A captivating romance about overcoming grief and taking a chance on love!
The author very kindly sent me a copy in exchange for an honest review.
The Bridge by SM Tovey
Out Now on eBook
Published 28th May Paperback
The Bridge meets Alex (short for Alexandra) on a bridge in Verona as she says her final farewell to Michele. Alex’s world has been devastated by the death of Michele, who was actually more of a sister to her than her best and oldest friend. It follows Alex as she tries to navigate a world she no longer recognises or fits into, while desperately trying to ‘be there’ for Adam, Michele’s teenage son.
It’s on that same bridge where Alex meets Max, and through this chance encounter, a hopeful journey begins. A journey which forces them to face the damage left from their previous relationships, while ignoring the clock counting down on their time together, dictating their ending, just as they’re beginning. Alex and Max are realistic, their lives and responsibilities exist in different worlds, a thousand miles apart, so they decide to forget there’s a Friday (the day Alex is due to fly home) and live in the moment. But is it that simple?
I wrote this review whilst listening to The Bridge’s playlist….that’s right this book has its very own soundtrack!
The Bridge is a glorious yet sad story about dealing with the overwhelming feeling of grief but underneath all that there is the most beautiful love story I’ve ever read. Add the playlist to it and this story comes to life. Once I’d finished I listened to the songs featured throughout and I could picture each scene as though I was watching a movie – it made the book that little bit more special.
Music features heavily in the story (as you’ve probably guessed already) as an escape for both Alex and Max. I think this was lovely and I know in my own life music is a big help depending on how I’m feeling so it was so nice to read how this couple came together not just because of the loss they experienced but their love for music too.
I’ll be honest I was a little bit unsure at first at how quick they fell in love as I’m not normally a fan of love at first sight, but this just worked. I couldn’t help but root for them, willing them to find a way to be together.
Whilst it is a beautiful romance that will have you smiling from ear to ear, it also explores the issue of grief and learning to take each day as it comes. The author handled this with care and I could feel just how much Alex was hurting. These characters came alive for me, especially Max who might be my new favourite ‘book boyfriend’. I still think about the book now and it will definitely be one I will read again.
Overall if you’re looking for a stunning romance that deals with deeper issues and layered with some awesome songs then this is the book for you. I definitely think all books should now come with their very own playlist!