to go have a hot chocolate with this guy she just met It just takes that one first stepOnce Andrew realizes that once again Olivia has cheated on him he reacts bitterly and who can blame him He expresses himself passionately in the following uoteWhy did you get in touch with me Olivia Why didn t you just leave me alone I was happy in my misery I d grown used to my mediocre life my stale relationships Why didn t you just leave me in my blissfully happy misery Chapter 18 location 2001Exactly Why didn t you Olivia Why did you have to rake up the past all over again only to hurt him again I would have totally loved this story had it been just what the synopsis except for that one sentence hinted that it was the rekindling of an old romance the recapturing of the wild magic Olivia and Andrew had back in college In addition to being very disappointing the second romance doesn t even seem to fit into this book at all It s just not realistic that Olivia after all her guilt tripping her nervousness about meeting Andrew again after so many years would blithely toss all her feelings aside for a new guy After all she and Andrew had a history together It was as if the authors had inexplicably decided to graft the second romance into their original concept for the book Instead they really should have written another book entirely with different names for the characters The Christmas Bridge should have been about Olivia and Andrew PeriodThere are two other things that bothered me about this novel The first one is that Olivia s mother is depicted as being a stereotypical narrow minded bigoted Christian I am sick and tired of encountering such portrayals in fiction written by secular or non religious writers This is supposed to be a Christmas novel Why include a negative depiction of a Christian character in such a novel I think doing this totally detracts from the spirit of the holidayThe second thing is that Olivia is described by than one person in the novel as being a woman with a lot of class Nothing could be further from the truth as is very evident in the way she speaks to one of the characters during a confrontation in one part of the novel I won t say but the vulgarity of Olivia s language is totally appalling Again this totally detracts from the spirit of the holiday Summing up this is definitely not a heartwarming Christmas tale nor is it about a Christmas miracle This is a romance novel with a plot gone wrongAlthough the book ended on a very positive note it did so only for Olivia who was too selfish and self centered to really care about hurting TWICE a man who was totally madly in love with her Actually I didn t bother to read the whole thing I skimmed around uite a bit then skipped to the very end which really made me see REDIf you re as much of a romantic as I am you will want to avoid this novel Instead of getting you into that special Christmas spirit it will make you feel sad as you think about poor Andrew spending another lonely Christmas back in New York with nothing but bad memories for companyI really can t understand why this novel failed to accomplish its purpose as Christmas romance The authors are certainly capable of so much better Two years ago I read and reviewed another Elyse Douglas novel The Christmas Town which I found to be totally delightful as well as a page turner So if you re looking for that heartwarming Christmas read I would strongly recommend The Christmas Town instead I promise you will not regret reading itFor of my reviews please visit my blog A NIGHT S DREAM OF BOOKShttpanightsdreamofbooksblogspotcom

10 thoughts on “The Christmas Bridge

  1. says:

    Note This review has several spoilers I decided to include them in order to explain exactly why this book was SO disappointing to me If you don't want to read spoilers in book reviews then don't read this one But I'm not removing the

  2. says:

    I received this book for an honest reviewThis is a wonderful intense emotional Christmas read Have you ever wished for a second chance even if it is years later? Olivia and Brett are very likable I love that Brett is so carefree and goes after what he wants I did think I was going to have to stop a couple of chapters shy of finishing but I

  3. says:

    They get better and betterI just recently discovered Elyse Douglas and I am reading as fast as I can to read them all I read every where and ever opportunity I have This book grabbed me from the first page and w

  4. says:

    I don’t read contemporary romances very often Most of my dear readers know that my favorite books are historical literary fiction memoirs biographies and some non fiction However I do diverge from those every once in a rare while Something about ‘The Christmas Bridge’ intrigued me enough to get me to read it I think it was a combination of the beautiful snow covered bridge on the cover and that it is a bo

  5. says:

    The Christmas Bridge is the story of a woman's journey of self discovery and getting a second chance at true loveOlivia is a forty year old widow who travels to New York City on a business trip a few days before Christmas

  6. says:

    The Christmas Bridge is a tale of love That is as simple as the definition can get It is the story of Olivia a widow The story opens with Olivia sitting alone during the Christmas season nearly a year after her husband Carl’s death She feels empty alone and depressed An opportunity to travel to New York on work arises and Olivia in a sudden decision contacts an old friend Andrew Memories of a forgotten past resurface and Olivia feels g

  7. says:

    Rating 45 starsA young widow faces the anniversary of her husband's death right around Christmastime She's uestioning her life decisions and decides to head back to New York and a former love to see what might have beenAs she visits the place they first met another chance encounter throws her life into a tailspin leaving her confused than ev

  8. says:

    A Christmas BridgeElyse DouglasContemporary Romance    5 Stars    A uick read one filled with heartache pain and happiness not necessar

  9. says:

    5 stars with a heartThis was the sweetest and most romantic book I have read in a very long time I just loved it beginning middle and end I read this book in one day almost in one sitting The only time I put it down was when I had to cry for a whileExcellent character development Olivia was great She seemed so real to me I

  10. says:

    This is a great romance There are a few interesting twist story is not predictable some tastefully written love scenes I really was hooked after a couple chapters Olivia is very strong woman Brett sure knows what he wants The New York descriptions are beautiful and the scenes on The Bridge are amazing Great way to spend an afternoon

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