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Bittersweet (California Historical Series #2)

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  2,357 Ratings  ·  145 Reviews

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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It's been awhile since I've read this one, but it's stuck with me for some time. I've read the one before it (Letter Perfect) and it is my favorite! But this one was a mixture of terrible, enjoyable, maddening, and just...awful!

I would not recommend this for teens below 18. The one starting revelation toward the end shocked me. While it does happen, I found it slightly disturbing to read about. I very much like Galen's character, but Laney got a bit on my nerves. I actually liked Ivy way better
Margaret Chind
Aug 30, 2008 Margaret Chind rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Margaret by: Christy
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
Rachel Lee
Jan 31, 2008 Rachel Lee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
May 30, 2008 Amy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 25, 2008 Amy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 15, 2008 Allyson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was as good as the first book! (Letter Perfect)
Student Symmes
Dec 22, 2009 Student Symmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
Jan 25, 2009 Misty rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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.
Mar 23, 2017 Mom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bellevue-library
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Wonderful series

Life goes on for Laney and her family in the 2nd book of this series. There is heartbreak, love; weddings and babies.
Margaret Hardie
It probably deserves more than two stars, but personally found it very annoying. Ugh!
May 02, 2011 nat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Petra Donatz
Apr 16, 2015 Petra Donatz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
nsgeheim schwärmt Laney schon lange für den gutaussehenden Galen von der Nachbarranch. Doch wird er in ihr jemals mehr sehen als nur die kleine Schwester seines besten Freundes? Als Galen sich Laney endlich zu öffnen beginnt, scheint ihr Glück perfekt.§Doch durch die Ankunft zweier verwahrloster Jugendlicher, die Galen aus den Fängen ihres durchtriebenen Vaters retten will, werden die Karten neu gemischt. Er gibt den beiden Arbeit auf seiner Farm und kümmert sich darum, dass sie ein D
Jul 09, 2013 Patricia rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2014 Gloria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone; Christian historical romance lovers
This is a second book, continuing the storyline from Letter Perfect.

This one follows Laney - we know she has feelings for Gavin O'Sullivan, the neighbor. The readers were introduced to the Grubbs (Ishmael, Ivy and their pa) at the end of the prior book. Now it continues with the Grubbs taking a small corner portion of the O'Sullivan farm. The arrangement was proposed by Gavin that Ishmael would come help with the farm in exchange for them staying on the property. Ivy also helped around the house
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
Jul 17, 2008 Jane rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Jeanette Durkin
Feb 16, 2017 Jeanette Durkin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another great book by Cathy Hake! I loved the story and all of the characters! I especially loved the lesson that was learned!
Jan 28, 2009 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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
Its been several years since I first read this novel but every time I come across another Cathy Marie Hake story, this is the one my mind returns too. Bittersweet is the perfect title for this story, a story that lingers in the mind long after the final page is read. The emotional roller coaster the characters experience is almost overwhelming. The first half of the book is this wonderful sweet romance between the two main characters and just when he's about to propose ~ BAM!! A shocking twist, ...more
Aug 06, 2013 Sarah rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carrie Daws
Jun 25, 2016 Carrie Daws rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have a lot of mixed feelings about this book. Bittersweet is an appropriate title in many ways. I loved the characters I was supposed to love, enjoyed the continued antics of Ruth McCain, and appreciated the extremely difficult life path that required Laney to grow up.

Without going into too much detail and spoiling the book for others, that difficult path was hard to read. In fact, part of the time I wanted to just put the book down, but knowing that Ms. Hake has never before let me down with
Aug 22, 2008 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 03, 2012 Mary rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2013 Monkeyface rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
May 13, 2010 Christine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha Dekker
So I read this book before the first in the series, which didn't exactly help (I got it as a present without the other one so in my defence I had no idea!). But it just felt so clunky to read, which was a shame! Although the story itself isn't too bad (it's a bit of a rollercoaster which makes it kind of exciting), the start of it was too slow and then it felt like the author rushed the end to make it all fit. And I felt some areas could have been nicely fleshed out and others shortened - it spe ...more
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As a child, Cathy Marie Hake had an imaginary playmate. Now "grown up," she indulges in a host of imaginary friends as she writes. She teasingly says she decided if those voices in her head were talking, she might as well write down what they said and make a living by doing it. She met her sweetheart in the High School department at church and married him after finishing nursing school. They live ...more
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