I was first told about Shauna's work from a few different friend's referencing her first book,Cold Tangerines. I trusted their advice enough to get a copy and read it last year. After finishing the last page, I decided that I had enjoyed reading the book but that it wasn't a book that I had fallen in love with. The author's style of writing and ability to tell her story, on the other hand, became something that I loved. That is why I found it easy to buy, read and even enjoy it's sequel, Bittersweet.
But there is something that should be noted about the two books. Cold Tangerines, like I said, was a good book that I liked but for more than one reason, I didn't care for it enough to fall in love with it. But Bittersweet evoked an entirely different response out of me. I l-o-v-e-d it! Why such varying results from the same author? Why was one book so much more gripping than the other?
Sincerely, I'd like to credit the trials that Shauna went through. It was in those hard times that I can sense greater maturity and deeper perspective was forged. We all despise the hard times, but we can't help but love what it creates in us.
So I'm thankful for the journey that the author's personal life took since she wrote her first book. She's come a long way and it's evident in her work. She has weathered some heavy storms and through them some solid truths found a home on the pages of Bittersweet.