The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society

The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society

Large Print - 2013
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When Joey Rubin stumbles upon a group of elderly women swimming in a lake one freezing January morning, she thinks they must be mad. But then they dare her to come in. Joey, an overworked New York architect, is in the Cotswolds to oversee the restoration of Stanway House, the stately home that inspired J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. It hasn?t been easy. The local residents aren?t exactly welcoming, and then there?s the problem of the brooding caretaker, a man who seems to take every opportunity to undermine her plans. She soon begins to feel that she can?t do anything right. Until, that is, she discovers the J.M. Barrie Ladies? Swimming Society and begins to take a daily dip with them in their own private Neverland. For Joey, meeting Aggie, Gala, Lilia, and company, is a life-changing experience, the beginning of a friendship that will transform her in the most remarkable of ways.
Publisher: Thorndike, Maine, Center Point Large Print,, 2013.
Edition: Large print edition.
ISBN: 9781611738117
Characteristics: 335 pages (large print) ; 23 cm.

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Sarah1984
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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Sep 05, 2014

Sarah1984 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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