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The Last Bathing Beauty

By: Amy Sue Nathan
Narrated by: Kathleen McInerney
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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.

©2020 Amy Nathan Gropper (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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A peak into the past

This author provides just enough orientation and keeps the story moving. She describes a time and place in which appearances were everything and there were a lot of rules around who was acceptable to marry. The fear of many is living an acceptable life vs a passionate life reaching to fulfill dreams. IMO this story explores that from the other side, after a life well lived.