I was not one bit disappointed with this much anticipated sequel to McFadden's, "Sugar". Her writing style can best be described as "simply poetic".
I loved how the fate of each character was intertwined with the fate of another. I loved how instead of merely giving a glimpse of background into one character or the other, McFadden has each character "tell their story" - giving the reader intimate insight into the feelings, thoughts, and lives of the character.
Standing ovation to Bernice L. McFadden, who has joined the ranks of my favorite authors.
Love this book! But you should definitely read the first one before picking up this one. I'm not sure it would be as good without the first one.
I had to stop reading this book about halfway through because I did not know what was going on. It was as if the story began in the middle and I missed the first part. And maybe that's exactly what happened. One of the reviewers said that readers needed to read the first book about Sugar in order to understand This Bitter Earth; but I did not know there was a Book 1 when I bought it. Bernice L. McFadden is a very good writer and I was impressed by the way she tells a story, but I do need to know what came before in order to fully appreciate her talent.