Reviewer: Amy Lignor
Title: One Lane Bridge
Author: Don Reid
Publisher: David C. Cook
Release Date: October 2010
Genre/Sub-genre: Inspirational Fiction
Year/Setting: 2007/Hanson, NC
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: None
Violent Content Rating: None/Minimal
Don's Website/Blog: www.donreid.net
This wonderfully poignant and well-written story will truly enhance the faith of some people, while instilling faith in others.
J.D. and Karlie are a married couple living in the small town of Hanson, North Carolina. They both grew up in this picturesque town, attending elementary and then high school together. After going away to college and then returning to the town they loved, they married, and are now the owners of two extremely popular restaurants. Not only have they succeeded in business, they also have a daughter in her first year at college.
Unfortunately, with the good comes the bad. Recently there have been thefts at their restaurants. Someone who works for them, most likely a member of the wait-staff, has been taking money from the till, and Karlie and J.D. must enlist the help of an old friend who is now the town sheriff. Not only that, but their daughter wants to come home; she’s a little scared of the big, bad college world, and she’s very unsure as to whether or not she’s up for collegiate life. She misses her old friends and the comfort of her town and family a great deal.
All these problems are weighing down the shoulders of J.D. and Karlie. J.D. can barely deal with things; he needs some time to think and decides to take a drive While surrounded by the fields and weeping willow trees, he comes across an old one lane bridge made of steel cables. As he goes across the bridge, his car overheats and he walks toward the old farmhouse on the other side searching for someone to help him. Inside the home he finds an old farmer and his wife, Paul and Ada Clem. Ada is very ill and sleeps in a bed located in the parlor. She barely receives company so she’s excited to meet J.D. He also meets their daughter Lizzie, who will soon have a huge impact on J.D.’s life. Soon, the farmer helps him fix the radiator and J.D. goes home. What’s strange is that the Clem family still fills his mind and his dreams. He wants to help the wife, Ada, and get her some medicine. Not only that, but he wants to bring back some groceries to help out the poor farmer and his family.
The next day he and Karlie ride out to the old farmhouse and discover – much to J.D.’s surprise – that the one lane bridge is gone; in its place is a regular two lane bridge leading across the small river to a local convenience store. He rushes into the store and asks about the old farmer and his family, but the manager of the store – who has been there for fifteen years – has absolutely no idea what or who J.D. is talking about.
This amazing adventure leads J.D. to the door of a lady who once owned the land where J.D. swears he met this family. His wife begins to wonder if he should see a psychiatrist, but the knowledge of what he saw and heard is etched into his brain. Solving the mystery leads the reader into a wonderful world of faith, belief, and peace.
The descriptions of the land, and the bridge into another time, had me reading into the night. The premise of the story is absolutely wonderful and will have everyone wondering if these images and feelings should be felt by everyone, and not just fictional characters. I commend Mr. Reid for his thoughtful words, not to mention his talent at writing a truly great and mysterious journey that filled my heart with wonder…and peace.
Until next time,
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