Bridges
It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it. Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path? What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears. And laughter. And love. The fun-loving trio readers fell for in Wait for the Rain is together once more. Here's to the power of friendship!

Bridges Details

TitleBridges
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 4th, 2017
Publisher Kindle Press
Rating
GenreWomens Fiction, Chick Lit, Contemporary, Fiction

Bridges Review

  • Kathryn
    January 1, 1970
    Bridges - A Daphne White Novel is a delightful story of three women in their early forties who have been best friends since college. The story takes place over four or five days in New York as they come together to celebrate the engagement of Skylar.While Skylar has obviously done very well, she is also kind and generous and wants to give her two friends a great time. And they do, and while they travel around New York, letting us in on some of the great aspects of this city, they renew their fri Bridges - A Daphne White Novel is a delightful story of three women in their early forties who have been best friends since college. The story takes place over four or five days in New York as they come together to celebrate the engagement of Skylar.While Skylar has obviously done very well, she is also kind and generous and wants to give her two friends a great time. And they do, and while they travel around New York, letting us in on some of the great aspects of this city, they renew their friendship and deepen it.This is an excellent exploration of the friendship of women at its best. They are there for one another, genuinely care for one another, and sometimes... get it wrong. One aspect that I really loved was the feelings that arose especially for Daphne, when she compared herself to Skylar and found herself wanting and filled with self doubt. What she does with that self doubt was so real, and what many of us most likely do. What struck me though was the honest communication between them that ensured that the friendship would endure.All three women are likeable yet I probably liked Daphne the most and that may be due to the fact it is more from Daphne's point of view. I felt she was so genuine and learned so much about herself and the need to persevere and not give up hope in her desire to have a novel published. However I was thrilled for K.C. and her news and really Skylar was wonderful too and I loved how she reaches out to her soon to be step daughter Sloane. That relationship pointed out that we can never judge what is going on for a person, unless of course they tell us!
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  • Obsidian
    January 1, 1970
    Please note that I received this book from the author via NetGalley in return for a honest review. I previously read the first book in this series, Wait for the Rain, and really enjoyed it, you can see my review here for Wait for the Rain at Goodreads. So I was happy to see that Maria Murnane had a follow up with Daphne, Skylar, and KC. The only reason why I gave this four stars and not five was that I wish that Murnane had explored going with another POV with this one like Skylar. I would have Please note that I received this book from the author via NetGalley in return for a honest review. I previously read the first book in this series, Wait for the Rain, and really enjoyed it, you can see my review here for Wait for the Rain at Goodreads. So I was happy to see that Maria Murnane had a follow up with Daphne, Skylar, and KC. The only reason why I gave this four stars and not five was that I wish that Murnane had explored going with another POV with this one like Skylar. I would have really enjoyed that. And I thought the ending with things working out for Daphne would have been better if Murnane had actually kept up with the theme of how hard it is to break into being a published writer. In "Bridges" it's been about a year since our 3 Musketeers got together and had a vacation in the Caribbean. After the three women have a video conference call and Skylar lets them know that she is engaged and she wants to fly them to NYC in order to celebrate with her. Daphne is happy to celebrate Skylar's good news, but hoped that she would have good news of her own to share. She took a year and started to write her own novel, based on her adventures with her friends in the Caribbean as well as the relationship she found after her divorce. Unfortunately, Daphne is getting a lot of rejection letters and is worried that maybe her dream of being a published author will never be realized. And she doesn't know if she is going to be able to fake being happy surrounded by her two friends who are the moon about different things in their lives at this point.I have to say that once again Maria Murnane nails female friendships. I really enjoyed how she showcased them in this book and her Waverly Bryson series. A lot of the conversations and ability to read your friend when something is off reminds me of my togethers with my two best friends. I also felt for Daphne while reading this book. Feeling stuck after a divorce, and in a so-so relationship with a guy with her daughter about to go to college leaves Daphne at a crossroads. With her best friend seeming to hit pay dirt and finding the one and living the high life in New York would be a lot to take in and be happy for at the same time. What I liked most about Daphne in this one, is that she comes to a couple of different realizations about herself and also about letting go of things with regards to her daughter.I have to say that I love Skylar the most in this group. Maybe because I am dancing towards 40 and at this point I have not met one guy who has made me even think about forever. I loved that hard nosed Skylar who had a dating rotation fell hard and fast for what appears to be a really great guy. And I got serious house envy reading about how her home was set-up. I can get why Daphne was jealous. KC is still the uber cheerleader who loses her shine a bit in this one. No spoilers, but there's a reason.We also get introduced to a best friend (in NYC) of Skylar's that I would love to read more about. Her dating adventures had me laughing out loud. Maybe because I have a few stories as well and I think that this fictional character has gone out with real life guys i have went out with too.We also get some reappearances of secondary characters in this one that Daphne knows. Once again no spoilers. I will say that I was happy with how things resolved though.The writing was really good. I have to say that it was just nice to read about a group of women being themselves with each other. You can see why these three women have been friends since college. And I am very excited to see if there will be another story starring them in the near future.The flow was really good. This was a pretty short book for me, so I was able to finish it in under about 3 hours all together. The setting of New York really comes alive. We have Hamilton references, discussion of the High Line in New York (it's really fun to do if you have a chance) Shake Shack which had me hungry, and just a dozen or so more references that shows that the author has been in the city and has explored these places. It really makes the book come alive. Due to this, i emailed one of my friends and now we are trying to set up a trip sometime this year to go to NYC and catch a show. Not Hamilton, I do not have Hamilton money, unlike Skylar.The ending was great, though as I said above, I think it would have been better without the neatly wrapped ending. Not every book has to be wrapped up in a bow at the end. Or at least I prefer it when they are not.
