She can change though. She can set herself free. Free of who she’s been, of what she’s done; free of expectations and disappointments. She doesn’t know what she will be like if she flies free, but she’s prepared to find out.

Chapter 59, page 367

In a nutshell

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Set in a small Australian town called Bellbird River, this novel follows a group of women all trying to navigate life’s challenges in a town that seems like a pit stop on the way to somewhere else. Single mom Alex has just moved to town, escaping Sydney to reconnect with her daughter. Cousins Victoria and Gabrielle each find themselves at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives that sees them leaning on each other. Local baker Janine and another newcomer Debbie are both dealing with the consequences of painful pasts. All different, they cross paths and form bonds in the most unlikely place – the Bellbird River Choir. A place that allows them space to be and gain the courage they need to leave the past behind.

Book Club Notes

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Having read my third Sophie Green novel, I can confidently say they all follow the same structure. They take place within a small Australian Town around the 1990s. A muti-generational group of women who have nothing in common with each other make up the protagonists. And an activity bonds them all together. In Bellbird River Choir it is a choir and unlike the past two books of hers I read, the women don’t all form the same comradery and closeness, rather their lives intertwine.  With such similar plots, it begs the question: If you’ve read one Sophie Green book, why read another? The answer for me at least is that it feels like sitting down with an old friend. The story changes slightly, but that warmth is ever present. I know that I’ll enjoy it and much like a cup of tea, sometimes you just want something warming and familiar. It’s an easy book to get lost in  whilst the Shelly bay Ladies Swimming Circle is still my favorite, this comes in as a close second.

Read If

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You’re a fan of Sophie Green or novels that embrace and center around female friendships.

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Rating

6
Storyline – 6/10
Writing – 7/10
Character Development – 8/10
Plot Twist – 4/10
Shareability – 7/10
6.0
6.0Overall Score
A note on our book ratings

Storyline: How good is the storyline? Is it believable and complex or does it make you shake your head in its ridiculousness?

Writing: How well written is the book? Do you find yourself wowed by the writing or unimpressed?

Character Development: Do the characters evolve and grow through the book and are they multi-dimensional?

Plot Twist: Were you able to predict the end, or did the author give you some surprises along the way to keep you on your toes?

Shareability: How likely are you to share the book?

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