Wednesday, April 17, 2013

The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society by Barbara J. Zitwer

Joey, an overworked New York architect, has come to the Cotswolds to oversee the restoration of Stanway House - the stately home that inspired J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan. But 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 begins to take a daily dip with the members of the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society in their private, watery Neverland. They will teach her that it's not the house that needs restoring; it's her..

I enjoyed reading the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society by Barbara Zitwer.  It was very easy to read.  When Joey arrives in the Cotswold's to oversee a restoration project, it's not what she thought it would be. 

Everyone knows everyone else, so Joey is the newcomer and they aren't exactly welcoming.  That is, until Joey is invited to the the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society.  The elderly ladies swear by taking an icy dip for their health and it's this group of women who take Joey under their wing.

With unique characters, a sweet romance and enjoyable writing, the pages just flew along.  I didn't find myself deeply invested in the novel; I just enjoyed it in my own time at a leisurely pace, which was divine.  This novel would be ideal to read this summer at the beach!  I really enjoyed it.

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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