The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle opening lines: Theresa screws up her nose as she approaches the water. She knows it’s going to be cold.

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

My blurb:

The circle starts slowly, and quite by mistake. First one, then another and then the third join in. It used to be a solitary swim, but now the space is taken up. With bodies, and talk, secrets and moments, lives and loves.. All to be shared between four very unlikely friends. Because that is what they become, a circle of friends, who just happen to swim.

The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

In a seaside suburb on Australia’s golden coast, four women head to the water to swim every day.
Housewife Theresa wants to get fit; she also wants a few precious minutes to herself. So at sunrise each day she strikes out past the waves.
From the same beach, the widowed Marie swims. With her husband gone, it is the one constant in her new life.
Elaine takes to the sea having recently moved from England, while Leanne is twenty-five years old and only has herself to rely on.
In the waters of Shelly Bay, these four women find each other. They will survive bluebottle stings and heartbreak, they will laugh so hard they swallow water, and they will plunge their tears into the ocean’s salt.
Most of all, they will cherish their newfound friendship, each and every day.

My verdict:

Not only did I love the story, but I feel enthused to start my own swimming circle. Who knows if someone who just needs a friend will join me? A lovely novel of friendship, strength and life.

Publishing information:
Category: Fiction
ISBN:   9780751578232
Publisher:  Little, Brown Book Group
On sale: March 2020
Format: Paperback


Disclosure: I was sent the book to review by Jonathan Ball Publishers. I was not required to write a positive review. This post is in line with my blogging policy.

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6 thoughts on “The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

  1. *with a smile and big hello from Australia’ . . . May I suggest there is no ‘golden coast’ here but a large coastal holiday fringe called the ‘Gold Coast’ . . . About 20-25 kms long with a multiplicity of suburban areas one hour SE of Brisbane . . . best . . .

    1. Hi Eha. Hope you are well! That golden coast reference is the blurb on the book itself from the publisher, or author. I’m not sure which. I have friends who live on the Gold Coast but this is a reference to another golden coast of Australia.

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