Looking for a sweet but not too fluffy Christian book ?
Review: Bittersweet Surrender - DiAnn Hunt - 2012
When I saw the cover of this book , I knew I just had to read it as it sounded and looked very appealing and it eventually proved to be correct. To me, the novel Bittersweet Surrender started off a bit slow with the introduction of main character Carly who owned a Chocolate Spa along with workers Amber and financial accounts Scott. We read the banter between Carly and Scott and learnt that Scott's wife Ivy had recently passed away and that Carly's Stepmother Magnolia who has just moved in with Carly after her dad's death was also Ivy's biological mother making Carly and Ivy step-sisters in a sense. The novel starts with Carly in a bit of financial strife , family problems and most importantly her weight and the fact that old crush Jake - who Carly has been emailing is moving back to town and Carly wants to look perfect for him.
The first half of the novel to me was very light but the second half - reader's embrace yourselves as it hits an emotional high when we discover that the people we thought we really knew and cared about aren't actually what we thought and that we may grow up with them but do we really know the truth about people behind closed doors. The whole cast of Bittersweet Surrender are about to recieve a domino effect of wake-up calls and reality checks which in the final hour , the deciding factor will be - Is God's love and Christian Love strong enough to overcome the most horrible hurts and anger towards those who you trust?
Bittersweet Surrender is a novel that definitely will not bore you and a piece that made me smile was that a wee while ago I reviewed on the site a book called "Smitten" in which 4 authors had put together and DiAnn Hunt was one of them , the town "Smitten" makes a guest appeareance.