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The Lido
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A tender, joyous debut novel about a cub reporter and her eighty-six-year-old subjectand the unlikely and life-changing friendship that develops between them. Kate is a twenty-six-year-old riddled with anxiety and panic attacks who works for a local paper in Brixton, London, covering forgettably small stories. When shes assigned to write about the closing of the local lido (an outdoor pool and recreation center), she meets Rosemary, an eighty-six-year-old widow who has swum at the lido daily since it opened its doors when she was a child. It was here Rosemary fell in love with her husband, George; here that shes found communion during her marriage and since Georges death. The lido has been a cornerstone in nearly every part of Rosemarys life. But when a local developer attempts to buy the lido for a posh new apartment complex, Rosemarys fond memories and sense of community are under threat. As Kate dives deeper into the lidos historywith the help of a charming photographershe pieces together a portrait of the pool, and a portrait of a singular woman, Rosemary. What begins as a simple local interest story for Kate soon blossoms into a beautiful friendship that provides sustenance to both women as they galvanize the community to fight the lidos closure. Meanwhile, Rosemary slowly, finally, begins to open up to Kate, transforming them both in ways they never knew possible. In the tradition of Fredrik Backman, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generationsan irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship.
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Andrea313
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This beautiful book is a love story on multiple levels- that of life-long partners, of friends new and old, and love of a community. Mostly it made me reflect on how lucky I am to have my own local lido (pictured here closed for cold weather). Detroit's Brennan Pool opened in the 1920s, and was the site of the US swimming Olympic trials in the 1950s. Now I get to spend my sunny days here, and I'm reminded not to take that for granted.

JamieArc Oooh I didn‘t know about this pool. I loved this book too. It‘s a dream to live near a community pool one day. #mittenlitten (edited) 4mo
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Ncostell
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Pickpick

Rosemary is an 86 year old woman who has spent her whole life swimming at her local lido. Kate is a young journalist trying to find herself and take control of her recurring panic attacks. The two form a friendship as they fight to keep the lido from being closed to make way for an expensive new apartment complex. I loved their relationship and the community involvement in trying to save the lido. A great beach read, perfect for the pool too!

kspenmoll Sounds really good! Stacked. 6mo
JamieArc This was one of my favorite reads last summer! I really loved it. The tagged book reminded me of it a lot, except instead of a pool, it was a library they were fighting to save. 6mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll It was so good, sweet and uplifting which I was in the mood to read! 6mo
Ncostell @JamieArc This is going to be one of my favorites from this summer for sure. Thanks for the recommendation on The Reading List, I just stacked it! 6mo
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Sharpeipup
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It might be warm out but the pool isn‘t open yet.

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Laru79
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Pickpick

I thought this was lovely! Likeable, relatable characters, a heartwarming plot, a little weepy bit or two - what a delight!! This was recommended to me so much, so I‘m really glad I finally had a chance to get stuck in! And reading about the sunshine was delightful in a week of nothing but rain!!

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JillR
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Mehso-so

I loved the premise of this story; a lido in Brixton facing closure to make way for luxury flats, and the community who rallies to try and save it. However the writing wasn‘t for me, I found it a little too sweet and cliched and wanted more depth from the characters. Still, a quick easy summer read and I love the cover (also lucky enough to be reading it by the side of an actual lido 🏊‍♂️)

Mrs_B The water looks so blue and inviting! 😍 2y
JamieArc I loved this, but sweet is exactly what I need right now. 2y
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JamieArc
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This is the book I needed right now. I have been missing swimming laps so much and this was the next best thing. It had all the things I love: intergenerational friendship among women, a strong sense of community, well done side characters, thoughtful observations and beautiful sentences, all centered around a pool. It made me feel all the feelings and it‘s a rare book I would read again. #BookSpin pick finished.

