Book Review: Swimming Pool Summer, Rebecca Farnworth

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Frankie hasn’t had a proper relationship for years. But though she tells everyone this is how she wants it, secretly she’s in love with her best friend Patrick.

Tor didn’t think she could have a baby, but now she is pregnant by her younger lover. Could this mean the end of a romance that has started to mean more to her than she expected.

Leila seems to have it all – a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. But Leila is harbouring a secret that could destroy her marriage forever.

On an idyllic Greek island, the three women try to keep their secrets hidden. But emotions are running high, and when an unexpected guest arrives, events start to spin out of control.

Publisher:  Cornerstone Digital, July 2013


Reviewer: Anita Hunt

This is a charming story of four women who are on holiday together for two weeks in the gorgeous setting of Zakynthos. Three of the women (Tor, Leila and Frankie) are old friends whilst the younger Candy is a stranger thrown into their midst. Each women has a secret to hide and as you get pulled under their skin and into each character by the skilled writing, so you start to care about the why’s, when’s and where’s of the plot.

Well written characters and a believable storyline are what make this book a great read for anyone who loves feel good with a hint of danger chick lit.

The only drawback for me was the at times poor editing/proof reading. In several places words appear to be missing and towards the end one of Frankie’s chapters was incorrectly formatted. Whilst this doesn’t take away from the essence of the tale, if you are like me and read every word avidly, it does cause you to stop while you figure out why it isn’t reading correctly. Don’t let this put you off though, a really enjoyable book that will leave you bereft when you close it for the last time.

Reviewer: Lindsey Phillipson

Swimming Pool Summer is Rebecca Farnworth’s latest novel and is the story of Frankie, Leila and Tor; three best friends from University.  The novel centres on a group holiday the three are due to have on the idyllic Greek island of Zakynthos. However, although they are successful career women and best friends, before the holiday starts, the reader is told that each of them harbours a secret that they are unable to reveal to each other. 

I really enjoyed this book.  The narrative was fast paced and I loved the way the author interwove between each of the individual’s stories, which made the story flow wonderfully.   The book highlighted a lot of dilemmas which the modern woman in the 21st century faces and can relate to; choices between career, children, love and striving to find the ultimate work/life balance. 

It was easy to feel genuine empathy for the characters as they were well structured and likeable.  Indeed, I found myself rooting for them over the course of the novel and wanting them to overcome the consequences they faced, once their particular “secret” was exposed.

I would highly recommend this book as it was fresh, exciting and well plotted. I would definitely read more of this author’s work.


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