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The Lido
The Lido | Libby Page
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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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 2mo
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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 💕💕💕 3mo
Klou Ooh! I didn't know about this! Thanks for the tag!!! 💕💕💕 I'll do my first one soon! 3mo
JennyM A peaceful looking cover ❤️ 3mo
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Sarah83
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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 💓💓💓 3mo
scripturient Good to hear you loved it. I picked it up at the bookshop on Friday. 😊 3mo
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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! 3mo
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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! 3mo
Sarah83 @TrishB the nights before it was too hot within the flat under the roof and last night I had stomach aches. 🙄 3mo
TrishB Hope your day improves ❤️ 3mo
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... 3mo
Sarah83 @LiljaPleasant since Monday I have problems with insomnia, so I really need some sleep now 😴😴😴 3mo
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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. :) 3mo
JazzFeathers Coordinated mug and booksleave 😍 3mo
julesG @Moony Bei Sarah um 5, bei mir gegen 8. Jetzt zieht es weiter. Regen!!!! Hallelujah, endlich mal durchatmen. 3mo
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julesG Sarah, remember, you hit your head on the desk when trying to pick up your pen off the floor. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock Inzwischen ist der Regen bei uns angekommmen. 3mo
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 – ??‍♀️. 3mo
Buechersuechtling @JazzFeathers 😍 Yeah, that was my first thought, too. 3mo
julesG @PickwickPlockPlock Ja, so in die Richtung zog es. 3mo
julesG @Buechersuechtling weiterhin warm und trocken? Im Supermarkt gibt's Stollen und Spekulatius. Wird Zeit, dass sich das Wetter der Konsumgesellschaft anpasst. 3mo
PickwickPlockPlock @Buechersuechtling @julesG Ich sitze hier in Niedersachsen, bis hierhin hat es der Regen noch geschafft 🌧 3mo
Sarah83 @JazzFeathers I love doing it, if it is possible. 😍 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG well, I already did it yesterday 🤣🤣🤣 3mo
Sarah83 @Moony @Buechersuechtling ich leide mit euch... @julesG @PickwickPlockPlock bin einfach dankbar für die Luft, wünschte ich könnte jetzt zuhause sein und lüften.... 3mo
julesG Gah, hier ist es jetzt schwül. 88% Luftfeuchtigkeit bei 22°C. 3mo
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. 3mo
MelissaSue81 I loved that book. It touched my heart. 3mo
Sarah83 @julesG hier geht es. ✊ 3mo
Sarah83 @MelissaSue81 I really enjoy it. 😍 3mo
April2 I haven‘t read the tagged book but I love your mug and Kindle cover 😍 3mo
Sarah83 @April2 Thank you 😍 3mo
BooknerdsLife Awww what acute mug! 😍😍 I‘ve won a copy of the book but it‘s still sitting in my TBR pile 😅🙈 3mo
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. 😍 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 oh! That‘s a surprise 😱 I was saving the book for this summer! 3mo
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife it's a great book. Really. 😍 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 Can‘t Wait to read it 🤗 3mo
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife you should definitely start it as soon as possible 💓 3mo
BooknerdsLife @Sarah83 I‘m planning to read it soon during summer ...which is in December 😄👍🏼 3mo
Sarah83 @BooknerdsLife please tell me how you liked it. 💓 3mo
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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! 5mo
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LapReader
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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. 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks No!! I‘ve got so many I‘m worried I‘ll never get to them!! 8mo
CarolynM I absolutely forget which books I have. Don't tell anyone, but I have occasionally bought the same book twice🙄🤔😳 8mo
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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. 9mo
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) 🤣 9mo
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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! 9mo
monalyisha Sounds kinda perfect! 9mo
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! 9mo
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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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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. 12mo
RaimeyGallant @BookishMarginalia Sweet. Good to know. 12mo
tpixie Tell Lynne to join us!!! She‘d fit right in!! 12mo
readordierachel Love the tote! 12mo
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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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LiteraryinLititz
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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! 13mo
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Endowarrior21
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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. 1y
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Kappadeemom
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Sweet story so far #LMPBC #Round3

MelissaSue81 I loved this book. It warmed my heart. 1y
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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! 🙃 1y
Kappadeemom I just got it! 👍 1y
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LouLouLane
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Seems appropriate for the last day of summer. I‘ve got a thing for community centers and public pools so this should be a lovely treat.

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Colleenma
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The Lido in the wild. Loving this book. #book depository #thelido #libbypage #bookworm #outsidereading

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krissylovesbooks75
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I absolutely loved this book. From the friendships to the relationships, to people coming together to try and save an important aspect of their community, it was simply wonderful. And it centers around a pool, one of my favorite places to spend my time.

