Friday, November 15, 2019

Book Review: 'Bella Cove' by Rochelle Katzman

New York author Rochelle Katzman Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) in musical theatre from Syracuse University and in addition to writing she is also an international yoga instructor and a life coach. When she’s not traveling the world teaching workshops or helping women to achieve their dreams, she’s at home writing books. To date she has published two Romance novels - RISKING HER HEART and now BELLA COVE.

The tension of Kayla’s bifurcated romance begins on page one – ‘“I like toys,” she answered honestly. And she did like them. But at twenty-nine years old, she still didn’t have any children of her own. Yet she sold toys. And with each one she sold, her heart died a little, especially when a mommy or daddy bought a doll for a little girl. Melody’s hand remained on Kayla’s. “Sweetie, I promise, you’ll be happy. I always was.” “I know,” Kayla said as she smiled warmly. She never spoke that much about it, but everyone knew she’d left graduate school two years ago to take care of her family. When her nana had passed, Kayla had been assigned the role of family matriarch. Kayla never referred to herself as such. The word “matriarch” seemed too archaic. But her family needed her. When her nana asked her to take care of the family before she died, Kayla never realized it would take this long. Yet here she was, two years later, and she was still taking care of them. She had been so close to getting her degree and having her freedom in California. Leaving the love of her life to come back to Bella Cove had been the hardest of all.‘

And it is this degree of secrecy and mystery that makes this romance unique. The synopsis of the book’s story serves the author sell – ‘Kayla Conway is devastated when she is forced to leave her life and her fiancé behind in California to take care of her family. She must return to her hometown of Bella Cove, a small, charming town on Long Island to visit her grandma on her deathbed. Just before her grandmother dies, Kayla promises that she will help put the pieces of her family’s life back together. But when she makes that promise, she has no idea of the lies, deceit, and betrayal she will have to deal with. The grief from grandma's death brings out the worst in her family. Two years later, her family is stronger, but Kayla’s passion for life seems to have died the day grandma left. When her ex-fiancé, Gabe Wademan, walks back into her life—not as her partner, but as her new landlord and neighbor—Kayla feels more alive than she has in months. But getting back together with Kayla is the last thing Gabe wants—he never forgave her for leaving him so suddenly. He demands explanations for her behavior two years earlier, but Kayla refuses to reveal her family’s deepest, darkest secrets. So instead, she makes it her mission to show Gabe she’s the same woman he fell in love with back at school—just a little older and a lot less naïve. And if he gives their relationship a second chance, she promises she’ll never leave him again. But when Gabe gets close to her family, Kayla is terrified that he will discover their secrets. How could he ever trust her again if he found out? He’s only been back in her life a few weeks, but Kayla doesn’t think her heart could handle losing him a second time. Especially since this time it would be forever.’

Fine writing from a refreshing new author. Grady Harp, May 18
This book is free to borrow from Kindle Unlimited.

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