Wednesday, March 28, 2018

Blog Tour/Review: The Other Side of the Bridge by Camron Wright

The Other Side of the Bridge, by Camron Wright
2018, 304p, Fiction
My Rating=4 Stars
Source: I received an ARC from the publisher, which did not affect my review in any way

Two coasts. Two strangers.
And a bridge that silently beckons them both.

Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of how he saved jumpers still haunt her. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promise ring and a love story that may be the answer to her unresolved sorrow.

Meanwhile, Dave Riley, a marketing executive in New York, has sorrows of his own. Grasping at straws after tragedy strikes his family, he decides to follow a daydream that has turned into an obsession: to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge on a motorcycle on the Fourth of July.

Does the bridge somehow mysteriously hold the answers both Katie and Dave are looking for? Or will they find something completely different when they get to the other side?

I loved The Rent Collector and was looking forward to reading this book. Katie Connelly lives in San Francisco and is dealing with the loss of her father. She's a researcher and comes across a journal which she feels compelled to investigate further. Dave Riley lives in New York and is dealing with a recent tragedy of his own. He's been dreaming about riding a Harley-Davidson across the Golden Gate Bridge and just might be able to make that dream a reality.

Katie and Dave were characters I enjoyed getting to know. They were flawed and relatable, and looking for hope in the situations they each were in. I like reading stories where two completely separate storylines merge together. These storylines didn't merge in quite the way that I expected. The story moved slowly and some of Dave's scenes were a bit long for me. I wanted a little more excitement but that's not what this book is about. It's about love, loss, grief, healing and self-discovery. There are some deep life lessons that are summed up well in the end.

While I can't say that I loved this book, I did like the overall message! It's a book I would recommend to anyone looking for a fresh perspective on life.

Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College.

He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Letters for Emily has been published in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and China.

His next book, The Rent Collector, won Best Novel of the Year from the Whitney Awards and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. The Orphan Keeper won 2016 Book of the Year, Gold accolades in Multicultural Fiction from Foreword Reviews, and was winner of Best General Fiction from the Whitney Awards. He newest book, The Other Side of the Bridge, will be released in March of 2018.

Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, just south of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. He is the proud father of four children, all girls but three.


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