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4.0 out of 5 stars Home is where the heart is
The village of Orford, near Aldeburgh in Suffolk is not used to foreigners. Someone's killing animals by slitting their throats, and everyone is concerned about terrorists in their midst.

Ria, a poet, lives in relative isolation in her late father's cottage by the coast in Suffolk - it's home. Eric, a neighbouring farmer, is like a surrogate father to her,...
Published on 26 April 2010 by Annabel Gaskell

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3.0 out of 5 stars Poignant
This is quite a hard book to review. I did enjoy it, but recently there has been a trend amongst authors to write a book in segments with a different character taking up the story each time, and I am not sure that I really enjoy this. Sometimes it works but after a while books written in this style start to annoy me. Obviously other readers may not be affected by this...
Published on 8 Jan 2011 by Pen pal


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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Swimmer, 27 May 2010
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C. M. Warren (Southampton, UK) - See all my reviews
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I have read all of Roma Tearnes books and am in the midddle of this one.
It comes up to expectations. A lot of her books have a background in Sri Lanka and having been a frequent visitor to friends on the Island I have found the discriptions quite remarkable, This book has its setting in East Anglia and the discriptive process is just as good. As with all her books, there is a twist, and I'm looking forward to the one in this book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars ...the outside light had come on and the bread was missing..., 4 Dec 2010
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Eileen Shaw "Kokoschka's_cat" (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Swimmer (Paperback)
Roma Tearne certainly knows how to meddle with her reader's emotions in this novel about a young asylum seeker. Ria, in her early forties, is recovering from a failed marriage, living on the edge of the Oxfordshire fens when she is woken one night by the sound of someone swimming across the river towards her house. She is understandably nervous, there have been rumours of terrorism on the rise again and unexplained acts of brutality towards farm animals. She lives in a cottage left to her by her Uncle and Aunt, after her father died and her mother became emotionally cut-off from her children. The back story of this, as well as that of her younger brother, Jack, who is a right-wing politician capitalising on the fears of the ignorant and dim-witted, is gradually uncovered as Ria comes to a loving relationship with Ben, a young Sri-Lankan Tamil.

I won't give away any more of the plot, but things go wrong for Ria, for Ben and for others of his family, not yet introduced. The writing is good, but some of the characterisation tends towards sentimentality at times. Nevertheless it is an easy, pleasurable and uncomplicated read, even given the preponderance of grief adhering to some plot lines. If there is also little to challenge the reader's preconceptions, then perhaps that's the kind of book it aspires to be?
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1 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Average read, 18 Mar 2011
This review is from: The Swimmer (Kindle Edition)
When I was reading the preview it seemed like a really interesting book. And the story IS interesting, there is no doubt about that. However, I didn't enjoy reading it much. It was slow, sometimes not interesting.. Average read I would say.
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