JamieArc Pictured: the real Brockwell Lido, featured in the book. 2y
Godpants The pool in my building just reopened with very limited access and I‘m balancing out my fear of a public pool with wanting to swim so badly. I hope we all get to swim soon! 2y
TheAromaofBooks So glad you enjoyed this one!! Sometimes reading a book about something you love and miss can be such a comfort!! 2y
JamieArc @Godpants All our indoor pools are still closed, and probably will be for a long time. The one outdoor pool closed last summer for renovations that were never finished. Yes, let‘s hope we can all get back to swimming soon! 2y
JamieArc @TheAromaofBooks So far, I have really liked all my BookSpin picks! 2y
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JamieArc
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Swimming is my Prozac. With all the public pools closed right now, it‘s rough. So this book is speaking to my soul. It‘s just what I needed if I can‘t have the real thing ❤️

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JamieArc
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Not a bad way to start my #BookSpin book. 🏊🏼‍♀️📖

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JamieArc
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#BookspinBingo Board created! Both my BookSpin and Double Spin books are about swimming, which is the thing I have missed most during the pandemic. Thanks so much for hosting this, @TheAromaofBooks ! I really look forward to it each month!

TheAromaofBooks It cracks me up when the two books accidentally end up themed - I love it!!! 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Going to the local lido is more than just going for a #Swim to Kate and Rosemary - it‘s a community hub that‘s worth fighting for.

#BoundTogetherJune
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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OriginalCyn620 Cute cover! 2y
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Curvybookgirl
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Pickpick

This is a really lovely heartwarming read. Perfect with a cuppa

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Caryl
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Breakfast & books with @JenniferShepard

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charl08
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The walls of their relationship are built with books.

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charl08
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Fascinated by the international cover choices for this one.

erzascarletbookgasm I read somewhere she has a new book out, can‘t remember the title. 2y
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KarenUK
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The writing in this book is not perfect but this story truly spoke to me... it‘s a story about a public outdoor pool facing closure in South London, about a friendship between a lonely young woman who suffers from panic attacks and a widowed old lady, and about what community means to us all. ⬇️

KarenUK So much about this novel touched my heart. My family are from this area, and I suffer from panic attacks myself. But also, I have always been a ‘water baby‘... my mum taught me to swim as a tiny baby, and I still swim as often as I can.. The writing in this book about the redemptive and restorative properties of swimming is just wonderful. I loved the relationship between Kate and Rosemary and found it so touching and relatable. ⬇️ (edited) 2y
KarenUK But what shone most was the theme of community. At a time when the news can grab a hold of our hearts and drag us to the depths of how we feel about this world, this book gave me hope. I was reminded of what community means and the joy of small gestures, generosity of spirit and friendship. I have the privilege to live in a small neighborhood where people truly care and it‘s something I never take for granted. ⬇️ 2y
KarenUK And I have friends of all ages that never fail to surprise me with their kindness. This novel speaks to that so well.... This may be too sad and sweet for some, but if you feel in need of something hopeful, then this novel has a feel good factor that hits that spot.... 💕 (edited) 2y
MicheleinPhilly What a lovely, lovely review. Definitely putting this on the TBR list. ❤️ 2y
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charl08
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The men looked a little surprised when they saw her sticking flyers...

#bookclubbook #swimming

mcctrish I LOVED this book 2y
charl08 @mcctrish it's for my book group, but I do love stuff about swimming. 2y
mcctrish I‘m not sure I‘d be so hard core with swimming no matter the weather 😂 2y
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Readswithcoffee
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A heartwarming story of a young reporter and her elderly friend who attempt to save their community swimming pool, The Lido.

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Readswithcoffee
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I‘m only 27 pages in & I am hooked. This is a great phrase, “...before she caught the infection of self-consciousness...”

Itchyfeetreader Loved this book - enjoy 2y
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KarenUK
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#7days7covers #CoverCrush #Day7 💕

I tag @Klou if you‘d like to play along? Just post 1 cover you love, each day for 7 days, no explanation needed and use the hashtags 😊💕

Cinfhen Lovely 😊 and I adore your tagged person 💕💕💕 2y
Klou Ooh! I didn't know about this! Thanks for the tag!!! 💕💕💕 I'll do my first one soon! 2y
JennyM A peaceful looking cover ❤️ 2y
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Sarah83
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Pickpick

I really don't want to spoil this gorgeous book... 💓💓💓💓

All the feelings, all the emotions and still a smiling on my face, after this great read, which I first thought would be a light summer read, got a book about the great themes in life: love, friendship, lost and fears.

