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The Last Bathing Beauty [PDF / Epub] ✑ The Last Bathing Beauty ☄ Amy Sue Nathan – Liversite.co.uk A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past for herself and the sake of her family s future in a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances Everything seemed possible in the summe A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past for herself and the sake of her family s future in a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances Everything seemed possible in the summer ofBack then Betty Stern was an eighteen year old knockout working at her grandparents lakeside resort The Catskills of the Midwest was the perfect place for Betty to prepare for bigger things She d head The Last PDF or to college in New York City Her career as a fashion editor would flourish But first, she d enjoy a wondrous last summer at the beach falling deeply in love with an irresistible college boy and competing in the annual Miss South Haven pageant On the precipice of a well planned life, Betty s future was limitlessDecades later, the choices of that long ago season still reverberate for Betty, now known as Boop Especially when her granddaughter comes to her with a dilemma that echoes Boop s memories of first love, broken hearts, and faraway dreams It s time to finally face the past for the sake of her family and her own happiness Maybe in reconciling the life she once imagined with the life she s lived, Boop will discover it s never too late for a second chance.

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  • 300 pages
  • The Last Bathing Beauty
  • Amy Sue Nathan
  • English
  • 13 December 2019

About the Author: Amy Sue Nathan

Writer of novels, lover of cats, morning coffee, dark chocolate, and bold lipstick Former vegetarian, occasional crafter, adequate cook, loyal friend, proud mom to two awesome adults Website AmySueNathanTwitter AmySueNathanFacebook Amy Sue NathanInstagram AmySueNathan Are you sensing a theme, here.



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  1. Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice* says:

    EXCERPT Summer 2017Boop Peck had looked everywhere for her favourite lipstick It wasn t in the bathroom, or in her purse, bedroom, or her pocket She shuddered at the injustice Boop remembered her first telephone number 359J but not the whereabouts of the lipstick she d worn the day before Or was it the day before that She peeked around and patted herself again Nothing A lost lipstick wasn t the end of the world Unless it was Sly Pink, her discontinued colour of choice, which it was EXCERPT Summer 2017Boop Peck had looked everywhere for her favourite lipstick It wasn t in the bathroom, or in her purse, bedroom, or her pocket She shuddered at the injustice Boop remembered her first telephone number 359J but not the whereabouts of the lipstick she d worn the day before Or was it the day before that She peeked around and patted herself again Nothing A lost lipstick wasn t the end of the world Unless it was Sly Pink, her discontinued colour of choice, which it was Enough with the lipstick.The girls would arrive soon No, the ladies would arrive soon Boop chuckled Ladies sounded so stuffy, boring, and inaccurate Even at eighty four Boop and her friends would always be girls and they d never be boring ABOUT THIS BOOK Everything seemed possible in the summer of 1951 Back then Betty Stern was an eighteen year old knockout working at her grandparents lakeside resort The Catskills of the Midwest was the perfect place for Betty to prepare for bigger things She d head to college in New York City Her career as a fashion editor would flourish But first, she d enjoy a wondrous last summer at the beach falling deeply in love with an irresistible college boy and competing in the annual Miss South Haven pageant On the precipice of a well planned life, Betty s future was limitless.Decades later, the choices of that long ago season still reverberate for Betty, now known as Boop Especially when her granddaughter comes to her with a dilemma that echoes Boop s memories of first love, broken hearts, and faraway dreams It s time to finally face the past for the sake of her family and her own happiness Maybe in reconciling the life she once imagined with the life she s lived, Boop will discover it s never too late for a second chance.MY THOUGHTS What a delightful read I really didn t want to close the rather beautiful cover on The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan I finished reading with tears in my eyes and a smile on my face This is a story of family and friendship, hope and disappointment, owning your mistakes, taking control over your own future and making it the best future it could possibly be The summer Betty was four, her parents had dropped her off with her grandparents in South Haven for the weekend and had never come back for her Her Jewish grandparents have raised her with love, a strong work ethic, and big dreams for her future But the summer of 1951, the year Betty is crowned Miss South Haven, just when it seems that all her dreams are within reach, something happens to change her life The Last Bathing Beauty travels back and forward in time between 1951, when she was still Betty Stern, a smart and sassy girl on the cusp of a great future, and 2017 when she is Boop Peck, widow, mother of one son, grandmother of two girls, and great grandmother of 2 point something great grandchildren Betty is quite wonderful I fell in love with her character I aspire to be her should I make the great age of eighty four Actually, I aspire to be her long before then She is going to be my role model Amy Sue Nathan has created a vivid and captivating picture of life in a Jewish family at a holiday camp in 1951 The summer romances, the morals and s of the time, so very different from now, when mixing outside your social religious racial circle was frowned upon, and young women were expected to marry to please their families and improve their social status This is a lovely story, told with both humour and empathy I will be reading this author s other books Highly recommended .5 You re never too old to find love and throw a good party Sometimes it takes a long time to get things right THE AUTHOR Amy Sue Nathan is Writer of novels, lover of cats, morning coffee, dark chocolate, and bold lipstick Former vegetarian, occasional crafter, adequate cook, loyal friend, proud mom to two awesome adults.DISCLOSURE Thank you to Lake Union Publishing via NetGalley for providing a digital ARC of The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan for review All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions For an explanation of my rating system please refer to my Goodreads.com profile page or the about page on sandysbookaday.wordpress.com This review and others are also published on Twitter, , Instagram and my webpage

