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Last Summer at the Golden Hotel
Last Summer at the Golden Hotel | Elyssa Friedland
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A family reunion for the ages when two clans convene for the summer at their beloved getaway in the Catskillsperfect for fans of Dirty Dancing and The Marvelous Mrs. Maiselfrom the acclaimed author of The Floating Feldmans. In its heyday, The Golden Hotel was the crown jewel of the hotter-than-hot Catskills vacation scene. For more than sixty years, the Goldman and Weingold families best friends and business partners have presided over this glamorous resort which served as a second home for well-heeled guests and celebrities. But the Catskills are not what they used to be and neither is the relationship between the Goldmans and the Weingolds. As the facilities and management begin to fall apart, a tempting offer to sell forces the two families together again to make a heart-wrenching decision. Can they save their beloved Golden or is it too late? Long-buried secrets emerge, new dramas and financial scandal erupt, and everyone from the traditional grandparents to the millennial grandchildren wants a say in the hotels future. Business and pleasure clash in this fast-paced, hilarious, nostalgia-filled story, where the hotel owners rediscover the magic of a bygone era of nonstop fun even as they grapple with what may be their last resort.
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If you love character driven novels, you will like this one. I love books with lots of characters and perspectives, it draws me into the story and I don‘t get bored. But not for you if lots of characters in a scene is confusing or uninteresting for you.

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I really liked this book. It was the perfect summer read. I could just picture what it would have been like to spend a summer vacation at the hotel in the Catskills. I enjoyed all the characters and all the secrets that came out from their long history as hotel owners and friends and moving on with the next generations as they came together to decide whether to sell the hotel.

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Great end of summer reading. A total #blameitonLitsy read. #Booked2022 Set in an Inn, Lodge, or Hotel

JenReadsAlot I just read this one too! 3mo
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Nice summer read!

BethM The cover makes me think of Dirty Dancing! 3mo
JenReadsAlot @BethM The book feels a little like it too! 3mo
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Still catching up on reviews from last month. This one was a delight to read with the #sundaybuddyread crew. Tons of family dynamics and Catskills nostalgia. I fell in love with all the characters despite their many flaws and was rooting for them to figure out their best futures and the fate of their beloved hotel.

kspenmoll Nice review! Such a perfect summer book! 4mo
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Picked this for my book set at a hotel or inn for #booked2022 and I LOVED it. Multi generational family saga set around a holiday resort in the Catskills this was soapy but so much fun…

AlaMich I am green with envy over that pool!!! 4mo
Itchyfeetreader @AlaMich tell me about it. Mine for just 5 days but enjoying every second of it! 4mo
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4.5/5 ⭐️ Summer in the Catskills! I enjoyed the different generations coming together over their family hotel. #sundaybuddyread

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A fun summer read! The story of an iconic hotel in the Catskills and the drama between the two families that own and run it including whether or not to sell. Some style choices I didn‘t love, but didn‘t take away from the overall story or enjoyment. Read for #sundaybuddyread

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Read for the July #SundayBuddyRead this is the perfect book for any summer reading list. The author brings the Golden Hotel & summers in the “Borscht Belt” resorts of the Catskills to life. Lots of nostalgia, family dynamics & secrets & a mostly likable cast of characters as three generations the Goldman & Weinberg families try to decide whether to keep their fading hotel or sell it to a developer. A charming & engaging story that made me smile.💚

DebinHawaii Thank you to @TheBookHippie for picking it & for leading the always fun & interesting #SundayBuddyRead discussions! 🤗📚 4mo
TheBookHippie 💚💚💚 It was really lovely! I rewatched all of Mrs. Maisel as well! 4mo
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I thank you for SUNDAYS. I loved our time this month!!! 💚💚💚💚

Makes up for last month, a little 🤦🏻‍♀️😅🤐😩

AmyG Great choice. Thank you. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading Thank you Christine! I had this sitting on my shelf and this encouraged me to pick it up and read along and I‘m so glad I did! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Prairiegirl_reading @AmyG This one was a lot of fun! 4mo
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kspenmoll Another wonderful #sundaybuddyread This one was such fun to read & get immersed in!!! Thanks Christine! 4mo
mcctrish I‘m still counting my blessings that I saw your post when I had already bought the book, you made July even better ❤️❤️ 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I AM SO GLAD!!! It was so much fun having you! 4mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I absolutely loved it! 4mo
DebinHawaii A wonderful choice! 🤗 4mo
Sparklemn So much fun! 4mo
mollyrotondo Thank you!!! 4mo
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Epilogue 2031
Wow ♥️♥️♥️

The painting and the sign AWE…all the feels ♥️

I loved this ad a summer read. Did you?

What did I miss ? Anything hit you in this last section?

Librarybelle This was the perfect summer read! All the feels for the epilogue! 4mo
AmyG This brought back so many memories for me. And for that reason alone, I loved it. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks This was a wonderful summer read- I really enjoyed it! Great pick! 4mo
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Prairiegirl_reading Great summer read! Not total fluff but a quick fun read. Unexpected twists, characters to hat and to root for, and a happy ending. Obviously history to google too, which I always appreciate. Perfect for summer! 4mo
DanaManiac This was a great summer read!! 4mo
Deblovestoread This was a great summer read! 4mo
Karisa I agree with all above! Fun, quirky characters with a little substance to keep us thinking. Perfect summer read as @Librarybelle said! I liked that @AmyG had actually spent vacations there too makes the book all the better! (edited) 4mo
kspenmoll Loved the epilogue! This was a fantastic summer read! 4mo
mcctrish I LOVED it!!! 4mo
DebinHawaii The perfect summer read! I really enjoyed the humor & nostalgia. Has anyone read the author‘s 4mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I was wondering that as well… 4mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I did put her next book on our schedule next year 🙃 4mo
DebinHawaii @TheBookHippie Yay! 🎉📚🎉 4mo
peanutnine Loved this one! And the epilogue was perfect! 4mo
TheBookHippie @peanutnine I‘m so happy the epilogue was there! 4mo
vlwelser Loved it. Perfect palette cleanse after that Emily Henry nonsense. 4mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I am still salty about that unfortunate read ! 🤦🏻‍♀️ 4mo
Sargar114 This was such a fun summer read. The time lapses at the end were a bit discombobulating with the exception of the epilogue because that one was dated. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I agree, it took me a minute to orientate! 4mo
Sargar114 Oh I just remembered: Benny borrowing the money from Amos ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Sparklemn @TheBookHippie @sargar114 I was a little confused, too. 😀 4mo
Sparklemn I was sad that Amos never got to see the motel. 😥 4mo
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 yes! It turned out Amos was helping Benny so Benny is in the clear 😅 4mo
mollyrotondo Really enjoyed this one! It was a great summer feel read but with fleshed out characters and great twists and reveals. So much fun! 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo SERIOUSLY PHEWWWWW 🤦🏻‍♀️😆 last month was a hot mess… 4mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie June was a real stinker lol July was perfect. And can‘t go wrong with Simone this month! I‘ve read September‘s book before and really liked it so definitely on a better track now lol 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo Thank goodness… I seriously and am still 🤯😩😵‍💫😱about June. People love her books. Just NO. HOWEVER, I‘d still rather go in blind, we have such fun. 4mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie oh for sure. It‘s not your fault. It sounded like it had potential. I didn‘t even realize it was the same author when I saw it on the schedule so I clearly wasn‘t paying attention lol but it‘s so much fun either way. 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo that‘s what I get for seeing R & J and swooning ohhh Shakespeare 🤣🤣🤣. 4mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie I do the same thing when I see Shakespeare inspiration 😂 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This was great for summer! Funny & heartwarming with a little bit of drama. It didn't take too much brainpower. It was sweet that we found out about the money situation between Amos & Benny. Sad that Amos never got to see The Golden 2.0. The glimpse in to the not too distant future was a nice touch. Good book all around. 4mo
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Librarybelle Definitely! I think the author really made the property stand out. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I like books with a strong sense of place and this was one for sure! I would go to the Catskills if I had the chance! 4mo
AmyG The Catskills were a whole vibe. Definitely a character. I‘ve been to Grossingers! 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks Yes, I definitely think so! I felt like I was attached to the hotel and could really visualize the setting. 4mo
DanaManiac Yes! I felt like I could see and feel the past events in the Golden while we were in the present with the characters. It had such a presence! 4mo
kspenmoll Yes, It was! It had its own character, presence, & really drive the story. 4mo
mcctrish It for sure was and why it stunned me that they voted no 4mo
DebinHawaii Yes, it was definitely a character & described so well by the author! 4mo
vlwelser Maybe? It certainly took up a lot of space in the book. 4mo
mollyrotondo It definitely was a character. It had its own history and story to tell. Loved spending time with it. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I'm going with no. I don't think the facility itself lent to the action of the book, (trapping people in a room, crumbling facades, etc) but it was one hell of a setting. 4mo
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Brain decides to raise the baby as friends

Aimee & Brain are together!

