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The New York Times. Retrieved 3 May BBC News. Retrieved 7 January Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Mackenzie Crook Toby Jones. Channel X Lola Entertainment. Andy and Lance are approached by Sophie, who explains that she is a student with an interest in metal detecting. They invite her to attend the next meeting of their detecting club, the DMDC, where she is enthusiastically welcomed.

Lance finds an excuse to visit his ex-wife Maggie at her shop, in the hope of reviving their relationship, but she is never far from her obnoxious new boyfriend Tony. Andy is convinced that a royal saxon ship-burial is located on a nearby farm.


The landowner, the eccentric Farmer Bishop, permits Andy and Lance to search his land, with the exception of one field, where it is rumoured that he has buried his wife. Lance suggests to Andy that they perform a song he's written at a local pub open-mic event, hoping to impress Maggie. Andy tries to convince his girlfriend Becky to come along, knowing that she resents the time he spends out detecting with Lance.

At Bishop's Farm, they are approached by two rival detectorists who also intend to search the site. Wary of others muscling in on their patch, Andy and Lance decide to keep their operations secret, but Sophie seems to know more than she should. Farmer Bishop shows the detectorists a couple of saxon artefacts that were ploughed up on the farm decades ago, which seems to confirm that the site of the ship-burial is nearby.

Andy and Lance get an unexpected visit from the rival detectorists, the 'Antiquisearchers', who know all about the artefacts Bishop showed them. Deciding they need to act fast, Lance and Andy get the club involved, and Terry — the club president — is only too keen to muck in if he can prove that Larry Bishop murdered his wife. Meanwhile, the open-mic event turns into a disaster. Andy cringes with embarrassment after performing Lance's song, prompting Sophie to take his hand to console him. Becky walks in on this scene and reacts furiously, accusing Andy of having an affair.

The episode includes a short performance of the title song, performed by Johnny Flynn as "Johnny Piper". After striking an unexploded bomb digging on Bishop's land, Terry is hospitalised and announces that he is standing down as president of the DMDC. Sophie calls Andy, telling him she's bought a new detector and the two go out detecting. Andy is jubilant when he finds his first gold coin, but Lance resents him for going detecting without him and refuses to talk. They find themselves on opposite teams in a pub quiz, with Andy trying to keep the peace between Becky and Sophie, who are openly hostile, and Lance having to endure the company of Tony, who mocks him in front of Maggie.

Later, Becky is sent an incriminating photograph of Andy sharing a celebratory kiss with Sophie taken just after they had found the gold coin and storms out on him. Andy tries to convince Becky that he isn't having an affair. She shows him the photograph but doesn't know who took it. Lance helps out at Maggie's shop, where she pressures him to give her a large loan. Later he and Sophie encounter the Antiquisearchers, who announce that they now have the sole right to search Bishop's Farm.

Andy storms up and accuses them of taking the photograph. When Sophie sees it she is outraged at this attempt to destroy Andy's personal life and denounces the Antiquisearchers, revealing that they sent her to spy on Lance and Andy's detecting activities. Bishop is arrested on suspicion of murder when the archaeological excavation turns up bones on his land.

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Andy gives up detecting, hoping that by selling his detector he can prove his devotion to Becky. He proposes to her and she accepts. Lance discovers that the only reason Maggie keeps in contact with him is that she knows he has substantial lottery winnings saved.

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Sophie visits the DMDC to apologise, explaining that she was used by the Antiquisearchers and will undo the damage her actions have caused. Bishop is released without charge when it turns out that the bones found on his land were dog bones. He invites Andy, Lance, Sophie and Becky back to his land to detect; giving the detectorists one last chance to discover their hearts' desire: the burial place of King Sexred of the East Saxons. His grandfather was one of the crew members when it crashed somewhere nearby in Sophie offers to help him research the location of the crash site.

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Andy and the other members of the DMDC, worried that Lance is becoming lonely, try to convince him to try internet dating. Later Lance receives a call from a mystery woman called Kate. Lance is preparing to meet the mystery woman, but keeps it a secret. Andy heads to the library to join Sophie and Peter with their research, but gets the impression they don't want him around, so leaves them to it.

Meanwhile Becky's patience with the petty politics at her school is at breaking point and she walks out of a staff meeting. Andy spots Lance in a cafe with the mystery woman, who is much younger than he is. Danebury's mayor seeks the DMDC's help finding his chain of office which he has lost at a dogging site. Whilst out detecting Andy and Lance encounter their old rivals—now renamed the 'Dirt Sharks'—who suggest that Peter might have other motives for finding the plane than simply to lay a wreath.

