This was the perfect read for me this week, lighter and shorter and a welcome change. I like Anita Shreve’s writing, this is the third of her books I have read (along with Fortune’s Rocks and Resistance), there is something comforting about her characters and settings but with enough grit not to be too wishy washy.
Body Surfing is about Sydney, at 29 with two marriages behind her, she takes on a live in job tutoring the daughter of a family over the summer at their beach house. Sydney, learning to live with the loss of her second husband, welcomes being part of the family but has to deal with their dynamics and the two brothers competing for her affection.
The story is set in the same house that featured in Shreve’s earlier book The Pilot’s Wife. I haven’t read that yet but am already thinking which of her books I can take on holiday later this month.