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The Christmas Bridge: A First Love.  A Second Chance. by [Douglas, Elyse]
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Her husband, Carl Scott, had died a year before. Olivia was still grieving her loneliness. She had to take a trip to New York for business to attend an estate auction for her boss. When she had been in college in New York, she’d been in love with Andrew Allen. Why not try to reconnect? Would the sparks still be there? After she sent the text message to him, she almost immediately regretted it. Their affair had not ended on good terms.

It was the historic Bow Bridge where she’d met Andrew. It was Bow Bridge that she visited first upon her arrival to New York. It’s there she meets the famous Brett Baylor, an amazing baseball player. Only, she doesn’t follow baseball, so she didn’t know who he was. Her daughter, Emily, calls her the next morning, shocked that her picture with Brett has gone viral. What’s going on? Are you dating THE Brett Baylor?

I liked that this romance was not as predictable as most. There are a couple of intriguing twists and turns in this novel that are not in most romances. Her past – her choice between Andrew and Carl – brings a sadness to the story which I’d not expected. The characters were well-defined but I didn’t find Olivia or Andrew to be entirely likable. As it states in the book blurb, this is not Christian fiction. It did have a few bad words and sex scenes. However, the author did not detail the sex and it was not prominent to the story. Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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HASH(0x9953ddf8) out of 5 stars A good read for the season 16 Nov. 2015
By Dhivya Balaji / Readers Muse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Christmas Bridge is a tale of love. That is as simple as the definition can get. It is the story of Olivia, a widow. The story opens with Olivia sitting alone during the Christmas season, nearly a year after her husband, Carl’s death. She feels empty, alone and depressed. An opportunity to travel to New York on work arises and Olivia, in a sudden decision, contacts an old friend, Andrew. Memories of a forgotten past resurface and Olivia feels guilty and confused about her now obsolete marriage and her future. When she goes to New York, fate has a different surprise in store for her. She faces a forked road and has to decide. Olivia’s indecision had already cost her heavily in the past. A lot depends on how she acts and what she decides when fate gives her a second chance. She faces a life turning event on a bridge that holds many memories. The events that happen from then on in her life form the rest of the story.

There is a maturity in the writing that lacks in other stories of this genre. While it is not about the feelings of adolescent romance, it does not lack the butterfly moments either. The word ‘maturity’ covers all aspects of the story, including the physically descriptive scenes, that are, thankfully, part of the narrative and do not stand out like sore thumbs. The narrative is fast paced; there are enough twists throughout the story line that maintain suspense and interest. The beginning is a bit dull and stereotypical, but the story that follows has a steady good feel to it. The chapter organisation follows a proper sequence and the characters are deep, life like and well etched.

The plot is predictable mostly, save a few turns, and the language is pleasant. There are a few memorable lines from the book, those that are of a reflective nature. While there are no special mentions for this book, this was a good evening read and contained a good depth and meaning. The Christmas Bridge is one of the best reads of this holiday season, and I am glad I picked this book up.

The maturity of the story, some dialogues that are worth taking back after the book is finished are the plus points.

Perfect read for this holiday season. Curl up with this book and a cup of cocoa, your evening would be made much better. This book is the correct example of ‘you won’t be disappointed if you know what to expect’ kind of books.
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HASH(0x99c2966c) out of 5 stars The Christmas Bridge 4 Dec. 2015
By Jersey Girl Book Reviews / Jersey Girl Sizzling Book Reviews - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
The Christmas Bridge is the story of a woman's journey of self-discovery and getting a second chance at true love.

Olivia is a forty year old widow who travels to New York City on a business trip a few days before Christmas. While taking a walk in Central Park, Olivia has an unexpected chance encounter with Brett Baylor, a professional baseball player on Bow Bridge, a landmark that holds nostalgic twenty year old memories of Andrew, her old college love. With a chance to reconnect with Andrew and rekindle an old romance, or take a chance on a new romance with Brett, Olivia is faced with the challenge to make a decision that could bring her another chance at love and happiness.

The authors weave a lighthearted and emotional holiday romance tale that will pull at your heartstrings and stir the soul. Written in the third person narrative, the reader is easily drawn into Olivia's journey as she learns to deal with the life issues that she faces: love and loss, questioning one's life choices, and the decision of which road/path is best to take in one's life in order to get a second chance at love and happiness. Can NYC provide a little Christmas miracle of redemption, resolution, and a chance to move forward for Olivia?

This is a lovely story that will draw the reader in from the start, and have them experiencing the full gamut of emotions. You can't help by relate to Olivia, and feel compassion for her as she struggles to restart her life after a traumatic heartbreak. I couldn't help but cheer Olivia and Brett on, hoping that their romance would take wings, and that Olivia would have the strength to finally let go of the past, and embrace a new chance of love and happiness.

