The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green #BookReview #Sphere #NetGalley #4*


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In a seaside suburb on Australia’s golden coast, four women head to the water to swim every day.

Housewife Theresa wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.

From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, it is the one constant in her new life.

Elaine takes to the sea having recently moved from England, while Leanne is twenty-five years old and only has herself to rely on.

In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak, they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt.

Most of all, they will cherish their newfound friendship, each and every day.


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A Warm, Wonderful Read!      stars 4


Having read and enjoyed The Inaugural Meeting of the Fairvale Ladies Book Club, I jumped at the opportunity to read and review this novel by the same author.

Focusing on four women with swimming in common, we find ourselves a part of all their lives. As they grow closer, their problems and successes are shared. They each need the others for varying reasons and become closer and begin to rely upon each other.

As with the previous book, this is a story to be savoured and enjoyed. Each of these women have very different lives but they all need a friend or two and the importance of good friends shines throughout. This is a book which will make you smile, and laugh – and even feel a tear or two slide down your cheek. The author has created several rounded characters and woven each of their tales in with the others into a warm, wonderful read, and one I really enjoyed. I’m very happy to give this four stars.

My thanks to the publisher for my copy via NetGalley; this is my honest, original and unbiased review.


Tags: women’s fiction


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Author Bio




Sophie Green is an author and publisher who lives in Sydney. She has written several fiction and non-fiction books, some under other names. In her spare time she writes about country music on her blog, Jolene. She fell in love with the Northern Territory the first time she visited and subsequent visits inspired the story in THE INAUGURAL MEETING OF THE FAIRVALE LADIES BOOK CLUB.


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