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- Print Length: 230 pages
- Publisher: Limitless Publishing LLC (October 6, 2015)
- Publication Date: October 6, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B015QI23I2
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #781,917 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Life for Anna White lfe hasn’t always been a happy one especially as she was growing up and it came to having a relationship with the opposite sex. For doing this time she considered herself to be very ordinary young girl; or in other terms, an ugly duckling. However, now she’s blossomed into a beautiful swan, a stunning beauty of a woman; but she’s unwilling to realize it.
For James Thompson transforming himself from an ordinary swimmer, like you or me, into an Olympic swimmer with gold medals, world records, and million-dollar sponsorship deals, hasn’t come easy with the hard work and training he had to endure to reach the level of perfection he has achieved.
Their relationship had to be developing into something significant, otherwise why would James accompanied Anna back on a trip to her hometown, the reason for which is not clearly given.
Her arrival back home is met with a lot of backstabbing by her old friends, who are now jealous of the way she looks, and envious of the kind of guy she’s caught the attention of. If you’ve ever been jealous of an old girlfriend with how things have shaped up in their lives as compared to your own, then you’ll understand what’s happening here with Anna. While this is happening with Anna, James has to deal with her sordid and envious ex-boyfriend, Grant. It is here that James begins to realize that their relationship is not as close as he had believed, but are actually farther apart.
If the intrusion of Anna’s so-called friends hasn’t been enough to add turmoil in her relationship with James, the ever watchful eye and scrutiny on their relationship by the media due to his participation in the upcoming London World Championships definitely will. And will a dark intimate discovered secret by the media threaten to destroy what these two cherish.
These two lovers had represented perfection which each desired in each other’s lives, but with all this going on, the question that rears its head is whether their relationship will be able to survive and endure. Or is what they had in reality had been a dream or an illusion.
For having given her readers a story which is fraught with a roller coaster of different emotions, I’m giving Ms. Barber 5 STARS.
NOTE: The author has used British phrases and spelling of words in the writing of this book.
Anna has some self-esteem issues from her past she is trying to work through. However, she is still young and hasn’t learned how to deal with her emotions, so she either shuts down or runs away, which running away causes its own set of problems.
James is a sweet and easy character to like and love. He is a swimming champion and lives in the public eye a little more than he likes. However, this doesn’t stop him from wanting Anna and trying to make a life with her. He wants the world to see Anna as he does and how she brightens his life. He loves her beyond her own understanding of love.
However, every love story comes its own ups and downs, which causes stress on the young couple. Can they move pass it? Can they stand tall as their world changes around them?
The author does a good job pulling the story together, even though, there are some moments of confusion and points where things just didn’t added up. I enjoyed this story.
***I was given a copy of this book for an honest review. However, this plays no part in how I felt about this story.***
This review was done in behalf of CLiK Book Blog.
This is the first book in the Swimming Upstream series, based on the characters of Anna and James.
Caught between a life of anonymity and one of fame, Anna White, ordinary young woman and James Thompson, world champion swimmer, embark on a relationship heavily dictated by the will of the media.
The story ventures into Anna's emotional turmoil and her self doubt but is their relationship stronger than all that their past throws at them? It will take dedication of Olympic proportions for them to overcome the many obstacles and adversaries that seem to be conspiring against them.
Rebecca Barber handles some sensitive and confronting issues in this book, but does so with great delicacy. The characters are wonderfully written, bringing the reader into their family and taking them on the journey towards fulfilment.
Can these two young people make a life together despite the media scrutiny they live under? Read the book to find out because you'll thoroughly enjoy their story.