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  • Erin
    January 1, 1970
    I was all set to read a few chapters before bed and an hour and a half later-it's finished! This book made me miss New York City(a city that I've had the luxury of visiting twice), Sex and the City, and my three best friends. Over the course of a weekend in NYC, three college friends, now in their 40's,come together to celebrate and support each other in life's ups and downs. Bridges is sequel to "Wait for the Rain" but certainly can be read as a stand alone. I just loved how this book was about I was all set to read a few chapters before bed and an hour and a half later-it's finished! This book made me miss New York City(a city that I've had the luxury of visiting twice), Sex and the City, and my three best friends. Over the course of a weekend in NYC, three college friends, now in their 40's,come together to celebrate and support each other in life's ups and downs. Bridges is sequel to "Wait for the Rain" but certainly can be read as a stand alone. I just loved how this book was about women supporting each other. No cattiness whatsoever! Book hits stores 04/17Thanks to NetGalley for an uncorrected proof of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Amy
    January 1, 1970
    I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk . She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!This is the second book in a series that follows three college friends, now in their forties I’m joining in again with Throwback Thursday which was created by my good friend Renee at It’s Book Talk . She started this weekly feature as a way to highlight old favorites and read books that have already been published. I have so many older books on my TBR that get ignored in favor of review copies and I figure participating in Throwback Thursday will help me to read at a least one older title a week!This is the second book in a series that follows three college friends, now in their forties but still with strong ties to each other. I fell in love with Daphne, Skylar and KC when I read Wait for the Rain, I just loved their unique bond and how authentic their friendship came through thanks to Murnane’s realistic writing style. It was awesome catching up with these ladies and seeing what they’ve been up to since the last book.This follows them during one weekend in NYC to celebrate the fact that Skylar is engaged. Much as in the first book there was plenty of humor and heart. There’s a lot of inspiration to be found here, tons of female empowerment and as much as Daphne has grown since Wait for the Rain she’s still figuring out how to navigate through life as a single woman who’s daughter is about to head off to college. This was another light, breezy read that’s perfect to settle down with for an afternoon. I hope Murnane has plans for another book because I’m really enjoying seeing these characters learn and grow!
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    I was so excited to read about this trio of ladies again! Bridges picks up about a year after Wait for the Rain ends, and this time, KC and Daphne are heading to New York City to celebrate Sklar’s engagement. Daphne has been submitting a manuscript to publishers and having a long-distance dating relationship with Derek, KC has been falling in love with her new granddaughter and Skylar has bought a new home with her fiance Jack, but struggling to connect with his college-aged daughter. Once again I was so excited to read about this trio of ladies again! Bridges picks up about a year after Wait for the Rain ends, and this time, KC and Daphne are heading to New York City to celebrate Sklar’s engagement. Daphne has been submitting a manuscript to publishers and having a long-distance dating relationship with Derek, KC has been falling in love with her new granddaughter and Skylar has bought a new home with her fiance Jack, but struggling to connect with his college-aged daughter. Once again as they reconnect, they’re reluctant to share some things with one another, but still, have a wonderful time and enjoy their incredible friendship.Daphne definitely started out much happier in Bridges versus in Wait for the Rain! After returning from the last girls’ vacation, she decided to write her first novel, as well as, has been keeping in touch with Derek. Unfortunately, her happiness seems to go down hill after arriving in New York, although I won’t go into that because of spoilers! Bubbly and energetic KC arrives in New York incredibly different than the last time we saw her – but again, I can’t tell why! Skylar is head over heels for her new fiance but thinks that her future stepdaughter Sloane hates her. She spends a lot of time trying to win Sloane over before finally understanding Sloane and her life. My favorite character in this novel is Skylar’s friend, Krissa. She’s single and dates all of the time, which leads to endless, hilarious tales of the men she meets. I loved everything about her, especially just her overall style of dialogue. I personally think that she deserves her own book – hint, hint! Oh – and don’t forget that Clay was from New York…. Once again I’m so impressed with Murnane’s writing style and dialogue that literally pulls you into the novel and into the moment. While reading you can feel the characters emotions whether embarrassment, anger, sadness, or joy. Some things were predictable in this novel and some were completely unexpected, but once again, Maria Murnane has written a realistic story about very relatable characters. I love this group of ladies and the silly things that they say and do, but this is not a picture-perfect story about a girls weekend in New York City. There are real emotions, celebrations, arguments, disappointments, and so on. I do have to say I’m not sure that I loved KC in this novel because she seemed so different than her personality in Wait for the Rain, but I still loved the novel and was disappointed when I realized I had reached the ending. I just recently discovered this author and after reading two of her novels over the weekend, I can proudly say I’m hooked! *thanks to the author and NetGalley for providing an ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review!
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  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    Bridges in the second Daphne White novel by Maria Murnane, picking up where Wait for the Rain leaves off. However, Murnane provides plenty of backstory so you can easily read Bridges as a stand-alone novel. In the year since Daphne and her best friends Skylar and KC celebrated their 40th birthdays on the Caribbean island of St. Mirika, she has moved on from her divorce and embraced the promise of a new beginning at this stage of her life. She is in a long-distance relationship with Derek, who al Bridges in the second Daphne White novel by Maria Murnane, picking up where Wait for the Rain leaves off. However, Murnane provides plenty of backstory so you can easily read Bridges as a stand-alone novel. In the year since Daphne and her best friends Skylar and KC celebrated their 40th birthdays on the Caribbean island of St. Mirika, she has moved on from her divorce and embraced the promise of a new beginning at this stage of her life. She is in a long-distance relationship with Derek, who also is a divorced parent, but more importantly, she has embarked on the writing career she gave up nearly two decades ago when she became a wife and mother. Daphne has written her first novel, sent it to three dozen agents, and is eagerly waiting for her career as a published author to take off.She is reunited with Skylar and KC in New York City for a girls’ weekend over the July 4th holiday to celebrate Skylar’s recent engagement. The news came as a shock to both Daphne and KC, as Skylar was always so focused on her career and never planned to settle down. But KC has a surprise for them as well. Meanwhile, Daphne begins to again question her future when the rejection emails start coming in, especially as Skylar’s success and wealth is on full display.Once again, Murnane has crafted an enjoyable story about the power of female friendship. This time, she added more tension between the women to emphasize the ups and downs in every relationship, the insecurities we all feel from time to time, and the healing that comes with heart-to-heart talks and forgiveness. She brings back some of the secondary characters from the first novel and adds Skylar’s NYC friend, Krissa, an attorney who enthralls them with her hilarious online dating stories, and Sloane, Skylar’s intimidating soon-to-be-stepdaughter. Murnane does a fantastic job keeping these stories lighthearted, humorous, and, most importantly, believable. I really hope there is a next book in the series, as I’m not ready to let go of these characters just yet.Review posted on Diary of an EccentricI received a free copy of this book for review.
