Only the truly devoted manage to swim every day at Whitstable, because the sea’s only deep enough at high tide. So when Deb (ageing bikini, sunglasses) and Maisie (black wetsuit, swimming shoes, goggles) keep meeting on Reeves Beach, they strike up an unlikely friendship based on their love of swimming and their recent divorces.
They swim early in the morning and late at night; through sea-fogs, rain and glorious sunny days. Soon, they are joined by other high tide swimmers, each with a crisis of their own to weather. Ann, a bossy organiser, is caring for her elderly mother at home; Julie has somehow (although she’s not quite sure how) managed to produce three children under school age; and Chloe, a bright, brittle girl of fifteen, finds calmness in the water. Quiet, anxious Bill is initially thought to be a peeping Tom, before being welcomed into the heart of the club.
When the swimmers discover plans for their beach to be paved over for a leisure complex, they find a higher purpose that bonds them together, and exposes their fragile worlds to public scrutiny.
Firstly a big thank you to Lauren at trapeze books for my copy to review .
I’m an avid swimmer.. someone who has a cloudy head I really reap the benefits of a good swim. For me it’s where I can be Charlene , I’m not mum carer advocate and no one can reach me . So this title alone got my interest !
I absolutely loved it and can really recommend.
With each woman at points in their life where times are changing the future can feel unsure . Change is scary and unknown . However with new friends and new challenges it can be exciting too .
I could really identify with Deb who left her marriage, funny enough this week was the 10th anniversary of me doing the same . She is a feisty strong woman but is there something she’s not telling anyone ? A lot is happening for her and that in itself needs a lot of adjustment . Will she do what’s best for her or her loves ones?
Friendships develop and grow out of a love for swimming.
They each need a way to escape from their realities and the dramas going on but what will happen when their chance to swim is threatened??
Do they work together or give up?
A great story of new beginnings,second chances,hope and friendships.
Full of warmth and humour this is sure to bring a smile to many readers faces.
Published 8th February