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  1. 4 out of 5

    Tarissa

    This has got to be the most moving short story I've ever read. It's filled with grief, heartbreak, hope, and resiliency... Best of all, it's about the healing power of books. "A small-town bookstore would bridge the pain of yesterday to the promise of tomorrow." I was on the verge of tears -- so close! And this is only a prequel?! My goodness, I just don't know if I can make it through the novel of 'The Bridge' in one piece (probably not), but I'm ready to start reading it next. Or rather thi This has got to be the most moving short story I've ever read. It's filled with grief, heartbreak, hope, and resiliency... Best of all, it's about the healing power of books. "A small-town bookstore would bridge the pain of yesterday to the promise of tomorrow." I was on the verge of tears -- so close! And this is only a prequel?! My goodness, I just don't know if I can make it through the novel of 'The Bridge' in one piece (probably not), but I'm ready to start reading it next. Or rather this very instant... "'We prayed we'd meet people like you. Hurting people who needed God and a good book. So they'd have a chance to survive.'" Note to the discerning reader and parents: This is a clean read, but there are a couple of chapters concerning pregnancy and labor complications. Nothing graphic though. A mature 12-year-old reader could handle it.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Hyacinth

    Kingsbury can do no wrong if you let me tell it. This book of sorrow, healing and hope was good in a settling kind of way. My favorite part of the book was this..."Love is the only thing that we cam carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy. "

  3. 5 out of 5

    Jacqueline

    Sweet.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Melissa's Eclectic Bookshelf

    I absolutely love the premise behind this story. A bookstore named The Bridge, with owners that care more about the people that walk through the front door than the sales that walk out. A place where community members can find a safe haven, open up, get personalized book recommendations as well as friendship, and hopefully eventually find their way out of whatever darkness they were in to the hope and happiness on the other side of the bridge. I was tempted to pick up The Bridge and then happily I absolutely love the premise behind this story. A bookstore named The Bridge, with owners that care more about the people that walk through the front door than the sales that walk out. A place where community members can find a safe haven, open up, get personalized book recommendations as well as friendship, and hopefully eventually find their way out of whatever darkness they were in to the hope and happiness on the other side of the bridge. I was tempted to pick up The Bridge and then happily saw that there was a prequel called The Beginning....so I figured I'd best start there. The Beginning is a short story/novella that tells the powerful stories of heartbreak and hope of the owners of the bookshop (Donna & Charlie) and the first customer (Edna) that they "help." The stories were heartbreaking in their details and uplifting in the way that they were able to move beyond the pain and re-build themselves and their lives, yet I didn't find that there was any real emotional impact. I felt awful for the characters but didn't manage to find a way to connect with them or really "feel" their pain. That may be a product of the length of the short story but I fear it may have more to do with Kingsbury's writing style. The narrator did a lovely job of conveying Kingsbury's words, but I don't feel that the content enabled her to shine in any particular way...perhaps/hopefully as the story deepens in The Bridge so will the emotional content thus allowing LaVoy more opportunity to test her acting chops. I don't know however that I'll be continuing with the series to find out. On a side note: I did not realize going into this that it was Christian Fiction. I don't read a lot of Christian Fiction as I sometimes feel that the religious elements overshadow the plot. (Just my personal opinion as a spiritual but non-religious individual) That said there were many moments within this story where I felt that the dialogue and actions of the characeters seemed too effusive or simply too good to be true. It sort of jarred me and through me off the story. I am sure that the interactions are realistic for a small percentage of the population (and it probably would be a wonderful world if they were true of a larger percentage) but since there were so far out of the realm of what seems realistic to me, I had a little bit of trouble getting past them and back into the story.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Leash

    This was a nice book to read. I actually enjoyed this slightly more than "The Bridge". It was interesting to get the story of how "The Bridge" came to be.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Charmaine

    Short and sweet. Looking forward to the rest of the story! Clean Readers: 100% clean.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Syida Mrs Nick

