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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Under the 5th Street Bridge by Carla Rossi

Under the 5th Street Bridge by Carla Rossi
Publisher: White Rose Publishing
Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary
Length: Short (30 pages)
Heat: Sweet
Rating: 4 Books
Reviewed by Azalea

Last Easter, Trey Lawson returned from war with a combat injury and a long road to recovery. A year later, his life appears to be back on track, but he’s not exactly where God wants him. He couldn’t be. He’s miserable.

Joy Cavanaugh has waited a year for Trey to snap out of it. Their once-serious relationship has all but disappeared since his return. She’s convinced he still loves her, but why has he shut her out? He’s made it clear he’d rather spend his time ministering to the homeless men under the 5th Street bridge than to allow her back into his life.

As they herald the holiest of all Christian celebrations, can Trey let God resurrect his life, or will Joy have to give him up forever?

Trey Lawson is a casualty of the war in Iraq, and Joy Cavanaugh is the sweetheart he left behind. But Trey has been home for a year now and has not resumed his relationship with Joy. Trey thinks he knows Joy but soon discovers there is more to her than meets the eye.

Trey studies to be a lawyer and in his spare time he delivers food and supplies to the homeless cast off people who live under the 5th street bridge. Trey perceives Joy as being shallow and too concerned about her appearance to really care for anything else until his mother opens his eyes. Trey and Joy are constantly needling each other trading barbs and insults. It isn’t until Easter Sunday that they begin to reflect on what they mean to each other.

This story deals with the casualties of the Iraq War, those soldiers who were not killed but who came home injured with both physical and emotional scars. It also deals with the problem of homeless people in our own country. I liked that it addressed these issues. Buzz, the homeless man with the trumpet is a compelling character whose plight is typical of so many homeless people. The story deals with the inhumanity of mankind (war) and the basic kindness of people. The author does a good job weaving these serious issues in with a story of true romance.