Secrets of Love Story Bridge
by Patrick, Phaedra






A single father's brave act of saving a woman's life sparks an unexpected journey that helps him find a second chance at love. By the award-winning author of The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper. 50,000 first printing.





The small English city that Patrick (The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, 2017; The Library of Lost and Found, 2019) brings to life in her new novel is known for its "love story" bridges, on which couples fasten padlocks to demonstrate their feelings. But Mitchell's job is to remove the locks to preserve the bridges. Once a promising architect, he has cut back professionally to care for his daughter, Poppy, after her mother's death. When a young woman accidentally slips while hanging a lock, Mitchell jumps in the river to save her life, thereby forever changing his own. Mitchell's heroism inspires people from all over to write to him with stories of love and loss, while the woman, who promptly vanishes, turns out to be the sister of Poppy's music teacher, Liza, and she had been missing for a year. Through a new friendship with Liza, Mitchell discovers how closed off he's been to reconciling his grief and guilt and to finding joy again. Patrick blends romance, mystery, and quirkiness to highly entertaining effect. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.





Three years after a single dad suffers the loss of his partner, he finds love again. Mitchell Fisher, former architect and current city maintenance worker, is doing his best as a single dad. He and his 9-year-old daughter, Poppy, live in his onetime work-week crash pad in the city of Upchester, England, now the only home they have. It's been three years since Poppy's mom, Anita, died in a car crash, and Mitchell is still struggling with his grief over her death and with the long hours he spent working apart from his little family in an effort to take care of them. Author Patrick (The Library of Lost and Found, 2019, etc.), known for her cozy tales, has crafted another one. The story here kicks off when Mitchell catches the eye of an attractive woman on a bridge just before she locks a padlock onto the railing, a token of love and commitment that's become a citywide trend. (Mitchell has to remove these padlocks as part of his job.) Then the woman falls into the river below. Despite not being a great swimmer, he jumps in and saves her, but he doesn't manage to learn the woman's name. When Mitchell becomes a local hero in the press, though, he finds out that the woman, whose name is Yvette, has been missing for 12 months, and he joins together with Liza, her sister (conveniently his daughter's new music teacher), to locate her. Readers will need to suspend their disbelief at the tale; the right person always shows up at the right moment, solutions appear just as they are needed, health scares aren't really that bad, and bad guys back down immediately. Told in uncomplicated prose, this is a straightforward story that takes as fact that love is truly in the air. Fans of cozy fiction will enjoy this small escape from reality. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.





Three years after a single dad suffers the loss of his partner, he finds love again. Mitchell Fisher, former architect and current city maintenance worker, is doing his best as a single dad. He and his 9-year-old daughter, Poppy, live in his onetime work-week crash pad in the city of Upchester, England, now the only home they have. It's been three years since Poppy's mom, Anita, died in a car crash, and Mitchell is still struggling with his grief over her death and with the long hours he spent working apart from his little family in an effort to take care of them. Author Patrick (The Library of Lost and Found, 2019, etc.), known for her cozy tales, has crafted another one. The story here kicks off when Mitchell catches the eye of an attractive woman on a bridge just before she locks a padlock onto the railing, a token of love and commitment that's become a citywide trend. (Mitchell has to remove these padlocks as part of his job.) Then the woman falls into the river below. Despite not being a great swimmer, he jumps in and saves her, but he doesn't manage to learn the woman's name. When Mitchell becomes a local hero in the press, though, he finds out that the woman, whose name is Yvette, has been missing for 12 months, and he joins together with Liza, her sister (conveniently his daughter's new music teacher), to locate her. Readers will need to suspend their disbelief at the tale; the right person always shows up at the right moment, solutions appear just as they are needed, health scares aren't really that bad, and bad guys back down immediately. Told in uncomplicated prose, this is a straightforward story that takes as fact that love is truly in the air. Fans of cozy fiction will enjoy this small escape from reality. Copyright Kirkus 2020 Kirkus/BPI Communications. All rights reserved.






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