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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When the girls arrive at Winloch, Mabel is surprised to see it consists of somewhat shabby houses. Jul 06, Elyse Walters rated it really liked it. She never wants to leave. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. May 16, Judy Collins rated it it was amazing Shelves: The review must be at least 50 characters bitterswwet.

The Edge of Lost. Maybe from the outside it seemed that way, like I just popped this book out that then went up on the bestseller list. Miranda Beverly-Whittemore has created a family so dangerously enthralling that the more we learn of their greed and bloodlust, the more we aspire to belong.

Beverly-Whittemore based her follow-up, Set Me Freeon things she loved dearly: And why are so many doors locked with heavy bolts? There is a deep longing to belong. The heroine is invited to spend the summer with her rich, beautiful college roommate.

Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

Then we put the writing talk aside, to go see our sons take the stage at their school, just parents once again. I solved the mysteries at the first mention of each secret. Read more reviews at Inspiring Beverly-wyittemore. Mabel suspects it too, to a certain extent, but she is quickly overcome with so much love for the Winslows and their vacation paradise, Winloch, that she stops caring about being friends with Ev and starts concentrating on keeping her place at Winloch no matter what.


So the author gets full credit for sweeping me into the story and holding me fast through many twists and turns. It was probably this scene, as much as anything, that began my dissatisfaction with this novel. The Vermont estate where the book takes place really draws you in, giving you the bittersqeet that it’s both devastatingly beautiful and creepily haunting.

She begins to uncover terrible things which have occurred in the past and which are still happening.

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Nothing can prepare you for chilling events to unfold, nor the ones from the past yet bitterswete be discovered. In what year is the novel set? This was an enjoyable come-of-age story with a gothic tone and great setting. I received an advance copy of this book, having enjoyed the community Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is building with her wonderful www.

The heroine is invited to spend the s This had the potential to be a good story, but ultimately it collapsed under the weight of its own implausibility. 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 mystery, established long ago by a baron, Sampson Winslow, who made his first money in coal.


She comes from wealth. Now all the descendents gather there to spend carefree summers. Aunt Indo who claims that the family is out to get her and promises her cottage to Mabel if she can find the necessary information to help her. Are these people nuts? Once there she is dazzled by the wealthy blond people so perfect on the surface but rotten underneath.


We are experiencing technical difficulties. Videos About This Book. Jun 16, Daphne Atkeson rated it it was ok. The aunt seems like a sweet old lady, but everyone else in the family hates her. Woman with a Secret. Why did it happen? Sign up here to receive your FREE alerts.

On one hand, it was well written and kept the pages turning. But “Bittersweet” beverly-whittemoore probably make a great beach read.

This is a story where you not be guessing or taking clues during the chapters, it is something that will be solved by itself.

See my full review Listen, this isn’t a happy read. Some more devastating than she could have imagined. Ev then tells Mabel that she needs help cleaning up one of the houses so that her mother and father would transfer ownership to her.


Why she does this, or what exactly the aunt is after, we’re never told. During the day, she worked with esteemed writers, and at night she wrote another novel this one in proseThe Effects of Light. The last pages I read my physical hard copy.