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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 8, 2002

    Great!!

    This was the first romance novel that I ever read. I usually read horror or subspence books, and I didnt really think that I would enjoy such books, but I was wrong! This was one of the most interesting books that I have ever read! Once I picked this book up I couldn't put it down. I loved how Teddy was able to keep up with her career, in dispite of her having a two year old son, with a dead-beat-dad, and of the fact that she was able to move on with her life after what Adrian put her through. Teddys story was an example of what some black females have to put up with during there lives, when it come to men. She was a stong woman who was able to move on with her life, for the sake of her and her child. I would recomend this book to all black females, young or old.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 27, 2000

    Bittersweet Love

    Whether she is writing about an alien lifeform in Out of the Blue or giving history about African American life on a Montana ranch in For Keeps, Janice Sims manages to bring an excitement to romance with non-traditional twists. She has done it again, managing to capture our hearts in Ballycastle, Ireland. Theodora (Teddy) Riley, freelance journalist, is counting on obtaining an interview with bestselling novelist, Joachim West. His last book won the National Book Award, but he refuses interviews, despising the press after the way his young wife's memory was tarnished during her funeral. His best friend, Conal Ryan, an Irishman, has offered his home as a retreat so that Joachim can jumpstart his writing. The last thing he expects is to come across the beautiful, alluring, Teddy. All Teddy wanted to do was convince the reclusive Mr. West to give her an interview because she was promised a permanent position with the magazine if she pulls off this coup. It appears her ex-husband, Adrian, wants to fight her for custody of their 2-year-old son, Alex, though he walked out on them. His broadcast career was top priority, and an unexpected child didn't fit into his game plans. Now here he is on Teddy's doorstep sparking a hostile reaction from her. A mugging after she arrives in Ballycastle brings about a series of events, and Joachim ends up as Teddy's protector. Because they are the only two African Americans in town, everyone assumes they're husband and wife. What a mess, but Joachim decides to keep up the charade because of the connection he feels with Teddy. This is a well-written story with a picturesque view of the countryside of Ireland, with colorful characters there and back at home in San Francisco. Miss Sims also captured the historical background of Carmel-By-the-Sea. I can't wait to see what angle this author comes up with next.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2000

    Sims is masterful . . . again!

    What a wonderful novel! I have enjoyed other romance novels by Ms. Sims, but this, in my view, is one of her very best! In A Bittersweet Love, Ms. Sims does some things that other romance authors fail to do. She permits her characters to develop individually before they meet. What a concept! Then to add intelligence to masterful writing, Ms. Sims incorporates other sub-story lines that are all too often absent from the run-of-the-mill romance novel. Her characters were developed as 'whole people' long before they encountered each other. More important in my mind, her characters weren't neurotic or emotionally handicapped; they said what they felt and dealt with each other as typical adults would. That's such a wonder change for this genre. Also, with romance novels we readers know what to expect . . . that all will end well with the main two characters so that the mystery of romance is always absent. We already know how the book is going to end, but in the case of Bittersweet, Ms. Sims intrigues us with divergent sub-characters that we were still guessing about until the very end of the story. That was a very refreshing change as well. These factors made her book much more interesting, entertaining and enjoyable. I hope that more of this style of story line -- characters without exaggerated neuroses -- will be forethcoming from other romance genre authors.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2000

    Excellent !!

    A Bittersweet Love was a very good book. I loved Teddy. She was married to Adrian (a selfish man who she thought loved her). When Teddy gets pregnant and tells Adrian, his response is abort it. (I was thinking, this guy is crazy). His own mother didn't understand what happened to him. She raised all of her children to have compassion. Teddy wouldn't have the abortion and Adrian divorced her. That was the best thing that ever could have happened to her. Teddy is a photojournalist and is assigned to interview the handsome Joachim West. He is a fiction writer and is in Northern Ireland writing his next book. Teddy and Joachim meet in unexpected circumstances in Northern Ireland and fell in love. I loved Joachim. He was so understanding, but had nightmares about the death of his wife Suzanne. This was an excellent story, if you haven't picked up this book, please do so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 8, 2000

    WONDERFUL

    I eagerly awaited getting the book in my hands. And found nothing but joy from the moment I started reading. A warm sensitive fine black man in Ireland. A determined beautiful single mom trying to do the right thing. With the bone, the muscle, the gristle and heart of the story all present, the characters were well drawn and made me care. It is no secret that Janice Sims always gives you her best, and this time around she gives you all that and more. The situations were real, the dialect perfect, the settings wonderful and storyline, heartfelt. Effortless and flowing, A Bittersweet Love was a wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2000

    A Love Destined To Happen!

    I have read all of the books ever written by Janice Sims. Each novel has its own unique storyline like this one about Ballycastle, Ireland. At first when I began reading this story, it was a slow read but I soon became aware as to why. The author has to allow the reader to visualize the country of Ireland and its cultural unique ways. So for me it was like taking a history class about Ireland. I enjoyed the characters who made this such an enjoyable book, Joachim, his friend Conal, housekeeper Kathleen, Teddy (Theodora), Teddy's father, son Alex and of course even the ex-husband Adrian. Together they weave an excellent story about love lost to death, love not appreciated, sacrifices one makes for the love of a son and the spark of two people both needing love from one another. Ms Sims, captures all of this in Teddy and Joachim's love story. As you take your time reading this story, you will feel the spirit of Ireland, San Francisco and Carmel-By-The-Sea along with Joachim finally letting go of his love lost to Teddy's finally finding someone to love her as she deserves. Thanks Janice, for once again giving us your creative insight for a story that makes its beginning in the heart of Ballycastle, Ireland. **Some of my other favorite Janice Sims books are: For Keeps, Out of the Blue (her science-fiction one!), Affair of the Heart and All The Right Reasons.**

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2000

    Bittersweet Love

    Engaged in a bitter custody battle over her young son, freelance photojournalist Teddy Riley needs to establish her career in a hurry. So, when she gets a chance to join the staff of a prestigious magazine, she jumps at the opportunity--even if the only way she can get the position is to secure an interview with reclusive, successful author Joachim West. She never expects that a freak accident will lead to her being mistaken for his wife, or that his gentle sensual persistence will challenge her to open up her heart. Looking for a refuge from the pressures of newfound success, Joachim has retreated to a remote Irish village to finish his book in peace. When Teddy is discovered unconscious on his doorstep, he lets everyone in the small Catholic town believe she is his wife--so she can have a place to recover without raising eyebrows, and in the hopes that her unexpected presence will inspire him past a major case of writer's block. But every day, he and Teddy are fueling the flames of an irresistable passion...and of Teddy's fears about getting involved. Only if he can convince her to trust in him can they find a future together--one filled with a joyful, healing love.

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