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Bittersweet Surrender
Bittersweet Surrender by Diann Hunt
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I didn’t like this book but stuck with it to the end just hoping it would get better. But it just got worse.

So much of it was repetitive, like scenes of Carly looking in the mirror disparagingly at her body, or scenes of conversation in the same settings with the same people, talking about the same things. It got boring fast.

But what really bothered me was that a lot of ideas here are old-fashioned and outdated. Like, healthy eating is bland and hardly edible, consisting of alfalfa sprouts, tofu burgers, etc., and means completely abstaining from chocolate and anything sugar. I think balance and moderation are better pegs for healthy living.

It also bothered me how everyone kept pushing Scott, who lost his wife in an accident, to date again, when he insisted he was happy being single and would date when he’s ready. The narrow-mindedness of it just got tiresome.

When the romantic feelings surfaced between the two main characters, it felt so contrived. Here you have friends-for-life and all of a sudden they just flipped on the switch? It didn’t seem like a natural transition, more like a way to finally finish the story with a happy-ever-after.

Towards the end, it seemed every character had a revelation or a confession, and it kept pouring out like a soap opera on its last episode. I mean, I was half-expecting some grand plot twist that would give someone amnesia already. It was just too many issues to tackle in one book, too rushed.

And the editing issues didn’t help, either. A lot of inconsistencies that throw you off. Didn’t expect such substandard editing from Thomas Nelson.

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