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The Ice Bridge

The Ice Bridge

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by Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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She'll fall in love again...with a man and the island. Charlotte returns to her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island, a quaint retreat that welcomes summer tourists and allows no cars to renew herself and write about the island's ghosts.

She's come to help Bess with her heartache, an ended love with Shaun, and to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah.

In winter


She'll fall in love again...with a man and the island. Charlotte returns to her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island, a quaint retreat that welcomes summer tourists and allows no cars to renew herself and write about the island's ghosts.

She's come to help Bess with her heartache, an ended love with Shaun, and to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah.

In winter Mackinac closes down and everyone looks forward to the ice bridge that freezes across the Straits of Mackinac.

Until Hannah disappears into the icy waters crossing it.

Everyone says it's an accident. But Charlotte and her admirer cop friend, Mac, don't think so. Something isn't right. Hannah was too smart to go off the path.

So it's murder...but why...how...by whom?

In the end, it's Mac-and perhaps Hannah's ghost-who saves Charlotte and Bess's lives when the killer decides they're too close to the truth and tries to kill them, too.

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The Wild Rose Press
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0.54(w) x 8.00(h) x 5.00(d)

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"Yeah, it gets cold enough to freeze a dinosaur around here. It feels like the winds are made of ice at times. But I like the island in the snow and through the holidays with the decorations strung from light post to light post. Like the huge Christmas tree in the center of town. I enjoy riding around on a snowmobile and skimming across the ice bridge to the mainland, bundled up in two coats and three pairs of gloves. I like not having much to do. You know, winter's the only time we get the island back to ourselves."

"After the boatloads of tourists leave, hey?"

"Yeah, after the fudgies leave." He smiled at her as she sidestepped a pile of horse manure in the middle of the road.

A horse and carriage rattled by, bikes whizzed around them and it was as if she'd never left. She was twelve years old again running wild around a place that'd been magic to her. Her tension was already easing away.

She looked up and took in the stately Victorian homes that lined Lake Shore Road with their skillfully painted exteriors and their elaborate flower gardens that were now beginning to wilt. She'd always dreamed of owning and living in one. Now? Fat chance. Only princesses and millionaires could afford one of them. Oh, well. Perhaps someday.

She lowered her head and watched where she put her feet. A puddle of what appeared to be water but wasn't, cascaded down the gutters behind a horse taxi with a covered roof and four speckled white Clydesdale horses pulling it. The beasts whinnied and clomped their hairy hooves, looking around as if they were bored. It would take her a while to get used to the pungent horse odors again, she mused, but, eventually, she would, as shehad when she was a kid.

"Fudgies," she said, as she pushed her bike, "they still call the tourists that?"

"Still do. As long as they come, buy and eat so much fudge, I guess we'll always call them that. They're our bread and butter, though, so we can't complain. The islanders wouldn't have jobs; I wouldn't have a job, if not for the tourists. Their money pays the bills."

