The Lido by Libby Page
Kate Matthews is in her early twenties and feels lost. She moved to Brixton years ago to work at the local paper as the new reporter. Her personal life is nonexistent; she only has her job which she loves but wishes it could have a little more depth. She knows she can write a good story, she just needs a good story to write.
Rosemary Peterson has lived in Brixton for all of her 86 years. She has seen her neighborhood change over the years and not always for the better. When her beloved lido is threatened with closure she feels she must take a stand. Where else can the community come together but this beautiful outdoor pool that holds most of the happiest memories of Rosemary’s life? The library she worked at has closed and the local establishments have become trendy bars. She may be older but she still has some fight left in her.
Kate meets Rosemary and both women find exactly what they need in one another. Kate finally begins to connect to her community and Rosemary gets the voice she desperately needs to try and save her beloved lido. And both women find what they need most: a friend.
The easiest way to sum this book up is that it is a feel good story. It’s the type of piece that would enthrall local newspaper readers (just as it does in the book) and gain interest in social media (which Rosemary is completely confused about) but it also makes a wonderful full length story. I found this to be the information I always wanted to know when I read a story like this on the internet; the characters are fleshed out and real and the emotion is there on every page. Pick this one up if you’re looking for a book that delivers the warm fuzzies but isn’t treacly.
A good choice on audio; you’ll feel the water on your skin during the warm times and the cold times and may just want to find a lido of your own somewhere to join.