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pdr lindsay's Bittersweet

A.R.C. reader's comments on 'Bittersweet'

I didn't know how I would go knowing there were rapes, so I started off tentatively. Then I found the story unfolded in an interesting and sensitive way, and I liked that we didn't get the full impact of the rapes all at once, but that they were told as reflections, or from the victims' experiences. I was soon absorbed and wondering how it would unfold! All the time I thought he would go back to his Aimee, but I was not disappointed with the ending!

I loved the way he worked through his angst and fought to maintain his values and self respect when faced with the power of attraction. The search for justice and being conscious of his own motives and failings was the best thing he could have done to become a whole person. You are a gifted storyteller and had me interested right to the end! Some bits read like it was a movie, in that the scenes changed very quickly, but it lost nothing. If it was a TV series it could have gone on and on! A satisfying story! Well done and thank you for allowing me to read it!

Bittersweet by p.d.r. lindsay

Bryce Ackerman returns home from a business trip to Vienna expecting to marry his beloved Aimée. But she is pregnant. This is 1872 and Bryce is a Victorian gentleman who doesn’t believe in sex before marriage. Aimée is distraught. So-called officers and gentlemen, on leave, visitors to her home, have been making a game of rape. They have been running a competition to see which regiment’s junior officers could score the most sexual conquests, that is rape the most young women, in their own homes.

Aimée, Bryce and their families carefully seek out the violated girls and women, offering aid and support, but it is a heart breaking task for the victims are socially disgraced and often ‘put away’ by their own families. Bryce, for personal reasons as well as an outraged sense of the injustice, attempts to chase down the officers. They have returned to their regiments in India.

Bryce follows them intent on revenge for Aimée, and justice for all the victims, but it is no easy commission. The officers will do anything to escape retribution and Bryce has to survive in the exotic and erotic atmosphere of India. It is an assignment which tests his own sexuality and his ability to put personal vengeance on one side and secure justice for all.

‘A most unusual story, difficult at times but ending in hope.’
The Library reading group

Bittersweet is slowly collecting good reviews. Here's a part of a great one from the Quick Book Review blogspot:

Looking at everything from A to Z, Bittersweet is a book that definitely deserves some more recognition. It has a truly fascinating and enthralling world, interesting and memorable characters, a story that entertains you with its twists but also makes you contemplate on some of the darker aspects of the human condition, namely lust, violence and power. The premise is delivered in a unique way that really makes the novel stand out from its counterparts, and I wholeheartedly recommend it to anyone looking for a top-notch historical drama seasoned with mystery and vengeance.

The Voracious Readers Only group has been busy reading Bittersweet and writing reviews. Find them at Goodreads on the Bittersweet page.

Thank you to the authour and Voracious Readers Only for the complimentary copy.
A sensitive and disturbing topic written with sensitivity.

And a review from Teamgolfwell.

I enjoyed reading “Bittersweet” by P.D.R. Lindsay which a very thought-provoking work written by an excellent writer. Bryce is a man on a mission in this 1872 story which goes through hot and erotic India. Bryce is searching for men who wrecked his life and his fiancé life. Yet the story turns to show his human side and he uses his discipline, self-control and purpose, and the author shows this very refreshingly and realistically vs the vengeful super heroes in books and movies today.
The author handles rape delicately and thoughtfully for the reader. The story also shows the cruelty and callousness of others. It left me with a lasting impression that these types of historical events happened and continue to happen and left me with understanding on why this author chose to write about the courage of one man on a mission to right a wrong.
I’ve never been to India yet somehow, I feel I’ve been there after reading this excellent book by this intelligent author.
An excellent and entertaining ending to a very special book.

 

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