Sample Saturday – a marriage, a swimmer, and a teen

Sample Saturday is when I wade through the eleventy billion samples I have downloaded on my Kindle. I’m slowly chipping away and deciding whether it’s buy or bye.

Love, If That’s What It Is by Marijke Schermer

Why I have it: because of Susan’s review.

Summary: Terri runs off with a lover, abandoning her children and her marriage of twenty-five years. Her husband, David, is left to take care of their two daughters, one of whom is falling in love for the first time. These four people start to question their identity outside the family.

I’m thinking: Yes.

Holding Her Breath by Eimear Ryan  

Why I have it: Spotted on the Irish Book Awards 2021 shortlist.

Summary: Beth Crowe, ex-competitive swimmer, begins university and is ready to forge a new identity – but it begins with discovering her family’s secret past.

I’m thinking: No (although it would be easy to be seduced by the cover).

Funkytown by Paul Kennedy

Why I have it: Spotted on a ‘best of Australian literature 2021’ list.

Summary: 1993: Paul Kennedy is focused on finishing school, getting drafted into the AFL and falling in love. But the year ends with Kennedy expelled, arrested and undrafted. A teacher sees Kennedy self-destructing, and becomes determined to set him on another path.

I’m thinking: Yes.

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