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book about Daphne White and even though you can read it as a stand-alone, I think it's a good idea to learn more about Daphne's life from the first book Wait for the Rain.Daphne, KC and Skylar meet in New York City to celebrate Skylar's engagement. They all have big news - Daphne has submitted her just completed first book to 36 agents, KC is pregnant and Skylar after years of being single is engaged to the perfect man for her. As the friends tour NYC and talk with each other This is the second book about Daphne White and even though you can read it as a stand-alone, I think it's a good idea to learn more about Daphne's life from the first book Wait for the Rain.Daphne, KC and Skylar meet in New York City to celebrate Skylar's engagement. They all have big news - Daphne has submitted her just completed first book to 36 agents, KC is pregnant and Skylar after years of being single is engaged to the perfect man for her. As the friends tour NYC and talk with each other - the reveal their worries to each other. Daphne has been getting rejection letters, KC is worried about being a mother in her 40s with a child the same age as her step-grandchild and Syklar is concerned that she will be unable to settle down in married life despite how wonderful her fiancé is.This is a wonderful book about friendship between long time friends. It's always refreshing to read book with main characters who are over 40 and this one fits the bill!Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own
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  • Cheryl
    January 1, 1970
    Friendship is what it is all about in Bridges. Daphne, Skylar, and KC are truly the three musketeers. The bond they share lasts a lifetime. A fun new addition is Skylar's friend, Krissa. She was so entertaining; especially with her dating horror stories. She is the poster woman for online dating sites gone wrong. Yet, Krissa is a good sport. She could laugh about herself. The three musketeers brought the laughs, and love even more in this book. The more I hang out with the three ladies, the more Friendship is what it is all about in Bridges. Daphne, Skylar, and KC are truly the three musketeers. The bond they share lasts a lifetime. A fun new addition is Skylar's friend, Krissa. She was so entertaining; especially with her dating horror stories. She is the poster woman for online dating sites gone wrong. Yet, Krissa is a good sport. She could laugh about herself. The three musketeers brought the laughs, and love even more in this book. The more I hang out with the three ladies, the more I want to be part of their group. In this book, I felt like I really got to know each of the women better. Hearing Skylar's new about her engagement, I took was shock as I did not think any guy could settle Skylar down but meeting her fiancé, I understood how her did it. These books are like the Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants but for women. As KC would say "I LOVE THIS BOOK"! It is a must, must recommended read that will have you laughing. After you have finished this book, you will have felt like you were hanging out with your best girlfriends!
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  • Caryn
    January 1, 1970
    Currently 99 cents for Kindle! http://amzn.to/2u1DFcjFull review on my blog: http://www.thebookwhisperer.org/2017/...
  • Laurel-Rain
    January 1, 1970
    It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it. Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that bec It’s a piece of news Daphne never expected to hear: Her globe-trotting friend Skylar, who vowed never to get married, is engaged! Time to celebrate in Manhattan—Skylar’s treat, of course. After years scaling the corporate ladder, she can more than afford it. Daphne arrives in NYC with news of her own—the novel she’s finally finished appears to be going nowhere but the trash bin of every publishing house around. She’s devastated but plans to keep her disappointment under wraps, something that becomes trickier when she sees Skylar’s spectacular apartment. Could her life have been like this if she’d chosen a different path? What Daphne doesn’t know is she’s not the only one with a secret. Skylar and their friend KC are also holding something back, but what? As the trip unfolds, the truth about each woman emerges, along with tears. And laughter. And love.My Thoughts: Who doesn’t love a great friends’ weekend? I definitely couldn’t wait to curl up with these three college friends for a Manhattan getaway, to celebrate something special, and to reconnect.Bridges was the kind of story that resonated with me, as I have always enjoyed the special connections that I’ve felt with college friends. Add in the perfect setting of Manhattan, and there is nothing better. Girl talk, sharing secrets, and even trying new things.Daphne was my favorite character, primarily because she was a single mother and an aspiring author. I loved watching her experience her first trip to Manhattan. I could see Skylar’s world from her perspective, including visualizing the fabulous apartment that she shared with her fiancé James. I walked the streets with her and her friends. From the Brooklyn Bridge to the cute boutiques and flea markets, I felt as though I was along for the ride.I was a little intimidated by Skylar, and even by her soon-to-be stepdaughter Sloane…until one night when Daphne lost her cool and let Skylar have it. It was inevitable that old feelings of envy might creep into their moments together, but those conflicts made them all feel very real. When envy reared its head, the air was cleared and they grew even closer.Events unfolded in unexpected ways, and by the end of the weekend, I wanted more. More of the friends and their unique connection, and more about Daphne’s writing experiences. 5 stars.***My e-ARC came to me from the author/publisher via NetGalley.
