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Friday, March 16, 2018

The Other Side of the Bridge By Camron Wright-Blog Tour Review



Product Details

  • Title: The Other Side of the Bridge
  • Author: Camron Wright
  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Shadow Mountain (March 6, 2018)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1629724106
  • FTC, FYI: I received a review copy in exchange for an honest review.

Book Synopsis
Katie Connelly has lived in San Francisco all her life. Her late father made his career on the Golden Gate Bridge, and the many stories of how he saved jumpers still haunt her. And now her job assignment is to write about the history of the bridge—a history that includes a secret journal about a promise ring and a love story that may be the answer to her unresolved sorrow.

Meanwhile, Dave Riley, a marketing executive in New York, has sorrows of his own. Grasping at straws after tragedy strikes his family, he decides to follow a daydream that has turned into an obsession: to drive across the Golden Gate Bridge on a motorcycle on the Fourth of July.


Does the bridge somehow mysteriously hold the answer both Katie and Dave are looking for? Or will they find something completely different when they get to the other side?

The Other Side of the Bridge Book Trailer


My Review

Reading The Other Side of the Bridge is more than just reading a book, it's an experience. Readers are quickly immersed into the lives of two different people, Dave Riley from New York City and Katie Connelly from San Francisco. I enjoyed how the story was told from the two different POV's and it was intriguing how the author slowly wove together their two paths. 

Dave at the beginning is happy and successful in his life, but experiencing the often mid-life crisis that people go through in their 40's. He has a loving wife, three children, and a good career. Soon in the story tragedy comes into his life changing everything and leaving him sad, grief stricken, and doing a lot of soul searching. 

Kate is a grad student, single, and dealing with the loss of her father and her fiance'. She is researching about the people who built the Golden Gate Bridge. Her father had worked there his whole life and had found a journal of a man who'd been one of the many who'd built the bridge. Kate becomes obsessed with finding more about the mysterious journal writer, Patrick O'Riley.

I loved the journey that both of these individuals go through. I could relate to many of their feelings as they both were going through the grief process. Both Dave and Kate live through many depressing things, but through these experiences their healing is taking place. I truly liked the reality of this story in showing how a journey of healing happens and that it is hard work. It doesn't happen quickly. There isn't a lot of happiness in your life as you grieve. There are many questions someone asks wondering why these things are happening to them. Camron Wright does a fabulous job with his powerful writing, with words and characters that stayed with me even when I wasn't reading at the moment. 

This story takes you to places that you don't see coming;Dave and his journey on a Harley and Kate finding clues for her project from strangers, brings about some true surprises. I've loved the other books I've read from this author and this one, though different, wasn't an exception at all. Readers will be taken on a powerful and soul changing journey where some important life lessons are conveyed. The Other Side of the Bridge was an amazing novel of hope, healing, and second chances. I highly recommend this book!  

About the Author: Meet Camron Wright

Camron Wright was born and raised in Salt Lake City, Utah. He has a master’s degree in Writing and Public Relations from Westminster College. He has owned several successful retail stores in addition to working with his wife in the fashion industry, designing for the McCall Pattern Company in New York.

Camron began writing to get out of attending MBA school at the time, and it proved the better decision. His first book, Letters for Emily, was a Readers Choice Award winner, as well as a selection of the Doubleday Book Club and the Literary Guild. Letters for Emily has been published in North America, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Germany, Korea, the Netherlands, and China.

The Rent Collector, his second book, won Best Novel of the Year from the Whitney Awards and was a nominee for the prestigious International DUBLIN Literary Award. 

The Orphan Keeper, his third book, won 2016 Book of the Year, Gold accolades in Multicultural Fiction from Foreword Reviews, and was winner of Best General Fiction from the Whitney Awards. 

His fourth book, The Other Side of the Bridge, will be released in March of 2018.

Camron lives with his wife, Alicyn, just south of Salt Lake City at the base of the Wasatch Mountains. He is the proud father of four children, all girls but three.


Learn more about Camron here at his website: http://www.authorcamronwright.com/


Unlike my previous books, which were all to some degree based on real people and events, the plot in The Other Side of the Bridgeshould be considered fiction. That said, the characters’ backgrounds and some of the events are based on real situations. Also, the historical aspects of the Golden Gate Bridge should generally be accurate, since the information was taken from real letters and histories of the bridge.
It’s hard to say, since it’s a story I’ve tinkered with for years. My wife loved it and constantly encouraged me to pursue its publication with more persistence. To that end, I submitted the story to the current publisher years ago and they turned it down, saying it wasn’t the type of story they were seeking. Years later, when they asked if I had another story for them, I submitted it to them again, not telling them they’d already turned it down. This time, however, they loved it, saying it was exactly the type of story they were seeking. It goes to show that in life, timing is everything.
*******Purchase 'The Other Side of the Bridge'*******

Interesting Golden Gate Bridge Facts 
The Numbers...The Golden Gate Bridge is 8,981 feet long (1.7 miles) and has towers that stand 746 feet above the water. The bridge contains approximately 88,000 tons of steel and a total weight of 887,000 tons. The two main cables that drape across the towers are 36 3/8 inches in diameter. They were spun from 80,000 miles of galvanized steel wire, a process that took just over 6 months. The bridge is 90 feet wide with six driving lanes and two sidewalks. Construction on the bridge began on January 5, 1933. It took four years to build and was finished in 1937, ahead of schedule and a million dollars under budget.


The Poetry: 
In honor of the bridge’s completion, chief engineer Joseph Strauss wrote a poem entitled The Mighty Task is Done. 
Here is an excerpt: 
At last the mighty task is done; Resplendent in the western sun The Bridge looms mountain high; Its titan piers grip ocean floor, Its great steel arms link shore with shore, Its towers pierce the sky…

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