Being Jade

Being Jade A tragic death A family divided Only truth can set them free Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife Jade after twenty five years of her adultery In the aftermath Ba

  • Title: Being Jade
  • Author: Kate Belle
  • ISBN: 9781925030044
  • Page: 151
  • Format: Paperback
  • A tragic death A family divided Only truth can set them free.Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife, Jade, after twenty five years of her adultery In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexA tragic death A family divided Only truth can set them free.Banjo Murphy is killed on the night he finally walks away from his wife, Jade, after twenty five years of her adultery In the aftermath, Banjo is bewildered to discover he still exists, and in despair he watches Jade collapse into deep depression and his daughters, Lissy and Cassandra, struggle with their unexpected loss.Lissy is tortured by the mystery surrounding her father s death What compelled Banjo to leave the night he died And why won t Jade talk about what happened Despite their volatile relationship, Lissy believes her parents love to have been enduring, but sensibleCassandra sees things differently When Cassy discovers a sketchbook chronicling Jade s affairs, the truth of their parents relationship begins to unfold and Lissy s loyalties are divided.Searching for answers, Lissy contacts Jade s ex lovers And watching from afar, Banjo aches as he discovers what these men meant to Jade until Lissy s quest reveals an explosive truthOne that will finally set their family free See at booksmonandschuster

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    About “Kate Belle”

    1. Kate Belle

      Kate is a multi published author of dark, sensual love stories that will mess with your head Her interests include talking to strangers, collecting unread books, and ranting about the world s many injustices She writes regularly about women, relationships, sexuality and books on her blog, The Ecstasy Files She is also the creator of the Eros in Action writing sex workshop.Kate lives, writes and loves in Melbourne with her small family and very annoying pets The Yearning was released in 2013 to rave reviews Being Jade is her second novel.Blog website ecstasyfilesFacebook facebook katebelle.xTwitter ecstasyfiles twitter ecstasyfiles

    235 thoughts on “Being Jade”

    1. THIS. BOOK !! . . THIS FUCKING BOOK !!!! . . . . . GAWD!!!!! I should hate it . Jade and Banjo bear a few characteristics I strongly detest . SELFISHNESS and POWERLESSNESS (what a cop out). So why in the ever loving hell of all that is holy am I pondering between a 4 or 5 rating? . . . . Its simple! I find Kate Belle storytelling to be unapologetic(she doesn't make excuses for her characters), realistic, unfiltered, genuine and absolutely riveting. Now please excuse me while I ponder my rating [...]

    2. Well, Kate Belle is just going to have to write this review for me because I can’t find the words to describe the power of this story. There’s an intriguing plot, vividly drawn characters and mesmerizing prose that sweeps you along until you are almost singing the words aloud. Then there’s Kate’s clever, clever, clever narration that hooked me from the start. I read this novel in one day. (Most unlike me!)I loved Kate’s debut (The Yearning) even though it was outside my ‘usual’ gen [...]

    3. After twenty-five years of marriage, Banjo Murphy finally walks out on his wife, Jade, unable to forgive her for what seems to be yet another betrayal. Hours later his broken body is discovered by the side of the road, the victim of a hit and run, and his family is shattered by the unexpected loss. As Jade withdraws into silence, seeking solace in chemical oblivion, his youngest daughter, Melissa, seeks answers to the mystery surrounding her father's deathd the truth about his life. "Who was the [...]

    4. I hated this book. I'm not sure if it was the characters in it (I hate Jade) or all that it made me feel. So I'm giving it 4 stars because it made me feel too much.

    5. Mesmerizing.I have a great love of a difficult heroine-someone who makes me work my arse off to relate, who doesn't conform to traditional stereotypes and who penultimately ends up making me evaluate my own views of the world.Jade, the heroine in Being Jade is one of those characters. She's the definition of "difficult to know." Her characterization and motivation are much like-for want of a better metaphor-layers of an onion. At times you won't like her or agree with her choices, at times you w [...]

    6. Last year, I was mesmerised by Kate Belle’s The Yearning, which has one of the most fitting endings to a book that I’ve ever read. Naturally, I was ecstatic when a copy of her new novel, Being Jade, landed on the doorstep. It didn’t take for me to get stuck into this book, which is mesmerising. Once you’ve started it, you’ll find it very difficult to stop reading. The book opens in an unusual fashion, in the first person of Banjo, who is dead. Why is he dead? What happened? You’ll ju [...]

