A heartwarming story of a young reporter and her elderly friend who attempt to save their community swimming pool, The Lido.
I‘m only 27 pages in & I am hooked. This is a great phrase, “...before she caught the infection of self-consciousness...”
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! 💓💓💓
Some early morning reads... Another night with less sleep 😴😴😴🤫🤫🤫
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?
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???
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.
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.
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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!
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.
I can‘t wait for summer so I can swim at my local pool. 🏊🏻♀️
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!) ⬇️
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
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
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?
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
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!!!
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"
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.
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!
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.