    Make me craving a cup of coffee at the night. Awesome story 😊

  8. 4 out of 5

    Lori Henrich

    Charles and Donna move to Franklin to start a business that they can use to minister to hurting people in the community. They recently experienced the loss of a child, so they know how pain can seem very overwhelming. They decide to open a bookstore, making it as cozy and welcoming as they could. Edna is a newlywed trying to cope with her husband off fighting a war in Vietnam. She wakes up one morning with a sense of doom and later that day hears a knock on the door and the doom becomes big and v Charles and Donna move to Franklin to start a business that they can use to minister to hurting people in the community. They recently experienced the loss of a child, so they know how pain can seem very overwhelming. They decide to open a bookstore, making it as cozy and welcoming as they could. Edna is a newlywed trying to cope with her husband off fighting a war in Vietnam. She wakes up one morning with a sense of doom and later that day hears a knock on the door and the doom becomes big and very painful. They have come to tell her that her beloved husband Tom will never be coming home. Struggling with beginning again Edna eventually goes out into the world and finds a job and she also discovers the bookstore. Edna enters the store to find a book that will help her escape into another world away from her pain. She meets Donna and a thread of a friendship begins that will help to draw her out and into a new future. I love Karen Kingsbury and her stories are always so well written and the characters so well developed. I can't want to see who will be the next person that Charles and Donna will meet and help.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Noella

    The beginning is a short story of two women, Edna and Donna, who both have lost someone dear to them and struggles to recover from the loss. Donna and her husband set up a cozy bookshop the Bridge, to help provide a place for people to forget their troubles whilst being transported away by a good book. Edna is one of their customers and she finds that books are helping to heal her. The two become friends and share their stories.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa Tabor

    First Karen Kingsbury book finished and I see why so many people love her work! Excited to read more by her.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Debby

    This is a prequel to "The Bridge." It is short, sweet and lovely. Having experienced their own tragedy, Charles and Donna decide they want to do something to help other hurting people to get over their own hurts. The couple opens a bookstore, The Bridge. They envision the power of stories helping others to heal from their own sorrows. Sure enough, a few books in, one of their customers (turned friend) is struck by a line from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Love is the only thing that we c This is a prequel to "The Bridge." It is short, sweet and lovely. Having experienced their own tragedy, Charles and Donna decide they want to do something to help other hurting people to get over their own hurts. The couple opens a bookstore, The Bridge. They envision the power of stories helping others to heal from their own sorrows. Sure enough, a few books in, one of their customers (turned friend) is struck by a line from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott, "Love is the only thing that we cam carry with us when we go, and it makes the end so easy. " This was the sentence that helped her heal. (Lovely sentence and sentiment, if I do say so myself.) Bonus: you get the first chapter of The Bridge as well. Wonderful...real life situations, hurt, pain, love and healing.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Grace Tolman

    This was a heart wrenching AND heart warming book. The characters have some sad life experiences that they had to go through and I can only imagine the heartbreak they had to endure. But the silver lining is that they are also inspiring in the way that they overcame the pain and sorrow. The bookstore "The Bridge" helped the young widow deal with her loss and the owners found new purpose in their life. I loved the connection to the books and the plot of books helping people heal and come unto God This was a heart wrenching AND heart warming book. The characters have some sad life experiences that they had to go through and I can only imagine the heartbreak they had to endure. But the silver lining is that they are also inspiring in the way that they overcame the pain and sorrow. The bookstore "The Bridge" helped the young widow deal with her loss and the owners found new purpose in their life. I loved the connection to the books and the plot of books helping people heal and come unto God. I love reading books and have found them to be, not only a great escape, but also a way to learn about life and how others are feeling. I can't wait to read "The Bridge" book next.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Robb

    This short piece was included at the back of the book "The Bridge". It tells the story of Donna and Charlie--briefly explaining how they met, their pregnancy and loss of the baby, and how it drove them to open the bookstore. It also tells the story of Edna and Tom--well, mostly of Edna because she's a widow by the time she meets Donna. Edna is one of the early customers of the bookstore and also the person who gifted Donna and Charlie the scrapbook that features in the book "The Bridge"--in fact This short piece was included at the back of the book "The Bridge". It tells the story of Donna and Charlie--briefly explaining how they met, their pregnancy and loss of the baby, and how it drove them to open the bookstore. It also tells the story of Edna and Tom--well, mostly of Edna because she's a widow by the time she meets Donna. Edna is one of the early customers of the bookstore and also the person who gifted Donna and Charlie the scrapbook that features in the book "The Bridge"--in fact, Edna's picture is the first one put in the book. It's not the best writing. There's a lot of telling rather than showing and a lot of summary narration.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Suzy Taylor