    7. Being Jade is a near faultless, emotion-rich portrayal of love, family and the clarity brought by grief. From the moment he sees her across the school yard, Banjo Murphy loves Jade. Though they come from vastly different backgrounds with potentially divergent futures, Jade and Banjo marry and have a family. But settling down is not within Jade’s ability and Banjo must confront how much he is willing to sacrifice for the sake of the passionate and elusive woman he cannot live without. From the [...]

    8. dnf.I studiously avoid books with any mention of infidelity though sometimes, I'd challenge myself to try and read them. Most times, I failed prime examples being Freedom and now this Thankfully, this was a giveaway at a book expo so I didn't actually spend any money in acquiring this so I don't feel that guilty in giving it a shove.I must say that the main character here, Jade, has had some horrific childhood but I just couldn't understand and as it's such a painful subject to me (childhood tra [...]

    9. I read an advanced copy of this today. Started this morning, not entirely sure from the blurb if I'd like it. However I was hooked from page 1 and read any spare minute (and a few that weren't spare! - sorry family, you didn't really need to eat, did you?!) until I finished it.This is a very powerful read. I ran the emotional rollercoaster with my view of the characters, particularly Jade. It's hard to say too much without giving anything away, but this book, these characters, will stay in my mi [...]

    10. My View:This is the perfect book club read – elegantly written, contemporary issues including the universal question about how do we define love and the perimeters of that love. This is such an eloquent, sensual and visually stunning read…Kate Belle where is the art to go with the book? You described the works so passionately and richly I could see the images in my own minds eye – this is a joy to experience. Kate Belle plays the devil’s advocate in this novel when she creates our protag [...]

    11. I respect every author for their effort and creativity and love for writing. And as much as I appreciated the unusual storyline, this book made me want to rip my hair out and punch a wall!There are so many things I couldn't understand, like; does any person on planet earth with half a brain just accept being treated with such disrespect and have their dignity stepped on for years on end so willingly? And why was that painting displayed in the first place?This book frustrated me to bits, Banjo's [...]

    12. The pages of Kate Belle’s new novel, Being Jade, contain magic. Compelling magic that forces the turning of the next one. Magic that haunts you between reading sessions, and long after the covers have been closed and the book assigned its spot on your shelves.Kate’s prose is as intelligent and poetic as any literary novel, but equally it has a down-to-earth rawness that draws you in, unlaces your boots and sits you down with a good, strong cuppa. It seems strange to say that about an erotic [...]

    13. Jade and Banjo have been married for twenty-five years when he walks out. Their youngest daughter Lissy comes home and once again finds them squaring off against each other, in the middle of an argument. It’s something she’s seen many times before and she leaves them to it, an action she will come to regret.Because Banjo has never walked out before. But this time he does and he is killed, the victim of a hit and run. This leaves Jade and their children Cassy and Lissy to grieve and Banjo can [...]

    14. Note: this review contains mild spoilers.“People argue about death” is the opening line of Kate Belle’s novel Being Jade. It might just as well have been, “People argue about love”. For, although grief over a death sets the book’s narrative in motion, many of the questions it raises are about love or, more precisely, whether love and infidelity are compatible. Does fidelity in a relationship matter? Does it make a difference if the couple is married? The woman pregnant? If they have [...]

    15. Reviewed for Confessions From RomaholicsOne sentence summary: Kate Belle has done it again taking the unconventional and making it a realistic and thought provoking book .Kate Belle is an author whose work I have admired for some time, ever since I read her first two books nearly two years ago. Since then she has gone from strength to strength and I was excited to receive a copy of Being Jade from the publisher. She has a way with words and weaves a story that you believe in despite the unconven [...]

    16. Being Jade is a beautifully written, occasionally erotic and occasionally dark tale of a woman who lives by her own rules and challenging notions of what it means to love and what it truly means to be loyal to another person. Australian author Kate Belle (who wrote the brilliant novel, The Yearning,) creates an interesting portrait of a marriage through her characters Banjo and Jade. When the novel opens, we meet Banjo as a ghost. He is recently deceased, killed in an accident shortly after walk [...]

