Restless, by Michelle Bellon
Published April 6th, 2016 by Booktrope Editions
Restless, is the latest novel from author Michelle Bellon, that tells the story of Malea and her fear and aversion to commitment. The story opens with Malea and Garrett’s wedding, but then flashes back to before the wedding to lay the groundwork for their relationship. Malea is a young, intelligent woman who likes to have a good time and is described by her best friend as a “party girl,” but also devoted to her studies and her new job after graduating. Malea has dated and has been in a long-term relationship (which she ended because she was feeling over-whelmed by her feelings), but is very direct and upfront about the fact that she “does not do commitment. ” Enter Garrett, and things begin to change. Garrett is the all-around perfect guy, especially when it comes to tolerating her fear of commitment and run-away weekends alone.
Restless explores Malea’s ability to give love and try to commit, although she is unable to feel someone else’s love in return. Throughout the novel, the reader watches Malea try, succeed, fail, and keep trying to maintain love and commitment with one person. I love the story and how the author takes the reader through her growth as a woman, wife, and mother. This is a wonderful novel, and I am a fast reader, however, there are parts of the novel where I’m left with questions (maybe I missed these things?)….
- What in the world happens to Ethan after the wedding?
- The patient that was so important that Malea was using her phone during the reception – no one seemed that important when it flashed back to her time at the nursing home.
- The all-important moment of understanding her past and what has prevented her from committing and feeling love… There wasn’t much to that to justify her feelings and actions up until that point.
- Also, although kind of silly, what happened to her car during the wash-out when Garrett picks her up?
- Lastly, why did no one ever get this girl to an AA meeting??? Taking off to strange towns, strange bars, and strange hotels alone did not seem very healthy!
Seriously though, this is a great novel that explores questions that are most likely very relevant to a great deal of readers. How does one know if someone really, truly loves them, and if they do, then what does it feel like? Does everyone deserve that amazing, unconditional love? What does it take for someone to give in to that vulnerability and trust that someone loves them? Michelle Bellon provides a moving story of Malea’s self-reflection and self-discovery and I look forward to reading more from her (and hopefully about these characters) in the future!
Want to learn more about the author? Visit her website at: http://www.michellebellonauthor.com/
Disclaimer: I was provided with a complimentary copy of this book, through Reading Deals, so I could give an honest review.