The series concept intrigued me when I read about the first book, The Lady in Residence. Then I read the next book, Hope Between the Pages, and we all know how much I gushed about that one. So of course, when The Bridge of Gold came up for review, I signed up faster than… something that does something fast.
It’s late. And I don’t feel well. Work with me here.
As I said, I don’t feel well so when I woke up from my nap tonight, I really didn’t want to pick up the next one in the series, Bridge of God. You know, the one I’ve been looking forward to for months. Yeah. That one.
I’m going to give you a free reading hint. If you feel awful and grab a good book, you might just find that you don’t notice how bad you feel anymore.
And you might just decide that this series is one of your all-time favorite ones.
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This New Split-Time Series Keeps Getting Better and Better
I’ll just say it. Bridge of Gold by Kimberley Woodhouse is wonderful. I can’t decide if the history behind the story is what gives it so much depth and richness or if the contrast and similarities between yesteryear and today makes that difference. All I know is this book kept me riveted from the moment we met Luke and Margo until the last page of Kayla and Steven’s story.
When you have four main characters of a book, it’s easy for them to become a bit homogenous, but even in the characters’ similarities, they are very distinct, unique people. Add a few flaws combined with the personality virtues, and you have protagonists I just love!
I will say if I have a criticism, it’s that the villains/antagonists are more of a one-note. They all have gold fever and it just comes out in all the same ways. Not gonna lie, though. I really didn’t care. The book was too good for me to care.
Spiritual arcs. With four protagonists, there are four. And they’re all unique, rich, and yet simple, too. Woodhouse didn’t overthink the changes and growth her characters needed, and because of that, she didn’t overwork them either.
Seriously, you have two wonderful stories full of rich history and fascinating lives that converge into a novel you’ll be thinking of for ages. Seriously, if I hadn’t promised this book to a friend, it would get a permanent place on my shelf. And yes, that means I’ll probably be ordering myself another copy.
Recommended for lovers of both historical and contemporary fiction, split-time fiction, and suspense/mystery. It has them all. I am so grateful to the publisher for providing the review copy, but as I said. I’ll likely be buying myself a new one.