Aimee moves out! Hallelujah 💯
And she‘s going to be a grandma !

How did you like this ending? Would it have been better if they were allowed or searched their feelings as teens ?

Librarybelle Aimee and Brian seem to be a good couple. It‘s a shame they couldn‘t connect as teens, but maybe they needed the time to grow and to understand their attraction towards each other. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I like that they got together in the end. Who knows what kind of drama would have come from them together in their younger years. Sometimes it‘s the wrong time with the right person. 4mo
AmyG Sometimes I just love a happy ending. (That‘s what she said) (edited) 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks I think that for whatever reasons, it might not have worked out when they were younger, but now it will. 4mo
DanaManiac I love this part too! I agree that it might not have worked out if they got together when they were younger. I‘m so glad she is free of Roger and has so much to look forward to! 4mo
kspenmoll I liked the ending- this tale deserved a happy one! 4mo
DebinHawaii I think things happened for the right reasons—like her 3 great children. It made my heart happy that they got together now. 4mo
peanutnine Timing is a big factor for a relationship and I think they had to live their own lives before they found each other again. 4mo
vlwelser I thought it was fun. Though trying to figure out how those boys are related made my head explode. 4mo
Sargar114 It seems like with Brian, he would have stayed with Angela forever regardless so it was good she broke it off 4mo
Sparklemn @AmyG 😂 (edited) 4mo
mollyrotondo Definitely think they needed to grow as people before reconnecting. Timing is weird but I think later in life has worked out better for them. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I appreciate that Angela wasn't going to stay with Brian just because they made a bay together and that he's man enough to take his part of parental duties. I am a firm believer of timing and I don't think Aimee and Brian would've worked long term if they hooked up as teens. 4mo
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The vote
Last summer at the hotel 😭

A motel?!
Phoebe and Zach just friends for business sake…

How did you like this spin?

Fun article https://nymag.com/strategist/article/best-new-boutique-hotels-catskills-nyc.html

Librarybelle I guess boutique motels are now the rage, so at least the Golden legacy was kept alive. I was sad that they did vote to sell…my sentimental side got so attached to the place! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Librarybelle me too! I wanted it to be revamped and I guess it was in a way. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I was watching Trixie Motel last weekend and then it turns out the kids open a motel! The whole idea is fun to me. I was surprised at Louise taking her two votes and voting to stay and to sell. I do understand that because one was vote was nostalgic and the other was for the kids. The hotel wasn‘t sustainable and it would have been handcuffing the younger generation to try to keep it open. 4mo
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AmyG @Prairiegirl_reading Agree. It was time to move on. You have to know when to “fold ‘em”. I just think it was wonderful how the kids reinvented things…with the help of the older generations. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @AmyG it‘s continuing the legacy, just a different way. 💙 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I was sad when they voted to sell the hotel. The story is just so compelling that I felt attached to the place. But I like that Phoebe and Zach opened the motel, and I love that even though the new generation has their own ideas, they're willing to get advice from Brian as "the older generation." I think this will really bring the families back together. 4mo
DanaManiac I‘m glad to see that they found a middle ground. I think it was time to sell but I also think that the legacy of the Golden was important to maintain. 4mo
Deblovestoread I think it was the right decision but my heart wanted it to continue. 4mo
Karisa It was sad but also realistic. Best possible outcome probably. I like that they are continuing the legacy but making it their own. 4mo
kspenmoll I really wanted them to hang on to the hotel but it would need so much $$& they did not have. I was sad but got why they decided to sell. Zac & Phoebe‘s motel Was reassuring that the legacy will continue 4mo
mcctrish I legit said “what? What was the vote?” It was certainly more manageable, a year round gig and for sure would attract more people but still I was sad 4mo
DebinHawaii Yes, a bit sad, but the best outcome for the families. It would have been too hard to rebuild & sustain the Golden. I love that they got Brian involved & that they got the sign & the picture of Benny & Amos. 💚 4mo
peanutnine I agree with everyone's sentiments - it was bittersweet to sell the hotel but I was so glad they were able to carry on the legacy with the motel and gave the next generation a direction for their lives 4mo
vlwelser This did not surprise me even a little. 4mo
Sargar114 I agree with everyone. It was the right call; definitely bittersweet 4mo
Sparklemn I love the Golden Motel. I was a little confused about where it was located. I'm assuming in NYC somewhere? 4mo
mollyrotondo I liked this. The kids need something of their own to motivate them and to grow as people and this was the perfect thing for them. Modern but still can seek help and advice from family when they need support. It‘s the best thing for everyone‘s futures. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Bittersweet, but given the size of the place and just how outdated it was, I am not surprised by the outcome. I like that the grandkids made a kitschy boutique motel to carry on the legacy - something a little more manageable. I do think the offer amount for the land was a low-ball offer. I wanted Brian to realize the worth and entertain other buyers. 4mo
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Museum with the Go Fund Me
I love it

Plus https://catskillresortmuseum.com/ fun google search results!

Librarybelle That is a fun idea, and awesome that there is one coming soon (hopefully) in real life! I‘d definitely go… 4mo
AmyG I‘d go. The Catskills were a huge prt of my childhood. Fun fact: The Concord, trying to drum up business, used to have Jewish singles weekends. A friend dragged me along a few times and boy, did I meet some strange guys. 🤣 (edited) 4mo
Deblovestoread After watching the Mrs. Maisel‘s Catskills episodes I know I would have loved vacationing there as a kid. 4mo
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Karisa @AmyG 🤣 4mo
AmyG @Kdgordon88 It was like sleep away camp for adults and families. 4mo
Karisa @Kdgordon88 I know right?! I love Mrs. Maisel. This book had me back to binge watching from the start again. The Catskills episodes were fantastic! 4mo
kspenmoll That was so funny & current‘ 4mo
mcctrish @Karisa we don‘t have Prime but ages ago I binged the entire first season of Mrs Maisel on an airplane. One of these days I hope to fly to Europe again and watch some more 🤣🤣 4mo
DebinHawaii I rewatched the Mrs. Maisel Catskills episodes too & I am still going to try to get to this one this summer… 4mo
DebinHawaii Also I feel the need for a Dirty Dancing rewatch too now. 💃🏻🕺🏻 4mo
peanutnine @DebinHawaii I've got that book checked out from my library to read next! 4mo
peanutnine Also I live near Lake Lure where they filmed the lake lift scenes from Dirty Dancing and every summer they have a Dirty Dancing festival there. We went a few years ago and it was so fun! They had a little museum display about the Catskills along with shag lessons, watermelon races, and a lake lift competition 4mo
Karisa @mcctrish Sounds like a great excuse to go to Europe! And the first part of Season 2 centers around Rose running off to Paris! Someday I‘ll make it there again 🇫🇷 4mo
Sparklemn @Kdgordon88 I would have loved it, too. We did summer weeks at lake resorts in Minnesota which were fun but in no way comparable to the size and amenities of the Catskills! Good memories, though. 4mo
mollyrotondo So glad they are using the Go Fund Me money for a museum. It‘s a major part of history that needs to be preserved somehow. I‘d definitely go! 4mo
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The next door neighbor delighted at the downfall of Aimee or anything that went on with their lives … why are people this way ?


Librarybelle I don‘t know if it is jealousy on the part of some to act like totally horrible people or just a superiority complex in general. It‘s sad when people can take pleasure in other‘s misfortune. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading Some people are just assholes. 4mo
AmyG Schadenfreude. I wonder if it‘s unhappy people who feel this way. 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks I think it's probably people who are unhappy with their own lives for whatever reason, so they have too much time to think about other people's lives. 4mo
DanaManiac Miserable people love to interfere, especially to wait for something bad to happen. It‘s so slimy! 4mo
Karisa Some people do view life as a competition… It‘s too bad but glad that Aimee is moving forward. 4mo
kspenmoll Agree with everyone. Neighbor unhappy, jealous maybe at what she sees on the surface, miserable woman, slimy as @DanaManiac said! 4mo
DebinHawaii Yep, unhappy people who want to bring others down. 😡 4mo
vlwelser So weird. Like why do you even care enough to be up in the neighbor's business. They do this where I live. I think they all got bored during Covid. 4mo
Sargar114 @CoffeeNBooks @DanaManiac @kspenmoll you said it! Misery loves company. She clearly has nothing better to do, ugh 4mo
mollyrotondo Definitely agree that misery loves company. It‘s sooo frustrating!! 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Absolutely a superiority complex. 4mo
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Aimee really was her dads biological child?! Spots 🤣🤯😅🥴


