T. Greenwood: The Forever Bridge

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Ul metaphors and heartrending human emotions of the heart with precision insight and depth once again delivers an extraordinary story THE FOREVER BRIDGE a complex wrenching yet plifting novel of loss forgiveness and healing Two broken and imperfect families three broken women torn apart by tragedy desperately struggle to bridge the gap between past and present evil and kindness grief and survival loss and love Set in aint fictional town of New England s imby Vermont two years after the imploding of a family left dealing with the aftermath The night when certainties were shattered a one way bridge rain snow water another car forcing them off the road one winter night a family of four The night the world changed when all those safe soft places became terrifying and dangerous In an instant a tragedy an accident taking the life of Jess a beloved son a brother Robert a former EMT father and husband left in a wheelchair with no legs Sylvie the mother now a recluse suffering from agoraphobia living alone a broken marriage Ruby a daughter a sister a gifted eleven year old living with her dad and ncle with only one friend Izzy and a town feeling sorry for this sad and weird family leaving her embarrassed to go to school Sylvie a former midwife wife and mother of one instead of two She is panic stricken a recluse PTSD she barely can get out of bed has no phone or tv and has allowed her yard to grow p with raccoons living on her porch She does not have the strength to be a mother to her own daughter OCD when it comes to cleaning the interior of the house scrubbing to perfection Insomnia living off pills to get her through the day Her only pastime is taxidermy specifically birds another strong metaphor One way opens to the world and the other shuts it away she chooses shut Ruby misses her little brother she misses the way her mom was before the bridge the night she feels sorry for her dad in a wheel chair She is alone scared and just wants normal She wants to go home Her mom is sick and will not leave the house her dad wants them to move away and her best friend is now mean However she is going to build a bridge sketching researching planning As the book opens her father has to go on a trip with her ncle Bunk to the NC coast for a family emergency and she is left with her mom out in the rural country and the only way to town is her bike Ruby has only one friend Izzy and now she is about to lose her to another girl from school Marcy and she is the third wheel A gifted student Ruby is obsessed with bridges drawing inspiration from the strength and purpose and working on a special bridge state championship sketching and creating She longs to build a bridge which will last one which will not crumble like the people in her life Presently she has a secret Nessa She has to help She has a purpose Nessa A poor mute lonely pregnant teen of seventeen has no one living off the streets and decides to return home She has been on the run for two years She leaves Oregon on a bus to return to Vermont However when she arrives her family is no longer here Her mother and grandfather were gone Alone she has spent years with the wrong man abused drugs regrets with only a backpack no money she has a piece of paper with a man s name and phone number A baby will be coming Silence She has a past she is not proud of and has to make things right She finds a cabin near the river and hides out Someone at the diner told her about a midwife Then she meets Ruby As impending Hurricane Irene approaches the east coast the tension and suspense builds as we see the powerful strength and determination of three damaged and flawed women caught p in their own emotional storms of life for a shocking and powerful conclusion as the three lives intersect Finding their own road home Powerfully. Iver With horrible swiftness Sylvie’s young son was gone her husband was permanently paralyzed and she was left with shattering blame and griefEleven year old Ruby misses her little brother too But she also misses the mother who has become a recluse in their old home while Ruby and her dad try to piece themselves back together Amid all the ncertainty in her li.

Beautifully written The Forever Bridge tells the story of a family whose very foundation has been nearly destroyed by loss It tells of the rebuilding of that foundation that family Sylvie mother and wife is paralyzed by fear and grief after an accident that claims the life of her young son For two years she has locked herself away from the world and it s danger Away from living Ruby daughter of Sylvie is eleven years old She is struggling to nderstand all the loss in her life Her brother her father s legs her parent s marriage but mostly the mother that Sylvie The Grand Sophy used to be She is struggling to find a way to bring them all together again To finally start healing Nessa alone mute and pregnant At seventeen she has beensed abused and discarded by everyone in her life By her mother by men With only a backpack and a scrap of paper with a name and number written on it Nessa rolls into Winners Dream uimby Vermont on the edge of a hurricane Right into the lives of Ruby and Sylvie The Forever Bridge is full of depth and emotion With characters the are flawed and broken and so very real It is a wonderful book that pulls you in and won t let you go I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Firstreads So lucky to get an early copy of this T Greenwood writes with such humanity the depth of her characters is almost palpable Set against the violent backdrop of Hurricane Irene this is a story of three incredibly damaged women all fighting to find a road home Of course as with anything Greenwood writes it s about so much Brilliant from its heart wrenching start to its emotional redemptive end Or in her words That something stolen has been returned to her That something lost has been found She was only a marionette she realized and Fear her puppeteerI was totally completelytterly and absolutely captivated with this book The power of words is beautifully displayed in the descriptive portrayal of each of the protagonist In a poetic prose of grief fear and a family struggling to come back together I felt like I became one with the story and charactersHave you ever had your life take a complete turn that anything and everything changes On the way to a school function Sylvie and her husband along with their two children lives are drastically changed on a bridge Their youngest son dead and her husband paralyzed Leaving her family totally broken in fear mistrust and each alone in their struggleIt has been several years since that fateful night and Syvlie has been isolated from her family nable to care for anyone much less herself Sylvie s daughter Ruby must stay with her while her estranged husband attends to a family emergency The relationship between mother and daughter is strained Neither know how relate to each other in all the while needing each other tremendously Ruby is going thru her own struggles with her best friend that has completely changed overnight However Ruby has an obsession and it is bridges Her and her best friend Izzy were to enter a contest in building a bridge for school but with the change in Izzy Ruby is contemplates doing the contest on her own Izzy s abandonment of Ruby and with much time on her hands she comes across a pregnant runaway that is staying in abandoned shack near her mother s property She cannot speak Who is she What has brought this stranger to RubyAll things seem isolated from each other but all very connected in this engaging lovely story of fighting the battles that reign in the mind and hearts of Ruby Sylvie and the runaway that was lost but found A special thank you Kensington Booksand NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review T Greenwood at the Top of Her Game Top 50 Books of 2015 2015 Best Literary Suspense FictionA long time fan of talented T Greenwood master storyteller deftly combines lyrical prose beautif. With elouent prose and lush imagery T Greenwood creates a heartfelt story of reconciliation and forgiveness and of the deep often nexpected connections that can bring you homeSylvie can hardly bear to remember how normal her family was two years ago All of that changed on the night an oncoming vehicle forced their car over the edge of a covered bridge into the

