Bitter Sweet Author:LaVyrle Spencer High school seniors Maggie Pearson and Eric Severson were first-time lovers, their ardor sweet and wondrous as they discovered each other beneath the blossoms of Easley's apple orchard. They swore they'd be together always. Then college intervened and fate gave them different lives from the ones they'd envisioned on those summer nights in 1965.
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Twenty-three years later, Maggie is devastated when her husband dies in a plane crash, leaving her in Seattle with a college-age daughter, enough insurance money to make her independent, and an empty future. In an effort to pick up the pieces, she returns to Door County for the wedding of high school friends. There, at the crowded reception, she remeets Eric, now a captain of a charter fishing boat, and Nancy, his wife.
Tall, blond, with Nordic good looks, his skin weathered and burnished by seasons on the lake, at forty Eric wants a child more than anything, but Nancy is unwilling to curtail her career as a traveling sales rep for an exclusive cosmetics company. Disillusioned with his marriage, and running out of ideas on how to save it, Eric finds himself drawn once again to his high school sweetheart.
Auburn-haired and feisty, with warm brown eyes and an easy smile; he used to call her "Maggie M'girl" - and now she was back. Maggie impulsively buys a sprawling Victorian home on the bay and resolutely goes about restoring it to its original gabled grandeur. When she opens Harding House as a bed-and-breakfast inn, the forty-year-old widow begins to realize there are still things left to live for.
In the coming year, Maggie and Eric find their attraction to one another slowly rekindling, while Eric finds his empty marriage lacking. Both moral people, they try to stay apart and deny their feelings, but love must have its way. In the midst of their forbidden reunion, as they endure the censure of town and family, they must each struggle with choices and consequences both bitter and sweet.« less