"wonderfully written story with a universal message"
In 1973 Sara Richards finds herself alone and pregnant when
the young sailor, Paul Steinert, who she gave her innocence
to left for Vietnam. She has her baby with the help of her
parents. Sara commits herself to a little white lie so she
could fit into her new community. Little did she know that
her life was going to be turned upside down and everything
that she thought she knew was called into question.
Burning Bridges is a story that I feel many people
would enjoy. I laughed and cried throughout this
entertaining novel. The message in this novel is universal
and could be any parent trying to ensure that their
children receive the best in life. It was very easy to
relate to the characters in this wonderfully written story.
I was very taken with the characters; I felt the sorrow and
anger of each one. This story flowed relatively well and it
could be the life of anyone walking past you on the street.
The dialogue was realistic and the storyline was well
developed, consistent and resolved at the end.
Sara Richards’s world is rocked when three love letters from 1970 are delivered decades late. The letters were written by Paul Steinert, a young sailor who took her innocence with whispered words of love and promises of forever before leaving for Vietnam. Sara is left behind, broken hearted and pregnant, yearning for letters she never received. Now, years later, she discovers the betrayal wasn’t Paul’s when her mother confesses to a sin that changed their lives forever.
How can Sara reveal to Paul’s parents they have a granddaughter they’ve missed the chance to know? Even worse, how will she find the words to tell her daughter that she’s lived her life in the shadow of a lie?
Picking her way through the minefields of distrust and betrayal, Sara finds that putting her life together without burning any bridges will be the hardest thing she’s ever done.