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The Secrets of Love Story Bridge

by Phaedra Patrick

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The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick
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  • Published Apr 2020
    352 pages
    Genre: Literary Fiction

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  • Patricia W. (Homewood, AL)
    Do you need a padlock?
    This book was a gift from BookBrowse in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed reading the book even though parts of it were sad. It is about losing a love and then trying to rebuild your life around the grief.Through helping another family the grief is not so overwhelming and the character begins to see how life can go on and in a good way. The interaction with his daughter is endearing and he begins to see ways to live a new life differently.

    At the beginning of the story you feel tight muscles, headaches and fatigue, but as the story progresses there is a feeling of surprise, joy and love.

    I think a book club would enjoy discussing this book.
  • Miriam B. (Lakewood Ranch, FL)
    Grab The Secrets of Love Story Bridge and a cup of tea!
    I loved The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick and will enjoy telling others about it. Mitchell and his daughter Poppy are trying to get over the loss of Anita, Poppy's mother. The first part of this story is so sad but realistic and the way these two lovely people move on had me cheering for them the whole way.
    I think this is the perfect book to read while drinking tea (the author lives in the UK). I thank BookBrowse for the gift of this lovely book- it was so good!
  • mary California
    A summer read
    The topic of love messages on love locks is inviting. The story is light, quick to get into and read. Topics covers is love lost, starting over alone, raising a child without a mother but underlying all is hope. A wonderful story to enjoy on a cruise or on a beach.
  • Shawna (TX)
    Padlocks, Love, and New Beginnings
    Every wondered about the locks on the Pont des Arts in Paris, or anyone of the other bridges with "love locks." Phaedra Patrick creates a lovely story about just such a bridge and how it is a part of Mitchell Fisher's life. Mitchell's recent past has regrets and wondering how to move forward. This book is an easy and enjoyable read, but there are themes and experiences which can be discussed as a group.
  • Rosemary C. (Golden, CO)
    A Pleasant, Heart Warming Book
    I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book with sympathetic lead characters who are striving to be better people. Having the story revolve around the tradition of lovers placing locks on bridges is a good device for telling Mitchell's emotional struggles. It would be a good book for young people and book clubs. I can imagine discussions about regret, the effect of kindness, redemption, and healing that would be illuminating.
  • Shirley P. (Colorado Springs, CO)
    The Secrets of Love Story Bridge
    I am a big fan of Phaedra Patrick, so was thrilled to receive a pre-pub of her latest.
    Ms. Patrick's main character is a befuddled man. She often uses main characters who are befuddled because of events outside their control or understanding, and are endearing, though stalled in their life. The main character of this book, Mitchell, is just such a man. He has a daughter who he is single parenting and she is the target for all his energy, leaving him an excuse to not expend any on his himself. Poppy indulges him while encouraging him to move on from Poppy's mother's, and Mitchell's partner's, death.
    Mitchell has a mind numbing job removing the love padlocks from the bridges of Upchester in England. The "love padlocks" are padlocks attached to the bridges by couples in love, or heartbroken, or remembering a past love.One day, while on the job, a singular incident propels Mitchell's life into a new surprising direction.
    I enjoyed this book for it's quirky characters and ultimately sweet and satisfying story.
  • Candace F. (Lincoln, NE)
    Happy Ending
    If you are ready for a light-hearted story that includes loss, mystery, heroism, and friendship that turns into more The Secrets of Love Story Bridge should be on your TBR list. I requested this book because I was intrigued by the title and I enjoyed Phaedra Patrick's book The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. I enjoyed Secrets because it moved at a fast pace and it had a happy ending. I would liked to have had the author develop the characters a bit more but overall it was a happy, relaxing book that left you feeling good.


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