Isabelle Scott’s life may not be easy, but she loves it. She is a star swimmer and lifeguard, has great friends, and has been spending the summer with Brayden, a cute surfer—though they’re just friends. But her grandmother, with whom she’s lived since her mother died five years earlier, is declining quickly, and Izzie’s whole world is upended. She’s whisked away from the poor, rough neighborhood where she grew up to live with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in the exclusive Emerald Cove.
Mirabelle Monroe leads a charmed life: her father is a former baseball star about to run for the United States Senate. She’s popular and beautiful and has a super cute jock boyfriend. But when her cousin, Izzie, comes to live with her family, her well-ordered world starts to unravel. It doesn’t help that Mira’s best friend and queen bee, Savannah, hates Izzie from the start, maybe because Izzie seems to be so close to Savannah’s boyfriend, Brayden. And Mira doesn’t know whether to choose her friends and status at school or her family.
As Izzie and Mira try to navigate their new lives, family secrets are dug up and the girls learn what friends and family truly mean.
“Proving Southern belles can backstab with the best of ’em, Jen Calonita weaves a soapy tale that keeps you guessing from beginning to end.” —Kate Brian, New York Times bestselling author of the Private and Privilege series
“Belles is a must-read, full of scandals, sisterhood, Southern charm, and secrets!” —Sara Shepard, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series
“A page-turner that has it all—tingly romance, shocking secrets, and tons of heart. You’re going to love it.” —Sarah Mlynowski, author of Gimme a Call and Ten Things We Did (and Probably Shouldn't Have)
About the Author - Jen Calonita
Jen Calonita certainly has the inside scoop on young Hollywood. A former senior entertainment editor at Teen People, she has interviewed everyone from Reese Witherspoon to Zac Efron. An entertainment journalist for the past ten years, she has written for TV Guide, Glamour, and Marie Claire. She lives in New York with her husband Mike, sons Tyler and Dylan, and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.
About the Narrator - Julia Whelan
Julia Whelan, a former child actress best known for her award-winning work on ABC's Once and Again, has won multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards and was named one of AudioFile magazine's Best Voices of 2010. Her "flawless" narration of Jandy Nelson's The Sky Is Everywhere earned a place in the first round of 2011 Grammy nominations for Best Spoken Word Album.