☆☆➹⁀☆ 4 stars ☆➹⁀☆☆
About the Book:
It’s summer in the city and passions are soaring along with the temperature—for everyone but Mitchell Fisher, who hates all things romance. He relishes his job cutting off the padlocks that couples fasten to the famous “love story” bridge. Only his young daughter, Poppy, knows that behind his prickly veneer, Mitchell still grieves the loss of her mother.
Then one hot day, everything changes when Mitchell courageously rescues a woman who falls from the bridge into the river. He’s surprised to feel an unexpected connection to her, but she disappears before he can ask her name. Desperate to find out her identity, Mitchell is shocked to learn she’s been missing for almost a year. He teams up with her spirited sister, Liza, on a quest to find her again. However, she’s left only one clue behind—a message on the padlock she hung on the bridge.
Brimming with Phaedra Patrick’s signature charm and a sparkling cast of characters, The Secrets of Love Story Bridgefollows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places.
Who knows how the notion of placing a padlock on a bridge became a romantic expression of love, but with the addition of one particular heart-shaped lock, an uplifting and sweet story is born in The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick.
The forlorn widower, Mitchell, spends his days removing locks from the various bridges in his quaint English town. This one-time architect has taken on this menial job as a way to have more time with his daughter Poppy. Mitchell is a bit cranky, but he is a devoted father and a good person. I adored Poppy. This delightful, nine-year-old character is not too precocious as to seem affected, but clearly an only child who is comfortable interacting with adults.
Is it Mitchell’s feelings of guilt about his partner’s death that lead him to save a woman who has fallen from the bridge? Regardless of his motivation, his actions have thrust him into the public eye, and in particular the path of one charismatic music teacher named Liza.
Like many of Ms. Patrick’s prior stories, this starts a lovely, quirky journey of rediscovery and renewal after the loss of love. Mitchell’s act of heroism starts a chain of events like a Rube Goldberg machine. He becomes “unstuck” and tumbles from one new situation to the next as he learns that moving forward can be the best tribute to his past.
Author Phaedra Patrick has a knack for storytelling. The character development is good, the plot flows smoothly, there is just the right amount of revelation and comeuppance so that the denouement is fully satisfying.
About the Author: Phaedra Patrick is the author of The Library of Lost and Found, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in over twenty countries around the world. She studied art and marketing, and has worked as a stained-glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full-time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son.
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