Tuesday, February 22, 2022

Book Review/Giveaway - Sweet Bitterness by Tricia McGill


Sweet Bitterness

by Tricia McGill




GENRE:   contemporary romance





First love can be wonderful—albeit at times tortuous. Rarely does it last, and at times is so painful it brings nothing but heartache. Often it is the girl who has a passion but in the case of twenty-year-old Tony, his feelings for seventeen-year-old Melody become what can probably be termed an obsession. An obsession that stays with him as years pass and their lives go in different directions.

Sadly, often a third party steps into the mix, diverting the course of the lives of young lovers. In Melody’s case, it is her father who shatters the hopes and dreams of this pair. Not only is Melody’s parent an overbearing and obstinate man but he happens to be an unprincipled police inspector who does not hesitate to use the power his position entitles him to exercise.
Shattered by the events that ensue, Tony takes off to the other side of the world and makes a successful life in Australia. Always the dream of returning to England and claiming his lost love stays with him. Many obstacles crop up, making his dreams seem impossible. Meanwhile Melody is left to face a loveless life forced on her by her father where escape to happiness drifts further away as the years pass.



The local dancehall contained the usual Saturday evening crowd. For a while, Tony watched a vision of perfection as she danced—not with everyone who asked her, he noticed. The two mates he came along with had disappeared, probably gone off with the girls they danced with earlier, but Tony suddenly had no desire to hold anyone in his arms but this raven-haired beauty with the figure of a goddess. Dare he ask her—his world tilted when she accepted his offer. Above average height himself, she reached his chin and felt like a delicate porcelain doll as he pulled her as close as he dared.

After dancing without speaking, apart from exchanging names, the bandleader announced that they were taking a break, so Tony asked tentatively, “Can I interest you in a drink?” To his great delight, she accepted with a nod. “That’s an unusual name, by the way,” he commented as they stood side by side with their drinks—no fancy tables and chairs in this place. “Is it your real name or did you choose it?”

“Of course, it’s my real name, silly.” She nudged his arm. “My mum chose it, after seeing a movie where the leading lady was called Melody; she said she decided to call her daughter that, if she had one.”


My Thoughts: Short but sweet and heartbreaking. Not much I can reveal without blabbing the whole story but it just kinda reiterated the old saying about one never really forgets a first love and I could relate so much to this story. My heart went out to Melody and Tony.

I despised Melody's father and brother so badly for being such bullies and using their positions and power to keep these two apart as it was so very clear they were meant to be together. It was destiny doggone it!

I was provided a copy of this book for my honest review.



AUTHOR Bio and Links:


Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time, she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?”








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  1. Thank you so much for hosting my book, and for your lovely review. I am so pleased that you felt for my star crossed lovers. Tricia

  2. I like the cover, synopsis and excerpt, this sounds like an excellent angsty read and I am looking forward to it. Thank you for sharing your review and the author's bio and book details

  3. The book sounds very intriguing.

  4. Thanks for commenting. This book believe it or not was based on a short story I wrote about the forlorn love affair of one of my family members.

  5. Congratulations on your release of Sweet Bitterness, Tricia, it sounds like an excellent romance for me to read and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me and have a great day!