Librarybelle That was a second plot twist I did not see coming! How funny!! 4mo
AmyG Ha, I didn‘t see that coming either. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I definitely didn't see that plot twist coming! Good for Louise that she can be relieved to know that Aimee is, in fact, Benny's daughter. 4mo
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DanaManiac That was wild! I‘m so glad to know she‘s not the pickle man‘s daughter! 😂 4mo
Deblovestoread Nice twist. I was glad for Louise to not have to feel guilty. 4mo
Karisa @DanaManiac 😂😂😂 (That will never stop being funny!) 4mo
kspenmoll Pickle man!!! 😂😂 I did not guess this at all! 4mo
mcctrish Yay for plot twists 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
DebinHawaii It was a good twist! I was happy for Louise and Aimee. Although those were some expensive pickles Louise bought! 🤣🥒🤣 4mo
vlwelser That pickle man thing is still funny. 4mo
Sargar114 This was a lovey plot twist too. I‘m glad that‘s how it ended up. 4mo
mollyrotondo I mean what a question to have all these years. That‘s nice it was finally made certain for Louise but maybe it‘s more the guilt that‘s been haunting her this whole time. And that was the universe saying okay you paid your penance for all these years we will clear this up now for you. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Louise gets a mostly clean conscience and Aimee is none the wiser. Whew...I was worried Pickle Man might show up with a say about the fate of The Golden. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick pickle man was a good storyline 🤣🤣 4mo
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Roger is an asshole and an EXhusband hurrah

I wish we got more of how long he had to go to jail!

Did you like how his story ended ?


Librarybelle Roger is a class A jerk! Ugh… 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading While I loved that they got divorced I would have liked a little more detail on what happened to him. 4mo
AmyG He was horrible. But, if not for that, Aimee and Brian would never have gotten together. 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks Roger was awful. I'm glad Aimee was able to move on and seems very happy with Brian. 4mo
DanaManiac Roger got what he deserved and Aimee is free from him. Yay! 4mo
Deblovestoread Glad he is gone from Aimee‘s life and suffering the consequences from his actions. 4mo
Karisa Glad there was some justice both in and out of book. Never seems like enough though with lives destroyed/lost. Sacklers were worth $10 billion in 2020. So now they just have $4 billion? 🤦🏻‍♀️😬😢 https://www.forbes.com/profile/sackler/?sh=cb0c1635d631 4mo
kspenmoll Roger deserved what happened to him regarding prostituting himself to big pharma & destroying lives, including his family‘s- although in the end his despicable behavior freed them all. Read or listen to the 4mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll I‘m going to look that up and Dopesick. I was plenty perturbed that Roger was still dealing right up to the end by the hotel despite the family home being raided ( I read that right ?) 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish YUP. 🤯 4mo
DebinHawaii What a jerk! I feel sorry for the kids and glad Amy is free of him. 4mo
peanutnine @mcctrish that little piece of information made me so angry. Even after he was caught he kept at it - and still expected Aimee to bail him out 😡 4mo
kspenmoll @mcctrish @TheBookHippie My husband read the book; I listened to it. The audiobook had some added material in the end about how this book affected the author & his family. It is read by the author, Patrick Radden Keefe. 4mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll that makes it more intriguing 4mo
vlwelser I sort of like that the author just dumped him out of the story once she was done with him. It seemed fitting. 4mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser HA. Buhbye …. 💯 4mo
TheBookHippie @kspenmoll I can‘t imagine having it all in your mind at once … 🤯 4mo
Sargar114 @vlwelser I liked that too. I didn‘t want to spend any more brain power on him anyway 4mo
mollyrotondo So glad Aimee dumped him and I‘m hoping he sees serious jail time. I hated him so much. He just got worse and worse. I was surprised Aimee and Brian still ended up together but they were better suited for one another than Brian and Angela (name check? Lol) (edited) 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I was really hoping to hear about his punishment, but glad that Aimee is free of him once and for all! 4mo
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The HUSSY is Andrews grandmother Maddies fiancé NOW HUSBAND grandma -bungalow bunny ??- the hoite toite
Esther now Esteé HILARIOUS
ALWAYS -that‘s always the way…

I loved this storyline ! What did you think of how Maddies story wrapped up?
also they eloped?! Bravo.

Librarybelle I just hope that Andrew can stand up against his parents. It does show, now that we know about his grandmother, that there is courage to do your own thing in the family. Maddie is happy, which is a good thing! 4mo
AmyG I was happy Andrew turned out to be a good guy. And I will say, that generation was wild. They were just more discreet or they kept quiet about it. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I thought that was another funny twist to the story. I'm also glad Andrew ended up being a good guy, and I think Maddie is truly happy with how things turned out. 4mo
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DanaManiac This was definitely a funny subplot! I‘m glad they decided to do their own thing, but I also hope Andrew is vocal in regards to his family. What they did to Maddie was horrible, regardless of whether or not his grandma was the secret “hussy”. 4mo
Deblovestoread This made me happy. I‘m glad they are going to forge their own path. 4mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac I agree, it doesn't dismiss how abusive they were. HOPEFULLY they will ban together as a couple and put up a very thick boundary wall! 4mo
Karisa I liked this outcome too. I did not predict that series of events! Such a fun book! 4mo
Karisa @AmyG Yeah, you are so right! The older generations had their scandals and rebels too. Time just mellows some of them out, I guess. My grandma and mom have great stories from back in the day! They were wild(ish) 😂 4mo
AmyG @Karisa Someone told me once that my mother loved parties when she was younger. I was mortified. 🤣 4mo
Karisa @AmyG We have an annual summer “Family Weekend” (women only) with my grandma and her sisters‘ daughters/granddaughters/daughters-in-law. We hang out by the pool and oh the stories! Most of my mom‘s are about “dragging main” 😂 Grandma‘s are about growing up after the dust bowl. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa @AmyG my parents went to key parties.........I just CANNOT.....my grandma was a dance hall girl for her side job and made money to put her little brother 19 years younger threw private school because he was so slight public school didn't work........DANCE HALL GIRL. OY VEY. Otherwise she was at *Drumroll* the fancy department store counter ! She didn't get married until she was almost 30. SCANDAL. 4mo
kspenmoll I loved this sudden subplot & how Andrew & Maddie took courage from it to please themselves! 4mo
mcctrish @AmyG I was happy too! I was certain he‘d bail. I laughed out loud at his grandma‘s reveal 🤣🤣 4mo
DebinHawaii I thought it was great. It gives Maddie some much needed “leverage” in dealing with them. Hopefully, as others have said, Andrew will stay strong & Maddie will be happy. 4mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie Key parties! 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG Well my mother IS A shiksa 🤣🤣…. OY. 4mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG also I cannot look at fishbowls without remembering 🤐 4mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie I know of many Jews who had key parties. You didn‘t have to be a shiksa. 🤣 4mo
peanutnine @DebinHawaii I agree! She can't talk bad about the Catskills now that they know she was a part of them. I'm glad Andrew turned out to be a good guy. I just hope Maddie will be her own person with him 4mo
TheBookHippie @AmyG 🤣🤣🤣 well … there were lots of Jewish men there so 🤣🤣🙃😅 4mo
vlwelser I thought this was great. Andrew pulled through for sure. 4mo
Karisa @TheBookHippie We should have known you come from a long line of wild, free spirited women! Wowza! 4mo
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Sargar114 I loved that little spin. It was such a funny closure. Seemed like Andrew figured he was being a bit of a tool and is working to make it right, so giving him some kudos. 4mo
Sparklemn @Kdgordon88 That's how I felt, too. Glad he came to find her at the Golden and that all turned out well.. 4mo
mollyrotondo I was very surprised he just showed up at the hotel on his own. I give him credit for trying to fix it. I still worry about the two of them rushing into marriage since they both seem to need to do a little growing and learning but they have potential lol yeah I‘m not surprised his grandma was a “wild” young woman because only a family trying to over compensate for their own scandals puts others down like that 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I love that you used this lady to represent Estee. LOL I'm glad Andrew seems to be able to think for himself a little bit and came to see Maddie. I don't know if they'll have a happily ever after, but they seem happy now. I'll take it. ( I also just realized I got sidetracked & didn't actually join in yet!) 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick RIGHT? She is bungalo bunny Estee! 4mo
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I had so much fun reading along with the group for the #sundaybuddyread. Loved the families and the setting in the Catskills. I had a little trouble remembering which grandparents, parents and children belonged to which family. Still a definite pick!

Prairiegirl_reading The family tree at the front of the book was definitely helpful! 4mo
Sparklemn @Prairiegirl_reading That's one of the things I dislike about e-readers. I always forget to go back and look at the family trees and maps and other illustrations that are often included! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Sparklemn ereaders are convenient in lots of ways but that definitely isn‘t one of them! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @Sparklemn yeah e-readers are convenient in lots of ways but that definitely isn‘t one of them. 4mo
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“Mothers and daughters. Was there any other relationship so achingly complex?”

