by Richard Bach
Much truer to an autobiographical style, "Bridge" is the story of how Richard and Leslie found each other, and what happened after. Richard always knew that there was one woman out there for him, his soulmate, but had a very hard time finding her. This book picks up where "Illusions" left off. Richard quits his flying to find his soulmate. The first part of the book leads you through the choppy starts and stops of many relationships. Then he begins a purely professional relationship with a beautiful actress named Leslie Parrish. This grows into a friendship based on long chess games, huge bowls of ice cream, and much respect. Still, Richard is sorting through the many other women in his life. When finally he realizes that Leslie is the one for which he has been waiting his whole life, he finds that he is not ready for the commitment that a soulmate deserves. The remainder of the book is their struggle. Richard is trying to become less self centered (something that is at the very core of what he is), and Leslie is trying to deal with Richard. It is a great period of growth for him; one with which we are all familiar in one way or another. Too much more would give too much away, but I promise that I haven't even touched on the best parts of all. -- Alisha
This book truly is about Richard. It is about his search for and
his discovery of his soul mate, Leslie.
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Bestselling author Richard Bach explores the meaning of fate and soul mates in this modern-day fairytale based on his real-life relationship with actor Leslie Parrish. "This is a story about a knight who was dying, and the princess who saved his life," Bach writes in his opening greeting. "It's a story about beauty and beasts and spells and fortresses, about death-powers that seem and life-powers that are." Yes, it is all that, and more. On the earthly plane this is about the riveting love affair between two fully human people who are willing to explore time travel and other dimensions together even as they grapple with the earthly struggles of intimacy, commitment, smothering, and whose turn it is to cook. Their love affair and happy ending inspired many enthusiastic fans. Years later, some of these fans were devastated to discover that this match made in heaven didn't manage to stick (the couple are no longer together). But in an Amazon interview, Bach explains that lovers don't have to stay married forever to be lifetime soul mates. Read this as a lesson about love's enchantments and possibilities, but don't count on this book to keep you and your mate on the bridge across forever. --Gail Hudson
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