Book Review – Bittersweet

30296362 (1)The new series is set in Vermont. True North is populated by the tough, outdoorsy mountain men that populate the Green Mountain State. They raise cows and they grow apples. They chop a lot of wood, especially when they need to blow off steam. (Beards are optional but encouraged.)

If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the orchard.

The last person Griffin Shipley expects to find stuck in a ditch on his Vermont country road is his ex-hookup. Five years ago they’d shared a couple of steamy nights together. But that was a lifetime ago.

At twenty-seven, Griff is now the accidental patriarch of his family farm. Even his enormous shoulders feel the strain of supporting his mother, three siblings, and a dotty grandfather. He doesn’t have time for the sorority girl who’s shown up expecting to buy his harvest at half price.

Vermont was never in Audrey Kidder’s travel plans. Neither was Griff Shipley. But she needs a second chance with the restaurant conglomerate employing her. Okay—a fifth chance. And no self-righteous lumbersexual farmer will stand in her way.

They’re adversaries. They want entirely different things from life. Too bad their sexual chemistry is as hot as Audrey’s top secret enchilada sauce, and then some.

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5 Stars of Amazingness!

Griff, Griff, Griff, Griff, Griff! Yummy! My new book boyfriend. Yes, you want to read him too, because he is freaking amazing. I wish I could swing by Amazon and pick him up! Oh, wait I did.

Griff and Audrey know each other from college days. He remembers her as a winding road on a hot summer day. Yet, she disappeared before it all began. Imagine his surprise when she shows up on his farm. It’s like they never separated. They fall back into the same easy give and take as college. Only Griff has more on his mind than football. He is now running his family farm and orchard. He’s hoping to make a splash in the cider world and in Audrey’s life too. She’s only in Vermont for her job, then she’ll go back to Boston. How can Griff make her stay? Does she want too? He wants her in his bed every night, waking up to her in the morning. When things go south, he has to fight for what he wants and that is Audrey – no matter what!

Being a chef is all she ever wanted. Yet her job keeps sending her on errands to run, pick up organic produce for pennies on the pound. This is not what she wants to do. A girl’s got to start somewhere. When she runs amuck on Griff’s farm, she isn’t prepared for him and the response her body gives. They hooked up in college, nothing more. It was just a fling. Or was it? The more time she spends with Grumpy Griff and his family, the more she falls in love with them all. This is the family she has always craved. Griff warms her bed at night and during the day she rides around the countryside looking for produce. When she is called back to Boston for work, she leaves without a goodbye. Does she want a life with Griff in rural Vermont? What about her dream of being a chef?

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I fell in love with Griff from the moment I read him. OMG! You need to read him. Give him a gentle try. He’ll be patient and understand. WOW! What a man. You will fall for him too, I promise. I love the writing in this book, I love the characters, even the secondary cast and crew. Thankfully I don’t have to wait for another book, because this book is #1 in the series! SQUEEE, so excited. Super excited. Um, yes I will be reading the rest of the books in the series.

 

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Bittersweet by Kristen Cathey

40649168Bittersweet chronicles the adventures of Casey, a young stay-at- home mom, and her six-year- old son, Lincoln, who escape into the woods when their idyllic world falls apart following an attack by an unknown enemy. With little hope of survival, they must brave the elements and face many unfortunate challenges that shake their spirit and morale.

Although they were forced to leave behind Devon, their husband and father, not knowing if he is even alive, at least they have the company and support of a close friend as well as their two dogs. Casey is burdened by the responsibility of protecting her son while dealing with one problem after another in an attempt to get away from the chaos and make it to the safety of their cabin in the hills, all the while worrying about her husband’s fate. Only after ensuring their safety can she attempt to reunite with Devon. Casey goes through an emotional, dramatic turmoil while trying to keep her child alive. Her insecurity makes her question her decisions, and her doubt weighs heavily on her heart. Will her faith be enough to sustain her?

 

 

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2.5 stars

I was left with a lot of questions that went unanswered, so maybe another book?

First I love apocalyptic books. I love to see how author’s envision what the downfall will be, how we will survive, and who survives.

In this book, an EMP explodes causing the town to go dark. Casey, her son Linc, and their dog, Komodo are at the grocery store when this happens. Casey understands what they need to do – get home. At home is much safer than the streets. On the way how Casey witnesses brutality by the Army and hides her family. Encountering a friend, Jamie, they make a daring plan to escape and head to Casey’s cabin high in the woods. They must survive a trek through the woods, weather, and others who mean them harm too. Will they survive long enough to make it to the cabin? Will Casey ever see her husband again?

For me, there was way to much internal conflict running around in Casey’s head. I didn’t need to know what you were thinking 24/7. Show, don’t tell. The last 25% of the book I enjoyed. She didn’t overthink, she just did what she needed to do to survive! She didn’t rationalize it, she didn’t talk to Jesus, she just got to work and did it. I also didn’t like the fact that she called her boy, son and then would say buddy in the same sentence. I understand why Birdbox did it, but I don’t understand it here. There are 3 of you and no one is going to lure him away by shouting BOY!

Lastly, who set off the EMP? And why would the Army be using our people to mine? It doesn’t make sense. Not enough information was given to me about the bad guys/army men. Are they fake Army men? Like Aliens disguised as Army Men? Did they come here to harvest our gold? Are they from another country. When Casey rescued Devon, she didn’t even bother to ask. All she cared about was that her husband was alive and safe – which I get. But know your enemy too. Be prepared.

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