Is there anything better than a book that goes beyond your wildest expectations? A book that you laugh and cry your way through. Look no further than The Lido by Libby Page. I’ve read quite a few contemporary romances this month and I’m so excited to get stuck into some more in the coming weeks. This book has been on my radar for a while.. I’ve heard so many people have absolutely adored it and I’ve seen the book countless times on round-ups and recommendation lists. I thought it was high time I got around to reading it, so chose it as my work audiobook choice for the week. I was right to have high expectations.
The Lido by Libby Page Book Review
The Lido by Libby Page is a book I knew absolutely nothing about prior to purchasing – I guessed from the cover that it’d be a thriller, if anything, but I couldn’t have been further away from the reality. I’ve really been getting into contemporaries the last few months so The Lido came at the right time for me – it made me laugh, it made me smile and it even made me cry towards the end.
Kate, one of our main characters, is a 26 year old girl living in the big city after graduating from university and undertaking a journalism masters. Growing up in Bristol, London is a whole new kettle of fish for her and her anxiety is high. She works for a local Brixton-based newspaper and, after months of working on pet announcements and other such menial topics, she is given the opportunity to report on the closure of a local lido – a swimming pool and community centre. She meets Rosemary, an 86 year old lady who has more memories of the pool than anywhere else in London. It is where she fell in love with her late husband George and spent the majority of her time growing old with him. Needless to say, her desire to keep the Lido open runs deeper than having a place to swim close-by. Along with Jay, the photographer at the newspaper Kate works for, the plan to save The Lido is put in place and Kate delves deep into Rosemary’s livelihood, learning things about love, relationships and herself that she never would have expected.
Through Rosemary, we learn all about the Lido’s history and how it has impacted upon multiple lives. We are able to sympathise with her feeling of loss as she shares information about her and George’s relationship. We find ourselves understanding the depressing and anxiety that Kate experiences and how different things have impacted on her life in different ways. We’re introduced to a whole range of different characters from different backgrounds and get to understand exactly what this momentous Lido means to them.