Book Of The Day – Swimming Upstream

by Ron on September 22, 2014

Today’s Book of the Day is a Womens Fiction novel by Ruth Mancini and it’s 80% off for a limited time. Swimming Upstream has a 4.1 star rating and is on sale for only 99 cents – save $4!

“Lovable and true characters, well written, witty, yet serious – touched a lot of nerves.” Mette – Amazon Reviewers

Swimming Upstream
by Ruth Mancini
Rating: 4.1 Stars
Genre: Womens Fiction
Price: $0.99 save $4


Swimming Upstream – Nook

Swimming Upstream is a semi-finalist in the 2014 Kindle Book Awards and RONE Award nominee.

“I once read that the end of a relationship is like being involved in a road traffic accident. Which is quite fitting really, given what happened.”

After seven years, Lizzie wonders whether she is truly happy with her long-term boyfriend. When one wrong step and a chance meeting set off an unexpected chain of events, her life starts breaking up. On the same day that she meets Martin, an attractive lifeguard, her old friend, Catherine, re-appears. But is Martin really all he seems? And what is the secret that Catherine is hiding? As Lizzie struggles to confront the ghosts of her past, can she survive the shocking twist that will change the course of her future?

Swimming Upstream is a life-affirming and often humorous story about getting over a relationship breakup. It is also a story about female friendship, love and divided loyalties – and the moral choices we find ourselves making when the chips are down.

Here’s what the reviewers have to say:

The story grabbed me straight away and I soon found myself immersed in the life of the central character, Lizzie, and unable to put it down. The book is well-written and has an interesting philosophical undertone whilst at the same time the story takes off at a pace, building the drama, conflict and tension to an unexpected ending.


At last! Genuine characters who draw you into their lives, which are complicated but credible. Ruth writes intelligently and shows great insight into her characters’ feelings and motivations. I look forward to her next novel as it will satisfy the need for modern novels, which are well written and worth taking time out of our busy lives to enjoy reading.


I was immediately engaged and looked for time to read. Lizzie is a disarming protagonist. Mancini’s characterizations are rich and dysfunctional, as real life. She doesn’t sugar coat and I found that definitely a plus. The ending was unexpected!


The growth of the characters in this story is remarkable. Life does that to those who want to learn how to be stronger and can then tell their personal story. A good book to study the foibles and the strengths of ordinary people.


I found myself experiencing a wide range of emotions, and I completely identified with Lizzie. This is a great read if you want something that is mainstream on the edge of literary.

Get Swimming Upstream here: Swimming Upstream

About The Author

Ruth Mancini was born in South-West London and educated in London and Cambridge where she gained a Bachelors degree in languages and a post-graduate diploma in law. For several years she worked in the publishing industry before becoming a practising lawyer, author and freelance writer.

She now lives in Oxfordshire with her husband and two children. She blogs at and can be found on Twitter @RuthMancini1 and Facebook at

Thank you for considering today’s Book Of The Day – Ruth Mancini and ENT appreciate it.


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