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  • Lauren
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5* After reading Wait for the Rain, I was excited to dive back into the lives of KC, Skylar, and Daphne. It's like catching up with old friends - I wanted to know all about what they had been up to. Was KC enjoying being a grandmother? Had Daphne found new love yet? And most importantly, Skylar was getting married?! To whom?! I needed answers to these questions! As it turns out, Bridges was an incredibly enjoyable read and much stronger of a story than its predecessor.One of my favorite aspec *4.5* After reading Wait for the Rain, I was excited to dive back into the lives of KC, Skylar, and Daphne. It's like catching up with old friends - I wanted to know all about what they had been up to. Was KC enjoying being a grandmother? Had Daphne found new love yet? And most importantly, Skylar was getting married?! To whom?! I needed answers to these questions! As it turns out, Bridges was an incredibly enjoyable read and much stronger of a story than its predecessor.One of my favorite aspects of this book was the setting. I'm a always a sucker for any book set in NYC, and Bridges was no exception. I loved getting to see KC and Daphne experience life in the city with Skylar. Maria did an excellent job of fleshing out the places - I had no problem visualizing the park KC and Daphne were running in or Skylar's lavish apartment. It made the story stronger in my opinion.In Bridges strong character development occurred for the three girls. In the previous book, much of the focuses was on Daphne and her problems; however, this time around, we get to see KC and Skylar admit and take on their own challenges. It made the two of them fully become three-deminsial characters, and I couldn't have been happier. Most importantly, it had me hooked on this book. I wanted to know what KC was hiding, and I wanted to see Skylar forge a relationship with her soon-to-be stepdaughter.As with Wait for the Rain, the friendship between the three girls in yet again the prime focus. It was exciting to see them find a new dynamic in the group as well as address bubbling issues they had with each other. By the end of their book, it was easy to see that their friendship was stronger than ever. What I especially loved about this book, though, was the little twists and turns Maria Murnane threw in. There was a couple of times I was taken back a little, especially when it came to Daphne's love life. That one turn at the very end involving an old character's reappearance? WOAH. I didn't except it to turn out as it did!Funny as well as charming, Bridges is a slam-dunk sequel. However, ward of warning: it will make you want to reunite with all your best friends for a fun weekend in New York. I can only hope we'll get to catch up with the gang again someday!Grade: A
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  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    January 1, 1970
    I absolutely loved Wait for the Rain, and was so excited to get to read more about Daphne, Skylar and KC again!! I enjoyed this book just as much and was so glad I read Wait for the Rain so I had more background on the characters. You don't have to have read Wait for the Rain, it can certainly be read as a standalone, but I think I enjoyed Bridges more because I'd read Wait for the Rain.Murnane does a fantastic job of showcasing female friendships and how you can still be close friends despite I absolutely loved Wait for the Rain, and was so excited to get to read more about Daphne, Skylar and KC again!! I enjoyed this book just as much and was so glad I read Wait for the Rain so I had more background on the characters. You don't have to have read Wait for the Rain, it can certainly be read as a standalone, but I think I enjoyed Bridges more because I'd read Wait for the Rain.Murnane does a fantastic job of showcasing female friendships and how you can still be close friends despite living in different states. When you all come back together, it's as if no time has passed! All three of the characters are so easy to relate to, which is why I was so excited to read another book about their lives. I can't pick which one I like the best because I see bits of myself in all three. I really liked the new character in this book, Sloane. I love how Skylar, Daphne and KC helped her, and would love to read more about her in a future book!This book was so well written and hard to put down. I was sad when it ended (though I loved the ending!). I loved how real the story was, as it showcased a wide range of feelings and emotions from all three characters who are at different stages in their lives despite being the same age. I hope Murnane writes more books about this trio!Read my reviews on my blog at https://palmerspageturners.blogspot.c...
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  • Teena in Toronto
    January 1, 1970
    Daphne had gotten together with her two best friends from college, Skylar and KC, last year on a Caribbean island to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Skylar has recently gotten engaged (something she said she'd never do) and wants Daphne and KC to come to New York to celebrate for a long weekend.In college, Daphne had had dreams of being a successful journalist but ended up devoting her life to being a wife (she's now divorced) and mom and working part-time in a flower shop. In the last year, sh Daphne had gotten together with her two best friends from college, Skylar and KC, last year on a Caribbean island to celebrate her fortieth birthday. Skylar has recently gotten engaged (something she said she'd never do) and wants Daphne and KC to come to New York to celebrate for a long weekend.In college, Daphne had had dreams of being a successful journalist but ended up devoting her life to being a wife (she's now divorced) and mom and working part-time in a flower shop. In the last year, she gotten back her writing passion and has written a novel. She sent it to 36 agents and the rejection emails have been coming in. Her feelings of frustration and lack of confidence intensify when she stays at Skylar's new apartment and sees how successful Skylar is and perhaps how successful she could have been.This is the third book I've read by this author and I enjoyed it ... it was a fun book. I liked the storyline and the writing style. It's written in third person perspective. I like Daphne, Skylar and KC. They each had very different personalities and lives but were able to joke and poke fun at each other ... and are there for each other when it matters. Though we met the three friends during their vacation "last year" in Wait for the Rain, you don't have to read that book to read this one as it works as a stand alone.I look forward to reading other books by this author.Blog review: http://www.teenaintoronto.com/2017/03...
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  • Rendz
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 A solid, cute read :)
  • Up All Night Book Addict
    January 1, 1970
    Maria is another author whom I love for my women's fiction fix. Her writing is so poetic and witty, I will always read her books.I had been waiting a long time for Maria to publish a new book. It had been so long, I was afraid she stopped writing. But alas, she wasn't done quite yet.If you have read Wait for the Rain, then you already will know who Daphne and the gang are. If you haven't make sure to put it on your TBR because you are missing out! The relationship between these women is everlast Maria is another author whom I love for my women's fiction fix. Her writing is so poetic and witty, I will always read her books.I had been waiting a long time for Maria to publish a new book. It had been so long, I was afraid she stopped writing. But alas, she wasn't done quite yet.If you have read Wait for the Rain, then you already will know who Daphne and the gang are. If you haven't make sure to put it on your TBR because you are missing out! The relationship between these women is everlasting, real and fun. I enjoyed following this life-long group of women during Skylar's bachelorette weekend.Yet again, Maria has written a beautiful and whimsical story that I didn't want to end.