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This was such a fun read and had all the nostalgia vibes! Can't wait to discuss this on Sunday! #SundayBuddyRead

Teresereading I am about to hit the hotel pool with a 📚 4mo
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slategreyskies I‘m excited!! :) 4mo
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Thank you for sending this to me Debra! Now I can finish reading the last section for Sunday's discussion! 😁 @kdgordon #LitsyLove #SundayBuddyRead

Deblovestoread So glad it got there earlier than anticipated! 4mo
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It was KILLING me to stop reading at all the #sundaybuddyread predetermined sections and now that I‘m finished it, I‘m so sad!!! What a perfect summer read! I loved everything about it, the history of the Borscht Belt, the multigenerational story, the twists and turns and the ending. I picked this book up because it had summer in the title and discovered a few days later @TheBookHippie was doing a buddy read with it ❤️❤️ July has been wonderful

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Prairiegirl_reading I finished on Sunday as soon as the last discussion was done! I did wait but it was hard! 4mo
Karisa 💯% agreed! 4mo
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mcctrish @Prairiegirl_reading I was trying to save it for as long as I could 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
mcctrish @Karisa ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie thank you for a great month of reading and reviewing 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading @mcctrish finishing it on Sunday was my reward for waiting until Sunday! 🤣🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish I absolutely loved it!! 4mo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ loved every minute of this book! It was fun and scandalous and heartwarming and a great book to read in the summer. Thank you to #sundaybuddyread for great discussions this month!

slategreyskies I‘ve really enjoyed this month‘s discussions too! It‘s made a fun book even more fun! :) 4mo
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Books are on their way.

#LMPBC Group B to @Saknicole Due to arrive 8/6 @Catsandbooks @HufflepuffGirl90

Group M to @MaleficentBookDragon Due to arrive 8/2. @julieclair @Avanders @suvata

Tagged book to @CoffeeNBooks Due to arrive 7/29.

CoffeeNBooks Thank you so much! 4mo
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Book #43 done for 2022. If you loved Dirty Dancing you will love this book. It was a fun summer read!

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Prairiegirl_reading Great summer read! 4mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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It's about 101°F/38°C out there but luckily it's a dry heat here in NJ. I ran my errands & did some cleaning. My guy is at his parents' house for a while. Hopefully I can finish three chapters, answer the #sundaybuddyread questions, and read some more!

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What a perfect book to read during the summer! It makes me want to watch Dirty Dancing on repeat and has a beautiful nostalgic feel to it of the bygone era of family resort vacations in the Catskills. Told in multiple viewpoints, this novel is the ups and downs of operating the last remaining resort in the Catskills and all of its complications. It‘s hilarious in parts with a sweet ending. Perfect choice for #SundayBuddyRead !

Itchyfeetreader Have been looking for a book set in a hotel / inn for booked 2022 and this is a 99p kindle special. Result!! (edited) 4mo
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What a gem of a summer read! Joining in discussion today then I have to finish this! #sundaybuddyread #booksandcoffee #porchlife

Amiable Early in the day is the only way to get any reading outside right now! This stretch of heat and humidity has been brutal. 😖 There‘s a reason why I don‘t live in the south! 4mo
TheBookHippie I cannot wait to finish!! 4mo
kspenmoll @Amiable So true! I am walking at 6:00 a.m. then reading until the heat sends me indoors. My husband is from Tampa & never wanted to move back!!! 4mo
kspenmoll @TheBookHippie I just finished…💕 4mo
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We get to finish it now !!!!!

Any predictions ??

As always thanks for Sundays and discussions.

Perfect July book for me, how about you?

Librarybelle Perfect July book, indeed! I hope they save the Golden…I‘m loving a lot of the ideas the younger generation has. 4mo
kspenmoll I loved it for a July read! 4mo
AmyG I am hoping, too, that the Golden gets reinvented. This book has brought me alot of memories. I wish I had some pictures from my childhood at all these hotels. My step-father had all our photos in slides….who the hell knows what happened to them? 4mo
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CoffeeNBooks I have to read the last section right now before it's due back later today and my library download automatically disappears. 😂 I am so ready to find out how this story ends, though! I hope it ends on a good note! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I was enjoying the first two sections but I was behind for discussion but this section!? Not what I was expecting! I‘m trying not to have expectations because I have been so pleasantly surprised so far. I do want the hotel to stay open though. And definitely for Roger to get what he deserves! I can‘t wait to find out what happens! 4mo
mcctrish I posted my predictions on the last slide 🤣🤣 and now that the end is near I don‘t want to immediately finish it and have this spectacular story end. This was a great summer buddy read, I‘m so glad I jumped on this bandwagon. I‘ve bought the next 2 already and I got a gift card for my birthday to buy the rest to finish out 2022 🎉🎉#mysundaysarebooked 4mo
Sargar114 @CoffeeNBooks that happened to me this week! I had to run to my other library to go pick up a physical copy 😂 (I actually think I‘m enjoying it more in physical copy more) 4mo
Sargar114 Only predictions I have is that if they sell this would make a wonderful little movie but if they keep it and build it up would love to see it as a tv show (oh the directions it could go!!!). Really enjoying this fun little ride 4mo
Sparklemn It‘s a perfect summer read. Great pick!! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks @Sargar114 I didn't finish before it disappeared from my phone. And my library doesn't have any physical copies available, either. 😭 I got on the waitlist again and hopefully I'll get it soon! 😂 4mo
Deblovestoread @CoffeeNBooks I have finished my copy and will send it to you tomorrow! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sparklemn after last months debacle I‘m so glad this is this much fun! Well, we have fun anyway but this IS a good read! 4mo
DebinHawaii I made my predictions or musings on what I hoped happens on the last post. But to recap I am hopping besides the Go Fund Me there is additional money to get the renovations done & the Golden continues on. And that Roger has a lovely time in prison! 😆 Loving this book for July-I may have to finish early. @TheBookHippie Hope you are ok after the gluten & you feel better! 💜 4mo
julieclair They have to keep the hotel!!! Bring back the Borscht Belt! I agree that this was a perfect July read. Can‘t wait to finish it! 4mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii finally upright without cramping. I had lucky charms dry as a snack before bed -apparently there are massive reports of people getting sick after eating them according to the inter webs 🤯😡. I won‘t eat them again they are supposed to be GF. 🤦🏻‍♀️🙄 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish HA!!! ♥️♥️♥️ I‘m so glad you joined in. We have a lot of fun. Even when the book is bad like last month🤣. We‘ve had some great times on Sundays these past 5 years! So happy to have you and your input! (edited) 4mo
julieclair @AmyG My childhood is all on slides too. I have a gizmo that will convert them to digital… one at a time. A rather overwhelming project. 🤪 Do you ever go back to the Catskills now as an adult? 4mo
mcctrish @Sargar114 oh I‘d love either of those predictions to come true 🙏🏻🙏🏻 4mo
mcctrish I‘m glad you are feeling better Christine 4mo
AmyG @julieclair My sister was in charge of the slides. She got a bunch digitalized but I am not aure if ahe even has them all. And I live in CO now. The last time I went was to the Concord in 1986….and it was really run down. We had a leak ON our bed which woke me in the middle of the night (drip drip). It was really very sad. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks @Kdgordon88 Thank you so much!! That's so sweet of you! 4mo
julieclair @AmyG That is really sad about the Concord. We had a similar experience when we spent a horrible night on the Delta Queen paddlewheeler about 10 years ago. Such an old beauty, but it was in no condition to be used as a hotel. 4mo
Catsandbooks I am behind but will try to catch up for the end! 4mo
peanutnine Loving this read so much, and reading everyone's thoughts and reactions. It makes it even more enjoyable! 4mo
TheBookHippie @peanutnine I so agree!!! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Catsandbooks 🎉🎉🎉 it‘s such a fun read! 4mo
mollyrotondo Love this one! It moves so swiftly and I just want to keep following these characters. Excellent read and great for summer vibes! I definitely want the Golden to stay open and for everyone to work as a family unit again. And Roger needs to go to prison and Aimee needs to figure out what she wants to do with her future without Roger. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This one had been fun, entertaining drama... perfect for summer. I hope the hotel is saved and the different generations come together to run it. (Not everyone needs to be there full-time) I also hope Roger gets diarrhea in his car, because three hots and a cot sounds too good for him. 4mo
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I‘m sure I missed something
What made you gasp???

