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Books that make the grade.



Without a doubt, Bittersweet (A) by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore was captivating till the very end. I inhaled the last 150 pages. Bittersweet ticked off all the boxes that for me are necessary ingredients for a great read.

Every summer the Winslow clan gathers at their camp in Vermont. This particular year, Ev invites her college roommate Mabel to join her. Ev is about to come into her inheritance and along with the money comes a cottage at Winloch called Bittersweet. Mabel has lived an impoverished life. The very idea of being part of the Winslow family, even just for the summer, excites her. What she doesn’t know is that the Winslows have as many secrets as they have money. Mabel is easily convinced that she is meant to conduct the investigation that will reveal all. She believes that it will guarantee her a place in their world.

The characters were compelling, however, Mabel Dagmar was one character whose intentions I couldn’t quite grasp. One minute I was feeling sorry for her and the next I was questioning her every move. Was she investing in herself, a friendship, and a love interest or was there a motive that wasn’t obvious. She clearly had me twisted. For me, this made the novel all the more interesting.

The story flowed well and I particularly enjoyed the way the chapters were set up. Though hard to do, you were able to put the book down and then pick it up again without loosing rhythm. While some of story was rather obvious, like the direction Birch took, there were also many surprises. Some even were rather shocking.

All in all, Bittersweet is a book that I highly recommend. It will make picking up another book harder to do because my mind is lingering at Winloch.

I received this book from Blogging for Books for this review.


One response to “Bittersweet

  1. susanbright October 8, 2014 at 10:01 pm

    sounds like a great read!

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