Bittersweet By Miranda Beverly-Whittemore {Book Review}

I received this book from Blogging for Books. However, all opinions remain my own and weren’t influenced.
Bittersweet A Novel

Making the right choice isn’t always easy and sometimes it could even put you on the outside looking in. Mabel is quick to see the situation she is in, but she’s faced with a choice and it could take her down two separate paths. Will she face her choice with an open heart or will she guard herself? How far will she go to fit in?

About The Book:
On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it’s the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she’s ever wanted:  friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.
But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact – and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family’s dark secrets and make Ev’s world her own.


My thoughts!

There’s nothing quite as entertaining as some good family drama and this book is full of it!  In the beginning, I found myself relating to Mabel. Mabel started off being the outsider looking in and  quickly befriends her roommate, Ev. Their relationship is unlikely simply because Ev’s family is wealthy and influential. Ev felt entitled and found Mabel to be below her standards. She often ignored Mabel, until the night of Ev’s birthday that is!

Their relationship started off simply because Mabel put herself and her word on the line for Ev. As the summer drew closer, Ev and Mabel became friends and Ev invites Mabel out to her family’s estate in Vermont. Mabel wanted to put as much distance as she possibly could between her and her family’s dry cleaning business. She wanted more in life and jumped at the opportunity to be apart of Ev’s world.

Mabel started off nervous, but she was quickly mesmerized by the family and wanted to be one of them. Mabel found Ev’s world enticing and enjoyed picnics, late night swims, and parties full of company. She no longer felt like the unwanted girl who surrounded herself in studies. She finally felt like she belonged, until she begins discovering Ev’s family secrets.

Mabel ends up feeling like she’s in over her head with no way out. She questions the fine line of what’s wrong and what’s right. Mabel discovers herself in her quest to uncover the well hidden secrets of Ev’s family.  With greed, violence, desires, and madness all around her, Mabel has to find a way out.

I found this book to be a page turner and often found myself lying in bed telling myself “just one more page”! The book is well written and descriptive. The author did an amazing job at drawing her readers in and giving a full visual of the characters and the setting. At times, I felt like I was right there beside Mabel through her journey. The characters are relatable and easily pictured in each scene.  I loved the pace and the suspense as I followed the story of Ev’s wealthy family secrets. It definitely kept me entangled and made it hard to put down.  I’ve never been to Vermont, but I can honestly say that I feel like I have because of this amazing read. I can just imagine a large Vermont estate on the lake with parties and company for days.  I really enjoyed reading this book and will definitely read it again and again!


Apart from the amazing storyline, I love that the book includes a Q&A with the author  that gives us a little insight into the inspiration behind Bittersweet. There’s also a reader’s guide that would make a great addition to book club discussions.


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Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
About the Author!

MIRANDA BEVERLY-WHITTEMORE is the author of three novels, including The Effects of Light and Set Me Free, which won the Janet Heidinger Kafka Prize for the best book of fiction by an American woman published in 2007. A recipient of the Crazyhorse Fiction Prize, she lives and writes in Brooklyn and Vermont. – penguinrandomhouse

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