Lakebridge Spring by Natasha Troop review

It’s sad really that I am not nearly eloquent enough to express just how great this book is. I can and will gush like the goof I am but in all seriousness this book is wonderful and I am just sorry that I can’t convey with words how much of an impact it had.

The most interesting thing is that once I started reading the second in the series Lakebridge Summer I began to love the first even more. I think it has to do with the connection with the characters you come to care for them so much that seeing what happens to them you feel it all the more.

Lakebridge Spring is what I like to refer to as a foundation. The series will take place over four books two of which are out. The first Spring lays out the story of a little town in Vermont called Stansbury. It’s small, pretty, nice people for the most part and has this lake with a bridge on it that has quite the history.

Natasha has a lovely writing style different than what I’ve read. From any and everyone’s point of view including that of a moose which by the way rocks. I love that moose and I love how the start and end of each point of view are tied together. It’s quite fascinating. It’s what hooked me when I started the book. I just grinned I love this and that’s when I knew I’d like the book. In addition Natasha writes these long endless sentences that just keep going like a train of thought so much fun. I loved it. Fantastic writing style really.

Beyond the style of writing which worked so well for me was the story again its about the town, the people and the damn bridge.

The characters are so well written you find out their little quirks and you just take them in your heart you hurt for them because while reading the story there is no outright monster and yet there is. You can see but even more so feel the menace in the story. It’s laced into everything, this constant creepiness about something not being right in Stansbury and as the story progresses and you learn more about the town, the bridge and it’s history and the people who live there the more clear it becomes that bad things are coming like a tidal wave on the horizon.

I enjoyed Lakebridge Spring and appreciated it even more once I started Lakebridge Summer. I am very much looking forward to the next two and will get them as soon as I am able because they are a perfect example of why it is I read indie press and indie authors. What I get is actually some of the best reads out there. Talent that far too few know about. If you haven’t read the Lakebridge Series be sure to add it to your TBR list.

Vermont, picturesque and lovely, attracts visitors from across the country in search for the perfect picture, the perfect fall foliage or perhaps a taste of maple syrup. Stansbury is best known for the odd covered bridge that spans Stansbury Lake and goes nowhere, connecting no roads and serving no known purpose. The locals call it the Lakebridge. Very few know of its mysterious origins and fewer care to know more. Those visiting the town perhaps take a few snapshots and leave, their curiosity quelled by an uneasy feeling that they shouldn’t think on it anymore. The tourists will eventually leave Stansbury, but its residents strangely linger, seemingly held captive by a force they barely recognize. They also do not think about the town’s mysterious artifact much except in passing, all but Gil, his father, Ben, and a few others. They know of the bridge’s dark history and understand that it is responsible for every horror that ever befell the people of Stansbury: the people who fear the bridge but will not speak of it. The bridge makes people do things – bad things – so that it can continue to love and care for them all. Some have tried to destroy the bridge, but as long as the bridge is fed with the lives of the innocents of Stansbury it will go on – loving the people of Stansbury. Lakebridge: Spring is the first of a four book cycle revolving around Stansbury and the Lakebridge.

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