Bitter, Sweet by Laura BestBitter, Sweet by Laura Best

Bitter, Sweet

byLaura Best

Paperback | October 1, 2009

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Pru Burbidge lives a simple life on the family homestead on Dalhousie Road in 1940s rural Nova Scotia- until her father abandons the family and her mother falls ill. Her life is turned upside-down by these events, and she is forced to take on the role of primary caregiver to her siblings, Jessie, Flora, and Davey. Things go from bad to worse when Pru's mother dies, leaving Pru and Jessie, her older brother, to care for the family in secret so they are not separated and sent away to foster homes, or worse- the orphan house. Pru and Jessie do everything they can to hide the fact that their mother has passed away and keep the family together, but their situation becomes increasingly dire as their money and food supplies begin to run out and their neighbours start getting suspicious. When the situation comes to a head and they are on the verge of being found out, Pru and her siblings must work together to save their family from being torn apart.
Laura Best has lived in the small community of East Dalhousie her entire life. She was a contributor to Christmas in the Maritimes: A Treasury of Stories and Memories and A Maritime Christmas: New Stories and Memories of the Season, and her fiction has been published in literary magazines across Canada, including The Antigonish Review,...
Title:Bitter, SweetFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:144 pages, 7.63 × 5.13 × 0.38 inShipping dimensions:7.63 × 5.13 × 0.38 inPublished:October 1, 2009Publisher:Nimbus PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1551097362

ISBN - 13:9781551097367


Rated 4 out of 5 by from A great read I met the author, Laura Best, at her book signing at the end of November and brought her book home to read. It didn't take long to become fully absorbed in the story and interested in the characters she had created. This young rural Nova Scotia family did what they had to do to stay together. The mother had prepared her children to the best of her ability, and it paid off for them in her absence. I found myself rooting for the children when the authorities were banging on the door, and when the father came back into their lives, and when major decisions had to be made regarding their well-being. This is a wonderful YA book, great for anyone who enjoys a good read.
Date published: 2010-02-13