The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society

The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society

Book - 2012
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Visiting England to oversee the restoration of J.M. Barrie's home, overworked New York architect Joey feels like an outcast until she starts taking a swim with the other women of the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society.
Publisher: New York, NY : Marble Arch Press, 2012
Edition: 1st Marble Arch Press trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9781476718736
Characteristics: 271 p. ; 21 cm


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Sep 05, 2014

30/8 - Good start so far. The talk of the upcoming renovation of Stanway House (J.M. Barrie was inspired to write Peter Pan by the house) reminds me of the UK shows of ordinary people renovating their newly bought stately and heritage listed homes - Grand Designs, Restoration Home, My Dream Derelict Home et al. I love those shows, so if the book focuses on that part of the plot I'm sure I'll enjoy this just as much. To be continued...

3/9 - A really enjoyable chick-litish book revolving around the main character's supervision of the renovation of Stanway House. While in the Cotswolds Joey meets a number of colourful characters, including a group of senior citizens who swim at the local pond/lake no matter the weather. One particular lady stood out for me, Aggie - I could definitely see this being made into a movie and Maggie Smith playing her.

This wasn't 'literature', and it may not have had the most accurate description of life in England (this view was taken from other reviewers complaints of inaccuracies that someone, me, not well-versed in horses or English life failed to notice), but I thought it nice light-hearted fun. I do wish there had been more discussion of the renovation of Stanway House as that's what drew me to the book to begin with, but "Oh well.".

RobinBartley Dec 01, 2013

Interesting book. Kept my attention, but I was disappointed in the ending. Would love it if there was a sequel. Author does a great job of mixing age groups from tweens to young adults to seniors - great stories for all of the characters!


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