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Bittersweet (China Bayles, #23)Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My librarian suggested this book knowing I wanted to try a ‘real’ book written by and starring a strong female. Now that I am finished with it I can say I did enjoy much of it. (I had to renew it–six weeks!)

“Oh, but here comes her complaints…” I hear some of you saying. And, yes, I do have some negatives.

The very beginning. I think it is highly unnecessary. When you read the Prologue you’re given the answer to the whole mystery. Many call this a cozy mystery. What, I ask you, is cozy about murder? Not just one but TWO? What is cozy about people who think more about money than the environment that we all have to live in humans, fauna, and flora alike?

At least the author uses this as an educational moment. That is what brought it up to four stars. Otherwise, I would have said I was rather bored. Though the excitement of the mystery gets wrapped up, the parts of the book I cared about, the main character’s mother’s husband’s health. It is the cliffhanger of that issue that brings this rating down to a three again. I didn’t like this story where the men of this book were being talked about. If women can grow, let’s show that men can grow, too. Many have been raised with sisters or single moms so they know the issues and don’t need to be cavemen.

I loved learning about the herbs and plants.

I never knew about the shooting-fish-in-the-barrel type hunting and moving the game to places they shouldn’t inhabit and the problems that brings. I will have to look into our area and see if that is here. I don’t have a problem with hunters. I hope we never get desperate enough to look to that as a food source, but if we do I guess I will have to accept it. Plenty of people around here do that for their food source. There are laws to keep it safe and less draining on the environment while filling the freezers with protein for cold winters. I’m a vegetarian because I don’t like the texture of meat, not a preachy one telling others what they should or shouldn’t eat. Anyway, the things I learned here made the rating roundup.

I don’t like to cook. Most of the foods in the recipes here did not appeal to me but I take no points away from the book for these. There are people who will love that aspect. I do appreciate that most of the recipes are at the back of the book where they don’t interrupt the story flow.

One more thing, I did get my eyes checked and will be getting new glasses soon. Meanwhile, I couldn’t read the hardback for very long at a time. Luckily, the Kindle version was available on our e-library to borrow. Once into that version, I was able to immerse in the story and rest my eyes as needed.

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Saturday is a different animal in the Just Jot It January fun, Saturdays are always, Stream of Consciousness Saturday. Still, both prompts and rules can be found on Linda G. Hill’s website. Come join us with your own versions!

I went to the library today. It is not a thing in other areas I’ve lived in that I get two calls in a week, from the librarian just checking up on me. I had nothing checked out so there was no other reason. So on this second call, I knew I ought to go show my face. I love our little library and the librarian. It is the knowledge center of our tiny community. We have a lot of churches here, but no bars or other places of gathering. The library is it! So after a delightful chat with the few that were there and her majesty Julie, I decided to check out a few picture books and a book that looks like I could read it.

That is the book I reached for to pick the sixth, seventh, and eight word as the prompt suggests. I didn’t want to use the beginning of the book. I just opened where it fell and found on page 133 of Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert. The words were: “the sound of”. The next word is gunshots but I thought that would be cheating so I won’t follow that path.

Because the newest Pirates of the Caribbean is on Netflix we are watching our set of four DVDs before watching the new. We have the first three fairly well memorized so I often find I get napful.  So I drifted off to sleep to the sound of “Why is the rum gone?” and the marvelous music by composer Klaus Badelt and producer Hans Zimmer … That is the thing that pulls me in on these films. I love the stories and the actors but the music… It is my music of choice when writing. During NaNo when most things are distractions, especially music with words, I can go to Pandora and put on Pirates or Game of Thrones music and write for hours. It gives me energy and excitement.

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