One Lane Bridge: A Novel

One Lane Bridge: A Novel

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by Don Reid
     
 

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What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. He is trying to run two restaurants, keep his daughter from dropping out of college, and satisfy his lonely, aging mother. Cash begins to disappear from one of the restaurants, and he and his wife argue about how to deal with the problem.

One tranquil evening, J. D. takes off on a ride in the country to clear his

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What J. D. needs is a little peace and quiet. He is trying to run two restaurants, keep his daughter from dropping out of college, and satisfy his lonely, aging mother. Cash begins to disappear from one of the restaurants, and he and his wife argue about how to deal with the problem.

One tranquil evening, J. D. takes off on a ride in the country to clear his mind. Top down, setting sun, wind in his hair ... leak in the radiator. When he walks up to an old farmhouse to ask for water, he finds a family living in poverty, and vows to help. When he returns with groceries, he can't find them or the house—although he's not lost. While J. D. struggles to make sense of this mystery, his behavior creates doubt in his marriage, and even his best friend thinks he's crazy. And when he solves it, his life is changed forever.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780781405768
Publisher:
David C Cook
Publication date:
10/01/2010
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
320
Sales rank:
735,380
File size:
389 KB

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Meet the Author

Don Reid, a member of the Statler Brothers, country music's premier singing group for nearly forty years, has established himself as a singer and professional writer in multiple fields.

As a songwriter of 240 published and recorded songs, many of them number one and top ten hits, Reid is the recipient of 18 BMI (Broadcast Music Incorporated) awards, 3 Grammy awards, 9 Country Music Association awards, 48 Music City News/TNN awards, 13 gold albums, and 8 platinum albums.

Reid also cowrote (with his brother Harold) the television series The Statler Brothers Show and numerous TV specials. He has published three nonfiction books (Heroes and Outlaws of the Bible, Sunday Morning Memories, and You Know It's Christmas When.). O Little Town is his first novel.

Don lives with his wife, Deborah, in Staunton, Virginia.

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One Lane Bridge 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutely love the way Mr. Reid writes (love your singing too :)) He has a way of absorbing you into the story--like I am right there! I can't wait to read more of his books!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very enjoyable read, especially for those that have similar struggles/pressures!
harstan More than 1 year ago
By 2007 in Hanson, North Carolina, John David and Karlie Wickman have been married for over two decades. Overall they are in harmony except when it comes to disciplining their daughter Angela as Karlie wants rules enforced and J.D. chooses leniency, and spending. J.D. feels overwhelmed. A waitress is stealing from one of their two Dining Club restaurants. His daughter wants to leave school as she is frightened from an attack on a coed at the library. A nurse at Maple Manor calls to ask him to visit his mother a day earlier than his usual weekly trek. Finally Karlie tells him to take one of his clear the head rides into the countryside. J.D. does, but has car trouble after crossing a One Lane Bridge so heads to an old farmhouse near the road. There he meets Paul Clem, his ailing bed-ridden wife Ada and their daughter Lizzie. Although obviously very poor, they are friendly. The next day, J.D. and Karlie drive to the Clem farm with groceries, but he cannot find the bridge or their homestead. While, Karlie fears her spouse lost his mind, J.D. keeps searching for answers. This is an intriguing inspirational thriller that focuses on the miracles the "Architect of Time" God performs. The key cast members are fully developed especially the Wickman and Clem family members. Although there are a few subplots that feel more like cul de sacs that never branch back to the prime exhilarating story line, readers will enjoy the adventures of J.D. as he struggles to understand what is going on; wondering whether his wife is right that he is going crazy. Harriet Klausner
Anonymous 6 months ago
If you're looking for a book that's different, this is it. It's a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One Twisty Road J.D.'s car overheats while he is on a drive in the country. There is no phone service, but a farmer helps him get back on the road. The next day, when J.D. goes back with a load of groceries for the farm family, he can't find the place. What is going on? The number of characters is manageable, although two of the waitresses are pretty much indistinguishable. It is good to read about people who have to work for a living. There was one twist too many regarding a character who is very spiritual. The language was sometimes overwrought, as when J.D. is ready to take on God for withholding knowledge. A nice touch was J.D. learning to see someone as those who knew her for a long time saw her. Although this novel is sometimes described as Christian fiction, it is not. Spiritualist or maybe New Thought is closer. I found the message trite.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im here for the gang
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
She walked in. She was skinny and pretty. She had long red hair and tatooes. She was wearing boots with spikes in the bottem. "Hello."
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mjlady51 More than 1 year ago
strange but liked it.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love love loved this book! Stayed up late into the night reading it. A little feel of Twilight Zone and some Spiritualism all in one. A real feel good story. Fabulous is all I can say......
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mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
Don Reid is well known as one of the founding members of The Statler Brothers, This was my very favorite of the singing groups and I still love to hear their music but that is enough about his music and now to his book. This is the first one that I have read and believe me when I say I could not put it down, I read the complete book in one sitting four and one-half hours, I just had to see what was on the next page. The novel is about a man and his wife J. D. and Karlie Wickman that owned two restaurants and they were having trouble with one of their employees as they had money missing. Then J. D,'s mother was in an assisted living home, they had a daughter at college and she was home sick, so they were going through a lot. One night J.D. decided to get in his old car and just drive, this always helped him with the top down and no where really to go, just ride and enjoy the night air. He was on this road that he had not been on before and he came upon a one lane bridge, an old bridge, he looked to be sure no other car was coming they he just went across real slow and looked at the bridge and the water. When he got on the other side his old car started to run hot, he had to turn it off, he looked at his cell phone and had no bars but so what he could not tell anyone where he was. He then saw a house up an old dirt lane and he walked up there, he found a man and was asked in. When he got inside a woman asked who was there, she was really sick and they had a fourteen year old daughter that was doing the cooking. The man helped him carry water back to his car so he made it back home. He was telling his wife about the family that he believed were really poor and the next day they both went and bought some groceries to carry to them. When they got back to the place he knew was where he was the night before, there was no one lane bridge but a cement two lane one, and there was a store at the spot where the house was. This just made no sense to J. D. and Karlie knew he was in a lot of stress so she wanted him to go to see the doctor, but he would not. Well I could go on and one but that would leave no reason for you too buy the book, so I will stop here, but this went on for a while, things were finally settled but it took a while and a lot of trouble. You must read this, it really is a touching and memorial novel. It just kept me turning page after page, so now I know Don can write as well as he can sing. This book was sent to me by the author and Jeane at Wynnwynnmedia for my honest review.