Monday, June 27, 2011

Bridge to a Distant Star

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
Bridge to a Distant Star
David C. Cook; New edition (June 1, 2011)
Carolyn Williford


Carolyn Williford has authored seven books, including Jordan's Bend, Devotions for Families That Can't Sit Still, and Faith Tango, as well as numerous articles. She and her husband, Craig, live in Deerfield, Illinois, where he serves as president of Trinity International University. They have two children and four grandchildren.


It All Comes Tumbling Down

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.

Bridge to a Distant Star by Carolyn Williford is a heart-rending story of tragedy turned into hope. Maureen Roberts has always relied on the friendship of her three college buddies, but when one of their marriages is shattered, Maureen finds herself questioning everything in her own life as well, especially her relationship with her rebellious teenage daughter, Colleen. Maureen decides to take a vacation to Florida with her younger daughter Aubrey in hopes of finding some peace of mind. Charles and Francine Thomasen struggle daily in their attempts to parent twelve-year-old Charlie. Charles, a lawyer, wants his son to fight his way through life, toughing even the darkest circumstances out without an inch of fear. Francine is like most mothers, wanting her baby to be safe and happy. This puts the couple at odds, especially when Charlie is diagnosed with cancer and they are forced to make a terrible decision. Michal McHenry is attending a Christian college with the intent to become a missionary in Ethiopia, just like her parents and grandparents before her. Growing up an MK (missionary's kid), she doesn't seem to fit in with her classmates, so when two men suddenly show interested in her, she is lost and confused. These three stories will come together tragically on a bridge in Florida on a stormy May afternoon. This is an incredibly beautiful book, and even though reading feels a bit like watching an impending train wreck, the writing is so elegant, there's no desire to look away. Each scene comes to life through the author's careful and intricate descriptions. When the reader smells, hears, and tastes everything the characters do, you become pulled into the story, and it becomes very personal. This is a book you read with your heart as well as your head. I read the last few pages through tears, tears of both grief and joy. Read it for yourself; it's really that good.


Jenny said...

"This is a book you read with your heart as well as your head. I read the last few pages through tears, tears of both grief and joy."

My thoughts exactly, Christy...but you were much more eloquent in your review. I really enjoyed this book as well.

Blessings...and happy reading!