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Written an emotional account of the inner strength of women friendships and motherdaughter dynamics and intimate relationships Leaving the past behind burning bridges something lost has been found Something stolen has been returned T GREENWOOD BOOKS If you have read any of T Greenwood books you know she is Harveys Revised English Grammar uniue no author can write like her theeen of elouent prose and lush imagery tackling complex stories of humanity breathing hope joy and life into the pages offering extraordinary insights and depth This is my seventh book by Greenwood and find many of her books are centered around water and elements of the earth and sky set in Vermont each with profound meanings and metaphors In this mesmerizing novel the theme of bridges and the building of bridges is apparent throughout THE FOREVER BRIDGE as well as fate loss silence and home how the storm threatens all the characters and force them into action in their search for healing I loved all the passages and metaphors of surrounding bridges A bridge can be mysterious intriguing yet beautiful People fear bridges They are meant to connect people Bridges fail Something supposed to create a safe passage becomes a death trap Sometimes people fail No matter how safe you are there is always always the possibility of someone else s carelessness There is so much beauty in this novel a book to treasureRuby my favorite character a courageous and tenacious young girl facing one obstacle after another however she never gives Como agua para chocolate up fearless sometimes acting as the parent in a time when they could not be what she needed Loved her dreams inspirations and creativity and her strength caring for Nessa and her mom Even when it seemed Izzy turned her back on her for a short time she did not givep on her bridge project her friend and perseveredHooked from page one to the end bookmarking countless pages with stunning poetic prose a complex tapestry of strong women and lives entwined for a compassionate exploration of the power of loveFans of Catherine Ryan Hyde Charles Martin Wiley Cash Amy Hatvany Jodi Picoult and Diane Chamberlain are assured to fall hard for this one If you read only one book in 2015 THE FOREVER BRIDGE one you will not want to miss A special thank you to Kensington and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review Stunning front cover JDCMustReadBooks This is a book I picked p after a number of people here on Goodreads have been talking about this author Grief affects people in different ways as this novel shows For one family an accident and subseuent death of a young child brings catastrophic changes Sylvie the mother becomes a recluse afraid to go out of the house and no help to anyone not even her wheelchair bound husband Robert or her young daughter Ruby Ruby has a fascination for bridges I liked the way the image of bridges both real and metaphorical are sed in this novel The other character the reader meets is Nessa a pregnant teenager who has been trying to run from her guilt and the life of homelessness and hopelessness she has been living The writing echoes the feelings of despair and loss The reader is put right inside the situation and can feel the loneliness that surrounds each of these characters I particular felt for Ruby when her best friend Izzy turned against her It seemed just one a sad aspect in her sad life It s hard to say much about the plot without giving two much away Enough to say that at some point Ruby connects with Nessa and it brings nexpected complications and changes On the whole this is beautifully written with a poet s feel for words Setting in the fictional town of imby Vermont and characters are well defined A couple of things I thought were Multiple Mayhem (Gabby Duran unnecessary to the story but overall an atmospheric and interesting read I am keen to read others by this autho. Fe Ruby becomes obsessed with bridges drawing inspiration from the strength and purpose thatnderlies their grace During one momentous week as Hurricane Irene bears down on their small Vermont town and a pregnant teenager with a devastating secret gradually draws Sylvie back into the world Ruby and her mother will have a chance to span the gap between them again.