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  • Melissa Jackson
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Daphne White series. I reviewed the first book, Wait for the Rain in 2015 (you can refresh with the review here).I was incredibly excited to read this book. Unlike movies, subsequent novels in a series are just as good as the first. I was looking forward to the adventure that this story will bring-- not only for Daphne, but for myself as I live vicariously through her experience.This story begins with Skylar contacting the other members of their in-circle group, th This is the second book in the Daphne White series. I reviewed the first book, Wait for the Rain in 2015 (you can refresh with the review here).I was incredibly excited to read this book. Unlike movies, subsequent novels in a series are just as good as the first. I was looking forward to the adventure that this story will bring-- not only for Daphne, but for myself as I live vicariously through her experience.This story begins with Skylar contacting the other members of their in-circle group, the Three Musketeers via video chat. She informs Daphne and KC that she is getting married to a guy that neither of them met, and she wants to fly both of them to NYC for a "non-bachelorette" weekend.As the story goes on, the readers become enveloped in each of the character's problems-- Skylar is afraid of becoming rejected by her true love, KC is a step-grandmother and soon-to-be mother, and Daphne authors her first book in years and gets rejected by the majority of the publishing agencies that she contacted. At first the women are shy to their issues and do not bring them out into the open. As the story processes, this changes.A common element that I found between both books was the link between Daphne's feelings of loneliness in Wait for the Rain and her feelings of inadequacy in Bridges. I think Daphne's feelings are extremely relatable, and I just wanted to reach out and give her a hug. Daphne's growth as the novel advanced is notable, and it was intriguing as to how she let stressors in her life affect her behavior throughout the course of the story. This time, we are already familiar with some of the characters so the story took off pretty quickly. Through the story, we are also introduced to many new characters-- James (Skylar's fiance), Sloane (James' daughter), Krissa (Skylar's best NYC lawyer friend), Derek (Daphne's sort-of boyfriend), and a re-made version of Clay Handsome (yes, he's back!).So, how does the book end? You are just going to have to read it to find out. You will not be disappointed!THE GOOD:+ Keeps interest with consistent dialogue between friends.+ I felt a personal touch from the author, especially during Daphne's struggle with her newly written book.+ Very relatable issues in the story-- we can all feel inadequate, jealous, stressed, depressed, and lonely at times.THE BAD:- I was pretty upset when Derek answered the phone... and he was with another woman. Yes, Daphne wanted to break it off, but he didn't know that at the time. At least she had the decency to call him. I'm glad she didn't continue on with Derek the Toad.- There was a lot of 'outings' between the friends, but instead of going to a restaurant one night, what could've happened if they went to Hunk-O-Mania, the all-male dance extravaganza? I would have loved to read about another crazy night between these girls!
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  • Kristin's Novel Cafe
    January 1, 1970
    My Review: 4/5This is a story about friendship.  Three best friends from college (Daphne, Skylar, and KC) are reunited again when Skylar gets engaged.  They meet in the Big Apple and have a "non-bachelorette" girls weekend.  A weekend full of adventure, secrets, and fun awaits them.What fun, light-hearted, fast read.  It's the perfect book for that weekend getaway.  The characters, now in their early 40s, are well-liked and I think everyone can identify with at least one of them.First there's Da My Review: 4/5This is a story about friendship.  Three best friends from college (Daphne, Skylar, and KC) are reunited again when Skylar gets engaged.  They meet in the Big Apple and have a "non-bachelorette" girls weekend.  A weekend full of adventure, secrets, and fun awaits them.What fun, light-hearted, fast read.  It's the perfect book for that weekend getaway.  The characters, now in their early 40s, are well-liked and I think everyone can identify with at least one of them.First there's Daphne, a single-mom living in Ohio, is still recovering from her divorce.  She has decided to finally make her love of writing into a career.  Her novel is out to publishers.  She is somewhat of a pessimist, but very likeable.Skylar is living the dream.  She is a successful career woman, living in a very posh apartment.  The one who her frineds thought would never settle down just got engaged.  But, along with her fiance comes a setp-daughter that she is at odds with.KC loves fitness and is a yoga instructor in California.  She's married and is already a grandmother.  She has the biggest secret of all.While I found the story to be a bit predictable, and very similar to the Sex in the City movie, I enjoyed it.  As mentioned earlier, it is a fast read and the characters are all very likeable.  I loved the scenary in New York (one of my dream places to visit), and I felt as thought I was right there with them exploring the ins and outs of Central Park. (I might need to book that trip sooner rather than later!)The best thing about this book was the aspect of friendship.  It's almost twenty years since they've graduated college, and the three of them are closer than ever.  Being a woman in her 40s, I could identify wih KC, Daphne, and Skylar.  Their friendship was a delight to read, and it brought back fond memories I have with my best friend. An enjoyable read that every woman should experience.***Thank you to the author for my copy of the book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
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  • Jessica Bronder
    January 1, 1970
    It has been a year since the three friends were on vacation in the Caribbean. Daphne has taken time off to try and publish her first book based on their adventures but seems to be in the rejection rut. Skylar calls her up and invites her and KC to come to New York to celebrate her engagement. Besides being surprised, Daphne wants to be there for her friend but can’t help thinking about how her book is failing. While in New York and after seeing how successful Skylar is Daphne starts thinking tha It has been a year since the three friends were on vacation in the Caribbean. Daphne has taken time off to try and publish her first book based on their adventures but seems to be in the rejection rut. Skylar calls her up and invites her and KC to come to New York to celebrate her engagement. Besides being surprised, Daphne wants to be there for her friend but can’t help thinking about how her book is failing. While in New York and after seeing how successful Skylar is Daphne starts thinking that her life could have been better if she had made different choices. But not everything is great for these three women. They all have their burdens and this weekend is going to be about so much more than just an engagement.After having read Wait for the Rain I was excited to see what the three women had gotten themselves into. Each has found their own happiness and has their own issues but when Skylar shares her engagement the other two are very happy for her. But once Daphne sees how successful Skylar is jealousy rears its angry head. Each woman has their own problems that are going to come to the surface this weekend. But they are all strong and there for each other. Together they can overcome whatever difficulties they are facing.This is a great story and I love all the emotions you will go through reading it. I can related to Daphne feeling like a failure then being jealous of Skylar. Not one of her finest moments but the pain had to come out before they could help her heal. But that goes for all three women. I have to say I think Sloane stole the show with her dating stories. If it could go wrong in dating I swear it would for her.This is a follow up book from Wait for the Rain but it could be read as a standalone book. If you like the drama and the strength behind a great group of friends you will like this book.I received Bridges from the author for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.