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The Ice Bridge 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
SherryF More than 1 year ago
The Ice Bridge by Kathryn Meyer Griffith is a paranormal suspense thriller that captured me from the opening pages. Kathryn’s ability to spin a tale, writing about realistic characters with a familiar location, Mackinac Island, makes this especially desirable for me. During the winter, an Ice Bridge forms, allowing the islanders, and anyone else, to more easily navigate to and fro. It made me think of the Ice Road Truckers, who deliver goods to out of the way places that would not have the supplies without the Ice Road. Mackinac Island has a tight knit community and they become even more so in the winter. Charlotte has come back to Mackinac Island and her Aunt Bess, bringing with her a broken heart. They are both hurting and so much alike, living together may help heal the wounds. Charlotte is an independent woman and doesn’t want to get involved again, but… Along comes police Lieutenant Mac, a kind man that would make a great catch and has a sad story of his own. I like some romance with my thrills, so I am glad to meet him. Hannah, who goes missing, has a special talent. They call her The Ghost Lady and she makes me think of Melinda on The Ghost Whisperer. I love that Kathryn Meyer Griffith mixes a mystery with the paranormal giving the story that something extra that I crave. We definitely have a mystery, but I am drawn into the characters worlds and their life struggles. I am very concerned for their welfare, knowing Kathryn Meyer Griffith has a habit of killing off some of her characters. The writing details their misfortunes, leaving me wanting good things for them, not the bad that keeps coming. I like characters who are flawed and damaged. I want to see them made whole again. The detailed descriptions of the surroundings bring back fond memories of my visits to Mackinac Island and make it easy to image the isolation, the lack of people and cars, the silence so deep you can hear the snow fall. I want to be there, minus the murder. There is more going on than broken hearts and murder, and the suspense rises as the killer gets closer and will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I know the writing is excellent, when I already have the story figured out, but I can’t put the book down anyway. I received a copy of The Ice Bridge from Kathryn Meyer Griffith in return for an honest review.
lauralovesreviewingLT More than 1 year ago
If there’s one thing I know about Kathryn’s stories, whether horror or suspense or thrillers, it’s that they’re not predictable. You think you know what’s going to happen, but then she throws you some sidewinder scenarios and it’s anything goes from there. She has now proven to me that she can write a great romance mystery also. Many of her books have these elements included in them, but this is the first one of hers I’ve read that isn’t a horror story too. You’ll meet some really great characters. So genuine, you’ll feel like you’ve known them a long time. The main protagonist, Charlotte, just arrived on Mackinac Island, running from a fiance who jilted her for her best friend almost at the altar, and a job she couldn’t stand. Staying with her Aunt Bess, who could sure use her company, perhaps they’ll both find a new sense of worth and love for life. Her chance encounter with a handsome police officer, Mac, stirs feelings she knows she shouldn’t have. It’s too soon. But that doesn’t mean they can’t be friends. And, upon expressing her interest in writing a book, Mac suggests that Charlotte write about the ghosts that are rumored to be roaming the island. This was such a great idea to add to the story. I always enjoy reading stories with writers in them, and it was fun to read about some of the ghostly encounters as they’re related to Charlotte. I’d like to read that book! Charlotte is surprised how quickly she settles into her new life, and she renews a loving friendship with her elderly neighbor, Hannah. Hannah has been her friend since she was a young lass and they enjoy that same trust and love again. But then Hannah goes missing and Charlotte fears the worst. Could she have fallen victim to the Ice Bridge? The ice bridge is a way for islanders to cross the lake when winter settles in and cuts them off. Once it’s checked and deemed safe, they use it ride their snowmobiles to land and replenish supplies. If something happened to Hannah, they might never find her body. Charlotte won’t rest until she finds out what happened to Hannah. Accident or murder, she’ll dig out the clues and find out the truth, no matter the danger she may be in. I’ve visited Mackinac Island several times. The author paints such a vivid description that I see it all anew, even though it’s been years since I was there. I’d love to visit in the winter, see the fabulous Grand Hotel encased in icicles, snow covering the beautifully shaped shrubs and historical homes. I wouldn’t be brave enough to venture on the ice bridge, though. It was such a wonderful surprise how much I loved this story. I love her horror and thriller stories with demons and witches and rampaging dinosaurs, all out to kill you or eat you or both. This has none of that. There’s a murder, but nothing even younger readers can’t handle, a sweet brush at new romance, and some truly wonderful characters. I ate this up and sure didn’t want it to end. Kathryn’s talented writing shines as the story flows smoothly and quickly to a fabulous ending.
RtBBlog More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Robin Book provided by the author for review 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.
arlenadean More than 1 year ago
"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!
BellaFallenAgels More than 1 year ago
MANIC READERS REVIEWS (REVIEWER:VICTORIA LYN) SAID ON MAY 4, 2009: THE ICE BRIDGE by Kathryn Meyer Griffith Release Date: 01/01/09 Publisher: The Wild Rose Press Genre: Contemporary Romance/Ghostly Murder Mystery ISBN: Pages: 252 Format: E-Book List Price: 0 Author Page: Kathryn Meyer Griffith MR Reviewer: Victoria Lyn Buy now! MR Review 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!