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pdr lindsay's Bittersweet

A new five star review. I am so pleased my hero, Bryce, is finding fans.

Thank you P.D.R. Lindsay for the opportunity to read Bittersweet. Scandal and seeking of bringing the villians to justice, kept me turning the pages of this most excellent book. A journey of your emotions come to the fore, as I like the character wanting the justice so deserved. Would thoroughly say to anyone, seek out a copy of this book and seek the justice. 5 stars


Set in the Indian Raj in 1872. A very angry young man, Bryce Ackerman, is hunting down some officers who were NOT gentlemen.

Bittersweet by p.d.r. lindsay

Bryce Ackerman returns home from a business trip to Vienna expecting to marry his beloved Aimée in June. But scandal, she is pregnant. This is 1872 and Bryce is a Victorian gentleman who doesn’t believe in sex before marriage.  Aimée, distraught and disgraced, tells him of the officers from two Indian regiments, who were certainly not officers and gentlemen when they visited her family home. Outraged and furious Bryce hunts the soldiers back to India. He will have his revenge for Aimée, and justice for all the other young women victims. It is no easy task. The officers will do anything to escape retribution and Bryce has to learn to put personal vengeance on one side to secure justice for all.


I was given a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review. This was a really sad but interesting story about a group of army officers and soldiers who broke the trust of the people who's homes the visited in friendship. A competition to defile young women. When one gentleman comes home from Vienna to his fiancee to find her pregnant, by rape and finds it has happened too far too many girls, he ventures to India to track the men responsible down and bring them to justice. Set in 1872 you can imagine the complex situation he will become embroiled in. P.D.R. Lindsay writes a very thought provoking story that shows some of these issues are still happening today



A Goodreads review. Thank you Angela.

'Bittersweet' has collected more 5 and 4 star reviews plus a lot without a written review. It is pleasing that readers appreciate a story about a tricky subject. The new e-book cover has worked well with readers.


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

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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The Wishing Shelf reviews are in. 15 readers reviewed and judged the novel. 'Bittersweet' earned Editing: 8/10, Writing Style: 8/10, Content: 7/10, Cover: 5/10.
12 would read another book by this author. 6 thought the cover was good or excellent. 15 felt it was easy to follow. 12 would recommend this story to another reader to try. 8 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘plotting a story’. 7 felt the author’s strongest skill was ‘developing the characters’. 13 felt the pacing was good or excellent. 12 thought the author understood the readership and what they wanted.
Their Comments
‘Well-rounded characters living in a well-research historical setting. The plot was intense, and the rape was delicately handled.’ Female reader, aged 29

‘Bryce is by far the most interesting character. I loved how he sticks to his morals and fights so hard to do what he thinks is right. With a well-described and often fascinating setting, this was an excellent read for me.’ Female reader (editor), aged 67

‘Loved this historical novel. Went to India many years ago; crazy place but I did recognize the culture in the story. To be honest, it’s not changed that much since this story was set!’ Male reader (publisher), aged 51

‘A rather interesting novel in many way. Note to author: the blurb on Amazon reads a little clumsy. However, the plot is good, the characters well-defined, and the pacing, for the most part, excellent. The cover didn’t do it for me. It looked a little too amateurish.’ Female reader. aged 53

‘I enjoyed all of this novel, but it was the end I enjoyed the most. Slow to start, the pacing improved in the middle, and, finally, it finished off with a belter of an ending. Good writer.’ Male reader, aged 66

To Sum It Up:
‘A fascinating story of revenge set in 1872 India.’ The Wishing Shelf Book Awards

Lovely review from Amanda.

Oh my, this was an unexpected read, and I say that in a very, very good way! When I read the blurb for Bittersweet, I was definitely intrigued, but also a little wary. Sexual assault and men hellbent on revenge can be ingredients for a very gruesome and painfully descriptive read. However, I was thoroughly and pleasantly surprised with this novel.

Bryce Ackerman was a wonderful lead. His passion and determination for justice was admirable, and through it all, he maintains being a gentleman. The fact that he had his own demons to battle made him human and relatable, and that gave the book a deeper layer than just a man wanting vengeance. I also quite appreciated how the author dealt with the subject of rape. There were no graphic details, but it was still clear what had happened between the young girls and the officers / soldiers, and the impact was just as profound. The revelations in the last few chapters had me frantically reading to see what would happen next, and by the end, there was definitely a huge sigh from an adrenaline rush. Overall, I thought this book was a carefully crafted, well-written novel that brings to light the possible evil that could live in any person, particularly ones who feel morally wronged. Excellent and thoroughly enjoyable!

Thank you Voracious Readers and PDR Lindsay for my copy! I received an ARC of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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