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Burning Bridges by Anne Krist is a Kindle Unlimited pick #romance #ku #giveaway


Burning Bridges



Anne Krist



Contemporary romance


Book Blurb:


Coffee Pot Book Club awarded Burning Bridges the Gold Medal for Best Romance 2020!


Not your typical “secret baby” book! This Southern romance packs in the emotion.


Consider the role of strangers in our lives. An unknown postman in Virginia hides a bag of mail one day. His simple action set in motion untold consequences for many others—strangers—all over the country. How many bridges were burned in that forgotten mail pouch?


Sara Richards’s world is rocked when three love letters from 1970 are delivered decades late. The letters were written by Paul Steinert, a young sailor who took her innocence with whispered words of love and promises of forever before leaving for Vietnam. Sara is left behind, broken hearted and secretly pregnant, yearning for letters she never received.


Then Paul died.


Now, years later, she discovers the betrayal wasn’t Paul’s, when her mother confesses to a sin that changed their lives forever. How can Sara reveal to Paul’s parents that they have a granddaughter they’ve missed the chance to know? Even worse, how will she find the words to tell her daughter that she’s lived her life in the shadow of a lie?


Picking her way through the minefields of secrets, distrust, and betrayal, Sara finds that putting her life together again while crossing burning bridges will be the hardest thing she’s ever done.




Sara stared at the letters arranged before her in numerical order. The moment in time she and Paul shared was long ago, yet her dream had conjured his presence as though she’d just seen him. In her mind, his blue eyes darkened with passion before his lips captured hers, and he moaned his appreciation when their tongues met. She tasted his sweetness and knew the steel of his arms as he held her. How many nights had she put herself through hell reliving those memories? Too damn many.


After the concert, they’d met clandestinely on weekends, mostly at Sandbridge, where they could walk and talk undisturbed. With each meeting, stirrings built deep in Sara that pushed her to want more, but Paul insisted they restrain themselves because of her age.


Then the weekend before he shipped out, she'd planned a surprise and her life changed forever.


The kettle screeched, bringing her back to the present. Sara prepared a cup of tea and then picked up the envelope marked twenty-eight. At one time, she would have given her right arm to hold this letter. Now, curiosity and the desire for a brief escape drove her more than the passion of youth. Blind love had faded when she’d had no word to bolster her during the long weeks after the ship left.


First had come the waiting. No letters arrived, even though she wrote him daily. There were no phone calls, no notes, no anything, for days that dragged into weeks then crept into months.


Anticipation morphed into anxiety. She worried he was sick or hurt and unable to write.


One day she admitted that Paul must be afraid to write for some reason, and she feared what he would say if she did receive a letter. That their time together had been a mistake, that she was too young to be in love. That he really loved someone else and Sara had been only a stand-in while he was in Virginia. Perversely, she began to sigh with relief when she arrived home and found no word.


Now, knowing why she hadn’t received mail, what would she feel if she opened this letter and her old fears proved to be true?


“Nothing,” she murmured. “Paul’s dead. He can’t hurt me anymore.” At the very least, his letters might allow her to put his ghost to rest. For that reason alone, she had to read them.


She slid her thumb under the flap and ripped the envelope open. A single sheet held his hurried scrawl.


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Amazon (available in print and on Kindle Unlimited)


What makes your featured book a must-read?


I always loved this book and my feelings were bolstered by the many 5-star reviews it received. And I love the military. While this isn’t a true military book, its roots are in the Navy and Marine Corps, starting with the time of the Vietnam War. I lived in Virginia Beach and then at college, when the country was divided between those who supported the military and those who hated the war—and thus, the military. Part of this book is also part of me. Apart from all that, this is a book of young love that lasted through time, bright and then dimmed through the actions of one lazy mail carrier… I hope you laugh, I hope you cry, but mostly I hope you enjoy Burning Bridges!


Giveaway –


Enter to win a $40 Amazon gift card:


Open Internationally.

Runs November 7 – November 16, 2023.


Winner will be drawn on November 17, 2023.


Author Biography:


Anne Krist is the “sister” to erotic romance author Dee S. Knight. She is quieter, more reserved, and certainly more circumspect about S-E-X than her wild and crazy sibling. Thus, she’s more comfortable writing sweet(er) romance, where there might be a few sensual scenes, but no more than that. One thing about Anne: she’s not less romantic than Dee. They both write in happily ever after and share the solid belief that love can last forever and beyond!


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Nov 14, 2023

Thank you, Anne, for sharing your book in our Kindle Unlimited Bookish Event!

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