"If you need a pick-me-up in book form, then this gorgeously warm and quirky novel comes as highly recommended by the LoveReading team. "
Feel-good and then some, once finished I exclaimed in delight and actually gathered this book up for a hug! Loretta has life mapped out and even carries a notebook with a never-ending to-do list, but the unexpected inclusion of six-year-old Phoebe throws her carefully planned notes into disarray. I have rather fallen in love with Nicola Gil’s writing, she excels in being both thoughtfully warm and sharply witty. I can also recommend her debut The Neighbours which was an amusing and smart look at contemporary life. Swimming for Beginners waltzes its way into our LoveReading Star Books category, it is a delightfully quirky look at relationships, forgiveness, and also grief. Sadness is handled with huge empathy while beautifully thoughtful moments of humour are inserted with consideration. I particularly enjoyed the different relationships which thrum throughout, from work colleagues, to friends, and family each encounter with Loretta and Phoebe ensures a different emotion is speared. The two main leads are just gorgeous, and I am so glad to have had them in my life for the duration of this novel. One of my picks of the month, Swimming For Beginners is a fabulous slice of wonderful and comes with must-read stamped all over it.