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Bittersweet Audiobook

Bittersweet

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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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    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 07-29-05
    Shelley 07-29-05
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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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    A. Sanchez USA 10-09-04
    A. Sanchez USA 10-09-04 Member Since 2002

    Shepherd

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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.

    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Leslie Grey McCawley 03-08-11 Member Since 2013
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    "19th c Women's history - painful, worthwhile read"

    I admire Nevada Barr for her courage in writing a novel like this, but do wonder who the intended audience was. I would think that it is not graphic, passionate or erotic enough to appeal to lesbians, and is probably cringe-inducing for many (if not most) straight women. The historical context is very interesting and disturbing: the lack of basic legal rights for women, the medical ignorance, and the sheer prejudice against lone women much less lesbians. I found it harrowing and hard going, and had to space it out over months, as I got too upset. The ending was oddly abrupt but I was still relieved it was finally over! The narration was good. I prefer the author???s usual genre over this work but am glad I listened to it as it has piqued my interest in women???s history in the settling of the American West.

    2 of 3 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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    Lisa Knoxville, TN, USA 10-05-04
    Lisa Knoxville, TN, USA 10-05-04 Member Since 2004
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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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    Margaret 06-06-15
    Margaret 06-06-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Such a sad book."

    This is a very sad book. Cried as much as I did w/ The Well of Loneliness. To see the hardships that two women had to endure to live together in 1879. I t broke my heart. Maybe everyone should read it or listen to it in order to appreciate the way things are today.

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    Sharon 11-23-14
    Sharon 11-23-14
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    "Not up to Nevada Barr's regular standards"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    Make it more interesting


    Would you recommend Bittersweet to your friends? Why or why not?

    Not really. It was a little boring. Not what I am used to with Navada Barr.


    Did Linda Stephens do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    Pretty much.


    What would have made this romance irresistible?

    Not into lesbian romance.


    Any additional comments?

    Although I listened to the whole thing, The last chapter was the best.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    maida smith Sandy Ut 05-06-13
    maida smith Sandy Ut 05-06-13 Member Since 2016

    Maida

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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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