It started out as the perfect summer with her college roommate, Ev Winslows. Mabel couldn’t ask for much more than to spend her summer vacation with beautiful people at a wealthy but humble and tranquil estate, Winloch, and to Ev’s cottage Bittersweet. In the novel Bittersweet by Miranda Beverly-Whittemore, we follow Mabel, who is the daughter of a family struggling to make ends meet in their dry cleaning business, on a summer vacation should could have only dreamed of taking until she met Ev. The adventure takes her to places she has never been physically and emotionally, and brings about a gorgeous boyfriend to her that turns out to be none other than Ev’s brother. However, all is not as it seems.
Mabel befriends Ev’s aunt Indo who, to everyone else, has become delirious with her brain cancer. Indo is insistent on Mabel helping her to find a manila folder with the promise that she, in turn, will own her hodge podge cottage one day. After warnings from Ev’s father and mother she is hesitant on whether to keep up her search for the folder, but her own curiosity gets that best of her. As secrets are let out and mystery murders take place, Mabel’s life and everything she knew seems to collapse around her until she wonders if she really is who she had thought herself to be or did she become someone different over the summer. Can her friend, Ev, and her family and even her boyfriend be trusted; she even questions her own parents motives. And what is the big secret that has kept the Winslows in the position of power for many years?
A page turner to the end, this is a book you won’t want to put down as you take a journey with the author to the carefree life of summer and the mystery the surrounds a prestigious family and their estate. The title truly captures the nature of the characters’ summer in the book- Bittersweet, a beautiful summer with a shocking mystery wrapped in it.
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