Bridges: A Daphne White Novel,
by Maria Murnane
Publication: Kindle Press; April 4, 2017
About the book:
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!
I was so excited to read about this trio of ladies again! Bridges picks up about a year after Wait for the Rain ends, and this time, KC and Daphne are heading to New York City to celebrate Sklar’s engagement. Daphne has been submitting a manuscript to publishers and having a long-distance dating relationship with Derek, KC has been falling in love with her new granddaughter and Skylar has bought a new home with her fiance Jack, but struggling to connect with his college-aged daughter. Once again as they reconnect, they’re reluctant to share some things with one another, but still, have a wonderful time and enjoy their incredible friendship.
Daphne definitely started out much happier in Bridges versus in Wait for the Rain! After returning from the last girls’ vacation, she decided to write her first novel, as well as, has been keeping in touch with Derek. Unfortunately, her happiness seems to go down hill after arriving in New York, although I won’t go into that because of spoilers! Bubbly and energetic KC arrives in New York incredibly different than the last time we saw her – but again, I can’t tell why! Skylar is head over heels for her new fiance but thinks that her future stepdaughter Sloane hates her. She spends a lot of time trying to win Sloane over before finally understanding Sloane and her life. My favorite character in this novel is Skylar’s friend, Krissa. She’s single and dates all of the time, which leads to endless, hilarious tales of the men she meets. I loved everything about her, especially just her overall style of dialogue. I personally think that she deserves her own book – hint, hint! Oh – and don’t forget that Clay was from New York….
Once again I’m so impressed with Murnane’s writing style and dialogue that literally pulls you into the novel and into the moment. While reading you can feel the characters emotions whether embarrassment, anger, sadness, or joy. Some things were predictable in this novel and some were completely unexpected, but once again, Maria Murnane has written a realistic story about very relatable characters. I love this group of ladies and the silly things that they say and do, but this is not a picture-perfect story about a girls weekend in New York City. There are real emotions, celebrations, arguments, disappointments, and so on. I do have to say I’m not sure that I loved KC in this novel because she seemed so different than her personality in Wait for the Rain, but I still loved the novel and was disappointed when I realized I had reached the ending. I just recently discovered this author and after reading two of her novels over the weekend, I can proudly say I’m hooked!
*thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!