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The Ladies' Midnight Swimming Club: an uplifting, emotional story set in the sweeping Irish countryside perfect for fans of Sheila O'Flanagan Kindle Edition
Three women. Three different stages of life. United by one thing: the chance to start again.
An independent.ie '50 hottest summer reads of 2021' pick!
'Hogan presciently taps into the pursuit of these pandemic times' – RTÉ
'Charming... Full of pathos and humour. A heartwarming page-turner that would be perfect for staycation reading' – Irish Independent on Saturday
'Uplifting, emotional and brimming with warmth and humour' – Cathy Bramley
When Elizabeth's husband dies, leaving her with crippling debt, the only person she can turn to is her friend, Jo. Soon Jo has called in her daughter, Lucy, to help save Elizabeth from bankruptcy. Leaving her old life behind, Lucy is determined to make the most of her fresh start.
As life slowly begins to return to normal, these three women, thrown together by circumstance, become fast friends. But then Jo's world is turned upside down when she receives some shocking news.
In search of solace, Jo and Elizabeth find themselves enjoying midnight dips in the freezing Irish Sea. Here they can laugh, cry and wash away all their fears. As well as conjure a fundraising plan for the local hospice that will bring the whole community together...
From bestselling Irish writer Faith Hogan, The Ladies' Midnight Swimming Club is an emotional story about finding new friends and living life to the fullest, that will appeal to fans of Sheila O'Flanagan, Heidi Swain and Liz Fenwick.
Praise for Faith Hogan:
'Joyful, life-affirming and inspirational' – Heidi Swain
'Heartwarming and emotional' – Liz Fenwick
'A heart-rending, uplifting and beautifully written journey of female friendship... I loved being transported to Ireland's wild Atlantic coast' – Phillipa Ashley
'Faith Hogan navigates beautifully between the community and the individual, forensically investigating moral issues and loyalties with an unflinching, yet humane eye. She is one of the most original and exciting writers to emerge from Ireland in recent times' – Afric McGlinchey
'An intricately woven story of love, jealousy and misunderstanding' – Diney Costeloe
'A cracking good story... An ideal beach read' – Connaught Telegraph
'A fantastic summer read' – Irish Daily Star
'A heart-warming story of love, loss, family and friendship' – The Bookseller
'Spanning several decades and generations, Secrets We Keep is a hugely ambitious novel... With its engaging storyline and sense of place this is an absorbing and entertaining read' – Sunday Independent (Dublin)
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Discover the world of Faith Hogan...
Faith Hogan is an Irish award-winning and bestselling author of five contemporary fiction novels. Her books have featured as Book Club Favorites, Net Galley Hot Reads and Summer Must Reads. She writes grown up women's fiction which is unashamedly uplifting, feel good and inspiring. She lives in the west of Ireland with her husband, four children and a very busy Labrador named Penny. She's a writer, reader, enthusiastic dog walker and reluctant jogger - except of course when it is raining!
Faith's latest book, 'The Ladies' Midnight Swimming Club' is out in May!
'Uplifting, emotional and brimming with warmth and humour' Cathy Bramley
'Joyful, life-affirming and inspirational' Heidi Swain
'A beautifully written, heart-rending but ultimately uplifting read set on Ireland's wild Atlantic coast. I loved it' Phillipa Ashley
'Hogan presciently taps into the pursuit of these pandemic times' RTÉ
Charming... Full of pathos and humour. A heartwarming page-turner that would be perfect for staycation reading' Irish Independent on Saturday
'A lovely and emotional read that revels in the importance of community, female friendship and the determination to never, ever give in' Woman's Own
'Transporting readers to the beautiful Irish countryside, Faith Hogan's latest contemporary novel is a heart-warming story of friendship, living your best life and learning to take chances' CultureFly
'An everyday life story with fantastic characters. I shed a few tears' Yours
The Calendar Girls meets The Lido, a story of friendship, taking chances and finding a new lease in life – no matter your age.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B08BV1M1QR
- Publisher : Aria (6 May 2021)
- Language : English
- File size : 2333 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 292 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: 93 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 6 May 2021
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This is a gentle, undemanding, predictable, rather cosy read despite some of the subject matter being about serious issues such as cancer, adoption, and debt. There isn’t too much tension, the main characters and the village community are all pleasant, and everything is nicely tied-up at the end. Some of the scenes felt a little contrived and lacking in depth and I don’t know why, but I expected this novel to be more gritty. Descriptions of the location were very good indeed and there was a great sense of time and place, but I didn’t feel the plot was especially real, or believable, and there was a distinct overuse of, ‘gently,’ and ‘softly,’ cropping up in dialogue tags. Overall, a decent read for a dose of easy escapism in a beautiful wild setting, and a story which champions the strength of female friendship.
The plot is all over the place:
a) It's difficult to place in time. The sinking of a tourist boat on the Thames could be the Marchioness disaster, which would place it around 1990 but Niall is furious about not having his games console which would place it in the 2000s. Does it matter? Well yes. If Elizabeth had her baby in 1960 she might well have been dreading the mother and baby home but post 1970 I doubt it.
b) How old is Elizabeth? Let's say she's a teenager when her child is born; that fits with her fear of the mother and baby home. However, Lucy thinks of her as an old woman like her mother, which would make her early 60s or so. In that case she'd have been about 30 when her child was born, an adult woman, and she'd have hot footed it over the England where she would have had choices about what happened to her baby.
c) Then there's the gay doctor. He's a lot older than Elizabeth. Could be 30 if she's a teenager (but then Lucy, who's about 40, wouldn't think of her as an old woman). However, if Elizabeth is 30, he'd be 40+, a bit late to try to hide his sexuality. This is a village where everybody knows your business.
OK, perhaps I'm being pedantic but my other complaint is it's twee. If I go into detail I'll spoil the plot but basically everybody lives happily ever in their ideal home/ job/ school/ whatever they dreamt of. The locals accept the outsiders without any hint of unease. Elizabeth is so understanding it makes me cross. The only person who doesn't get a kind word is the doctor, who faced the stigma of being gay. Is that fair?
Liz,Elizabeth and Joe are not just friends they are family in every way. Ballycove is like any other Seaside village in the west of Ireland but after reading this book i want to live there and get to know all of it's inhabitants!
This book is not just about family and friendship but also love,loss and discovery. There are many facets to this story and the many unexpected twists and turns kept me glued to every page.
Everytime I finish one of Faith Hogan's books i feel the loss of many good friends i have made throughout reading her story's but also the excitement of meeting and making more friends in her future books.
Thank you G.H.