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This Bitter Earth: The Story of Sugar Lacey | [Bernice McFadden]

This Bitter Earth: The Story of Sugar Lacey

Recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award and a national best-selling author, Bernice L. McFadden returns with her sequel to Sugar. Sugar Lacey comes back home to a past she hoped to forget. She must face many obstacles and deal with secret truths about her family. This Bitter Earth is a striking novel about strength and victory.
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Recipient of the Zora Neale Hurston Society Award and a national best-selling author, Bernice L. McFadden returns with her sequel to Sugar. Sugar Lacey comes back home to a past she hoped to forget. She must face many obstacles and deal with secret truths about her family. This Bitter Earth is a striking novel about strength and victory.

©2002 Bernice L. McFadden (P)2003 Recorded Books. LLC

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    Taprn 10-07-10
    Taprn 10-07-10 Member Since 2012
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    "Excellent"

    I thought the narrator did a wonderful job in telling the story. I enjoyed how she changed her voice to emphasized each character's reaction and emotion, it made the storyline very easy to follow. I love how the author picked right off where the previous story ( Sugar) ended and how the pieces, characters and secrets fell into place. This was a very enjoyable listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-29-14
    Alysia Redondo Beach, CA, United States 12-29-14 Member Since 2013

    Just another girl with too many books and not enough time for them all.

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    "Kinda heavy"

    I purchased this audiobook from Audible.com to complete the Sugar Lacey series. I read and reviewed the first book "Sugar" for Mocha Girls Read book club last year. (Review)
    The first book centered around Sugar Lacey and her unexpected arrival in the small sleepy town of Bigelow, Arkansas. Now Sugar is not liked by the other women in town. The men like that about her and the women can't stop talking about her and her "ways". Book one ends with Sugar leaving the town and the towns people to gossip and pick up the pieces of the devastation, hurt, and accusations she left behind.
    Book two starts with Sugar making her way back to her childhood home of Short Junction and the women who helped raise her. Sugar has been through some over the top violence and pain both physical and emotion. I love that Sugar is a strong woman and regardless of her past has the fortitude to take care of someone else. I love that about her. Without giving anything away, Sugar and most of the characters from book 1 are developed a bit more and have interesting back stories that Bernice McFadden wrote completely whole. (Hope that makes sense). I liked that about this book. But the one thing I have to say that is not positive about this book would be the amount of violence done to the characters. It honestly felt like someone died every single chapter for the first ten chapters. Needless to say there is a heavy darkness that hangs over the whole book. This series starts with a violent act in book one and ends with one at the end of book two.
    LORD! I felt like I needed to come up for air after reading the first ten chapters. It was just soo much.
    I don't know if that makes it a good book, or Bernice McFadden is a bad or good writer. I don't know if that makes this a must read. But if you read book one, and you want to find out what happened to Sugar then pick it up. Just read a light-hearted book next so you won't slit your wrist.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 01-28-15 Member Since 2014
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    "A must read!"

    I could not stop listening to the story. Great character development most interesting plot and very colorful descriptions of people and environment. Most entertaining, I highly recommend "This Bitter Earth"

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    Johneshia New Castle, DE, United States 01-16-15
    Johneshia New Castle, DE, United States 01-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Darn good book!"

    It wasn't what expected however it was a great surprise! I love how complex the character's where. I also loved how they all tied together to make the story unfold....I really liked the end and wish it continued.....

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    Claudette Sherwood New Castle DE. 09-17-13
    Claudette Sherwood New Castle DE. 09-17-13 Member Since 2014

    Claudette Sherwood

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    "I needed more facts to the story"
    What made the experience of listening to This Bitter Earth the most enjoyable?



    The story was interesting.
    However I wanted to know how Jude got involved with Lappy.How did Sho Nuff Clayton
    .come to an end ? Where did Bertie May go after turning her child over to Sarah and her sisters May and Ruby ?

    Did the unusual connection between Mercy and J.J have anthing to do with his attraction to Beth Ann ?
    Why was there a slap in the face given to Sugar by Shirley ? What was said between
    them ?

    Will there be a sequel ? All in all, I loved the story of Sugar Lacey. Good book . Good narration by Ms. Myra Lucretia Taylor


    What other book might you compare This Bitter Earth to and why?

    "Life Is Short But Wide" by Ms.J California Cooper


    Have you listened to any of Myra Lucretia Taylor’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No


    If you could take any character from This Bitter Earth out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Pearl . Because she brought it all together


    Any additional comments?

    More , More , More

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    La 07-23-13
    La 07-23-13
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    What would have made This Bitter Earth better?

    Could not keep track of who what when or there.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Bernice McFadden again?

    no, only readable


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    narrator was ok


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from This Bitter Earth?

    not sure


    Any additional comments?

    this is not a book that you listen to better read

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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