The Bridge by Kay Bratt

the bridgeBlurb from goodreads.com, scroll down for my review.In present day China, an old woman’s house sits opposite an ancient bridge. Not just any bridge–but a special one because it has always been known as The Lucky Bridge. In olden days it was said that to walk over it during a marriage ceremony, or at the beginning of the New Year would bring the traveler good luck. Because of its reputation, over the years it has also become a popular place for young mothers to abandon their children. What to some may seem cruel is in reality their final gift to their offspring–one last chance to send them off to their new destinies with luck on their side. Jing, an old woman, is the unofficial and often reluctant guardian of the bridge. When no one else will, Jing steps in to prevent the children from frostbite, abuse and hunger, and then she delivers them safely to the orphanage. This has been her routine for many years, but what does Jing do when the latest child, a blind boy, burrows deep into her heart?

This is the first book I have read by Kay and I am already looking for more. Gosh what a heart wrenching book, brought tears of sadness and joy, this is a short story, easily read in one sitting, with only a few characters, but were real and described in depth, and with some stunning descriptions about the few places visited in the book, I could almost visualise and smell it. It seemed incredibly real.

The story is good all the way through and written in the third person, it made me want to know what happens to the little boy, I asked myself that question on more than one occasion while reading.

The book completely touched me, the idea that there is hope and joy in what seemed an impossible situation for the little boy just brought tears to my eyes.

Highly recommended.

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