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One Lane Bridge: A Novel [Kindle Edition]

Don Reid
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Book Description

What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. He is trying to run two restaurants, keep his daughter from dropping out of college, and satisfy his lonely, aging mother. Cash begins to disappear from one of the restaurants, and he and his wife argue about how to deal with the problem.

One tranquil evening, J. D. takes off on a ride in the country to clear his mind. Top down, setting sun, wind in his hair ... leak in the radiator. When he walks up to an old farmhouse to ask for water, he finds a family living in poverty, and vows to help. When he returns with groceries, he can't find them or the house—although he's not lost. While J. D. struggles to make sense of this mystery, his behavior creates doubt in his marriage, and even his best friend thinks he's crazy. And when he solves it, his life is changed forever.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 558 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: David C. Cook; New edition (1 Oct. 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005NHTT1Q
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #625,782 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Unusual 2 Jun. 2013
By Susie P
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Not usually a fan of American authors, this novel gripped me from the beginning. The mysterious bridge and the family it conjured up made the novel un-put-downable, and although some of the storyline (mainly the daughter's college problems) was rather tedious, the main plot was interesting, and I really enjoyed it to the end. The twist in the last couple of chapters was a surprise, and the discovery that the main character had in fact changed history was both a relief and an interesting concept.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An enjoyable story 14 Jun. 2015
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I enjoyed this gentle tale of a man's unexpected discovery of a poor family in need of help. Well written with good characterisation, the story pulled me in and kept me interested to the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Believable 7 Nov. 2010
By Avid Mystery Reader - Published on
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This was one book I found I could not put down. I wanted to know and couldn't hardly wait to what happened in the end. It is a little bit supernatural, a little bit science fiction time travel, and a little bit of the miraculous. The story is about a guy who drives out on this road and comes across a one lane bridge. This bridge is really old and not like anything that he has seen before around the area. When he goes across the bridge he becomes involved with a family that turns out to be living back in the 1930s. Each time he goes across the bridge, it is the same family but the time is different. Time keeps moving forward until the times (then and now) collide.

That is about all I want to say about the theme of the book because it will ruin the ending. The ending is not exactly what I expected but I think it seemed plausible. I've read a few books that were similar about circumstances of time travel and found them unbelievable; not this one.

Don Reid does a great job of the writing. It is easy to read. It keeps your attention until the end. I just bought his other novel "O Little Town" and hope it is as good as this one.
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Lane Bridge 31 Oct. 2010
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John David (J.D.) Wickman and his wife, Karlie, have been married twenty years. They live a good life, but when their family restaurant starts having problems, J.D.'s mother needs more attention, and their college-age daughter wants to drop out of college, the couple starts struggling.

Needing to clear his mind, J.D. decides to go driving around one night. Crossing a one lane bridge, he meets a family who is clearly destitute. The wife is bedridden and ill, and the husband, Paul Clem, and their daughter. The family is very friendly. Wanting to help them out, J.D. and Karlie decide to take groceries to them. But J.D. can't find either the house--or the bridge! J.D. is flabbergasted by this, and knowing what he's seen, determined to find the family again so he can help.

Karlie begins to worry that J.D. might be going crazy from the stress. After all, bridges don't just up and vanish. J.D.'s best friend shares his wife's opinion. Is J.D. going insane, or will he be able to unravel this mystery?

Don Reid is a member of the Statler Brothers Country music group, but he is also a author. The story has a lot of unexpected twists and turns in it, which will help to hold the readers attention.

ONE LANE BRIDGE is the second novel I read by Don Reid, and I really can't say which one I liked best. The characters are multi-dimensional, and have their own individual quirks. The reader will come away from ONE LANE BRIDGE feeling more compassionate, more loving, and more willing to travel unknown paths. This is a good book to read during this holiday season. A discussion guide and an interview with Don Reid is included at the end of the book.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A simple read 31 Oct. 2011
By J. Blake - Published on
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This book is very simple in nature and writing. Characters are far from complex as some reviewers would claim; in fact, I wondered at the value of some of them at all...(such as the daughter) and disappointed at the lack of knowledge who the thief was. In fact when it ended I sighed at the big "reveal" and how elementary it was. So I would state it is simple read and take it for that. You won't be wowed.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Decent, but not at all exceptional 15 Jan. 2012
By Running Deer - Published on
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One of the problems with Amazon's system is that there are so many five-star reviews. Is this book exceptional? By no means. It is quite readable, and it flows well, but there are enough problems with character development and the simplicity of the themes that it certainly isn't of higher-than-average quality. I was ready to put it down about half-way through, as the whole thing was getting a bit unbelievable and annoying. And it wasn't the man and the girl at the house by the bridge who were unbelievable--it was the situation of the protagonist. It always bothers me when characters who love other characters who are experiencing something like this don't believe them at all--they always accuse them of being crazy, even when the other is able to explain in great detail what's going on. The sub-plot of the missing money is also bothersome, and it seems to me to be completely tangential, not complementary, to the main story. I only finished it out of curiosity--would the author be able to end it in a satisfying, interesting way? The answer was "no"--the ending was predictable and unsatisfying. I felt okay because I got the book for free or paid 99 cents for it--now that I see that it's $9.99, I would be strongly annoyed if I had bought it for that price.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars intriguing inspirational thriller 3 Oct. 2010
By Harriet Klausner - Published on
By 2007 in Hanson, North Carolina, John David and Karlie Wickman have been married for over two decades. Overall they are in harmony except when it comes to disciplining their daughter Angela as Karlie wants rules enforced and J.D. chooses leniency, and spending.

J.D. feels overwhelmed. A waitress is stealing from one of their two Dining Club restaurants. His daughter wants to leave school as she is frightened from an attack on a coed at the library. A nurse at Maple Manor calls to ask him to visit his mother a day earlier than his usual weekly trek.

Finally Karlie tells him to take one of his clear the head rides into the countryside. J.D. does, but has car trouble after crossing a One Lane Bridge so heads to an old farmhouse near the road. There he meets Paul Clem, his ailing bed-ridden wife Ada and their daughter Lizzie. Although obviously very poor, they are friendly. The next day, J.D. and Karlie drive to the Clem farm with groceries, but he cannot find the bridge or their homestead. While, Karlie fears her spouse lost his mind, J.D. keeps searching for answers.

This is an intriguing inspirational thriller that focuses on the miracles the "Architect of Time" God performs. The key cast members are fully developed especially the Wickman and Clem family members. Although there are a few subplots that feel more like cul de sacs that never branch back to the prime exhilarating story line, readers will enjoy the adventures of J.D. as he struggles to understand what is going on; wondering whether his wife is right that he is going crazy.

Harriet Klausner
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