Join the Living Book Club this month as we take on our newest select, Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's "Bittersweet."

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After a month of great poetry, both short and long, we're switching it back up for May with a novel. Each month, our members get to vote on what we should read -- and judging by the enthusiasm over Miranda Beverly-Whittemore's new book, we knew we had a winner on our hands! Bittersweet is out on May 13th, but scroll down for more information on how to win your very own copy!

FROM THE PUBLISHER:

On scholarship at a prestigious East Coast college, ordinary Mabel Dagmar is surprised to befriend her roommate, beautiful, wild, blue-blooded Genevra Winslow. Ev invites Mabel to spend the summer at Bittersweet, her cottage on the Vermont estate where her family has been holding court for more than a century; it's the kind of place where children twirl sparklers across the lawn during cocktail hour. Mabel falls in love with midnight skinny-dipping, the wet-dog smell that lingers near the yachts, and the moneyed laughter that carries across the still lake while fireworks burst overhead. Before she knows it, she has everything she's ever wanted: friendship, a boyfriend, access to wealth, and, most of all, for the first time in her life, the sense that she belongs.

But as Mabel becomes an insider, a terrible discovery leads to shocking violence and reveals what the Winslows may have done to keep their power intact -- and what they might do to anyone who threatens them. Mabel must choose: either expose the ugliness surrounding her and face expulsion from paradise, or keep the family's dark secrets and make Ev's world her own.

With summer (and the "Gone Girl" movie!) on the horizon, this thriller is shaping up to be a great addition to our bookshelves. Want to add it to yours? We're giving away a signed copy of Bittersweet to one lucky reader! Comment below between now and May 23rd for a chance to win. Please see official rules here.

Stay tuned throughout the month for more from us as we read along!

Comments (32)

Martha Stewart Member
May 15, 2015
I would love to read Bittersweet and join the Martha Stewart Book Club. Please sign me up! Thank you.
Martha Stewart Member
June 24, 2014
I'm sure you've chosen a winner by now, but I just found out about this book club! I'm all on board but will have to catch up with this one! :)
Martha Stewart Member
May 28, 2014
This book sounds both magical and mysterious. I would love to read Bittersweet.
Martha Stewart Member
May 20, 2014
I am an avid voracious bibliophile & would be honored to read & review Bittersweet which sounds great! Literary & historical fiction are my favorites ;)
Martha Stewart Member
May 19, 2014
Just on time for poolside reading. Sounds like a page turner.
Martha Stewart Member
May 18, 2014
I am an avid reader and this book sounds exactly like one I would enjoy. The opportunity to obtain an autographed copy makes it especially attractive as an addition to my library.
Martha Stewart Member
May 18, 2014
Great read!
Martha Stewart Member
May 17, 2014
Vermont ...my second home. Would love to win a copy. So glad I found out about this in my issue of Martha Stewart Living. Thank you.
Martha Stewart Member
May 15, 2014
My maiden name is Winslow, so it would make sense that I should win the book right? And it sounds like a great summer read. Can't wait to get started. :)
Martha Stewart Member
May 15, 2014
This book sounds like the perfect summer read! Crossing my fingers I win!
Martha Stewart Member
May 13, 2014
Sounds amazing, and definitely a top-pick read!
Martha Stewart Member
May 9, 2014
Would love to read this one!
Martha Stewart Member
May 9, 2014
I love any book that takes place in New England. I need some "thrilling" lit. right now!
Martha Stewart Member
May 7, 2014
Looking for another good read since reading Gone Girl and the Husband's Secret.
Martha Stewart Member
May 6, 2014
Sounds like an interesting read and a change of pace for me. Looking forward to it.
Martha Stewart Member
May 5, 2014
Sounds great and just in time to try a new author.
Martha Stewart Member
May 4, 2014
I love to read, and this book sounds like a very good read.
Martha Stewart Member
May 3, 2014
Pick me, Pick me!
Martha Stewart Member
May 2, 2014
Sounds like a great beach read as well as an anytime read! Can't wait. This will be my first time with this group.
Martha Stewart Member
May 2, 2014
This book sounds like a great summer read! I plan on taking it to the cabin and absorbing every last detail over a long weekend. I cannot wait to enjoy a great summer read. It has been awhile since I have come across a book that grabs your attention so quickly. Teresa R.
Martha Stewart Member
May 2, 2014
Sounds intriguing! It's very hard to find a good book these days; relying on reviews from great places like this!
Martha Stewart Member
May 2, 2014
Bittersweet sounds like the kind of book I enjoy. It is often difficult to go through the pains of emotional growth when facing moral dilemmas. I would love to read this book and it would be wonderful to have my very own copy signed by the author! ; ) Linda
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
This book sounds intense.Can't wait for this summer read.
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Sounds interesting!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
It seems like a perfect summer read and provides a sesnse of intrigue and a a vacation !
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
I would love to win this book! Thank you for hosting your book club, Martha!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
This will be first read of summer, 2014....can't wait!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Looking forward to it.
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Always love finding a new writer!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Sounds like a good read!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Sounds like a great read can't wait to get started! Hope I win!
Martha Stewart Member
May 1, 2014
Hoping to win! Sounds like a great summer read.