Librarybelle I‘m not sure about gasping, but Louise and the pickle man was the biggest surprise. Roger showing up made me groan. The casino and its descriptions made me laugh. I hope Peter can pull his family together and show them how much he cares. 4mo
kspenmoll So much going on! I really enjoyed getting to know Louise, & her relationship with Amiee. Of course the pickle man story. 4mo
AmyG Yes, quite a few surprises. Every family has their secrets. I am guessing that the possible sale of this hotel brings this family back together…except for Roger. He needs to GO. I am hoping they choose to reinvent the Golden. 4mo
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vlwelser Louise and the pickle man was my fav. But also Michael and the hairdresser and how Aimee reacted to the whole thing. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks There was so much in this section! I think this section, more than in the previous sections, really showed the true character of all of the characters. Aimee and Zach are still my favorites, but I have a better appreciation for some of the others. But Roger is just a horrible man. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading Louise and the pickle man, Benny‘s questionable actions, the baby, Michael and the hairdresser! Loved it all! I really laughed when Louise got pooped on at goat yoga! Like of course it was Louise!! 🤣🤣 4mo
mcctrish Honestly this book is becoming “How Aimee gets her groove on “ for me. She‘s going to let Roger rot and the Golden will live on, she will work there and so will Zach. Peter can provide counsel. Phoebe doesn‘t get to stay cuz she‘s mean 4mo
Sargar114 I like it @mcctrish! I was really thinking they were going to sell but the gofundme really throws a wrench in that! This has been such a fun read! 4mo
Sparklemn @Librarybelle I confess that casino slots are my guilty pleasure. 🤫The casino descriptions were spot on! 4mo
Sparklemn @mcctrish Cuz she‘s mean. Love your reasoning!! 😆 👍 (edited) 4mo
DebinHawaii Nothing made me gasp but I liked the fast & furious twists that are making this book interesting & entertaining. I am most intrigued about the Go Fund Me & what Amos knows about Benny‘s betrayal & keeping🤞🏼that somehow that it is going to end up good with getting them enough money between the two to renovate & keep the Golden. (And that vile Roger goes to jail!) 🤣 4mo
DebinHawaii And @mcctrish 🤣🤣🤣(Phoebe) 4mo
julieclair Louise and the pickle man made me gasp in a “you‘ve got to be kidding” kind of way, and Benny stealing from Amos made me gasp in a “oh no this is so sad and I don‘t want to believe it” kind of way. 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish Phoebe 💯 4mo
mollyrotondo Definitely was shocked by the pickle man story lol but I just love seeing how other people want to keep the hotel going and not just members of the family. The community element is really nice and surprising too because Friedland just gives us little tastes of it. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick The Pickle Vendor giving Louise the ol' pickle tickle, Michael getting a blow out, ther pregnancy... so much happened here. My cousin's baby shower next month will likely pale in comparison to this family drama. I did like the line in Ch 16 - Whether Brian "liked" her or "like-liked" her was irrelevant. No matter how old you get, you still want to be like-liked. ❤ 4mo
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Well a pregnancy for BRIAN …🤯

Go Fund Me - WOWIE 🤯

Phew this section WAS A LOT 🤯

Where is the baby story going ?
What conversation will they have ?
I can‘t see either of them wanting to be together?

Librarybelle I wonder who started the GoFund Me! The pregnancy storyline is a little surprising to me, but with all of the little secrets coming out, it shouldn‘t really be surprising. This last section should be a ride for sure! 4mo
kspenmoll Not sure what will happen with the pregnancy-0these two seem to only have the hotel in common…Go Fund Me campaign seemed to give people a chance to share memories & give back to the hotel. 4mo
AmyG I, too, was surprised by the baby storyline. I still wonder if Brian and Amiee get together. I just don‘t see him with the girlfriend who has given him a way out, telling him he doesn‘t have to marry her. Maybe they just co-parent. 4mo
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vlwelser Why do these books get so good in the third section and then it's basically over because I'm about to go devour the last section? That might be a me problem. 4mo
vlwelser And the baby thing is weird. No idea what the author has planned there. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks The baby storyline feels like one too many plot twists, but maybe it will all make sense in the last section. I really want to know who started the Go Fund Me- what great stories people are sharing! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading So much happens in this section! It was really difficult to stop at chapter 24! 4mo
mcctrish I love the Go Fund Me storyline!! Fanny etc reaction is priceless, they‘d rather go down in flames 🤦🏻‍♀️ the pregnancy seemed like a mother mail in Aimee‘s coffin to me BUT she can‘t go from Roger to Brian. My head was spinning with all the twists 4mo
Sargar114 After the pregnancy announcement I can‘t imagine a future for Aimee and Brian. Ultimately that‘s probably for the best though, they seem to each need to find their own way. Also, have we ruled out Phoebe or Zach doing the gofundme? Phoebe is the influencer with internet saavy. Zach with his secret business saavy? 4mo
Sparklemn @CoffeeNBooks I agree about the baby being one too many plot twists. It seems unnecessary. 4mo
DebinHawaii I think it was the author‘s way of not making Aimee & Brian an immediate couple. I like them both but Amy needs to kick Roger to the curb & stand on her own for a while. I do wonder about who started the fundraiser. Is it someone in the family group? This next section will be interesting. I usually make myself wait until the Saturday before the discussion to read but I might have to make an exception! 😱 4mo
julieclair The whole baby thing seems so out of left field. I have a feeling that something will happen there… like maybe the baby isn‘t Brian‘s, or worse, she will have a miscarriage. And Aimee will comfort Brian in his grief, paving the way for them to end up together. 4mo
TheBookHippie @DebinHawaii I wait as well so I can discuss with all the late posters but …. It‘s going to be so hard to wait!!! 4mo
DanaManiac The baby plot twist was surprising. I feel like I could see it going either way- him staying with the girlfriend that he doesn‘t love or him taking a risk for Aimee, hoping that her own messy situation will give her an open mind. 4mo
mollyrotondo I‘m more interested in the 5Bs and the GoFundMe. It could be a group of people who started the campaign or it could be Scott (is he that unaware just because he‘s at school?). I love the IG thread showing all the people who still love the hotel and don‘t want to see it torn down. It‘s really lovely when people come together to support something that brings joy. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick With the pregnancy announcement, I doubt Aimee & Brian pair up, though I still want to see it. (Maybe a Next Summer epilogue hints at something.) I couldn't figure out who might've started the GoFundMe... maybe Maddie's bf? Maybe the Pickle Vendor?! 🤣🤣 Gotta keep his potential daughter's legacy alive. 4mo
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Phoebe drops two bombs
“This is just fun”
And oh hey your dads a drug lord (Roger)

What do you think of Phoebe?

Librarybelle Phoebe is a shrewd businesswoman. I guess she picked up a lot of her know how from Peter! 4mo
kspenmoll Phoebe is smart, savvy, creative- I think she was naming the real villain in the family. 4mo
AmyG She seems to be the new generation businesswoman in the family. I wonder if she winds up involved in the, perhaps, running of the new hotel??? If it‘s not sold? 4mo
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vlwelser She seems to be the spokeswoman for the generation Brian was talking about. The young people that don't care about offending people. I was a little surprised she dropped that bomb at dinner. Maybe I'm in the older group 😂 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I felt so bad for Zach when she said that, especially since it was in front of everyone. @AmyG I'm wondering if she'll be involved in running the hotel, too. 4mo
mcctrish I‘m not a phoebe fan right now 4mo
Sparklemn I don‘t know how I feel about Phoebe yet. I go back and forth between admiring her directness and spirit and cringing at her thinking she knows everything about everything. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
Sargar114 When Zach confided in her I was super worried something like this would happen. She is coming off as pretty terrible as well. 4mo
julieclair I agree with @Librarybelle and @kspenmoll that Phoebe is a shrewd, creative businesswoman. But her ego needs to be taken down a notch or two and she needs to develop some tact. Hopefully those are things that will come with maturity. (edited) 4mo
DebinHawaii I was liking her until the dinner. I have no issue with her calling out vile Roger but hurting Zach (& Maddie) especially to do it there was not kind. Also the “we‘re just having fun comment” while maybe understandable given the meddling family was also unkind. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sparklemn I‘m chalking it up to youth but I agree… 4mo
DanaManiac Phoebe has a lot of growing up to do. She‘s not wrong, but the delivery was horrible and you learn as you get older that delivery really matters. 4mo
mollyrotondo I am not a fan of phoebe even though I think she‘s what the hotel needs in order to revitalize the hotel and draw more business. But she has no tact and she needs to learn to not walk all over people who are close to you because then you‘ll have no one on your side. Zach should be an ally and not a plaything. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Phoebe isn't my favorite, but I like her. She's knowledgeable with modern marketing/ social media and seems to care about the hotel. It would be great if the different generations commit to working together. I, too, like to poke the bear and might share the bad news about Roger at dinner, but I do feel bad for Zach. However, if we're rooting for Aimee/Brian pairing, a Phoebe/ Zach one might be a bit weird, too. 4mo
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Peter and

