I’m so pleased to be kicking off The Lido Girls blog tour today with a review. There is also a fab giveaway at the end of the post that you absolutely don’t want to miss. Huge thanks to Allie Burns and Jenny from Neverland Blog Tours for having me.
Escape to the inter-war years in this emotional story where opportunity can be found at the pool-side in your local lido… Perfect for fans of Pam Evans and Gill Paul
Change is in the air…
Natalie Flacker is tempted by the glamour of the new keep fit movement, but when she is dismissed from her prestigious job in PE she loses the life she so carefully built. Echoes of the war’s destruction still reverberate through her life, and now she is homeless, jobless and without prospects.
But connections made on a summer holiday, with her best friend Delphi, create opportunities. When Natalie is offered a summer job at a lido at the seaside, she jumps at the chance. But is she up to the challenge of taking on a group of unfit women in need of her help?
Set against the backdrop of the beginnings of the pioneering keep fit movement; this is a feel-good reminder of just what’s possible when you find the courage to follow your heart.
Spend a very British summer with The Lido Girls!
Natalie is a PE teacher in 1935 England when she loses her job she loses her sense of purpose but a job offer from her best friend’s brother to spend the summer at a lido in St Darlstone is the best one she has. So she and Delphi get set for a summer by the sea.
Set at a time when life was dramatically changing for women the historical elements of this book were fascinating and the supporting cast in this book is wonderful, full of life and laughs all the way through. Jack and Delphi are fantastic characters, Jack with his rugged charm and obsession with diving, Delphi with an unusual illness and need to break away from overprotective parents. Both embracing Natalie close and wanting her to feel a part of their family.
I struggled with Natalie though, I found it hard to connect with her emotionally, and so as she made decisions along the way I questioned them and wondered why. There are a couple of significant decisions she makes and I don’t understand what drives them, or what her own emotion is behind them. The words are there but I didn’t feel it, and being a feeler this fell flat for me and meant that I lost some of the enjoyment from the read.
I loved the way the book was directed, I loved the premise and I especially love how the book resolves itself I just really wish I could have felt more emotion from it.
Sending huge thanks to Allie Burns, HQ Digital and Neverland Blog Tours for the eARC so that I could read and honestly review this novel.
About Allie Burns
Allie lives in Kent with her family and two tortoises. When she’s not writing for business or penning her Women’s Historical Fiction, Allie enjoys swimming and yoga. She has an MA in Professional Writing from Falmouth University and The Lido Girls is her debut novel. She is currently working on a second interwar years novel, which is due for publication in the summer of 2018.
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Title: The Lido Girls
Author: Allie Burns
Genre: Romance | Historical Romance | LGBTQ
Publisher: HQ Digital
Publication Date: 2 October 2017
Review Format: eBook
Other Formats: N/A
Buy: Amazon UK | Speedy Hen