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Mowen036
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This book needs to be read by you like now!! Every Kate needs a rosemary. I love how the author intertwines a story of a swimming pool and a girl with anxiety. As someone who at times has severe anxiety, I couldn‘t get enough of this book!!!

MelissaSue81 I knooooowww! Isn‘t just the loveliest little story? 1y
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Mowen036
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Onto the next one! Kate is literally my spirit animal. Anyone who deals with anxiety either silently or otherwise should read this book! I see so much of myself in her.

MelissaSue81 I ADORED this book. 1y
LiteraryinLititz One the waiting list at the library for this one. Can‘t wait! 1y
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MaggieCarr
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LIDO (noun): a public, open-air swimming pool or beach

A reprieve in the city, a destination, a vacation, a daily-occurance, a piece of history, but will it still be open for years to come for all to enjoy? Can a mismatched group of friends save the day? Chapters of current day mixed with chapters of history/back story offers, hope and a backdrop to love.

Perfect for fans of @FredrikBackman and "The Man Called Ove"

CarolynM I've looked at this one a couple of times. Might be one for my summer reading list🙂 1y
MaggieCarr My former manager recommended it to me. Here is Jamie's blog : https://thisbookishlifeblog.com/2018/07/16/the-lido-by-libby-page-a-review/ 1y
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JanJan
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@rjsthumbelina I just stopped at the post office, and this is headed your way, along with an extra surprise book! It should arrive next week by Friday. #LMPBC #round3

rjsthumbelina Excited to read it! And you didn't have to send me anything else - how sweet of you! 1y
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Booksnchill
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Sweet book set in Brixton area of London. 86 year old Rosemary has lived there all her life and loves her neighborhood, centered around the Lido (community pool). 20 something Kate has panic attacks, is a bits and pieces writer for the local paper and hasn‘t ventured out of her communal home. They meet, swim and band together with the community to save the Lido from development. Sweet light uplifting read.

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lauralovesbooks1
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Absolutely delightful and heartwarming novel about Kate, a 20 something journalist, and Rosemary, an 87 year old woman who become unlikely friends over an attempt to save the community pool from closing.

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JanJan
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Uplifting, with relatable characters, The Lido is a fun summer read.

robinb I enjoyed this too! 1y
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Booksnchill
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I am at the end of my #24in48 with a book that matches my mood- and my toes! @24in48 Had a great 2 days with books and my fellow littens! Off for dinner, wine and a nap!!!

tammysue Love that color 💙 1y
Reviewsbylola Such a fun color! 1y
Booksnchill @whatshesreadingnow @Reviewsbylola Thanks - Opi Rich girls and Po boys is the color 1y
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AmyLarge
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As refreshing as a jump in the pool, the characters in The Lido sparkle with life, love, loss and humour. The glimpses into Rosemary's past show her from independent teen to wise and wiley widow, a counterpoint to panic stricken Kate, who wants to feel worthwhile and to actually LIVE life. The two come together to fight to save the local Lido - complete with rubber ducks, wetsuits, and a fantastic sense of community. Fantastic read!

Bette It's getting such good reviews, so it's good to hear from another Litsy reader. Thanks! 1y
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Booksnchill
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Whiskey and I were up and at‘em early for our next 12 hours of #24in48 @24in48 - now switching back to our audiobook for the morning constitutional after 2 cups of strong coffee! #DogsofLitsy

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Whiskey!! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Oryx Excellent side eye, Whiskey 1y
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Booksnchill
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#24in48 @24in48 I got this from the library for the cover- great summer feel and I am a sucker for a watercolor cover!

britt_brooke I‘ve heard good things about this one! #stacked 1y
Booksnchill @britt_brooke 👍 not far in but is good so far! 1y
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robinb
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The first quarter was a slow start, but the lovely writing and engaging characters won me over. While fairly predictable, the unusual friendship that develops between a young female journalist and an 87 yo widow as they fight to stop the closure of their local lido is sweet and fresh. And this story speaks to how local landmarks help unify a community and often become a home and refuge. 4/5🏊‍♀️

Thanks #NetGalley & #SimonandSchuster for the ARC.

SledgeReader Hi! I‘ve found another neighbor! @CBee lives south of us and is interested in a meet up! 1y
CBee 👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻👋🏻 1y
robinb @CBee hi!!! Yay!!!! Nice to meet you! 😊 1y
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CBee @robinb nice to meet you too! @SledgeReader and I have been emailing! 1y
robinb @CBee if you‘d like to reach me too I‘m at robinb dot litsy at gmail dot com. 👍 1y
CBee @robinb I‘ll email you today! 1y
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JanJan
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Reading a book about a pool, by the pool for #LMPBC

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