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Crestmont Paperback – April 1, 2010
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Intrusion: A Novel
A loving couple, grieving the loss of their son, finds their marriage in free fall when a beautiful, long-lost acquaintance inserts herself into their lives. Learn More
-- Olivera Baumgartner-Jackson-Reader Views
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
With extensive attention to detail, the author creates a beautifully realistic world of the hustle and bustle at a busy summer inn in the 1920s.
--Holly Connors, Feathered Quill Book Reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
This book has left me wanting to visit Eagles Mere, PA. I will certainly be watching for Holly's next book.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
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 morePublished on July 3, 2013 by Lennie S.
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
I first visited the Crestwood near the end of its days when I played in its yearly tennis tournament. Read morePublished on September 17, 2012 by Robert Moore
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 morePublished on July 3, 2012 by David
Unlike one of the other reviewers, I welcomed the lack of major conflicts, villians, disasters, etc. Read morePublished on May 16, 2012 by Joe Hohmann
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 morePublished on April 20, 2012 by Emily J Hensley
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 morePublished on March 24, 2012 by Ann E. Grasso
Charming is the first word that comes to mind when I think about "Crestmont." The second is faithfulness. Read morePublished on August 23, 2011 by E.L.S.
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 morePublished on August 4, 2011 by David R. Gross