The Bridge Tender

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Zondervan, 2014 - Fiction - 325 pages
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A surprise gift from her late husband will give a young widow the chance to do the hardest thing in the world . . . move on.

On their honeymoon, the new Mr. & Mrs. Ryan Shaw made a pact: No matter the sacrifices along the way, one day they would return to Sunset Beach, North Carolina--this time to buy their own home.

But that dream was not to be. Seven years into a beautiful marriage, Emily is left a widow, heartbroken, and way past caring about anything.

Until a man approaches her, claiming to have something left to her from Ryan. Something secret.

Unsure if she can ever embrace a new life without her husband, but even less sure about continuing to stay where she is, Emily heads to the coast to keep her end of the promise she once made.

Without delay, she becomes immersed in the lives of the locals, including the reclusive bridge tender with an unexpected past. As the community debates over building a new bridge, Emily must decide whether she will build a bridge of her own, one that will take her out of a painful past and into the new life--and new love--that her lost love made possible.

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User Review  - mchwest - LibraryThing

Although I really liked this book, as I did all Marybeth Whalen books, I wish the story could have kept centered around the history and story of the bridge. It was still a great summer read for me. Read full review

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User Review  - mbarkman - LibraryThing

5 stars ***** out of 5 Contemporary Romance This novel is a wonderful story that I think about every once in a while even though it has been a while since I read it. The idea of a young widow being ... Read full review

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About the author (2014)

Marybeth Whalen is the wife of Curt and mom of six children. She is the cofounder of She Reads, an online book club focused on spotlighting the best in women's fiction. Marybeth is the author of The Mailbox, She Makes It Look Easy, The Guest Book, and The Wishing Tree. Marybeth and her family live in North Carolina. Visit her website at

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