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Bitter Sweet
     

Bitter Sweet

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by LaVyrle Spencer
 

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This engaging, up-to-the-minute romance of high school sweethearts reunited will gratify fans . The untimely death of her husband leaves Maggie Pearson wealthy but emotionally bereft. Two decades after she has left home, Maggie returns to Wisconsin to fortify her spirits and decides to open a bed-and-breakfast despite dire warnings from her tight-lipped mother and the

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This engaging, up-to-the-minute romance of high school sweethearts reunited will gratify fans . The untimely death of her husband leaves Maggie Pearson wealthy but emotionally bereft. Two decades after she has left home, Maggie returns to Wisconsin to fortify her spirits and decides to open a bed-and-breakfast despite dire warnings from her tight-lipped mother and the hurt fury of her college-age daughter. Her first love, Eric Severson, is also back in town, running a family-owned charter fishing boat to the great displeasure of his beautiful, ambitious wife. As Eric and his spouse battle over whether to sidetrack her career in favor of a baby, he and Maggie drift together. Their illicit affair is as sweet as puppy love but fraught with predictable consequences; the disapproval they face adds a sharp and welcome tang. Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club alternates.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940012665393
Publisher:
The Axelrod Agency
Publication date:
04/01/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
91,547
File size:
530 KB

Meet the Author

LaVyrle Spencer was born in Minnesota, where she attended high school and met and married her high school sweetheart, Dan Spencer — a decision she calls the wisest choice of her life.
Although she showed a flair for writing during high school, LaVyrle didn't begin her first novel until she was in her thirties, working as a teacher's aide at Osseo Junior High School. Spencer decided to try transferring to paper a recurring dream she was having about a story based on her grandmother's lifestyle on a Minnesota farm. She awoke at 4:00 a.m. one morning, and as Spencer recalls, "you think that you can do anything at 4:00 a.m. I wrote the first half a page in a three-ring notebook with a ball-point pen." She finished that first novel, The Fulfillment, and it was published in 1979.
LaVyrle Spencer could be a character in one of her own bestselling novels, as she has experienced as much love, pain, and bliss as any of her characters. And like her heroines she is a charming mix of fire and warmth, strength, savvy and soft-heartedness. Her books are family love stories, and the characters in her novels aren't perfect, they are real people with real problems. Before they live happily ever after they must overcome some sort of adversity — pregnancy, divorce, a lengthy separation, the loss of a loved one — and then undergo a catharsis. Along the way there are moments of anger, happiness and self- revelation. The stories center on themes of abiding love, family ties and strength in difficult times. According to Spencer, "the trademark of my books is mending relationships, showing people how to mend relationships."
Whether set in the Old West of the 1880s, or today, in suburban Minnesota, opening a Spencer novel means seeing love in a new light, and meeting characters so real it's all you can do not to climb into the pages yourself.
LaVyrle and Dan Spencer live in a beautiful Victorian house in Stillwater, Minnesota, and the Spencers often escape to their rustic log cabin deep in the Minnesota woods. LaVyrle's hobbies include gardening, travel, gourmet cooking, entertaining, playing bass guitar and the electronic piano, photography, and observing nature.

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Bitter Sweet 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 47 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my fav books. Lost my hard copy so I'm buying the e book. Can't lose that. Hope it stands up to it because I'll be terribly disappointed if its not the same exact book. .. ill update my review after I read this version
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am very frustrated with the e-version of LaVyrle Spencer books, books which I have read and re-read over the years. My electronic copies are filled with errors/typos/grammerical errors. I feel cheated, paying as much as I have paid for paper formatted versions, but getting poorly editted e-versions, with no recourse.
readeradvocate More than 1 year ago
I admit that the first 75 pages or so were a bit slow but watch out - I could not put this book down. Every available min. that I would get, I would bring out my book. I would be sitting up in my bed at night with the light off, as to not disturb my husband, and I would put on a little clip light just so I could continue the book. You won't be dissapointed.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I first read this book when I was 13 because it was set near my hometown. I thought the book was really good then, but as I grew up, I realized what garbage was heaped on the character of Nancy in this book to make adultery seem OK. I no longer enjoy this title because of the homewrecking that is condoned and glorified in this book. Interesting how my reaction changed over 15 years!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Having read this numerous times, I bought the e-book to read again. Being from the NE Wisconsin area, I just love the story. However, you cannot see the sunset in Bailey's Harbor, and in a car it takes approximately 45 minutes to drive to Fish Creek from Brussels. It may take three hours, if you are riding a bike. Now that I live in the Pacific Northwest, I can tell you that the weather in August and September is beautiful. Being that the book is fiction, I try to overlook the errors in research. As for the story, I don't understand the sympathy for Nancy. She is shallow, a habitual cheater, and she aborted her husband's baby without his knowledge. Maggie tried to make the best out of a tragic situation. She was flawed, but she also cared about others. Eric was also flawed, and he married Nancy knowing what she was like. He could have handled things differently, after figuring out he wasn't happy with his marriage. That being said; this book is a well written piece of fiction from one of my favorite authors.
JenAtFavoritereads More than 1 year ago
After 20+ years, Bitter Sweet by LaVyrle Spencer is still one of my most favorite reads! http://afewofmyfavoritereads.com/bitter-sweet-by-lavyrle-spencer/
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To bad she no longer writes. What a talent.. Wasted....
nsrn More than 1 year ago
I read Ms. Spencer's books in the late 80's and early 90's and recently began at the top of the list and am working my way down again. Loving every minute of it. When it comes to romance with great plot lines, no one does it better than LaVyrle....and I do mean NO ONE!!!
lorrib More than 1 year ago
i also liked this book much better when i was younger. then i had more sympathy for Eric, but with maturity i see him as a selfish jerk who was too cheap to buy the wife he supposedly loved a garage door opener! Eric and Nancy are portrayed as fairly financially stable--so why do they live so cheap? I have more sympathy for Nancy with each reading. The whole dual pregnancy is pretty far-fetched too. It's way easier to be pregnant and pretend to your husband you arent than vice versa I would think. And Maggie, a health and marriage instructor, and a woman who I believe was supposed to have experienced early pregnancy several times, mistaking it for menopause at only 40--come on. Maggie"s husband is such a stick figure he has no reality.  Maggie's parents were stereotypes but we loved her father' and loved to hate her mother.
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I was terribly disappointed in the quality of the publishing of this story. It is a wonderful piece of easy-reading.....very nostalgic and engrossing. But on almost every page I found typographical errors that eventually interfered with the beauty of the storyline. I don't know how stories are transcribed to electronic format, but this one was not done well.
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