Sweet Water

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited sixty acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town ...

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Overview

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited sixty acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up—and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.

From the moment she arrives in Sweetwater, Cassie is overwhelmed by the indelible mark her mother's memory left behind. As she delves into the thicket of mystery that surrounds her mother's death, Cassie begins to discover the desperate measures of which the human heart is capable.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062361004
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 7/1/2014
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 59,203
  • Product dimensions: 5.31 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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  • Posted October 14, 2011

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    good read

    Twenty seven year old Cassandra Simon is lost. Her life in NYC is mundane at best. Both her professional and personsal lives are lacking. Cassie isn't sure what is lacking. So when an unexpected bequest from Amory Clyde, she decides to go to Sweet Water TN. Her father warns her that she may not find what she's looking for. Her friend Drew cautions, "Sometimes we are running from something or we are running towards something." For Cassie the truth may be both.

    Haunted by the death of her mother 24 years, she is running from the unspoken grief that she and her father shares and toward answers to the questions she desperately needs. Her Grandmother, Constance Clyde is afraid of those answers too. Clyde is beyond forgiveness. She just wants to forget. Betrayal, revenge, and guilt are best forgotten. Clyde understands why Cassie is coming back after all of these years, but she can't allow her to find out her secret - she is responsible for her daughter's death. Amory knew Cassie would come to claim the family's old homestead and the land. But she searched the house and the land. Even her Aunts and Uncles are wary of Carrie.Why is she coming after all this time? As Cassie settles in the old house, her grandmother becomes distant and hostile, especially when her grand-daughter discovers Bryce Davies. And Cassie wonders could one grandparent be responsible for his daughter's death, while the other murdered her best friend? Could Mae be right? Sometimes family secrets are best left buried.

    Christina Baker Kline weaves together a fine Southern family saga and mystery by alternating Cassie and Clyde as narrators. Both are very strong characters and their telling of their own stories adds suspense to the novel. Readers will need to suspend belief of a subplot concerning one of Cassie's cousins though. I had to scratch my head on that one and looked at my cat saying, "Huh? Really? She went there? Other than that SWEET WATER is a good read.

    25 out of 41 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 24, 2014

    Worth reading.

    Very enjoyable. Didn't want to put it down and wished it didn't have to end.

    20 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2014

    Almost 300 pages

    This almost 300 page book was very dusjointed. It jumped from person to person and different time frames wuthout any transitions or letting reader know a change had been made. I became bored very soon after starting this book and after page 83, I began to skip pages and scan, hoping to catch a glimpse of something interesting. I didn't. There were two pluses to this book, it was well edited and had a conclusion. I paid $1.99 for this book as a special offer. The five real reviews were positive ones, three others were gamers. I was looking forward to a cozy read, what I got was a strange one. This was a pretty clean read. There was only a little bit of mildly detailed sex. Some moderate violence and a ho-hum mystery. I did not like any of the characters. The heroine seemed a little slutty. There was no cursing, religion, not much in the way of romance or suspense, not all sub plots were concluded. This books covers four generations of family, if including the great grand child. The matriarch is nuttier than a March hare. For ages 16 and up.

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    18 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    A good read!

    This was a good read, but after reading the Orphan Train which was exceptional, I was a little disappointed. I still enjoyed it.

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 15, 2014

    Great read!

    This book was difficult for me to put down! I highly recommend it!

    11 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Terrible

    This was a terrible book. It was disjointed, jumping from past to present and the past story never really told who was narrating so it was unclear who it was about until almost the end. The story itself made little sense, and the ending left absolutely no resolution. Its as if the author got tired and just quit writing in the middle of a chapter. Would not recommend this at all. Thank goodness it was free or i would be highly ticked off that i had wasted money on this junk.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 2, 2014

    Very good read

    I enjoyed this book very much!