    Touched my heart in so many ways My mother has been trying to get me to read Karen Kingsbury for years! I had read one book several years ago and enjoyed it, but I wasn’t reading fiction in those days. A couple of years ago, my husband and I sat and watched “The Bridge” and the sequel on TV with Mom. Well, as a book fanatic, a supporter of local businesses and a true believer that books can change lives in profound ways, I fell in love with The Bridge bookstore, Charlie and Donna, and all the peo Touched my heart in so many ways My mother has been trying to get me to read Karen Kingsbury for years! I had read one book several years ago and enjoyed it, but I wasn’t reading fiction in those days. A couple of years ago, my husband and I sat and watched “The Bridge” and the sequel on TV with Mom. Well, as a book fanatic, a supporter of local businesses and a true believer that books can change lives in profound ways, I fell in love with The Bridge bookstore, Charlie and Donna, and all the people whose lives they touch. God works through people ... and books.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Michaela

    “Books were changing her life. But she didn’t consider the idea that they could do so much more. That they might actually heal her.” After college, I took a hiatus from books, though before they were my beloved friend ever since the moment the ability to read clicked in my brain. This quote and the idea behind The Bridge speak volumes to me and resonate deep within me.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Manuel I.

    Honestly, I have to say, this is one of the most realistic prequel to an even more realistic and true-to-life novels I have ever read! These chsracters, their emotions, their whole lives, are so vivid, so palpable, as to immerse one in life as we know it and as we don't. Excellent literatute from one who is expert in both life and literature in the broad sense of both! My highest praise and adulation to Kingsbury!! My strongest recommendations for those who have not yet experienced this most sen Honestly, I have to say, this is one of the most realistic prequel to an even more realistic and true-to-life novels I have ever read! These chsracters, their emotions, their whole lives, are so vivid, so palpable, as to immerse one in life as we know it and as we don't. Excellent literatute from one who is expert in both life and literature in the broad sense of both! My highest praise and adulation to Kingsbury!! My strongest recommendations for those who have not yet experienced this most sensible and sophisticated, admirable author!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Nancy Holte

    The story of a couple whose baby dies at birth and another woman who loses her husband in Viet Nam. They meet up at "The Bridge-a book store. Good story line but kind of depressing. The bookstore is where the woman learns about God and her life is changed.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ken whitsitt

    Another good book about God's work. This book could not be anything but good since it was Karen's. Can hardly wait to start reading The Bridge. Will let you know that book goes. I already know. Or I think I know. Talk to you later

  19. 5 out of 5

    Tammie

    Captivating This prequel story was absolutely captivating. You were drawn into each character's story, felt their pain, their joy and their healing. Can not wait to read the full story.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mary Deen

    Wonderful Quick Read for Kingsbury fans I needed something short & sweet to read and this was perfect! Karen Kingsbury NEVER disappoints. I’m always drawn in within the first paragraph. Wonderful Quick Read for Kingsbury fans I needed something short & sweet to read and this was perfect! Karen Kingsbury NEVER disappoints. I’m always drawn in within the first paragraph.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Banjo Victoria

    The Beginning is a fantastic and amazing short book with a lot of things embedded. Sorrow, Heartbreak, Grief, Faith, Love, Hope for the future... I can't stop loving you, Karen Kingsbury. I love the name of the bookstore; it's so perfect! And to think this is just a prequel, lol

  22. 4 out of 5

    Ginger Mcclintick

    Was a little to short but was good.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    It's a novella in between other books so for what it was it was good. An interesting story giving us a little background in preparation for the next book.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    very good book I have enjoyed all of them so far

  25. 4 out of 5

    Cecly Ann

    An easy read to the Bridge I learned the back stories to the Bridge that were not explained in the original story. Edna's story is particularly heart wrenching.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pam Chaffin

    I somehow missed this book! I’m glad I finally realized it and read it. I love everything by KK, and this moving prequel is no exception!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Leah

    A bittersweet story about loss and grief and moving on.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Kami

    Amazing

  29. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Slageter

    Captivating read This book really is a teaser and makes you want to know the characters better!!! Can't wait to read more!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Monica Willyard Moen

    This is a sweet, tender story of loss, love, and the power of God‘s healing through friendship.

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