09/04/2013 19:39

SWIMMING UPSTREAM by Ruth Mancini is a lovely read!

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SWIMMING UPSTREAM by Ruth Mancini is a poignant story about one woman’s journey to finding out what she really needs in life.  The novel is well-written and descriptive, instantly pulling you in and making you care about each of the characters.

Lizzie Taylor tells most of her life story throughout this novel, starting in young adulthood, but flashing back to her childhood and college days enough that the reader really gets a sense of who she is and how her personality was molded by the events of her life.  Lizzie is definitely a survivor, as well as a good friend, and I loved how she allowed her friends to lean on her strength when they needed it.

The characters were so vivid and so real, and I could imagine having a conversation with any one of them.  The author made me care about what happened to them and worry about them as if they were my own friends.  The dialogue is very realistic, as is the plot. 

I would highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Contemporary Women’s Fiction, especially by British authors.  SWIMMING UPSTREAM is a moving tale that will keep you thinking about it for weeks after reading it.



About the Author

Ruth Mancini was born in South 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 and can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at