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Bittersweet | [Nevada Barr]

Bittersweet

Best-selling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West.
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Publisher's Summary

Best-selling author Nevada Barr delights contemporary mystery fans with novels like Deep South and Blood Lure. In Bittersweet, she departs the mystery genre for a touching story of hardship, perseverance, and love in the old West.

When strong-willed schoolteacher Imogene Grelznik is forced from Philadelphia by scandal, the only position she can find is in rural Pennsylvania. There she meets Sarah, a beautiful young student whose bright light of potential is on the verge of being extinguished by her father's arrangement to marry her off to an abusive, unfeeling man. Branded as lovers, Imogene and Sarah must flee to Nevada amidst suspicion and accusation. In a place of utter desolation, the two women struggle to love and care for each other as they seek freedom from prejudice and intolerance.

Bittersweet showcases Nevada Barr's powerful storytelling and strong, compassionate characters. Linda Stephens' heartfelt narration captures all the emotional depth of a story featuring life at its harshest, and at its most beautiful.

© Nevada Barr; (P)Recorded Books

What the Critics Say

"Barr has drawn on women's diaries from the Old West to bring detail to this unusual romance. The result is an intriguing story, sensitive and authentic-sounding, and far different from what is usually considered a Western novel." (The Miami Herald)
"The novel...is tender and gentle in its exploration of commitment between two women, especially in days when females were expected to live out their narrow lives doing exhausting work and obeying their husbands." (St. Paul Pioneer Press Dispatch)
"A solid, unabashed piece of writing that glows with authenticity." (Minneapolis Star Tribune)

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    Amazon Customer 01-21-07 Member Since 2006

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    "Bittersweet indeed"

    I really enjoyed this book by, Nevada Barr. “Bittersweet”, is told with such vivid, and rich texture. The reader is transported back to a time when being a woman was not all that pleasant. However sad, and heartbreaking, the story may be, the love between Imogene and Sara is so powerful and real, the listener can not help but be pulled into the love. I strongly recommend this book. You will be richly rewarded with memories of strength, and love that can not be denied.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Judy Marshfield, WI, USA 07-14-06
    Judy Marshfield, WI, USA 07-14-06
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    "Bittersweet"

    I wasn't sure about this one, but it was one of the best I've listened to!! Not a fan of westerns either, but this was great! Highly recommended!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley Dallas, TX, USA 07-29-05
    Shelley Dallas, TX, USA 07-29-05 Member Since 2004
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    "Ms. Barr's best writing yet"

    As a Nevada Barr fan, I expected the book to be good, but I was pleasantly surprised at how engrossing and touching it was. It gives you an intimate view of what life was like for women in the old west, and a touching view of the price being different must have carried in that era. Ms. Barr's best writing yet.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Baton Rouge, LA, USA 12-18-04
    Karen Baton Rouge, LA, USA 12-18-04
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    "Bittersweet"

    While richly written with vivid characters, this is one of the most depressing books I've ever read.

    7 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Delaware, OH, USA 07-07-05
    Jan Delaware, OH, USA 07-07-05
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    "Wonderfully Written!"

    Nevada Barr's ability to describe the scenery as well as the womens thoughts and feelings are impecable! Although I still "want more" I can also find an ending that is acceptable in my own mind. Great book!

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    A. Sanchez USA 10-09-04
    A. Sanchez USA 10-09-04 Member Since 2002

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    "Couldn't stop listening"

    This was a wonderful love story that clearly showed how powerless women could be and how terrible it was if a woman married men that saw women as property. The characters were well developed. It is a book that will need to be listened to many times to fully appreciate the author's art in writing.

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    Lisa Knoxville, TN, USA 10-05-04
    Lisa Knoxville, TN, USA 10-05-04 Member Since 2003
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    "Truly Bittersweet"

    This book was hard to get into at the beginning. But, about half way through it picked up. I didn't particularly like the ending, but I found that the book haunted me. I actually missed the characters when I had finished the book. I wanted to know more about them and continue with the story. The author seemed to spend too much time telling stories that didn't relate to the overall idea of the book. The author was able to make me feel for and care about the characters. Even though I thought she took too much time telling the story. I would recommend it.

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    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 05-06-13
    Maida Sandy, UT, United States 05-06-13 Member Since 2008

    I am a life long student. I love to study and learn and I enjoy factual books but also well research novels. At age 75 I have read lots.

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    "A modern issue in Olden times"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The teacher who had so much to deal with in her life and lived it so true to herself


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I loved the change they made when the farm hand died


    Any additional comments?

    this book is so heartwarming because these characters were able to overcome so much and I loved all the descriptions of the Stage Coach Stop. It held my total focus and it covered a vast array of characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12
    Tammy Millet, Alberta, Canada 02-02-12 Member Since 2005

    Wife, mom of one amazing son, and I have the second best job in the world, working in a bookstore :)

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    "Tug at the heart strings"
    If you could sum up Bittersweet in three words, what would they be?

    unexpected, thought provoking, and heart warming


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Bittersweet?

    The first hint of mutual attraction between Imogene and Sarah


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When they moved away.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I got teary eyed a few times.


    Any additional comments?

    It is hard to imagine the difficulties people went through before acceptance has become the norm.

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    Josie Lindenow South, Australia 10-11-11
    Josie Lindenow South, Australia 10-11-11 Member Since 2009
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    "Imagine my surprise!"

    A delightful surprise to find the story of two women and their loving relationship set in the wild west in the 1870's. Lots of twists and turns, unexpected directions, and had me completely engrossed from start to finish. Obviously the author had done her homework well - history records many such relationships after the Civil War, and she has brought the characters to life beautifully. Equally brought to life by Linda Stephens reading the book, warm and characterfilled. What a pity there arent more like this!

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    "Bitter more than sweet"

    The description of the world really sucks you in. The details of the world the characters inhabit become very real, with some truly excellent description. The feeling of women being of less value than a good horse, and are mere child bearing devises to be used and discarded as pleased by the ?men folk? is palpable.

    Where the book fails however is in the description of the relationship of the two principles. You never really get to understand why they are so drawn to each other; other than they just are... it seems so much time is taken with the description of mundane items such as the daily chores that no time is left to actually get under the nails of the relationship the two women share.

    The great thing about the mystery thrillers she writes are in those the stories are driven by the detail of the environment without focusing too much on the individuals ? here however the story should be about the individuals and less so on the environments

    The book definitely dwells more on the bitter than the sweet and not one for people looking for an uplifting story

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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