Bitter Blessings Reviews


Fire and Ice

“…With an awesome cast of supporting character including her best friend Adam and his father, Megan just may be able to survive the challenges that lie ahead. There were a lot of things I really loved about Bitter Blessings. It’s a short read that pulled me in and I finished it in one sitting. It addresses adolescent substance abuse, grief, financial hardship, codependency and religious bigotry in an artful, hopeful manner…”

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Cerebrations of a Writer

“Bitter Blessings is gripping from the start. Not only was it well-written, the story was unpredictable…
…Though I expected a little more action, the book was full of realistic characters you grow to love or hate and realistic situations. I even teared up at parts. The story is gripping with unexpected twists, demonstrating God’s power to change our hearts and guide is in trial…”

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Creation and Compassion

“…I loved reading this book!  It made me laugh and it made me cry, and I didn’t want to put it down.  It reminded me of the importance of watching my tongue in moments of anger or frustration.  The writing flowed well and the book was a pleasure to read.  I couldn’t help but love the main character, Megan, in spite of her faults.  I also loved  her best friend Adam, and all of the others who reached out to help Megan and her family.  If you are looking for a fun, uplifting new story, this LDS Fiction Novel published by Cedar Fort is the book for you…”

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Danica Page 

“… After looking at the title I thought this was going to be pretty depressing book. I won’t say try to say that it doesn’t have depressing elements because it does. Her mother dies within the first ten pages…that right there is pretty depressing. And the events that unfold are heart-breaking.

However, there were also parts of this book that had me laughing hysterically out loud in my apartment and caused my roommates to be concerned…any book that can do that is a great book…

This novel masterfully blends elements of suspense, intrigue, tragedy, comedy, friendship, and faith in a way that readers will love…
Mehring’s writing style is both touching and entertaining. This book made me feel the whole spectrum of emotions like I mentioned earlier. Any book that can make me feel so many different emotions is one that I love.
This is a novel that I would read again and plan on keeping on my shelf…”

“At the outset, I wasn’t too keen on reading, but by chapter two I was hooked and couldn’t put it down until I’d finished it.

Bitter Blessings, by Christine Mehring is well worth reading!…

…Megan is one of those characters any woman can relate to, because we’ve all been like her at one point in time or another. It comes with the female territory.  She is real, and has flaws, and makes bad judgements in haste and anger. And yet, when she fell to her knees page 146, I was right there with her and almost longed to put my arm around that 17 year old girl  going through such hell. And even though she didn’t get the perfect happily ever after, I was glad to see things work out for the most realistic best.

Christine Mehring has written a fantastic novel, and I give hearty kudos! Freely recommend.”

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Jenn Wilks

“…Looking back, I can find things I could nitpick about the writing or the characters or the ending, but, honestly, as I was reading, I didn’t notice any of those things. I was completely swept up in the drama and I fell in love with the characters. My heart ached for Megan as the story progressed and things went from bad to worse to completely-spiraling-out-of-control.

I will say that I felt the ending may have wrapped up a little too quickly, but on the other hand, I think the story was about how they got to that ending, and not the ending itself. And the story about how they got to that ending was excellent. It definitely wasn’t a stereotypical LDS novel by any stretch…”
This Crazy Writing Thing

“…A wonderful read that will captivate you from the beginning and make you feel like you are a part of the character’s lives. A great story from a great storyteller. Looking forward to reading more from this author…”

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Julie Coutler Bellon

“…I thought Bitter Blessings was an emotionally gripping book. The author’s main character, Megan, stays true to character with the unique voice of a teenager who is facing some daunting challenges in her life and she’s just trying to muddle through as best she can. I loved her relationship with her best friend Adam, and I really liked how the author made Megan so three dimensional in her coping skills with everything that happens to her…”

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Write Bravely

“…Every once in a while I pick up a book that I have to read until it is finished. Bitter Blessings by Christine Mehring was one of those books. I thought I would read a chapter or two while the kids were brushing their teeth and gathering their backpacks for school. A little while later the book was finished…”

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Looking Out My Backdoor

“…Megan is forced to face the grown-up demands of life quickly. Unprepared, she makes mistakes, alienates the people she is closest to, and doesn’t recognize the love that waits for her. However, in the darkness of her life, Megan slowly begins to find the hope that comes to her through friends she had taken for granted, but who remained faithful. She finds peace in being forgiven, and she finds hope in uncovering a long, lost secret.

Bitter Blessings is a wonderful, curl-up-by-the-fire read. Buy two and give one as a Christmas gift…”

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Getting Your Read On

“…Megan and her family deal with so many real life issues.  Life really seems to dump the hard on Megan’s shoulders.  She had such a weight to carry.  I loved how hard she tried to keep it all together.  Her love for her family is obvious…

One of the initial problems in this story came because someone was willing to believe things that were bad before really knowing for themselves.  They believed what someone else told them and acted on that before finding out for themselves.  It changed the lives of so many people, and not for the better.  I wonder how life and relationships would be changed if we just assumed the best before we assumed the worst in people.

This was a quick read, I polished it off in a day, and I really enjoyed my journey with Megan and Adam.  It was real and touching…”

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