WE’RE NEVER TOO OLD TO MAKE NEW FRIENDS—OR TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE
Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton, London, all her life but everything is changing.
The library where she used to work has closed. The family grocery store has become a trendy bar. And now the lido, an outdoor pool where she’s swum daily since its opening, is threatened with closure by a local housing developer. It was at the lido that Rosemary escaped the devastation of World War II; here she fell in love with her husband, George; here she found community during her marriage and since George’s death.
Twentysomething Kate Matthews has moved to Brixton and feels desperately alone. A once promising writer, she now covers forgettable stories for her local paper. That is, until she’s assigned to write about the lido’s closing. Soon Kate’s portrait of the pool focuses on a singular woman: Rosemary. And as Rosemary slowly opens up to Kate, both women are nourished and transformed in ways they never thought possible.
In the tradition of Fredrik Backman’s A Man Called Ove, The Lido is a charming, feel-good novel that captures the heart and spirit of a community across generations—an irresistible tale of love, loss, aging, and friendship
O-M-G, what a book!!
The Lido is a debut novel from author, Libby Page; that delves deep into friendship, community, and mental health.
While not every aspect of this novel was “happy,” the story itself was beautiful; I know that it will stick with me.
I truly connected with the characters; they were all believably flawed and real. Who knew that I could become so attached to a fictional community.
I especially connected with Kate; as someone with a severe anxiety disorder, I teared up reading about her struggles, as I know the feeling all too well. I have also sat on a department store floor and cried in the midst of a panic attack.
As for Rosemary, I loved her friendship with Kate; goes to show that friendship can come in the unlikeliest of places. The chapters on Rosemary’s backstory were among my favourites; they gave great insight into the character.
If I had to choose one ‘nitpick’ about this book, I would say that the chapters written from a third-party perspective didn’t entirely make sense to me. I mean, I enjoyed the chapters from the pregnant woman, the teen boy, and the fox, but I’m not quite sure what the purpose was. Nevertheless, that was only a minor issue for me and wasn’t enough for me to bump down my rating.
Overall, I couldn’t get enough of this book. I wouldn’t hesitate in the least to recommend “The Lido” to my fellow readers.
Many thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.