The Last Bathing Beauty
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 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 B...more
Boop 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. ...more
― Amy Sue Nathan, The Last Bathing Beauty
Review 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 ...more
Very well written, the story kept me interested throughout, even though it seemed basi ...more
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 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 ...more
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, ...more
This 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 ...more
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 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 de ...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!
This was a great story overall. I loved the South Haven scenery and mood. It made me think of when my family and I went to a resort in Wisconsin every summer. I liked the bits of Jewish information, such as keeping Kosher, observing Shabbat, etc. The nineteen fifties came to life through this story and I w ...more
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, forgiveness ...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 afte ...more
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