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Tuesday, 21 April 2015

The Other Side of The Bridge by Katharine Swartz

The Other Side of The BridgeThe Other Side of The Bridge by Katharine Swartz
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was a love story. One of those reads you can get a nice cuppa, piece of cake and sit and read outside in the sunshine with. OR equally curl up in front of a flaming fire on a cold winters day.

Ava is having a hard time in her life. Her marriage is rubbish [to say the least] and completely O...V....E....R.

On top of this she looses her job, her baby and her Grandmother.

Upon learning she has inherited a farmhouse somewhere in a village in Greece, she decides that she would go there. And why not? She has nothing at all to keep her here.

She knew the farmhouse was left unkept but when finding it [eventually] she is astonished how much work there is to be done on it to make it habitable again.

Ava seems to be mistaken by a woman in the village as her Grandmother, shes an elderly lady, so she's a bit confused, the things she says to Ava has made Ava wonder what happened. This woman is so sorry for something.....but what?

At least this has given Ava something to aim for again......
what was her Grandmother involved with, what happened.

Its an easy read, nice and reflective, easy on the eye and the brain, you don't really have to give much effort into reading it.

I've put my stamp on it as a 3.07 being that, I have read similar tales like this before, BUT this is very well thought out and has a lovely flow to it.

I would like to thank Kate Hewitt Limited via Net Galley for allowing me to read this and review it, although its taken some time for me to do so.

Ava Lancet has lost her job, her marriage, and her baby when she discovers she has inherited her grandmother’s dilapidated farmhouse in a tiny village in central Greece. With the kind of emotional impulsiveness that has frustrated her stony-faced husband for years, she decides to move there and recover from life’s sorrows. 

It only takes a few minutes in her new home to realize just what a dump it is, and how ridiculously rash her decision was. Yet Ava perseveres, and thanks to her grandmother’s legacy, is welcomed into the village... as well as by handsome widower Andreas Lethikos. 

When an elderly woman in the village mistakes Ava for her grandmother, telling her, with tears trickling down her face, that she is so sorry, Ava is both touched and intrigued. What is the woman sorry for, and what secrets did her grandmother keep? With the help of a local schoolteacher who is interviewing the remaining Second World War survivors in central Greece, Ava discovers the surprising threads of her grandmother’s life... and they help to weave her own life back together. 

In 1942, in Italian and Nazi-occupied Greece, Ava’s grandmother Sophia Paranoussis is fighting to keep her family, and especially her impulsive sister Angelika, safe. When she is approached by a stranger to help with the local Resistance, she longs to refuse, yet a sense of both duty and honor compel her to agree. Frightened and yet with growing courage, Sophia begins to aid twelve British SOEs who have parachuted into Greece to blow up the Gorgopotamos viaduct--and falls in impossible love with one of them. 

Spanning three generations and exploring the lives of two very different and yet surprisingly similar women, The Other Side of The Bridge will remind you how a fragile hope can spring from both tragedy and despair. Written by USA Today bestselling author Kate Hewitt, writing as Katharine Swartz.

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