Russell and Hugh begin the search for the mayor's missing chain of office. Sophie and Peter discover Lance buying flowers and chocolate— apparently preparing for a date—and, on Andy's instructions, spy on him as he meets the mystery woman again.

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It transpires that the crash site is on the Mayor's land, leading Terry to suggest that the club should ask for permission to search his land as a reward for finding the chain. Becky tries to convince Andy to consider volunteering abroad; she has found an archaeological dig in Botswana and set him up for an interview. Lance reveals to Andy that Kate is his estranged daughter. The chains of office are discovered, but someone needs to fetch a stick. Sophie and Peter have been spending a lot of time together, and when Peter asks her to go travelling with him in the summer, she accepts.

Andy's interview goes disastrously at first, but his enthusiasm for archaeology shows when he presents some clay pipe pieces he found in a flower-bed. Terry receives the licence from the MOD to excavate the crash site, which reveals there were no crewmen on board when the plane crashed. He challenges Peter, who is apparently taken aback at this news and hastily departs.

Profile Menu - Buy Bittersweet: Volume 1 (Acorn Hills Series) book online at best prices in India on Read Bittersweet: Volume 1 (Acorn Hills Series). Jake Evans, savvy businessman, had it all a magnificent home in Acorn Hills, a great job, money to burn, and the perfect girlfriend, but his wandering eye.

Lance attempts to connect with Kate, but she is overwhelmed by 20 years' worth of presents and leaves him. Andy fears the uncertainties of providing for his family in Botswana and conceals that he's been offered the job, leading to a fight and an ultimatum from Becky. Sophie manages to contact Peter, who tells her he's been offended by the accusations Terry made against him and is going home. Sophie defends Peter, accusing the others of paranoia, but later discovers he was lying to her all along.

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The other club members stake out the field at night and catch the Dirt Sharks Nighthawking, though Peter escapes. Lance makes several unreturned calls to Kate. Peter, whom Sophie learns has been twice convicted of disturbing war graves in Germany, skulks in to search and is caught by Terry who calls the constabulary on him. I'm calling it the salt and pepper genre. My books deal with real life issues, overcoming adversity, maintaining a positive outlook, and so much more.

Just because we are 50 yrs old or older doesn't mean that life stops. We all still want attention and affection and adventure!

We want to experience all life has to offer. We use our age as wisdom to share with those around us. We are sexual, sensual, and sensible," Grace explains. Augustine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July of Her thoughts on that "It may slow me down, but if I can at all do it, I will. Sitting and feeling sorry for yourself isn't the answer If you haven't pick up one of her wonderful books, this is the perfect opportunity. Acorn Hills was home. It had always been home for Jillian Dempsey, except for the few years she spent in Montana.

For Jillian, life was about lessons--lessons you taught someone or lessons you learned from life issues or people who crossed your path. Her progressive, open upbringing in the late 's through the mid 's gave her a good foundation In this final book of The Acorn Hills Series, we find Jillian contemplating the past, leaving words of wisdom for her sons, and forging ahead living her happily ever after. Special Occasions. Augustine nailed it on this one.

The depth of emotions - I can't even begin to tell you. She had me laughing, crying, and at certain points stunned. Pick this up for FREE! Bittersweet is the story of the owner of a Fortune consulting company and the ups and downs of every day life in the fictitious Pacific Northwest town of Acorn Hills. Jake Evans, CEO and savvy businessman, had it all From Jake and Jillian to Denise and David, Ginger and Jordan and Richard Dempsey, this introduction into the Acorn Hills series gives you a glimpse into the lives of this very close knit circle of friends.

They have known each other since grade school and are a very integral part of each other, proving that real friendships truly CAN last a lifetime. My 5 Star Review.

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Bittersweet is a wonderful, heartwarming story from debut author, Grace Augustine. It is the story about the everyday lives of the people in the quaint town of Acorn Hills. The reader discovers their history, losses, dreams, regrets and loves. I was left wanting more, and wonder if Jillian will ever realize what is right in front of her. I enjoyed being immersed in the town of Acorn Hills and look forward to more from this author and her picturesque town.

Ginger Farnsworth grew up in the 70's, a very interesting, unique time in history. She was the captain of the cheer squad, led the dance and flag team, and aspired to be the best chef in the world. We journey with Ginger through the next forty years as she lives life on the edge. Her penchant for cooking takes her to France and turns her into an award winning pastry chef. We travel through the adversities and joys of her life, from beginning a successful business to finally finding Mr.