Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Bella Summer takes a Chance by Michele Gorman

Reviewed by Charlotte

Book description taken from Amazon.com:

When is enough not enough? 

Bella's career and relationship are her life's foundation wear: not glamorous and perhaps a bit binding, but supportive enough... until she realizes that they are not enough. Her life is sagging badly. She's never been in love with her boyfriend, despite a decade together. And somehow she stopped being a musician-with-a-day-job and became a consultant-who-was-musical. So she takes a terrifying leap of faith, leaving her relationship and resolving to follow her musical dreams no matter what. 

But the life you walk away from doesn't always let you walk away. 

With a wonderfully warm and witty cast of friends, all navigating between their ideals and the realities they face, together they'll find out what love and compromise really mean in this empowering tale about grasping life with both hands.


Bella Summer takes a chance is a book about love.  Falling in love, realizing loving someone but not being in love, and the love of friends.  Many times I read part of the story and stopped and thought Yup, so true or Wow, never thought about love like that.  Michele Gorman kept me turning page after page needing to know more.

I really liked Clare.  Pregnant, from her late night “Shag,” she is single and unsure of what she wants.  The Shag being a man Clare wanted a relationship with and he wasn’t willing and is now the man looking for a relationship and Clare is not all that willing.  My favorite part was the labor and delivery.  The fact that Clare included all her best friends and The Shag showed exactly how close they truly are.  I also loved that Clare was the type of woman that everyone hopes they won’t be during labor.  I totally laughed out loud. 

Bella’s, or B, musical career was kind of a background story.  Following her almost non-happening career to being a much more active career was so entertaining.   The fact that B’s job was suppose to just hold her over until her career took off and that when she lost that job her career made turns in the right direction was something I saw coming, but still truly enjoyed reading about.

Having read Michele Gorman’s books before I know what I was hoping for and was not disappointed.  The quirky characters, easy reading, and flowing storyline were all exactly what I was hoping for.  I would recommend any of her books, this one included. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thanks so much, Charlotte, for reading Bella and sharing your thoughts - I'm thrilled that you enjoyed it! Luckily I was able to write Clare's labour experience from research rather than first-hand experience :-)