BOOK CLUB: True Colours

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True Colours (Second Chance Series Book 1) by Australian author Bella Paige is a touching, heart-warming, emotional story that will pull you into the pages and keep you wanting more.

Ariel Patterson has all that she could ask for in life; she comes from an affluent upbringing with loving parents, a busy social life with great friends, is a woman of strength, confidence, and a fulfilling career achieving all she can ask for yet she feels detached from life and has a sense something is missing.

Her friend Faith takes her to an abandoned rec centre where five homeless children; Bay the eldest looking after Sam, Chloe, Finn, and Phoebe varying in ages and circumstances are living, they touch at Ariel’s heartstrings, and she wants to do all she can to help them.

She finds an old run-down estate on the market that once was an orphanage built in 1920 for over 100 children run by Mrs. Owen, after her passing her daughter Charlotte continued her legacy until the estate caught fire and closed. When Ariel saw the signage that once hung on the estate’s door “Because every Child Deserves a Second Chance” she knew then and there what her next project was going to be.

Noah Chase has returned home from Afghanistan after being severely injured in the line of duty. Upon each deployment, his daughter Emma was being raised by his father, brother Wade and sister Faith. When Faith was introduced to Ariel by Wade, they formed a close friendship and Ariel helped with Emma’s care. Over the years Ariel exchanged letters with Noah and a special bond was formed.

They finally met when Noah was recovering in hospital and became much closer, upon his discharge Ariel offered him a job to help restore The Second Chance estate. War had taken its toll on Noah, the mental anguish and post-traumatic stress along with healing was emotionally paralysing but with this chance, he had a new focus in life.

True Colours takes you on a journey into a hidden world that exists all around us, exploring homelessness, the trauma of war, love, and grief with insight, sensitivity, and most of all, hope. I knew immediately when I started reading this novel I was hooked, the writing grabbed me from the start and didn’t let me go.

It’s a very character-based story and the plot at first seemed simple but having finished I now see so many things that I didn’t pick up whilst I was reading that the author did to create such an amazing story.

In addition to the excellently well-rounded lead character, we get a selection of side characters that I adored, Faith, Noah, Emma and Bay. So often side characters are pushed aside but they were so well developed with their own identities and backgrounds you were invested in their lives as much as Ariel’s.

Homelessness is a very real situation regardless of age for so many people and is more common than anyone would want to think, I could really relate to this book as I used to volunteer at a homeless shelter and I love that Bella didn’t shy away from any hard to hear topics and problems, it shows the reader the realities of what it’s like to be homeless in an urban city and how kindness can change a life.

Overall, this was a beautiful, but heartbreaking book I would recommend to anyone. I cannot wait to read the next instalment in the Second Chance Series.

Thank you, Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review.

A selection of our Beauty and Lace Club Members are reading True Colours by Bella Paige. You can read their comments below, or add your own review.

ISBN: 9781922444462
Copy courtesy of publisher: Shawline Publishing Group

8 thoughts on “BOOK CLUB: True Colours

  1. I enjoyed reading True Colours by Bella Paige. I didn’t think I would like it at first but once I got into it, I did.

    Ariel was a bit wary of committing to Noah at first. I felt like telling her to take a chance. The kids were all great and were made to seem very lifelike. It’s sad that there are so many very young kids homeless these days. I hope there’s someone out there like Ariel.

  2. True Colours is a fantastic story. Based around Ariel whose sole purpose, after discovering homeless children living in an abondoned building, is to create a house for the children and any others who are homeless, neglected and/or abused.
    Her family and close friends are all ready to lend a hand. How can she make this work?
    Ariel is from a wealthy family but also works in the construction industry. When she was set a challenge to find a project from her father it was the opportunity for her to build this house.
    Over the years she had been helping to raise Emma, daughter of Noah who was fighting in Afghanistan. Even though they wrote letters to each other they had never met until Noah was severely injured and sent home. There a relationship commenced albeit as friends.
    Story evolves as family characters and friends emerge and all of a sudden you are captured by the pure essence and rawness of this story.
    Fiction it may be but you are caught up in the reality of the story.
    This has to be in the top 5 books I have read this year. I cannot wait for the second book.

  3. True Colours by Bella Paige is an extraordinary book,
    I loved all the characters in this book they were all so likeable especially the kids
    Ariel is a beautiful young woman who has such a good natured heart
    This may be a work of fiction but homeless kids in our country is a major problem
    I absolutely loved this book and I am positive other readers will also

  4. I would describe ‘True Colours’ by Bella Paige as a heartfelt, well-written and engrossing story that keeps you entwined in the characters from beginning to end.

    I enjoyed the romantic connection between main character Ariel, who has a heart of gold, and war veteran Noah who likes to think he has it all together but needs more support and love than he dares to admit.

    Ariel’s concern and consideration for homeless teen Bay and her charges and her subsequent development of the abandoned orphanage is a great and warming plot line.

    The other characters are also very engaging and well rounded. You can tell Bella Paige has put a lot of energy and thought into character development and that’s what makes this book so appealing.

    I’ll definitely be keeping my eyes peeled for the next book in the series!

  5. I read True Colours a lot slower than I wanted to. Not because I struggled but because I really did not want to miss a word.

    There was a part in the book where Ariel is talking about her favourite book and says “Have you ever read a really good book that pulls you into the pages and you get so captivated by an amazing storyline that at the time you forget all the troubles in the world and in your life?”

    True Colours is an amazing read and has quite easily made it into my top 10 books list. I can’t wait for the second instalment of this series.

    Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

  6. I really enjoyed True Colours by Bella Paige. The story was thrilling and exciting and it was a great story line to follow. The characters were relatable and you could picture Ariel having to make the hard choices as a parent and as a woman. Thank you for choosing me I thoroughly enjoyed readingthis book.

  7. I have loved reading True Colours by Bella Paige. It is a heartwarming story with a few twists and turns. The book is based around the main character, Ariel, that has a big heart. She has come from a background of wealth, but really wants to help those less fortunate. She loves to see people being connected, even if she finds it hard to do herself, because of her past. This is a well written and easy to read book.

  8. Thank you to Beauty and Lace and Shawline Publishing Group for the opportunity to read and review this amazing book!

    Am amazing captivating story well written. I was captured from the moment I opened it. I really didn’t want it to end. I look forward to the next instalment.

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