Bittersweet by Susan Wittig Albert
My rating: 2 of 5 stars
Not one of my favorite China Bayles books. Sam, married to China's mother Leatha, has been hospitalized just before Thanksgiving. Despite this, Thanksgiving dinner at the ranch is still on. Leatha and Sam had been planning to open their ranch up as a resort for birders' but Sam's uncertain prognosis is jeopardizing their plans. A young woman, Sue Ellen, has come to help Leatha, but she disappears after confiding to China that her soon-to-be ex husband is involved in some criminal activity.
The book describes the game ranching industry in Texas, and the plot involves the smuggling of animals onto some ranches, and the multimillion dollar breeding of game animals. China is involved of course in putting the pieces together that result in justice being done, but the ending of the novel is abrupt and unsatisfying.
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