by Phaedra Patrick
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A single father gets an unexpected second chance at love in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper
It’s summer in the city and passions are soaring along with the temperature—for everyone but Mitchell Fisher, who hates all things romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to the famous “love story” bridge. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother.
Then one hot day, everything changes when Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but she disappears before he can ask her name. Desperate to find out her identity, Mitchell is shocked to learn she’s been missing for almost a year. He teams up with her spirited sister, Liza, on a quest to find her again. However, she’s left only one clue behind—a message on the padlock she hung on the bridge.
Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places.
It’s time once again to welcome Sophia Rose to the blog. Today Sophia is sharing a review of The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick. Grab a cup of iced coffee and read her thoughts on this delightful fiction.
Sophia Rose’s Review
A staid, overly-organized, lonely single dad’s prosaic life is turned topsy-turvy when a woman falls from a bridge and he leaps into the river and saves her. The Secrets of Love Story Bridge is the latest from an author who is steadily becoming an auto-buy for me as I linger over the taste the multi-flavored story she just served up.
The Secrets of Love Story Bridge introduces yet another whimsical, engaging character from this author who can make dull and average turn into something effervescent after a steady journey of the heart that is rarely taken alone. Mitchell Fisher, the average joe with secret heartache, regrets, and loneliness is accompanied on his journey by his loving, but intrepid nine-year-old daughter, Poppy who just wants to see her dad happy- oh and get a chance to play and go off her dad’s well-ordered schedule for their lives, her bright and sparkling music teacher, Liza, who has a mysterious connection to the woman in yellow he rescued and makes him feel something uneasy, but exciting whenever he’s near her, his relationship-addled work buddy Bart, his ‘I’ll help you bury the bodies’ child-hood best friend, Graham, and the charming origami-making doorkeeper at his flat.
There are several threads woven together in this story that Mitchell narrates. There is his life journey to finding himself and what makes him happy, the mystery of Liza’s sister’s disappearance, the secret inside the last letter Poppy’s mother wrote to Mitchell before she died, and the many stories inside the Love Story Bridge letters and padlocks.
A few excitement blips occurred, but mostly this was a gentle-flowing feel-good story that re-establishes letter-writing, ice cream on a hot day, a camp-out under the stars with marshmallows roasting over the fire and impromptu singalongs as the very best of life. I’ve read three of the author’s four books and love each of these slow-simmer triumphs that really hit on what is really important while telling an engaging story. Those who enjoy general fiction with a light romance should definitely pick this up.The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick introduces yet another whimsical, engaging character from this author who can make dull and average turn into something effervescent. #Fiction #MustRead Click To Tweet