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Bitter Water
by Sherri Smith   


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Inspirational

Publisher:  Tate Publishing ISBN-10:  1598861441 Type:  Fiction
Pages: 

262

Copyright:  2005 ISBN-13:  9781598861440


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They say you can't go home again, but this time they are wrong! Author Sherri Smith leads the reader gently through Bitter Water. As an insecure teenager, Mara Conley flees from a life of misery, lonliness, and abuse on the night of her high school graduation. Stricken by a genetic eye disease, she is forced to return to the family who emotionally abandoned her years before. Mara is all grow up this time, and she isn't going home alone. God is by her side, and He doesn't intend for her to endure the tense reunion alone. This character-driven novel will keep you wanting more as you wade into "Bitter Water."

BITTER WATER




Prologue




Mara Conley stood in the still night.All she heard was the rustling of the leaves along the sidewalk and the creaking of a left over Christmas ornament hanging from a utility pole.She could smell a slight whiff of smoke from someone who had burned his or her leaves earlier in the evening.The moon was not full, but full enough that she could see the shops and the town that she had left eight years ago.She was standing in front of her Momís beauty shop; she shivered, not knowing if it was from the cool autumn night or because she was back where she started from eight years ago.




There were no lights on in any of the shops, they roll the sidewalks up early in small town USA, and this was one of the smallest.From what she could see, there were several empty storefronts up and down the street, windows boarded up, forlorn looking in the night.Her Motherís shop was still there in the little building with the grand name of Main Street Mall.The front window displayed antiques, which meant Nancyís show was still there but she couldnít tell if any of the other shops were still open.Well at least Motherís shop is still here, she thought.




Mara wondered how her Mom would react when she showed up at the shop.Was her Dad still alive?She had no way of knowing.The years had slipped by and Mara hadnít kept in contact with anyone from home.She had decided to come home, perhaps to get some questions answered that had been gnawing at her inside.She knew she had to find herself, and the only way to do that was to come home.




She sighed and got back into her little Cavalier.She turned on the heater to take the chill away from her body and sat for a few moments, just thinking of the last time she had been in this little town.This was her hometown and her beginnings.Slowly she drove back to the interstate and then to Springfield to find a room.Iíll start fresh in the morning, she thought.



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Mara thought, a season of change for all of us. We have gone through so much in the past year. Iím so thankful I was here to be a part of it. She felt the love in the room, and looked over at Jerry, he was looking at her too. Their eyes met and held for several seconds. Yes, maybe Iíll be looking for a different future also.

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Bitter Water was a great read!
The novel 'Bitter Water' flowed smoothly and I could identify with the main character. It is an inspirational novel, without being preachy and I liked that. I could 'see' the places where the story took place and was easily drawn into the story. In fact, I couldn't put it down, I had to read it all the way through.

Gently Inspiring
I really enjoyed this book. I enjoyed journeying with Mara back to her roots. I found inspiration in her ability to stay true to herself despite having to face the pain of her father's rejection all over again. Smith's book is warmly written, gently riveting, and an inspiring reminder of just how much courage and ability to persevere through 'bitter waters' can come from being rooted in faith, especially a faith in God that has been honed by those same bitter waters.

Bitter Water is a sweet read!
I recently read this book, in one day, as a matter of fact. I was so drawn into the story that I didn't want to put it down. The descriptions were enough to 'see' the places and characters, yet not overly done. The author took a story that involved many ordinary aspects of life - growing up, finding friendships, employment, housing and death, and wove them into an uplifting and pleasant story. I would recommend this book to any woman , especially one who is striving to be the best she can be, even after enduring a painful upbringing.



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