Swimming Pool Summer by Rebecca Farnworth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
'Frankie hasn't had a proper relationship for years. But though she tells everyone this is how she wants it, secretly she's in love with her best friend Patrick.
Tor didn't think she could have a baby, but now she is pregnant by her younger lover. Could this mean the end of a romance that has started to mean more to her than she expected?
Leila seems to have it all - a happy marriage, a beautiful daughter and a successful career. But Leila is harbouring a secret that could destroy her marriage forever.
On an idyllic Greek island, the three women try to keep their secrets hidden. But emotions are running high, and when an unexpected guest arrives, events start to spin out of control.'
Set on the Greek island of Zakynthos in a villa 3 friends meet up for a holiday with respective partners, each hiding a secret when they arrive. Leila who is happily married to Tom has a young daughter Gracie and what appears have the perfect marriage is hiding a secret affair, Tor in a relationship with Ed 10 years her junior finds out that against all the odds she is pregnant and Frankie hiding her secret love for her friend Patrick. Patrick is also invited to the villa and arrives with his new girlfriend Candy and best friend Matt which all collide to make this an enjoyable chic lit novel.
This novel is a predictable in the outcome but the author is successful in creating atmosphere through descriptive writing to allow the reader to ‘taste’ the Mediterranean in the book. The characters are believable and likeable, their problems real and identifiable allowing the reader to connect with them through their journeys through allowing them to tell the story themselves in alternate chapters which in turn allows the reader to connect to each character in turn.
Although not a revolutionary plot line this does what it says on the tin; it’s a good value summer read with no real surprises but a feel good factor at the end when everything turns out right for them all.