Sep 20 2017 10:00am

Sarina Bowen’s Bittersweet Book Club Discussion Thread

Bittersweet by Sarina Bowen

After a wonderful spring and summer, H&H’s E-Book of the Month Club program is going on a short break. We hope you enjoyed the free e-books and will let you know as soon when the next free e-book is available for download.

In the meantime, we’re happy to say that Book Club continues! We invite you to join us for monthly discussions, author Q&As, and more about books we’re loving.

And now, for September, we’re thrilled to announce our Book Club pick is Sarina Bowen's Bittersweet!

Bittersweet is one of those books we just couldn't shut up about here at Heroes and Heartbreakers HQ because What?? Farmers are hot now? Despite the evidence of Alice Clayton's Nuts and our own trend watch for “men who work with their hands” in December 2015, we still couldn't believe how into lumbersexuals we all were when this first True North book was released in the summer of 2016.

And now? Well, now we can't wait to discuss this book with all of you and to learn whether you liked it as much as we did.

Want more? Read our Q&A with author Sarina Bowen about Bittersweet and the True North series!

Note: The comments for this post will be made up ENTIRELY of SPOILERS and is intended as a place for fans to gather and discuss the book AFTER reading it, so if you have yet to finish, steer clear of anything after the jump. Go finish the book, then come back.


***LAST CHANCE: Seriously, leave this post now if you haven’t finished BittersweetThis is a post to discuss the entire book.***

Here are a few of the questions floating around in our heads, but feel free to throw more questions out to the crowd in the comments!

  • Now that you've met Griff, we ask again: Farmer heroes—hot or not?
  • Did you highlight any quotes in the book? What were they?
  • Griff and Audrey are definitely a case of opposites attract, with Audrey being the “sweet” to Griff's “natural tannins.” Who did you gravitate more toward in the book, and why? Are you more of a Griff or an Audrey?
  • Does Bittersweet make you want to eat more apples? What did you find to be the most interesting part of cider-making?
  • Sarina Bowen may not be able to choose a favorite Shipley, but we can! Who's your favorite member of the family? Who do you most hope gets his/her own book?

H&H Editor Picks:

Sarina Bowen talks Bittesweet and what's next for the True North series

Nothing Bittersweet about Sarina Bowen's masterful writing

She Thinks My Tractor's Sexy: Farmers Are the New Alpha






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1. croush12
Hi, I can't find the download button for the free book? I was directed to this page from the link in the email, but there was no automatic download either.

I am very much looking forward to reading this!

Thanks much,
Heather Waters
2. HeatherWaters
@croush12 -- Hi there! The free e-book program is going on a short break while we choose future free e-books, and we'll let you know as soon as there's another free e-book to download. Until then, we're spotlighting other books we've read and loved to discuss those.
3. croush12
Thanks, Heather! I misunderstood the newsletter. :) I thought the 'download your free e-book' link was for the Bittersweet novel.

I am still looking forward to reading this one!

Heather Waters
4. HeatherWaters
@croush12 -- My apologies for any confusion! I promise it'll be back as soon as possible. We're glad so many enjoy the free e-book program!

And yes, we highly recommend Bittersweet! If you do read it, please do come back and let us know what you think. :)
5. laurenkusa
This was a good read. Liked the discussion about the types of apples. Loved that Audrey could butcher well and her passion for food, as well as what the right thing to do is.
Leah Smith
6. diszy321
This was such a great book. I've enjoyed the rest of the series as well. Was a fan of Sarina's hockey books and I was reluctant at first to read Bittersweet. Never thought I'd find a farmer so fascinating but I love books with great families. This truly fit the bill. Liked Audrey lots as well.
Heather Waters
7. HeatherWaters
@laurenkusa -- Great point about Audrey being willing to do the butchering and being part of the whole process when it comes to cooking. In our interview with Sarina, she mentioned that being her favorite Audrey/Griff scene in the book.

@diszy321 -- I, too, put off reading Bittersweet for a while because I wanted more hockey books! But Jenn and Jen here at H&H headquarters here with me convinced me that I *had* to see how hot a farmer could be and that the book was really good. And, of course, they were right! I now think Bittersweet might be my second-favorite Bowen book, right behind The Year We Fell Down.
Jennifer Proffitt
8. JenniferProffitt
@HeatherWaters, you bet we convinced you! I love this book!!

As for the questions, I definitely gravitated toward Griff more than Audrey. Not only are THEY opposites attract but their families could not be more different. I just had SUCH a hard time with Audrey and her relationship with her mother and so the family dynamic was much easier for me to cope with, and relate to, Griff. He was tough and rough around the edges but fundamentally kind and that made him such a great hero.
9. Kareni
I enjoyed Bittersweet when it first came out. Reading the comments above makes me want to re-read it.
Jessica Moro
10. JessicaMoro
@jenniferproffitt that's interesting I really liked Audrey. She would insert these moments with her mom that were awful but she was forthright about it. She knew it sucks and she didn't try to make excuses for it. I really liked her for it and because she came from a depression life but she was so upbeat and i liked that she worked for that positive attitude, She was contstantly a surprise for me. The butchering part was a fave because i thought she would run away from it and then she got right down in there. I loved it!
Heather Waters
11. HeatherWaters
@Kareni -- Do it!

@JessicaMoro -- I agree, I quite liked how willing and even eager Audrey was to roll up her sleeves and go to work. She and Griff are great together.
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