This book was not what I expected. I really got into the "book one" part. I can totally understand why Carolyn Williford did what she did, but I was down right aggravated when I got abruptly thrust into "book two". Just so I don't loose anyone, these are labeled inside of this same book- Bridge To A Distant Star.
I had a TERRIBLE time getting into book two. Sports aren't my thing, and while I understood it was the set up of some important things, it was really hard to read through all that part. Once major things started happening with the son, Charlie, I was able to read it with much more understanding and interest. I wasn't thrown for a loop when "book three" started, because now I expected that. I also was "into" book three with out any problems. I related the most to "book one" and "book three".
All that said, this was not an easy topic to write about, and the pain of loosing children came through sharp and clear. It was not written with out passion or feeling, and it is gripping. I just didn't do a well with this book for some reason. I think it is just me. I didn't do so great with most of the Titanic movies either. I know people drown, they die, and others live.
I think I wanted more about the ones that lived at the end. A "book four" with how God transformed their lives after such horrible tragedies would be more to my liking. It was almost like we got to know them, and then some lived, some died, and then they all lived happily ever after. And it just didn't sit with me the way I wished it had. Mrs. Williford did a very nice job of tying the threads together at the end of the book, and yet I was left feeling empty and somehow bereft of something that I can't quite name.
I feel bad to say such blunt words when I know so much is poured into our writing, but this is my honest review of how this book made me feel.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
ABOUT THE BOOK
As a storm rages in the night, unwary drivers venture onto Tampa Bay’s most renowned bridge. No one sees the danger ahead. No one notices the jagged gap hidden by the darkness and rain. Yet when the bridge collapses vehicles careen into the churning waters of the bay below.
In that one catastrophic moment, three powerful stories converge: a family ravaged by their child’s heartbreaking news, a marriage threatened by its own facade, and a college student burdened by self doubt. As each story unfolds, the characters move steadily closer to that fateful moment on the bridge. And while each character searches for grace, the storms in their lives loom as large as the storm that awaits them above the bay.
When these characters intersect in Carolyn Williford’s gripping and moving volume of three novellas, they also collide with the transforming truth of Christ: Deny yourself, take up your cross, and follow me.
If you would like to read the first chapter of Bridge to a Distant Star, go HERE.
The book link is: http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1434767035