Marty Lopez is living with HIV. He is also a recovering cocaine addict, and has done time because of his addiction, before developing a second career as a substance abuse counselor. Over his family's opposition, he moves to Texas from California, looking for a new life in a small town. Angie Davis is divorced. She lives with her grandparents and goes to school part time, and she really likes the new counselor at Second Horizon, the treatment center where she works. When Angie learns that her current boyfriend has been unfaithful, Marty offers a listening ear. But friendship is all he offers, because the consequences of his past don't leave room for love in his future. Angie, however, has other ideas. As the months go by, friendship becomes love and love becomes committment, until family, fear, and the ghosts of Marty's past combine to test Angie's faith and thrust Marty into the public eye. Suddenly their love must survive not only their own doubts, but the scrutiny of an entire rural town.
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Reviewed by Correne Benton
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Sunday 08 November, 2009
Bittersweet Vitories is a compellng novel that I enjoyed reading immensely. The Author deals with HIV in a way that lets the reader understand that this disease could happen to anyone's family and see the struggles they face. It is a good love story. I recommend it. Rachel Smith has a unique ability and is a extremely gifted writer. The love story is moving and the HIV factor does not interfere with it, but moves it forward.
Reviewed by Becky Mayben
Rating: [5 of 5 Stars!] Date Added: Saturday 07 November, 2009
“Bittersweet Victories” is a compelling story of love and some of the real complexes facing many people in our current society. Heterosexuals are the fastest growing population of HIV positive individuals in the United States. Rachel Smith bravely confronts that reality and how it affects the lives of the infected, who like most, fall in love and want to live life as “normally” as possible even when living with HIV. Rachel accurately presents the medical aspects of HIV and candidly explores the love of two people who must deal with the issue of one of them being HIV positive. The love story is beautiful and the realities of the situation kept me in the grips of the outcome – I couldn't put the book down until I knew how it all ended.
I highly recommend “Bittersweet Victories” as a love story with a twist not approached or so well incorporated into the already complex nature of human relationships!
|Size: ||666 KB|
|Publisher: ||Awe-Struck E-Books, Inc.|
|Date published: ||Feb 2009|
|ISBN: ||9787770556456 (DRM-PDF)|
|Read Aloud: ||allowed|