The Bridge Tender by Marybeth Whalen

the bridge tender by marybeth whalen

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This book was sent to Traveling With T in exchange for a fair review.

The Bridge Tender

Emily Shaw is young, married, and looking forward to the day when her and her handsome husband, Ryan, buy a house in Sunset Beach- the place where they honeymooned and dreamed about their future lives. To Emily and Ryan, the world stretched in front of them and they were so happy to be together.


Then, Ryan died. And Emily feels there is nothing left. The world, all the things was excited for- nothing holds her interest. Being a widow, a widow in her 20’s, was not the plan. Ryan, though, had plans for Emily. Unbeknownst to her, he took out a life insurance policy- he wanted Emily to have a house in Sunset Beach- to realize that life will bring happiness again; even though Ryan would not be around to share it.

It takes Emily some time, but a year after Ryan’s death- she goes to Sunset Beach to find a house. Lonely and unsure if life will ever be good again, Emily is not sure what to expect. After several misses, she does find a place. Emily begins to settle in that summer, meeting her neighbor, seeing a girl in town who could use a friend. One day, a man stops by the house. The man is Brady Rutledge who is actually Kyle Baker- who Emily had a movie star crush on. He has given up Hollywood life and returned to Sunset Beach to be the bridge tender.

With Emily becoming more involved in the town life day after day- she quickly becomes involved in the bridge debate. Some of the town wants a new bridge for practical reasons, while others want to keep the original bridge for nostalgia. Emily thinks she knows what side of the issue she falls on- until an incident happens that makes her realize all change is not bad.

Will Emily find happiness at Sunset Beach? And will she find out the story about her movie crush who is now content to live the quiet life of bridge tender? Read THE BRIDGE TENDER to find out!


Traveling With T’s Thoughts:

Marybeth Whalen does it again! THE BRIDGE TENDER is sweet, enjoyable and wonderful. Marybeth takes a story- a story about a widow before her time, a widow who wonders if there is anything good left in life- and writes a story that reaffirms not only the widow’s faith in life; but the readers.

As the reader gets further in the story, they feel the pain that Emily feels at losing her husband, at having her life drastically changed. Then, the reader feels a sense of sweetness and hope as Emily begins to realize that life does go on!

Sit back with a glass of sweet tea and couple of Kleenex- and enjoy this wonderful book!

*This book was sent to me by Zondervan Publishing in exchange for a fair and honest review. All thoughts and opinions are mine alone.

Happy Reading and Bookishly Yours,

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