Bitter Yet Also Sweet

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Bittersweet: A Novel by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore

by Lanie Reene

Bittersweet is a delightful book that sweeps you away into a world of privilege, ambition, access, and wealth. The main character (studious, yet ordinary) Mabel Dagmar is a prudent, shy, young woman who finds herself seduced by the illustrious fantasy that is the life of her rich college roommate Genevra. After accepting an invitation to accompany Ev, as her guest, to Ev's family summer property in Vermont, Mabel discovers how deep rich waters run. No one is as they seem to be and uncovering a family's well maintained secrets, simultaneously reveals Mabel's as well. It is an avalanche of lies. A domino effect. Once Mabel knocks down one, the others seem to fall, with major resistance, in slow motion.

Beverly-Whittemore does an amazing job of captivating the reader. I felt comfortable and satisfied every time I curled up to read a chapter, or two, or three. Her use of imagery and first-hand accounts through the eyes of Mae made the story accessible and tangible. I could feel the wind and see the land of Winloch. It made me nostalgic for family vacations, time-shares, hidden resorts, and summer breaks from academe.

The twists and turns of the story kept me locked into the narrative. At times, I couldn't read fast enough...the train stop would come too quickly, or the hours rolled too quickly into the quiet of night. While the story sustained my vivacious appetite throughout, I found the underlying crux of Ev's family wealth a bit vague, murky, and unclear. Nonetheless, I turned to the final page of this novel satisfied. I immediately jumped up to recommend Bittersweet to my reading-enthusiast sister.

FTC disclaimer:"I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review."




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