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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Beach Read Wednesday! The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman

Book cover of The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman
This week’s Beach Read Wednesday pick is more romantic comedy than pure romance, but it’s a book that’s been on my keeper shelf for ages and one that I recommend to everyone.  If you’re looking for the perfect book to while away a summer afternoon, look no further than Elinor Lipman’s The Inn at Lake Devine.

Goodreads summary: It's 1962 and all across America barriers are collapsing. But when Natalie Marx's mother inquires about summer accommodations in Vermont, she gets the following reply: ‘The Inn at Lake Devine is a family-owned resort, 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, irresistible challenge. 

My thoughts: Everything about The Inn at Lake Devine is wonderful. Romance, humor, friendship, food poisoning by mushrooms – what more does a book need?  It begins with a girl determined to challenge anti-Semitism, but it becomes so much more than that.  Natalie is an utterly charming heroine as both tween and adult, and the back-up cast is equally entertaining and endearing.  The book is alternately witty, thought-provoking and touching, and Lipman’s writing is perfectly suited to the story.

Photo of a Cape Codder drinkThe Inn at Lake Devine is a relatively short book (272 pages) but it’s a complete and satisfying story – a highly recommended read.

Recommended drink while reading The Inn at Lake Devine: A Cape Codder (cranberry and vodka), or a Sam Adams.  Hey, Natalie’s from Massachusetts so we have to honor her heritage.  

Romance Novel Book Reviews by Sarah The Brazen Bookworm (The Inn at Lake Devine by Elinor Lipman)


  1. Sounds like fun - a mix of serious and light themes is always interesting to read. Great review!

  2. This was the first Lipman book I read and I loved it. I have since read two others that I really liked -- The Ladies Man and The Pursuit of Alice Thrift.


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