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Florence Adler Swims Forever

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Over the course of one summer that begins with a shocking tragedy, three generations of the Adler family grapple with heartbreak, romance, and the weight of family secrets in this stunning debut novel that’s perfect for fans of Manhattan Beach and The Dollhouse.

Atlantic City, 1934. Every summer, Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to “
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: July 7th 2020 by Simon & Schuster
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    Lynn
    Nov 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    What a well-constructed, immensely readable page turner this DEBUT NOVEL is! It's not a spoiler to tell you that Florence Adler, an accomplished swimmer who is training to swim the English Channel, drowns in the first few pages of this remarkable novel. What would be a spoiler would be to tell you how her death affects her family, when her mother, Edith, determines to keep the death a secret from Florence's sister Fannie, who is in the final weeks of a difficult pregnancy. Fannie is in the ...more
    Karen Kay
    I received this from Netgalley.com for a review.

    Based on the author's true family story, this family saga "explores how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones."

    Started out strong but lost some steam in the middle of the story with a nearly predictable feel-good ending.

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    IJ
    Dec 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing an e-ARC for an honest review.
    What a great Debut book, certainly can't wait to read more books by Rachel Reanland!. Can't wait for the Audiobook to come out, I will certainly be listening to it.. to see what I missed while reading it.

    I'm a big fan of Historical Fiction. and this certainly gives me everything that makes it pretty great.
    Death, Birth, Lies, Love, it all takes place in a time when the world is in such a turmoil, that
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    Rachel
    Nov 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Florence Adler Swims Forever by Rachel Beanland is quite honestly one of the best books I have read this year. It is absolutely stunning. This historical fiction novel is the first novel to be written by this author, and if this is any indication of her talent, there will be many more gems to come.

    This is such a unique and fascinating plot that focusses on the Adler family during the summer of 1934 in Atlantic City. It is in 3 parts, each part covering a summer month, and each chapter
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    Ruthie Peevey
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Such a beautifully written book and such a wonderful story. I flew through this book and then missed it when I was finished. The story stayed with me for days after and I can’t wait to see what she writes next.
    Amy
    Dec 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Full review to come soon.
    Jessica
    Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Such an interesting snapshot of Atlantic City's past and of the plight of Jews here and in Europe on the cusp of Hitler's rise. This was a really nuanced portrait of a family, I loved the shifting perspectives.
    Eve Shade
    Nov 21, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    I loved every minute of reading this beautifully written book. The characters are lovable and complex, the emotions are real, and the story is just incredible. Couldn’t put it down. Highly recommend!
    Ronny
    Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    Shelves: read-2019, lector
    One of the best debuts I have ever read! A remarkable delicate kaleidoscope of characters, unbelievably profound and captivating, I couldn't put it down nor could stop thinking about it months later.
    Jeanne
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Florence Adler is a strong swimmer training to swim the English Channel. While on a training swim in the Atlantic Ocean Florence drowns. At the same time her sister, Fannie, is pregnant and in the hospital on bed rest. Esther, their mother, makes the decision that she will not tell Fannie her sister is dead afraid that the news will bring on premature labor. Florence obviously is not a prominent character in the book. Most of the focus is on Fannie, her daughter, Gussie, and Anna, a young woman ...more
    Tara
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    This is a story about "Beanland’s family saga ... of just how far we will go to in order to protect our loved ones." The novel just didn't deliver on the "breathtaking" or the "uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure—and even thrive—after tragedy."

    The book started out great. From the shocking event that marks the book, we learn more about Florence and her family and Atlantic City. More characters unfold and we see how each in their own lives has taken actions to protect their
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    Natalie
    Dec 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
    This is a charming and thoughtful novel about a family caught up in lies and filled with good intentions. The novel takes place in Atlantic City, a very different place in the 1930’s. It centers on the Adler family as they face several crises during one awful summer.

