Arroyo: A NovelArroyo: A Novel by Chip Jacobs
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This is a story based on two timelines and centered around the Colorado Street Bridge in Pasadena, California. This is a fiction book with many nonfiction facts and stories interwoven. The main characters are Nick Chance and his clairvoyant dog, Royo. The beginning of the book details building the controversial bridge. I loved this part of the book. There were many famous names mentioned that were prominent in 1913 and many are still relevant now. The one remaining theme is that the bridge was controversial at the time it was being built in 1913 and still in 1993 where the book ends. I really liked the descriptive writing and you definitely feel transported to the time periods. I spent some time googling to look into the many stories about the Colorado Street Bridge, which was considered ahead of its time with the unique design. I loved both Nick and Royo and it was fun to follow their adventures. I really enjoyed this book and definitely was engaged in the story.

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