  2. Bren Bren says:

    They each sat in a chair without talking Words weren t necessary to keep someone company Amy Sue Nathan, The Last Bathing BeautyReview to follow..someday Nostalgia, Nostalgia, Nostalgia That is what this book does..clothes you in nostalgia How many times have I said nostalgia now So..just a few thoughts on this one I am not always in the mood for nostalgia Certainly not now This is one that I think is really beautiful that I just was not in the mood for because..that word again It is n They each sat in a chair without talking Words weren t necessary to keep someone company Amy Sue Nathan, The Last Bathing BeautyReview to follow..someday Nostalgia, Nostalgia, Nostalgia That is what this book does..clothes you in nostalgia How many times have I said nostalgia now So..just a few thoughts on this one I am not always in the mood for nostalgia Certainly not now This is one that I think is really beautiful that I just was not in the mood for because..that word again It is nostalgic A grandmother recounting what went wrong in her life to her Granddaughter who is in danger of making those same mistakes.So nostalgic.And summery It is blooming with summer as Bet recounts the summer on the beach in Michigan that changed her life and altered its course forever.I have read so many books like this and sometimes I find them wonderfully tranquil, even therapeutic, but other times books like this bring me down.Why Because we can t go back..any of us..the beach is a distant memory and I m stuck in the house trying to avoid Corona Virus Not in the mood to be nostalgic.That does not mean it isn t a moving, well written and tender read, brimming with breathtaking descriptions of the Lakes of Michigan Calling all Michigandersyou will want to read this And it takes place at an inn, strangely like the Catskills where us New Englanders got our summers on See Dirty Dancing foron that I do not want to give anything away so I will not But one thing the kind of thinking that lead to a certain decision the main character made infuriated me.I w as in a youth group as a kid for people of my religion, Jewish I stopped going when, at a weekend getaway, they showed us a film on why it is so important Jewish people marry in their own religion only.Being the little rebel I was, I was enraged, disgusted and quit the group.I believe anyone should love whomever they want and whatever ethnicity or religion they are, it s fine I never subscribed to that other stuff I could use a stronger word than stuff but for purposes of being the demure gal I am not, I will refrain.Anyway..yeah, I LOVED the Jewish terms that will make sense to nobody who does not know Judaism That s Okey Dokey though I would encourage people to read The Last Bathing Beauty, as it is witty and warm and full of strong characters It is just a fun book But it is NOSTALGIC Oy vey Highly recommended

