Review: Bridges by Maria Murnane

Bridges

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Publisher: Wink’s Ink
Publish Date: April 4, 2017
Genre: Women’s Fiction

Blurb:

It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it.

Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path?

What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears.

And laughter. And love.

The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here’s to the power of friendship!

My Review:

If you were here last week, you know that I fell in love with Maria Murnane’s Wait for the Rain. This week, I got to review Maria’s brand new Bridges, just released yesterday. 

Bridges continues with all the feels. Definitely resonates with me, where I’m at emotionally as a writer. Just like with WFTR, Bridges has me all mixed up and thinking about things.

But that’s what makes a good book, right? The ones that make you question and think.

So here’s the deal with Bridges…The trio from WFTR is back, this time in New York for a weekend for a non-bachelorette party for Skylar…the one no one thought would ever get married.

The story is told from Daphne’s POV, along with all of her struggles a year after WFTR ends. KC is still a tiny ball of fire, with a huge secret, and Skylar is in blissful heaven having found the perfect love for who she is.

Just like before, we get to see some twists and turns, hilarious situations, and real people dealing with real problems that people have every single day.

I love Maria’s books, because she makes you sit down and think. The situations are realistic, sometimes a little over the top, but not so much that it can’t happen. It’s just sometimes, people shy away from those situations. The women portrayed in Bridges change, again, together. The time span is ridiculous for it, but the women do actually change a bit.

Now, please keep in mind, that people do not just change overnight. It’s portrayed that way here for the purposes of the story. But the change and growth can happen. Maybe not overnight,  maybe not in a few weeks. But it can and will happen.

Maria, thank you so much for letting me review Bridges and Wait for the Rain. I enjoyed both, immensely. I am no where near the age portrayed in these books, but I felt connected to the characters in a way that doesn’t happen very often with books. Usually I read for the escape. Bridges and WFTR are now my go-to’s for hope and insight. Thank you.

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The story of how Maria became an author is a little crazy. She used to work in high-tech PR but hated it, so she quit and ended up playing semi-pro soccer in Argentina for a year. While she was down there she decided to write a novel, which was something she’d always dreamed of doing. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the bestselling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which garnered a starred review in Publishers Weekly), plus Katwalk, 2015 International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!

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Review: Wait For The Rain by Maria Murnane

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By: Maria Murnane
Genre: Women’s Fiction/Contemporary Fiction
Published: Feb. 24, 2015
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

Blurb:
Daphne White is staring down the barrel of forty—and is distraught at what she sees. Her ex-husband is getting remarried, her teenage daughter hardly needs her anymore, and the career she once dreamed about has somehow slipped from her grasp. She’s almost lost sight of the spirited and optimistic young woman she used to be.

As she heads off to a Caribbean island to mark the new decade with her best friends from college, Daphne’s in anything but the mood to celebrate. But when she meets Clay Hanson, a much younger man, she ignores her inner voice warning her that she’s too old for a fling. In fact, this tropical getaway might be the perfect opportunity to picture her future in a new sun-drenched light.

With the help of her friends, Daphne rediscovers her enthusiasm for life, as well as her love for herself—and realizes that her best years are still ahead.

My Review:
Ever wonder what’s on the other side of a closed door? Is the happily married couple really as happy as they project? Did your neighbor’s marriage end because someone was cheating or did they just grow apart? Is the woman who wears the smiling mask hiding the same insecurities as you?

Wait For The Rain is, in a word, a glimpse. Have you ever noticed that when people talk about being divorced it’s because they were cheated on? Not in this book. It’s all about a woman who married too soon and lost herself to that marriage. Now, two years after the marriage ended she’s still dealing with the grief of a failed marriage, a stagnant life, and hopes & dreams put completely on hold simply to make something work.

**if you ever have to force something to work, it will fail.**

This is one of the books can be a helping hand if you’re ever in a situation like this, or similar. I think a lot of people make compromises for the lives they lead, giving up or making excuses simply because it’s easier. But what do you lose in the process?

So let’s get analytical. There are three friends meeting up on St. Mirica island for a turning 40 reunion. Daphne, the MC, hasn’t told her friends the extent of her emotions, or the fact that her newly ex-husband is getting remarried. She’s having to deal with that on top of jealousy of the new wife (she would have to share her daughter with this woman now, something many people deal with daily). Next up we have Skylar, the strong, confident business woman who lives life her way and no one else’s. Finally we have sweet, bubbly, KC. She’s a tiny little dynamo who is definitely a yes! girl.

Each of the characters presents a very different personality, values, and views of life that once in a while intersect before veering off again. There is definitely someone you can relate to in this book.

Daphne is the poor lost soul we follow throughout the story. She is often presented with little words of wisdom, people, and situations that help her remember who she was before she gave all that up for her marriage, providing the proverbial dusting rag to the reflection beneath all the mess.

Whenever you question a feeling or doubt, a situation, if you’ve failed as a parent or in you career…this is definitely one of those books that can help give you a little insight. It cannot give you the answers, but it can put you on the right path if you read between the lines for the message.

2afa0-5star5 stars.

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About the Author:Maria-6-smaller
Maria Murnane spent several years working in high-tech PR before deciding she needed a change. She quit her job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip before figuring out what to do next. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play semi-professional soccer, and while down there she also decided to write a humorous novel called Perfect on Paper based on her experiences as a single woman in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the best-selling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, Chocolate for Two), as well as Cassidy LaneKatwalkWait for the Rain, and Bridges. Learn more at www.mariamurnane.com

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