Book Review

First Line Friday: Bittersweet by Carrie Aarons

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Today’s book is Bittersweet by Carrie Aarons.

A chill goes up my spine, and I can’t tell if it’s because of the orange and white cat winding around my legs or the early autumn wind blowing in through the screen door.

Perhaps it’s the ghost that seems to occupy this house in vitriolic whispers of the deceased man who refuses to leave it out of pure spite.

Whatever caused it must know that I’ve never, not once in my twenty-eight years of life, felt welcome here. Not in this rundown one-story house with its peeling plaster and rotted wood porch, and not in Hope Crest.

The idyllic small town forty minutes outside of Philadelphia, where families pass on big old farmhouses to the next generation and millionaires take up residence in preserved stone-front mansions on the Delaware River, made up one half of my childhood. So, in the eyes of the elite of Hope Crest, I’m an outsider. A tourist who only stayed for a specific amount of time before being shipped back to my mother’s penthouse in the city, as outlined by my parent’s nasty custody battle.

I never fit in anywhere.

About: Cassandra has a complicated relationship with “home” so she never expected to visit there again. But she’s needed and currently craving a distraction, so she goes. There’s a mess to keep her busy and a former-friend-turned-enemy might be the only person she can count on when things go sideways. This one is full of heat and suspense, I loved it.


The last place Cassandra Mauer ever thought she’d step foot again was Hope Crest, Pennsylvania. But once the world famous actress gets the call that her estranged father has passed, and his only living relative will need to settle his estate, she finds herself back in the small town that sent her running once upon a time.

Little do her dilapidated childhood home and her father’s affairs know, Cassandra was in need of a project exactly like this to distract from the glamorous life she no longer wants or recognizes. That is, until she bumps into the man whose family is considered Main Street royalty.

Patrick Ashton is the boy next door, a Hope Crest celebrity, and one of the heirs to the most famous restaurants on the East Coast. He has no problem reminding her just how much the town hated her old man … and in turn her for sharing his last name. But when he realizes she’s going to sell the land their two families have fought over for decades, Patrick might have to change his tune.

As he begins scheming to charm the woman the entire country wants to be or be with, she can’t deny the spark of chemistry between them still exists after all these years. The one that simmered in the shared woods behind their homes where no one else could see.

And when the danger that sent her fleeing as a teenager returns to seek revenge, she finds Patrick genuinely in her corner, despite his family’s objections. In the place she swore never to return, she might have just found the love and life she was searching for.

Except old wounds and unsettled scores might not let her keep it.

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