In Shirlee McCoy’s “Bittersweet” Willow Lamont [ex-prosecutor] returns to her hometown of Benevolence, Washington and to the family business Chocolate Haven. That is after her grandfather requests her return. She comes back only planning to spend several weeks. Benevolence is a place where she had a secret, one that she definitely doesn’t feel good about. Chocolate Haven holds a potential for a future for her. It’s a place that she once truly loved.
But not everything is turning out well. Willow is unable to even make the unique fudge that she had once been able to do so well. Her “secret trauma” just won’t let her go.
Then something unexpected happens….an abandoned baby and the meeting of a longtime school friend, Deputy Sheriff Jax Gordon. Jax also has lead a hard life, but love is around the corner for him.
“Bittersweet” is filled with very complexed characters from Willow's family members to all the others. They keep the story rolling along as you keep turning the pages.
The question hanging in the balance is, will Willow be able to put her fear aside and share that with someone else especially since it looks like she will become a foster parent of baby Miracle Doe?
l liked how the author brought into focus Jax. He had something horrible happen in his childhood. That brings in his closeness to Willow. Will they be able to accept each other with all that has happened to both of them? Will Jax be able to earn Willow's trust? Will he be able to fill her life with rekindled joy and a forever of irresistible love? From the start we readers will hope so.
This story will really cause one to see the heartache that Willow and even Jax have felt. It was so very hard for me to understand Willow's situation with her mom's relationship. And I was glad to see in the end that these two seemed to have mended something that needed discussing so long ago. By the end of the novel will Willow and Jax find the happiness they so desire? YES!
Pick up "Bittersweet" to get answers all of the questions and find out how this author brilliantly presents it to the reader.
In Benevolence, Washington, the Lamont family's luscious handmade chocolates are a beloved tradition—and the sweetest of comforts. And for the most reserved of the three Lamont sisters, they’re a much-needed way to challenge the past, rekindle hope—and make happiness for a lifetime.
Caring family and friends, tranquil streets—ex-prosecutor Willow Lamont wishes these could make her feel truly at home. She's back to help her grandfather manage Chocolate Haven, a long held dream come true. But she's struggling to make their unique fudge—and to cope with a secret trauma that haunts her. Yet when she finds an abandoned baby who breaks her heart wide open, she wonders how long she can hide her emotions—especially from warm, handsome, and way too nosey Deputy Sheriff Jax Gordon.
Always an outsider, Jax knows more than he should about loss. But he didn't expect his difficult search for baby “Miracle's” mother would reveal such a vulnerable side to the accomplished, beautiful woman he's always admired. Earning Willow's trust is the hardest thing he's ever had to do. Yet between her honesty and courage, he's longing to fill her life with rekindled joy—and a forever of irresistible love