Sweet Water: A Novel

Paperback | July 1, 2014

byChristina Baker Kline

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, and the critically acclaimed author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be, comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness—includes a special PS section featuring insights, interviews, and more.

Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City.  When she receives a call from a magistrate in Sweetwater, TN, telling her she has inherited sixty acres of land from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it’s time for a change.  She moves into the house where her mother, Ellen, was born—and where she died tragically when Cassie was three.

From the moment she arrives in Sweetwater, Cassie is overwhelmed by the indelible mark her mother’s memory had left behind.  As she delves into the thicket of mystery that surrounds her mother’s death, Cassie begins to understand the desperate measures the human heart is capable of.

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train, and the critically acclaimed author of Bird in Hand and The Way Life Should Be, comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgiveness—includes a special PS section featuring insights, interviews, and more.Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in Ne...

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train comes a novel about buried secrets and the redemptive power of forgivenessCassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited sixty acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather,...

Christina Baker Kline is the author of five novels. She lives out-side of New York City and on the coast of Maine.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:July 1, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062361007

ISBN - 13:9780062361004

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Surprising. I wasn't sure if I wanted to read this book but I was glad that I did. It really was quite memorable.
Date published: 2015-04-30
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sweet Water I had recently purchased Orphan Train and then this book came up in a book club and realized it was by the same author. Sweet Water is Kline's first novel and the first I have read of hers. Yet again it is one of those tricky 3 star books. There were a number of good aspects to this novel and then there were some that were not so good. I liked the concept, of a young girl needing to find herself, and part of the search is to know who her family is and where she came from. Returning to her birth town after the death of her grandfather, whom she had never met, she starts to develop relationships with her grandmother, aunts, uncles and cousins. While the description states that the book is shroud is mystery...the mystery was a real let down. Instead of having the mystery aspect woven it I would have rather preferred for the whole novel to focus on relationship building, self discovery and letting go and moving on. I liked hearing Clyde's point of view and why she was so stand offish - which in my opinion was unnecessary. I would have preferred Clyde and Cassie to have a typical grandmother granddaughter relationship. Yes I understand her heartache, but it was not Cassie's fault for everything that happened in her grandmother's life. The ending was terrible - in that it didn't really end. It almost seemed like the author just got tired of the story and just said the end. I was also not a fan of the character Troy. I found him as a love interest was just wrong. While I liked that the author gave her a love interest I just did not like that it was him. You could defiantly tell that it was a first novel by an author - and I'm sure that writing her following novels she developed more depth. Well I'm hoping so anyways, as I plan to read more of her.
Date published: 2015-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Disappointing! SWEET WATER (CHRISTINA BAKER KLINE) William Morrow|July 1, 2014|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-06-236100-4 Story Description: Cassie Simon is a struggling artist living in New York City. When she receives a call from a magistrate telling her she has inherited sixty acres of land in Sweetwater, Tennessee, from her grandfather, whom she never knew, she takes it as a sign: it's time for a change. She moves to the small Southern town where her mother, Ellen, grew up - and where she died tragically when Cassie was three. From the moment she arrives in Sweetwater, Cassie is overwhelmed by the indelible mark her mother's memory left behind. As she delves into the thicket of mystery that surrounds her mother's death, Cassie begins to discover the desperate measures of which the human heart is capable. My Review: I must say that I was sorely disappointed in Sweet Water. I've read other works by Kline that far exceeded my expectations of the novel before I even began to read. For example: "Orphan Train" was a phenomenal read. Sweet Water lacked luster and polish and felt as though it had been written by someone other than Kline herself. The most disappointing part was the ending of the story. There I was merrily reading along, turned the page and DONE! Where was the rest of the story? Overall, Sweet Water wasn't a horrible book by any means, but it certainly fell short of Kline's usual top-notch writing.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet Water - A Novel I enjoyed the suspence of discovery the hidden family secrets. I also enjoyed the unravelling of the personalities and varied family relationships. I thought the main character was strongly portayed as a very believable young woman who inherited her values from her mother.
Date published: 2014-05-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Sweet water Good read. Characters a little shallow.. Clyde great but the peers of Cassie not so developed, but good story.
Date published: 2013-09-20