String Bridge

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  • Paperback
  • 394 pages
  • String Bridge
  • Jessica Bell
  • English
  • 17 January 2018
  • 1925417441

String Bridge 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 AwaitsThis Novel Is Accompanied By An All Original Soundtrack, Written And Performed By The Author, Entitled, Melody Hill On The Other Side If You Purchase This Book, Please Send Your Receipt To Jessica Via Her Website, And She Ll Send You The Soundtrack For Free

10 thoughts on “String Bridge

  1. Jessica Bell says:

    This is my debut I hope you enjoy it o

  2. Karen says:

    I got the ARC in the mail on Saturday, started the first chapter that night, and couldn t stop thinking about it Sunday afternoon I decided would be reading day It had been a hectic week, I deserved a reading day I was eager to get completely immersed in the world that Jessica Bell so skillfully created in her debut novel STRING BRIDGE.The print book is a reader s dream just the right length, a cover you can keep turning back to, finding meaning in each detail And nice paper Not that rough I got the ARC in the mail on Saturday, started the first chapter that night, and couldn t stop thinking about it Sunday afternoon I decided would be reading day It had been a hectic week, I deserved a reading day I was eager to get completely immersed in the world that Jessica Bell so skillfully created in her debut novel STRING BRIDGE.The print book is a reader s dream just the right length, a cover you can keep turning back to, finding meaning in each detail And nice paper Not that rough cheap stuff but pages with a nice feel to them, a sensual pleasure to hold and read I was thrilled that an ARC was available in print version The writing is deep and beautiful, with imagery and details that make the characters come alive and move the narrative along seamlessly Bell writes literary fiction, but don t let that stop you I realize that some literary writing is self conscious, overdone, lacking in plot and well, just plain dull Not this book String Bridge has a strong narrative that kept me turning pages to see what happens next with Melody and Alex, the troubled couple living in Athens, raising a precocious and adorable omigosh she is so dang cute little girl named Tessa.Woven through the relationship between Melody and Alex is the complex relationship that Melody has with her bipolar mother, and the fears that she will become like her own mother and do irreparable damage to Tessa In fact, Melody is so afraid of being hurt by those she loves that she effectively creates barriers to protect herself It s not until tragedy strikes that Melody begins to understand how very much she did love and was loved in return.The last novel that moved me and engaged me to this extent was Prince of Tides by Pat Conroy Like Conroy, Jessica Bell is a brilliant writer of great skill and depth She doesn t pull back from the difficult scenes, from conflict, pain, intensity She puts it all out there, no holds barred, no holding back She knows how to craft a scene, how to develop character, how to create suspense This is an absolutely brilliant debut novel I look forward to reading her next novel, and next and next

  3. Glynis Smy says:

    Warning Do not read String Bridge unless you have plenty of spare time Jessica Bell hooks the reader with a storyline so powerful it consumes you I read this book in one sitting I could not put it down.The POV Melody bares her soul, the descriptive writing is intense and one forgets it is a work of fiction I was drawn into a storyline so swollen with discontentment that I had to readEach page turned I wondered if the ugly side of Melody s life would emerge and when it did it was thro Warning Do not read String Bridge unless you have plenty of spare time Jessica Bell hooks the reader with a storyline so powerful it consumes you I read this book in one sitting I could not put it down.The POV Melody bares her soul, the descriptive writing is intense and one forgets it is a work of fiction I was drawn into a storyline so swollen with discontentment that I had to readEach page turned I wondered if the ugly side of Melody s life would emerge and when it did it was through an explosion of emotions One minute I was in her corner the next I wanted to shake her into reality Music called out to Melody from her past, it wanted to move her forward into the future but she was suffocated by the present Her loyalty to her marriage moved me yet frustrated me at the same time I wanted her to be a stronger woman but theI read I realised at that point in her life she could only be Melody, wife, mother and daughter Her daughter will not suffer the torment of a jealous mother as she had done Melody would never be a lover, she could never betray her husband Or could she Would she walk away from the restrictive bindings of a strong Greek male Does she have the power within to leave the hot tempered Mediterranean passion her husband uses so skilfully Melody slowly realises while she has been concentrating on putting everyone first, no one had shown her the same respect By the time she gets her head around what she has to do a tragic event decides for her Before she drowns in her collapsing world Melody finds a life line a life saver.The book is peppered with undertones of what could be and just as you are sitting comfortably, Bell pulls the rug from under Melody s feet making the reader sit up wondering what happens now I give this book 5 for its beautifully crafted, descriptive sentences alone A fantastic debut novel and I look forward to readingfrom this author

