The Inn at Lake Devine

by ELINOR LIPMAN | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 037570485x Global Overview for this book
Registered by boomda181 on 5/29/2004
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Journal Entry 1 by boomda181 on Saturday, May 29, 2004
It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx's mother inquires about summer accomodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned reosrt, which has been in continuous operation since 1922. Our guests who feel most comfortable here, and return year after year, are Gentiles. For twelve-year-old Natalie, who has a stubborn sense of justice, the words are not a rebuff but an infuriating, irresistable challenge.

Journal Entry 2 by boomda181 at Book Obsessed Swap, A Book Swap! -- Controlled Releases on Friday, August 21, 2009

Released 9 yrs ago (8/21/2009 UTC) at Book Obsessed Swap, A Book Swap! -- Controlled Releases

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On its way to Azuki...hope you enjoy it. I thought it was quite light and funny...a little predictable, but a good book nontheless!

Journal Entry 3 by wingAzukiwing from Miami, Florida USA on Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Thanks, book has arrived!!

Journal Entry 4 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Wednesday, October 05, 2016
Thanks Boomda for nudging me to read it after this long while, by picking it for my Sept read on BookObsessed.

While this book has sat on my shelf for a long, long time, once I started it was so interesting I couldn't put it down.

A lovely romance, without being too "romantic", and though the quoted reviews call it a comedy, I feel it's not as light-hearted even if there are some funny moments. I enjoy this book tremendously so thank you so much, Boomda, for passing it on in the first place!!

Journal Entry 5 by wingAzukiwing at Miami, Florida USA on Thursday, October 13, 2016
Sending to my BD partner. Hope you enjoy it as much as Boomda and I did!

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, November 11, 2016
Got this today from Azuki as part of a lovely birthday package. Looks like it comes with a great recommendation! Thanks so much!

Journal Entry 7 by HoserLauren at Burlington, Ontario Canada on Monday, January 14, 2019
Natalie Marx is just a kid in 1962, looking forward to a family vacation. When her parents call up the Inn at Lake Devine, they quickly are turned away for being Jewish. Her parents move past it but Natalie can't. She needs to see this place and learn why the inn-keeper acts the way she acts. Eventually, Natalie gets an invite with a friend when her friend's family is going for a summer vacation there. At first, the inn-keeper doesn't realize that Natalie is Jewish and she really enjoys her time, including getting friendly with the children of the owners. But eventually the owner finds out and the reception is much cooler.

As Natalie grows older, the inn stays in the back of her mind. Eventually she runs in to the friend that invited her on that family holiday to find out she is engaged to the eldest son of the owners. Natalie finds herself back up at this inn and the owner is no nicer than she was in the past.

Despite the racial undertones of this entire book, it really is a romance. There are a couple of relationships focused on in the book, though obviously Natalie's is the focus. It's not a typical romance that's sappy in nature but a pretty relaxed and gentle romance.

This was an easy book to read. The characters were well flushed out and felt real. When the antisemitism issue was finally addressed it was a bit underwhelming, but the rest of the book made up for it.

Journal Entry 8 by HoserLauren at Little Free Library in Burlington, Ontario Canada on Saturday, April 13, 2019

Released 3 mos ago (4/13/2019 UTC) at Little Free Library in Burlington, Ontario Canada

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