Swimming Lessons

Swimming Lessons

Book - 2007
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It's been five years since the original turtle lady, old Miss Lovie Rutledge, passed away, but her legacy lives on with some special women, especially Toy and her daughter, young Little Lovie.

Toy Sooner kept her graveside vow to her beloved mentor. She left behind an abusive, dysfunctional lifestyle to become a strong single mother and aquarist at the South Carolina Aquarium. But success has taken its toll, leaving Toy fearful of change and risks.

Caretta Rutledge, Florence Prescott and Emmaline Baker have all experienced loss. This summer, with each other's friendship and support, they will try to make their dreams a reality.

The turtle season begins the day Toy rescues a sick sea turtle on the beach. When Toy brings the loggerhead to the aquarium, she begins a turtle hospital with the help of her boss, Ethan. As the summer progresses and the sea turtles take their measured steps toward healing and freedom Toy, Cara, Flo and Emmi must find their own strength to face their fears and move courageously toward their futures.

Mary Alice Monroe delivers another deeply satisfying novel written with an eye to nature and keen insights into the connections between women.

Publisher: Don Mills, Ont. : MIRA Books, c2007.
ISBN: 9780778324621
0778324621
Branch Call Number: MONROE M
Characteristics: 429 pages ; 22 cm.

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Beverleigh
Feb 15, 2015

This is the story of a young mother who has, with the help of her close circle of friends, grown into herself and is doing what she wants professionally. You learn about turtles and their egg laying habits, etc. I didn't find her child's father entering the scene much use and really didn't consider him vindictive. He made some poor decisions but don't think he was really out to hurt anyone. He just wasn't very smart. Story would have been just as good without him. To me it was a story about the importance of friendships of women of all ages and having someone to rely on and support you as you go through what life throws at you.

carolsbrown Sep 17, 2013

maybe New York Magazine recommendation; Exc

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