Night Swimming

Night Swimming

by Robin Schwarz
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Night Swimming 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
CJC67 More than 1 year ago
This book was so refreshing. Not the same old same hot girl gets the hot guy. Nope it was one for all the girls who have wanted the hot guy and never thought he even saw her. At times it wanted to make me cry and at other I want to yell at Charlotte. Lol it had a slow and depressing start but once you get past that its wonderful. Then when your at the end you see why you had to get through the beginning of the book. Just wonderful. It was a gift from my sister and I'm so glad she sent it to me ;). Highly recommend this book make you look at your own life.
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Parts of this book had me laughing so hard I was almost in tears! Other parts were so poignant and heartfelt I was in tears. Yet through it all what a wonderful message,true happiness and love can't be found with another person until you find it within yourself. All the characters contribute to the overall theme even the ones that seem only incidental but my favorite characters are Charlotte and Dolly. Even though they are a generation or more apart they embody the struggles we as human beings face and the ultimate triumph of knowing we can make it through. I'm really not big into "message" books but this one is definitely worth it! I've given it to several of my friends and they agree.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
For quiet, overweight, unassuming Charlotte Clapp, life can be summed up by a single phrase-"some men die with their music still in them." All of her life, she's lived in a small town where the only thing more stifling that its inhabitants are her own thoughts. But, when she gets the news from her doctor that she's dying, and has only a year to live, letting the music inside of her out has never seemed more important.

So, she robs a bank. Yes, a bank...the very same bank that she's worked at for the past fifteen years. After all, she's dying, and if she wants to realize her dreams- which include going to Hollywood, California, meeting Tom Selleck, singing karaoke, riding in a hot-air balloon, and finding a man to love who will love her in return-she's going to need money. Lots of money. Money in the form of two million dollars in small bills, to be exact, which just happens to be sitting in the bank in small town Gorham, Massachusetts.

And so begins Charlotte's transformation; first into the life of Blossom McBeal, a woman who unconsciously strips off over a hundred pounds of comforting body fat, meets a widow who throws parties for her dogs, and falls head-fast into lust with the pool boy. And as the people of Gorham believe that Charlotte has committed suicide over the news of her impending death, Blossom comes to terms with who she is. She's a woman who has so much to give, and so much to give up-anger, resentment, and, above all, she must hand out forgiveness to everyone who has hurt her, and must also forgive herself.

As Gorham's Police Chief begins to suspect that quiet Charlotte, all two-hundred and fifty-three pounds of her, may have been behind the bank heist, opinions in town flow fast and free. It seems that Charlotte was much loved, more so than she ever knew. But out in Hollywood, Blossom is learning to live again-through nightly swims in the pool at her apartment complex.

NIGHT SWIMMING is a wonderful, wonderful book, a mixture of women's fiction, mystery, adventure, and romance. Ms. Schwarz perfectly blends the story into a book that you won't be able to put down. Charlotte is me-she's you-she's every woman whose ever had dreams that have been put on hold, stuffed into the back of an old drawer. She's the woman we wish we could be-brave, spontaneous, forgiving, loving. Charlotte is Blossom, who is Lila, who is all of us.

