Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Bridge Home by Virginia McCullough

Posted August 6, 2020 by meezcarrie in contemporary, giveaway, romance, Virginia McCullough / 16 Comments

A Bridge Home, On Tour with Prism Book Tours

Back to Bluestone River #3
GENRE: Contemporary Romance (Clean)
PUBLISHER: Harlequin Heartwarming
RELEASE DATE: August 1, 2020
PAGES: 384

Will a new beginning…

Lead to forever?

What good is a home without a family? School principal Eric Wells finally has the house he’s always wanted, but a painful childhood makes him question his ability to be a father. So when his high school crush Amy Morgan returns to Bluestone River with her troubled daughter, he’s surprised to find he wants to be there for both of them. Will Amy finally give him a chance?

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If you’ve read either of the previous books in McCullough’s Back to Bluestone River series, you know how important the bridge is to the memories of those who’ve grown up in this charming small town. It’s fairly significant in both books before A Bridge Home, and as you might expect from the title of book 3, it plays an important role here too. I think especially in this newest book, it becomes a symbol of the deeper things at play in the lives of Eric, Amy, and Cassie and I really liked the poignancy of that.

Let’s talk about Eric for a minute. He is such a great principal, particularly for kids who are struggling with tough life stuff. He relates to Cassie on a level that most can’t and the respect he gives to her emotions, while also teaching her how to make better choices in how she reacts to those feelings, is truly heartwarming. Eric seems especially sensitive to what other people need, and I loved seeing that manifest in his interactions with his mom, Cassie (as already stated), Amy’s grandparents, and of course Amy.

The writing flows smoothly and engages you right from the beginning. It’s both witty and emotional, and the romance is approached from characters who’ve lived a little life with all its mountains and valleys. They bring those experiences to their relationships, which of course lends some depth to the story and to the characters’ journeys. It’s rewarding as readers to walk through a book with characters like this, and you’ll appreciate the extra layers that McCullough includes.

Bottom Line: A Bridge Home is another great installment in this series. You will be invested in the town’s bridge, in the town itself, and in the characters who take center stage this time around. McCullough seamlessly weaves in witty dialogue, emotional dimension, and swoony romance, making this a book you won’t easily put down until you’ve turned the last page.

(I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received via Prism Book Tours. All views expressed are only my honest opinion.)

My Rating: 4 stars / love it

KissingBook Level: 3 / may forget to breathe on occasion

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Born and raised in Chicago, Virginia McCullough has been lucky enough to develop her writing career in many locations, including the coast of Maine, the mountains of North Carolina, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and currently, Northeast Wisconsin. She started her career in nonfiction, first writing articles and then books as a ghostwriter and coauthor. She’s written more than 100 books for physicians, business owners, professional speakers and many others with information to share or a story to tell.

Virginia’s books feature characters who could be your neighbors and friends. They come in all ages and struggle with everyday life issues in small-town environments that almost always include water—oceans, lakes, or rivers. The mother of two grown children, you’ll find Virginia with her nose a book, walking on trails or her neighborhood street, or she may be packing her bag to take off for her next adventure. And she’s always working on another story about hope, healing, and second chances.

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16 responses to “Book Review (and a Giveaway!): A Bridge Home by Virginia McCullough

  1. Suzanne Sellner

    I love it when a new or prospective spouse willingly, eagerly loves and raises the child of the partner. This sounds like a heart-warming story.

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