By Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland
This is a stand alone story.
I'm writing this letter because it's highly doubtful I'll ever garner the courage to say this to your face.
So, here goes.
We're totally wrong for each other. You're the proper single mum with a good head on your shoulders. I'm just the carefree British doctor passing through town and temporarily living in your converted garage until I head back to England.
But here's the thing... for some bloody reason, I can't stop thinking about you in very inappropriate ways.
I want you.
The only reason I'm even admitting all of this to you right now is because I don't believe it's one-sided. I notice your eyes when you look at me, too. And as crass as I appear when we're joking around about sex, my attraction to you is not a joke.
So, what's the purpose of this note? I guess it's a reminder that we're adults, that sex is healthy and natural, and that you can find me just through the door past the kitchen. More specifically, it's to let you know that I'm leaving said door cracked open from now on in case you'd like to visit me in the middle of the night sometime.
No questions asked.
Think about it.
Whatever you choose.
It's doubtful I'll even end up sliding this letter under your door anyway.
Bridget’s husband passed away tragically in a fatal car accident. Now she is charged with the daunting task for raising her eight year old son and trying to move on with her life. So far all she has managed to do is throw herself into her responsibilities and not much else.
Simon is in his last year of residency in Boston. He came to the US to study medicine and get some distance from a tragic loss of his own. When he completes his training becomes a doctor he’s going back home, to Leads, in England.
The first time Bridget and Simon meet during an uncomfortable chance meeting in the emergency room. Bridget is a patient for a comically awkward reason, and Simon is the attending physician. There may be sparks, but despite his best effort, this is not a laughing matter. The second time Bridget and Simon meet they find out they have unwittingly agreed to be roommates. Bridget has a large home with lots of extra space, but could use a little support in the cash flow department. Simon is looking for a suitable and temporary living arrangement. Their second encounter isn’t any less awkward or uncomfortable. Now these two have to find a way through the discomfort because not only do they live together, but they work together too. Their both professional adults and should be able to make it thought this just fine. Besides, it’s only temporary...right?
April’s Book Review:
Dear Bridget, I Want You is a story about two people who have known loss, and how they work together to move on and find love again. It has the added detail of a single parent.
Finding l love is not easy. Losing someone close to you is one of the hardest parts of the human experience. Being a parent is one of the most important jobs a person can do. How do you heal from loss, find love, while your first priority is to be a parent? Ward and Keeland share a wonderful story about loss and love and hope.
Whenever possible I like to go in blind when possible. I don’t even read the blurb. I usually only do this when I’m reading a recommendation from someone who has proven themselves to have a similar reading taste I do. I find that I enjoy the experience so much more when I have no preconceived notions. I’ve read and enjoyed the books from these authors, so I went in blind. And you know what...I wasn't expecting this. I don’t think I was expecting something this emotionally deep. But, this one definitely pulled on the heartstrings.
I am not a parent. Parenting tropes are not something relatable for me. What I can relate to is caring and nurturing something above everything else. I can also appreciate the awkward situations that are true to life when children are around. However, the details in the story and the way the story was written paints a very clear picture of single parenting, and the juggling act needed to pull it off.
One thing that I absolutely loved about this book, is the depiction of everyday life. Finally, someone in a book has to do something as ordinary as laundry! In all the books I’ve read especially those more embedded in a normal day to day life, this is only the second time anyone has even mentioned laundry. That’s the glamour of day to day right there.
I did find at times that the cadence of the writing was somewhat inconsistent. There were a few sections where the omnipotent narrator took over. I don’t usually find that from Ward and Keeland, but I’m sure it has to do with two voices telling one story. That’s the only critic I have and would otherwise report this to be a very enjoyable book.
Aracely’s Book Review:
At first glance we see that Dear Bridget, I Want You is about a man who wants to jump his hot new landlady. Which is one of the first things that attracted me to this story. This story goes so deep into loss and how that loss changes not only the person who we become but also the paths we take in life. These characters are so much more than who they seem. Simon is more than a hot British doctor who wants Bridget. In turn Bridget is so much more than a mother who is trying her best to raise her young child after the death of her husband. The story is about taking taking risk and moving on from the pain that life brings. Sometimes the experiences that come from moving forward can become ever changing.
“People fail to realize that the small adventures are sometimes more important. When you're old, you're going to reflect on your life and everything is just going to be one big ball of memories anyway”
Moving on at times seems like the hardest risk of all. We get so used to our pain and work it into our lives. We build walls to keep things the same, to be able to manage our loss. Often times change brings the new, and with that the new can also bring us more hurt. In turn it can also bring us the greatest adventure of all...love.
“Not wanting love to happen doesn't make it not happen.”
Sometimes we are going through life and love smacks us right in the face. We might think it's not right or that we don't deserve it but there is regardless of how much we want to deny it. Dear Bridget, I Want You has such a wonderful message that so many reader can relate to about life and the curve balls it likes to throw our way.
I loved how Ward and Keeland used letters as a foundation to the story. Letters are so outdated these days with email, text messages and all the social media taking over. It was refreshing to see that handwritten letters aren’t dead. I always enjoyed the concept of it all and glad to see it still trying to stay alive.
As this book is a collaboration of Penelope Ward and Vi Keeland we can see at times there own writing styles come to light. I felt that at times the story didn’t mesh well. I felt like there was a shift in the writing styles and could tell it was two people writing it. But it could be that it is just me because I’ve read their individual books and are familiar with their writing styles.
Overall I enjoyed reading Dear Bridget, I Want. It was a rollercoaster of emotions so many ups and downs and twist. This is a story you will not be able to put down.
Why did we choose this book:
We choose this book based on our experience with these two authors. We’ve read each of the authors separately. We’ve even read collaborations from Ward and Keeland. So why not? The conversation was basically:
Aracely: Hey they have a new book out wanna read it?
About the Author | Penelope Ward:
Penelope Ward is a New York Times, USA Today and #1 Wall Street Journal bestselling author.
She grew up in Boston with five older brothers and spent most of her twenties as a television news anchor before switching to a more family-friendly career.
She is the proud mother of a beautiful 11-year-old girl with autism (the inspiration for the character Callie in Gemini) and a 9-year-old boy, both of whom are the lights of her life.
Penelope, her husband and kids reside in Rhode Island.
About the Author | Vi Keeland:
Vi Keeland is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author. With more than a million and a half books sold, her titles have appeared in over eighty Bestseller lists and are currently translated in sixteen languages. She lives in New York with her husband and their three children where she is living out her own happily ever after with the boy she met at age six.