  4. Nicole Ducleroir says:

    Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is the story of Melody, an Australian musician, who put down her guitar to raise a family with her Greek husband Four years later and living on his native soil, Melody realizes she s become the empty, passionless shell of the person she once was A return to music is the key to her salvation But her struggle to decipher her dark feelings, to understand when they are surging from a place of honesty and when they are the result of her own fears or selfish Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is the story of Melody, an Australian musician, who put down her guitar to raise a family with her Greek husband Four years later and living on his native soil, Melody realizes she s become the empty, passionless shell of the person she once was A return to music is the key to her salvation But her struggle to decipher her dark feelings, to understand when they are surging from a place of honesty and when they are the result of her own fears or selfishness, threatens to turn all their lives upside down And when fate flings tragedy her way, she learns some bridges are easier to cross than others.I was mesmerized by this book The narration is raw and unapologetic, from deep inside Melody s complicated heart and psyche Her fragileness and her egocentricity are exposed in a way that feels naked and truthful I loved the way each scene peeled away another of Melody s layers, allowing me to eventually understand her as well as she could understand herself Melody s relationships with the people in her life are as important to the story as her relationship with her music The genius in Bell s writing lies in her ability to show each character in authentic light and to therefore demonstrate one of life s truths no one is 100% right or 100% wrong in his her convictions Responsibility and culpability spin in cycles of blame and redemption in String Bridge, leaving me with a healthy dose of pathos for every character, by the book s end Bell writes with poetic flourish, her descriptions lush, poignant and intense At the same time, her main character is quirky, oftentimes ungraceful and unpolished The combination creates a style that is fresh, unique, and wholly intoxicating This character driven story that dives into the abyss of the human condition is a must read

  5. Angela says:

    Lucky press sent me the arc of this book last week, and the moment I took it from the mailbox, I was dying to start reading Jessica is a poet, so it s not surprising that she employs good use of imagery, metaphor, and other poetic devices from the very beginning The preface is gorgeous and readslike poetry than any other part of the book It gets you into the mindset of 30 year old Melody almost immediately, and paints her as a woman who loves music, but has chosen to give it up for the Lucky press sent me the arc of this book last week, and the moment I took it from the mailbox, I was dying to start reading Jessica is a poet, so it s not surprising that she employs good use of imagery, metaphor, and other poetic devices from the very beginning The preface is gorgeous and readslike poetry than any other part of the book It gets you into the mindset of 30 year old Melody almost immediately, and paints her as a woman who loves music, but has chosen to give it up for the sake of her family and a stable paycheck Though the protagonist refers to herself in the preface as a mother, a wife, a happy homemaker who lives a socially acceptable existence, it becomes clear while reading not only that Melody isn t happy, but that the source of her angst comes less from the demands of her daughter who was so good I sometimes wished I could trade her for one of my real children andfrom the strain of living with a husband who is both verbally and emotionally abusive Not to say he s always a tyrant, or that Melody is a perpetual victim She has her own moments of irrational behavior and fits of rage One in particular where she hurls plates at her husband s head because she doesn t want to be a doormat But much of Melody s problems are brought on by her own distorted thinking, perpetuated by her husband, mother,and her need to turn her anger inward so she can think the best of them This book deals with some serious issues mental illness, self injury, infidelity, and codependency to name a few It take you through stages of grief and pain with evocative description, puts you in the midst of turmoil, grabs you by the shoulders and makes you examine what is true and false Melody is not a Stepford Wife with a pasted on smile and politically correct emotions she doesn t do or feel anything halfway, and the way she comes to view her life is nothing short of inspirational

