Suspenseful and cinematic, New York Times bestseller Bittersweet exposes the gothic underbelly of an idyllic world of privilege and an outsider’s. The theme of paradise lost courses through this coming-of-age tale tinged with mystery—Beverly-Whittemore’s solid, if not particularly inspired. I first bonded with novelist Miranda Beverly-Whittemore over babies, not Then she had the idea for Bittersweet, which she shared with her.

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Oh, and he’s omniscient too. This is a story where you not be guessing or taking clues during the chapters, it is something that will be beverly-whitemore by itself.

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Mabel and her roommate Ev Genevra continue as roommates after arriving in Winloch, the magical location in Vermont along Lake Champlain, perfect for adventure and mjranda, established long ago by a baron, Sampson Winslow, who made his first money in coal.

Check out more about me and my work at MirandaBW. We appreciate your feedback. And without giving anything away, I loved the unexpected twists and turns that show up in the second half of the book.

A poor, plain scholarship student, Mabel, is attending a posh college. The Black Velvet Coat. Dec 16, Amber rated it it was amazing. Ratings and Reviews 3 70 star ratings 3 reviews.

May 13, Minutes Buy. She had an early interest in the theater, both as an actor and playwright. Aunt Indo encourages Dagmar to investigate the family’s origins by working through the old financial records.

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Also the source of the great wealth miranea shocking. 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. When the girls arrive at Winloch, Mabel is surprised to see it consists of somewhat shabby houses. I loved the naming in this book. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore’s heroine is an outsider invited into the secret, world of the super-rich, yet dark and bittersaeet.

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Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’m a self-admitted slow reader, and I tore through Bittersweet. I found myself getting frustrated with passages that went no where and a cast of people in desperate need of industrial strength therapy. You Should Have Known. The mystery had so many twists and turns, and small details that kept shocking me over and over. miranca

Felt I was reading a well written soap opera, where the use of descriptions was better than the plot. Open Preview See a Problem? Totally predictable, totally obvious, so many obvious answers to stupid quest Pathetic sophomoric attempt at a modern gothic, desperately in need of editing “she opined”–dragged out, sluggish, clunky, etc. In that initial conversation, neither of us mentioned the fact that we were both writers.

Why does the painting in the dining hall evoke such mystery? Her story of an outsider driven by a dangerous desire to fit into a world of privilege think Gatsby has all the sex and secrets typical of summer books.

Totally predictable, totally obvious, so many obvious answers to stupid questions. Until they discover there is always price to pay —a deal with the devil. Mabel, a poor and plain looking college student, is invited by Ev, her beautiful and very wealthy roommate, to spend the summer at Bittersweet. Stay in Touch Sign up.

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Twists- turns- cliffhangers – nutty-fun-mystery Mabel becomes obsessed with the family and their dark secrets, showing increasing greed and envy. It was apparently justification enough that he was from a wealthy family that had profited from ill-gotten gains. However nothing is as perfect as it seems and as Mabel becomes more involved in the family, secrets are revealed and terrible and disgusting discoveries made. And for no real reason that the author felt called upon to give.


I mean, it seems fine in theory – read something easy and suspenseful! Friendship, secrecy, loyalty and morality are tested and proven to be found wanting. The people names are absolutely fabulous. Now all the descendents gather there to spend carefree summers. May 12, Carol Brill rated it liked it. In Ev’s family it’s a tradition that before a sibling inherits ownership of one of the houses – they must first prove they can clean, decorate, remodel, and transform a shabby house – pass inspection – before allowed full privilege to claim it theirs.

She makes all of us wonder how much Lucifer we still have inside. It felt contrived to create a source of romantic conflict between them and made Galway seem like a half-witted voyeur.

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You submitted the following rating and review. Mabel goes from sad and bitchy to manipulative, sad and bitchy. It comes as a surprise when Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at her family’s lakeside estate in Vermont for the summer. The family is also meant to have been looting throughout the rest of the 20th century, wherever there was conflict around the world. It’s not a novel without flaws. I guess it’s supposed to be enough that eventually the wife reaches her limit and takes care of him.

Ev’s father seems friendly to Mabel while the mother bitterswewt cold and aloof. Why are there so many locks on the doors of this remote and happy family place?