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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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  • Beth B. (New Wilmington, PA)
    One Man's Evolution and Possibilities of Moving Forward
    From an intriguing first sentence, the author grabs one's attention. Questions ensue: What did the violet envelope contain and why was it never opened? What is the cause of Mitchell's guilt? As the story unfolds, we glimpse the progression of a man thawing from a frozen state. Metaphors abound in the significance of bridges and padlocks. Humor is provided through the assembly of a vast assortment of characters (Barry, Carl, Graham, Rosie) who play vital roles in changing a buttoned-down, programmed man to ease into a new, happier life with his entrancing daughter, Poppy, who is wise beyond her young years. This is an easy, quick read --- much better than its title would indicate.
  • Penny S. (Mineola, TX)
    Nice love story
    I have mixed feelings about the story. I really enjoyed the relationship between Mitchell and Poppy and I thought it was a good representation of the emotional ups and downs a father and daughter would experience after a sudden loss. Liza was likeable and I enjoyed how she fit into the story. However I didn't find the storyline about Yvette very realistic. It seemed to begin as a good idea but just became an afterthought by the end. I was expecting more of a mystery. I would recommend for someone looking for a sweet love story.
  • Dorothy L. (Boca Raton, FL)
    A Disappointing Read
    I did not really enjoy this book. It dragged, especially in the middle section. The characters were not well developed and not all that interesting. I thought the author's earlier book The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper was much better and more engaging. I would not recommend this book unless you were suffering from insomnia. It might help you get to sleep. I would have given it a 2.5 if there were such a rating but it finally picked up at the end-- too little too late unfortunately!
  • Suzi
    Good but was hoping for more
    This is a sweet, quiet story of the power of love and the lasting impact of words. I would have liked to find out more about the stories behind the locks. They didn't play a significant role and there was no real connection to the main characters. The mysterious woman's story was a bit dated. Maybe there could have been messages for her family on the locks which Poppy could have discovered while researching her report. Oh well...maybe that'll appear in the sequel.

    While I was intrigued by the romance of the locks, and the love and loss that can go with them, the 'mystery' and Mitchell's love story didn't resonate with me as much as I'd hoped.
  • Marie J. (Averill Park, NY)
    First Impressions
    It took me awhile to get into this book. I would have read it to the end even if I wasn't reviewing it as it did hold my interest. However I didn't think it had a strong enough plot. There were paragraphs in it that I thought might have been removed to keep the book going at a faster pace. They were somewhat repetitive. I liked the characters in the book and felt the author did a good job exploring their personalities. I particularly liked Mitchell's journey.
  • Sarah B. (Streamwood, IL)
    A love story
    This is a love story that has all of the tropes. A guy with a kid doesn't realize he loves the quirky teacher because he's paralyzed by guilt. It does have the added interest of having letter writing as a focus but it is a romance. The main character is a stick-in-the-mud and due to his guilt he tries to plan everything for his daughter to make sure everything works. For a romance reader it will work.
  • Lucy S. (Westford, MA)
    Grief and guilt are paralyzing....
    Story of a man suffering from grief over the passing of his partner and paralyzing guilt for not doing enough to save her. Through some accidental, but heroic acts, he works his way back to acceptance and can slowly forgive himself. Letter writing was a big part of his life, as he grieved and tried to work his way free.


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