Troubador The Bridge

Released: 28/06/2021

ISBN: 9781800462892

eISBN: 9781800469266

Format: Paperback/eBook

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The Bridge

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The Bridge meets Alex (short for Alexandra) on a bridge in Verona as she says her final farewell to Michele. Alex’s world has been devastated by the death of Michele, who was actually more of a sister to her than her best and oldest friend. It follows Alex as she tries to navigate a world she no longer recognises or fits into, while desperately trying to ‘be there’ for Adam, Michele’s teenage son. 

It’s on that same bridge where Alex meets Max, and through this chance encounter, a hopeful journey begins. A journey which forces them to face the damage left from their previous relationships, while ignoring the clock counting down on their time together, dictating their ending, just as they’re beginning. Alex and Max are realistic, their lives and responsibilities exist in different worlds, a thousand miles apart, so they decide to forget there’s a Friday (the day Alex is due to fly home) and live in the moment. But is it that simple? 

The Bridge tells a story of friendship, love, loss, the weight of responsibility, finding love when you least expect it, self-doubt and insecurity, the fear of loving again and finding strength even when life feels hopeless; set against the background of contemporary music, and the intoxicating personality of Verona. It will take the reader on a journey from which they will not want to be interrupted.                             
Warning: It may also leave the reader pining for the one that got away…

Alex is devastated at the loss of her best friend, her confidant. As close as sisters, she doesn’t know how she will carry on without Michele by her side.

As Alex visits Verona to scatter Michele’s ashes she meets Max who himself has suffered a devastating loss. They connect on a level that Alex has never experienced before but have only a few days together before Alex must return home.

As Alex struggles to come to terms with her loss she is also supporting Michele’s teenage son with the loss of his mum. Missing Max terribly but realising they have very different lives...will they ever find their way back to each other?

This is a lovely story with heart,about love and being there for someone through thick and thin. It does cover the subject of death but it is done with love and compassion. A great read.

by NetGalley review


“A story of love, loss, friendship, music and finding happiness in the darkest of times.”
I read this book over 4 nights whilst feeding my 7 week old baby and it made waking up several times much more enjoyable. I found myself looking forward to my next instalment and became very invested in Alex, Max and Adam’s lives. The author handles the subject of loss sensitively and with empathy. The theme of music and the important role it can play in our lives really appealed to me and reminded me how much I’ve missed live music over the past year, you can tell the author shares this view and she writes passionately about artists, songs and lyrics and how they have the power to stir deep emotions. At the heart of the book is a love story, and I found myself rooting for the characters and hoping for a ‘happy ever after’ ending.

by Claire


What if a holiday romance rescued you? What happens when that holiday ends?

Alex is left devastated by the loss of her best friend since childhood, Michele. She wants to be strong for everyone, Michele’s mum and teenage son, Adam. But who will be strong for her? Enter Max. A stranger who sees the sorrow in Alex and knows he can help guide her through it.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It’s the first ARC I’ve been sent from #NetGalley and I think I’ve been spoilt. I laughed, I cried, and I even caught myself just stupidly grinning at my kindle for at least 3 chapters. I also read this book in half a day. I couldn’t put it down.

This is an author after my own heart, as they’ve created a playlist to listen to as you read!! Unfortunately on my kindle I didn’t see this until after I’d finished reading (!) but I’d already slowly been putting together my own playlist of all the songs mentioned. Like I knew it was meant to be. And wow. The score just heightens the emotions. Come Home by One Republic is now my favourite song but makes me weep.

This was a great read, and although sceptical at first as I’m a real stickler for people moving too quickly in relationships, this seemed like fate and it could happen and it made me so happy. This book is for anyone who has ever experienced loss, but also anyone who has ever experienced all consuming love.

by NetGalley review


What if a holiday romance rescued you? What happens when it ends?

Alex is left devastated by the loss of her best friend since childhood, Michele. She wants to be strong for everyone, Michele’s mum and teenage son, Adam. But who will be strong for her? Enter Max. A stranger who sees the sorrow in Alex and knows he can help guide her through it.

I can’t tell you how much I loved this book. It’s the first ARC I’ve been sent from #NetGalley and I think I’ve been spoilt. I laughed, I cried, and I even caught myself just stupidly grinning at my kindle for at least 3 chapters. I also read this book in half a day. I couldn’t put it down.

This is an author after my own heart, as they’ve created a playlist to listen to as you read!! Unfortunately on my kindle I didn’t see this until after I’d finished reading but I’d already slowly been putting together my own playlist of all the songs mentioned. Like I knew it was meant to be. And wow. The score just heightens the emotions. Come Home by One Republic is now my favourite song but makes me weep.

This was a great read, and although sceptical at first as I’m a real stickler for people moving too quickly in relationships, this seemed like fate and it could happen and it made me so happy. This book is for anyone who has ever experienced loss, but also anyone who has ever experienced love.

by Charlotte


Love, love, loved this book. I read this booked over 5 days, every opportunity I had to read another chapter I took in between the demands of my two small children. The author so brilliantly transports you into the world of Alex and Max creating vivid imagery allowing you to feel like you are there. The author so cleverly provides a playlist to accompany the story opening my eyes to new music and bands that I had previously never heard of. I thoroughly enjoyed this story both laughing and crying (both sad and happy tears) my way through to the satisfying conclusion. I have recommended this book to all of my friends and family and can't wait to read the next book written by this author!

by Nicola Saunders


I love this book! What a fantastic, heartfelt story- I related so much to Alex and her journey, through friendships, romances, and family. Adam is probably my favourite character and (no spoilers) even though he has nothing in common with me, I found myself desperate to know more about him! There's something for everyone in this book - especially music lovers! I can't believe the author has created a playlist to accompany the story, there are some favourites on there but I've also been exposed to some new bands and artists, so not only a great read, but a great listen too!

10/10 cannot recommend enough.

by Clare


This book also has its own playlist to accompany you whilst reading and it made the whole experience so much better. I love a soundtrack to a book and to listen to songs that the author also listened to while they were writing it.
I loved this book, all the way through it was very emotional and an amazingly heartfelt story.
The two main characters worked really well together and Max was a wonderful ‘book boyfriend’!!
The Bridge was a beautiful romance and read while listening to the playlist was perfect.....
Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/222272/review/492423

by NetGalley review


An extraordinarily beautiful novel. A stunning debut. I don't think anyone could read this story and still have dry eyes at the end. It is a guaranteed tearjerker.
Set in Verona, the home of Romeo and Juliet (and in Manchester) this is an intense story told by Alex, the central character, of her love for Max, who has saved her from the grief of losing Michelle.
It is the sort of story Hollywood told so well half a century ago in Love Story, The Blue Lagoon and Endless Love but S.M. Tovey's novel is better, much better. The writing is passionate and engrossing with beautifully drawn characters.
Full review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/222272/review/651022

by NetGalley review


A story of loss, memories, friendship and love, beautifully written with a fantastic playlist that goes alongside the story. A book I couldn’t put down! I quickly became invested in the characters and really wanted to know how things would work out for them. Set between Verona and the UK we follow the characters as they navigate their feelings, and their future. A story I didn’t want to end- and I know I will return to. With great music entwined, it’s a great read for a relaxing summers day.

by Trish


This wasn't exactly an easy read because it tackled such an important topic like grief, but it was the kind of book you never wanna put down.

Original review: https://www.netgalley.co.uk/book/222272/review/821016

by NetGalley review


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