Some books come my way out of the blue, so to speak. I was discussing books that I love with a former friend and we chanced upon the fact that I’ve read (and liked) very few books in the genre of romance. It was her recommendation that I try this book with an open mind, and I might like it. I purchased it and read it soon. Turns out, the book was quite good.
Waller’s novel (or novella) The Bridges of Madison County brings us two characters basically – the charming photographer Robert Kincaid who visits Madison County to do a piece for National Geographic about the covered bridges in the county; and Francesca Johnson, who Robert asks for directions to a particular bridge. A love affair soon develops, and the story follows that.
An Unconventional Romance
The one who recommended it to me mentioned something about keeping an open mind. It is essential because the story here isn’t a conventional romance but an adulterous one. Some readers would look past that and realize the depth of love that the author shows between Francesca and Robert. Others might frown upon it. Most certainly, the time period in which the story is set offers challenges to the couple’s love. It can be noticed in Francesca’s uncertainty at the start of the affair. Robert is all that she dreamed of, and all that her husband isn’t. She has to hide this new found love from the eyes of society too, knowing they would not understand it.
Is this a successful love story?
Yes and no. Yes because it shows a love so deep that it survives even the distance and silence between them toward the end. No, because in the end, Francesca is left with some choices to make, and one can understand the choice she makes. It still resonates at the “intersection”. If you are willing to try a different kind of love story, I think this is a good bet for you. It’s poetic, engaging and well developed. It’s one book I plan on rereading later this year.
This is the 10th year of the #AtoZChallenge and my tenth year attempting it. My theme this year is Books – Read and Loved. As evident by the theme, I am going to write on books I’ve read and loved.
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