I’ve been…oh dear,what’s the word?
Oh, yeah, now I remember. Lazy.
So today, I made a Very Serious To Do List because I did not want another 24 hours to go by without sharing a great summer read with you. The title is Breaking and Holding which, once you read the book, you’ll see is a very clever title. But for now, I’ll add that tennis plays a big part in the story and isn’t it serendipitous that Wimbledon’s going on?
Judy Fogarty is the lovely author and I met her when I was down at the beach. She came out for an afternoon chat and I learned all about her publisher (Lake Union Publishing, in the Amazon family), her writing group (a hard-working and well-published bunch!) and all about her journey to publication (a long road with a nicely successful ending).
I hadn’t quite finished the book when we met, but I’d read enough to know how much I liked it. Judy calls it a romance at heart–and it is–but it’s so much more.
Breaking and Holding is a beautifully written novel, a compelling literary debut. Whether on the South Carolina resort beaches or the high-rise advertising boardrooms of New York, you’ll be lost in this story of love and passion, deceptions and truths, of control and breaking free.
It’s a delightful bonus that the story takes place in the 1970s, a golden age of tennis, and a time when Mister Man and I played–and watched–a ton of tennis. I felt 20-something again, and I’m not going to lie: that’s quite a feat!
And it’s quite a feat to keep a reader like me, who’s not exactly a fan of romance, turning the pages. I think the book is classified as women’s fiction, but I hope you don’t let a label keep you from grabbing up this book. Because whatever it’s called–romance, women’s fiction, contemporary adult–it’s a thrilling ride with an authentic cast of well-developed characters. And a perfectly wonderful novel, guaranteed to jumpstart your summer reading.
Especially if you’ve been…oh, what’s that word again?
Yeah. You know what I’m talking about.
Oh, the 70’s. I remember them well. Might have to add this one to my TBR stack.
Well, I remember the days, Pat. The nights? Not so much. 🙂
(Let me know what you think, if you get a chance to give this one a read!)
Cathy–What’s the line from that oldie but goodie? Roll out those lazy hazy crazy days of summer…
I would imagine our friend Lisa would love this, since she DOES love romances…
I’ve got too many on my must-read pile. Otherwise I’d put this on the stack. You DO make it sound compelling, however.
It is, Sioux. Very well-written. So many books to read, right? And so many naps to take…:-)
You had me at romance . . . 🙂 This is one I’ll definitely put on my summer reading list. Thanks for the head’s up!
You’ll LOVE it, Lisa! And you might want to check out this publisher… 😉
Great to hear your candid take on this book. Wow did you take me back to the 70’s. I remember playing tennis once with my ex, and my comment was, “Don’t hit so hard! Are you trying to kill me?” He um, well maybe he was aiming for my mouth.
I’m not a big fan of romance novels, but you make this book sound like a good catch, especially on a lazy summer day. Oh, and I’m a big fan of South Carolina beaches.