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  • Kathryn Laceby
    January 1, 1970
    Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesI was given Bridges and the prequel, Wait for the Rain, to read by the author and I read them back to back which was really helpful.In Wait for the Rain you’re given a chance to explore all three of the friends’ personalities, though the perspective comes from Daphne alone. It’s a chance to really get to know each of the ladies and see how they relate to each other. As I was reading it though I wished there had been a little bit more about their connection in Originally reviewed at Novel EscapesI was given Bridges and the prequel, Wait for the Rain, to read by the author and I read them back to back which was really helpful.In Wait for the Rain you’re given a chance to explore all three of the friends’ personalities, though the perspective comes from Daphne alone. It’s a chance to really get to know each of the ladies and see how they relate to each other. As I was reading it though I wished there had been a little bit more about their connection in college. I found it somewhat peculiar that after very little contact over many years that they would still feel so close to each other. If I haven’t made contact with someone for ten years (bar a short email or phone call once in a blue moon) I would have likely seen that relationship peter out so more details about their past would have been appreciated.However, I loved their banter and their support of each other while reading Wait for the Rain so I made up the rest of their history in my head!I think you really need to read the first novel before reading Bridges. I tried to see it as a stand-alone book and I just don’t think I would have found the connection to any of the women if I hadn’t had the prior read. I loved Skylar’s new found soft side and the tricky relationship she was experiencing with her step-daughter. KC is my favourite so I was happy to connect with her again and although Daphne had come a long way I still felt she needed her friends to help her push into the next stage of independence. All in all I enjoyed both books but I wouldn’t recommend reading the second without the first. I also wish we’d had a bit more history in their friendships.Thank you to the author for our review copies. All opinions are our own:
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  • Jessica Higgins
    January 1, 1970
    The three musketeers are back with some shocking surprises that may throw readers for a loop!Daphne has taken control of her life and is using her journalism background to write a novel based on the trip she and her two friends took to the Caribbean. It’s a great book, but all the agents she has sent it off to don’t feel it is within their representation area. Then on a surprise video chat, Skylar drops a bombshell, she is getting married! The upcoming 4th or July weekend brings the three of the The three musketeers are back with some shocking surprises that may throw readers for a loop!Daphne has taken control of her life and is using her journalism background to write a novel based on the trip she and her two friends took to the Caribbean. It’s a great book, but all the agents she has sent it off to don’t feel it is within their representation area. Then on a surprise video chat, Skylar drops a bombshell, she is getting married! The upcoming 4th or July weekend brings the three of them back together for a bachelorette party. However, there are more surprises in the work from both KC and Skylar. Just because they look like they’ve got it together, doesn’t mean they don’t have problems.I’m so happy that I read the first book in this series because a lot of it builds off what happened there. And it’s always good to come back to loveable characters when you start a new book. It’s like getting back together with old friends. That was the case in this book, I was just one of the musketeers along for the ride. Daphne is back in her insecure mode after she sees how Skylar actually lives. And it gets the best of her a couple of times. This book really goes deeper into the problems that Skylar and KC have and brings everyone to a common level more than the first book. There were definitely a couple of shockers that the author dropped in, but that’s what makes it fun. You will enjoy this one, I guarantee it.There is some mild language and some implied sex, but nothing graphic. I recommend this book to those who love a good coming of older age story.I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.
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  • Sweety
    January 1, 1970
    This book is about three best friends, thick as thieves, in their mid-forties, meeting for a weekend together to celebrate on of their own’s engagement.Daphne is divorced, mother of a high school teenager and a writer trying to publish her first novel. Skylar, her successful career oriented best friend is getting married finally in New York and Daphne is beyond thrilled to visit NYC to celebrate her engagement. KC, the third musketeer, who is happily married to Max and a fitness freak, is the st This book is about three best friends, thick as thieves, in their mid-forties, meeting for a weekend together to celebrate on of their own’s engagement.Daphne is divorced, mother of a high school teenager and a writer trying to publish her first novel. Skylar, her successful career oriented best friend is getting married finally in New York and Daphne is beyond thrilled to visit NYC to celebrate her engagement. KC, the third musketeer, who is happily married to Max and a fitness freak, is the step mother to Max’s kids and decides she will not have kids for herself. She is surprised by the fact she is pregnant at 40, when she is already a step-grandmother.All three friends get together after their beach reunion years ago and each have their own share of news to tell. Daphne about her book and the number of rejections she has received from publishers, KC about her pregnancy and her absurd fear that her fitness regime will affect the baby, and Skylar on her impending marriage and the not-so bonding step daughter.Daphne gets a little jealous of how Skylar’s life has turned out, but eventually they two make up and talk freely about it. The three of them help each other outgrow their fears and try to make light of every situation they are in.This is an easy-breezy read, with no major plot twists. Everything goes good, a little too much good for everyone to believe, i guess. Other than that, there’s nothing wrong or right about it. There could have been some interesting elements or surprises to make one get hooked to the book. Maybe, the intended audience are the middle aged. Nevertheless, i rate it 3/5.Favorite quote:Love is random.. there’s no rhyme nor reason whatsoever to where we’ll find it or how. We’ll drive ourselves crazy if we keep trying to figure it out, because when it comes down to it, its all about timing, chemistry and luck – good or bad
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  • Renee
    January 1, 1970
