A Bridge Apart is a remarkable love story that tests the limits of trust and forgiveness… In the quaint river town of New Bern, North Carolina, at 28 years of age the pieces of Andrew Callaway’s life are all falling into place. His real estate firm is flourishing and he’s engaged to be married in less than two weeks to a beautiful banker named Meredith Hastings. But when Meredith heads to Tampa, Florida – the wedding location – with her mother, fate, or maybe some human intervention, has it that Andrew happens upon Cooper McKay, the only other woman he’s ever loved. A string of shocking emails lead Andrew to question whether he can trust his fiance, and in the midst of trying to unravel the mystery he finds himself spending time with Cooper. When Meredith catches wind of what’s going on back at home, she’s forced to consider calling off the wedding, which ultimately draws Andrew closer to Cooper. Andrew soon discovers he’s making choices he might not be able, or even want, to untangle. As the story unfolds, the decisions that are made will drastically change the lives of everyone involved, and bind them closer together than they could have ever imagined.”
A Bridge Apart was a sweet romance with its fair share of emotional ups and downs. Andrew Callaway is a man’s man from the south for sure. The southern way of life is weaved into this story from beginning to end.
It is very obvious from the beginning that Andrew and Meredith are blissfully in love. Since they haven’t lived together, the shiny is still firmly intact in their relationship. This book does have religious overtones. It’s not what the story is fundamentally about, but it does come out here and there. I took it as a character reference point and it didn’t come across as preachy, so that was good. Religion, especially the Christian religion is the dominant religion in the south and the beliefs of the characters reflect this sentiment.
The gender roles and expectation’s are a bit antiquated, but having spent a few years living in the deep south myself, I can confidently say they are accurately represented.
The pacing is a bit slow in the beginning but once Cooper shows up things start falling into place quickly. It’s worth a bit of patience to get to the good stuff.
Cooper and Andrew have an interesting relationship. As I was reading, I kept trying to decide if he was going to bail on Meredith and marry Cooper. I wasn’t at all confident I could predict what would later happen in the story. It’s a definite shock. I guess moments of life and death can make decisions in life crystal clear where they were once very foggy.
The ending completely blew me away. I was not at all expecting it even though it is a bit foreshadowed in the beginning of the novel. I didn’t realize that until the end though.
I can’t imagine how Andrew must have felt when fate dropped that bomb on him. The author does a great job of explaining the grief process Andrew goes through. As a parent though, I just cannot fathom balancing the grief and joy intermixing at such an important moment in life.
The novel is well written and enjoyable. It has a good balance of ups and downs. The character development is on point and relatable. The love story is unique. The settings are explained well and easily imaginable. The plot is clever and catchy. I definitely got emotionally involved in this book. Solid book.
The only thing I didn’t like was the brand dropping. To be specific, clothing and car brands. I felt that it gave the reader a prejudice and stereotype to Andrew that I didn’t want or need. I like to make my own opinions of the characters and I felt this put a stick in the mud for me on that point.
All in all though, solid 5 star novel.
This book has the AlliesOpinions official stamp of approval!
The Technical Data:
Title: A Bridge Apart | Author(s): Joey Jones |
Publisher: Joey Jones / Publication Date: 9-1-2015 | Pages: 222 (Paperback) |ISBN: 978-0692513088 | Genre(s): Romance | Language: English |Rating: 5 out of 5 | Date Read: 11-30-2015 | Source: Copy From Author