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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Beverl-whittemore, rape, mayhem ensue. Ordinary Mabel Dagmar, a scholarship student with a blue-collar background, and blue-blooded This review was originally published on my blog: December 27, by Tori Telfer.

Felt I was reading a well written soap opera, where the use of descriptions was better than the plot. Friendship, secrecy, loyalty and morality are tested and proven to be found wanting. I loved it, I read the Spanish version and it was really good. Her roommate Ev is beautiful, snobbish and ignores her most of the semester. When the girls arrive at Winloch, Mabel is surprised to see it consists of somewhat shabby houses. This book has everything one might expect from literary fiction–unlikable characters, overblown metaphors, disturbing sexual scenes, and an ending that reminds you of the emptiness of modern life.

Mabel goes from sad and bitchy to manipulative, sad and bitchy. See all books by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. It felt contrived to create a source of romantic conflict between them and made Galway seem like a half-witted voyeur. No explanation is given why many of the buildings are double locked from inside. The other deep, dark secret Mabel uncovers is that the current head of the family is a monster.


Ev disappoints Mabel by disappearing for beverly-whottemore hours with no explanation. It wasn’t enjoyable per se, but I wanted to see just where it was going. Dec 16, Amber rated it it was amazing.

What kind of secrets? Mabel begins her quest and is soon joined by Galway, Ev’s brother, whom Mabel meets in the least cute meet-cute ever.

In that initial conversation, neither of us mentioned the fact that we were both writers. You know who I did root for? This will be a solid choice to recommend for those looking for a good beach read this summer, or a book-group read anytime.

Winloch is basically its own world set apart, where the wealthy Winslows can enjoy their sanctuary without even deigning to mingle with commoners, except their servants.

This was an enjoyable come-of-age story with a gothic tone and great setting. The third son, Galway, is an enigma.

Beverly-whittemorw is delighted and excited at the prospect. Now all the descendents gather there to spend carefree summers. However, both girls have a secret As the story unravels, nothing is as it seems, and the past may resurface for their worst nightmare.


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Why is Ev hiding her romance with John, who works on the estate? Article continues after advertisement. She said yes to every opportunity that came her way, and she beverly-whittmeore hard to make her own opportunities to build word-of-mouth: I would have tossed it against the wall, but I had to see how bad the train wreck actually was.

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She had just had a child, and by this point the big payoff from her first deal was gone. With BittersweetI decided to stop being ashamed of that, and to celebrate plot in an almost ridiculous, over-the-top way.

I couldn’t put it down. Then we put the writing talk aside, to go see our sons take the stage at their school, just parents once again. This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. That rich people are evil, twisted, and sick?


What follows is my honest review. A Novel, coming May 31, ! Only a freshman in college, and already Ev, has developed her snobby -bitch- girl attitude like a champ. Please provide an email address.

Just watch yourself on the cliffs.

Preview — Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore. Ev’s father seems friendly to Mabel while the mother is cold and aloof.

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To view it, click here. I received an advance copy of this book, having enjoyed the community Miranda Beverly-Whittemore is building with her wonderful www. Twists- turns- cliffhangers – nutty-fun-mystery May 12, Carol Brill rated it liked it. Refresh and try again. And for no real reason that the author felt called upon to give. Family secrets, New England summer cottages-by-the-lake, longing-to-belong, burgeoning womanhood, great atmosphere and setting description.

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