  3. Donna Donna says:

    I have a confession I requested an ARC of The Last Bathing Beauty from NetGalley based mostly on the cover I was born in the early 1950 s, and much of my childhood was spent on the beach playing with beach balls like the one in the picture, and my older sisters wore swimsuits of this style back then But I was also interested in the synopsis of the story, although this isn t the type I would normally choose.Very well written, the story kept me interested throughout, even though it seemed basi I have a confession I requested an ARC of The Last Bathing Beauty from NetGalley based mostly on the cover I was born in the early 1950 s, and much of my childhood was spent on the beach playing with beach balls like the one in the picture, and my older sisters wore swimsuits of this style back then But I was also interested in the synopsis of the story, although this isn t the type I would normally choose.Very well written, the story kept me interested throughout, even though it seemed basically what is referred to as women s fiction But hey I m a woman, so there The story takes place in South Haven, on Lake Michigan, at a Jewish summer camp The Stern family, comprised of Betty also known as Boop and her grandmother and grandfather, live there year round, and own and run the camp in the summer In 1951, Betty is eighteen years old, and determined to have her first summer romance before she heads off to college in the fall Instead of just a summer romance, however, she falls deeply in love with one of the young men working at the camp that summer What transpires over that summer will have repercussions for the rest of her life, and leave her wondering if she made the right choices when she was young At age 84, living once again in South Haven, her granddaughter and her two best friends help her come to terms with how her life turned out.The story may seem somewhat simple, but the author was skillful enough to leave me guessing at a couple of situations throughout I did find the ending to be a little bit cloying in its sweetness, but overall, it was a pleasant and endearing read Thanks to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an ARC in exchange for my honest review 3 solid stars

  4. MicheleReader MicheleReader says:

    Rated 4.25 starsThe Last Bathing Beauty takes us back to the summer of 1951 in South Haven, Michigan Located on Lake Michigan, this area was affectionately regarded as the Catskills of the Midwest filled with resorts for the area s Jewish families Betty Claire Stern is the granddaughter of the owners of Stern s Summer Resort and this will be her last summer with her best friends Georgia and Doris before heading to New York City to attend Barnard College hopefully followed by a career at a fa Rated 4.25 starsThe Last Bathing Beauty takes us back to the summer of 1951 in South Haven, Michigan Located on Lake Michigan, this area was affectionately regarded as the Catskills of the Midwest filled with resorts for the area s Jewish families Betty Claire Stern is the granddaughter of the owners of Stern s Summer Resort and this will be her last summer with her best friends Georgia and Doris before heading to New York City to attend Barnard College hopefully followed by a career at a fashion magazine Betty quickly finds herself head over heels in love and also gets ready to compete in the annual Miss South Haven beauty pageant What starts as an idyllic summer becomes one that will change the course of Betty s life The story is told in the past and in 2017 where Betty, now in her 80s and known as Boop, is preparing to leave her home in South Haven and move to California She has invited Georgia and Doris to visit when Boop s granddaughter Hannah shows up unexpectedly and in need of help Hannah s crisis is all too familiar to Boop s past, which has long been kept a secret from her family Boop can t help her granddaughter until she makes peace with the decisions she made as well as the decisions that were made for her long ago.The Last Bathing Beauty brings back in accurate detail, an era long gone where families spent entire summers together in resorts think of the movie Dirty Dancing and everyone was expected to marry their own kind You can visualize the lakeside resort and feel the yearning of young desire The characters are endearing and you ll ache along with them thinking of the roads not taken None of the plot twists were surprising This was simply a lovely book.Review posted at MicheleReader.com

