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From the Staten Island Ferry to Chinatown to the Museum of Modern Art-Henry and Christa embark on a New York ...
From the Staten Island Ferry to Chinatown to the Museum of Modern Art-Henry and Christa embark on a New York City odyssey that exposes the darkest moments of their lives. Is it too late for them? Or will love give them the courage to face the terrifying possibility of hope?
Posted September 27, 2013
Breathtaking and Beautiful for such a tough subject
Wow. Suicide is such a taboo topic Nobody wants to really look too closely at it. I don't really know what drew me to this book. I think it was morbid curiosity to see if the author could turn around such a heavy topic and make a romance believable out of it. What I found was something so deep and profound rolled into a tragic and absolutely beautiful story. I honestly don't want to say too much for fear of ruining this book you should definitely experience on your own.
The Bridge is the story of Christa and Henry and how they met on top of the Brooklyn Bridge where they had both intended to end their lives. They both have deep issues many of us can relate to. Christa just found out she has cancer again after losing one breast already and Henry can't live inside his own skin and basically hates himself due to crippling depression. Neither one expected to see the other that morning and a connection between the two causes them to postpone their plans to try and save the other one. They agree to each pick out three things they want the other one to do before they make the final decision. Over a 24 hour period they each discover things about themselves and life in general they never thought to see before.
I have to say I was blown away by this short but amazing story. I love stories where people meet by chance and let fate take the helm but I've never seen such daunting circumstances the couple had to face such as suicide. I fell in love with Henry and Christa little by little and I loved watching them try to save the other. Christa was so tough and had lived through so much it was hard to understand how she could just give up on everything. Granted she had a laundry list of reasons there was just so much life in her you could tell how spunky she was. Henry's situation broke my heart. I can't imagine what it's like to live with such a heavy weight as depression on a daily basis. He grew up with a wealthy family and had loving parents but his internal battle is winning until he meets Christa. It's times like this where things turn around and people come into your life when you least expect it and honestly when you don't want it. I was really glad they agreed to postpone their attempts because a lot can happen within a day and as the author proves by the end of this book life changing events take place that left me speechless. They were so jaded by life and never expected to find what they were looking for in the other person. I loved how the author didn't make it solely about them saving each other. They both had to dig deep within themselves and find the reservoir of strength needed to save themselves.
Despite the heavy material and issues the characters went through I really loved this book. It was emotional, romantic and heart warming all in one. The romance itself was believable and the connection between Henry and Christa was very palpable. I found myself rooting so hard for them both throughout. The main thing I enjoyed about this book was that the author didn't wrap everything up nice and neat with a pretty pink bow. She leaves you satisfied but at the same time leaves you to interpret what happens next. It was very realistic and exactly what I would expect from such damaged characters. This book was definitely one I won't forget in the near future and I have to say I would read it again in heartbeat. If you like quick reads and emotionally flawed characters you should really give The Bridge a try.
Posted September 18, 2013
Reviewed by Kim
for Read Your Writes Book Reviews
Rebecca is like no author I've ever read. Her stories are dark and thought provoking. At times emotional, requiring you to look at yourself and your life. Her female characters are strong, brash, take no prisoners, tell it like it is kind of ladies. They have mouths that would make sailors blush.
THE BRIDGE is a dark story about two people finding each other amongst the billions and billions of people in the world, on their worst imaginable day. The day they each plan to commit suicide.
Henry is thirty-years-old and by outward appearances has it all. He's model gorgeous and wears expensive clothes. Christa is a woman in her mid-thirties, who also by outward appearances has everything she needs. But these two are hiding something from the world. Henry is clinically depressed and has been for years. Christa is a breast cancer survivor and has just discovered a new lump. For these two, the only way they see out of the pain they're in is to kill themselves.
THE BRIDGE is told from the viewpoints of Henry and Christa over a 24 hour period. The story starts out at 4am on a cool New York City Saturday morning. With the Brooklyn Bridge as the location that will change the lives of Henry and Christa forever. At 4:40 am, Henry finally climbs his way to the Brooklyn Bridge Tower, only to see a woman sitting on the edge. Henry's first reaction is that he can't let this woman jump off the bridge. Christa has the same reaction to Henry. The two start talking and come to an agreement. They will spend the day with each other, taking in the city, trying to convince the other that their life is worth living. Come Sunday morning, they will each go their separate ways, hoping they succeed in saving the other's life. Each knows that their mind is made up. Their goal now on this Saturday isn't to end their life, but try to save the life of a stranger they believe has so much to offer.
This is the story of two people letting down their emotional walls for a complete stranger. Unknowingly, allowing themselves to be free for just one day in their lives. Through their own internal battles and battles with each other they find the one person they can be real with and don't even realize it. Life can end in an instant so the question becomes, "Do I want to stay in this world and fight? Or do I still want to end my existence?".
This is truly one of my FAVORITE Rebecca Rogers Maher books.
Posted February 4, 2014
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Posted February 20, 2014
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