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Posted February 8, 2012
GMTA(Arlena)Reviews "The Ice Bridge" by Kathryn M Griffith 4 Stars
"The Ice Bridge" by Kathryn Meyer Griffith was a good mystery with some romance novel. I thought that Ms Griffith did a wonderful job with her characters ....Charlotte Graham, Aunt Bess, Shaun, Hannah, and Mac for this story that takes place on the Mackinac Island where you will find no cars... only horses and bicyles. Charlotte has left Chicago, due to her ex-fiancee has dumped her for her best friend, to get a new start and write about the island's ghosts. Charlotte plans to stay with her Aunt Bess....and discovers that she has problems with being in love with a marriaged man(Shaun) ...and then to renew a friendship with the neighbor (Hannah) who was once like a grandmother to Charlotte when she was younger. It wasn't long after Charlotte arrives that she finds she has an admirer who is a cop (Mac) and he offers to help her find stories for her ghost book that she is working on.Charlotte soons becomes the "Ghost Lady." What is this mystery with "The Ice Bridge?" When Hannah comes up missing and believed to be murdered...it is the cop and Charlotte who make it there duty to track down this killer. Now I will stop and you must get this novel... "The Ice Bridge" to see how this all turns out..because the story really does some moving. Get ready for a ride and and some surprises. It is amazing on how Ms. Griffith was able to present this love tale that comes about showing so much love between all the main characters involved in this story. I found the novel a good read filled with romance, ghost mystery and I am sure you will enjoy this good read. I definitely recommend if you are a ghost reader!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2009
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NOVELSPOT (Theresa) Reviews Gives The Ice Bridge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith FOUR STARS
Okay, I have to say that there were a couple of things that attracted me to this book. One: I love Kathryn Meyer Griffith and have every since I read Scraps of Paper. Two: I lived in the upper part of Illinois for many years and still have friends who live in Michigan so I know that region of the country. Three: I got hooked on that show about the truck drivers driving across the frozen lakes and rivers so the idea of an island cut off from the world during the winter with the only access being to cross a frozen body of water to the mainland was completely intriguing to me. Then, for it to be a little spooky romantic mystery on top of all that, I was hooked for sure.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When Charlotte's fiancé dumps her by email saying that he can't marry her because he is on his honeymoon with her best friend, Charlotte decides to return to the one place she feels is home: with her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island. When she arrives she discovers just how much Bess needs her help, not only with finances, but to help Bess recover from her own heartache brought on by a married man who she loves. Charlotte also wants to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah who was like a grandmother to her when she was a child.
Mackinac Island is a quaint Victorian period retreat that welcomes summer tourists: tourists that the residents call "fudgies" because their addiction to the fudge made on the island. To maintain its charm, the island allows no cars, just horses and bicycles. In truth there are few full time residents living on the island due to the extremely harsh winters. In winter after all the "fudgies" leave the island Mackinac closes down and the "townies" look forward to when the water freezes and forms the ice bridge that crosses the Straits of Mackinac becoming the island's only access to the mainland.
Charlotte decides to try her hand at writing and begins collecting local ghost stories with the help of her friends. Everything changes when Hannah disappears into the icy waters crossing the ice bridge. Everyone believes it's one of those tragic accidents that happen when crossing to the mainland. But there is something that doesn't seem right to Mac, a local cop who is friends with all three women. Mac has known Hannah since both he and Charlotte were children. He did odd jobs for Hannah, and Hannah helped him get through college. He knows that Hannah was just too smart to go off the path. So it's murder.but why.how.by whom? Charlotte and Mac make it their business to track down Hannah's killer because in the end, this is about family. But it's Mac, with a little help from Hannah's ghost, who saves both Charlotte and Bess when the killer decides they are in the way.
The Ice Bridge was one of those books that was a mixture of a tale about the friendship between three women of various ages and a murder mystery. That blend is something that you would think would be really hard to manage but Kathryn Meyer Griffith does it beautifully. When Charlotte first arrives it's all about her but quickly Charlotte discovers that hers is not the only heartache in the world. Through Charlotte you learn about the heartaches of her Aunt Bess and their neighbor Hannah.
The Ice Bridge had me completely entangled in the lives of these three women to the point it was four in the morning when I finished it.
This book is a keeper!! And I can't wait for the next book by this wonderful author!!