Mancini beautifully gives Lizzie a distinct personality and depth. The supporting characters are also multi dimensional; each one reminding the reader that life is often complicated, while intricately weaving the message that it just takes one step at a time to stop selling yourself short and start the road to a new life.
Ruth Mancini presents a compelling tale of starting over, friendship, and the decisions we must make to keep going every day.
I really enjoyed Swimming Upstream. There is a nice rhythm and pace…credible dialogue, compelling protagonist, recognisable settings and good supporting cast.
Eloise Millar, Journalist and Award-Winning Novelist.
The story is both entertaining and enlightening in equal measure. There is a poignancy which tugs at the heart strings. As a debut novel, the book has much to commend it, and I hope to be able to read more from this talented author in future novels.
Jo Barton, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
A brilliant “chic lit” novel that is gripping and hard to put down. I found myself totally absorbed in the story and feeling Lizzie’s dilemmas… A book about life choices, coming to terms and moving on.
Karen Marquick, Blogger and Reviewer.
…a warmly busy story…you won’t be bored as Mancini dissects some of the passions and failures that beset this lively group of young people. I read this in a day and found it to be fun and genuinely entertaining.
Eileen Shaw, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
The story has the right balance of drama and tension…people can identify with the break down of a relationship and in moving away from something that feels like all you have ever known. I really enjoyed this story. The writing flowed beautifully with some very vivid descriptions and a strong sense of place and all in all it felt very ‘real.’ I would certainly like to read more from the author in future.
Nicola F, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
For all those women out there who want a little more than a romantic tale. Swimming Upstream is well written with a flowing storyline along with a well defined protagonist.
Cleo Bannister, Amazon Top 500 Reviewer.
Gripping, pacey…I truly enjoyed Swimming Upstream. This is thinking women’s chick lit!
Catherine Amey, Author.
This is a well written and descriptive book with realistic and believable characters…. A really good first novel by this author.
Linda Sims, Amazon Top 50 Reviewer.
Within just a few pages I was heavily invested in the lead character, Lizzie, and couldn’t wait to find out what would happen to her…My page turns were getting faster and faster as I neared the end of the book! All in all, a great read which I will be recommending to friends and family.
Ribs Susiaho, Writer & Editor.