Highly recommended! 💓💓💓

Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife 💓💓💓 2y
scripturient Good to hear you loved it. I picked it up at the bookshop on Friday. 😊 2y
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Sarah83
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It's not the lido, but it is the smell of sea. 😍 Enjoying the smell and the warmth of the water. A pretty cozy Sunday. 😍

I've read the half of the book right now. Such a warm and lovely story.

emz711 Cool cover! 2y
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Sarah83
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Some early morning reads... Another night with less sleep 😴😴😴🤫🤫🤫

TrishB Didn‘t get much either! Doggo was sick on and off all night! 2y
Sarah83 @TrishB the nights before it was too hot within the flat under the roof and last night I had stomach aches. 🙄 2y
TrishB Hope your day improves ❤️ 2y
LiljaPleasant Oh no... Maybe some valerian tea would help? It works for me. 🤔 Well, let's see the positive: You do get some reading done 😅 No, seriously... Insomnia is a real bitch... 2y
Sarah83 @LiljaPleasant since Monday I have problems with insomnia, so I really need some sleep now 😴😴😴 2y
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Sarah83
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When the thunder wakes you up early in the morning, what do you do? Take your Kindle, your current read, your new favourite mug and start to read at 5 a.m. I know, who will sleep in the office... 🙋

I really enjoying the tagged book. Has anyone already read it?

Moony Oh bei euch hat es gewittert? Hier ist es noch schön. :) 2y
JazzFeathers Coordinated mug and booksleave 😍 2y
julesG @Moony Bei Sarah um 5, bei mir gegen 8. Jetzt zieht es weiter. Regen!!!! Hallelujah, endlich mal durchatmen. 2y
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julesG Sarah, remember, you hit your head on the desk when trying to pick up your pen off the floor. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock Inzwischen ist der Regen bei uns angekommmen. 2y
Buechersuechtling @Sarah83 @julesG @PickwickPlockPlock Der was ist wo❓ Hier war _gaaaaar_ nix. Weder diese Nacht noch heute früh. Es sieht gerade auch nicht danach aus. Mir geht‘s also eher wie @Moony – ??‍♀️. 2y
Buechersuechtling @JazzFeathers 😍 Yeah, that was my first thought, too. 2y
julesG @PickwickPlockPlock Ja, so in die Richtung zog es. 2y
julesG @Buechersuechtling weiterhin warm und trocken? Im Supermarkt gibt's Stollen und Spekulatius. Wird Zeit, dass sich das Wetter der Konsumgesellschaft anpasst. 2y
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling @julesG Ich sitze hier in Niedersachsen, bis hierhin hat es der Regen noch geschafft 🌧 2y
Sarah83 @JazzFeathers I love doing it, if it is possible. 😍 2y
Sarah83 @julesG well, I already did it yesterday 🤣🤣🤣 2y
Sarah83 @Moony @Buechersuechtling ich leide mit euch... @julesG @PickwickPlockPlock bin einfach dankbar für die Luft, wünschte ich könnte jetzt zuhause sein und lüften.... 2y
julesG Gah, hier ist es jetzt schwül. 88% Luftfeuchtigkeit bei 22°C. 2y
julesG Wie ich schon bei WhatsApp schrieb, ich hab noch Spekus vom letzten Jahr. 🙈🙈🙈 Das sollte Boden für Käsekuchen werden, den es weder an meinem Geburtstag, noch irgendwann später gab. Es muss kühler werden, damit ich wieder backen kann. 2y
MelissaSue81 I loved that book. It touched my heart. 2y
Sarah83 @julesG hier geht es. ✊ 2y
Sarah83 @MelissaSue81 I really enjoy it. 😍 2y
April2 I haven‘t read the tagged book but I love your mug and Kindle cover 😍 2y
Sarah83 @April2 Thank you 😍 2y
BooknerdsLife Awww what acute mug! 😍😍 I‘ve won a copy of the book but it‘s still sitting in my TBR pile 😅🙈 2y
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife thank you. It's one of my favourite mugs right now. The book is great but it isn't a light summer read as I hoped it would be. Still loving it so much. 😍 2y
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 oh! That‘s a surprise 😱 I was saving the book for this summer! 2y
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife it's a great book. Really. 😍 2y
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 Can‘t Wait to read it 🤗 2y
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife you should definitely start it as soon as possible 💓 2y
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 I‘m planning to read it soon during summer ...which is in December 😄👍🏼 2y
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife please tell me how you liked it. 💓 2y
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TheEllieMo
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Mehso-so

