Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore was definitely a great summer read. Set during the summer at the Winslow family Vermont estate, I was thrust into an exciting tale involving Mabel Dagmar and Genevra Winslow.
This novel is well written, I found it easy to imagine every nook and cranny of the estate in which I absolutely loved, what each character looked like and their personalities. I could not put this book down!
Reading Bittersweet allowed me to think of terms like ” The Have and the Have Nots”, The grass is not always greener on the other side, selling your soul to the devil, opening pandora’s box, and be careful what you wish for. These are all thoughts that came to mind. Mabel who is Ev’s college roommate who is definitely a ‘have not’ is invited to spend the summer at Bittersweet, Ev’s cottage on the Vermont estate where family has what seems like the perfect life. With pure excitement and desire to be around the upper crest, Mabel accepts the invitation and immediately has the desire to be apart of the Winslow family.
Life could not be better for Mabel, she views the Winslows has the epitome of perfect or so she thinks until she finds herself questioning her friendship with Ev, questioning how the Winslow’s obtained their wealth, questioning love, and discovering many lies and deceit.
I really liked Bittersweet, but there were some parts of the story that were questionable. I understand that it is human nature for some people to be nosey and for some to be open, but I found it hard to believe that an outsider can have so much access to one families information and would be bold enough to try and bring one family down in a small period of time. Too much was revealed to Mabel, but then again we hear of tales like this in the real world. Are people this gullible? The title proves true, for Mabel everything was bittersweet. Although, those questions remain, I really liked Bittersweet.
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Don’t be afraid to be free!!!