Librarybelle Peter seemed to be a bit clueless how his workaholic tendencies destroyed, or nearly destroyed his loved ones. I think we learn a bit more of why Greta is the way she is, and I feel bad. I hope Peter‘s realizations will make him change his ways, and that he will show Greta how much he cares. 4mo
kspenmoll Peter‘s work obsession at the expense of knowing his kids & spending no time with Greta unless work function allows us to see Greta in a different light. 4mo
AmyG I feel bad for Greta. I am hoping, now that Peter seems to realize what his workaholism did to his family, he is able to “make up” for lost time. He seems on that path. 4mo
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vlwelser I'm starting to like this pair. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks This helps make more sense about how Greta is. It's too bad the Goldmans call her "Greeda." I don't think they would if they knew her story. I feel bad for Peter that it took until his kids were all grown up to realize that he missed out. It's good that he's at least trying to make up for lost time now. 4mo
mcctrish Once Peter showed up I felt he was immediately likeable. He gets how is tunnel vision for work has had consequences. I gasped out loud when Fanny called Greta Greeda, I thought it was mean, to me it was obvious why Greta was doing all the things she did 4mo
Sparklemn @mcctrish I found him and Greta more likable, too, than I expected. It was nice! 4mo
Sargar114 Agreed @mcctrish And I‘ll add that in comparison to the last question, notice how Peter defended his wife when insulted. 4mo
Sargar114 At first I was annoyed at getting yet another perspective but ended up really enjoying Peter. Nobody‘s perfect and he‘s discovering his shortcomings and trying to do better. It seems in character for what he know about his teen years. Who knows if it will stick once he leaves but is making for a likeable character. I‘m randomly hoping he offers Zach a job with his firm. 4mo
DebinHawaii I liked that Peter is trying & likable & hope that the changes he is making in himself stick. I loved his scene with Michael & also with defending Greta too. It does seem like Greta has gotten somewhat of a bad rap in the family. 4mo
julieclair I think Peter has had a revelation, and will work hard to curb his workaholic behavior. But I feel so sorry for him, for all he has missed, and even more sorry for his family, for not having him present in their lives for all those years, and feeling like his work was more important than they were. 4mo
DanaManiac I find Peter to be very likable because he had the right intentions and was able to pivot once he realized it wasn‘t working for his family, even though it was quite late in the game when he did. 4mo
mollyrotondo @Sargar114 exactly! This sealed the deal for me on liking Peter 4mo
mollyrotondo I am so glad Peter came to the hotel. He seemed like a cold jerk but I really like Peter and Greta as a couple. They lost their way after children and work took over each of them and now they can give themselves a second chance. Peter seems like a good guy. 4mo
mollyrotondo Also another comparison: Peter v. Roger. Peter was absent because he was working for his family. And yes he could have done better but he‘s realizing now that his family needs him and not just the money he brings home to them. Whereas Roger does everything for himself. Selling drugs was so he could live a lavish lifestyle. He‘s dishonest through and through and continues to make excuses for himself and act like he deserves pity for his behavior 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo Ughhhh Roger. Complete narcissist … I hope jail is where he ends up! 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick It was nice to hear from Peter since this section made him human and not a workaholic caricature. He stuck up for his wife, had a nice heart to heart with his son, and hopefully starts to change his ways. He's earned and likely has decent investments. Maybe he'll be more involved with his family and the Golden. 🤞 I like to hope that these twin sons will come together. 4mo
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Maddies boyfriends family…
Were you surprised to see her boyfriend show up?

Also hey that‘s my grandma ?! 🤯

Librarybelle Andrew‘s family seems to be the stereotypical rich white family - no surprises from me about their attitude towards Maddie and her background. 4mo
kspenmoll I agree with @Librarybelle Another book I am reading also addresses the hierarchical structure/ per money status in Jewish communities 4mo
AmyG @kspenmoll Yep….the hierarchial structure/money….I know it well. In my case it had to do with a generation that emigrated from Europe, where they were or felt more entitled than in the US. (edited) 4mo
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vlwelser This was just mean. I'm glad she walked away. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I felt so bad for Maddie- how horrible to have your family spoken about like that, right in front of you. And the fact that Andrew said nothing in her defense is awful. 4mo
mcctrish I am glad she walked away sooner than later 4mo
Sparklemn @coffeenbooks If he had defended her, I might have said give him a chance. But when he didn‘t? Kick him to the curb, Maddie. (edited) 4mo
Sargar114 I‘m so glad Maddie left. If he can‘t defend the woman he allegedly loved to his mother then he clearly doesn‘t love her 4mo
julieclair To speak about her family like that… just goes to show that money can‘t buy class! 4mo
DebinHawaii His family is a stereotype for sure & it sucks he didn‘t defend her but it sounds like he is under their thumb. I‘m glad she left. (But it sounds from the question like he is showing up at the Golden which doesn‘t surprise me!) 😉 4mo
slategreyskies I was surprised he could recognize his grandma. I don‘t think I would‘ve been able to recognize mine in a pic from when she was young. 4mo
DanaManiac @Sparklemn yeah I wonder what happens next for them because I wouldn‘t have put up with that nonsense. 4mo
mollyrotondo What catty women! I‘m glad Maddie left since she didn‘t seem like an independent enough character. I‘m glad she didn‘t just cling to Andrew after that whole rude mess. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick To quote the great Stephanie Tanner, "How rude!" Overhearing comments would be one thing, but talking shit to her face, whether or not he spoke up for Maddie, I'm glad she left. You don't have to love your in-laws, but jizzy crizzy, have some damn respect for them and their family, until they do something truly heinous. His mom sounds like a right little bougie bitch and I hope Maddie holds out for better in-laws. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Did you stumble on this photo or did you have it and purposely picked it? Go grandma! Get down, get down! 🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick my great research which I thoroughly enjoy. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick these in-laws make mine look tame … 4mo
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Roger …vile man
He has to text worried about the price of the hotel?!
Then he shows up?‘
And doesn‘t care she cheated
Just money
Plus blaming her for his actions?!
Plus telling family secrets?
What an awful person
Did he ever love Aimee?
Why did he send for the other son?

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Librarybelle Roger is a creep! I think a lot of my suspicions were confirmed with his character by the random show up. We ended on a perfect cliffhanger with this week‘s reading! 4mo
kspenmoll Roger is a vile man. Enough said! 4mo
AmyG She needs to divorce him. He shouldn‘t get a penny from her. 4mo
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vlwelser Roger is the worst. He needs to go away. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Roger is awful. I can't believe he showed up at the Golden. What a jerk! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I thought it was bad enough for him to put pressure on Zach to sell but then to show up!!! And to be so unbothered about Aimee and Brian! Ugh I wanted to slap him! 4mo
mcctrish For Roger‘s sake I want the hotel to survive and thrive ( I mean for Aimee and Brian etc.. too) but I want him to just rot. I know Aimee has to come into her own on her but his dismissal of her and Brian just cements he doesn‘t care at all 4mo
Sparklemn Blaming his awful behavior on Amy being so “perfect” and not feeling accepted by her family and friends was despicable!! (edited) 4mo
Sargar114 @TheBookHippie thank you for mentioning the not caring about her cheating and the victim blaming here. Now THAT was a throw the book moment. He is a terrible human being!!! (edited) 4mo
julieclair Roger is concerned only with one thing: money. He overlooks everything I his pursuit of it. First becoming a vile pill pusher to support a lavish lifestyle, and now not caring about Aimee‘s hookup with Brian because he is so focused on selling the hotel so Aimee‘s money can keep him out of jail. He totally deserves jail time, and Aimee deserves to be free of him. 4mo
DebinHawaii He is a very bad person. I think brining the other son (I just forgot his name) is to have someone who has been disconnected from the family & all the nostalgia that he thinks will be a vote for selling. 4mo
Deblovestoread Roger is evil and a complete *ss. To expect Aimee to turn over her share to save him, unbelievable. I hope he rots in jail. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I threw the book…. Ugh. 4mo
slategreyskies I can‘t stand Roger. Ugh!! 4mo
Karisa I keep thinking Roger is going to get away with his drug dealing. Didn‘t the manufacturers themselves just pay fines (a fraction of the profits they made)? Thanks for sharing the article, at least some had consequences for the part they played. 😢 4mo
DanaManiac I couldn‘t believe his response to Amy‘s confession. He‘s so single-minded and focused only on saving himself from the mess he‘s responsible for creating. 4mo
TheBookHippie @Karisa He'd better got to JAIL!!! ugh.....I hope he loses everything! 4mo
mollyrotondo This guy is the true villain of the story. There is nothing redeemable. He only cares about himself. To blame Aimee and her family for being so “perfect” that your only option was being a drug pusher, an opioid dealer? Uhh crying me a river. He wanted that lavish lifestyle and didn‘t care who he hurt to get it. And then to be more worried about Brian‘s vote than his marriage? Uhhh he definitely called Scott so he could get a “sell the hotel” vote 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Roger is an asshole. The character isn't meant to be redeemed. If he balked at Aimee's admission of sleeping with Brian, he'd prove he at least loved her. He loves himself and by inviting his other son, that just tells me he thinks he can get his support toward selling the Golden and is only thinking about helping himself. What a douche canoe. (Sorry to my guy, named Roger, who insists it's a name for unsavory characters.) 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I cannot with Roger 🙄🤢😡 4mo
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So the hairdressers chair incident ….

