The Bridge Tender

Marybeth Whalen. Zondervan, $15.99 trade paper (336p) ISBN 978-0-310-33840-6
Emily Shaw doesn’t really want to honor her late husband’s final wish—that she should purchase a home at Sunset Beach, where they honeymooned only five years earlier—even though he leaves her the funds to do so. Still grieving a year after Ryan’s death, she decides to move to the beach and becomes reluctantly drawn into the lives of her neighbors—and especially to Kyle, a former movie star whom Emily had a teenage crush, on but who no longer acts. Emotions run high in this usually relaxed summer haven, as Whalen (The Wishing Tree) expertly explores the reach of grief, love, and faith. Richly drawn secondary characters relate their own broken dreams to Emily, in the process helping her find peace in a life without Ryan—possibly with another love. Every character seems to have a story and a need for forgiveness and grace. And over and around the human drama swirls the wind-swept sands and waves of Sunset Beach, painted vividly enough to be a character all its own. This sweet and funny, raw and poignant story will leave readers emotionally spent, yet eager for more. (June)
Reviewed on: 04/14/2014
Release date: 06/01/2014
Genre: Fiction
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