If you liked The Da Vinci Code, The Alchemist, or The Celestine Prophecy, then you should read Bridges: An extraordinary journey of the heart. It’s the story of a young American woman, Jessie, who joins the Peace Corps in Africa to start over and find herself. She finds everything but herself, particularly something dark that is chasing her. Trying to get away, Jessie flees to a man in France whom she thinks is her love. There, she is drawn into a mysterious relationship and a slow spiritual awakening that teaches her how to listen to her heart against all odds.
W. S. Williamson is a veteran study-abroad director and Returned Peace Corps Volunteer (RPCV), with a background in communication and culture. A graduate of Indiana University and Western Michigan University, she is the author of Study Abroad 101, a best seller in student travel guides. Read more on Wendy’s blog (email wendysuewilliamson at gmail.com). Request an ARC/galley for endorsement or review until mid-March. Publication date is April 15, 2014.
Foreword Clarion Review calls Bridges a “spiritual intrigue similar to Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code,” and presents it as a “mesmerizing spiritual journey.” The reviewer describes Williamson as a “gifted storyteller” and her work an “outstanding fiction debut” that “combines the sentimentality of Nicholas Sparks with the realism expected of a hardcore journalist.” The closing says it all: “Just as the beckoning cover depicts a rustic wooden walkway winding into greenery and sunlight, this sensitive author will lead the traveler to astonishing places.”
“Bridges blends vivid imagery from locales as diverse as northern Cameroon to the highlands of Ecuador with one woman’s quest for spiritual enlightenment, enduring love, and inner peace. Williamson follows the tribulations of a Peace Corps Volunteer fleeing from her past, but unsure of her future, as she builds and deconstructs relationships with herself, those around her, and – ultimately – a higher power. This is a great book for anyone who has traveled paths both physical and philosophical seeking greater truths and balance in life.” ~ Dillon Banerjee, Foreign Service Officer and author of The Insider’s Guide to the Peace Corps: What to Know Before You Go
“Bridges is a winner! This imaginative, exciting, and heartwarming book is sure to inspire a lot of people as it did me. It spoke directly to my soul. Not only that, all the mystery made it such a page-turner! I loved this book.” ~ Joshua Tongol, speaker on progressive Christianity and organic church, and author of So You Thought You Knew
“Be prepared for an internal shift. In a storyline spanning the world, the author weaves together elements of alchemy, shamanism, numerology, and symbology to unfold a spiritual journey of evolving love that will stir your soul. Something sleeping deep inside will awaken and realize the central truth of this book and will say, ‘Yes, I remember now’.” ~ Joseph B. Lumpkin, best selling author of The Books of Enoch: The Angels, The Watchers and The Nephilim
“Bridges is a thoughtful, literary adventure of mystery and spirituality. Williamson fills her narrative with challenging experiences and beliefs, without seeking to justify any one worldview. The plot drove me to continue down an unexpected path through three different cultures on three different continents. Reminiscent of The Celestine Prophecy and The Alchemist, these pages left me with satisfying questions about the nature of the world and my place in it.” ~ Ingrid Anders, author of Earth to Kat Vespucci and Kat Vespucci Takes Taiwan
“Bridges tells the story of a young women’s rediscovery and redemption through darkness and light. Pain and disillusionment give rise to a journey through superstitions and fear, questioning and disempowerment—an experience with an ancient and revelatory book of sound vibrations—to renewed understanding and hope in one’s ability to create change by following one’s heart and being love. Letting go of the past opens the door to living fully in the present.” ~ The International Alchemy Guild
“Bridges is an amazing book that teaches you about the Word and African cultures. Some scenes made me laugh and others almost made me cry. The book takes you on an epic adventure you will remember for a long time. I literally could not put Bridges down; I read it all in one sitting.” ~ Salome W, a teen who loves adventure and fantasy books