Sophie Green is one of my absolute favourite Australian authors, and I couldn’t be happier to have my hands on an early copy of her brand new novel The Bellbird River Country Choir, which comes out this week. I started reading it this morning and am already halfway through, which is a pretty good indication of how much I’m enjoying it given it is 400 pages long! I will share a review when I’m done, but in the meantime here’s the synopsis from the Hachette website.
You can also check my reviews of two of Sophie Green’s previous novels for a feel of what I love about her writing – The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club and The Shelley Bay Ladies Swimming Circle.
Let me know in the comments if you’re planning to read this one, or have enjoyed aby of Green’s other books!
Synopsis of The Bellbird River Country Choir by Sophie Green
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.