(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.