The Bridge by Karen Kingsbury

Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee with a man she walked away from five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.
Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. He can still hear Molly’s voice encouraging him to follow his dreams; Molly, whose memory stays with him. At least he can visit The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remember the hours he and Molly once spent there.
For thirty years, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing the people of middle Tennessee with coffee, conversation, and shelves of good books—even through dismal book sales and the rise of digital books. Then in May, the hundred-year flood swept through Franklin and destroyed nearly every book in the store.
Now the bank is pulling the lease on The Bridge. Despondent and without answers, Charlie considers the unthinkable. Then tragedy strikes, and suddenly, everything changes. In the face of desperate brokenness and lost opportunities, could the miracle of a second chance actually unfold?
The Bridge is a love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore, a love story you will never forget.

There isn't much to say about this cute Christmassy little book.
If you love books and bookstores and Christmas, then you will love this book.

There is a deeper aspect to the romance mentioned at the Publisher's Description above. It is not only about a long-lost love. It is also about finding yourself and becoming the person you always wanted to become.

There is a second story, the story of the owners of the bookstore, who are going through a crisis in their business which quickly turns into a crisis in their very lives. I won't way exactly what their moral dilemma is, beacuse it would be a major spoiler for the book, but it touched me deeply. Maybe this specific subject doesn't touch everyone so close to home, but for me it was just what I needed.

These two stories come together with a greatly heart-warming plot, and a strong message about the true God of Christmas.

Now because this story is beautiful, the writing is excellent, and our world is in need of being reminded exactly what we are celebrating on Christmas, 
this book would be the best bookish Christmas present I could receive this year.
I think it just might be the best bookish present you are craving too.

Rating: 5/5

I read this book via NetGalley

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