Well. Now they know.

Thoughts ?!

Librarybelle Another hilarious way for the pieces to fall into place! Everyone‘s reaction to the scene does fit with their characters - it does seem a little surprising that Amos and Fanny were completely in shock, but I guess they had their own version of Michael in their minds that fit with their expectations. 4mo
kspenmoll This scene like so many shows us the characters in funny/unexpected situations. I live Michael‘s character- so authentic. 4mo
AmyG While this seemed a little over the top, you knew they were going to find out. 4mo
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vlwelser I loved this. Michael clearly wasn't very discreet with his "secret" This book is fun. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Poor Michael, although the hairdressers probably wasn't the best place to go to be discreet! 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I thought this was hilarious! 4mo
mcctrish I kept thinking but what about Aimee‘s hair 🤣🤣 4mo
Sparklemn @vlwelser It is fun! I loved that scene. 4mo
Sargar114 This was such a wonderfully done reveal in that I could picture it happening. I did love that most of the family were more shocked by the incident vs the fact he was gay. The best part of this book is despite the shenanigans you can really feel the love and closeness of the group. 4mo
julieclair This scene was a hoot! And the family conversation afterwards seemed pretty realistic, with the older generation shocked and struggling, the middle generation surprised but accepting/supportive, and the younger generation already aware and not thinking anything of it. It mirrors the progress we have made in society over the years, although we still have far to go. 4mo
DebinHawaii It was a bit over the top but fun/funny.🤣Everyones‘ reactions seemed in character & as @julieclair said, generationally appropriate. 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish her poor hair!! 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I loved it!!!! Laughed right out loud picturing my family in that situation 🤣🤣🤣🎉🙄 4mo
slategreyskies Does anyone else find it hilarious that he was wearing nothing but a cape? I laughed so hard at that! 4mo
Karisa @mcctrish 😂 Me too! It was like, but her hair… 4mo
DanaManiac @slategreyskies yes absolutely! The scene was described so perfectly that I could picture it all going down! 😂 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @slategreyskies I snorted in laughter at the cape! Aimee didn't try hard enough to protect Michael, though. What a scene and mental image. 🤣🤣🤣 Would it be wrong to make a joke about Diego giving Michael a blow out? 4mo
TheBookHippie @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. 4mo
mollyrotondo This scene was another classic moment in the book. I can‘t believe Fanny passed out 😂 and I agree that Aimee didn‘t do enough to steer them away lol but it‘s good for Michael that it‘s out in the open and it‘s good for his parents and grandparents to stop brushing it off and just embrace Michael wholeheartedly 4mo
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Aimee‘s dad Benny was stealing OR?!?!?!

Librarybelle This was a bit shocking. I think we need to know a bit more about this. 4mo
kspenmoll It feels like such a betrayal- I too was shocked when the book took this turn. @Librarybelle 4mo
AmyG I think this will be revealed in the last section. @Librarybelle is right….we need to know more about this. (edited) 4mo
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vlwelser It seems like something else is happening. And the buyer wants to bring the price down. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I don't want to believe it's true- there's got to be more to the story. But then we read about all the expensive things Benny paid for, and it makes you wonder. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading What a shock! That chapter was so short and what a jaw dropper! 4mo
mcctrish So many information bombs dropping. Every chapter has big moment, I wonder if Amos knows 4mo
Sparklemn @mcctrish I suspect he did. And his nostalgia is for a time not just when Benny was alive but before he knew that Benny cheating him. I hope I‘m wrong! 4mo
julieclair This was shocking and sad. I want to believe it‘s not true. On the other hand, it seems like many of the characters have secrets that are being revealed. Maybe Amos and Fanny will have secrets revealed too? 4mo
Sargar114 @CoffeeNBooks @julieclair I feel the same way. This was a drop the book moment for sure (not throw @TheBookHippie 😂)…I‘m pretty sure I gasped out loud when I read it. 4mo
DebinHawaii I am hoping that somehow either Amos was aware because Benny eventually told him and/or somehow Benny did some kind of investing or had hidden life insurance or something to “put the money back” that will lead to the families having enough to save the hotel somehow. I guess I am hoping that it ends up being a positive somehow but that probably isn‘t realistic. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 4mo
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 it made me sad definitely drop the book. 4mo
julieclair @debinhawaii Your “put the money back” idea gives me hope that all will turn out okay! 4mo
slategreyskies This shocked me! He doesn‘t seem the type! They were like brothers! 4mo
Karisa @vlwelser @CoffeeNBooks I‘m not totally buying yet either. Brian needs better evidence and the source is super suspicious 4mo
DanaManiac Ugh I hope there‘s more to this that will be a reasonable explanation. So much betrayal! 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am hoping there's more to it...a safety net of sorts or that Amos was at least aware. So many things happening in the section, and only one section to go! 😯 4mo
mollyrotondo Everyone is giving me hope that the information Howard gave Brian wasn‘t the whole story and there will be some reveal showing Benny put the money back into the hotel. I thought for sure Benny was the bad guy but the group is giving me hope that that story will be cleared up. Uhh Benny! 4mo
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OMG Aimee came from the pickle man ….

Discuss below …🤯🤯🤯🤯

vlwelser I told you all Louise probably had something extra to tell us. But pickles? Seriously? I officially love this author. 4mo
vlwelser It's too early for this. I'm going to catch up with you later.... 4mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser I got “glutenized” so figured better post in case my cramping gets worse… trying to figure out what had gluten or traces of it that I ate…but that‘s what I feel like BLECH … 🤢🥴 4mo
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TheBookHippie @vlwelser yes I love the author and the pickle story!!! 4mo
Librarybelle That was hilarious! I loved that twist, and it seems so appropriate in a way for “what happens at the Golden stays at the Golden.” 4mo
kspenmoll This story was unexpected & hilarious. This book is such fun! 4mo
AmyG This reminded me of the movie…A Walk On the Moon. Diane Lane goes to the Catskills in the ‘60‘s and has an affair with Viggo Mortensen, the shirt guys. He comes to visit different areas to sell shirts. She has an affair with him. 4mo
vlwelser @TheBookHippie I hope you feel better. I have the same problem with egg. Return to office has been an adventure. 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I didn't see this twist coming at all! There is so much more to Louise's story than I would have imagined at the beginning of the book. 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t see that coming at all either. I feel so sorry for Louise, I can‘t imagine having that many miscarriages. No wonder she is the way she is with Aimee. 4mo
mcctrish @AmyG I need to find this movie. I must have seen it cuz I love Diane Lane. 4mo
Sparklemn The pickle guy storyline humanized Louise for me. Before that, she felt like a caricature of a well-to-do mother who tells her daughter to wear lipstick every time she leaves the house. 😀 4mo
julieclair This is the last thing I would have suspected from always-so-put-together Louise! 4mo
Sargar114 For me this didn‘t seem surprising (especially given all the secrets we know so far!)…she had given allusions to something to this nature. It actually seems in character to me, knowing her having a successful pregnancy one way - let‘s take control and figure out a way to make it work 4mo
DebinHawaii I thought this was a good twist & addition to the secrets that just keep piling up & it definitely gave more depth to Louise. I‘m liking her much more than I did before. 4mo
Deblovestoread I wasn‘t expecting this twist. Louise always presents a perfect face so you wouldn‘t know what secrets might be lurking. 4mo
TheBookHippie @vlwelser well 8 hours after severe cramps and 12 after it started I think it‘s passed. Ugh… oh man egg. I live on eggs pretty much . 4mo
AmyG @mcctrish it‘s a “hot” movie. Viggo is super handsome. 🤣 4mo
AmyG @TheBookHippie I hope the worst is over and you are feeling better.😘 4mo
slategreyskies @Sparklemn I felt the same way about Louise. It made her seem relatable to me. Not that I did anything with a pickle man, but you know what I mean. 🤣 4mo
vlwelser Glad you're feeling better. The egg thing is bad. They're everywhere. 4mo
Karisa Oh my! Every character has something in this book! I love it! Pickle Man—too perfectly ridiculous (oh my, just heard the pun there as I typed it🤦🏻‍♀️! (There really should be a pickle emoji. Wasn‘t there once a pickle emoji?? 🤣 On a separate note: Hope you are feeling better, @thebookhippie 💗) 4mo
DanaManiac I didn‘t see this one coming, though I also don‘t find it totally surprising. The posh buttoned up characters always have scandalous secrets 🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie @DanaManiac I so agree!!!!! 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I am not surprised but oh how I laughed. Pickle Man jokes abound over here. But, there's a chance it could still be Benny's kid. @AmyG I haven't watched that movie in ages but it is so damn good. I think I have the DVD around here somewhere. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick @Karisa I had Jon Lovitz's character from A League of Their Own in my head. "Oh I'm gonna go home, shower & shave, give my wife a little pickle tickle, and then I'll be on my way". ??? 4mo
Karisa @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick 🤣🤣🤣 I love that movie! 4mo
mollyrotondo This was the biggest secret reveal in the book so far for me. I was honestly shocked that she would sleep with another man, a vendor on property no less, in order to get pregnant. This is why communication in a relationship is so important. If only Benny and Louise talked about the possibility of it being Benny who needed some medical assistance to help them get pregnant maybe Aimee‘s biological father wouldn‘t be a mystery to Louise. 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo I was WONDERING if it was his ego but back then the possibility of it being the man wasn‘t even thought of. Scientifically it‘s only been the last years that most doctors will even entertain it …patriarchy 🙄🤦🏻‍♀️. 4mo
TheBookHippie @mollyrotondo but yes communication !!!!!! 4mo
mollyrotondo @TheBookHippie Patriarchy 🙄 for sure. But yes doctors would never think of it either which is also frustrating. But even so communication can go a long way. People were never open about sex and the female and male body functions. I‘m glad I wasn‘t raised to be embarrassed or ashamed about my body and feel more comfortable talking about all the flukey things that go on with it with my boyfriend and even my family. Communication!!! 😆 4mo
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Chapters 15-24 read for Sunday and I‘m not sure I‘m going to make it!!!! #sundaybuddyread So Much Happens 🤯👏🏻🎉😬

