Book 1
Hearts Out of Water

March 1, 2014

Write For You Publishing



Learning to Swim
by Annie Cosby   


"Learning to Swim is a darkly romantic beginning to what promises to be an unusual contemporary YA fantasy series." --Serena Chase, USA Today

When Cora’s mother whisks the family away for the summer, Cora must decide between forging her future in the glimmering world of second homes where her parents belong, or getting lost in the bewitching world of the locals and the mystery surrounding a lonely old woman who claims to be a selkie creature—and who probably needs Cora more than anyone else.

Through the fantastical tales and anguished stories of the batty Mrs. O’Leary, as well as the company of a particularly gorgeous local boy called Ronan, Cora finds an escape from the reality of planning her life after high school. But will it come at the cost of alienating Cora’s mother, who struggles with her own tragic memories?

As the summer wanes, it becomes apparent that Ronan just may hold the answer to Mrs. O’Leary’s tragic past—and Cora’s future.


"Cute read!"  By Tonyalee 1 year ago

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Not having heard of LEARNING TO SWIM before going in, I had little to no expectations. I think this is both a good thing, yet a bad thing, considering there were times when I couldn't make heads or tails of the genre of the book, and the direction of the story. Is it contemporary? Fantasy? Is it something in between?

That being said, this read more of a coming of age story to me. With the main character, Cora, figuring some things out with her future, boys & school and also learning some hard facts about herself, her "friends" and family and where she comes from. All the while, we have stories of selkies and other folklore. I thought these stories were woven into real life lessons and the metaphors were brilliant. I loved the scenes with Ms. O'leary.

As far as the romance goes, Rory was hard to like at first. It's one of those situations where a person accuses someone of doing the thing they are doing and it's frustrating. However, the few scenes that Rory and Cora had together were rather sweet, and I loved how they got to know each other.

Now the ending left me slightly confused. It ended on quite the cliffhanger, yet it felt incomplete. Still, i am curious to see how the ending will affect Rory and Cora's future, both together and individually.

All in all, Learning to Swim was a cute read!