The Bridge: A Novel

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Now a Hallmark Channel movie event, The Bridge, along with prequel The Beginning, is a heartwarming story of two couples who find love in a bookstore and experience the sort of miracle that can only happen at Christmastime.

#1 New York Times bestselling author Karen Kingsbury has written a modern-day classic with this unforgettable love story set against the struggle of the American bookstore. Molly Allen lives alone in Portland, but she left her heart back in Tennessee when she walked away from Ryan five years ago. They had a rare sort of love she hasn’t found since.

Ryan Kelly lives in Nashville after a broken engagement and several years on the road touring with a country music duo. Sometimes when he’s lonely, he visits The Bridge—the oldest bookstore in historic downtown Franklin—and remembers the hours he and Molly once spent there.

For over four decades, Charlie and Donna Barton have run The Bridge, providing customers with coffee, conversation, and shelves of classics—even through dismal sales and the rise of digital books. Then the hundred-year flood sweeps through Franklin and destroys everything. The bank is about to pull the store’s lease when tragedy strikes. Can two generations of readers rally together to save The Bridge? And is it possible that an unforgettable love might lead to the miracle of a second chance?


  • TheBridge 01 Open

    Duration: 32s
  • TheBridge 02 Chapter1a

    Duration: 03min
  • TheBridge 03 Chapter1b

    Duration: 03min
  • TheBridge 04 Chapter1c

    Duration: 16min
  • TheBridge 05 Chapter2

    Duration: 18min
  • TheBridge 06 Chapter3a

    Duration: 13min
  • TheBridge 07 Chapter3b

    Duration: 04min
  • TheBridge 08 Chapter4a

    Duration: 08min
  • TheBridge 09 Chapter4b

    Duration: 13min
  • TheBridge 10 Chapter5a

    Duration: 10min
  • TheBridge 11 Chapter5b

    Duration: 05min
  • TheBridge 12 Chapter5c

    Duration: 07min
  • TheBridge 13 Chapter6a

    Duration: 11min
  • TheBridge 14 Chapter6b

    Duration: 11min
  • TheBridge 15 Chapter7a

    Duration: 05min
  • TheBridge 16 Chapter7b

    Duration: 12min
  • TheBridge 17 Chapter7c

    Duration: 03min
  • TheBridge 18 Chapter8a

    Duration: 05min
  • TheBridge 19 Chapter8b

    Duration: 05min
  • TheBridge 20 Chapter8c

    Duration: 07min
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