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Learning to Swim [Kindle Edition]

Trevor Hambric
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hannah Sullivan is not looking to have her beliefs challenged. She is not looking to fall in love, either. Her only ambition, when she and her daughter, Lily, take their first summer trip to New Hampshire’s Squam Lake, is a restful, scenic vacation. But she will soon learn that the world has another offering. Within minutes of their arrival that first summer, they meet a man named Aidan Heron. His is a gift that will teach them both, with an easy humor and a nearly fearless penchant for adventure, that life has more to offer than they'd ever understood. Shaped by tragedy in her youth, Hannah has learned to live a timid, closed life. And without realizing it, she has taught her daughter to do the same. But Aidan, a man who has experienced his own tragedy and responded very differently, will show them both a new way. Through ten years of shared summer vacations, Hannah will experience enthrallment, love and heartache. She will be challenged and will learn to challenge herself. And in the course of meeting these challenges, she will learn how to truly live.

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  • File Size: 596 KB
  • Print Length: 214 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MME22O
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the next book.... August 22, 2011
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My normal genre is the good ol' thriller, serial killer, suspense novel and I have a long list of authors that keep me waiting for their next work. Every once in a while, I take a chance on a different journey with a book. Trying to give myself the opportunity to peer into a more sensitive and emotional level with an author and his (or her) characters and story. I'm very glad I took the chance with "Learning to Swim". I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt the tug on my heart strings - as a middle aged work-a-holic, it's nice to give them a workout every once in a while! I'm waiting anxiously for the next book by Mr Hambric....and the next...
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A quietly triumphant novel February 24, 2011
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Do yourself a favor. Pick up this book and spend some time with these people. Learn to swim with them, float in their lives for a time. You will be glad you did. The gift of any great novel is to engage the reader in a way that leaves an impression long after the final word on the page. Learning To Swim chronicles the lives of people scarred by tragedy but not defined by it. They and you come out the other end better somehow, changed and renewed. Which is exactly the power most of us hope for in a book, but so seldom find. Read this one, you'll find yourself some new friends and you'll think about them often.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful story February 20, 2011
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This story is a wonderful story, full of emotion and lessons to be learned The characters are so real and the story believable. I could not stop reading it and did not want it to end.

I am a native of New Hamshire and Squam Lake, this made the setting very special.

I highly recommend this story.

Hats off to the author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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I started this book because of a mutual friend of the author, but before long, I was no longer in my own camp, but off to the shore for summer vacations with Hannah, Aidan, Lil, and the others. I laughed and excitedly shared their adventures, sensed and feared the dangers, shared the love, and cried when anyone of them was hurt or lost. I longed for resolution of the unatainable love relationship. I couldn't believe how I was captivated by this book, how I related and was drawn deeply into it whenever I could find a moment or two. I am still wondering how author Treavor could understand the deep and intimate feelings of the female in this struggle, and paint such a clear and intricately detailed picture of places, things, and happenings. I have acquired great admiration for the author, and will surely seek to find his next book.
Norma Jeanne Strobel, E-book Editor
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Passing of time February 16, 2011
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I have not read a book that has finer characterization. Even the two ducks have a profound meaning in the story. I was a little confused by the shift in time, but that made it all the more intriguing and believable. For the female lead, this was, after all, not a change that happened over a summer vacation.
I do not believe you can read this book, get caught up in the lives of the protagonists and their children and not care. And that is what it is all about, isn't it?
I strongly recommend this book
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner June 7, 2011
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This wonderful, romantic novel had me gripped from start to finish. I couldn't wait to learn how the next phase of the story would unravel. The beautiful scenery of New Hampshire was so elegantly depicted, and it made the perfect setting for this tale of growth and self discovery. I learned a lot about myself from these characters who, right from the beginning, felt like close friends. This is a great read. I highly recommend escaping from the daily grind of life and dipping into the lakes of NH to learn to swim!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An entertaining read February 15, 2011
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As someone who is a native of the Squam Lake area in New Hampshire, I was naturally drawn to the setting of this novel but the theme is one that will appeal to everyone. It's a quick, entertaining read and I can truly say I was pulled along by the story, constantly engaged by the characters and their relationships. Without giving too much away, the story follows the main character as she transforms from someone who is scarred by tragedy and afraid of life, to a strong, independent woman willing to take risks. There's plenty of heartache in the story, but there's also triumph. I highly recommend this book to anyone.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A story that will touch your heart March 7, 2011
By Renee
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With artistic talent much like that of his main character--but using words instead of pictures--author Trevor Hambric paints Hannah's world. The reader is transported--not only into the physical settings where the story takes place--but straight into the characters' lives and hearts. Only the most callous will not feel the love and longing, the joy and pain. With their actions and realistic dialog, these people come alive; they are not perfect, but they are real. Kudos to the author.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars .
Good reading. Enjoyed characters, plot and ending. It kept me going not wanting to put book down. Would recommend readers to read.
Published 3 months ago by Raul F. Tamez
4.0 out of 5 stars Heart warming!
was a warm and inspiring story. It had many real life examples of love and heartbreak. But it also had some life lessons learned.
Published 6 months ago by Judy Sharpe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
Great story line. Very inspiring. Never be afraid to tell someone you love and care about them. It is always best to be open about feelings.
Published 9 months ago by Janice Wilder
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the Read!
I thought this book was an interesting and thought provoking novel. It was a great message for anyone who has lived or is living their life in an apprehensive manner because of... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Butterfly
3.0 out of 5 stars This was a good summer read
This was a good summer read, somewhat of a love story very easy to read. I liked it.only wanted more at the end.
Published 9 months ago by Sybur
4.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Live
A beautifully written novel about relationships, living life to the full and learning to trust. After a traumatic childhood Hannah is fearful of the world and afraid to let her... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not bad!
Published 11 months ago by Duane
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Enjoyed the characters
I enjoyed Learning to Swim as it lends itself to all of us who have been afraid to try something for fears we harbor.
Published 12 months ago by Linda D. Malone
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story - Needs some fine-tuning
I generally liked the flavor of this novel - it was written well and the story was intriguing. There are a number of typos in the book and the copywriter didn't seem to catch them. Read more
Published 14 months ago by TTW
5.0 out of 5 stars Learning to Swim
I just enjoyed the whole story, I have read so many that I forgot to write down why. But I really enjoyed this one. Will be hunting up more or Trevor Hambic books in the future. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Karen Hogan
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More About the Author

Trevor Hambric is a Southern California native and a graduate of NYU Film School. He lives in Orange County with his wife and son (who is growing up much too fast).

In his youth, he spent four summers in New Hampshire's Lakes Region being seduced by its landscape and its people. New England has played a major role in both his life and his fiction. Even today, he often refers to New Hampshire as home.

Trevor's second novel, based on a contest-winning short story, will be published this fall.

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