Sabrina Falks is the golden girl: a beautiful, successful actress who is engaged to the too-good-to-be-true Edward. Her life is glamorous and seemingly perfect – apart from her recurring desire to run away.
Her younger sister, Mimi, is funny and bright but hopelessly lost, with no career prospects, no money, no love life and a string of disastrous mistakes in her past.
Estranged since a fight over their dark family history, Sabrina and Mimi enter into a reluctant alliance when Sabrina hires Mimi to be her bridesmaid. The sisters then do battle with intrusive paparazzi, out-of-control dress designers and, increasingly, each other.
As the wedding day approaches, long-buried family secrets emerge and Sabrina and Mimi find themselves facing some unforeseen home truths…
Marriage, celebrity culture and the bittersweet bonds of family take centre stage in this warm, funny novel that sparkles with wit and wisdom.
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“The best constructed novels are not always the literary ones. Bittersweet is a case in point. The fifth novel by Melanie La’Brooy, it can be loosely classed as chicklit. That term covers a wide area of writing, lightly or darkly covering the matter of modern women’s lives. Some are fluffy; others, like this novel, mix serious messages with sheer entertainment. La’Brooy is best with sharp, witty dialogue but she can be poignant as well… La’Brooy sends up wedding conventions mercilessly, while still negotiating a happy ending. Intelligent fun.” The Sunday Age
“‘Who knows you better than your sister?’ the blurb asks, but Bittersweet is about many aspects of family life viewed through the prism of the relationship between sisters Mimi and Sabrina Falks. Sabrina’s career as an actress in a soap opera provides the perfect backdrop to a novel that has soap-opera-like twists and turns. It is a multi-layered story, yet the sometimes complicated plot and character relationships are woven together expertly. La’Brooy captures perfectly the troubles in family relationships caused by an unwillingess to talk honestly and openly with relatives. Bittersweet as a novel is much like a family; it’s frustrating, sad and painful, but full of love and uplifting.” The Sunday Canberra Times
“From the moment I read the prologue I knew I was going to love this book. This is a captivating story that doesn’t necessarily spin off in all the directions you suspect. And for those who devour Aussie soaps, you’ll get an extra laugh out of the celebrity stuff. This is La’Brooy’s best yet.” www.chicklitclub.com