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Today on the blog I have a review of The Last Bathing Suit Beauty by Amy Sue Nathan!!!


About the Book: 

Publication Date: 4/1/2020

A former beauty queen faces the secrets of her past—for herself and the sake of her family’s future—in a heartfelt novel about fate, choices, and second chances.

Everything seemed possible in the summer of 1951. Back then Betty Stern was an eighteen-year-old knockout working at her grandparents’ lakeside resort. The “Catskills of the Midwest” was the perfect place for Betty to prepare for bigger things. She’d head to college in New York City. Her career as a fashion editor would flourish. But first, she’d enjoy a wondrous last summer at the beach falling deeply in love with an irresistible college boy and competing in the annual Miss South Haven pageant. On the precipice of a well-planned life, Betty’s future was limitless.

Decades later, the choices of that long-ago season still reverberate for Betty, now known as Boop. Especially when her granddaughter comes to her with a dilemma that echoes Boop’s memories of first love, broken hearts, and faraway dreams. It’s time to finally face the past—for the sake of her family and her own happiness. Maybe in reconciling the life she once imagined with the life she’s lived, Boop will discover it’s never too late for a second chance.

Miss W’s Review:

The Last Bathing Beauty is a gem of a novel! I was transported back to the summer of 1951 in South Haven, Michigan, an area that is on Lake Michigan.

We meet Betty Claire Stern spending the last summer before college at the family’s summer resort. Not only is romance on her mind but she is competing in a beauty pageant.

I really enjoyed the alternating timeline between 1951 and 2017 reading about Betty in her 80’s.

There are family secrets to discover as the story unfolds.

The descriptive writing puts me right there in the story of a time when life was slower and simpler.

The characters are complex, complicated and incredibly endearing.

I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it!

About the Author:

Amy Sue Nathan is the author of LEFT TO CHANCE, THE GOOD NEIGHBOR, AND THE GLASS WIVES, all published by St. Martin’s Press. She is the founder of the award-winning Women’s Fiction Writers blog, leads writing workshops, and works as an online book coach and freelance editor. Amy’s stories and essays have appeared in print and online in more than two dozen publications.

Amy lives in the Philadelphia area and is the proud mom of two grown children. Her fourth novel, THE LAST BATHING BEAUTY, will be published in 2020.

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