Every Bitter Thing SweetBook - 2001
As children, Rory and Odile were drawn together by a pure and innocent love...and torn apart by an act of rage that changed their lives forever. Four years later, they have chosen different paths, but their lives remain ever entangled. Odile, an exquisite beauty, is determined to show the world she needs neither a university education nor the help of a well-off older man to become "somebody". And Rory, grown from a troubled child into a giant of a man, denies his body's power and the lure of the boxing ring -- certain that he has inherited the terrible legacy of his abusive father:the "blood-mark" of violence.
Rory and Odile each struggle for independence and self-understanding. But it is only when they confront each other -- and the past -- that they find what they have been searching for: courage, strength, and the redemptive power of forgiveness...