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Posted November 18, 2013
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Review originally posted at Romancing the Book
This was a truly compelling story that pulls you in from the very first page to the very last, and leaves you wanting more.
I loved the way the strong characters each stood out on their own but yet couple with the other ones they made a very lovely family unit. They made you laugh, tug at your heart and even cry. At times I wanted to jump right into the story and help them, give them the hug that they so needed.
There are ghosts shrouded in mystery, romance amidst murder, strong friendships and loveable people that make you want to move to Mackinac Island.
Charlotte decides to move in with her Aunt Bess who lives on Mackinac year round. Having gone there summer’s long ago she knew this was a place in which she would be able to heal from a broken engagement. Her fiancé called the wedding off via email, marrying her best friend. Needing to heal she feels that fall and winter on Mackinac would be the perfect place to go. Quiet and secluded now because the “fudgies” as they call the tourists are gone.
While riding the ferry over to the Island a man tries to engage her in conversation but not wanting to be bothered she tends to blow him off. After reaching the Island he is there again this time to help her transport her things to her aunt’s house. Starting again he introduces himself as Mac (a policeman on the island).
Aunt Bess welcomes Charlotte with open arms and things pick up as if Charlotte has never missed a summer at all. In fact she hasn’t been to the Island in something like twelve years.
She gets reacquainted with the spunky lady next door who is a surrogate grandmother. Hannah…
Hannah thinks of Bess and Charlotte as family. It is a miss matched family but it works.
Charlotte has decided to write a book of ghost stories on the Island. With the encouragement from Mac, Bess and lovable Hannah she starts her book. She has settled into life on the Island even taking a job at the Inn allowing her time to pursue her book.
As the story takes us through the holidays we find out that Bess is in love with a gentleman from Ireland who works on the Island in the summers. The hitch, he is married. He leaves at the end of the season because he goes to take care of his wife who is sickHannah seems to be the wonderful matriarch of this family and helps Bess play matchmaker between Charlotte and Mac. Which doesn’t seem to work, Charlotte needs time and Charlotte also things Mac has a girlfriend. Mac allows Charlotte the time she needs and waits.
After the fun of the holidays things change and Hannah goes missing. Mac and Charlotte pull together only to discover that perhaps she has died on the Ice Bridge that connects the Island to the Mainland.
Throughout the whole investigation, Mac and Charlotte become closer; Bess falls apart but then changes. Hannah as a ghost helps…
I wouldn’t want to say to much more for fear of spoiling this grand story.
This story is wonderfully told. You have the eeriness of the Island that makes you believe in the ghosts that inhabit the Island. The romance for both Charlotte and Bess is so well written that it blends into the story to add the element of realism.
We have, Hannah, Bess and Charlotte, three strong women; who when together blend and form a friendship that is stronger than the bonds of a real family.
Ms. Griffith has outdone herself and shines with this wonderful this story, giving us an enduring friendship, gentle romance, murder, mystery and ghosts. I for one am ready to move to Mackinac Island and visit with Hannah, Bess and Charlotte. If only I could.
Posted October 18, 2009
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MANIC READERS REVIEWS (REVIEWER:VICTORIA LYN) SAID ON MAY 4, 2009:Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
THE ICE BRIDGE
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Release Date: 01/01/09
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Contemporary Romance/Ghostly Murder Mystery
List Price: 0
Author Page: Kathryn Meyer Griffith
MR Reviewer: Victoria Lyn
THE ICE BRIDGE
by Kathryn Meyer Griffith
Charlotte Graham has been jilted at the altar, lost her best friend to her ex-fiancé, sold all her worldly possessions, and quit her job. She needs to heal her wounded heart and re-evaluate her life, so she's going to stay with her Aunt Bess on Mackinac Island. When she was a little girl, she would stay with her aunt during the summer months, but has never spent a winter on the island. She just knows that everything will be okay once she's there. On the ferry ride to the island, she meets Lieutenant Maclean Berman. He's worried about her because she looks as if she might jump ship any moment.
Mac is instantly mesmerized by Charlotte, but she keeps throwing up a brick wall. She just doesn't trust men right now. Eventually Mac wears her wall down and they become friends. She tells Mac that she has always had an interest in writing. He suggests she write a story about the ghosts on Mackinac Island, thus she becomes known as the Ghost Lady. Not all is as it seems on Mackinac Island. Charlotte's next-door neighbor and good friend, Hannah McCain, has gone missing and there appears to be a fresh break in the ice bridge. Could Hannah, a lifelong resident of Mackinac Island, have accidently fallen through? Mac doesn't believe so and he's going to investigate.
The Ice Bridge is an AWESOME book! It's full of mystery, intrigue, and just a touch of romance. It's also full of ghost stories. They are brilliant and really add something extra to the story. The characters are great and well developed. I loved Hannah, she was a wonderful substitute grandmother to Charlotte. This book is not a gushy romance and doesn't have any love scenes, but I think it's better without them. I was beginning to wonder if Charlotte and Mac were ever going to realize that they were falling for each other, but once tragedy struck, he was there for her and their love began to blossom. The story focuses more on the interaction between the characters and the mystery involving the ice bridge. The way it is written, you almost feel like you are right there with the characters and a part of the story. You especially experience Charlotte's emotions first hand, I think that might be why I had a hard time sleeping while reading this book - I was a little spooked, but it was worth it! I would definitely recommend The Ice Bridge, especially if you like ghost stories; it is well worth your time and the investment!