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( Download Epub ) ⛈ Bitter Sweet ô A touching novel about first loves and second chances from the author who knows how to tug at readers heartstrings Publishers Weekly This was a sweet romance that is all about Maggie s what if guy her first love Nothing can be that simple though The story made complex by his marriage, her disfunctional relationship with her mother, and her daughter s growing disapproval of all the changes Maggie is making.My main problem with this story is the non chalance stance of adultery The characters give it minimal thought, justifying it with their history, and the existing discord in the marriage My feeling is that if the marr This was a sweet romance that is all about Maggie s what if guy her first love Nothing can be that simple though The story made complex by his marriage, her disfunctional relationship with her mother, and her daughter s growing disapproval of all the changes Maggie is making.My main problem with this story is the non chalance stance of adultery The characters give it minimal thought, justifying it with their history, and the existing discord in the marriage My feeling is that if the marriage was that bad, there should have been a separation Then it may have been technically still been an affair since there was no divorce, but it wasn t actively cheating on a spouse.Overall, this was a good beach read for someone looking for a simple love story 3.75 starsI don t know why I still have the feeling I already read this one It was a bit predictable and will have some trigger factors for some, which did not really bother me I did enjoy it.Her mother is a total.Some eye rolling moments where you know where things are going but, other than that, an enjoyable enough read In all my being is no ripple of unrestFor I have opened unto youThe wide gates of my beingAnd like a tide you have flowed into me I have read other books by this autho 3.75 starsI don t know why I still have the feeling I already read this one It was a bit predictable and will have some trigger factors for some, which did not really bother me I did enjoy it.Her mother is a total.Some eye rolling moments where you know where things are going but, other than that, an enjoyable enough read In all my being is no ripple of unrestFor I have opened unto youThe wide gates of my beingAnd like a tide you have flowed into me I have read other books by this author and have quite enjoyed them so I will definitely read someby her.I loved the Dad I was really excited when I started this book because I love the writing style So why the 2 stars Because this book was actually just a short summary of the plot Some major things happen in this book Things that should bring every emotion from a reader But instead of diving into what was happening to the main character and how she was feeling about these life changing events, we just got a bunch of one month later, three months later, six months later, nine months later I felt robb I was really excited when I started this book because I love the writing style So why the 2 stars Because this book was actually just a short summary of the plot Some major things happen in this book Things that should bring every emotion from a reader But instead of diving into what was happening to the main character and how she was feeling about these life changing events, we just got a bunch of one month later, three months later, six months later, nine months later I felt robbed 4 stars A lot of sadness and separation during this book, but it was offset with such tremendous love.I wasn t crying, but it was close The way they felt for each other consumed me I was so into this book I was yearning for them to be together and they had all these obstacles Finally they get their happy ending together It s about a powerful love The main characters are 40 ish.Caution, some readers will not like this because it s a sympathetic look at adultery Maggie tried to avoid any 4 stars A lot of sadness and separation during this book, but it was offset with such tremendous love.I wasn t crying, but it was close The way they felt for each other consumed me I was so into this book I was yearning for them to be together and they had all these obstacles Finally they get their happy ending together It s about a powerful love The main characters are 40 ish.Caution, some readers will not like this because it s a sympathetic look at adultery Maggie tried to avoid any connection Eric tried to be faithful He wanted to be faithful, but he married the wrong woman There is also a brief scene of spousal rape.It s about forbidden love It s also about people making changes in their lives to find happiness for different reasons I love books about people make changes.Vera the bitter unloving mean mother hit home I know people like that or who have damaged relationships due to her type of personality Nancy the lying selfish amazingly beautiful model type She wouldn t give Eric a divorce She did everything she could to keep him, even though he didn t love her The story was good because of the depth of characters like these It made the story rich Not enough of that is done by many current day authors.Do I have complaints Yes in spoilers view spoiler My main complaint was that after Eric left his wife, he should have told Maggie that he was separated and that he was hurrying the divorce as quickly as possible But he didn t call or contact her in any way for six months The result was she thought she was alone forever and she put up her home for sale She planned to move away His reason was that he promised his mother he wouldn t talk to Maggie until he had his divorce That was a stupid promise I m sure his mother would have allowed him to at least inform Maggie of his plans before Maggie arranged to move or at least have his mother inform Maggie what he was doing The book was full of well done conflict It didn t need this contrived conflict at the end.A minor complaint Having children was the most important thing in Eric s life So the first time he sees and holds his baby, he takes the baby and Maggie for a ride in his truck He had no car seat for the baby A risk Car seats for babies were mandatory when this was written His action did not fit his motivations He took time to decorate the truck with flowers for Maggie He should have included a car seat It s not like he was giving them a ride unexpectedly I m overdoing it, I know, but some things just get stuck in my craw hide spoiler Occasionally I felt there was a bit too much time describing things But that was minor.DATA Narrative mode 3rd person Book length 460 pages Swearing language moderate to strong, including religious swear words but rarely used Sexual language mild Number of sex scenes about 8 Setting around 1988 1989 mostly Door county, Wisconsin with a little Seattle, Washington Copyright 1990 Genre contemporary romance, divorce