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2014

    Good

    I enjoyed this story. It was told by two people, one present, one from past. The two tellings collided. It was touching and confusing, exactly like life. The story unfolded and had an ending that was different than expected. I look forward to reading more by this author.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Oo

    I enjoyed except I thought it ended rather abruptly with too many questions unanswered...like why Troy and Cassandra looked so much alike if he was adopted.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 4, 2014

    Enjoyable

    I enjoyed reading this. It had it's good points.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 5, 2014

    Excellent...didn't want it to end. (bw)

    Loved Clyde, Cassie and Troy. Kline made me really care about all of the characters and their stories, but especially these three.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 2, 2014

    Boring

    This just didn't move fast and the characters didn't get my interest. Every time I put it down and went back to it, I couldn't remember what was happening.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 26, 2014

    Abrupt Ending

    Good book, but it just ends. No ending to it. I kept looking to see if I was missing pages. It leaves you hanging.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2014

    Recommend jmm44

    I don't understand why the negative reviews-----I thought the going back & forth between the grandmother & granddaughter to be very effective!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2014

    A good read!

    For a free book, this was a great read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    Whitewater

    Whitewater padded in. "can I join?" She asked.

    Whitewater was a black cat with a white muzzle and white paws. Personality:She's always peppy and loves to race the waves. Crush:still looking. Kitten:see crush

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2014

    Water Kingdom map

    We live on an island surrounded by a lake. There is plenty of fish, and there are deer that come to drink our water. <p> Res 1, here. <br> Res 2, camp/meeting place. It is at the center of the island. A large, water softened rock stands at this place, where the queen stands. <br> Res 3, the king and queen's den. This is a hollow rock cave that stretches down into the island. It contains a pool of cold, crisp water at the bottom. <br> Res 4, the food pile. A tree fell down long ago and turned into a rock, where we now place all of our food. Our fish and any deer we caught. <br> Res 5, the nursery. All of our dragonets, hatchlings, eggs, and mothers stay in here. It is a giant, ancient bridge built by humans. It has a cover and many leaks, giving the young just enough water to get their powers. <br> Res 6, the royal nursery. At the bottom of the royal den, at the crisp pool, there is a place with water shallow enough that eggs are kept here. During the time between the eggs being laid and the eggs hatching, the queen will not be seen. The king will fill in her absence. <br> Res 7, the SoaringRain camp. It is in a giant net made of vines that hangs above the islands, the SoaringRains sleep, eat, and play here. <br> Res 8, the SoaringSea camp. It is at the beach between the island and the lake, a small watery cave just above the water is where they shelter from storms. <br> Res 9, the SoaringRiver camp. It is at the very bottom of the lake, connected to the royal den just incase the queen is a SoaringRiver. It gives all royal dragons a quick escape route. <br> Res 10, the fighter dragon den. It is a hollowed out cave between the water and the land, it has just enough water that SoaringRivers can survive and SoaringRains don't drownd. The dragons practice fighting with eachother. <br> Res 11, the aprentice den. It is another part of the fighter den, where aprentices go to practice and be trained by fighters. <br> Res 12, The suiter den. The eldest princess and the twelve suiters live in here, the third part of the fighter dragon den. <br> Res 13, the medical den. All injured dragons and medicdragons live here, the fourth part of the fighter den. A garden above it grows all the herbs. <br> Res 14, the elite den. The final part of the fighter den. Elites practice on eachother. <br> Res 15, the prison. Prisoners live in a hanging cage made out of vines, sticks, stones, and twigs that hangs so that the dragons will be up to their heads with water on rainy or stormy days. They recieve all rotten, unfinished, and discarded food by the end of the day. <br> Res 16, the mating grounds. The clearing in the forest on the uninhabited side of the island. <br> Res 17-30, the huntinggrounds. It includes the forest, the beach, and the lake. Res 30 is where our lake ends.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2014

    A solid 3 stars

    This is the first book written by Kline, who wrote The Orphan Train. They're giving away the ebook version now, I think mainly to provide an intro to that other book in case you're one of the few yet to read it. Many typos and unintended bolding of random words were a bit distracting.

    I felt the writing style was inconsistent, and it seemed the author wasn't sure what kind of book she wanted this to be. It is touted as a mystery, but the mystery wasn't that great, and it seemed a little Harlequiny to me in parts. I liked the main character, Cassie, who leaves NYC to go live in a house she inherited in Tennessee among her mother's folk, hoping to get to know the family and the story behind the night her mom died in a car accident. She tells her side of the story in alternating chapters with her grandmother, a very unhappy, disturbed old woman.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2014

    Luna to Nick

    Help res one Now

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 3, 2014

    Christina aka the slave to candy(lover)

    U can have me

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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