BOOK: The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society
AUTHOR: Barbara J. Zitwer
PUBLISHER: Allen & Unwin
JOEY Rubin, an overworked New York architect, has come to the Cotswolds to oversee the restoration of Stanway House - the stately home that inspired J.M. Barrie to write Peter Pan.
But it hasn't been easy.
The local residents aren't exactly welcoming, and then there's the problem of the brooding caretaker, a man who seems to take every opportunity to undermine her plans.
She soon begins to feel that she can't do anything right.
Until, that is, she begins to take a daily dip with the members of the J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society in their private, watery Neverland.
In a coming-of-age, Joey begins to realise there is a lot she has missed out on in life by concentrating on her career - love, kids and companionship at the top of the list.
The J.M. Barrie Ladies' Swimming Society is a heartwarming read.
You can't help but hope Joey sees the love on offer right in front of her and grabs it with both hands.
Zitwer manages to make you connect with the characters, while keeping the plot light enough to make this a very enjoyable cold Sunday afternoon book.