Book Review | Swallow

Title: Swallow

Author: Tonya Plank

My Review:

Swallow by Tonya Plank is an interesting book. I had a hard time getting into the first half and then I couldn’t put it down with the second half. Sophie Hegel is a New York lawyer from a small town in Arizona. She graduated from Yale Law School, is living with her highly successful lawyer boyfriend and struggling to figure out who she is. In the middle of all of this she develops a fist sized ball in her throat that prevents her from eating, drinking and on occasion breathing.

Swallow is well written and provides a side of life I am not familiar with at all. Sophie by appearance is successful and should be on top of the world. She is the perfect example of someone rising up and succeeding even though their beginning in life wasn’t the greatest.

I think that’s why I had such a hard time with the beginning of the book. Sophie came across as someone who should be very self-confident. She has it all and yet I found her whiny and mousy. I was frustrated with her lack of self-confidence and her inability to stand up to people. It’s probably because I hate confrontation myself but it irritated me in a character. After putting the book down for a couple of weeks, I picked it back up and found myself actually rooting for Sophie. There are some dramatic events that force her to reflect on why she has this imaginary lump in her throat. In the end I really enjoyed the book and wished I had finished it sooner.

I received a copy of this book to review but was not financially compensated in any way. The opinions expressed are my own.


Erin is an Army wife and mom of two girls and one boy who lives in Utah. I love to read, blog, and be an advocate for childhood stroke survivors like her son.

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