Beyond the Bridge

Beyond the Bridge

by Alicia Stankay


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Paige McCollum's life changes course the last night she meets her boyfriend, Tyler Somers, near a footbridge, and they see a young boy trailing behind his angry father. Their lives later become intertwined in ways she never expected. Tyler deserts her after his bank manager father is accused of embezzlement, but the frightened boy haunts her for years. Losing Tyler's love and commitment becomes even more devastating when Paige realizes she's pregnant. After making the decision to keep the baby, Paige relies on the women in her life, her mother and Shannon, her best friend.
Tyler's father dies in prison with the embezzled money still missing. Because the mystery of this lost money involves Paige in several frightening events, she can't completely forget Tyler. An unexpected bond develops between Johnny, the boy at the bridge, and Paige's daughter, Lexie, and he protects her from danger several times as she grows up. Paige slowly comes to care for a newspaper editor, who helps her unravel the threads of that long ago crime.
Then Tyler calls unexpectedly and invites Paige to meet him at the footbridge after nineteen years. Their meeting leads to a shocking encounter and surprising discoveries. Paige finally understands her past motives and feels free to accept the possibilities in her future.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499393453
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 08/04/2014
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.73(d)

About the Author

Alicia Stankay is the author of two books of short stories, Between Two Bears: Short Stories on the Journey of Life, co-written with Bruce Midkiff, and Tales of Twenty Women: Reflections on Love. One of her short stories, "Beyond the Bridge," is the basis for this full-length novel, titled with the same name. An amateur photographer, she has provided the cover photos for all her books. Hiking in many state parks over the years, she encountered many footbridges on the trails, and they have stirred her imagination. She realized that those bridges are a connection between two places and a link to future possibilities. From the tiny seed of the bridge setting, the idea of a town and the people living there grew and blossomed into a complete book. The author hopes you consider new beginnings the next time you cross a bridge.

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