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Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Sweet Bitterness by Tricia McGill - Book Tour - Book Review - Giveaway - Enter Daily!

Hi, lovelies!!  It gives me great pleasure today to host Tricia McGill and her new book, “Sweet Bitterness,” here on FAB!!  For other stops on her Goddess Fish Promotions Book Tour, please click on the banner above or any of the images in this post.

Be sure to make it to the end of this post to enter to win a $25 Amazon or Barnes and Noble Gift Card!!  Also, come back daily to interact with Tricia and to increase your chances of winning!!

Thanks for stopping by!!  Wishing you lots of good luck in this fabulous giveaway!!

Sweet Bitterness

by Tricia McGill


GENRE: Contemporary Romance



First love can be wonderful—albeit at times tortuous. Rarely does it last, and at times is so painful it brings nothing but heartache. Often it is the girl who has a passion but in the case of twenty-year-old Tony, his feelings for seventeen-year-old Melody become what can probably be termed an obsession. An obsession that stays with him as years pass and their lives go in different directions.

Sadly, often a third party steps into the mix, diverting the course of the lives of young lovers. In Melody’s case, it is her father who shatters the hopes and dreams of this pair. Not only is Melody’s parent an overbearing and obstinate man but he happens to be an unprincipled police inspector who does not hesitate to use the power his position entitles him to exercise.

Shattered by the events that ensue, Tony takes off to the other side of the world and makes a successful life in Australia. Always the dream of returning to England and claiming his lost love stays with him. Many obstacles crop up, making his dreams seem impossible. Meanwhile Melody is left to face a loveless life forced on her by her father where escape to happiness drifts further away as the years pass.



The local dancehall contained the usual Saturday evening crowd. For a while, Tony watched a vision of perfection as she danced—not with everyone who asked her, he noticed. The two mates he came along with had disappeared, probably gone off with the girls they danced with earlier, but Tony suddenly had no desire to hold anyone in his arms but this raven-haired beauty with the figure of a goddess. Dare he ask her—his world tilted when she accepted his offer. Above average height himself, she reached his chin and felt like a delicate porcelain doll as he pulled her as close as he dared.

After dancing without speaking, apart from exchanging names, the bandleader announced that they were taking a break, so Tony asked tentatively, “Can I interest you in a drink?” To his great delight, she accepted with a nod. “That’s an unusual name, by the way,” he commented as they stood side by side with their drinks—no fancy tables and chairs in this place. “Is it your real name or did you choose it?”

“Of course, it’s my real name, silly.” She nudged his arm. “My mum chose it, after seeing a movie where the leading lady was called Melody; she said she decided to call her daughter that, if she had one.”



This book is such a sweet, interesting, intriguing, and romantic read!!

This book tells a powerful love story full of strong emotions, relatable characters, and realistic plot points that are sure to keep the reader engaged from page to page.

Oh, first loves, full of drama, excitement, energy, passion, and racing hearts - and this book is no exception as it dives headfirst into a forbidden love story full of complications, obstacles, resistance, struggles, heart break, and second chances.  Oh, you never forget your first.

This book is a short, quick, easy to read story that quickly grabs a hold of the reader early on.

This book has strong character development journeys that are hard not to root for and excitingly watch as their story unfolds.

This book is character driven as I found myself completely swept up in Melody's and Tony's love story.

Like myself, I think many readers will be able to easily connect with the characters and the story line.

There are some predictable scenes.  However, there are still a few unexpected twists and turns that you won't see coming!!

All in all, I really enjoyed reading this book and would absolutely recommend it!!  I think all contemporary romance readers and first love fans will like this book too!!  So, add it to your TBR List and get to reading – you won’t be disappointed!!

**Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this book and have voluntarily provided an honest, and unbiased review in accordance with FTC regulations**



Award winning author Tricia McGill spent her early days in England, and moved to Australia many years ago, settling near Melbourne. The youngest in a large, loving family she was surrounded by avid readers, who encouraged her to read from an early age, is it any wonder she became a writer. Although her published works cross sub-genres, romance is always at their heart.

Tricia’s love of animals has always shown up in her books. Tricia devotes as much time and money as she can spare to supporting worldwide conservation groups and is passionate about supporting those who do all they can to preserve our wildlife for future generations. She also volunteers for a local community group that helps disabled adults and children to connect to the internet with provided computer equipment. When people ask what she does in her spare time, she is heard to ask, “Spare time, what is that?









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  1. Tricia ~ Good morning!! Welcome back to FAB!! It is so great to have you here again!! Congrats on your new book and good luck on the book tour!! I really enjoyed reading and reviewing your book, thanks for providing the copy!! :)

  2. Really like the cover - suits the title of the book.

  3. Welcome back! I really enjoyed your last book and I’m excited to dig into this one! You deliver on every point, which makes your books so enjoyable.

  4. This sounds so good! I love the cover

  5. Congratulations on your release of Sweet Bitterness, Tricia, great excerpt and I enjoyed following the tour and learning about your book, which sounds like a great book and I like the cover! Good luck with your book and I hope the tour was a success! Thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Fabulous and Brunette, for sharing your review! Have a wonderful day!

  6. Thank you for sharing your lovely review of this book, the cover is beautiful and I love the synopsis and excerpt, Sweet Bitterness is a must read for me

  7. Thanks so much for hosting me and my new book. And thank you for your lovely review. So glad you got my lovers and their sad but happily ending story. Tricia