“Bittersweet”centers around the wealthy Winslow family and Mabel Dagmar, an outsider. When Mabel’s college roommate, Ev, invites her to spend the summer at the Winslow ‘compound’, Mabel grabs the opportunity to to have a magical summer. What she finds instead are sordid secrets and twisted family ties. Although the novel has a few fast-paced events, it mostly is slow-moving and dragged out. The almost 400-page book could have been edited more. An interesting plot on which to base a story that was not superbly executed. I am somewhat ‘bittersweet’ at the hours and time spent reading this less than radiant book.