    While not completely necessary, I highly recommend reading Wait for the Rain prior to Bridges. Daphne, KC and Skylar are all reunited in NYC, just a little bit older than last time, but a whole lot wiser. Not a one of their personalities are the same, but together they mesh really well. My biggest critique, and I am really stretching here, is that I found their dialogue to be written almost too formally, instead of how people actually speak. Perhaps that could be because I compared it to when my While not completely necessary, I highly recommend reading Wait for the Rain prior to Bridges. Daphne, KC and Skylar are all reunited in NYC, just a little bit older than last time, but a whole lot wiser. Not a one of their personalities are the same, but together they mesh really well. My biggest critique, and I am really stretching here, is that I found their dialogue to be written almost too formally, instead of how people actually speak. Perhaps that could be because I compared it to when my girlfriends and I get together, we don't typically refer to ourselves as "gal pals". While their phrases and speech were not always relatable, their struggles absolutely were. Throughout their trip, the various struggles that each one faces is revealed. There is a strong message that is relayed to the reader and that is the power of true friendship. True friends know all your secrets and still love you all the same. True friends cast no judgement. True friends are your strength when you are feeling weak. True friends are your biggest cheerleaders. True Friendship has no limitations. These three ladies and this story embodies what true friendship and girl power should be about. I cannot imagine life without mine and I hope that is something everyone finds in their lifetime. Once you find those true friends, hold on to them. It was a fun read and I pictured myself exploring NYC right along with these ladies. I really enjoyed Krissa and hearing about her dating woes, she seems like my spirit animal. Halfway through this book, I found myself googling lokai bracelets and where to find them. What they represent could not be more fitting for this story and for life in general. I am looking forward to reading more of Maria's books!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I haven’t been single in decades, and I don’t count as young anymore, but there is something universal about Maria Murnane’s trio of women friends, Daphne, Skylar, and KC (Krissa). I didn’t feel too old while reading this novel, nor did I feel out of touch. Instead, I enjoyed a funny, sweet, sometimes poignant novel about a trio of women who truly represent what friendship can, and should, be.Author Murnane is particularly adept at differentiating the voices and personalities of each woman: free I haven’t been single in decades, and I don’t count as young anymore, but there is something universal about Maria Murnane’s trio of women friends, Daphne, Skylar, and KC (Krissa). I didn’t feel too old while reading this novel, nor did I feel out of touch. Instead, I enjoyed a funny, sweet, sometimes poignant novel about a trio of women who truly represent what friendship can, and should, be.Author Murnane is particularly adept at differentiating the voices and personalities of each woman: free-spirited Skylar, KC who’s dating woes inform her life, but don’t define her, and Daphne, the aspiring novelist. Even though this trio was new to me (this was my first introduction to Maria Murnane’s work, so I never read the first book in this series), I didn’t feel like I was missing crucial information. Their stories come out organically.Writing believable dialogue is always difficult, and I’ve read comments from readers who felt the dialogue in this book was its weak point. I disagree. My friends and I often use our own vocabulary, that’s at times more formal or more casual (depending on the situation) than whatever is perceived to be the social ‘norm.’ Do Murnane’s characters talk like everyone else? Not exactly. But I felt this made their personalities and their friendship more distinct, more specific.Overall, I found this to be a great story of love, triumph, struggles, and perseverance, and through it all the friendship of this trio of women was both a unifying thread and a lovely bridge between past and present, present and future, what we thought we wanted, and what we actually need.
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  • Moe's Book Blog
    January 1, 1970
    Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane is a women's fiction novel about three women who were college friends and are now in their early 40s, decide to catch up in New York City on the 4th of July to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret. Will all be revealed? Daphne is a divorced mom working as a part-time florist in Ohio, decided it was time to realize her long-forgotten dream of being a journalist and finally penned her debut fictional novel. However, her self- Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane is a women's fiction novel about three women who were college friends and are now in their early 40s, decide to catch up in New York City on the 4th of July to celebrate a surprise engagement, but each of them has a secret. Will all be revealed? Daphne is a divorced mom working as a part-time florist in Ohio, decided it was time to realize her long-forgotten dream of being a journalist and finally penned her debut fictional novel. However, her self-doubt is dragging her down as the rejection emails continue to trickle in and she sees how successful Skylar is thinking that could've been her had she not devoted her entire adult life to taking care of her family. Skylar is a jet-setting corporate software salesperson in NYC who never slows down and always claimed she'd never marry, but now is engaged. KC is a happily married fitness junky and guru living in California who recently became a first-time grandmother. These women all lead distinctly different lives, but still make the time to support each other and get together for important milestones in each other's lives.I really enjoyed learning about these three women's differing world's and strong bond as the plot unfolded. It was a well-written and enjoyable quick read with a twist of humour that will have you laughing out loud. I rate this novel 4 out of 5 stars. This novel is a standalone work, however, it has the same characters as in the novel Wait for the Rain published in 2015 where the same three friends reunited to celebrate their 40th birthdays in the Caribbean. I would also recommend reading that novel as well. Thank you to Maria Murnane for contacting me and providing a copy of this novel in exchange for a fair review via NetGalley and Amazon Publishing. https://moesbookblog.wordpress.com/Reviewed: March 22, 2017. Novel Publish Date: April 4, 2017.
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  • Wander Girl Life
    January 1, 1970
    This is the second book in the Daphne White series. The first one was ‘Wait for the Rain’. This book is about the three Musketeers, Daphne, Skylar and KC whose friendship has lasted from college till mid-forties. They finally decide to meet after their ‘Caribbean vacation’ which was three years back. Skylar is finally getting engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York to celebrate, as Skyar calls it for a “non bachelorette” weekend.Daphne has finally completed her first novel and is looking This is the second book in the Daphne White series. The first one was ‘Wait for the Rain’. This book is about the three Musketeers, Daphne, Skylar and KC whose friendship has lasted from college till mid-forties. They finally decide to meet after their ‘Caribbean vacation’ which was three years back. Skylar is finally getting engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York to celebrate, as Skyar calls it for a “non bachelorette” weekend.Daphne has finally completed her first novel and is looking for an agent to help her connect with the publisher. But she faces polite rejections from most of them. She is facing a tough time but refrains to tell her friends. The weekend with Skylar at her fancy apartment, makes Daphne revisit her past choices. KC has a secret of her own. The three women are at a turning point in their lives. What comes next is a lot of drama, outbursts, celebrations and friendship goals. The author nails the female friendships correctly. I loved every bit of their interaction, the crazy fun they have over the weekend, the support they extended to each other, conceding of fights and just being there for each other in time of need. It has a ‘Sex and the City’ vibe to it. The book is narrated from Daphne’s point of view. The writing is intruding and crisp. The characters are well woven, quite realistic and the relatable. The story is predictable but still worth a read.
