At some point, I hope I stop getting so excited when I finish reading a book because hopefully it’ll just become second nature and part of my life (just like it used to be). But! I’m super happy that I finished my second book of the year — Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller.
In case you’re interested, my first book was Brady vs. Manning, full review here.
As I mentioned yesterday, I got this book as part of my membership with the Book of the Month Club. So far (not to spoil this review!), I am really happy with the membership. Who doesn’t love getting access to the newest books and having someone handpick recommendations for you!?
Anyways! Before I get to the review of Swimming Lessons, I want to share the synopsis:
Ingrid Coleman writes letters to her husband, Gil, about the truth of their marriage, but instead of giving them to him, she hides them in the thousands of books he has collected over the years. When Ingrid has written her final letter she disappears from a Dorset beach, leaving behind her beautiful but dilapidated house by the sea, her husband, and her two daughters, Flora and Nan.
Twelve years later, Gil thinks he sees Ingrid from a bookshop window, but he’s getting older and this unlikely sighting is chalked up to senility. Flora, who has never believed her mother drowned, returns home to care for her father and to try to finally discover what happened to Ingrid. But what Flora doesn’t realize is that the answers to her questions are hidden in the books that surround her. Scandalous and whip-smart, Swimming Lessons holds the Coleman family up to the light, exposing the mysterious truths of a passionate and troubled marriage.
My thoughts on this book: I thought that it was really interesting. I loved the dichotomy between reading Ingrid’s letters and also reading about what was happening in current life for the family. Both of the threads in the story had some drama… and I just wanted to keep reading so I could see what happened next. To be honest, it was one of those books where I wanted to read the last chapter just to see what happened. 😉
It was so refreshing to have a GOOD book to read. I feel like I’ve been burnt out by reading a lot of not so good books, and I always love when there’s one like Swimming Lessons that I can’t put down. Let’s hope the streak continues!
P.S. Based on this book, I would also recommend checking out the Book of the Month Club. It’s only one recommendation, but I feel like they nailed it. I will definitely keep you guys posted on what I think of future recommendations.
Do you ever read the last chapter in the book to know what happens?
What are you reading right now? Would you recommend it?
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