(E–pub/E–book) The Forever Bridge
There s an accident on a bridge and a family is traumatized and broken and it feels irreparably so The sadness seems is so pervasive right from the start and I couldn t help but be broken hearted for this family who has sustained a tragedy especially for eleven year old RubyThe novel starts out with two points of view Ruby precocious and at times wise for her years she s a child who is trying to make sense of things that the adults are unable to comprehend and cope with Ruby s mother Sylvie panic stricken heartbroken and most likely stricken with agoraphobia even before the accident is now a recluse From these two narratives we learn what this accident has done to this family emotionally as well as the physical disability that Ruby s father Robert enduresAnother point of view is introduced when we meet the young runaway Nessa who has had a childhood filled with unhappiness an addicted mother and constant moving around She has been on the run for two years and is pregnant and is now finding her way back home to find her to look for her mother and randfather That place happens to be the small Vermont town where Ruby s family lives Their paths will cross Ruby is fascinated by bridges by their beauty by their usefulness and most of all by their potential to be everlasting The bridge serves as an obvious metaphor for Atlantis, Alien Visitation Genetic Manipulation getting people from one place to another to places of safety Bridges are not just structures but the people who help one anotheret to places of safetyIn spite of the somewhat predictable ending I loved that it offered the possibilities of hope and healing and I m lad to have found an author although new to me has written a number of other books that I will look intoThanks to Kensington Books and NetGalley Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the advanced copy in exchange for an honest reviewT Greenwood An author completely new to me An author whose ability to explain emotion using the most vivid poetic and at times ritty and raw metaphors and analogies literally made me yell out YES Yes that is EXACTLY how that feels I highlighted and noted on my kindle like nobody s businessI am not a reviewer who likes to explain the whole book away so I will leave that to the others and to the jacket covers I will tell you that The Forever Bridge is a story told from the perspective of 11 year Ruby and her mother Sylvia The beginning of the story shows us the terrible tragedy this family has to endure then jumps to two years later I loved how the author Egomaniac gave us a little insight into the aftermath of the accident a little at a time I absolutely adored Ruby and my heart ached for Sylvia as they tried to understand each other Then we meet Nessa and she brings a whole new set of complications that are both harrowing and healing The ending Perfection T Greenword is a master of words I am in awe of her ability to make me see and feel everything she wanted me to see and feel I cannot wait to read If you like Joyce Carol Oates I believe you will really like T Greenwood They are very different authors but both areenius and painting emotion both beautiful and dark Well played T Greenwood ducks I know I m in the minority of reviewers I can t ive it 5 stars My Reactions The writing is GORGEOUS I do absolutely love how Greenwood crafts sentences and tries to incorporate deeper themes into her story I just felt she ot too involved in her theme building and attempt to tackle incredibly difficult hardships for characters She seems to lose her way towards the end and finishes with the ever tidy hasty ending I can t et over how easily the mother seems to handle her demons and begin return to normalcy after the events the hurricane brought It just didn t jive with the severity of the trauma and Sylvie s aftermath that Greenwood had elouently told throughout most of the book I did like the deeper theme of bridges and their meanings for each of the characters Nessa s character sigh I personally thought she wasn t needed Her tie in at the end heralded something out of a soap opera Too melodramatic for my taste The real story for me lay with Sylvie and Ruby Ruby s character is a complex one that is simply told about I loved that dichotomy I thought Greenwood did an outstanding job at crafting such a complex character yet kept with some of the simple nuances that childhood is and should be Alas the only reason for 3 stars was how the story went It just didn t carry much weight for me I will though be reading some other Greenwood books Her writing is excellent and I m curious how I will enjoy her others Premise One rainy night a family has been changed forever The loss of a son the loss of movement the loss of peace of mind the loss of an active parent and the loss what their normal is strikes Sylvie shuts herself away from the world and her family She can t bear it though she has made efforts to rejoin those she loves the demons With elouent prose and lush imagery T Greenwood creates a heartfelt story of reconciliation and forgiveness and of the deep often unexpected 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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(E–pub/E–book) The Forever Bridge
Past and present evil and kindness rief and survival loss and love Set in uaint fictional town of New England s uimby 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 Rozvaliny Gorlanu (Hraničářův učeň, gifted eleven year old living with her dad and uncle with only one friend Izzy and a town feeling sorry for this sad and weird family leaving her embarrassed too to school Sylvie a former midwife wife and mother of one instead of two She is panic stricken a recluse PTSD she barely can Bikini get out of bed has no phone or tv and has allowed her yard torow up 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 Facilitation Made Easy ge She was only a marionette she realized and Fear her puppeteerI was totally completely utterly 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 ofrief 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 unable 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 Izmeklētājs. Būris 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 So lucky toet 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 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 Dirty Dealing 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 understand all the loss in her life Her brother her father s legs her parent s marriage but mostly the mother that Sylvie 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 been used 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 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 youo I received a copy of this book through Goodreads Firstread. Fe Ruby becomes obsessed with bridges drawing inspiration from the strength and purpose that underlies their Arnhem 1944 grace During one momentous week as Hurricane Irene bears down on their small Vermont town and a pregnant teenager with a devastating secretradually draws Sylvie back into the world Ruby and her mother will have a chance to span the ap between them again.
