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Bittersweet

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by LaVyrle Spencer
 

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The New York Times bestseller

Shattered by the loss of her husband, Maggie struggled each day to put her grief behind her. To be there for her teenaged daughter. And to face life again. When she returned to her Wisconsin hometown, she never expected to feel a spark of longing for her old high school sweetheart.

Eric’s marriage to a

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The New York Times bestseller

Shattered by the loss of her husband, Maggie struggled each day to put her grief behind her. To be there for her teenaged daughter. And to face life again. When she returned to her Wisconsin hometown, she never expected to feel a spark of longing for her old high school sweetheart.

Eric’s marriage to a career-driven woman had left him childless and unhappy—he knew there had to be more to life than always wanting what you couldn’t have. Seeing Maggie again filled him with hope. Maybe the answer to his dreams had just come to town.

Their memory of young love blossomed into an affair that would shake both of their lives—and would challenge everything they believed about loving each other. Could they follow a dream from the past? Or had they missed the chance of a lifetime?

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
When recently widowed Maggie Pearson returns to her old hometown to open a bed-and-breakfast, she encounters her first love, Eric Severson, who is having marital difficulties. ``Their illicit affair is as sweet as puppy love but fraught with predictable consequences; the disapproval they face adds a sharp and welcome tang to this sometimes cloying brew,'' PW said . (Mar.)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515105216
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
03/28/1991
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
496
Sales rank:
160,597
Product dimensions:
4.50(w) x 6.96(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Inspired to begin writing by Kathleen E. Woodiwiss’s romance The Flame and the Flower, LaVryle Spencer is best known for her romance novels Morning Glory, Separate Beds, and The Fulfillment. Four of her books were turned into movies, and she has appeared on bestseller lists around the world. She retired from writing in 1997.

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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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