I don't usually have time to sit down and read a book cover to cover, but I found myself wanting to do just that with this book. It's a light-hearted, not-corny romance, and the characters are likable. It was also a welcome respite from some of the heavier books I've been reading.
When 12-year-old Natalie Marx discovers that her family is refused reservations at an inn in Vermont because they are Jewish, she is confused, hurt, and angry. Natalie finds her way into the resort anyway, and so begins her life-long love/hate affair with the Inn at Lake Divine and its proprietors, the Berry family.
I really loved this book. It was so well written and the characters had a depth to them that I appreciated. The storyline itself was interesting, thought provoking and well-done.
i loved this book, i grew up jewish and never felt very religious, so marrying out of my faith was not a big deal, none of by siblings married jewish either.. anyway, this book was well written, a great story and i enjoyed it from start to end!
Elinor Lipman recreates the world of the early '60s with the civil rights movement seen from the eyes of a young Jewish girl who is determined to attend a summer resort that might be anti-semitic. A good read with a great ending.
Elinor Lipman is GREAT. Very droll humor about young Jewish woman rejected for a stay at a Vermont inn because they "wouldn't feel comfortable". Of course things/stuff happens and she ends up falling for one one the in owner's sons.Great witty reading.
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I read this book for an online reading group, and I found it very enjoyable. My first impression was that it was going to be like the '80s movie "Dirty Dancing" considering the setting and the background of the main character, but as I got into it, I found it to be so much more.
It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collalpsing. A family goes to Lake Devine for a resort vacation For twelve year old Natalie who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but and infuriating irresistible challenge.
A romantic comedy
It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx"s mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles. Fot twelve-year old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irrestible challenge.