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Swimming Upstream [Kindle Edition]

Ruth Mancini
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Swimming Upstream is a semi-finalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards.

“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”

After seven years, Lizzie wonders whether she is truly happy with her long-term boyfriend. When one wrong step and a chance meeting set off an unexpected chain of events, her life starts breaking up. On the same day that she meets Martin, an attractive lifeguard, her old friend, Catherine, re-appears. But is Martin really all he seems? And what is the secret that Catherine is hiding? As Lizzie struggles to confront the ghosts of her past, can she survive the shocking twist that will change the course of her future?

Swimming Upstream is a life-affirming and often humorous story about getting over a relationship breakup. It is also a story about female friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices we find ourselves making when the chips are down.

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"Ruth Mancini presents a compelling tale of starting over, friendship, and the decisions we must make to keep going each day." - Readers' Favorite

"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." - InD'tale Magazine

"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 and editor

"Gripping, pacey...I truly enjoyed Swimming Upstream. This is thinking women's chick lit!" - Catherine Amey, author

"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.

About the Author

Ruth Mancini was born in South-West London and studied in Cambridge and London where she gained a bachelors degree in French and Spanish and a post-graduate diploma in Law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before retraining as a lawyer. She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. Swimming Upstream is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 791 KB
  • Print Length: 257 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 178176882X
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Booktrope (December 11, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00HAHFDO4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,575 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Feel Good Book November 22, 2012
Format:Paperback
"I had my own home - a pretty two-bedroomed Victorian terraced house in Vinery Road - and a stable life with Larsen. I had friends. I had a budding career in broadcasting. My life was full and busy and I had no reason to feel insecure. And yet, something was missing."

And so begins Ruth Mancini's novel, Swimming Upstream.

It takes a road accident in Cambridge for Lizzie Taylor to learn how little her partner of seven years really cares for her. Realising it was lonelier living with someone who didn't care than being on her own, Lizzie throws herself into her broadcasting career and forces herself out of her comfort zone by moving to London. Along the way Lizzie introduces us to her two friends, Zara and Catherine. One is a victim of domestic violence and the other has bipolar.

I enjoyed this book and read it in about three days. The story not only shows the strengths but also the fragility of friendships. Lizzie is a survivor. When someone kicks her in the teeth she dusts herself down and moves on.

This is a feel good book and one to curl up with over Christmas.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Not your standard chick lit - well worth reading December 29, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Having read the publisher's blurb, I feared this would be too "chick lit" for me. However, I was happily proven wrong. 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. The boyfriend she leaves at the start of the book will likely remind many readers of lost loves, which only serves to draws one in further.

Swimming Upstream is not just about Lizzie - there is a whole host of secondary characters that you grow to love and hate in equal measure. There are plenty of side-plots to keep a reader's interest, covering themes as diverse as domestic violence, unrequited love and mental illness. 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.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding January 24, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Complex story about people who draw you into their lives.
I could identify with the struggle of living with someone who is mentally ill. Very accurately portrayed.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just fantastic! December 9, 2012
Format:Paperback
I loved Swimming Upstream. The story grabbed me straight away and I soon found myself immersed in the life of the central character, Lizzie, and unable to put it down. The book is well-written and has an interesting philosophical undertone whilst at the same time the story takes off at a pace, building the drama, conflict and tension to an unexpected ending. It's a bit like "Eat, Pray, Love" meets "The Last Weekend". I would definitely recommend this book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A thought-provoking read April 23, 2013
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The title says it all! Haven't many of us been there - particularly in our younger years - trying to make the best of what life is currently handing out to us?

Set in the 1990s, a decade when most of today's readers were possibly going through single life, searching for "the one," the frailties and strengths of women were depicted accurately in this excellent novel. Well-written - almost ethereal in imagery - the plot, like life, is unpredictable.

Lizzie (Elizabeth) Taylor is no exception as she reluctantly faces the fact that her partner of seven years, Larsen, is no longer interested in her and actually has moved on even while he is still living with Lizzie.

