⇒ Blog Tour | A single father gets an unexpected second chance at love in the heartwarming new novel from the author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper –The Secrets of Love Story Bridge by Phaedra Patrick ⇐
**Many thanks to Park Row Books and the author for the opportunity to read a free ARC of this book in exchange for my honest review.
Author: Phaedra Patrick
(3.98 stars – Goodreads rating)
Genre: Fiction / Contemporary Romance / Women’s Lit
Publication Date: April 28, 2020, by Park Row Books
Pages: 336 (Kindle version)
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When you’re rushing around, you don’t always notice the thing beneath your feet that supports you.
Starting over isn’t always the easiest thing for people to do. Whenever there’s loss involved, it makes it all the more difficult. But, as most of us are learning now during this pandemic, there are many ways to keep going, to keep moving forward, to start over again and again.
Mitchell, the main character of Phaedra Patrick’s latest romance novel, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge, learns that beginning again is difficult, scary, and uncomfortable; but, sometimes it’s absolutely necessary. Let’s read the blurb…
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 Bridge follows one man’s journey to unlock his heart and discover new beginnings in the unlikeliest places.
He wasn’t a hero, or a celebrity, or a confidant. He was just a man, nothing more and often less.
What surprised me most about this book is that I was easily able to relate to a male lead in a romance novel. How novel! It was a refreshing change to see the highs and lows of a budding romance through a male perspective.
Mitchell was made even more relatable to me because he was a planner – a real Danny Tanner type (Full House). He made lists, he pinned things up, there may have been charts involved – I love that! Writers who give their characters little quirks like that instantly make them more believable and genuine. I love it when a character always tugs their ear, shuffles their feet, or wrinkles their nose. It’s a trait that you can “see” that gives them more life on the page. And because so many things start to go against Mitchell’s well-planned life itinerary, readers innately sense his frustration and discomfort. We get inside his head – a great place to be when reading romance!
…there’s no such thing as perfection, just two people trying to make the most of their time together.
I may have read more romance in recent months than I have read in my lifetime (thanks, Harlequin!). Some are winners and some are instantly forgettable. Then there are those that have little nuggets of wisdom and encouragement that stick with you.
It was uplifting to read about the highs and lows of a single father bouncing back from unimaginable loss and opening himself back up to life and love. Although I was hoping for a less predictable ending, getting there was still a pleasant journey.
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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.