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The Bellbird River Country Choir

Sophie Green

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01 August 2022
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ABBEY'S BOOKSELLER PICK ----- Sophie Green has carved out a niche for herself, delivering warm and heartfelt stories of assorted women who come together in an activity external to their everyday lives, who find both community, support and the unexpected in their doing so. This one is no different, and just as satisfying as her previous novels.

Bellbird River, 1998, sees Alex, a new high school teacher uproot her daughter from Sydney in search of a life less ruled by expensive rent and long commutes. Gabrielle, world famous for her beautiful soprano voice, has returned to the town of her origins after a botched operation, and is staying with her beloved cousin Victoria. Victoria, the town matriarch who knows everyone and everything, didn't know her husband was having an affair. Janine works in her family's bakery and is hiding secret relationships; whilst another newcomer, Debbie is just plain hiding from her past. When all these women find themselves in the community choir, their lives will be altered in different ways, and they will all discover real family and true friendship. A nicely comfortable read, best served with a pot of tea and a plate of your favourite biscuits! Lindy

A warm-hearted story of fresh beginnings, unexpected friendships and the sustaining power of love and community, from the Top Ten bestselling author of The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle and Thursdays at Orange Blossom House.

Bellbird River, 1998: Teacher and single mum Alex is newly arrived in the small NSW country town of Bellbird River after escaping the city in search of a change of pace and the chance to reconnect with her young daughter. Across town, well-known matriarch Victoria and her globe-trotting, opera-singing cousin Gabrielle find themselves at a crossroads in their personal and professional lives, while local baker Janine and newcomer to the district Debbie are each secretly dealing with the consequences of painful pasts. With its dusty streets, lone pub and iron-lace verandahs, Bellbird River could just be a pit stop on the road to somewhere else. But their town holds some secrets and surprises - and it has a heart: the Bellbird River Country Choir.

Amid the melodies and camaraderie of the choir, each of the women will find the courage to leave the past behind. And together, they'll discover that friends are much closer to home than they'd ever realised.

Praise for Sophie Green:

'Atmospheric and incredibly descriptive, reading a Sophie Green book is the greatest escape' Who Magazine

'Sophie Green has established herself as a leading writer of warm-hearted tales about female friendship and second chances' Canberra Weekly

'A tender, heartwarming read' New Idea

'An upbeat story about suburban life and female solidarity' Spectrum

'Reading this book was like snuggling beneath a warm beach towel after a bracing dip in the ocean' JOANNA NELL

'Heartwarming, fulfilling and Australian as a lamb roast and full-bodied shiraz' The Australian Women's Weekly

Imprint:   Hachette
Country of Publication:   Australia
Dimensions:   Height: 233mm,  Width: 154mm,  Spine: 33mm
Weight:   530g
ISBN:   9780733647710
ISBN 10:   0733647715
Pages:   432
Publication Date:  
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Sunburnt Country Music. She has been practising yoga since 1993 and teaching since 2002. Sophie's debut novel, THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB, was a Top Ten bestseller and was shortlisted for the Australian Book Industry Awards for General Fiction Book of the Year 2018, and longlisted for both the Matt Richell Award for New Writer of the Year 2018 and the Indie Book Award for Debut Fiction 2018. THE SHELLY BAY LADIES SWIMMING CIRCLE and THURSDAYS AT ORANGE BLOSSOM HOUSE were also Top Ten bestsellers.

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