My daughter has read a lot of books by Karen Kingsbury. My wife has read a lot of books by Karen Kingsbury. I looked up this book on goodreads.com and it received 3.99 stars. If a book is close to 4 stars or better it is usually a very good read.
So I read this book. Well, that is several hours of my life that I cannot get back.
Short summary: Ryan and Molly were QUITE THE PAIR five years ago. They are both alone and lonely now, although for some unknown reason BOTH THINK THE OTHER IS MARRIED, even though [spoiler alert] neither are actually married. [You CANNOT be serious! Has Mrs. Kingsbury never heard of oh, let me think…Facebook, Instagram, the internet?] If the love of your life appeared to but [spoiler alert] DID NOT dump you five years ago, wouldn’t you have the slightest curiosity about what they were doing and how their life progressed in the intervening years? Especially since Molly PLAYS A VIDEO of Ryan every year because she misses him SO MUCH [but has no clue what he is doing or if he is married even though he TRAVELS WITH A FAMOUS COUNTRY BAND!]
Get this! What broke them up 5 years ago? A phone call from Molly’s zillionaire father who “tricks” Ryan into thinking that Molly really doesn’t like him. Which Ryan NEVER TELLS MOLLY ABOUT? Seriously? He gets a call from psycho father but doesn’t get around to telling the love of his life about? Nope. He just breaks it off and spends 5 years pining for lovely Molly. Does this sound like an actual person to you? Me neither!
Needless to say, the bookstore “The Bridge,” and the crisis in another couple’s life [spoiler alert] bring them back together and the pair live happily ever after [minus 5 years in the wilderness because Ryan can’t seem to bring himself to ask her about a certain phone call from her father] and of course they make it into a Hallmark movie, because why not?