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Book Review – Breathe Deep & Swim by Jenna Marcus

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Breathe Deep & Swim is a mesmerizing, completely gripping young adult tale.  You will not be able to put it down!

I was hooked from the opening paragraph, and I couldn’t put the book down until I’d reached the last page.  Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (aged 14) and Van Gogh (aged 16) are as close as any siblings can be.  They look out for each other, and most importantly – they understand each other.  Van Goth wants to be an artist, and in the meantime splashes his graffiti with skill and precision.  Wolfgang isn’t sure what he wants to be yet, but boy does he love to read!  The two brothers are dynamic young lads – in an understated way; quiet, reserved and private, with a myriad of complex emotions.  Their brotherly love was spellbinding to read about, and I will admit I was brought to tears.  The author has an obvious flair for evoking reader’s emotions and I will definitely be seeking more of her books.  The storyline is somewhat sad, in that their father dies of Coronavirus, and their mother left them when they were young.  However, their stoic personalities, and Van Goth’s mixture of fortitude and stubbornness, sees them embark on a journey of 1,200 miles to New York in search of their runaway mother.  Along the way they discover the meaning of breathe deep and swim, as well as some families secrets.  Beautiful, compelling and unputdownable! Jenna Marcus’s fluent and beautifully eloquent writing takes you on a journey you won’t want to end.  The pacing is perfect, the characters haunting and memorable.  Classic and perfectly pitched for coming of age and teenagers.

$3.99/£2.83 unfortunately not on KU. Recently released so only 7 reviews so far with an average of 4.7. Why not help a new author out and give it a read?

Review warning: Before you rush off and buy any book that someone reviews you should read the free sample chapters provided on Amazon, this way you can decide for yourself if this book is your cup of tea or not. 

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