Monday, May 23, 2011

Bridge to a Distant Star-Carolyn Williford

Bridge to a Distant Star
Carolyn Williford
David C. Cook, Jun 1 2011, $14.99
ISBN: 9781434767035

At night in the Tampa Bay area during a horrific storm, the Wilder Wanderer freighter crashes into the Sunshine Skyway Bridge. Soon afterward drivers failing to see the break to the bridge, drive into the tumultuous bay below. Families like those below will be impacted at what happened in Tampa Bay on that fateful stormy night.

Maureen Roberts, mother of two daughters, struggles with her oldest teenage Colleen. She also has issues with her spouse Bill and her belief in God. Needing time away Maureen tells Bill she will take their nursery school aged daughter Aubrey with her while her spouse and Colleen spend time together.

Charles and Fran Thomason are proud of their child, Charlie although their attitudes differ when it comes to him. When Charlie’s leg collapses during a soccer game, the trio struggles with what the Lord has brought to them.

While her parents are in Ethiopia, on a missionary visit, Michal McHenry attends biblical college. She is divided between keeping up the family missionary mission and doing something else. Michal visits her Aunt Sue in Florida seeking solace and advice after two incidents at school has shaken her foundation.

Based on the real “day the bridge fell” the author’s late son’s belief in God and with a nod to The Bridge of San Luis by Wilder, Bridge to a Distant Star is a poignant inspirational tale that focuses on three families struggling with what happened. Touching and tense even before the tragedy strikes, readers know what to expect yet are gripped by Carolyn Williford’s intense character driven tale.

Harriet Klausner

1 comment:

Melanie said...

I love this book, I was so engrossed in the characters, I forgot about what was going to happen at the bridge. Which is why I did actually have tears in my eyes and could hardly see the last few pages. I really liked how you got to learn about each of the families one at a time, so many books flip back and forth between characters that sometimes you lose that connection to the characters. I also thought it was very interesting how each families struggle with God is the sole reason they were on the bridge at that very moment. Great book, great read!