The Last Bathing Beauty
A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her pastfor herself and the sake of her familys futurein a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances.
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...more
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The 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 areas Jewish families. Betty Claire Stern is the granddaughter of the owners of Sterns 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 ...more
this story touches directly to the heart filled with the true love between Grand-daughters and their Grandmothers, family secrets and lost love and chances and above all else memories.
Parts made me laugh and swoon, others cry and hope for the best.
Loved every page. Amy Nathan has a knack for developing relatable characters you love from the first to the last page!
thanks to Amy and to the publisher for an early read!
I loved everything about "The Last Bathing Beauty" by Amy Sue Nathan. Amy Sue Nathan is a wonderful storyteller, and the writing in this book vividly describes the characters, the events, and the landscape. This is an amazing book that puts so many things into perspective. The themes throughout this novel are the importance of friendship, family, second chances, acceptance, ...more
The Last Bathing Beauty is an absorbing, heartwarming tale that takes us to the shores of South Haven, Michigan during 1951 when Jewish summer camps in the Catskills of the Midwest were the place to be, girls were excited for more than just marriage, and Betty Stern and her family would never be the same.
The writing is vivid and expressive. The characters are authentic, vivacious, and sympathetic. And the plot, using a past/present, back-and-forth style is a ...more
I love Jewish fiction and books set in the 1950s.
What a wonderful plot. Set in Michigan in 1951 at a Jewish resort Betty (aka Boop in her later years) her grandparents owned. Her parents weren't like her parents and just "abandoned" her to her grandparents while they traveled as actors. She had her friends Georgia and Doris to keep her company when they all worked there during their senior year in high school. Betty wanted to be a fashion editor in New York ...more
This was a great book-I particularly enjoyed the chapters that went back in time, to when Boop was known as Betty and was an 18 year old enjoying the summer between high school & college. It was the summer she could do anything she set her mind to, including finding love at her familys South Haven vacation resort and winning the Miss South Haven beauty pageant. The author was somehow able to write ...more
This is a story of how life for her "happened" and now at eighty, she must divulge her mistakes so her granddaughter will not make these same errors.
It begins in 1951 alternating with the present day.
"Was it possible that the best-- or something close to it-- was yet to come for Boop as well?"
If ever you believe in second chances, this novel will validate that belief!
I loved the characters in this book. Boop is one ...more
Great characters and a good plot.
Thanks to NetGalley and publisher for a copy of book. All opinions are my own
She meets someone and it suddenly all changes. I enjoyed the story and the characters. I felt kinda sad for her and what might have been. Thanks to Netgalley and the author for the early copy
I was so excited to read this book because I LOVE South Haven, MI. It is a small slice of heaven tucked into the Midwest, and I am fortunate to have spent much time there over the years. But it seemed in reading this book that the author selected the location, and then tried to write a story to fit the setting. The story fell far short of the location, and felt forced and contrived,
The book takes place partly during the summer of 1951 ...more
The Last Bathing Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan
1951, back when life was simpler. But was it really? Or did we hide, ignore, sweep under the rug anything not fitting our story book ideals?
It's summer 1951 and Betty 'Boop' Stern has had a dream childhood living with her grandparents at their South Haven MI lakeside resort. Well almost. Now a senior in high school and looking forward to attending Barnard College in NYC in the fall, Betty is determined to find summer ...more
For Mature teen - adults (younger readers probably wouldn't appreciate it.)
Sex, but described without lurid detail
Little or No memorable harsh language
Emotionally satisfying, particularly towards the end.
Only 4 stars given because I had a hard time getting involved in the story for the first 1/2 of the book.
Plot no spoilers:
The chapters are titled "Boop" or"Betty." Betty chapters take place in the summer of 1951 as she looks forward to ...more
That said, I enjoyed the book and even tho I knew early on what was going to happen I cared about enough about Betty/Boop, the main character, to keep on reading.
You should own all pieces of your life, good or bad, Hannah said. They make up who you are.
This was my pick for Amazon First Reads this March and Im so happy I chose it. It brings a lot of feels from The Notebook but this has a completely different storyline. Told in two parts (the 1950s and present) the story is about Betty Stern, a granddaughter of a Jewish resort owner full of dreams and aspirations. It wasnt hard to fall in love with her character along with ...more
Amy Sue Nathan is a new author for me, she is a Tall Poppy Writer (check out the website for some awesome writers here) and I'm thrilled to be one of their reviewers.
Summer isnt here yet but this would be a perfect beach read. It took me to the Catskills of the Midwest (didnt even know they had one) in 1951. Betty planned it to be her last summer of fun before starting at Barnards in the fall. Her future is all planned out.
Current day Betty is...well, older but wiser? Forced to ...more
Betty Stern is looking forward to her summer in South Haven. It is her last summer at her grandparents resort before she heads off to Barnard, she has a good chance at being crowned Miss South Haven, and shes hoping for a summer romance to make her more worldly. ...more
Friendship is the glue that binds several generations of women despite their secrets. Dreams and ambitions are tempered with passion and and social expectations, yet it ...more
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