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A Bittersweet Garden

Written by: Caren J. Werlinger
Narrated by: Alana Kerr Collins
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Publisher's Summary

Nora McNeill has always dreamed of exploring her Irish roots. When she finally gets the opportunity to spend a summer in the village where her grandparents grew up, the experience promises to live up to her very high expectations. Except for the ghost that is haunting her rented cottage and is soon invading her dreams. 

Briana Devlin has arranged her life the way she likes it: a good dog, good mates, and work with horses. There’s no room in her life for a relationship. Especially with an annoyingly clumsy - and attractive - American who is only going to be around for a few months. 

The weeks fly by, and Nora’s ghost becomes more demanding, seeking her help in solving the mystery surrounding her death. Briana watches as Nora becomes more wrapped up in the past, seeming to fade away before her eyes. 

Past and present are on a collision course, leaving Nora and Briana caught in a ghostly intrigue that could cost them not only their chance of a future together, but their very lives.

©2019 Caren J. Werlinger (P)2019 Audible, Inc.
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  • Categories: LGBTQ2S+

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  • Kirstin
  • 2019-06-12

Pleasantly Surprised

I tend to like novels set in other time periods or other worlds. I was skeptical that I was going to like this book at first, because it was set in a modern environment, however I found myself drawn into the story early on and by the end of the book I couldn’t stop listening.

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  • Margaret
  • 2020-08-03

Great.

I liked A Bittersweet Garden better than I thought I would. I don't like books with supernatural things, But I love Caren J. Werlinger's writing. So I ventured into this book. I really liked it. Intriguing. With all the family history and history of the cottage. Nora and Briana are loveable characters. My favorite theme is how kind and gentle Briana is with the horses. Alana Kerr Collins did an excellent job with the narration.

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  • Ann
  • 2019-07-19

Great read

Another wonderful read from Caren J Werlinger. Seem to fly by. Do I want to rest after this? Yes and no! Finished this in one setting.

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  • D
  • 2019-06-29

A great find

Based on the synopsis I was leery about listening to this book, but it was a great find and would highly recommend it.

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  • Katye
  • 2020-07-24

really got into this one

I was a little worried if it would all feel together right when I started reading it, but quickly realized it was amazing written almost like a dance. The voice actress did an amazing job, switching back and forth from American to Irish can be tricky, but she did it amazingly!

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  • Anon
  • 2020-07-20

Another beauty from Ms Welinger

She is so skilled in both power and sensitivity! Alana Kerr Collins as narrator is superb.

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  • Elaine Dawson
  • 2020-07-03

spooky and cute!

very fun, i liked the aspect of the mystery taking the front seat of the storyline but maintaining the relationship in a way that doesn't take away from the other friendships or plot line. well done!

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  • Carey Durden
  • 2020-02-18

Heart warning

What a wonderfully written story! Very touching! I highly recommend! A truly loving book! Great narration as well!

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  • Emma
  • 2022-10-27

Sweet romance with a paranormal side mystery

This was fun. I picked it up for an October read and because I’ve listened to this narrator before and really enjoyed her performance. I liked all of the characters, and the side mystery of the ghost hauntings was interesting. The romance was… fine. Good, even, but for me something was missing to give it that extra oomph. I loved Nora and Shelia’s relationship though! I do we we had gotten a bit more of Eve and learned a bit of what happened/was going on there, but overall this was a fun read that I’d rec, and I would def check out more from this author (and def this narrator).

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  • Joanne Bogusz
  • 2022-10-13

Loved This

The storyline was predictable but not predictable. I really enjoyed the whole listen. I am recommending this to my friends.