T. Greenwood: The Forever Bridge

Ey 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 give up on her bridge project her friend and perseveredHooked from page one to the nd bookmarking countless pages with stunning poetic pros 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 Nerds especially forleven 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 Zack (Areion Fury MC even before the accident is now a recluse From these two narratives we learn what this accident has done to this familymotionally as well as the physical disability that Ruby s father Robert Shadow on the Crown (The Emma of Normandy Trilogy, 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 grandfather 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 beverlasting The bridge serves as an obvious metaphor for getting people from one place to another to places of safety Bridges are not just structures but the people who help one another get to places of safetyIn spite of the somewhat predictable nding I loved that it offered the possibilities of hope and healing and I m glad 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 So lucky to get an arly 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 Taxi ins Glück emotional redemptivend Or in her words That something stolen has been returned to her That something lost has been found ducks I know I m in the minority of reviewers I can t give 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 got too involved in her theme building and attempt to tackle incredibly difficult hardships for characters She seems to lose her way towards the nd and finishes with the ver tidy hasty Losing My Virginity and Other Dumb Ideas ending I can t get over howasily the mother seems to handle her demons and begin return to normalcy after the The Magic Rolling Pin events the hurricane brought It just didn t jive with the severity of the trauma and Sylvie s aftermath that Greenwood hadlouently told throughout most of the book I did like the deeper theme of bridges and their meanings for Indecent... Exposure (Indecent, each of the characters Nessa s character sigh I personally thought she wasn t needed Her tie in at thend 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 Not Without a Fight excellent and I m cu 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 to go out of the house and no help to anyone notven 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 guilt and the life of homelessness and hopelessness she has been living The writing Garden Bouquets and Beyond echoes the feelings of despair and loss The reader is put right inside the situation and can feel the loneliness that surroundsach 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 unexpected complications and changes On the whole this is beautifully written with a poet s feel for words Setting in the fictional town of uimby Vermont and characters are well defined A couple of things I thought were unnecessary to the story but overall an atmospheric and interesting read I am keen to read others by this author. Fe Ruby becomes obsessed with bridges drawing inspiration from the strength and purpose that underlies 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.

Well after reading and really njoying 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 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 her grandfather 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 grateful that this book came across the counter when it did 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 ach 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 The Management Bible ever had your life take a complete turn that anything andverything 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 Zu schnell 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 herstranged husband attends to a family Sleepless (Bird of Stone, emergency The rel Thank you Netgalley and Kensington for the advanced copy inxchange for an honest reviewT Greenwood An author completely new to me An author whose ability to xplain motion using the most vivid poetic and at times gritty 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 xplain 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 ndure then jumps to two years later I loved how the author 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 Invisible (The Curse of Avalon each other Then we meet Nessa and she brings a whole new set of complications that are both harrowing and healing Thending Perfection T Greenword is a master of words I am in awe of her ability to make me see and feel Yummy Supper 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 are genius and paintingmotion both beautiful and dark Well played T Greenwood 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 an SUCH a good book OH my I stayed up waaay too late last night to finish itWe learn of this family s tragedy pretty arly on and oh it s a biggieRuby what a tough little cookie I just wanted to hug that kid and give her a you go girl all at the same timeRobert dealing with all he did and still being strong for RubySylvie no mother should have to ndure 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 Deep Listening 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 onSo glad book club decided to read this author T Greenwood at the Top of Her Game Top 50 Books of 2015 2015 Best Literary Suspense FictionA Withlouent 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 dge of a covered bridge into the

Ong time fan of talented T Greenwood master storyteller deftly combines lyrical prose beautiful metaphors and heartrending human motions of the heart with precision insight and depth once again delivers an Evolution, Me Other Freaks of Nature 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 the gap between past and presentvil and kindness grief 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 gifted Lara and the Gray Mare (Hoofbeats: Lara and the Gray Mare, 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 hermbarrassed 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 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 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 uncle Bunk to the NC coast for a family Trajan 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 theast coast the tension and suspense builds as we see the powerful strength and determination of three damaged and flawed women caught up in their own Bunnys Book Club Goes to School emotional storms of life for a shocking and powerful conclusion as the three lives intersect Finding their own road home Powerfully written anmotional 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 uniue no author can write like her the ueen of louent prose and lush imagery tackling complex stories of humanity breathing hope joy and life into the pages offering xtraordinary insights and depth This is my seventh book by Greenwood and find many of her books are centered around water and Cherry Ingram elements of thearth and sky set in Vermont The Mermaids Shoes 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 someonelse 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 up fearless sometimes acting as the parent in a time when th. 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 uncertainty in her li.

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