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  • Just Commonly
    January 1, 1970
    What a delight!! Bridges by Maria Murnane was a fun read. As a New Yorker, I love books set in my hometown, and to read about familiar places was heartwarming. I love that this book is not focused on romance, but more about friendships, one of the most important relationship in each of our lives. The friendship between our main characters, Daphne, Skylar and KC reminds me of my best pals as well. No matter the good, the bad or the in-between, we've got each other's back. Our words may hurt at ti What a delight!! Bridges by Maria Murnane was a fun read. As a New Yorker, I love books set in my hometown, and to read about familiar places was heartwarming. I love that this book is not focused on romance, but more about friendships, one of the most important relationship in each of our lives. The friendship between our main characters, Daphne, Skylar and KC reminds me of my best pals as well. No matter the good, the bad or the in-between, we've got each other's back. Our words may hurt at times, but our friendship can pass the test of time.There are some stereotypes of New York and New Yorkers that are evident, but it's not too bad, and some did make me laugh. On top of a fabulous setting, where you meet many in search of following their dreams, the idea that sometimes what we see on the outside may not necessarily be what the person felt on the inside. Insecurities hit high between the friends, but not always for the reasons we expect. In all, a charming story that female readers will enjoy.This review first appeared on Just Commonly blog.Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author/publisher. I was not required to write a positive review, and have not been compensated for this. This is my honest opinion.
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  • H.L.
    January 1, 1970
    I received my copy of Bridges, from the author in exchange for an honest review... so here goes my review. I did not read the first book in this series, however... that doesn't effect me reading this book at all. I think the author did something I have not come accross in a long time she wrote a sequel that easily was mistaken as a stand alone. This is a novel that revolves around the friendship between 3 best friends. They are a supportive bunch with lots of love that circles back around to the I received my copy of Bridges, from the author in exchange for an honest review... so here goes my review. I did not read the first book in this series, however... that doesn't effect me reading this book at all. I think the author did something I have not come accross in a long time she wrote a sequel that easily was mistaken as a stand alone. This is a novel that revolves around the friendship between 3 best friends. They are a supportive bunch with lots of love that circles back around to the 3 of them. I loved reading about Skylar, Daphne and KC, I have one friend that really reminds me of the friendship they have in this book. I have but one critique for Maria, the dialogue was much to formal at times for what would be between best friends. Murnane, easily enwarps you into her world with her incredible writing style and pulls you into her vision of NY. Her descriptions are so vivid its like your actually there. She has become the newest author on my radar.
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  • MillsyLovesBooks
    January 1, 1970
    The three friends are back, from first reading about these women in Wait for the Rain i fell in love with their friendship. Maria Murnane really knows how to draw you in with emotion and feelings with their friendship. And that cover says everything about friends.We pick back up with their lives about a year after their Caribbean trip. Skylar is newly engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York City to help her celebrate. Each friend is dealing with secrets and problems that only time spent wi The three friends are back, from first reading about these women in Wait for the Rain i fell in love with their friendship. Maria Murnane really knows how to draw you in with emotion and feelings with their friendship. And that cover says everything about friends.We pick back up with their lives about a year after their Caribbean trip. Skylar is newly engaged and invites Daphne and KC to New York City to help her celebrate. Each friend is dealing with secrets and problems that only time spent with your best girlfriends could help you deal with. I'm not spoiling this read for you, if your looking for a sex in the city type of friendship read then look no further. I really enjoyed Bridges even more than Wait for the rain. And although it can be read as a standalone, i was glad i read Wait for the Rain first. So I had more background on the characters.
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  • Natasha du Plessis
    January 1, 1970
    This was my first Maria Murnane book. I did not read the first book in the series but also did not feel as if I missed out on something. This book reads well as a stand alone. This is a story about the friendship between three best friends and how they support each other. I loved reading about Skylar, Daphne and KC and wished I had best friends like these. A longstanding friendship like this is something special to be treasured, I loved Maria's writing style and her description of the High Line This was my first Maria Murnane book. I did not read the first book in the series but also did not feel as if I missed out on something. This book reads well as a stand alone. This is a story about the friendship between three best friends and how they support each other. I loved reading about Skylar, Daphne and KC and wished I had best friends like these. A longstanding friendship like this is something special to be treasured, I loved Maria's writing style and her description of the High Line made me go and look it up on Google. I did not know that this even existed.This is a great book if you want to relax and enjoy a fantasy trip to New York.Thank you to Amazon Publishing via Netgalley for the copy.
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  • Katy Halsema
    January 1, 1970
    Some of the girls from Wait for the Rain are back in Bridges. The three friends meet to catch up and celebrate an engagement for one of them. Each of them have secrets and it becomes harder for them to pretend to be happy when their secrets are wanting to come out. You don't necessarily need to read Wait for the Rain before reading Bridges but if you want to get a better feel for the characters, and read previous shenanigans, I would read it.The only reason I didn't rate this five stars is becau Some of the girls from Wait for the Rain are back in Bridges. The three friends meet to catch up and celebrate an engagement for one of them. Each of them have secrets and it becomes harder for them to pretend to be happy when their secrets are wanting to come out. You don't necessarily need to read Wait for the Rain before reading Bridges but if you want to get a better feel for the characters, and read previous shenanigans, I would read it.The only reason I didn't rate this five stars is because i thought it could have been longer. But then again, I like really, really long books. haha Other than that, no real complaints. :)
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