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Bittersweet (California Historical Series #2)

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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 at

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Published December 17th 2009 by Recorded Books, LLC (first published January 1st 2007)
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Rachel Lee
I loved this book! Even though it is a stand alone novel it involves characters from the novel "Letter Perfect". This novel is focused on Josh's sister, Laney who has always had a crush on Galen. So when Galen finally starts paying attention to her, Laney is in absolute heaven. That is until, two strangers walk into Galen's life that will halt all plans for his future with Laney.

This book is an easy read, very engaging and I absolutely couldn't put it down!
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 extremel...more
I was disappointed when reading reviews of this book. I just happened across it at the library but had read the previous novel for BookClub and LOVED it! I was so excited to see a sequel about Laney. I was bummed to read less than kind reviews of the book when I got home and was then somewhat less excited to start it...
HOWEVER- I loved the book. I admit I did enjoy the 1st book more but Bittersweet was definately a great book. I nearly cried, it was wonderful.
And made me realize I need to be a l...more
I actually didn't finish this book. I couldn't get past all the dialog. I think she was trying to capture the old fashion mood with it and it bugged me too much.
It was as good as the first book! (Letter Perfect)
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Book Review
Bittersweet by Cathy Mare Hake
Emily Sylvestre

1. What do you think the story was about?

The book was about two neighbouring families, the O’Sullivans and the McCains, who are very close friends. Laney who is the youngest child of the McCains “has her sights set on” Galen O’Sullivan the oldest of the five O’Sullivan sons. But to him Laney is nothing more than his neighbour and his best friend's little sister. She longs for him to notice she has become a women but he fails t...more
I absolutely loved "Letter Perfect" and when I found out there was a continuation I had to read it. "Bittersweet" was one of those that I just couldn't put down. I had to literally tear myself away from it to get anything done. Even though parts of the story where pretty predictable it still made for a wonderful story. I've found another fictional man to be in love with besides Edward Cullen in the Twilight Saga. Galen O'Sullivan is incredible!! Cathy Marie Hake is now on my list of favorite aut...more
Karmina Santos
Maybe I should have read the first book before I picked this up. But honestly, I didn't even know this was a sequel. There was no indication in the cover and I thought it was a standstill novel. I'm not a fan of great and mushy romances, or even love drunk teenagers who want to pretend that love is all they live for. I prefer well-rounded characters who can stand up on their own, have their own voice in matters and not just helplessly wait for their prince to come. This character tried to be tha...more
I have listened to a lot of Christian fiction this past year or so, primarily because the audio library at my county library seems to me to be very limited in its choices and sometimes I've just "needed" an audio book (going on a trip, doing a project, etc.). I have given most of these books a three-star rating anyway so I am not gaga about the genre in the first place but this book would rank at about 1.5 stars for me. I am rounding up to 2 stars because I did finish the book.

I don't know if I...more
Well, I was really disappointed in this book. It is the second book by Hake that I have read I really enjoyed the first one "Fancy Pants". The problems I had with the book were, first the extremely annoying dialog, I know that it was to supposed the capture the time period but I was sick and tired of 'tis and 'tisn't by the end of the book. I also found the the relationship development between the characters, were poorly written. Galen thinks of Lainey as an annoying kid and then he gets his han...more
Kimberly Cook Hull
This was a difficult book for me. I'd enjoyed reading of Laney's cruch on Galen in Letter Perfect and was looking forward to reading a sweet, gentle and funny romance about Galen's realization of Laney's becoming a beautiful young woman and not just the little sister of his best friend, but that's not what this book was. It was much deeper.

The book begins with Laney and Galen still in the same type of relationship as Letter Perfect, Laney in love with Galen, and Galen seeing Laney as a little si...more
Very good story, though could have been ever so slightly better. Certain parts of the story were somewhat predictable, while others, not so much.

Laney likes the next door neighbors eldest son, Galen, but he thinks of her as the annoying little sister to his best friend. Twins, Ivy and Ishmael Grubb along with their father set up camp on Galen's family's farm. The Grubbs are dirt poor make money by selling moonshine... or at least Mr. Grubb does if he doesn't consume all the liquor. Galen, not k...more
Laney McCain has had her heart set on Galen O'Sullivan for about as long as she can remember. Galen has only ever seen her as a pest and his best friend's younger sister, but suddenly it seems as if he's noticed she's a woman. Just when it seems like things will work out for them, though, the squatters Galen has generously been allowing to live on his family's land, stir up a whole passel of trouble.

This book has the same characters as Hake's Letter Perfect, but even readers who haven't read the...more
Masih adakah arti dari sebuah ketulusan ?
Seberapa berhargakah sebuah penantian?

Cathy Maria Hake mencoba menjawabnya melalui novel ini.
Latar belakang negara bagian California di awal abad ke-19, diprosakan olehnya dengan jelas. Membacanya membuat anganku melayang lagi pada memori seri "Little House on The Prairie" yang kutonton di stasiun televisi pemerintah, sekitar 20 tahun silam.

