Welcome to Beantown
by Elle Vanzandt
A Boston Belles Novel
Publication Date: January 30, 2017
Genres: New Adult, College, Coming of Age
They say the college years are what really shape a person for adulthood, and although rare, unbreakable bonds of friendship can be made.
Gianna Moretti, Alexis Cole and Shelby Lansing are about to discover just how true that is.
When the three of them are thrust together in a new city and on their own for the first time at Boston College, none of them expected to click so suddenly despite their many differences.
They also didn’t anticipate how much their lives would be changed.
Forgotten dreams, family secrets and heartbreaking fears are revealed as they grow, learn and laugh together. What started as a bond of circumstance quickly becomes something they never realized they’d all been missing –true friendship.
However, when devastation strikes, will their friendship survive?
What a great debut novel by these two writers! It’s the story about three young women from very different backgrounds who become fast friends their freshman year of college. While there is some romance, the emphasis is on their friendship!
Each girl is very different from the other. Gia actually lives in Boston, but she lives in the dorm. She is sassy and independent. She comes from a very close-knit Italian family. I love their family dinners!!!! Lexi is from the South, and she is the daughter of a politician. Poor Lexi has been told how she must conduct herself and live her life, and most importantly, don’t do anything to embarrass her family. Her family is wealthy, but she is a prime example that power and money don’t buy happiness. Shelby is the sweetheart of the group. She’s moved across the country from the West. Her family owns a horse ranch, and Shelby is a country girl at heart! What’s amazing is how different these girls are, but they each bring something wonderful to their friendship. They quickly come to love and trust one another, and the bond they form is incredible. I loved each one of them for very different reasons!
As I always say in my reviews, characters are so important to me. If I feel a connection with them, I feel connected to the story. I definitely felt connected to these young women. I felt like I was a part of their tight-knit group. As in real life, each one has their struggles, especially Lexi. She really faces some challenges in the book. Through her, a very serious issue is addressed, and it’s done very realistically. Despite some of those struggles, there is a lot of laughter, especially around the Moretti dinner table. The ending was a big surprise, so I’m really hoping the ladies don’t make us wait too long for the next book. It was hard saying good-bye to Gia, Lexi, and Shelby, but I’m really looking forward to seeing them again! Welcome to Beantown was a great story of the importance of friendship!
About Elle Vanzandt
Elle Vanzandt grew up a Navy brat who has had the privilege of living in many places but she will always call Illinois her home. A stay-at-home mom to two amazing children, a blogger, and a writer, she wears many hats. With determination and strength taught to her by her mother, she has made it through many obstacles, always sticking with the family motto ‘pull up your bootstraps and get it done’. Writing is an adventure she could have never predicted but is enjoying the ride all the same. In her free time you can find Elle with a book in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other. Background noise is a must, usually in the form of her kids, but Netflix and country music on Spotify come in a close second and third.
About P. Marie
P. Marie lives in a small town outside of Boston where she was born and raised. She resides in the house she grew up in with her husband of 33 years and her two fur babies, Tek and Tessie. She is the proud mother of two adult children as well. While she is a corporate girl during the day, she has become both a writer and blogger by night. P. Marie says she owes her success to her mother who taught her that if you believe in yourself, you can achieve anything.