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Over The Course Of One Summer That Begins With A Shocking Tragedy, Three Generations Of The Adler Family Grapple With Heartbreak, Romance, And The Weight Of Family Secrets In This Stunning Debut Novel That S Perfect For Fans Of Manhattan Beach And The Dollhouse Atlantic City, Every Summer, Esther And Joseph Adler Rent Their House Out To Vacationers Escaping To America S Playground And Move Into The Small Apartment Above Their Bakery Despite The Cramped Quarters, This Is The Apartment Where They Raised Their Two Daughters, Fannie And Florence, And It Always Feels Like Home Now Florence Has Returned From College, Determined To Spend The Summer Training To Swim The English Channel, And Fannie, Pregnant Again After Recently Losing A Baby, Is On Bedrest For The Duration Of Her Pregnancy After Joseph Insists They Take In A Mysterious Young Woman Whom He Recently Helped Emigrate From Nazi Germany, The Apartment Is Bursting At The Seams Esther Only Wants To Keep Her Daughters Close And Safe But Some Matters Are Beyond Her Control There S Fannie S Risky Pregnancy Not To Mention Her Always Scheming Husband, Isaac And The Fact That The Handsome Heir Of A Hotel Notorious For Its Anti Semitic Policies, Seems To Be In Love With Florence When Tragedy Strikes, Esther Makes The Shocking Decision To Hide The Truth At Least Until Fannie S Baby Is Born And Pulls The Family Into An Elaborate Web Of Secret Keeping And Lies, Bringing Long Buried Tensions To The Surface That Reveal How Quickly The Act Of Protecting Those We Love Can Turn Into Betrayal Based On A True Story And Told In The Vein Of J Courtney Sullivan S Saints For All Occasions And Anita Diamant S The Boston Girl, Beanland S Family Saga Is A Breathtaking Portrait Of Just How Far We Will Go To In Order To Protect Our Loved Ones And An Uplifting Portrayal Of How The Human Spirit Can Endure And Even Thrive After Tragedy Totally biased HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY This novel is beautifully written and conveys so many emotions that I could relate to As a mother, I could relate to Esther, Florence s mother, and all of the decisions that she made during the course of the story to protect her family Her decisions are not easy ones to make and I wondered what I would do in this tragic situation.This novel is told from several points of view and it was that technique that allowed me to really feel what each of these characters were HAPPY PUBLICATION DAY This novel is beautifully written and conveys so many emotions that I could relate to As a mother, I could relate to Esther, Florence s mother, and all of the decisions that she made during the course of the story to protect her family Her decisions are not easy ones to make and I wondered what I would do in this tragic situation.This novel is told from several points of view and it was that technique that allowed me to really feel what each of these characters were thinking and what they were going through to cope with this tragedy.Fannie is Florence s sister who has been on bedrest in hospital because she had lost a baby the year before and is at high risk She is unhappy that Florence hasn t visited her and has trouble accepting the excuses that the rest of her family give her She also misses her 7 year old daughter, Gussie, who was staying with her grandparents.Gussie is wise beyond her years She had watched the beginning of summer unfold, after her sister Florence returned from college She had some doubts when Anna, a refugee from Germany, was brought into the family by her father It was said that he and the girl s mother grew up together, but Gussie felt that there was a missing piece of Anna s story that she wasn t being told Gussie adored Florence and wanted to be with her as much as she could Gussie also had strong feelings for Stuart, a lifeguard at the beach where Florence often swam He was a likable, sociable young man whom some were jealous of because his father is a very wealthy man What they don t know is that Stuart had been determined not to work for his family but to make a life on his own.Joseph, Florence s father, loves his family and is very supportive of Florence and her goals He is devastated when a tragedy takes place He is determined, however, to keep this secret from Fannie, as he is sure that it will devastate her and endanger the pregnancy He is very unhappy with Fannie s husband, Isacc, who has been very much absent in the care of his daughter Gussie and has not really been visiting his wife in hospital often Joseph and Esther have never liked him and are sure that he is up to another scheme to make money, even though he has a good job working with Joseph.Isaac is a very easy person to dislike He seems to have little moral compass and shows little emotion towards Gussie and his wife He is always dreaming up another plan that will make him a rich man, whether or not his wife wants any part of it He is quite often absent during the turmoil that encompasses the family and offers no support to anyone Joseph s decision to bring Anna to the United States does stem from a desire to rescue her from Hitler s closing attacks on Jewish people, but we know that there is something else behind his support of her Was he closer to her mother than he admits Anna herself is a hard person to understand She can be kind but is also self serving and some of her actions I felt to be questionable She was my least favorite character and one that I thought could have useddescription for her actions, particularly at the end of the novel.What kept this from being a 5 star book for me was the ending I felt that it was too easily wrapped up and happily ever after , which is seldom true in real life This is a highly character driven family drama which, I was surprised to learn, is based on a real woman In the author s notes I read The character of Florence Adler is based on a real girl who grew up in Atlantic City Her name was Florence Lowenthal and she was my great great aunt There are many other characters who were real people and many of the events did take place It is probably this fact that shows through in the strength of this novel s family dynamics This is a book not to be rushed as there are many emotions and events to ponder over I received an ARC of this novel from the publisher through NetGalley This book throws its first loop at you within pages A tragedy sets in motion a string of events, attempts to keep Fannie, Florence s sister and on pregnancy bedrest, from finding