I really enjoy historical fiction so when I saw Bittersweet by Nevada Barr on my recommended kindle books I decided to take a chance on it. I mean what could be better than lesbian romance and historical fiction.
Here is the Goodreads blurb if you are interested:
In her very first novel, award-winning author Nevada Barr reveals another side to her remarkable storytelling prowess with this heart-wrenching yet tender tale of two women whose boundless devotion to each other is continually challenged in nineteenth century America.
I was not disappointed by Nevada Barr first novel even though it was not what I originally thought that it would be. I was expecting more of a classic romance novel with couple scenes of lesbian smexy time set in the old west. You will get no smexy time from Bittersweet. The novel focuses on the lives of Imogene, a spinster teacher, and Sarah, her young student, and their struggles to build their lives together in the old west.
I thought the characters were very relatable and their story was engaging. You couldn’t help but feel for Imogene and Sarah. Every time it seemed that their life was finally going well you could expect something to happen that would ruin the little life that they were able to build for themselves. The book is very emotional. I might have shed a tear or two towards the end.
I thought the book would have been better if it made it clear earlier on how Sarah truly felt about Imogene. It was confusing trying to guess if she saw her as more of a friend or a lover. It also has some very graphic rape scenes that are not suitable for every reader.
This touching historical novel is now one of my new favorites. I would highly recommend this novel to anyone that likes historical fiction. But if you are looking for a traditional romance novel this might not be the novel for you.