Friday, November 4, 2011

Blog Tour: Review of String Bridge by Jessica Bell

String Bridge

Paperback: 288 pages
Release date: November 1st, 2011
Publisher: Lucky Press, LLC
Source: Author
Goodreads Summary: Greek cuisine, smog and domestic drudgery was not the life Australian musician, Melody, was expecting when she married a Greek music promoter and settled in Athens, Greece. Keen to play in her new shoes, though, Melody trades her guitar for a 'proper' career and her music for motherhood. That is, until she can bear it no longer and plots a return to the stage--and the person she used to be. However, the obstacles she faces along the way are nothing compared to the tragedy that awaits, and she realizes she's been seeking fulfilment in the wrong place.

String Bridge is one of the few contemporary/music-related story I’ve ever find fascinating. It is a story about Melody—a wife, mother, musician, editor—who married a Greek music promoter and soon have a child. Everything seems perfect but she wanted to have her ‘music’ back in her life again, but how can she do it if it means a lot of sacrifices, that even her life and family could be at risk? 

As I read the first part of the book, I was somehow lost on the story of Melody, given that I’m not yet a mother or a wife or in any state of Melody’s life, so I didn't quite work out some of the things at first. But the notion was gripping enough to stimulate me into giving it some credits. Jessica’s writing is easy to take hold of that you wouldn’t notice you’re midway reading the book; she doesn’t try to use expressions or phrases which could just complicate the story. Readers will definitely follow the course of Melody on bringing music back on her life as well as the obstacles she faces on achieving what she wants. The story line was salubrious and there are parts where I somehow shred a tear. At first, in some way I was riled on Melody because of her hushed quality when it comes to her husband, Alex, and when she wanted to say something but don’t have the strength to do so. I love how Melody turned into a strong woman from a wife who would just listen to what her husband says or wouldn’t react on things. Her relationship with her daughter and friends made her more altruistic, she would not do things that would harm them. The minor characters add up on making the story more remarkable and pleasing--Alex, Tessa and Melody’s parents and friends--each has there quality on being plausible. This story will grip you from the very beginning and not let go until the last page is turned. 

Trust, understanding, love, reconciliation, being selfless and stand for what we believe in. These are the few things String Bridge will teach you in this story. 


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