Bridges Between Our Hearts

Love That Does Not Die Series, book 3

Fiction - Womens
291 Pages
Reviewed on 02/15/2024
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Author Biography

Jennifer Collins began writing novels in 2020. A retired physical therapist and college professor, she became inspired to write after experiencing the loss of several loved ones. Her debut novel, Comfort in the Wings, and its sequel, Wonders in the Waves, are now joined by Bridges Between Our Hearts. These emotionally satisfying books tell the story of Larissa and her family as they navigate the joys and tragedies of life.
A testimony to the poignant works she has created, Collins recently won the MartinArts Council 2023 Award in the Literary Arts. Next on her writing docket is a non-fiction study of people who have discovered rewarding life paths in spite of predictions they would never succeed. Funny Thing About Luck…. (working title) is a tribute to the author’s father and others like him – people with drive and commitment, who strive for accomplishment against the odds.
Collins spends her time writing and running a family business alongside her eldest son. She does both from two residences - her long-time family home in upstate New York and Hutchinson Island in Florida.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Bernadette Longu for Readers' Favorite

In Bridges Between Our Hearts, Jennifer Collins has written an awe-inspiring book about a woman who loses her daughter and how the ones who are left behind handle their grief at the loss. The story unfolds most sensitively and the reader will find themself identifying with the actions and each character as they work through their grief and move on with their lives. But often the sense of betraying and forgetting the one who had passed will rear its ugly head again and depression will set in. The story is set in 2020 at the beginning of COVID-19 and ends in 2035.

Jennifer Collins makes each chapter special with quotes from various people opening the chapter, which I found to be intriguing and interesting as most of the time the quotes were very appropriate. Each character will help the reader through the ups and downs, the highs and lows, the good times and the bad times. The author makes the reader take note of their own life, how their family would handle the sudden death of a family member, especially a child, and what they could have done to alleviate some of the trauma the family suffered. I found myself relating to Larissa, the main character, who holds the reader's attention to the very end. The conclusion is unexpected. Bridges Between Our Hearts is a must-read as it brings a lot of problems to the forefront and shows readers how easy it is to solve them. A stunning book. Thank you, Jennifer, for an amazing read.

K.C. Finn

Bridges Between Our Hearts is a work of fiction penned by author Jennifer Collins in the women’s fiction, family drama, and emotive writing subgenres, and it forms the third and final installment of the Love That Does Not Die trilogy. It is best suited to the general adult reading audience. Readers are invited back into Collins’s world for a poignant exploration of grief, resilience, and the enduring power of love. Larissa's journey continues as she grapples with the challenges of rebuilding her life after the devastating loss of her daughter. The themes of love, family, and self-discovery are interwoven seamlessly, creating a story that resonates with readers on a profound level.

Author Jennifer Collins's writing captivates drama fans right from the start, drawing the reader into Larissa's world of pain, healing, and discovery with a tender and introspective narrative touch. This final book in the trilogy really celebrates and explores Larissa's strength and authenticity as a character. Her exploration of relationships, especially with her son and granddaughter, is handled with a keen sense for realistic dialogue, allowing the plot to move forward without a lot of over-explaining, as everything is so poignantly put in the dialogue and thought presentation. As the plot goes on and begins to explore the bigger issues, Collins's commitment to this up close, raw portrayal of Larissa's character expands into a universal story of hope, growth, and the enduring nature of love: a message that is sure to bring hope to every heart that it touches. Overall, I would not hesitate to recommend Bridges Between Our Hearts to fans of the existing series as a compelling and emotionally resonant conclusion to the trilogy, and the series in general for fans of emotive and well-penned dramas everywhere.

Edith Wairimu

A poignant story with timeless themes and characters that touch the soul, Bridges Between Our Hearts: Book Three in the Love That Does Not Die Trilogy by Jennifer Collins continues Larissa’s story as she navigates complex family situations and finds hope and love through her friends and loved ones. The story follows Larissa’s moving journey as she grieves the loss of her daughter and handles the new changes occurring in her family. She seeks professional counsel and discovers how grief and joy can coexist. Surrounded by amazing friends and family, Larissa embraces the new opportunities in her life and immerses herself in new family roles that enrich her life. Her story offers hope to those who have suffered unimaginable loss and beautifully portrays the joy in relationships and community.

This deeply touching story masterfully explores the process of grief, including insightful information that readers going through a similar process will find helpful. It masterfully highlights the beauty and hardships of life through Larissa’s journey and features relatable characters and family circumstances. I found Jennifer Collins’s writing gentle and immersive. The story is richly crafted with emotionally engaging scenes and deftly examined themes. I was inspired by Larissa’s strength and her ability to find joy even when experiencing sorrow. Bridges Between Our Hearts: Love That Does Not Die is a stunning novel told with heart and skill. The author has created an original story with characters that feel real and heart-warming themes that readers will love.