One Lane Bridge by Don Reid
Reviewed by: Pebbles Jacobo
Genre: Christian Fiction
Publisher: David C. Cook
Life has a way of hitting us all at once with several things. It’s not just one thing at a time – it was several things for JD, the main character in One Lane Bridge, from a lonely, aging mother to his daughter in college flirting with the idea of dropping out. Don’t forget the thief among his staff at one of the two restaurants owned by him and his wife. With everything competing for his limited attention at the same time, JD just wanted to get away for a drive in the country to clear his thoughts. When his car overheats on a dirt road near a one lane bridge, his life takes on a whole new adventure.
Remember the days of summer, relaxing under a shade tree doing little more than watching clouds laxidasically shift from one shape into another? Reid’s style of writing is slow, methodical, enticing, exciting and curious all at the same time. One Lane Bridge is a perfect read on a lazy, summer day.
Shortly before I read One Lane Bridge I listened to an interview with Radiant Lit’s own Jill Hart and Reid. Many things about the main character, JD, reminded me of Reid, though I am sure Reid didn’t write One Lane Bridge with himself in mind for the main character. But still, throughout, as I read Reid’s book, I ‘heard’ it narrated [in my head] in Reid’s deep and lulling voice. Hearing the story told in the author’s award winning voice was a delight.
Though I intended to stretch out the reading of this book over a period of one to two weeks of nightly readings, by the second night I couldn’t take it anymore. I wanted to find out what was really going on.
I NEEDED to keep reading. And I did. I finished it the second night.
One Lane Bridge could easily be a snowy or rainy day read. Pull out your favorite snuggie, toss a log on the fire and brew a cup of tea. One Land Bridge is an excellent read, one which I recommend for anyone’s library.
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