Bridge to Happiness

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Bridge To Happiness

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  • ISBN-13: 9781611739367
  • Publisher: Center Point Large Print
  • Publication date: 11/28/2013
  • Edition description: Large Print Edition
  • Pages: 424
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2011

    Great read!

    I loved this book, which is very different from the authors' historical books. But I loved the story and the way she took us through a whole life and marriage. I felt like I really knew these people. I cried and laughed. I loved it. I will read this book again and again. Highly recommended.

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  • Posted February 17, 2011

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    This is an entertaining profound family drama

    In San Francisco March Randolph and Mike Cantrell meet and fall in love. They marry, raise a family of four, and create a successful business together as she encourages him to take a chance on his dreams in the Sierras. Their efforts lead to snowboarding becoming popular sport.

    Everything remains perfect even after three decades as a couple. Then in an instant, tragedy strikes with a wrong way driver. Traumatized and feeling all alone March can no longer look to the present or future for happiness; only the past gives her moments of joy though her friends and children had her strip her home of her beloved Mike. Yet she knows her loved ones have problems too as they need her to lead them back to living again, if she dares.

    This is an entertaining profound family drama starring a strong cast but anchored by the matriarch. The Cantrells were golden for over thirty years when the gold ended with death leaving a mother unable to move forward from their grief. Jill Barnett eloquently makes a strong case that life goes on for the grievers as the inevitable death of one generation is replaced with the renewal of a new generation.

    Harriet Klausner

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  • Posted February 16, 2011

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    One perfect life ends, another begins

    Author Jill Barnett is a master of the oddly disconcerting image-a bay whose crystalline water is "mythical, like a panoramic image from a Peter Jackson film," twinkling stars above the Sierras that "flickered like distant, approaching headlights," a fifty-year-old man who's "the human equivalent of a tomcat," and an awful lot of handbags. (Okay, I'm not into handbag therapy, but that's just me.)

    Mike and March build a perfect life, based on shared humor and love, in the first part of this novel. They take risks, create a business, and help their children grow. But March's "razor sharp internal clock" takes a beating in part two. Her feelings as the world falls apart are hauntingly evocative. Surrounded by love, sometimes she just wants to be alone to plan the "uncharted journey I faced."

    The Cantrell family may seem to have it all, but their lives are filled with the same problems every family faces, sibling rivalries, the longing for a child, rebellious teenagers, misunderstandings, and the loneliness of an empty bed. Characters come to vivid life through the natural cadence and humor of excellent dialog, but deep back-stories filled with telling details do slow the story down. Sometimes I just wanted to skip ahead and see the future instead of another character's past.

    The people in Bridge to Happiness are fun the spend time with on a long evening. They're realistic, wounded and wise as they bridge that time between past joys and future uncertainties. And they offer hopeful suggestions and wise direction to all who share that journey with them. The past is a part of ourselves and our self image, but it doesn't define us, no matter how well-loved. And stepping into the future is a risk worth taking.

    Disclosure: I got this book from Bellebooks and Belle Bridge Books in exchange for an honest review

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