Learning to Swim

Learning to Swim

by Annie Cosby


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When Cora's mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature-and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O'Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora's mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O'Leary's tragic past-and Cora's future.

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ISBN-13: 9780983741343
Publisher: Write for You Publishing
Publication date: 03/01/2013
Pages: 242
Product dimensions: 5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.55(d)

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Learning to Swim 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Angelus More than 1 year ago
I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the author Annie Cosby. The beginning was so smooth and I liked it. I couldn't put the book down. The main character Cara was sometimes annoying, but her inner voice was like reading my own thoughts when I was at her age. You can understand her feelings; for boys, for her family, for the future... Everone experienced some of those once. I loved Mrs. O'Leary and her stories too. Even though the main pilot was generally predictable, there were some shocking twists. I wonder what will happen in the second book. I really liked reading Cara or maybe I should be saying living with Cara.
Heather Bahm More than 1 year ago
Learning to Swim, by Annie Cosby, is the first book in the Hearts Out of Water series. This was my first book by this author and it's truly an elaborate and fascinating story that she has woven around the characters. Teenagers on the crest of deciding their next step in life as a growing adult interlaced with mythical stories and creatures. Annie Cosby did a remarkable job in building her characters, their personalities, strengths, weaknesses, etc, while adding in an extraordinarily unique story line with it. You get glimpses as you read the story on where you think the characters and plot will go, but something comes along and shifts it slightly keeping you engaged as you read further and further.
Danielle Rhudy More than 1 year ago
I read this book on a whim, and I was pleasantly surprised! There is suspense, anger, love, and much more between the covers—or in this case on the screen—of this book. I immediately fell in love with the protagonist, Cora. Her confused feelings at the start of the book mirrored my own when I first graduated from high school. Cora is a relatable character, as are the remainder of the characters in this book. The author does an excellent job of setting up the scenes as well, allowing the reader to feel a part of the story. There is mystery surrounding Oyster Beach, as Cora soon discovers. Will she learn what is the truth of this place, or will she simply keep to her side of the beach in the Pink Palace? Is Mrs. O’Leary really crazy, or is there a truth to her words? I guess you will have to read the book to find out!
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite The sea has a tremendous pull on many people and for a variety of different reasons. For Cora Manchester, though, spending the summer after her senior year in high school in ‘The Pink Palace’ near the beach seems like a really bad idea. In an attempt to bring the family together, Cora’s mother makes this choice, but it only serves to alienate Cora even more, especially after she becomes friends with an old local woman and a boy her own age who seem to have deep secrets. In Learning to Swim, a Hearts out of Water novel by Annie Cosby, Cora learns a lot about herself and why she doesn’t fit in with others in her peer group – wealthy kids who have their lives planned out and are geared for success. Caught up in the magic and mystery of Mrs. O’Leary’s tales of Irish selkies, merrows and other half human/ half animal creatures, Cora is not sure what is real and what is the result of the old woman’s delusions. Can Cora find the place where she belongs and is it with the boy who has plenty of mysteries of his own, or is it in her parents' world of college, business and social standing? Learning to Swim explores Cora Manchester’s transition from child to young woman in a summer resort on the sea. Well written, with plenty of interesting Irish lore mixed in with the day to day ups and downs of teenage life, the story follows Cora as she learns about who she really is and what she wants out of life. Love, heartache and a longing for some unknown quality of life drive Cora to experience things she has always stayed away from, with some very interesting results.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Such a compelling story. My only wish is that it was longer!
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Learning to Swim is the first book in a new series, and it’s off to a good start. When Cora’s mother forces her to go on summer holiday, Cora thinks her summer is doomed. Her parents belong in a world of parties, wealth, and the elite. While Cora spends half the time in that world, she also takes some time to visit the world of the locals on her holiday, and to discover more abot mythology and folklore than she ever thought possible, thanks to the batty Mrs. O’Leary. But Mrs. O’Leary isn’t the only local Cora meets. There’s also Ronan, a gorgeous and mysterious boy. But Cora’s world is miles away from Ronan’s, and even the magic of summer may not succeed in bringing them together. Cora was an okay character. She had a mind of her own, but she was also thoughtful and considerate, at least in as far as a teenager can be any of those things. Ronan was fun too, everything one would look for in a summer fling. But the character that really intrigued me was Mrs. O’Leary. Her story were amazing. I loved the folklore, the mystery, the ancient mythology, all mixed together. And of course, Mrs. O’Leary’s personality was entertaining as well. The writing was great. Dialogue and descriptions were spot on. While the story had a slow start, the pacing picked up after a few chapters, and I was impressed by how endaring the story was, and how much I began to like the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OH MY SWEET JESUS THIS BOOK. Learning to Swim starts off about a girl named Cora, and she first comes off as a spoiled brat because, well, she is. She is staying at a summer home called The Pink Palace with her parents in the richer side of town. Her mother tries to socialize her more and hook her up with a boy named Owen Wilson(aka: abercrombie model) and his group of friends. She also meets an old woman who she visits nearly everyday and learns about old celtic folklore with hiddens truths. Through the woman, she meets Rory, a drop dead gorgeous swimmer. As the story progresses, Rory and Cora become closer and closer. The mysterious( or mentally insane, whichever you prefer) woman has a special, seemingly motherly, connection with Rory and refers to him as Ronan, her first born son, believed to be dead. Naturally, this strikes people as odd, but they brush it off. Eventually the summer comes closer to ending, meamimg Cora and Rory have to go their seperate ways....possibly.... With and ending that leaves you desperate for more, begging for at least a sneek peak into the next book, be warned. Learning to swim engrosses you and is extremely hard to put down, almost as if its super glued to your hand, which I won't complain about. It definitely has a reread factor that will never get old and definitely satisfies anyone who like a bit of folklore, romance, action, and mystery. If you're anythign like me, you will rage when you finish and be desperately awaiting for the next book in the series to make itself known. Worth every minute you spend reading and rereading, and any second away from is a wasted second. ENJOY!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago