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R as outsiders Bridget discovers she can re invent herself as anyone she desiresOnly Isabella knows the real Bridget just as Bridget knows the true Isabella But as that glittering year goes on Bridget begins to suspect Isabella is keeping secrets from her secrets that will ruin all of her plans and that will change the course of their lives forever I won this in a goodreads giveaway Wasn t my type of book but many others seemed to have liked it Empire State Building: The Making of a Landmark herself as anyone she desiresOnly Isabella knows the real Bridget just as Bridget knows the true Isabella But as that glittering year goes on Bridget begins to suspect Isabella is keeping secrets from I Love You Almost Always her secrets that will ruin all of Gloom Town her plans and that will change the course of their lives forever I won this in a goodreads giveaway Wasn t my type of book but many others seemed to uinze dias have liked it

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Holic school watching everything and everyone but most especially IsabellaInwhen the girls graduate they land coveted spots at the Accademia di Belle Arti di Pentila in northern Italy a prestigious art history school in the grounds of a silent convent There free of her claustrophobic home and the town that will always see her and her Egyptian mothe Belladonna explores the relationship between two young women Bridget and Isabella Seen through Bridget s adoring eyes Isabella is sophisticated and mature compared to the other girls at their school She s the sort of girl who effortlessly becomes the centre of attention Conversely Bridget is an outsider with a home life that she is anxious to conceal In search of acceptance and a sense of belonging not least because of her mixed race heritage that makes her the object of insidious racism Bridget cherishes the luxury of hope that Isabella will become her friendAlways alert for small signs of Isabella s favour a glance a word a gesture Bridget is overjoyed when Isabella returns her affection Even better there is the prospect of them spending time together studying art along with a group of other girls at the Accademia housed in the convent of an order of silent nuns in northern ItalyArriving first at the Accademia Bridget feels protective towards Isabella wondering how the other girls will regard her Isabella had such a certain kind of boldness it was hard to tell how the other girls would take to her How much she would be hated or loved The fact Bridget imagines Isabella provoking such extreme emotions and not anything in between is in subtle contrast to the uiet restraint exhibited by the nunsAs term starts the author really captures the atmosphere of a boarding school like situation the petty jealousy the cliues the strained friendships the fallings out over perceived small slights The reader witnesses how Bridget continually tries to anticipate Isabella s changing moods taking heart from small acts of kindness even relishing being the only one who can understand Isabella s uirks and then pondering on things she s afraid she might have said wrongThe nuanced depiction of the relationship between the young women was one I found fascinating and thought provoking I came to think that perhaps Isabella was dependent on Bridget than Bridget supposed and that Bridget undervalued herself As the reader witnesses through her dealings with others Bridget is kind witty patient a keen student People like her However her desire to retain Isabella s affections I d have to be interesting delightful when they seem to be directed elsewhere leads to a series of actions that will have unforseen conseuences In the end there is a sense of betrayal on both sidesOne of the things I loved about the book was the way the effect of the changing seasons on the landscape surrounding the Academy was described For example arriving there for the first time in August Bridget notices the fields strumming with cicadas in jouncing waves of noise the air gritty with toasted grass Conversely in winter The wind was sharp and sought out vulnerable skin to slice slamming unseen doors whistling frosty arias in the courtyard The arrival of spring is marked by the plum trees in the orchards surrounding the convent springing into blossom so that The hills around the lake were a mantle of pink and white a flurry of pastels and silk that flew in the air and settled on the waterBelladonna is an acutely observed exploration of the dynamics of a relationship As Bridget learns Setting your heart on something doesn t mean it s a good idea No matter how much you want it and that Sometimes love isn t enough

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An evocative atmospheric story of friendship and obsession set in the s that follows two schoolgirls from Connecticut whose lives are changed forever when they travel to a silent convent in northern Italy to study art for a yearIsabella is beautiful inscrutable and popular Her best friend Bridget keeps uietly to the fringes of their Connecticut Cat I love a coming of age story Belladonna is the tale of two friends living in Connecticut in the 1950s They move to Italy to study art while living in a conventThey are the yin and yang of friends Isabella is the outgoing popular one while the reserved Bridget is often in her shadowIt is there at the convent that Bridget opens up and finds herself feeling comfortable in who she is Somewhere along the way Bridget discovers Isabella is keeping some dark secrets and it s unclear how they could affect them bothSalam transports the reader to Italy in the 1950s Bridget is truly at the center of this novel and she is of Egyptian heritage which she hides something she s feels judged for constantly She wants nothing than to fit in and Isabella takes advantage of her while Bridget continues to obsess over Isabella and their friendshipOverall I found Belladonna to be an angsty emotional coming of age story I wanted for Bridget and I was along for the ride rooting for herI received a gifted copy All opinions are my ownMany of my reviews can also be found on my blog wwwjennifertarheelreadercom and instagram wwwinstagramcomtarheelreader

  • Hardcover
  • 352
  • Belladonna
  • Anbara Salam
  • English
  • 20 October 2019
  • 9780593099346

About the Author: Anbara Salam

Anbara Salam is half Palestinian and half Scottish and grew up in London She has a PhD in Theology and now lives in Oxford.



10 thoughts on “Belladonna

  1. says:

    I love a coming of age story Belladonna is the tale of two friends living in Connecticut in the 1950s They move to Italy to study art while living in a conventThey are the yin and yang of friends Isabella is the outgoing popular one while the reserved Bridget is often in her shadowIt is there at the convent that Bridget opens up and finds herself feeling comfortable in who she is Somewhere along the way Bridget discovers Isabel

  2. says:

    This is a ‘coming of age’ story in the 1950’s From a prestigious Catholic High School in Connecticutto a prestigious Art History school ‘di Belle Arti di Pentila’ in Northern Italy on the grounds of a silent conventwe follow two fr

  3. says:

    How far will you go to make someone love you Thank you to Berkley Penguin Random for sending me an early electronic copy of this book for reviewThis book is probably one of the most beautifully written pieces of women's fiction that I

  4. says:

    28220Aah Northern Italy and the exploration of these two female characters sounds so good I'm really excited to read this one and so happy I found this during my book scavenging hunt in London You can find me onYoutube | Instagram | Twitter | Tumblr | Website

  5. says:

    Belladonna explores the relationship between two young women Bridget and Isabella Seen through Bridget's adoring eyes Isab

  6. says:

    25⭐ rounded up to 3⭐It is the late 1950s in Connecticut and Bridget is a the younger daughter of two girls born to a white father and an Egyptian mother Bridget feels like she is the outsider in her small Cat

  7. says:

    I won this in a goodreads giveaway Wasn’t my type of book but many others seemed to have liked it

  8. says:

    We follow two girls through their final years in Catholic school where one is extremely popular Isabella and the other wants nothing than to be popular or just be her friend Bridget Bridget feels that she isn’t accepted because she is “mixed” Egyptian mom European father After graduation these same two girls go abroa

  9. says:

    A story of unreuited love and obsession in a young girl’s life in the 1950’s Set in a convent in Northern Italy in the beautiful countrysideBridget meets Isabella in the Catholic high school they both attend in Connecticut Both gi

  10. says:

    I was attracted to this book for many reasons the biracialbicultural characters the Italian setting and the story of a friendship The language is lush and worth savoring and the story itself is unusual and unpredictable Just when I thought I knew how things would turn out Salam took them in a different nuanced direction Brava to her

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