The Other Side of the Bridge

The Other Side of the Bridge

by Katharine Swartz

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BN ID: 2940151513593
Publisher: The Tule Publishing Group, LLC
Publication date: 07/14/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 508,101
File size: 475 KB

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The Other Side Of The Bridge 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
JaneM2 More than 1 year ago
Ava’s life fell apart long before she arrivedin rural Greece. She left her husband, struggled with losing her daughter, and lost her job as an art teacher. Moving to the dilapidated farm house that Ava inherited from a grandmother that she barely knew only adds to her stress. Then an elderly woman mistakes her for her grandmother, sparking Ava’s interest in her family history. As she searches for clues about the woman who abandoned her home during World War II, Ava struggles to put her own life back together. The Other Side of the Bridge has two narratives: Ava’s in the present as she struggles separation from her husband and Sophia–Ava’s grandmother–while she works with the resistance against the Nazis in World War II. Ava’s is the primary story line, and the connection between two is the struggle both women face on their journey to find their love. But that was a pretty weak connection. Ava’s struggles, while difficult, aren’t comparable to her grandmother’s. Her grandmother reluctantly risks her life several times while Ava grapples with the drama of whether or not her husband loves her. I wished that the focus had been more on Sophia, or at least that Ava had faced similar stakes. Ava’s story shows a woman struggling to put her life back together after her marriage falls apart. She gains depth in her character through her relationships with the villagers, and they break her out of the woe is me introspection. She also recognizes that she doesn’t know everything when she’s dealing with living on her own or accidentally butting into other’s lives. If the story didn’t shift back and forth between her and her grandmother, it would have been easy to sympathize with her emotional state. I just had a hard time with that as Sophia had so much more at stake: the lives of her and her family. The Other Side of the Bridge presents a great example of women’s fiction. It is listed as a romance as well, but I’m not sure why. It isn’t really one since romance doesn’t play a part in either story until the last pages of the book. I would consider this book women’s fiction.
CatmomJD More than 1 year ago
The story of new friendships, lost histories and discovering who you are and what you want in life. All set in a small town in Greece. Ava Lancet goes to Lousidous Greece, to the home she inherited after her grandmother passed away. She needs time alone after separating with her husband. She is also still grieving the loss of their baby. She makes several good friends who help her fix up the house and trace the history of her grandmother and why she left so soon after the war. No one in this town likes to speak of the war, so it's hard to find the answers she desperately wants. Little by little she gets some answers, but they only lead to more questions. I loved this book because it kept me interested throughout the entire story. I didn't want to stop reading because I was anxious to find out what happened. Ava's grandmother, Sophia's part in the story was very interesting too. This is one of those books that you don't know what happens until the very end.
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This book gave a whole new perspective on the effect war has on individual lives through the eyes of a modern day descendant going through her own trials. This book was at times poignant, sad, happy. I think I read through it in only a few days once I got into the story.
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DarleneRN More than 1 year ago
A captivating WWII historical fiction read with some romance to be the cherry on top. A present day woman discovers her grandmothers life that she never talked about, after the grandmother house in Greece was left to her in the will. The characters and story will stay with you in a pleasant way long after you read this book. This was my first read by this author and I plan to read more of her books.