For Patricia Curren, the summer of 1978 begins with a devastating discovery: an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. Seeking the courage to end her desolate marriage, Patricia spends a quiet summer alone on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a collegiate tennis player trying to go pro, their physical attraction sparks a slow burn toward obsession.
Once Patricia and Terry share closely guarded secrets from their pasts, they want more than a summer together. But their love soon fractures, as a potential sponsor takes an unusually keen interest in Terry—both on court and off. And when single, career-driven Lynn Hewitt arrives, other secrets must surface, including the one Patricia has kept from Terry all summer.
An intimate portrait of the folly of the human heart, Breaking and Holding explores buried truths that are startlingly unveiled. What’s left in their wake has the power not only to shatter lives…but to redeem them.
Breaking and Holding is a southern novel set in 1978. It begins with a betrayal. While on vacation on Kiawah Island, Patricia realizes that her domineering older husband is having an affair. Saddened and confused, Patricia decides to stay on the island for a while when her husband goes home to New York. She meets Terry Sloan, a handsome young tennis player, and their romance begins. But there are secrets that will be revealed, and things will change over the course of the summer and beyond.
I was very interested in this novel because the author is from my family's hometown, Savannah, and I was also intrigued by the southern island setting. The time period (late 1970's) was another big plus.
The author does an amazing job at establishing another time and place. I loved the 1970's island setting. I also enjoyed the tennis details!
The descriptions are evocative. For instance:
"As August began, I saw the sparkle in the sand disappear. The line of the horizon vanished in the thickness of the air. The ocean, reflecting the hazy gray sky, was a tub of lukewarm bathwater, sure to leave a scummy ring if drained. Storm clouds teased with afternoon rumbles but gave no rain, no relief" (p. 159).
I found the characters compelling. Both Patricia and Terry are complex but flawed, and there are some important secrets kept. I felt anxious at times, knowing there would be an unraveling because of the secrets, but I kept reading quickly on to learn the rest of their story. There were a lot of twists on the way!
I recommend Breaking and Holding for fans of women's fiction, southern fiction, 1970's settings, and especially for anyone who is looking for a compelling and unique summer read.
Judy Fogarty lives, writes, reads, and runs on the historic Isle of Hope, in her native Savannah, Georgia. She holds a Master of Music degree from the University of Illinois and has served as Director of Marketing for private golf and tennis communities in the Savannah/Hilton Head area, including The Landings on Skidaway Island, Berkeley Hall, and Callawassie Island. She is a devoted (even rowdy) tennis fan as anyone who has ever had the pleasure (or displeasure) of watching a match with her will attest. Breaking and Holding is her debut novel. She is happily at work on her second, and as always, enjoys the invaluable support of her husband, Mike, and children, Colin and Sara Jane.
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