Prairiegirl_reading I finally got caught up from and then the very next chapter was like 😱 I don‘t know I‘ll be able to wait until Sunday to keep going! 4mo
mcctrish @Prairiegirl_reading I just need to talk about what has HAPPENED !!! This is such a great book talk book ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
Prairiegirl_reading I totally agree! It‘s not the book I thought it would be! I can‘t believe I‘m saying this but I can‘t wait for Sunday! 🤣 4mo
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mcctrish @Prairiegirl_reading me either!! I‘m wishing it was #thursdaybuddyreadat7:35 (edited) 4mo
kspenmoll I feel the same way- I had a hard time not continuing & finishing the book. Looking forward to discussion! 4mo
mcctrish @kspenmoll I‘m going to have to hide it from myself 🤣🤣 4mo
TheBookHippie SERIOUSLY!!! 🤐🤐🤐🤐😅 4mo
mcctrish @TheBookHippie I have so many feelings about all the things happening 🙈🙉🙊 4mo
TheBookHippie @Prairiegirl_reading 🤣🤣🤣🤣😆🤐🤐 4mo
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slategreyskies On one of my trips to NYC, we stopped at this cool pickle shop where they had big barrels of pickles in all different flavors. It‘s been years, but I still remember the spicy pickle that my dad and my brothers all tried, choking and gagging and turning bright red. They wanted me to try it too, but I learned from watching their reactions and turned them down. One of the funniest memories of that trip! Yay for pickles!! 🤣 4mo
Leftcoastzen I‘m a big fan of the half sour! 4mo
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I know we‘re reading this for the #SundayBuddyRead, but I couldn‘t stop at chapter 24. I had to know what happened. No spoilers in this post, just an overall happiness with how the book was written. I liked most of the characters and really enjoyed the alternating viewpoints. This was a fun read!

My first book for #JubilantJuly. I‘m behind on my goals for the #readathon, but that‘s okay. At least I‘m having fun. ✨

Prairiegirl_reading I was running behind and now I‘m at chapter 24 and don‘t want to stop! 4mo
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 4mo
slategreyskies @Prairiegirl_reading I was the same way!! This book is so good!! 4mo
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“The worst part of adulthood wasn‘t a creaky back or financial worries. It was facing problems for which there was no good answer, only the lesser of two evils.”

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What‘s coming up! I‘ll post next months schedule this week. Thanks for Sundays that are book fun and zen!

Soon I‘ll post 2023 schedule as well 👀

AmyG Thank YOU and OOOOOOO 2023 books! (edited) 4mo
mcctrish I‘m in for all the books 4mo
TheBookHippie @mcctrish 🎉🎉🎉🥳 4mo
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Karisa 😊👏👏👏💗 4mo
julieclair Such great-looking reads ahead! 4mo
vlwelser I'm only skipping October. So I love Simone, but REALLY looking forward to Free Food for Millionaires. 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I just picked up December's read last night at the book launch party so I am in for August, November, and December. I have a few chunksters I've already put off too long so I'll likely pass on September. If I can get October, I may join you though it doesn't sound quite up my alley. 4mo
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He got up without giving porn a passing thought👀


Some of the lines make me laugh right out loud!

Anything strike you this week?
It‘s a lot happening all at once.
Are you enjoying it?

It‘s a good summer read for me.

Anyone you‘re favorite so far?

Personally I hope Aimee abandons Roger ASAP!

AmyG I really think Aimee and Brian become a couple. Do they run the “new” Golden Hotel? I am enjoying reading about the food. I temember going to these hotels and the waiters would bring out dish after dish. All the Jewish food faves but SO much waste. 4mo
mcctrish I want Roger to go down!!!! And I am sad about Aimee‘s hair disaster ( that is just another blow for her and makes me mad but I guess will show her resilience) Brian is a bit 😳 I‘m rooting for Zach 4mo
DanaManiac Still no favorites, but definitely hoping Roger is fully exposed and that #Bramy (Brian & Amy 🤣) becomes a thing! 4mo
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TheBookHippie @DanaManiac #BRAMY !!! ♥️♥️♥️🎉🎉🍷🍷 4mo
DanaManiac @TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣 I couldn‘t help it- some part of me is stuck in the early 2000s lol (edited) 4mo
slategreyskies I‘m really enjoying this so far, and after the #Bramy incident, I want to keep reading to find out what happens! 4mo
Librarybelle Really liking this so far!! 4mo
Karisa I‘m enjoying it too. Hoping for the full happy ending on this one—with the hotel back to glory and romance. Although Aimee/Brian and Zach/Phoebe both becoming couples could be awkward with the family connections 😅 4mo
kspenmoll Really enjoying this. 4mo
DebinHawaii Enjoying it, the perfect summer read! Not sure where Brian & Amy will go yet but Aimee is probably my favorite, followed by Zach. And yes, let the Roger dumping commence! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks Why isn't it next Sunday already?! I just read the entire section for next week's discussion because I couldn't put it down! And now it's sooo hard not to keep reading!! The ending of chapter 24 is 😳! 4mo
mollyrotondo 😂 the porn line made me question Brian. But I am very much enjoying this read. I can‘t say I have a favorite character but I just really like the dynamics between all characters and learning about the four OG owners‘ pasts. Can‘t wait to find out what happens with jerko Roger and the future of the hotel. 4mo
vlwelser I'm also pro ditching Roger. That porn line was funny. I really like this so far. 4mo
julieclair I‘m loving this book so far! I think the author is doing a great job of accurately portraying the differing POVs of each generation. Aimee is my favorite character. And my favorite scene has to be Louise and the Goat Poop! 😂 4mo
Sargar114 I‘m really enjoying this as well. I like the balance of perspectives between the different families and generations. I‘m worried that the fire “incident” is foreshadowing for a bigger issue to come with the mention of secondhand extinguishers that were purchased. But we‘ll see. Either way I‘m along for the ride! 4mo
Sparklemn I'm really enjoying this book. Zach is my favorite. I always root for the one who is underestimated. And I hope he and Phoebe develop a great working relationship but I'd prefer for Aimee and Brian to have the romantic relationship. The list of improvements made me feel a little out of touch but I'm always on board for a coffee shop. 😋 4mo
peanutnine @Karisa I thought the same thing! Both couples getting together feels a little icky 😶😅 4mo
peanutnine @Sargar114 definitely curious as to this fire incident - seems like it might be a big plot device for later 4mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick I don't think I have a favorite but I like that Zach seems a bit more thoughtful than the others present him to be. This has a little bit of everything and is easily readable - great for summer! Being in the hotel industry, I probably think a little harder about the technicalities. LOL I chuckled at the reporter's account for the Three A's that sunk the Catskills: AC, Air Travel more affordable, and Assimilation. So now they need one A: Adapt 4mo
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