A Bridge to Cross

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1920s & '30s

Edward R Hackemer

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"A Bridge To Cross" is a historical romance set in 1927. The story begins in Buffalo, NY as the lives of young, vigorous Leopold Throckmorton and vivacious Phryne Truffaut are driven into drastic change by deception, betrayal and violence. Phryne and Leopold have kept steady company for almost two years, and are a well-matched pair. The subject of marriage was brought up more than once, but they have never made any definite plans. They seem to shy away from any sense of permanence in their relationship. Secretly, they each fear that marriage will be the end of the fun. Neither of them desire their lifestyle to change; at least not yet. There is simply too much to do, so much to enjoy and, besides, life so far has been an endless party. Phryne relishes her sexuality and will tease her man at every opportunity. A touch here, a whisper there, a hand carefully placed in his lap, or a squeeze of his thigh is not only a temptation for him, but a thrill for her. He knows it, and sometimes pretends to ignore her with detached indifference. This only makes her tantalizing behavior even more direct, and his playful rejections stronger. It is foreplay that can last for hours, and always ends with passionate, prolonged and fervent rapture. Phryne and Leopold share an avaricious love of life that is fervently practiced as the accepted norm in 1927. Living and loving in the "Roaring Twenties" is exactly that: experiencing life with a resounding roar. Forces beyond their control eventually make the roar even louder and dangerously deafening.


Historical Fiction, Romance,

Short Summary

It's the Roaring Twenties. Phryne and Leopold find themselves caught in a web of deception, violence and retribution. Bootleg whiskey, organized crime and hedonism.


Buffalo, NY; Niagara Falls, Canada; aboard the "California Limited" from Chicago to Los Angeles

Based on a True Story


Plot - Premise


Plot - Other Elements

,leaves mysteries to be uncovered

Mature Audience Themes

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Main Character Details

Name: Leopold Throckmorton

Age: 24

Gender: Male

Role: Protagonist

Key Traits: Aspiring, Charming, Complex, Romantic,Masculine,Romantic

Additional Character Details

Name: Phryne Truffaut

Age: 21

Gender: Female

Role: Emotional

Key Traits: Aspiring, Charming, Romantic, Seductive, Sexy, Perseverance,Sexy,Engaging,Unapologetic

Additional Character Details

Name: Dillon Cafferty

Age: 25

Gender: Male

Role: antagonist

Key Traits: Aggressive, Badass, Criminal, Manipulative,Badass,Criminal,Blunt,Villainous

Additional Character Details

Name: Nicholas Throckmorton

Age: 17

Gender: Male

Role: skeptic

Key Traits: Insecure, Adventurous, Aspiring, Complex, Honorable,Underdog,Aspiring

About The Author

Edward R Hackemer lived in Western New York for 55 years before retiring from government service and moving to North Georgia; roughly halfway between Atlanta & North Carolina. His formal education was abbreviated by induction into the US Army in 1968. Ed's civilian employment history runs from paperboy, dishwasher, paper mill laborer, laboratory technician, warehouseman, and over-the-road truck driver. His life experience includes military, federal and county public service in addition to nearly countless trans-Atlantic trips. Ed earned an honorable discharge from the US Army, spent several years overseas, and is happily married. He met his wife in Europe, and upon relocation to the United States she became a proud, naturalized American citizen. (What a nice word naturalized is! Although it sounds organic and environmentally friendly, his wife isn't green. She's a blonde.) Ed is currently enjoying retirement with his natural wife, son, daughter in-law, and two grand daughters. Occasionally, he may be found in the company of his Hewlett Packard notebook out on the patio or indoors at his desk plunking out sentences on an HP desktop.

Target Audiences

Age: 35-54

Target Gender: Universal

Group Specific

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Publishing Details

Status: Yes: self-published

Year Published: 2014

Hard Copy Available