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Crestmont [Kindle Edition]

Holly Weiss
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Book Description

"A dream, after all, needn't be fueled by particulars, only by desire." So notes main character, Gracie Antes, in CRESTMONT, a historical fiction gem set in the 1920s. Determined to take control of her life, sheltered Gracie Antes leaves her unhappy home in 1925 to pursue her dream of a singing career. On her way to the big city, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn. Once there, Gracie finds a life-changing encounter with opera singer Rosa Ponselle, family she never imagined could be hers, and a man with a mysterious past. Relive the 1920s with a colorful cast of characters. Discover with Gracie that sometimes we must trade loss for happiness. Set in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania, the story is interwoven with details about the town, the rich history of The Crestmont Inn, and the family who passed ownership from one generation to the next. Many attempts have been made to explain how the mountaintop lake nestled in this tiny town came to be. Crestmont gives a new twist to an old Native American legend, setting the tone of grace around which the story is built. Let the period of the Roaring Twenties spark your interest with its unique social mores, fashion, jazz, and yes, a little bootlegging thrown in for pizzazz.

Editorial Reviews


Be transported to the 1920s with ease. Holly Weiss has a fluid, descriptive talent that allows you to become absorbed in the story. She has shown considerable skill in her debut novel."
    -- Cheryl A. Heinrichs of AllBooks Review

Crestmont by Holly Weiss is an example of the best kind of story. Crestmont describes daily life at a large inn in wonderful detail. Every one of the characters is lively and intricate Readers who enjoy well-researched, credible fiction will find respite on the pages of this delightful book."
        -- Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson-Reader Views

About the Author

Holly Weiss is a free lance writer, vocal instructor and retired professional singer. A polio survivor, she lives in Connecticut with her husband. Crestmont is her first novel.

Product Details

  • File Size: 563 KB
  • Print Length: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Star Publish LLC (December 17, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #952,306 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great relaxing read... May 24, 2010
By Rita
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Holly Weiss' Crestmont is a book that was meant to be read aloud - the depictions are incredibly detailed and the tone of the story is both peaceful and engaging. It's a book about people and how their relationships shaped who they are. As you read, you find parts of yourself reflected back with startling clarity and not without a generous amount of sensitivity. Gracie, Margaret, PT, and all the other characters have weaknesses that many of us share and strengths we all aspire to. I felt their pain and delighted in their successes. But in the end, the best part about Crestmont is it is purely enjoyable. It was as if I were at the 1920's Crestmont Inn - breathing the fresh air, smelling the newly baked bread, and watching the butterflies flit among the flowers. For the hours I spent reading this book, I was there. And just like the characters, I could sense the healing and tranquility of that place. Even long after I had finished reading, I found my mind traveling back to the solace of the inn. Holly Weiss' book does the heart good and I strongly encourage you to take some time out of your day to relax, remember, and dream with the Crestmont staff.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful use of words to capture! November 13, 2010
I could not put this book down. There is a little of everything in this book, history, mystery and even romance. I love historical novels and this book transported me back to the 1920's. The author did such a good job of making me feel like I was right there. I could smell the bread, see the wild life and flowers blowing in the breeze. I had to force myself to put this book down and go to sleep. :-)

This book has left me wanting to visit Eagles Mere, PA. I will certainly be watching for Holly's next book.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
After the first world war, many women thought to take control of their own destinies. "Crestmont" tells the story of Gracie Antes as she pushes for her dream as a singer, accepting a job as a housemaid along her journey. Through her pursuit, she meets friends, love, and much heartache along her quest for a better life. "Crestmont" is a fine and riveting read for historical fiction fans, highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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Needed: an Adirondack chair, a cool, tall glass, and a transporting story, like this one, to leave the current age of tabloid trash and in-your-face dysfunction far behind.

Holly Weiss does not quite tell us why hopeful young singer Grace Antes was an unhappy girl, in her small-town Pennsylvania home. Or why her family, devout Moravians, seemed to care so little about her that no one went looking, when, with no adieu, she set out in search of a better life.

What Ms. Weiss does is to plant her gentle heroine in an excellently-drawn era of social stoicism, when "a family's business stays at home!" Any intimation of pain, personal angst (or ecstacy!) was considered Vulgar. Jerry Springer and Oprah would have found the well dry, in that time, when polite ladies still addressed their closest friends as Mrs. Smith and Mrs. Jones, and husbands were "The Mister."

It is a major act of daring when, once liberated, Grace bobs her hair, in timely flapper fashion, and then renames herself "Gracie," maybe the first frivolous thing she's ever done.

It becomes, increasingly, a joy to watch from the lakeside shadows as this lovely, innocent and gutsy young woman takes on the world, in the milieu of an old-time,upper-class resort, where she is maid, confidante, unwitting rival and, increasingly, object of affections.