  5. The Lit Bitch The Lit Bitch says:

    This cover makes me so excited for summer and long walks on the beach I have had it on my radar for quite some time and when it was picked as the MarchFirst Reads selection, I knew it was going to be a big new release.I haven t read anything by this author before but she has written three other well received books and I was excited to give this one a try.Besides all the hype and the beautiful eye catching cover, this book boasted a sassy heroine and I was most excited to read about her, This cover makes me so excited for summer and long walks on the beach I have had it on my radar for quite some time and when it was picked as the MarchFirst Reads selection, I knew it was going to be a big new release.I haven t read anything by this author before but she has written three other well received books and I was excited to give this one a try.Besides all the hype and the beautiful eye catching cover, this book boasted a sassy heroine and I was most excited to read about her, but beyond that I didn t really know too much about what this book was about.I am not going to lie ,when I read the summary and saw that this book was set during the 1950s summer, at a lakeside resort similar to the Catskills, my mind instantly went to Dirty Dancing Echos of no one puts baby in a corner echoed in my mind, even before I started reading this one I love that movie and I can appreciate a lost time when families went on resort vacations together and made memories So even before I cracked this one open, I already felt a connection and joy at what waited inside.Right away I connected to the main character Betty I loved how the story is told between an older Betty and a younger Betty Betty s granddaughter Hannah plays an important role in Betty s life and I loved watching Betty tell her story to her granddaughter who happens to be very much like her I thought their relationship was heartwarming and made me miss my grandma This is an excellent coming of age story I was hooked and completely invested in Betty s story I could totally relate to her restlessness and her hope of finding a summer love when she goes to work at the resort Often when there is a duel timeline story, one is usually stronger than the other but in this book, I felt the two were very balanced and I enjoyed both the modern and historical parts in equal measure.Even if some of the story felt familiar to me, as if it were something I had read or heard before, I didn t feel like it was a cookie cutter story at all I thought Betty was a fantastic character with lots of spunk and sass and even if her story had familiar themes, I found her character to be a stand out and she made my reading experience unique and enjoyable.This is an excellent summer read and I am looking forward to readingby this author in the future It was a perfect novel to escape with and it left me feeling satisfied with the story and ending and excited forbooks from this author which to me is the trademark of a successful read See my full review here

  6. Renee Rosen Renee Rosen says:

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  7. Susan Peterson Susan Peterson says:

    You should own all pieces of your life, good or bad They make up who you are Those words are spoken by Hannah, as her grandmother Betty Boop reveals long held secrets, memories of her first love, and the dreams she had as a young girl The Last Bathing Beauty is a heartfelt novel written with compassion and hope, reconciling the past to pave a road to happiness and second chances The characters in this book bring life and heart to this story, each with a distinct voice and personality the You should own all pieces of your life, good or bad They make up who you are Those words are spoken by Hannah, as her grandmother Betty Boop reveals long held secrets, memories of her first love, and the dreams she had as a young girl The Last Bathing Beauty is a heartfelt novel written with compassion and hope, reconciling the past to pave a road to happiness and second chances The characters in this book bring life and heart to this story, each with a distinct voice and personality they made me love them, they made me sad, they made me angry, they made me laugh, they made me cry, and they made me believe in the promise of love and home

  8. Sonja Yoerg Sonja Yoerg says:

    The Last Bathing Beauty is a pitch perfect summer read, starring Betty Boop Stern, a plucky heroine with a tackle box full of secrets and enough regret for a lifetime Using dual timelines, Nathan expertly unravels the events that derailed Betty s sparkling future in 1951 and continue to haunt her even as an eighty four year old woman Full of characters that shine and told with compassion and humor, this is women s fiction at its best.

  9. Tammy Tammy says:

    The Last Bathing Beauty is the story of Betty Boop Stern Betty is a young Jewish woman living with her grandparents at their Catskills resort Betty falls for handsome Abe and they plan a life together over a few weeks in the summer Things don t go as planned though and events happen to change the course of Betty s life forever This was the perfect quarantine escape

  10. Krista Krista says:

    Rating 4 starsThis is a great read for our almost summer reading season I d classify this a Women s Fiction with a beachy feel The story is told in dual timelines of the 1951 version of Betty Boop Stern, and her 2017 version We watch Boop navigate both time periods and understand how choices made by her family members, and herself helped to shape her future This is a story about family connections I enjoying learning about the Midwest Catskills lake side resort in Michigan It s where Rating 4 starsThis is a great read for our almost summer reading season I d classify this a Women s Fiction with a beachy feel The story is told in dual timelines of the 1951 version of Betty Boop Stern, and her 2017 version We watch Boop navigate both time periods and understand how choices made by her family members, and herself helped to shape her future This is a story about family connections I enjoying learning about the Midwest Catskills lake side resort in Michigan It s where Betty grew up with her Jewish grandparents after having been abandoned by her parents I also appreciated how choices made that fateful summer when Boop was just eighteen, affected the rest of her life It also helped give her the wisdom as to how to answer a grand daughter s plea for help during her own crisis.I enjoyed so many things about this book including the gorgeous cover This was such a lovely and relatable read about family, love, connections, and following your heart Thank You to NetGalley the publisher, Lake Union Publishing and the author, Amy Sue Nathan, for providing a free e ARC copy of this book in exchange for an honest review

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