    17. Being Jade by Kate Belle has taken me on one of the most heartfelt and emotional journey’s I’ve experienced from a book so far this year. I am a tear drenched, ragged mess of emotional goo, surrounded by soggy tissues and desperately in need of a restorative cup of tea. I am emotionally spent. I am exhausted.I am overwhelmed by a myriad of emotions and feelings.But mostly, I am elated at the author’s ability to make me feel so damn much.Jade is a selfish bitch.She thinks of herself first, [...]

    18. I bought Kate Belle's novel “Being Jade” on Thursday afternoon, and from page one I was hooked. This story spoke to me like no other book I can recall. I finished part one on Thursday night, only closing my computer because I had to work on Friday. Part two and three were read voraciously after late night shopping last night. I was so happy and yet so sad when I finished the book this morning. I could not put it down. I was compelled to finish it, to devour it. My need to know the full story [...]

    19. I was given this novel at a book fair without knowing anything about the author, Kate Belle. When I opened it up and started reading, I found a voice and characters that I was interested in. The writing and characters engaged me quickly - so much so that I continued reading to the end, despite the story not quite delivering the insight I wanted, or perhaps it was more that I didn't buy the premise of Jade's infidelities. The subject matter of Jade's damaged character and how this impacts the fam [...]

    20. This is a book that really made me think, about my own feelings towards love, emotions, marriage, adultery and family. Being Jade is a book that stirs up deep emotions inside you and does not let go, long after finishing the book. At its crux, the book is about the twenty five year relationship between Jade and Banjo. It is a complicated relationship, which has suffered under the strain of Jade’s less than conventional family upbringing and her penchant towards committing adultery. Despite the [...]

    21. BEING Jade is Kate Belle’s second book. I fell in love with her writing in her debut, The Yearning, and while Being Jade has some challenging characters, I equally loved this book.Explaining to one’s husband why you love a book about infidelity is fraught with complications, and without Belle’s way with words, I am at a loss to define just how she delves into the parameters of love and commitment with such aplomb.It is the story of a married couple – loyal, dependable Banjo and his “wi [...]

    22. Quite unforgettable. A brave, bold, confronting story, and beautifully written. I would have happily given this novel 5 stars if it hadn't been for a rather slow central section in which I nearly gave up reading. (Note to other readers: do not give up! The last quarter of this book is full of pace and deep, deep insight.)The story opens with the narrator's death. Quite believably, he continues to haunt his wife and 2 daughters (without their ever realising) for the duration of the novel in order [...]

    23. Australian Kate Belle’s latest Being Jade, is a novel which forces we readers to confront our thinking; our own values, morals and beliefs. Angry and mysterious Jade is the fatherless daughter of an alcoholic prostitute. Banjo is infatuated and – though unattractive and awkward – befriends the troubled youngster. Later, Banjo’s community-minded family take Jade in when her mother dies; but are shocked when – at only 18 – Banjo informs his parents the pair are to marry. While her husb [...]

    24. I was intrigued with how the characters would play out in this story. Who would I like? Dislike? Feel sorry for? I was surprised to learn I liked all the characters, flaws and all. I loved how the story unfolded through multiple POV's. It was more satisfying learning more about each one in this way. This story had so many layers to it. Each character showed growth as the story progressed. This was a central element to my curiosity and the flashbacks and present day scenes allowed this to happen. [...]

    25. Hauntingly bizarre yet poignantly real 'Being Jade' had me mesmerised from the first page. The depth of feeling Kate Belle obviously invested in writing this book, her masterful wordsmithing and courageous story telling made this an addictively compelling read about love and lust, life and death. Each character was engaging and believable, reaching out from the page and pulling me into the story. 'Being Jade' stirred my emotions and stole my heart. The moment I finished I was compelled to pick u [...]

    26. This is a curly one - a talented Australian author, and an unusual storyline : an unconventional love between two very different people, with the narrator dying early in the story. Well written but somehow the idea of a woman (however talented as an artist and 'wild at heart') leaving every few months for some sexual R and R, even when pregnant, left me feeling a bit squeamishe self loathing of her husband and his constant questioning of their relationship became, in the end, a refrain centred a [...]

    27. Wow amazing book Kate. Read this in one day :-)Loved the story of banjo and jade and got emotional at times and angry at jade. I also loved how I could really feel the characters emotions. This was a quick read and wonderfully written. Can't wait to read Kate's next book!

    28. Interesting storyline that kept me page-turning until I finished the book. For me, it highlighted how love is different for all of us and we can never totally understand how another person loves, even those very close to us. Recommend it.

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