Book 2 in the Belles series, Winter White, ends with Izzie's estranged aunt, Zoe, showing up on the Monroe's doorstep, and the already uneasy family dynamic is turned on its head. When Grams dies, Zoe wants to reconnect with the only family member she has left, but Izzie isn't interested in getting to know a woman who's been absent for the past sixteen years.
As an artist from the west coast, Zoe has a certain appeal for Mira, however, who's been trying to lose herself in her art since her boyfriend, Kellen, moved away. Mira is trying new things and making new friends, and amid preparations for Emerald Cove's Founders Day and their own sweet sixteens, both girls are longing to spread their wings beyond the tight constraints that come with being the daughters of a prominent public figure. It looks like Zoe's artsy, laid-back attitude might be just what they need.
But when Zoe offers Izzie the chance to move back to California with her, it's time to make a tough decision. Could she really leave behind the preppy world of Emerald Cove -- and the family she's come to love -- in exchange for more freedom?
Praise for Belles:
"Belles is a must-read, full of scandals, sisterhood, Southern charm, and secrets!"
Sara Shepard, #1 bestselling author of the Pretty Little Liars series
"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
Jen Calonita is the author of the VIP, Secrets of My Hollywood Life and Fairy Tale Reform School series, and a former magazine editor who has interviewed everyone from Justin Timberlake to Beyoncé. She lives in New York with her husband, Mike; sons, Dylan and Tyler; and their Chihuahua, Captain Jack Sparrow.