I really wanted to really like this book. Its themes of friendship and community, and what can be achieved when people pull together, gave this so much potential, but it didn‘t quite hit the mark. It‘s a very sweet story, which is part of the problem, because it‘s saccharin sweet, and the prose in places is dubious -pink snow???

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yourfavouritemixtape
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Trying to escape the heat.

TheSpineView A beautiful way to escape! 3y
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LapReader
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Pickpick

Today‘s op shop scores for the grand total of $19. My youngest step daughter is Matilda. The girl in the book kisses lots of frogs. Let‘s hope Tilly doesn‘t.

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sophierayton
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Panpan

I can't put my finger on exactly why, but this book grated on me like I've not experienced in a long time. Perhaps going into it with high expectations did me no favours. This would probably fall into the category of summer/beach reads as it's of medium length and has little to no substance.

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Janeeny
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"The florist is an old man in a dark green apron with soil under his apron and a gold chain round his neck. Whatever the weather, he sells 'sorry's and 'I love you's at a reasonable price. Wrap it up in brown paper and tie it up with a ribbon."

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BooknerdsLife
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#Water #SpringIntoReading
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88
Do you remember all the books that you own? I've totally forgotten about this book til I was looking through a file of books photo on my phone. I won this copy from a giveaway last year but still haven't read it yet 🙈 I know..I'm feeling terrible about it too.
#newbook #booknerd #readinglife #bibliophile #lovereading #fiction

MelissaSue81 Don‘t feel terrible! I feel like the books that I own are the ones that I will get to “sometime” as I‘m always trying to keep up with my library pile or netgalley or something.. but this book was one of my favorites of 2018. I think “charming” is overused when describing books but this one was. 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No!! I‘ve got so many I‘m worried I‘ll never get to them!! 3y
CarolynM I absolutely forget which books I have. Don't tell anyone, but I have occasionally bought the same book twice🙄🤔😳 3y
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thea-block
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“Love is love... just like a tree is a tree. It can be a sapling or a hundred-year-old oak, but it still has roots and life and is at the mercy of the seasons.”

There were many things about this book I genuinely enjoyed: the intergenerational female relationships, the community coming together, the focus on growth through transitions and change, and the tender portrayal of anxiety. Glad I read it! Makes me ready for summer!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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mcctrish
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I spotted this book somewhere on social media a while ago. I think it was released in England/Europe before North America and consequently I struggled to find it again. It was the elusive “book with a blue cover” for about a year, luckily the Gods smiled on me and I was able to nail down the title again. It‘s just a delight of a book. I bought a new bather yesterday so I can start doing laps at my outdoor neighbourhood Lido, if it ever warms up.

