Bittersweet

  • by Nevada Barr
  • Narrated by Linda Stephens
  • 16 hrs and 17 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

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.

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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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A Perfect Title for a Lovely Book

As with all of Nevada Barr's work, she creates a world that one wants to live in for as long as possible. I've been a fan or her Anna Pigeon series for a long time and approached this book with a little trepidation, knowing that the format and style would be completely different. My concern was unwarranted. This is one of the loveliest books I've ever read. Indeed, there is discomfort and unpleasantness, but her characters are so believeable that you push through the pain to find redemption. These characters will live in my memory for a long time.
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- Louella Blankenship

I'm sad....I miss them....

I was absolutely enthralled by this book and loved the characters - I miss them and just finished the book. I understand a lot of the information was actually taken from women's diaries of this time period - it makes me sad to realize how women have been treated throughout history. I highly recommend this book to anyone that wants a good story and a peak into history. I gave it only 4 stars because I did feel it was a little drawn out at times - droned on and on in some areas that there was no need - and some of the facts were a little off. Other than that I highly recommend - ENJOY!
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- Sherry L. Wright

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-29-2004
  • Publisher: Recorded Books