Bittersweet by Melanie La’Brooy
Reviewed by Helen Simons
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 the 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.
OK, I have to be honest here and say that my first impression of this book wasn’t good. It looked and sounded like a pretentious novel about how grand life is when you are wealthy and good looking, that it would be too ‘high brow chick-lit’ for my tastes. I started it and thought I would really struggle with it due to my first impression. But, I LOVED IT!! I found that the focus wasn’t really on Sabrina’s success’s and Mimi’s failures, but more on the difficulties that being family can have on relationship’s and prejudges.