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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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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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  • Alysia
  • Redondo Beach, CA, United States
  • 12-29-14

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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  • DD
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WOW!

Bernice McFadden is an excellent story teller. Her characters are intertwined in astonishing ways!

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Holds your attention

I enjoyed the sequel. The book picks up where the first left off and completes the story. I love the title and I have a great respect for our black people who survived that time. The weaving of the story, the many relationships. Resolution in life forgiveness and God's vengeance is always timely. Some much bitterness but so much strength. I respect this novel.

The performance by the narrator was amazing. She has a great voice and moved with each character where you focus on the story. The entire time you are sitting on the edge of your seat taking it all in....I enjoyed it all

Great writing!

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I loved it!

It's a dark book but very interesting. It keeps your attention. I hope there is a follow up.

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excellent

loved it. excellent narrator. Bernie is superb author ! ! ! ! ! ! !

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Sweet Adeline

a good read if you like old kills Loretta Taylor very good performance in this book

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Masterful!

Such an enthralling story. The imagery and atmosphere of the story blends so much black southern lore that it took me back to my childhood and so many stories I heard growing up.

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Good Story

I Will have to read Sugar having not read sugar makes me wonder how sugar was raised by the three sisters whores

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Disappointing

The story was way too graphic. The book was filled with sadness and killing. This is not what I expected at all for the second book.

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