Lizzie moves to London to pursue her radio career and meets Martin who turns out to be the partner of an old school friend, Catherine. Lizzie also meets up with Zoe, a former girlfriend of one of Larsen's friends and a nurse who has never passed her final exams, and who is on the borderline of bipolar disorder. The three women become close and Lizzie tries to help Catherine and Zoe as well as herself. Catherine persists in denying her blackened eyes and injuries, Zoe sink further into her affliction. Martin exhibits an unwarranted interest in Lizzie which culminates in the worst kind of betrayal.

The ending is not predictable and somewhat vague, and I would have liked to know what happened to one of the characters at the end, a regrettable omission.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars wonderful book May 7, 2013
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A very carefully, lovingly written book about life's unexpected blessings and "curses". It all depends on the choices we make or fail to make that make our lives rich and full or somewhat severely lacking. This book gives you a look into the world of depression, mania, and "normalcy". It is a book that I feel everyone ought to read, so we all take a look into living a life that we choose to live.. being always true to one's self.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read This!! June 1, 2013
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If you were ever young and hung out with friends, going to eat or catch Thanksgiving dinner with friends, you'll love this book. It doesn't center around one person, rather all of them with each of their problems, backgrounds and virtues. I had friends like that once and lived quite as bohemian a lifestyle as they do in the story, which is why I identified with it so well. Don't miss this!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Swimming Upstream September 14, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I loved this book - I quickly found myself immersed in the ups and downs of Lizzie's life as she responds to life's challenges. Touching, witty and sometimes heartbreaking, but above all, very well written. Superb dialogue and characterisation - Ah... dear erratic Zara, her dilemmas and behaviour so wonderfully portrayed, I wanted to wrap her up and hug her! There was so much that I could identify with in this novel and I do think the attention the author gives to the little details are what lifts this far above the usual chick lit. By the end I felt that I knew these people and really wanted to know what happened next to each of them.
A thought provoking, intelligent read, that I wholeheartedly recommend.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Read!
4.5 stars

I am not a big fan of EAT, PRAY, LOVE, so I was a bit hesitant to read Ruth Mancini's debut novel. I was pleasantly surprised. Read more
Published 19 days ago by Arleen Williams
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
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Published 20 days ago by Fancylady
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book easy read intensive and hopeful
Really enjoyed reading this book. There was so much going on in this woman's life. And I was introduced to her life path slowly which made me very intrigued. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Lorrene J. Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Good plot, wise ending
This book was less formulaic than most and had interesting female characters. The author's description of London were quite vivid. I almost could feel the dampness in some scenes!
Published 2 months ago by kclouds2
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Women's Fiction
Swimming Upstream was recommended to me by a friend. This British chick lit novel is deeply engrossing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by abroomwithaview
4.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking, very enjoyable read!
I had been waiting to read this novel for some time and I wasn’t disappointed. As soon as I began to read, I knew it would be easy, yet intelligent reading. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Amanda Green
4.0 out of 5 stars Long time to develop
The story and I could not figure out exactly why you had written the book, however I still could not put book down until had goo reading it.
Published 4 months ago by John McDowell
4.0 out of 5 stars Good, solid story.
I liked this book. Being in my 50s, I get tired of reading young people trying to figure their lives out stories. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gingersnap
4.0 out of 5 stars Swimming Upstream
I enjoyed reading Swimming Upstream. The story was interesting and with the occasional twists kept my interest. I would recommend it to others.
Published 5 months ago by BJ
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down!
I loved this story of love, loss and friendship. Women will identify with the central character, Lizzie, and her heartache and the sense of losing yourself that we often feel when... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Lovetoread
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More About the Author

Ruth Mancini was born in South-West London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelors degree in languages and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer.

She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. She blogs at www.ruthmancini.com and can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at www.facebook.com/ruth.mancini.author

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