Laney, figur wanita yang lembut, berpendidikan, berhati emas, dan mempunyai rasa cinta yang teramat besar kepada Tuh...more
Wendy Sparkes
The tone of the story is summed up in the title. Nevertheless it's a lovely, compelling sequel to "Letter Perfect" from Christian author Cathy Marie Hake that you won't want to miss.

Laney McCain has been in love with Galen O'Sullivan for half of forever although he has never shown any interest in her except as his best friend's pesky little sister.

Galen O'Sullivan can hardly believe it's taken him so long to wake up....Laney McCain has become a woman...(when did that happen?!)...& he's out t...more
"Bittersweet" is a book I am not quite sure how to explain it. I have read a book like this one. The beginning I thought was slow, then the tears came followed by anger, then more tears and the complete disbelief followed by a happy ending. I had thought about giving up on the book but then I read a review whose writer was quite riled by the book, so I had to see what was going on. I am thrilled that I did.

I see that the slow part was just laying the ground work for the rest of the story and rea...more
Crystal Laine
It appears from the other reviews that readers either loved this book or hated it. Well, I loved it and think Hake has moved onto a whole new level in historical romance novel writing.

Her characters are complex and deal with real world issues. They react in ways that humans would--and without being sappy-sweet Christians, Hake shows how a Christian works through real problems struggling with feelings and how Christ would have us to be. I was surprised with the issues that she tackled in this se...more
As the sequel to "Letter Perfect", you never know if the story will be as good as the first, or if it will fail completely. Well, I believe that Hake did a good job of not repeating the same mistake so many authors do with sequels- she instead made it the second book in a series. This means that she doesn't have to keep going with characters that we really don't want to read about any more. Instead, we get to see the life of Laney, Josh's sister from the first book.
I was pleasantly surprised w...more
Listened to Bittersweet(California Historical Series #2)by Cathy Marie Hake. 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 uneduca...more
I know I've heard "somewhere" that life is like a box of chocolates...well in this book, life is likened unto a chocolate bar... bittersweet. I've also heard about a "shot gun" wedding, we'll now I've read about one of those too. You know I hate it when it's the day the man of my dreams is ready to propose and I go to church and in the middle of the service a guy with a shot gun barges in, insisting that the man of my dreams is the father of his sister's child, and in an instant my life takes a...more
I *think* I liked this book. Some of the dialogue felt forced and even obnoxious. Reactions to some of the character decisions seemed over the top. But I have to give credit to Ms. Hake for the ability to pull emotion from the reader. Turns farther into the storyline found anger, frustration, incredulity, and pity bubbling out of me!
The best thing about this book was that it unfolded a more interesting story with twists than you expect at first. I call it a "slow start" book, but I was blessed by perseverance.

Our first main character, Ivy, who has no real background of family, teaching, or life information comes to know a well-respected ladylike young woman named Laney. It looks like she has had everything. They are as different as night and day. And yet, it seems they learn things from each other during a story of love, c...more
Pam Carroll
This book was a hard read. However, it has character and so much truth to it. The characters are real, and it shows that true Christin charity ia unpopular and hard, even amongst Christians. Although it ended well, I walked away feeling a lot like the title, bittersweet. I'm rating it lower only because it left me feeling sad and more somber instead of happy, and real life already does that on its own.
Phyllis C
Good reading, but too long. Didn't enjoy as much as the first book. Too many unnecessary new characters, particularly near the end.
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 th...more
This was the follow up book to Letter Perfect and brings the characters back basically where you left them. The focus of this book though is more Laney and Galen's family. There were a few twists I was not expecting at all which really made the book interesting. The character development was good again and the story moved along at a good pace. I was glad that there was an epilogue at the end to tye up the other loose ends that remained in the characters lives. I wish there was going to be anothe...more
Not as good as the first story, starts a little slow greats more interesting further into the book. Laney finally gets Galen to be interested in her to find a girl claim she pregnant with his child.
Well written, but I just didn't like the plot.
If there are two things in this world that I normally like, it's romance and some historical fiction. When you put them together, it's almost always a win-win in my mind. But, things just didn't seem to quite come together for me in this book. I thought the character development and plot were rushed in some parts (how do you go from thinking someone is "pesky" to loving her in a matter of a day?), but in other parts it was too slow. All in all, I think all the elements for a good sto...more
The title of this book fits perfectly with the story. It was definitly bittersweet, but it did have a happy ending. I wouldn't have liked this book at all if it didn't have a happy ending.

Laney McCain is in love and has been in love with Galen O'Sullivan ever since she was a little girl. But he doesn't have the same feelings for her until one day he realizes what a lovely, godly young lady she has become. There's one little problem, something happens where he can't marry the one he loves. Find...more
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