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Genres: Historical Fiction , Romance

In 1963, Neil Vincent, a middle-aged World War II veteran and “Christian atheist,” is working at Westfield Court as a chauffeur. He spends most of his spare time reading. Mary Claire DeWinter is a young, blind Catholic college student and reluctant heiress. To secure her inheritance, she has to marry within a year, and her aunt is pressuring her to marry a rich man who teased and bullied her when she was a child. Neil and Mary Claire shouldn’t even be friends, but the gulf between them is bridged by a shared love of books. Can they cross the bridge to more?  


“Griffin’s novel is a tender and nuanced story of love blossoming in the most unexpected of places. Neil and Mary Claire are appealing protagonists whose rapport is bolstered by their robust discussions of literature and religion. Despite the 20-year age difference between the two leads, the author establishes their relationship as an equal partnership. The strong supporting cast of characters includes Jane, whose casual attitude toward her relationship with Neil masks hidden jealousy…An engaging and sweet-natured love story featuring an unlikely couple.” — Kirkus Reviews

“Their friendship and budding relationship were written wonderfully…Overall, the story was sweet, emotional, and touching as both Neil and Mary Claire overcome the bridges standing between them.” — Still Moments Magazine

“For a sweet romance that has a satisfying HEA ending, pick this one up. You won’t be disappointed.” — Sparkling Book Reviews 

“This sweet and simple May-December romance novella, featuring a marriage of convenience blossoming into love, centers friendship, philosophy, and a fondness for classic literature…Griffin’s lead characters are complex and fascinating, and the discussions between Mary Claire and Neil are deep, engaging, and intimate while not at all flirty or sexual, keeping the age difference from becoming too creepy…Bridges movingly presents literature as a means of communication and connection between these thoughtful protagonists…This gentle, bookish romance will appeal to readers who relish Regency concerns of titles and inheritance and portrayals of companionable love…Great for fans of: Georgette Heyer, Alison Goodman.” — BookLife Reviews 


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