Happiness is standing in the middle of Rue Montorgueil with a baguette, two bottles of wine, and a bunch of cheese in your bag. (The only thing happier is when you and your kick ass travel sidekick devour the contents of your bag on the roof dock of a stunning apartment.)
See you again in November, Paris! (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!)
I’m about 75% of the way through Elsewhere, California. I tried to finish it last night but I physically couldn’t keep my eyes open any longer. I’m looking forward to nap time (Patrick’s home sick today) / lunch time for me so I can sneak in some more reading.
Currently Reading Read in one cross-country flight and didn’t look up until I’d finished.
Let’s get this out of the way first: I didn’t pay for this book. It was given to me in exchange for a review. HOWEVER, I loved the book and would have gladly paid for it. Now, let’s jump into that review.
Bittersweet is a coming of age story, a mystery, and a romance novel all rolled into one. Mabel is an ordinary girl from the Pacific Northwest on scholarship at an East Coast university. Ev is Mabel’s gorgeous, old money, roommate who spends the entire first semester ignoring her and smoking cigarettes from her top bunk. They eventually become friends and Ev invites Mabel to join her for the summer at Winloch, her family’s compound in Vermont. And it’s there, beside the lake, the trees, the power, and the wealth that the story unfolds.
Mabel is welcomed with open arms into Ev’s enchanting family and quickly becomes part of their upper class world. She makes friends, falls in love, and tries desperately to forget her life before Ev and Winloch. But, as the summer goes on, Mabel slowly uncovers the ugly truth about this beautiful family and is forced to make some unimaginable choices. (Which I won’t get into because I don’t want to spoil a single thing for you.)
There were several unexpected plot twists in Bittersweet that kept me eagerly turning the pages. The story is faced paced, the characters are complicated, and the imagery is beautiful. I was instantly caught up in Mabel’s adventure and not disappointed in how the story ends.
Bittersweet is perfect for the beach, a long flight, or a book club pick.
Happy reading, friends!
Iced coffee, half & half. (No sugar. They always ask for clarification.) The size of the coffee depends on the day.
Nothing fancy over here.
Nothing more awesome than freedom, folks.