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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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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.

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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.

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Wow, Wow, wooow

Such a great story and follow-up sequel to Sugar. I was completely satisfied. It was gripping and had me hanging onto every word and the edge of my seat.

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Loved this narrator.

The narrator's range of character expressions were excellent. The narrator's rendering of each character actually helped me 'see' each character more vividly.

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Good Sequel to Original Book Sugar

The book was good and moved at a good pace. However it does not leave you wanting for more like the original book Sugar. the ending is as expected and should truly remain an ending as there is nothing more required of this strong and captivating story.

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Amazing from beginning to end!

I did not want this story to end, the Author & Narrator truly did an awesome job! Both books were great, words can’t describe how much I enjoyed this series

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Good story

enjoyed this book. moved a little slow only because you want it to hurry to what is going to happen next.

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couldn't stop listening until the end

i wish there had been a epilogue with Sygar, Jude, Peril, Joe, Seth,JJ and Merci

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This is a 5 star read. I am sorry I came to the end of the story. The author got this right💟

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such a engaging sequel to sugar

Loved every minute....Bernice L Macfadden is one of my new favorite authors!..she gives such great detail of every character and helps the reader easily see how their stories intertwine