The aura of the staid, class-conscious and studiedly non-intimate society holds well, throughout. There are things the reader would have loved to be privy to, along the way, and a few loose strands dangling, at the end. What really became of nemesis Bessie -- who WAS vulgar? And what happened to the men Gracie loved, but could not, would not marry?

Oh well -- that's the way it was, in that time -- it was just thought too coarse and common to let it all hang out!

A really good read, and recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A trip into the past... May 22, 2010
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Ms. Weiss has created a vividly detailed picture of the life of a young courageous woman, Gracie, who after answering a want ad will leave her home and family to make a life of her own. Luckily, her new employers own a beautiful Inn and she becomes part of the "family" at Crestmont. The story takes you into the gracious era of the 1920's, introduces you to the difficulties that Gracie faced in her daily life working at the Crestmont Inn until she matures into a beautiful young woman with her own children.

The vivid characters, the Inn's history and the family who owned it help to mold Gracie's character as she matures into womanhood. This reader especially enjoyed the famous opera singer who visited the Inn to perform. For the short time she was there, she mentored Gracie and coached her with her singing.

I highly recommend this novel! It made this reader wish it continued!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read June 13, 2010
By Marrod
Holly Weiss has written a gem. When I first bought Crestmont I was intrigued by the idea of a novel that was written about a place I actually know, but I wasn't sure that I'd like it. Historical novels are usually grand in scale, and I thought that a story about this small slice of life wouldn't be very exciting. I was wrong. With loving detail and a light hand, the author has frozen in time the very essence of a hotel, a town, and the lives of people who are just like you and me.

I'd recommend Crestmont to anyone looking for a way to slow down and think about what has come before. It's a great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wholesome, enjoyable read!
Delightful read! Holly Weiss is a gifted writer who reveals the art of her craft in an easy-flowing, yet captivating style. The book is wholesome throughout. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Lennie S.
4.0 out of 5 stars Cresmont
Reminded me of the Adirondack resorts that were prevalent in the 50s and 60s. I am fortunate to know the author who is so talented in many ways. Holly thanks for sharing the story.
Published on February 5, 2013 by Carole Gehrig
5.0 out of 5 stars A Trip back in Time
I first visited the Crestwood near the end of its days when I played in its yearly tennis tournament. Read more
Published on September 17, 2012 by Robert Moore
5.0 out of 5 stars Warm Historical Novel
Crestmont, by Holly Weiss, is a novel set in Pennsylvania in the 1920's. The novel revolves around the Crestmont Inn and the characters who live there. Read more
Published on July 3, 2012 by David
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this low-key story.
Unlike one of the other reviewers, I welcomed the lack of major conflicts, villians, disasters, etc. Read more
Published on May 16, 2012 by Joe Hohmann
5.0 out of 5 stars peaceful read
I really liked this book. Was it an edge of your seat nail biter? no. It's a simple story of a simple girl learning who she is against the backdrop of the 1920's, and a grand... Read more
Published on April 20, 2012 by Emily J Hensley
4.0 out of 5 stars A Reminder of Slower Summers Spent at Inns
It is my pleasure to have met Holly Weiss and charmed by her, I decided to read a book that would rarely make it to my nightstand. Read more
Published on March 24, 2012 by Ann E. Grasso
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting and historical...memorable
Often reflecting on people and episodes at Crestmont, I find the book most enduring and it has been months since I read it. Read more
Published on March 6, 2012 by Louise White
5.0 out of 5 stars Charming
Charming is the first word that comes to mind when I think about "Crestmont." The second is faithfulness. Read more
Published on August 23, 2011 by E.L.S.
4.0 out of 5 stars A calm, insightful story
Holly Weiss provides a melodious look at a time and place long past. Since I was born in the thirties, I can envision my parents and grandparents living this life, certainly not as... Read more
Published on August 4, 2011 by David R. Gross
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More About the Author

Holly Weiss was born in New Jersey in 1950. She is a private vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. A polio survivor, she resides with her husband, Ernie, in Connecticut. She holds a B.S. in Music Education and Master of Music from Northwestern University. Crestmont is her first novel.

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The singer's voice led to the author's voice in 2006. Weiss's Crestmont journey began when she stayed overnight at The Crestmont Inn in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania. A spark was lit to explore the lives of people working on staff at a busy summer inn. The 1920s period, replete with jazz, prohibition, fashion trends and interesting social mores perked her interest. After extensive research, writing retreats, guidance from God and encouragement from her husband, her debut novel, Crestmont, became a reality three and one-half years later. The novel is dedicated to her parents.

Ms. Weiss is an advocate for Eradicate Polio Now.


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