Review: The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green



Title: The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle

Author: Sophie Green

Published: July 23rd 2019, Hachette

Status: Read July 2019 courtesy Hachette/


My Thoughts:


The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle by Sophie Green is an inspirational and heartwarming testament to female friendship.

In need of some time for herself, busy wife and mother Theresa Howard opts for a daily dawn swim at Shelly Bay Beach. It’s there that she meets the widowed Marie, who has swum from Shelly Bay to Little Beach, and back again, almost every morning of her long life. The two women are soon joined by Elaine Schaeffer, the British wife of an Australian heart surgeon, who is struggling with homesickness, and somewhat reluctantly, Leeane, a young pediatric nurse with a painful past. Little more than strangers to one another, these four women soon become the closest of friends.

Beginning in the summer of 1982, the companionship that Theresa, Marie, Elaine and Leeane find in the water, slowly moves beyond the shore of Shelley Bay Beach, and as each woman encounters a myriad of life changes over the next two years, they reach out to one another in friendship. Getting to know these four authentically written characters is gratifying journey as we share their journeys through happiness and sorrow.

While Green sensitively explores difficult, but not uncommon, challenges faced by women such as infidelity, divorce, grief, loneliness, ageing, alcoholism, family estrangement, sexual assault and illness, her characters share moments of joy and laughter too. They find within themselves, and each other, the strength and courage, to love, and live, their lives fully.

“They’re all women she loves, and she knows they love her in return. It’s been enough to get her through some days, and she knows what Marie would say: it never ends. Love is eternal…”

Written with heart, humour and compassion, The Shelly Bay Ladies Swimming Circle is a wonderful read.

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8 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Beth F
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 19:48:26

    Thanks to you, I have this on my list. I found it in audio, so I’ll be listening soon.

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Meggy | Chocolate'n'Waffles
    Jul 24, 2019 @ 20:26:50

    Great review 🙂 I love books focusing on female friendships

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Vicki
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 05:21:54

    This is in my list for Audible so it’s good to know you liked it!

    Liked by 1 person


  4. Mystica
    Jul 25, 2019 @ 09:01:59

    Women friendships are so essential. This sounds good.

    Liked by 1 person


  5. Patty Magyar
    Jul 26, 2019 @ 04:35:13

    This one sounds awesome!



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  7. Verushka, an editor (@SydneyEditor1)
    Jul 29, 2019 @ 21:16:56

    This sounds like such a treat to read — and the complex female relationships are just wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person


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