    The sad catalyst is the death of their daughter Florence, a champion swimmer, who drowns while she is training to cross the English Channel. There are more complications as the family hides this awful truth from their other
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    Jeanne
    Jan 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
    Florence Adler is a strong swimmer training to swim the English Channel. While on a training swim in the Atlantic Ocean Florence drowns. At the same time her sister, Fannie, is pregnant and in the hospital on bed rest. Esther, their mother, makes the decision that she will not tell Fannie her sister is dead afraid that the news will bring on premature labor. Florence obviously is not a prominent character in the book. Most of the focus is on Fannie, her daughter, Gussie, and Anna, a young woman ...more
    Gregandemy
    Nov 26, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
    Shelves: netgalley
    Thank you to the publisher and author for providing me with a digital ARC of this title via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

    I finished this book a couple days ago and have been debating over what to rate it. On one hand, it was well written and I found the individual stories to be interesting. I quite liked that three of the main characters were based on the author's ancestors. There really was a Florence who was a strong, talented swimmer yet surprisingly drowned at 19. Florence
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    Jessica
    Nov 18, 2019 rated it liked it
    Thank you Simon & Schuster and NetGalley for providing an e-ARC for an honest review.
    Florence Adler Swims Forever is a portrayal of how grief unsettles the delicate foundation of a family. At the core of the story is a mother’s misguided attempt to protect those she loves. Freshly reeling from the shocking death of her youngest daughter, the family matriarch, Esther, devises an elaborate deception to insulate her oldest daughter from perceived harm. She engages multiple people in her
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    Tessa Karrington
    Nov 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Thanks to Simon & Schuster and Netgalley for the ARC of this book! Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed reading Florence Adler Swims Forever. In the beginning I was caught off guard that Florence dies so fast (it happens in the first few pages so I feel fine in sharing this in my review). There’s no anticipation or nerve that I had while reading it because it came and went in a couple pages. With that said, the further I got into the book, the more I wished I had gotten to know Florence better.

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    Eileen Kennedy
    Jan 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    Florence Adler is a champion swimmer headed for an English Channel challenge. Her prospects seem excellent until one day during a routine practice swim she stops breathing, leaving Gussie, her seven year old niece, and Anna, a young German refugee, waiting on the shore. Her sudden death must be kept hidden from her sister, Fannie, on bed rest in a local hospital during a high-risk pregnancy. Fannie has already suffered from the loss of her baby son and the inattentiveness of a husband who feels ...more
    Susan
    Dec 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
    I really enjoyed this book and even more so when I discovered the main character was based on the author's relative. You don't get to know Florence so terribly well though she's the main character. Fannie, and especially Gussie are more thoroughly depicted. The back story of Anna is interesting and just another secret that confronts this family. Stuart is an honorable guy and seems to try and do right by everyone, except his father for part of the novel. One can understand why Esther felt it was ...more
    Susan Wille
    Dec 05, 2019 rated it liked it
    I enjoyed this book. A bit of a historical novel. I am very familiar with Atlantic City and all that it was at that time in history. My family lives fairly close by so we would vacation there. In many ways it is a sad story, and terrible I said the beginning of the book. The characters were very believable. It is about a Jewish family , and the traditions gave good insight into a traditionally Jewish family. Thank you for my advance copy I would surely recommend this book to friends and family.
    Rachel
    Jan 04, 2020 rated it liked it
    I am very appreciative to NetGalley and Simon & Schuster for allowing me to receive an ARC of this novel to review it for my honest opinion. This story is told from the perspective of a handful of characters and I liked that change of view. However, sometimes some of the chapters dragged on and I skimmed them. At the end you find out the story is based on a true story, I wish that was something I had read in a preface, it would of kept me more engaged I think as I read.
    Joann
    Jan 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
    I absolutely loved this book! It is a debut novel, and so so enjoyable and easy to get immersed in. I was absorbed quickly and loved the characters, story development, and setting. I can't wait to read what Rachel Beanland does next!
    Highly recommend for fans of historical fiction, family stories, drama, and just well done literary work.
    Thank you for the ARC!
    Jennie
    Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was ok
    Based on the first third, I really thought I'd love this book. However, it quickly devolved into a long-winded bunch of stories, all of which were boring and just went nowhere. I think Ms. Beanland has talent and promise, but needs to write complete characters and a cohesive, interesting storyline.
    Monica Lee
    Dec 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
    Really enjoyed this book. Learned alot of historical info about Atlantic City, as a New Jersey resident, that was very welcome. Thought the storyline moved along nicely, and the descriptive prose was well done. Very nice read, I'll definitely look for this author again.
    Karma♥Bites ^.~
    **ARC provided by Simon & Schuster via NetGalley**
    (expected release: 07 Jul 2020)
    Kate  TerHaar
    Dec 29, 2019 rated it liked it
    Shelves: read-2019
    This is a story of love and loss and the lies that bind a family together. Good premise but I lost interest in the middle of the story.
    Rachel
    Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
    Totally biased;-)
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