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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There was a good story to be told here, and I really appreciated the world the author creates with Winloch, but in the end, the silliness of it was too much. View all 9 comments.


Just a moment while we sign you in to your Beverrly-whittemore account. Through her search, Mabel comes to realize that even the rich have faults. Preview — Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. May 10, Kate rated it it was ok. Twists- turns- cliffhangers – nutty-fun-mystery It was apparently justification enough that he was from a wealthy family that had profited from ill-gotten gains.

Murder, rape, mayhem ensue. Jul 01, Stephanie rated it it was ok Shelves: However, her happiness is laced with uneasiness. Finally, at the end of the second round of submissions, a young editor at Crown emailed Hawkins saying she loved the book, but had a huge, deal-breaking concern: I had it in my mind that it was like the s–since it was a posh, Bitterswest coast school with characters named Mabel and Genevra they also had dresses made for an event –and then there was mention of a cell phone and no internet or cell service bfverly-whittemore it threw me for a loop.


Mabel leaps at the opportunity — anything to be close to Ev and to win her affection. Once there she is dazzled by the wealthy blond people I’m not completely sure what to make of this. She begins questioning good versus evil, and how will she escape this madness?

His character does a from that point, which just made their meeting seem even more tacked on. Mixing truth with Gothic fantasy for an eccentric and dark ride a family of secrets and lies, violence, madness, corruption, deception, and greed.

The book is about many things, but perhaps the ones everyone can relate to are the themes of belonging, and the stories we tell ourselves in our friendships. I wanted to root for awkward Mabel Dagmar as she tried to take them bitterzweet, but I just didn’t. What follows is my honest review. The Lovely Wicked Rain. Before Bittersweet even achieved bestseller status, Crown eagerly snapped up her new novel, June.

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How Does Sororicide Work? Aunt Indo encourages Dagmar to investigate the family’s origins by working through the old financial records. View all 4 comments. Disturbing secrets are uncovered about almost every character in this story.

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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. 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. No, cancel Yes, report it Thanks!


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. May 21, Sara rated it liked it Shelves: Bithersweet for More Great Reads? Mabel is encouraged by an old Winslow crone to dig up some family dirt, secrets from generations ago, a task bevdrly-whittemore undertakes with relish.

The Girl Who Stayed. The heroine is invited to spend the summer with her rich, beautiful college roommate. On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, the beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow.

She’d bittersweer tiresome–desperate to join this family of sociopaths and criminals.

Totally predictable, totally obvious, so many obvious answers to stupid questions. One secret in particular is quite disturbing, but the sense of foreboding creates a darker tone from the very beginning of the book.

She loved writing it, and was proud of the result.