As Chief Makley closes in, as her friendship with her neighbor Dolly comforts her in her sadness, as her relationship with lawyer-turned-pool boy Skip turns to love, the message of NIGHT SWIMMING is clear-no regrets. Live your life to the fullest. And no matter what, you cannot be allowed to die with your music still inside of you.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book so much! It's the perfect story of where the 'underdog' find love when least expected, with a great twist to the storyline. A MUST READ!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
For quiet, overweight, unassuming Charlotte Clapp, life can be summed up by a single phrase-'some men die with their music still in them.' All of her life, she's lived in a small town where the only thing more stifling that its inhabitants are her own thoughts. But, when she gets the news from her doctor that she's dying, and has only a year to live, letting the music inside of her out has never seemed more important. So, she robs a bank. Yes, a bank...the very same bank that she's worked at for the past fifteen years. After all, she's dying, and if she wants to realize her dreams- which include going to Hollywood, California, meeting Tom Selleck, singing karaoke, riding in a hot-air balloon, and finding a man to love who will love her in return-she's going to need money. Lots of money. Money in the form of two million dollars in small bills, to be exact, which just happens to be sitting in the bank in small town Gorham, Massachusetts. And so begins Charlotte's transformation first into the life of Blossom McBeal, a woman who unconsciously strips off over a hundred pounds of comforting body fat, meets a widow who throws parties for her dogs, and falls head-fast into lust with the pool boy. And as the people of Gorham believe that Charlotte has committed suicide over the news of her impending death, Blossom comes to terms with who she is. She's a woman who has so much to give, and so much to give up-anger, resentment, and, above all, she must hand out forgiveness to everyone who has hurt her, and must also forgive herself. As Gorham's Police Chief begins to suspect that quiet Charlotte, all two-hundred and fifty-three pounds of her, may have been behind the bank heist, opinions in town flow fast and free. It seems that Charlotte was much loved, more so than she ever knew. But out in Hollywood, Blossom is learning to live again-through nightly swims in the pool at her apartment complex. NIGHT SWIMMING is a wonderful, wonderful book, a mixture of women's fiction, mystery, adventure, and romance. Ms. Schwarz perfectly blends the story into a book that you won't be able to put down. Charlotte is me-she's you-she's every woman whose ever had dreams that have been put on hold, stuffed into the back of an old drawer. She's the woman we wish we could be-brave, spontaneous, forgiving, loving. Charlotte is Blossom, who is Lila, who is all of us. As Chief Makley closes in, as her friendship with her neighbor Dolly comforts her in her sadness, as her relationship with lawyer-turned-pool boy Skip turns to love, the message of NIGHT SWIMMING is clear-no regrets. Live your life to the fullest. And no matter what, you cannot be allowed to die with your music still inside of you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book Night Swimming is a very good book it is tremendously descriptive and detailed
Guest More than 1 year ago
My book club group chose this as this month's read and I was the first to finish it. And since I did so....I have been incessantly calling my fellow book-clubbers nagging them to hurry up and read this book! I absolutely loved it. It is not very often you find a book that has good characters that you just love and can identify with...and that is funny and heartwarming at the same time. I really would recommend this book to anyone. Actually I would say that they HAVE to read it. :o)
Guest More than 1 year ago
Started this book one evening and finished it the next day.... GREAT BOOK! Great humor, great feel good read! Recommend to anyone! You will NOT be sorry! Hope Robin Schwarz is writing another soon!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had never heard of Robin Schwarz, but the review on it sounded interesting. It was one of the best books I have read. It was the kind of book you don't want to put down, but don't want to end because it's so good.
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you want to get lost in a well spun tale that is both deliciously written and a whirlwind of pace and plot, then Night Swimming is the book for you! The characters are sympathetic, the story is aspirational, and it takes you on a roller coaster ride of emotional highs and lows. I read about this book on BookSense as it was chosen as a favorite of all the independent book sellers in the U.S. andread it in one day reluctant to put it down. As the Washington Post said, 'It's a female empowerment joy ride.' Get it. Read it. Pass it on.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I picked up this book not expecting much-just looking for a book to read while exercising- and wow! I couldn't put it down. It has passed from me to my mom to her friend and my aunt is looking for it too. Great novel. Can't wait to read the next book Ms. Schwarz writes. The literary goddesses were smiling on Ms. Schwarz
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was excellent! I got this book from a friend at work and I figured it was something to read. Well, I couldn't believe what a great book this is! I couldn't put it down! It was easy reading and you could really get in to the charaters. I would recommened this to everyone.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was pleasantly surprised with Robin Swartz' first novel. I first learned of this author on a local news program and was immediately intrigued. Totally enjoyable - great storyline, wonderful characters and very well written. I look forward to reading Robin's next novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was not disappointed at all with this book. Robin Schwarz is an excellent writer. She describes everything to a T. She brings you into the story. I love the main characters in this book they are very well written to fit their part in her book. At times you can relate to the characters as everyday people, which made this book more appealing. Schwarz went to all means to entertain her readers and that she did. I can't wait for her next book. I give her an A+. It took me about 1 week and a half to read it but that is because I read it here and there but at times I couldn't put the book down because I was so curious at what would happen next. This is a must read book. Who wouldn't want to have a Skip in my their life or even be a Charlotte and take control of their life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Not my usual read, but I couldn't put it down. Refreshing, entertaining and inspiring if totally unbelievable.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I READ AT LEAST ONE BOOK A WEEK AND I TELL ALL OF YOU THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I HAVE READ IN A LONG TIME. I LOOK FORWARD TO ANY NEW BOOKS THIS NEW AUTHOR COMES OUT WITH.I HATED TO HAVE IT END; I WANTED MORE. THERE WERE SMILES, OUTRIGHT HA HA AND THEN THE TEARS. SO MANY GOOD LESSONS IN THIS READ! ROSES TO THE AUTHOR.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is funny and has enough twists to keep the readers attention. The characters, Charlotte and Dolly, are believable and interesting, and the plot, although somewhat on the edge as far as reality is concerned, is captivating. I would like to make a recommendation to those people looking for new writers and GREAT stories. I read several reviews on A YEAR SINCE YESTERDAY and finally bought the book. It was GREAT. Be advised that it is listed as paperback yet is actually a very nice softcover. It is well worth the cost
Guest More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I finished this book with a new outlook on life and a fresh smile on my face. Thank you Robin!