Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Book Tour: Bitter Like Orange Peel by Jessica Bell

Welcome to my stop on the Xpresso Book Tour for Bitter Like Orange Peel!

Six women. One man. Seven secrets. One could ruin them all. Kit is a twenty-five-year-old archaeology undergrad, who doesn’t like to get her hands dirty. Life seems purposeless. But if she could track down her father, Roger, maybe her perspective would change.

The only problem—Roger is as rotten as the decomposing oranges in her back yard according to the women in her life: Ailish, her mother—an English literature professor who communicates in quotes and clich├ęs, and who still hasn’t learned how to express emotion on her face; Ivy, her half-sister—a depressed archaeologist, with a slight case of nymphomania who fled to America after a divorce to become a waitress; and Eleanor, Ivy’s mother—a pediatric surgeon who embellishes her feelings with medical jargon, and named her daughter after “Intravenous.”

Against all three women’s wishes, Kit decides to find Roger.
Enter a sister Kit never knew about.
But everyone else did.

Kat's Review

With a title like this, I had to sign up to be a part of this tour. This story is a tale of lies and deceit, with each character more bitter about their life's circumstances than the next. Everyone is keeping secrets, and none of the characters seem to have matured or are able to see past looking out for themselves. With a narrative that jumps from one character's perspective to the next, the reader gets a good look inside the heads of each of the main characters.

I found the dynamics between the two mothers and their daughters fascinating, especially since it's so apparent how strained each of their relationships are. There's a strange lack of affection, despite the feeling that there is love there. It's as though the mothers have learned to somehow hold back their emotions for fear of being hurt yet again. The completely absent Roger is nonetheless present in every conflict, every bad decision, every insecurity each of these women carry around with them.

An interesting novel about the power the past can have on the present, and the impact of a lie, even when told with the best intentions.

The author of Bitter Like Orange Peel, Jessica Bell, is hosting an international giveaway. To participate, read the terms and conditions and enter below to win!

Grand prize giveaway
Prize (open internationally): 
--The winner has a choice of 3 prizes:

Choice 1: Paperback copies of my novels: String Bridge (+ MP3 downloads of original soundtrack), The Book, and Bitter Like Orange Peel
Choice 2: Paperback copies of my Writing in a Nutshell Series (three pocket-sized writing craft books)
Choice 3: Paperback copies of my poetry books: Muted, Fabric and Twisted Velvet Chains.

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  1. Great review, Kathleen! This sounds like a really good and profound read! Very character oriented, too! Glad you liked it!

  2. Thank you so much! Sorry it took so long for me to drop by. I have been away and somehow missed this. Cheers!


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