Book Review: A Single Breath

 

 

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Title: A Single Breath

Author:Lucy Clarke

Publisher: Touchstone

Publication Date: April 8, 2014

Genre: Contemporary Women’s Fiction

 

Review:

I have read Lucy Clarke’s debut novel, Swimming At Night, and this novel is no exception to Clarke’s writing.

In A Single Breath Clarke transports readers into a world of secrets and discovery with her rich and descriptive writing style.  Secrets are brought out in the marriage of Eva and Jackson after Jackson drowns, but everything isn’t as it seems. The points of view switch between Eva and Jackson.

Clarke paints a colorful picture of Tasmania where Eva travels to learn more about Jackson and his life. For any travelers you will want to board a plane to Tasmania with it’s pretty beaches and culture after reading this book.

Eva is easy  to relate to in the way Clarke describes the emotional roller coaster that she is on. You want to not like Jackson, but parts of his personality are charming.

Jackson’s brother Saul adds romance to the novel as he and Eva get closer. It’s nice to see the contrast between the two brothers and this also adds another conflict to the novel.

You will want to keep turning the page as Eva starts to put the pieces together and begins to move on with her life.

A Single Breath can be purchased here.

I give this book a rating of 5 stars.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

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September 2013 Reads

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I read a few more books from the authors that I enjoyed last month. I also listened to a few of these books on audiobook this month to still enjoy a book, but to give my eyes a rest. I either borrow the audiobooks through overdrive or I use audible.

1. Where We Belong by Emily Giffin is a heartwarming story about how the choices we make may effect our lives and others years down the line. I did a review on this book here.

 

2.  The Husbands Secret by Liane Moriarty was a book that I didn’t want to put down. The writer fills you with this need to know what is going to happen next. I recommended the book for a weekend read  here.

 

3.  Maine by J. Courtney Sullivan was a great read about a family and what goes on behind closed doors. This is the first book that I have read by J. Courtney Sullivan. I listened to this book on audiobook before bed and it really helped me wind down.

 

4. The Last Original Wife by Dorothea Benton Frank was my favorite read of the month. I would recommend this book for all women to read. The main character was so southern and sassy. I also listened to this book on audiobook and I enjoyed the narrators interpretation of the main character.  I did a review of this book  here.

 

5. Swimming at Night by Lucy Clarke  was this author’s debut novel and if it is any indication of how her other books will be, then I am excited for the follow up. This is the story of the bond that two sisters shared and how one sister stopped at nothing to learn the truth. It was a weekend book recommendation on mine here.

 

6. Love The One You’re With by Emily Giffin is a novel about realizing things aren’t always better on the other side. Emily Giffin has quickly become one of my favorite women’s fiction writers.

 

I hope that you all are having a great start to October. Let me know if you read any of these books and what you thought of them in the comments below.

 

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka

Weekend Book Recommendation: Swimming At Night

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My weekend book recommendation is Swimming At Night by Lucy Clarke. This is Clarke’s debut novel and I can’t wait to see what other novels she comes up with. This is the story of two sisters unbreakable bond. Although they are opposite in many ways their love in uncompromising.

The travel aspect of this book is one of the best that I have seen. Through her sisters travel journal, Katie sets on a journey to go to the last places that he sister Mia visited. Clarke’s description of these places makes you feel as if you are traveling also.

I listened to this book on audiobook and you can really see the contrast with the two sisters this way. The characters in this book are complex and all dealing with some issue.

This is a great weekend read to see the bond between siblings and how one of them never gave up hope until she reached her final destination. It is a read that you will be invested in from the first page.

Swimming At Night is available on Amazon.

Happy Reading and Writing,

Chineka