Item description for Bittersweet (California Historical Series #2) by Cathy Marie Hake...
Overview Laney McCain has unabashedly had her sights set on Galen O'Sullivan for years. And though Galen has treated her as nothing more than his best friend's pesky tag-along sister, Laney dares hope that now is the time he will open his eyes and truly recognize the woman she?s become. But the arrival of Ishmael and Ivy Grubb, squatters on the O'Sullivans' land, diverts Galen's attention. Though the Grubbs are crass and uneducated, Galen shows mercy and allows them to stay in exchange for help around the farm. But it becomes a decision he lives to regret?. Sometimes the Journey to Love Is Truly Bittersweet
Publishers Description Laney McCain has unabashedly had her sights set on Galen O'Sullivan for years. And though Galen has treated her as nothing more than his best friend's pesky tag-along sister, Laney dares hope that now is the time he will open his eyes and truly recognize the woman she's become. But the arrival of Ishmael and Ivy Grubb, squatters on the O'Sullivans' land, diverts Galen's attention. Though the Grubbs are crass and uneducated, Galen shows mercy and allows them to stay in exchange for help around the farm. But it becomes a decision he lives to regret....Sometimes the Journey to Love Is Truly Bittersweet
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Studio: Bethany House Publishers
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.63" Width: 5.33" Height: 1.05" Weight: 0.78 lbs.
Release Date Apr 1, 2007
Publisher BETHANY HOUSE PUBLISHERS #7
ISBN 0764201662 ISBN13 9780764201660
Availability 0 units.
More About Cathy Marie Hake
Cathy Marie Hake is the author of over twenty novels, though past endeavors have included making Bible covers and cutting out convertible car tops! She is also a licensed nurse who worked for many years in an Oncology Unit before shifting her focus to perinatal care. She and her husband live in Anaheim, California.
Cathy Marie Hake currently resides in the state of California.
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Reviews - What do customers think about Bittersweet (California Historical Series #2)?
Stellar Piece Of Art Nov 22, 2009
Here is another book that kept me turning page after page until sadly, it was finished. There are surprises around every corner once you get to the climax of the book, and Cathy Marie Hake really tries to teach and highlight the painful yet rewarding task of letting go of your wants and desires for something more beautiful from God. If you liked the prequel to this book, "Letter Perfect," then you will most likely be satisfied with this entrancing sequel.
Bittersweet! Jul 6, 2009
I LOVED IT! I could not put it down! Excellent read and very very exciting. A million emotions were running through me when I read this book. You will never believe (or expect) what happens to Laine and Galen. So sad and so wonderful! Great Christian morals in this book. You will not be disappointed! Very Bittersweet!
Chocolate, Love, or just Life? Mar 25, 2009
This review is of an ARC version of the book "Bittersweet" of the California Historical Series, book #2 by Cathy Marie Hake. After finishing book #1, "Letter Perfect", I could not help but be intrigued and eager to read the second installation of the lives I had come to care for and love in Folsom and the Broken P.
Receiving this book put me in a bit of a mood, because I ordered it from a swapping website and an ARC copy arrived. A few conversations and corrections later, the sender was extremely nice and apologetic and seemed thoroughly confused about it being an Advanced Reader Copy. Although I am even further confused how you cannot know that by the mostly white cover and the print "Advanced Reader Copy Not for sale" typed at the top and bottom of each page, but oh well, I got over it. Kinda. *wink*
Then, reading the synopsis on the back cover I was even a little more hesitant about reading this book. I just knew that I would not like it. The plot just lined up in a manner that I knew would make me angry.
Well. It took me a while to get through the first book. I read this one in two days. I could not put it down. I was right, I was angry. I was near to spitting nails and completely infuriated with the stupidity and arrogance and self centered... *rant rant rant* I was very upset with the way things turned out and were continuing to turn out. But then, that is the point is it not? Things will happen in our lives that we do not always agree with. We want to dictate to God what we want and how we want it to be. Even when he has something better in mind for the big picture, the stages of getting there are painful and not at all what we want to deal with.
Having finished this book, and in an attempt not to give anything away... I like the ending. It satisfied me. However, on one individual I still think they should have "fixed" a situation that was in their control once they had the power, but they did not and it had to be brought to a solution another way. It is true that it could definitely occur this way. And for these characters lives it did. That does not mean I have to like it. :)
I do recommend this read. I highly recommend that you read book #1 first, because then you will really understand the characters on a deeper level. But I encourage you to read it and share it.
Now.. I need more from Cathy Marie Hake.
Seriously??? Unbelievable. . . Jan 14, 2009
This was a tough book to get through. After stumbling through Forevermore and the irritating dialog of the main character, I decided to give Bittersweet a shot, unfortunately, it too was frustrating. The story started out relatively well with the idea of a young lady seeking the affections of her brother's friend, but then it just got annoying. Their days seemed to drag by, and then suddenly this "shot-gun" wedding is thrown in. "Okay!" I thought, mentally rubbing my hands together, ready for something good, but then I was sadly disappointed. After Galen is forced into a marriage against his wishes, everyone seemed to just sit down and say 'Okay. I guess this is how it is.(sigh)' What?! Seriously? The ending was also frustrating. After struggling to get through the book, it seemed to be thrown together and way too rushed. It would have been better to cut out some of the lengthy beginning and add more to the end, instead of the choppy one or two sentence wrap-up for each of the characters. I would have given it one star, but to be honest, it is relatively well written (short of the awkward ending).
Totally Frustrated Dec 31, 2008
I have to say this book was one of the most frustrating books I ever read. It took everything in me to finish it. I had to skim through some pages just to get to the end.
I believe in christian charity, but this book took the cake. It was just so unrealistic to me. The whole ordeal between Ivy and Galen. I just didn't like the fact that no one believed him but Laney. Not even his mother or best friend believed him. No one sat down to talk or pray about the situation. Not even the pastor said a word. They just allowed it to happen and accepted things as they were(I'm trying not to give away any of the story). It just blew me away that they believed squatters over a good christian man whose character was supposed to be outstanding in the community. The only one who made any sense was the sheriff.
I didn't like any of the characters except for little dale. Everyone was too syrupy, including the squatters. It just wasn't realistic to me. It was a fairytale christian story. I'm not trying to mean, but I just didn't like this book. I read the first one and liked it. Almost everyone's life was tied in a neat little bow at the end.
I don't think I will be reading anymore books by this author because I didn't like Forevermore. I've read quite a few of her books. I realize she has a certain writing style where most of the characters seem to sugary. If you are a Cathy Marie Hake fan, then I believe you will enjoy her books. She's a good writer I just don't like her style.