The Lido

Pub Date:   |   Archive Date: 10 Jul 2018

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Beautifully written, poignant and uplifting, I loved everything about The Lido. As much a novel about London as a universal story, the power of community, memory, and local history is woven throughout this story of love, friendship, and finding your place in the world.
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The Lido is simply a lovely book.  It is a story of friendship between the generations and the joys of community.  Kate is a twenty-six year old reporter who suffers from a panic disorder.  She is assigned the story of the lido, an outdoor pool, that is threatened with foreclosure.  In covering this story, Kate moves ahead in her own life.  Kate works with eighty-something year old Rosemary on the lido campaign.  The story of the lido links with Rosemary's childhood and marriage.  Widow Rosemary recalls the love of her George throughout the novel in touching and moving ways.  Surprise of this book...author Libby Page is only in her 20s and this is her first novel.  Bravo Ms. Page!  You have written a sweet, touching and life-affirming story.
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The Lido is a beautiful story that I would recommend to everyone.
It brings together two different women from two different generations for one cause. 
While Rosemary, an 87-year-old woman reminisces on her times with her husband George and how much they had to share with the lido, she takes the help of Kate, a shy young woman working for a local newspaper to save the lido.
The story progresses with how Kate shells out from her reserved nature and develops her confidence, creating space for herself. While Kate lends hand to Rosemary to save the lido, we see that Rosemary is the actual saviour who helps Kate to learn the art of living.
This book stresses on the calmness swimming can bring in one's life, in the background of the plot. It focusses on standing up for the right cause and not giving up no matter what. It also brings out themes of relationship development with caring and sharing. It also helps us see the harsh truths that hit us at old age.
While we have read tons of books on self-discovery and relationship quotients, this book definitely stood out from my list.
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A joy to read about friendships and perseverance. The focus was on the 2 main characters and they became alive in my mind. Very readable
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A charming feel good book about friendship and community pulling together over an issue which affects them all.  Touchingly written with characters one can easily identify with where friendship can be found between diverse people in big cities where loneliness often prevails but united in a common cause giving a city area a village feel.  Kate is a young, lonely, journalist lacking in confidence, who is finding it difficult living in London but, after her editor gives her a story about closure of the local lido, she gets to know her neighbours and in particular Rosemary an elderly widow.  The tale is easy to read and sensitively written and moves between the modern day and the past in fairly short chapters which makes it an ideal read for when time is short or fragmented.  It deals with anxiety issues as well as kindness and friendship in a fight against seemingly insurmountable local government and big corporate companies who try and change everyday people's lives for their own gain being insensitive to the local population.  It makes a refreshing change to read about an ordinary shy girl who blossoms and has tentatively found love and friendship, and an charming old lady who is still mourning the love of her life but still needs people around.
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A feel good book about an eighty plus year old  and a twenty plus woman finding friendship and helping each other. The story is about changes in life and how sometimes change  can be positive or negative. Often with change it is good to have at least one constant to keep you grounded and in this case it was the community swimming pool. A place people went to reconnect and forgot about everyday problems. The book is about finding love and even in death keeping love alive. It is about a community coming together and supporting each other .Thanks netgalley,
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The blending of two lonely souls, one young and the other older, was a delight to read.  Kate, a reporter for a local newspaper has an assignment to write about the selling of the Lido, the swimming pool that is about to close and set to become a luxurious high-rise.  Rosemary, the 86 year old women has sent a petition around in hopes of saving the pool, the one she has been going to throughout her life.  Set in a neighborhood in London, the author writes so vividly you can almost see yourself there.  This debut novel was such a perfect read, thoroughly enjoyable.  Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to enjoy this novel in exchange for an honest review.
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This is a perfect Sunday afternoon read. Whilst it’s not entirely gripping and I wouldn’t class it as a page turner it is a beautiful story of kindness, friendship and community. It leaves you with much to think about afterwards . I’m a firm believer that if you can be one thing, be kind. It’s a heartwarming story which would translate well onscreen also- hopefully one day it will grace the tv. Will be buying a copy of this on release for my elderly neighbour who has lost her husband as she will love it- characters easy to relate to. Worth a read with a cup of tea or two...
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