“Love is love like a tree is a tree. It can be a sapling or a hundred years old oak, but it still has a rout, lifetime and is left on mercy and disfavor of the seasons.”
Why Did I Read This Book?
This was the Beth’s Book Club pick for July/August and our book club discussion was held last Sunday! I have to admit that I probably would have never picked up this book, despite how beautiful it is, so it was a great way of pushing myself out of my comfort zone.
What Did I Think?
This book is an extremely heart-warming tale and so different from what I normally read. Kate is a young woman who has moved to London to pursue her dreams but is struggling with life in the big city, and Rosemary is a 60-year-old woman who has been widowed for a number of years and relies on the local lido to keep her happy. So when it is threatened with closure to build some more flats, Kate and Rosemary build an unlikely friendship, working together to help save the beloved lido.
What Libby Page does eloquently is highlighting that loneliness can affect anyone of any age. Rosemary and Kate are both lonely but for two very different reasons. I found it beautiful that Kate needed Rosemary as much as Rosemary needed Kate. I suppose we need older people as much as they need us.
In the back of the book, there was an interview with the author, Libby Page, and she discussed how it is extremely important to conserve and celebrate the odd and unique buildings within your local community because they may not always be there.
Other than the two main characters, Rosemary and Kate, we also get an essential insight into how the lido affects the lives of all the people in the community, no matter what their age. Whether it’s pregnant women, students, the lifeguard…the lido means something different to everyone but without it, people would lose the very thing that brings them happiness.
It definitely made me think about the beautiful buildings in my community and how we should work to look after them more because our community wouldn’t be the same without them.
A very heart-warming story and one that allowed me to mix up my reading.