  6. TheSecretWriter says:

    String Bridge is the debut novel from the very artistic writer Jessica Bell If you enjoy stories that involve characters who experience adversity within their lives and that explores the frailty that can exist within some human relationships, then this is a book that should be added to your reading list This particular story tells the tale of Melody, an aggravated wife and mother who somehow finds herself separated from the person she felt she used to be and also the individual that she would String Bridge is the debut novel from the very artistic writer Jessica Bell If you enjoy stories that involve characters who experience adversity within their lives and that explores the frailty that can exist within some human relationships, then this is a book that should be added to your reading list This particular story tells the tale of Melody, an aggravated wife and mother who somehow finds herself separated from the person she felt she used to be and also the individual that she would really like to be As a musician, Melody gave up her music for marriage and motherhood but soon Melody finds that this routine quickly becomes a grind for her With added suspicions that her Greek Music Promoter husband may be having relationships outside of their marriage with women that he meets through his music promotion business and his late returns to home from work at night, Melody is certainly not happy.This hard hitting story works through the trials and tribulations that Melody encounters in her interactions and relationships with her husband, her daughter and the other people that she meets during her turbulent journey.String Bridge is another one of those books that once started can become very difficult to put down The author herself has a musical background and this is reflected very well in the setting that has been chosen for this particular narrative As well as being a good author Jessica Bell is also a very good musician As an added bonus, a CD of Melody s songs has been produced by Jessica Bell to accompany this book As well as reading String Bridge the accompanying music CD entitled Melody Hill On the Other Side is also worth listening to as well

  7. Jolene Perry says:

    Wow.Okay.So Jessica Bell s an incredibly talented poet, and her unique way with words completely translates into fiction I was so there, in the frustration of unsaid things in relationships, of wanting something you re not sure you ll ever have I trusted the author from page one, and never felt let down by characters actions.She made imperfect people, and made us like and love them still Not an easy feat.I won t spoil this for you, but the story s intense, emotional, and her strong language c Wow.Okay.So Jessica Bell s an incredibly talented poet, and her unique way with words completely translates into fiction I was so there, in the frustration of unsaid things in relationships, of wanting something you re not sure you ll ever have I trusted the author from page one, and never felt let down by characters actions.She made imperfect people, and made us like and love them still Not an easy feat.I won t spoil this for you, but the story s intense, emotional, and her strong language carries throughout