Set in the picturesque holiday setting of New York City, the reader can easily envision Olivia's chance to restart her life among the city's famous landmarks, and get drawn into the city's joyous sights and sounds of the holiday season.

The Christmas Bridge is a captivating holiday romance story that captures the essence, spirit, and magic of the Christmas season that will warm your heart, and leave a smile on your face.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the authors in exchange for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x999e3990) out of 5 stars Sucked Me In From the First Page 27 Nov. 2015
By Teddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I don’t read contemporary romances very often. Most of my dear readers know that my favorite books are historical, literary fiction, memoirs, biographies, and some non-fiction. However, I do diverge from those every once in a rare while. Something about ‘The Christmas Bridge’ intrigued me enough to get me to read it. I think it was a combination of the beautiful snow covered bridge on the cover and that it is a book written by a husband and wife team.

Olivia is a 40 year old woman whose husband died of a heart attack a year ago. She has not been able to move on with her life since. Even her dear father-in -law, Taylor Scott thinks it is time for her to move on.

Olivia is an art and antiques business and is asked by her boss to go on a business trip to New York City for him. She is to attend a action and place some bid. However, he is also hoping that the trip with allow Olivia to move on and have a little fun. Olive attended NYU and met her college boyfriend Andrew in Central Park on the ‘Bow Bridge’.

Olivia arrives in New York and takes a walk in Central park and visits her favorite place there, ‘Bow Bridge’. There she meets the very famous baseball player, Brett Baylor. However, she has no idea who he is but is attracted to him. He invites her out to dinner at a local hang out of his and Olivia can believe what a commotion there is over Brett. People are taking photos of him with their cell phone and asking for his autograph. Olivia has to ask him why people are so interested in him and is embarrassed by it. However Brett finds it quite refreshing that she has no idea who he is.

Mean while, Olivia has also made plans to meet Andrew for dinner. She hasn’t seen him in 20 years and wonder if there will still be an attraction between them. Will Olivia end up with Brett or Andrew? My lips are sealed.

This is a very light and fun book to read. It is a very fast and entertaining read and sucked me in from the first page. There was an incident that made me cry and feel so bad for Olivia. It kept me up reading into the wee hours of the morning to the end. I could barely breath. I was able to predict the outcome but that didn’t detract from the pleasure of read it. In fact, I kind expect some predictability from this kind of book. If you are looking for a light and delightful read, I highly recommend ‘The Christmas Bridge’. You don’t even need to be a believer in Christmas to enjoy it. I, myself don’t believe in it but still thoroughly enjoyed this book!

I received this ebook for my honest review.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x99521a74) out of 5 stars What a wonderful light hearted but intense Christmas read 12 Oct. 2015
By United Indie Book Blog - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book for an honest review.
What a wonderful light hearted but intense Christmas read. Have you ever wished for a second chance even if it is years later? Olivia and Brett are very likable. I love that Brett is so carefree and goes after what he wants. I did think I was going to have to stop a couple of chapters shy of finishing but I continued on and throughly enjoyed the rest of the book and ending. This book is very well written and flows great together.
I am glad that Olivia was able to find herself and the one she was truly meant to be with.

Reviewed by Raychel
HASH(0x99778d14) out of 5 stars I like that about this time of year 24 Nov. 2015
By Melissa A. Bartell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Christmas is a time for a bit of heightened reality. More romance, more fluff. I like that about this time of year. It makes the grey days softer, and the chilly weather a little less biting. The Christmas Bridge, the latest in a collection of Christmas-themed novels from the writing team known as Elyse Douglas is the perfect embodiment of all this.

Olivia and Brett meet in New York on Central Park’s Bow Bridge. It’s cold in the way only New York can ever be cold – slushy and grey and a weird mix of hard and soft – but they connect, and go for a hot chocolate, and from that moment you know they’re destined to be together. This is not a spoiler. It’s a Christmas novel, and a romance at that. You know the lead characters are going to end up in love by the end.

You still want to follow their journey.
Even though that journey involves Olivia constantly worrying that she’s in the wrong relationship, because she was supposed to meet an old lover on that bridge.

At least I did, because I found this romance to be a great representative of the season. Brett is a professional baseball player – wealthy, playful, but also a truly good guy. Olive struck me as being a bit naive at times, but maybe that was her way of staying human, because it worked for her. Together they share meals and trips to museums – the kinds of dates we all wish we could go on when we’re stuck in the suburbs, and somehow never do go one, even when we’re living more urban lives.

I thought they were well drawn, dimensional and flawed, but still existing in that heightened-reality Christmas romance bubble.

Similarly, the supporting characters were memorable and real without being overpowering. I liked the banter, particularly between Brett and Big Mike.

Overall, this novel is a lovely contemporary Christmas romance, and it does a great job of giving you a few hours of escapism and joy before you have to return to whatever prosaic reality you typically inhabit.

Goes well with hot chocolate and Christmas cookies, obviously.
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