Book Review: Bridges: A Daphne White Novel by Maria Murnane

Title:  Bridges: A Daphne White Novel
Authors: Maria Murnane
Publisher: Kindle Press 
Release Date: April 4, 2017 
Genre: Contemporary Fiction

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!

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.

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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Photo by Chris Conroy Photography
The way Maria Murnane became an author is a little crazy. One day she quit her PR job and went to Argentina by herself for what was supposed to be a two-week trip. Instead, she ended up staying for a year to play soccer for one of the most famous clubs in the world (River Plate). While down there she also decided to do something she’d long dreamed about: writing a humorous novel (very) loosely based on her life as a single, professional woman in San Francisco. Fast forward a few years, and she’s now the bestselling author of the Waverly Bryson series (Perfect on Paper, It’s a Waverly Life, Honey on Your Mind, and Chocolate for Two, which received a starred review in Publishers Weekly), as well as International Book Award winner Cassidy Lane, Katwalk, Wait for the Rain, and Bridges. And yes, she still plays a lot of soccer!  

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