Tuesday, August 3, 2010

The Swimming Pool - Holly LeCraw

The Swimming PoolThe Swimming Pool
Holly LeCraw

When The Swimming Poll arrived on my door-step, I set it aside specifically for summer, poolside reading.  I waited and waited until the weather was right and I had the time to just sit and relax in the sun.   This plan backfired as I was soon struck by the reality that my pool/beach time was very limited, that is how this book became my lunch read at work.  I found myself sitting outside on the gorgeous sunny days, when I wanted to be anywhere but in the office and it was the perfect escape for an hour a day.

The Swimming Pool is the dramatic story of a good old fashion summer fling but interwoven through out is a deeper story about relationships and what we would do for the many different kinds of love we have in our lives.  It is a story in which all the characters are connected in some surprising ways.  Jed is the focus of much of the story.  He is at the Cape for the summer to stay with his sister and soon finds a love interest in a woman connected to his parents...his dad in particular (do you see where I am going with this?), who died 7 years earlier.  LeCraw shifts perspective throughout the story allowing us to see deeper into the lives of Jed's parents as well as the other people involved in his life.  I don't often enjoy stories which jump time or perspectives (because I feel disconnected from the characters) and The Swimming Pool does both, but LeCraw flows beautifully between the various voices and I loved it. 

Parts of the storyline may have been a bit obvious but I honestly can't say for sure because I was so caught up in what was going on in each current moment that I forgot to think about what may happen, I just wanted to know what did happen next.

I would recommend this as a book to bring to the beach or to read when you just really need to get away and feel like you are at the beach.

**Source: ARC for review from publisher.


(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

I like the sound of this and do hope to get to my copy soon; thanks Jess.

nat @book, line, and sinker said...

sounds like a great beachy read! i'm so ashamed--i live 3 miles from the beach and haven't been there ONCE this summer. pathetic. maybe if i pick up this book, i'll be inspired to hit the sand. :)

i am intrigued by the whole jed/dad/mystery woman angle!