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The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

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Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn't found since.
 Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly's voice encouraging him to follow hiw dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge- and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
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 digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
 The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American Bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
 I think it's really hard to say anything better than the back cover for this book. At least with out giving away the story. This is a great book, I think the love could of unfolded a little sooner, I feel like it was a bit rushed at the end, but all in all this is a great Christmas Book...especially for all of us that love having the book in our hand not on our electronics. I love how the romance takes place in a book store, and how at the end it re-takes place in the book store. It's a great story on how you can not assume anything in life...I highly suggest picking up this book!!!!

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Howard Publishing Company. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Howard to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.
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Sugar Fork by Walt Larimore

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This Captivating Story  takes place in the Sugar Fork Valley of the Great Smoky Mountains wilderness during 1925-1926. Nate Randolph and his five unique daughters wrestle to survive after the death of Callie (his wife and their mother) as well as to maintain their farm, forests, family, and faith against an evil lumber company manager seeking to clear-cut their virgin woodland.
 A cast of delightful characters, including gypsy siblings, Cherokee Indians, a granny midwife, a world famous writer, and even a flesh-and-blood Haint, join our heroine, a sixteen-year-old Abbie Randolph, in her life-and-death struggle. Abbie falls in love for the first time, helps run the farm, and mothers her independent sisters while battling to preserve her faith when senseless murders threaten to destroy her family and her way of life.
Will the Randolph family survive intact? Will the farm be saved? Only a miracle could make it happen.
With the march of industrial age, especially industrial lumbering, the roaring twenties  Prohibition, the increasing momentum for a national park, and the onslaught of a modern world, trains, and radio communication  the traditional life and ways of our Southern High-landers were about to change forever.

A PENNY FOR MY THOUGHTS?
 I have to admit, this was  an ok book. I think it could have been written better. But I do think it has a good story thought line. I just think it could of had I don't know...something more....
 I love how this takes place in the Great Smokey Mountains, and that he writes in their accents. He also puts in the every day struggles that the had at the time.
 Right off from the bat, he makes you feel bad for Abbie and her siblings, they have a father that is often gone, to make extra money for them. And Abbie is left to raise the rest of the family. But she has help from some immigrants that her family took in. Abbie is trying to be a mother and a child at the same time. She is being courted by a young man, and she's falling in love with him. And everyone wants to her marry him, and live close by to help with the family.
 The lumber company start going to extreme lengths to get the Randolphs land, to the point that Abbie's life is turned upside down, along with her siblings. Now she is forced to come up with everything to keep the farm going. BUt will she be able to continue with it? Or will everyone be shipped off to who knows where?

To the FTC and whomever else it may concern, I received this book Howard Publishing Company. In return, I have promised to review the book but have been given the freedom by Howard to give my honest opinions whether they be positive or negative.

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