(Summary provided by Lake Union Publishing)

In Judy Fogarty’s, BREAKING AND HOLDING (Lake Union Publishing), the year of 1978 is significant for the main character at the start of the novel and throughout. Patricia Curren, makes a devastating discovery that changes the course of her marriage. She finds an unfamiliar black pearl button in the bed she shares with her controlling husband, Jack. It gives her the courage to tell her husband she wishes to spend the summer alone at their beach house on beautiful Kiawah Island. But when she meets Terry Sloan, a hot tennis player trying to go pro, their attraction grows into an obsession.

Once Patricia and Terry begin sharing closely guarded secrets from their pasts, they want more than a summer together. But they soon realize their love can’t sustain when a sponsor comes between them taking an intense interest in Terry, on and off the court. And when that single, career-driven Lynn Hewitt arrives, other secrets surface, including ones Patricia has been keeping from him all summer long.

(My Take)

I enjoyed reading BREAKING AND HOLDING for the love story. It was intense, romantic and compelling, but I found myself more interested in the time frame it took place. From a women’s perspective, the 1970s were a very tumultuous time, a time of introspection and growth.

I was very young then, but I remember it was an era when women were actively entering the work force. No longer content to just stay at home with children or be housewives, women sought more fulfilling accomplishments. And in the case of the character in BREAKING AND HOLDING, Patricia  feels the need to continue her education at NYU and complete her aborted PhD dissertation. Her husband had always told her there was no need for that, but she could no longer be untrue to herself.

That was the case with my own mother, who left her marriage and our family. Perhaps I’m entering TMI territory, but that’s what happens when you read fiction. There are times you connect, and this time I did quite closely.

Some might read BREAKING AND HOLDING and take away a love story, or a tennis story or a … whatever story. I took away a story of a young woman breaking free, finding her unique spirit and ultimately her truth. We should all be so blessed.

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About Judy Fogarty

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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Thanks to TLC Book Tours and Lake Union Publishing, we have one copy of Judy Fogarty’s novel, BREAKING AND HOLDING to giveaway. Just tell us what you’re currently reading and something you like about the book. We’ll announce the winner Monday.


35 thoughts on “BREAKING and HOLDING by Judy Fogarty & GIVEAWAY

  1. I am currently reading Hillbilly Elegy by J. D. Vance. The story hits home for me for several reasons. The first is that it takes place very close to the town I reside in. The second it addresses current issues that are relevant to where I live. It is a memoir about a family and a culture in crisis.

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  2. I’m reading The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Lauren Willig, and Beatriz Williams. I love the 3 different time periods that are covered but all intermingle together

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  3. I’m into Windy City Blues-Renee Rosen. It’s quite interesting finding out about the history of Blues music. I’m loving it. Renee never disappoints.

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  4. I’m reading “The Guests on South Battery” by Karen White. It takes place in Charleston SC and involves old Antebellum mansions and ghosts! It’s part of the Tradd Street series.

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  5. What a nice variety of books everybody is reading. I just finished “The Fifth Petal,” which I’ll review tomorrow.


  6. Currently reading Veil of Roses by Laura Fitzgerald. It’s a wonderful story about an Iranian girl that comes to the US in hopes of a better life and opportunity. And the place she goes to is Tucson, which is where I live, so it’s fun to read about local settings.


  7. I’m with “La corte de Carlos IV”, part of the “Episodios Nacionales” by Spanish writer Benito Pérez Galdós.18th century history, really amusing, learning a lot of things in a different way


  8. I’m currently reading The Fifth Petal by Brunonia Barry and Condemn Me Not by Heather B. Moore. I really enjoyed The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry and The Fifth Petal is the second book in that series. I’m only about 10% into Condemn Me Not but I’m liking it so far. Both books are set in Salem–one is actually during the witch trials and the other is set in present day but references the witch trials.


  9. i am reading alpha by jasinda wilder and i love that it is a different story that what i have read in the past


  10. Following-up on my prior comment: Ariel Levy is an extraordinary writer and this memoir, with the centerpiece her harrowing miscarriage during a reporting trip in Mongolia, is amazing and compelling.


  11. I just started “I See You” by Clare Mackintosh. I really enjoyed her first book, “I Let You Go.” So far this one is really good.


  12. I’m reading “Two If By Sea” by Jacquelyn Mitchard. I love the element of magical realism in the book.


  13. Just finished Behind Her Eyes. Whoa. Just starting Say No More by Hank Phillippi Ryan. One of my favorite authors. I look the view into the world of the news world, and the love story moves at just the right pace. Also re-reading Dragonfly in Amber by Diana Gabaldon, because you can never have enough Jamie!


  14. I’m reading By Your Side by Kasie West. Its interesting that two teens can get locked into a library for a whole weekend without anyone knowing where they are.


  15. I just finished The Good Girl by Mary Kubica. I thought it was fantastic! I couldn’t stop reading it! The characters seemed so real to me! Today, I am going to start reading the Madrona Island Series by Andrea Hurst. 🙂 Thank you!!

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  16. I am reading Love Onboard and enjoy that it is an anthology so 5 novellas all in one book that relate to the same cruise ship, just different passengers 🙂


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