N her mind won t allow her Circumstances allow for her daughter to stay with her and this is another chance Ruby dreamer of bridges and swim practice avoider tries to cope with understanding her mother and also the theft of her best friend It has been a difficult time for her thus far and then she stumbles on Nessa A child of abuse and neglect Nessa is pregnant and mute Her understanding of the world darkened and altered because of her tragic past Homeless and pregnant she hides in an abandoned sugar shack waiting for the inevitable because her strength has run out An imminent hurricane threatens them all and during the storm each woman finds what it is she needs SUCH a ood book OH my I stayed up waaay too late last night to finish itWe learn of this family s tragedy pretty early on and oh it s a biggieRuby what a tough little cookie I just wanted to hug that kid and Finding Reason give her a youo Sniper (Women of the United Federation Marines, girl all at the same timeRobert dealing with all he did and still being strong for RubySylvie no mother should have to endure what she did She struggles to deal with it and in many ways I can understand how she just shuts down and doesn t deal Except for Ruby Ruby needs herNessa at first I couldn t figure out what the heck her roleplace was but she was also strong and endured so muchI did love the use of bridge literally and figuratively in this story The way this author writes is beautiful and just keeps you hanging onSolad book club decided to read this author Well after reading and really enjoying The Truth According to Us I thought I would have one of those let down moments finding another book NOT SOThis book came across the circulation desk at the library a week or so ago the cover intrigued me so I checked it out Not being familiar with T Greenwood I had no idea of what I was in for story or writing wise Her writing blew me awayIf you are not familiar with her she has uite a few others which I plan on reading since I read this one I urge you to consider this one The story is HARD the writing is incredible her writing reminds me of Marilynne Robinson sSet in fictional uimby Vermont with a major storm approachingThree main characters 11 year old Ruth her mom Sylvie and 17 The Pleasure-Dome going on 18 and VERY pregnant Nessa common thread unbeknownst to them is bridges Ruth and her friend Izzy are supposed to be working on a bridge building project for a science project Sylvie has lost her son Jess when the family car is driven off the old covered one lane bridge and Nessa who is voiceless is returning home from a couple years wandering the country to discover her mother is no longer in town herrandfather is deceased carrying a dreadful secretRuth has stumbled upon Nessa in the sugar shack and attempts to bring her food with the promise of bringing her mother midwife to help when it is time for the baby to arrive Sylvie has become reclusive since the death of Jess she and her husband are separated due to her inability to cope with the loss Nessa is trying to find her voice and a name on a piece of paper with a phone numberWhen the storm hits uimby all hell breaks loose for the threeAlthough this is a tragic story I just couldn t put this down in my own life I suffered the loss of my very best friend s 8 year old son in a traffic accident so this was doubly hard to read As I stated at the beginning T Greenwood s writing is incredible and I am really 1,000 Gluten-Free Recipes grateful that this book came across the counter when it did This is a book I picked up 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 too 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 used in this novel The other character the reader meets is Nessa a pregnant teenager who has been trying to run from her Theodore Roosevelt, Hero to his Valet 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 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 beautiful 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 uplifting novel of loss forgiveness and healing Two broken and imperfect families three broken women torn apart by tragedy desperately struggle to bridge theap between. Iver With horrible swiftness Sylvie’s young son was The Stoic Theory of Oikeiosis gone her husband was permanently paralyzed and she was left with shattering blame andriefEleven 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 uncertainty in her li.