The Bridges of Madison County is one of my top 5, all-time favorite books, and I’m not hugely invested in the literary romance genre.
It’s not sappy, it’s genuine and traditional, and back in the time and place when the story occurred, I could envision that it actually happened.
This sequel, A Thousand Country Roads, I’ve put off reading for years because to me, you can’t top perfection.
Some things are best left the way they were, unspoken to and not again reminisced upon once the origin story fades off into the distance.
I finally gathered the courage to read it this past week and it’s not as bad as I remember. It’ll probably end up with a 3.5/5 ⭐️‘s for me, but the reason why I wanted to push through this was to get to the final entry in the story, High Plains Tango.
I’m not sure how much Plains has to do with these two main characters, but I get the feeling like it is more focused on a third character that was introduced in A Thousand Country Roads.
Any other Robert James Waller fans out there?
I find his writing to be so peaceful and elegant, even if it’s not my favorite book or story I always enjoy the heck out of it.
Bridges is a guaranteed read for sure, but I’d also recommend Slow Waltz at Cedar Bend, which is a contemporary unsung hit.
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