out what happened This family saga is all about the characters Everyone is suffering, from a variety of losses, not just the most recent We, the readers, also become privy to each character s secrets But for some reason, it took me a long time to connect with any of the characters The book alternates between their This book throws its first loop at you within pages A tragedy sets in motion a string of events, attempts to keep Fannie, Florence s sister and on pregnancy bedrest, from finding out what happened This family saga is all about the characters Everyone is suffering, from a variety of losses, not just the most recent We, the readers, also become privy to each character s secrets But for some reason, it took me a long time to connect with any of the characters The book alternates between their POVs In the beginning, they felt flat, despite all their various problems I pitied them, but found it difficult to think of them as real people, despite the book being based in a true story As the book goes on, Beanland getsthings right, like how often sadness and grief get expressed as anger towards others The characters began to grow on me I know all too well what it s like to have a disappointment for a son in law, so I appreciated what Joseph was going through While I didn t care for Esther, she had the one thought that hit me the hardest This, she realized, was what it felt like to grow old Eventually people felt so weighed down by the yoke of their own bad decisions that they could scarcely move Beanland does a better job of presenting us with a complete picture of the place and times The cavalier prejudice of the times is seen on both the personal and political level And to think that babies in incubators were treated like circus attractions and put on display As others have mentioned, the ending is just a little too neat But it makes for a good decent summer read In the end, I m assigning this a 3.5 star rating, rounded up My thanks to netgalley and Simon Schuster for an advance copy of this book Atlantic City 1934 Every summer Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to America s playground and move into the small apartment above their bakery Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raise their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home Florence has returned home from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel Fannie, Pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bed re Atlantic City 1934 Every summer Esther and Joseph Adler rent their house out to vacationers escaping to America s playground and move into the small apartment above their bakery Despite the cramped quarters, this is the apartment where they raise their two daughters, Fannie and Florence, and it always feels like home Florence has returned home from college, determined to spend the summer training to swim the English Channel Fannie, Pregnant again after recently losing a baby, is on bed rest for the duration of her pregnancy After Joseph insist they take in a mysterious young woman who he recently helped immigrate from Nazi Germany, the apartment is bursting at the seams Based on a true story.a family saga about how far we would go to protect our loved ones and an uplifting portrayal of how the human spirit can endure and even thrive after tragedy I deeply connect to this next excerpt It brings up many thoughts, memories of love, loss, death, and grief in my own immediate family.and sadness for several of my friends who have recently lost their mothers, and husbands just this month Abe began to chant the words as Esther sobbed into the wet silk of Florence s bathing suit She imagined the Hebrew letters knitting together as they floated through the air, forming an invisible blanket that, when wrapped around Florence, would keep her safe When Abe began the Shema, Joseph joined in, Shema Yisrael, Adonai Elohenu Adonai Echad Here O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One How many times has Esther heard this prayer A thousand times More Had she even considered what it meant It was Joseph who wasconnected to the old ways, Joseph who had grown up in a small shtetl of Lackenbach, where opportunities were scarce but Jewish law abounded Fannie, Florence s sister, had been at the Atlantic City hospital for two weeks expecting a baby on bed rest She lost a baby the year before carried to nearly full term Esther and Joseph had just lost their twenty year old daughter, Florence, in the ocean on a normal average day out for a normal swim They didn t want to risk telling Fannie The grief and stress might cause losing another baby They didn t want to risk giving devastating news to Fannie with her fragile pregnancy Wow.it was a time of pause for personal contemplation I kept asking myself what might I have done Perhaps I might have made a different choice This book taught me about love from others loving perspectives.Once I started reading this book, knowing next to nothing..I couldn t stop reading I m such a water person I admit my instant desire attraction to this book wasboth the feelings of the book cover, and the title itself Have I mentioned that I swam a mile a day 7 days a week during two pregnancies including the same day of giving birth Twice..with daughters four years apart in age..a morning mile swim middle of the night births I love swimming water the ocean That said I had NO IDEA OF ANYTHING when I started this book The setting itself is almost a character This was the perfect fit read at the perfect time.The sadness matched my own connecting me authentically to another family dealing with loss, death, and grief I can definitely relate I felt comforted by being a part of this family during these unsettling coronavirus days Did everyone make the right choices every step of the way Well, who does Did I like every character It s besides the point Responding to sudden tragic circumstances does not come with a manual of instructions Reminding me to be forgiving of others and myself Life is filled with grief and pleasures The Adler family in this novel is no different but they are special in the same way every family is special AN INTIMATE ENGAGING READING EXPERIENCE WONDERFUL I really enjoyed this book with the little cliffhanger ending to think about too Themes deal with family issues, dealings with death, anti semitism, and the rise of Nazi Germany in the 1930s in Altantic City The prose shines with love Tender, poignant, and courageous Thank you Netgalley, Simon and Schuster Publishing and Rachel Beanland