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Dirty Dancing meets How to Make an American Quilt? Sign me up! The Last Bathing Beauty is a pitch-perfect blend of nostalgia and romance—a story of family, friends, and second-chance love.

Amy Sue Nathan has created such a vivid picture of life at a Lake Michigan resort in the 1950s that you’d think she actually lived it. Turns out, Amy is a native Philadelphian, and instead she found much of her inspiration for the book on a visit to South Haven, Michigan. It’s there that she met Charlene Klein, whose grandparents owned a hugely popular resort on the lake in the fifties. Coincidentally, when Amy and Charlene crossed paths, Amy had already started writing a book set in the same era about a young woman whose family owns a resort. How’s that for serendipity? Charlene’s stories about her teenage years and her present life inspired many of the twists and turns in the novel.

Heartwarming, heartbreaking, and brimming with delightful period detail, this is one novel you won’t want to miss!

- Jodi Warshaw, Editor

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“This novel of first loves and second chances will resonate with fans of historical fiction authors such as Beatriz Williams or Lauren Willig.” Library Journal

The Last Bathing Beauty is a pitch-perfect summer read, starring Betty ‘Boop’ Stern, a plucky heroine with a tackle box full of secrets and enough regret for a lifetime. Using dual timelines, Nathan expertly unravels the events that derailed Betty’s sparkling future in 1951 and continue to haunt her even as an eighty-four-year-old woman. Full of characters that shine and told with compassion and humor, this is women’s fiction at its best.” —Sonja Yoerg, Washington Post bestselling author of True Places

“Amy Sue Nathan is a true storyteller, and The Last Bathing Beauty is her best book. It’s an epic tale of family, secrets, loss, marriage, betrayal, friendships, laughter, and regrets.” —Cathy Lamb, author of Julia’s Chocolates and All About Evie

The Last Bathing Beauty is a gorgeous story about how life doesn’t always work out the way we want it to, but if we’re willing, we can still make it a great life. This book ripped at my heart in the best possible way, and I won’t forget it. Told across three generations of smart, determined, compassionate women, The Last Bathing Beauty is the loveliest of stories about the sacrifices and triumphs that come from being a daughter, wife, mother, and friend.” —Juliet McDaniel, author of Mr. & Mrs. American Pie

“For those who believe in happily ever after, Amy Sue Nathan’s The Last Bathing Beauty is a real winner. She has spun a heartfelt tale about romance, heartbreaks, friendship, and the wisdom that comes from living a life with no regrets. Told with tenderness and humor, readers will love this journey back in time with Boop and the girls.” —Renée Rosen, bestselling author of Park Avenue Summer

“In this reimagining of Dirty Dancing, Nathan demonstrates expert storytelling when we meet the charismatic Betty ‘Boop’ Stern as a young woman, and also as an eighty-four-year-old as she looks back on a difficult choice that altered the path of her glittering future. Told with empathy and lyrical prose, The Last Bathing Beauty is a winning tale of friendship, regret, and second chances with a ring of endearing and spirited women at its heart.” —Heather Webb, USA Today bestselling coauthor of Meet Me in Monaco

“A thoroughly enjoyable, past-and-present tale of a life-changing summer and its echoes decades later. This story has it all—great characters, sensory-rich settings, and a sweet salute to believing in second chances. The finale will have you cheering.” —Susan Meissner, bestselling author of The Last Year of the War

The Last Bathing Beauty is an emotionally gripping story that captivated me from page one. Amy Sue Nathan knows how to thread the past and present together in a way that readers won’t soon forget. A moving tale about second chances and the fathomless depths of true love.” —Tina Ann Forkner, author of Waking Up Joy

About the Author

Amy Sue Nathan is the author of four novels and the founder of the award-winning Women’s Fiction Writers blog, named a Best Website for Writers by Writer’s Digest. She is a frequent speaker and workshop leader, a member of Tall Poppy Writers, and a writing coach for aspiring authors. Amy lives near Philadelphia and is the mom of two grown children and a willing servant to one geriatric dog. For more information, visit www.amysuenathan.com.


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