Bridge to Eternity
by Romola Farr
It’s my stop on the “Bridge to Eternity” blog tour! Thanks very much to Love Books Tours and author Romola Farr who have kindly provided me with a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
If you’d like to learn more about this book, check out the other blogs on the tour, see what people have to say on Goodreads and head over to the author’s Twitter page. If this sounds like your kind of thing, you’ll find the book on Kindle and paperback on Amazon UK.
Audrey, recently widowed, is not saying why she left her comfortable home in the south of England to move into an old school boarding house on the edge of a moor.
Tina, a young estate agent, is concerned for Audrey’s safety as she believes the folklore about a schoolboy who never went home.
Property developers, annoyed at losing a site ripe for demolition, make plans to encourage Audrey to sell.
Malcolm, a charming widower, brings a welcome light into Audrey’s life until it shines into a very dark corner…
Bridge to Eternity takes you across a fast-flowing river to a place where emotions run deep, desires are rekindled, and long-forgotten sins… remembered.
Going into this book, I didn’t really know what to expect but I certainly didn’t anticipate it being a ghost story! What a pleasant surprise!
The first thing I enjoyed was finding out that 65 year old Audrey is from Sevenoaks and I must say it was slightly spooky to discover this while passing Sevenoaks on the train!
When we first meet her, Audrey has left Kent behind and is on her way to start a new life in an old school boarding house in Hawksmead. A huge boarding house with dormitories, bunk beds and unisex cubicle toilets seems a bit of a strange choice of home for a retired widow, especially as the locals are convinced it’s haunted, but Audrey seems to be happy with her choice of new home.
This book tells a story of history, memories, ghosts, a little romance and a little comedy too. I particularly enjoyed reading the secret diary of Robert Oakes, a young boy who lived in the dorms in the 60s, and I enjoyed Audrey’s blossoming relationship with local widower Malcolm too. The main characters were likable and realistic which made this an enjoyable read.
If I had any criticism it would be that I felt that the book finished for me several chapters before the actual end and perhaps things were wrapped a little to nicely for my own tastes. I could also have done without the majority of the Russian brothers side of the story which I wasn’t that keen on, but in general I really enjoyed this one – another impressive debut!
Overall rating: “Bridge to Eternity” is an emotional rollercoaster. Full of history and memories, Romola Farr tells the story of 65 year old Audrey leaving her family and her past behind for a new life in Hawksmead, or so she says! I enjoyed this one – 4 stars.