PETER BEREAN - Across the raging landscape of a countryside in flames, he rode with the brave, reckless men who cried out for freedom and dignity.CALLIE DAWSON - Scorched by unspeakable shame, she was a hauntingly beautiful child-woman who no longer believed in love...until she met Peter's strong, tender gaze and saw there a rapturous vision of eternity....Cruelly separatePETER BEREAN - Across the raging landscape of a countryside in flames, he rode with the brave, reckless men who cried out for freedom and dignity.CALLIE DAWSON - Scorched by unspeakable shame, she was a hauntingly beautiful child-woman who no longer believed in love...until she met Peter's strong, tender gaze and saw there a rapturous vision of eternity....Cruelly separated by treacherous betrayal, from that moment on they were bound by an unforgettable promise stronger than his stormy passions, wilder than her deperate dreams...destined to learn the deepest secrets of the human heart...fated to taste the rich, forbidden fruit of a Bitter Eden....
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Bitter Eden Reviews
After having this book sitting around for so long that the pages are turning yellow,(in which case Id have to sit right under the lamp to read it) I decided it was time to give it a go. Well this book totally took me by surprise as in I wasnt expecting what I assumed it would be judging by the cover.This time it got me in a good...and not so good way. First off,the cover is very misleading as to what the story/romance/characters are about. It was very well written..hence I give it the 4 stars for that alone,but it was more of a historical fiction with very little romance between those two on the front of this beautiful cover.And without giving away the story there were lots of other unexpected twists & turns and tragic events that also lead to a very unsatisfied and sad ending for this romance reader.
I had to stop reading this at page 254 when the hero, rather than sack up and admit to himself that his younger sister Natalie really is a murderous looney tunes, strangles the dog Natalie had been sicing on people she didn't like. (The chick is 19 1/2 years old and her "madness" is borne of the hero, Peter, not paying as much attention to her as he used to AND Natalie's fiance screwing around with Peter's wife.) But what made the dog-killing scene worse - as if it wasn't bad enough! - was that this wasn't a mastiff or a rottweiler or anything big and threatening. This dog is small enough to be held in his arms and absolutely cower and tremble as he's being carried to his doom. He's no threat when Natalie isn't around. But Peter - even though he feels wretched about it and having second thoughts of his conviction of Natalie's innocence - still goes ahead and chokes the poor thing to death.Ugh. Just...UGH.I wish I'd been warned about this scene because I so would NOT have even bothered reading it and wasting my time when I have so many other books on the TBR. People are so quick to warn others of rape and no HEAs and cheating heroes, etc. How about tossing pet lovers a bone? (/gentle request)ANYWAY, the book itself started out well enough with the hero established as a landed farmer who takes up the cause of laborers put out of work with the arrival of threshing machines. He rides out at night with others, burning ricks and raising havoc. Callie Dawson is the orphaned daughter of a distant relation brought into Peter's family home because she has nowhere else to go (after escaping from a brothel).Peter's family is full of people with their own problems (infidelity, drudgery, etc.), but I didn't think it was coming together all that well. By the time I bailed, I disliked a few and felt apathetic about all the rest and didn't understand at all why they acted as they did.Salvato is one-half of the Day Taylor writing team, and I'm not exactly sure if Salvato was the strength or the weakness I noticed in that pen name. At first, I thought she was the strength, but as this story went on and it shifted gears from a story about one man's conscience amidst social conflict and change, into a gothic horror tale of cheating wives and crazy-ass sisters and unwarranted pet murder, I began to change my opinion. Stuff wasn't coming together, the characters were pretty shallow, and it was becoming a claustrophobic house of miserable people yelling at each other with no reason or charm. So I decided to not slog through the rest of it.However, I did read ahead and (view spoiler)[Natalie doesn't make it out alive (hide spoiler)] but (view spoiler)[apparently Peter does die in a very vaguely-worded way. (hide spoiler)]. I guess that's some small consolation. But not worth my time to read his stupid misery until the very end.["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>["br"]>
This book could have been a five for me, if only there was more of a romance between the two main characters. The cover is beautiful, but misleading. IMHO, I feel it wasn't so much a romance as it was women's historical fiction. It is very well written, but the story was too tragic. I was left unsatisfied with the ending, as there was no real HEA.