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mcctrish
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I can‘t wait for summer so I can swim at my local pool. 🏊🏻‍♀️

BookNAround We just discussed this tonight at book club. Consensus was that it‘s a scone with clotted cream or a warm hug of a book. 3y
mcctrish Yes, that seems about right @BookNAround I certainly look forward to it after my crazy days ( can barely keep my eyes open for 15 minutes last couple of nights) 🤣 3y
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Itchyfeetreader
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This book has inter generational friendships, female empowerment and a strong sense of community all of which I loved. That the writer expresses such lovely strong emotions about swimming was the cherry on the cake. For some it may be a little too saccharine but I found it joyful and uplifting even if I did shed a tear or two (to the consternation of the air steward who was serving me!) ⬇️

Itchyfeetreader Oh and thanks to @BookNAround who had this on her #newyearwhodis list which the lovely @monalyisha organised. I clearly did not make it through this book in Jan but I did get to it and am so glad I did! 3y
monalyisha Sounds kinda perfect! 3y
BookNAround I only finished one of yours too (started a second one) because life got so chaotic but I fully intend to finish the unfinished one and read more too when I can squeak them in! 3y
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mcctrish
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Something about this book grabbed me but I‘m always forgetting the title so I‘m posting it here to remind me the next time I do a book order. All I ever remember is it has a blue cover and mistakenly a one word title 🤦🏻‍♀️I have become THAT person 🤣

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Srd1220
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Pickpick

I loved this book! What a sweet story. I enjoyed Kate and Rosemary‘s friendship and how it develops throughout the book!

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melissajayne
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Always love me some #bookmail

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Itchyfeetreader
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1. Been on a soup making kick trying to get more veggies into me! 2.done (it‘s for#newyearwhodis) 3. Excluding those we have gone through on the overnight train 13 plus Washington DC (never very sure on DC status in such things) - not a bad count for a Brit! 4. I‘m slowly building a collection of girls school stories from the 1920s to 1950s - I try and buy in shops vs online 5. only work plans to Boston and Munich so far #humpdaypost @MinDea

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RaimeyGallant
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Look at the lovely #christmasbookswap package I received! I can't thank you enough, Lynne (who I haven't convinced to join Litsy yet, but I'm working on it.) I'll carry this tote with me everywhere, and I can't wait to dig in to The Lido. #holidaybookswap

BookishMarginalia I enjoyed The Lido. 3y
RaimeyGallant @BookishMarginalia Sweet. Good to know. 3y
tpixie Tell Lynne to join us!!! She‘d fit right in!! 3y
readordierachel Love the tote! 3y
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CotziasReads
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"How can letting her read all the books she likes be a bad?"
YES!!!!
#TheLido #LibbyPage

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LiteraryinLawrence
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Mehso-so

Between a Pick and a So-So. It‘s about a friendship between a young journalist who struggles with panic attacks and an elderly woman who is mourning the death of her husband. The two work together with the neighbors to try to save the local swimming pool (lido, a term that was new to me) from corporate closure. The parts about Rosemary remembering her marriage brought me to tears, but overall it wasn‘t a home run for me. A bit over-sweet, maybe?

iread2much O, i can‘t wait to read this and I hope it will work for my book club! 3y
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Endowarrior21
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Pickpick

I‘ve just finished the book with tears streaming down my face. It is a beautiful heartwarming story about finding a friend when you really need one.

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Kappadeemom
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Found a quiet spot in my hotel #INeedAMinute

BookNAround Loved this one! Such a feel good book. 3y
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Kappadeemom
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Sweet story so far #LMPBC #Round3

MelissaSue81 I loved this book. It warmed my heart. 3y
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Kappadeemom
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Yes!! Y‘all smile and say cheese 😁🧀

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Colleenma
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Pickpick

Loved it.

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Colleenma
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Pickpick

I loved this book. Such a intimate look at an English suburb of London. Wonderful! #thelido #england #London

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rjsthumbelina
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed the characters in this one. I also really liked the portrayal of a main character with anxiety, though I didn't like how she "resolved" her anxiety. The love stories were strong. I especially loved the flashbacks of Rosemary and George. I enjoyed the way sexuality was celebrated throughout the novel, never once seen as something to be ashamed of, but still sweet too. The storyline was at times a bit slow. Read for #LMPBC #round3

rjsthumbelina @JanJan @Endowarrior21 @Kappadeemom it's on its way as of today! Sorry it's late...I'm gonna be on time one of these days! 🙃 3y
Kappadeemom I just got it! 👍 3y
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