by Maureen Sherry
Opening Belle was another Skimm suggestion, and a fascinating book, particularly because I knew nothing about investment banking and Wall Street. Isabelle is a successful investment banker on Wall Street, in addition to being a wife and mother. She has the “perfect” life, or does she? Family life is difficult because of her long hours and because her husband does little to help out. Work life is stressful because of the work itself and the incredibly misogynistic work environment. The book follows Isabelle’s balancing act of work and home life. She struggles to keep her position at work and maintain her success while fending off men who either grope her or belittle her. She also struggles to keep her marriage alive and be there for her children. While all of this is going on, Isabelle must come face to face with her ex-fiance and learn how to move on. Spoiler: in the end, Isabelle leaves her husband because he has been cheating on her, but after time, they are able to become good friends, with the potential of something more because they confront their own personal issues and grow as individuals. Isabelle’s company dissolves after corruption comes to light and she happily leaves and starts her own company with other strong, like-minded women.
I think one of the things I really liked about this book is the fact that Isabelle grows so much. She changes from someone successful, but naive, to a confident, independent person. I found the content interesting and insightful, and her story line was captivating. I think Sherry is a delightful author!
Summing it up: I would recommend this interesting, delightful book for anyone who is looking for a strong heroine and a captivating plot!
All the best, Abbey