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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."
Posted November 18, 2013
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.
Posted February 8, 2012
"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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 18, 2009
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Okay, I have to say that there were a couple of things that attracted me to this book. One: I love Kathryn Meyer Griffith and have every since I read Scraps of Paper. Two: I lived in the upper part of Illinois for many years and still have friends who live in Michigan so I know that region of the country. Three: I got hooked on that show about the truck drivers driving across the frozen lakes and rivers so the idea of an island cut off from the world during the winter with the only access being to cross a frozen body of water to the mainland was completely intriguing to me. Then, for it to be a little spooky romantic mystery on top of all that, I was hooked for sure.
When Charlotte's fiancé dumps her by email saying that he can't marry her because he is on his honeymoon with her best friend, Charlotte decides to return to the one place she feels is home: with her Aunt Bess and Mackinac Island. When she arrives she discovers just how much Bess needs her help, not only with finances, but to help Bess recover from her own heartache brought on by a married man who she loves. Charlotte also wants to renew a friendship with neighbor Hannah who was like a grandmother to her when she was a child.
Mackinac Island is a quaint Victorian period retreat that welcomes summer tourists: tourists that the residents call "fudgies" because their addiction to the fudge made on the island. To maintain its charm, the island allows no cars, just horses and bicycles. In truth there are few full time residents living on the island due to the extremely harsh winters. In winter after all the "fudgies" leave the island Mackinac closes down and the "townies" look forward to when the water freezes and forms the ice bridge that crosses the Straits of Mackinac becoming the island's only access to the mainland.
Charlotte decides to try her hand at writing and begins collecting local ghost stories with the help of her friends. Everything changes when Hannah disappears into the icy waters crossing the ice bridge. Everyone believes it's one of those tragic accidents that happen when crossing to the mainland. But there is something that doesn't seem right to Mac, a local cop who is friends with all three women. Mac has known Hannah since both he and Charlotte were children. He did odd jobs for Hannah, and Hannah helped him get through college. He knows that Hannah was just too smart to go off the path. So it's murder.but why.how.by whom? Charlotte and Mac make it their business to track down Hannah's killer because in the end, this is about family. But it's Mac, with a little help from Hannah's ghost, who saves both Charlotte and Bess when the killer decides they are in the way.
The Ice Bridge was one of those books that was a mixture of a tale about the friendship between three women of various ages and a murder mystery. That blend is something that you would think would be really hard to manage but Kathryn Meyer Griffith does it beautifully. When Charlotte first arrives it's all about her but quickly Charlotte discovers that hers is not the only heartache in the world. Through Charlotte you learn about the heartaches of her Aunt Bess and their neighbor Hannah.
The Ice Bridge had me completely entangled in the lives of these three women to the point it was four in the morning when I finished it.
This book is a keeper!! And I can't wait for the next book by this wonderful author!!
Posted October 18, 2009
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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
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!