  8. Lise *friends don& says:

    Freebie alert, 3 14 13

  9. Magdalena says:

    Melody is at a crossroads She s given up her music career for the corporate world of course writing, and motherhood, and her increasingly overbearing Greek husband is trying to keep her in the kitchen and away from both music and management As Melody inches closer to reinvigorating her stalled dreams and pump up her life, she finds that the obsticles that begin appearing are farsignificant and overarching than she could ever imagine Poet and musician Jessica Bell s debut novel String Br Melody is at a crossroads She s given up her music career for the corporate world of course writing, and motherhood, and her increasingly overbearing Greek husband is trying to keep her in the kitchen and away from both music and management As Melody inches closer to reinvigorating her stalled dreams and pump up her life, she finds that the obsticles that begin appearing are farsignificant and overarching than she could ever imagine Poet and musician Jessica Bell s debut novel String Bridge is a rich exploration of desire, guilt, and the difficult balancing act of the modern woman The writing is lyrical throughout, seamlessly integrating setting, character and plot in a musical structure that allows the reader to identify with Melody s growing insecurity as her world begins to unravel I close my eyes for a moment, facing the window, pretending to look out at the overcast sky at the clouds that make liing in a high rise building seem like living low in a valley, in the mountains, in the mist, in a place where self doubt and fear have been erased from the dictionary, and self belief and hope are not onlyf eelings, but material objects that you can hold in your hands and confidently say you possess.While the plot centres on Melody s own growth in this character driven novel, Alex, her husband, and Tessa, her daughter also develop and grow, literally in Tessa s case The plot twists are unexpected and at times quite wrenching, as Melody finds that her beliefs, perceptions and desires distort, change and are pulled in different directions Behind the character development, the Greek setting becomes a rich backdrop that enriches the book, showcasing the beauty of landscape seen through a visitor s eyes At dawn, especially, it was a Neverland of lush luminescent green mountain, deep purple sea, sherbet orange sky and sharp toothed cliffs so high you could literally walk on cloudsThroughout the book the writing is poetic and fine, with original metaphors working the imagery thorugh Air is so crisp you can snap it like celery , lips part like velcro , and the piano shines like a freshly glazed tart Above all, this is a novel about music Music drives the plot as Melody s desire for music becomes the motivating catalyst for change in her life Her guitar and voice underpin the narrative in all sorts of ways, from the songs that open each chapter, to the lullabyes Melody sings for her daughter to the musical career she attempts to resurrect Then there is the music of others the pop and rock bands that Alex promotes and those stars like Patti Smith and Joni Mitchell, whose music is the inspiration for Melody Patti makes her own cameo in the book, and Joni s Blue is referred to a number of times in the book Jessica Bell s String Bridge is a powerful debut from a promising writer, full of music, metaphor, and just a hint of magic

  10. Bidisha says:

    Taken from HEREDare you call this chicklit And as much as I adore chicklit, this is not the tale of a single girl, lost in the city, romping about to find HER MAN String Bridge goes beyond that This is after the girl has found her man, her family and is pushed over as she is made to face the hard realities of life You could call this the after the fairy tale part of life.Familial love, marital drudgery, long suppressed dreams Jessica Bell brings it all in and questions it all What really Taken from HEREDare you call this chicklit And as much as I adore chicklit, this is not the tale of a single girl, lost in the city, romping about to find HER MAN String Bridge goes beyond that This is after the girl has found her man, her family and is pushed over as she is made to face the hard realities of life You could call this the after the fairy tale part of life.Familial love, marital drudgery, long suppressed dreams Jessica Bell brings it all in and questions it all What really isimportant The writing is awe inspiring It s easy to see that she s a poet Don t get me wrong There s no floweriness Bell s writing hits hard and yet there s an underlying musical cadence to it.I was so surprised with this book I m a YA book whore So much so that other genres often get neglected But reading this reminded me how much I love a good women s fiction And this wasn t just good It was effing brilliant.Bell picks at the nuances of life The little things magnified She isn t afraid to mention things that often go unmentioned Like, sometimes getting irritated with the demands of the daughter you love so much that you d wish she d shut up Or feeling jealous when you see her smiling with her father Or wanting to throw utensils at your husband like a stark raving lunatic even though he s not really the villain you think of him to be Or make him out to be Emotions run high here, so high they spiral into cracks in the main character, Melody s life and her relationships with the people around her.The author deftly paints relationships like she is really exhibiting the pages out of the tormented mind of a woman trying to find an identity for herself beyond being a mother and a wife Melody s relationships with each and every character that appears in the book is explored in such depth, it is as real as it gets The strains with her mother The annoyance with her husband, Alex The love for Tessa The need for music The fluttering feelings for a certain button boy Bipolarity, anxiety, depression It s raw but dealt with a sensitivity, much like the one used to deal with the oddity of love.And if you think you have it all figured out, think again Because String Bridge veers off the path of predictability and throws you off your seat in such a way it makes you gasp for breath String Bridge is evocative of music that comes from a sad place then rises above the din and makes you appreciate the beauty of the world we live in and the time we have here I highly recommend this