Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Review~Learning To Swim~Annie Cosby

****4 Stars****


When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.

About the Author

Annie Cosby

I'm a YA author who loves folklore and romance. My debut novel, LEARNING TO SWIM, is out now!

I'm currently working on the follow-up, LEARNING TO LIVE.

When I'm not writing, I'm usually freelancing, editing for awesome clients like Anna Katmore (formerly Piper Shelly) and Month9Books/Swoon Romance!

I split my days between my hometown, St. Louis, and my adopted love, Galway, Ireland.

Michele's Review

While Learning to Swim is not my usual genre of books I found that it was a great distraction to my usual fare.  Ms. Cosby’s characters are engaging, interesting, and well developed. The story line was intriguing and kept me reading, wondering how things would resolve themselves.  I can honestly say that I don’t think I have ever read anything about the Celtic folk lore of Selkies.  This in and of itself is extremely interesting and I hope that the author doesn’t abandon that story line, I find myself curious to know more about them.  All in all this is a great first novel. I look forward to the next installment and watching this author grow.  
****4 Stars****

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