I was ready for some romance on our anniversary, so I started this book. As I read, it felt like I had fallen into a fairy tale, the one about Cinderella. Mitchell Fisher, the protagonist, has given up his dream of being an engineer and is working a job that requires that he cut the padlocks off of the “love bridge” in his little village. One day, in the normal course of his work, he sees a young woman fall off the bridge. Mitchell doesn’t hesitate to jump into the strong current to save her. As the hero, he obviously wants to know the name of the young woman whose life he saved, but she disappears before he even finds her name. Then, in a real coincidence that is necessary to make the story work, Mitchell goes to get his daughter Poppy from her music lesson. There he meets Liza, who happens to be the sister of the young woman whom he rescued and who tells him that her name is Yvette and that she has been missing for several years now. Strange circumstances, but it actually makes the story! Mitchell becomes a hero to the town and receives letters about his heroism. (The part about the letters presents an entire sub-plot). I enjoyed the story but was not ready for the Cinderella feel of it. I really liked the characters but I did not think that they were as well developed as they could have been. The mystery of why Yvette disappeared and where she is now was well written, kind of like a little suspense built into the romance storyline. My favorite character was Poppy, who represented the hopeful belief in good things that young children have. I also liked the friendship that developed between Mitchell and Liza, both of whom complemented each other well. All in all, it was a good romantic read and perfect for these uncertain times.
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Phaedra Patrick is the author of The Library of Lost and Found, Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone and The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, which has been published in over twenty countries around the world. She studied art and marketing, and has worked as a stained-glass artist, film festival organizer and communications manager. An award-winning short story writer, she now writes full-time. She lives in Saddleworth, UK, with her husband and son.