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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

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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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.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 340 pages
  • Publisher: Star Publish; Apparent first edition (April 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1935188100
  • ISBN-13: 978-1935188100
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,730,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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I thoroughly enjoyed this delightful creation of characters combined with an actual location that seemed to come alive as I read. I loved the blending of the real people who lived and worked in this quaint and historic Inn, and the author's development of characters who might have been much like those who were on staff in the 1920's. This is a book about the development of relationships, friendships and mentoring. I loved the multiple yet subtle mentoring that went on throughout the story. There was no need to tie up all the loose ends of what happens to characters. Many people are touched in our own lives that we never know the end of their story. I enjoyed watching the Woods family develop into the strength behind the success of this Inn. It was a delight to view the emerging personality of Gracie. It seemed as if you could feel her maturing and discovering her "own voice." The ending was what it needed to be, the passage of time zooming along to what actually took place. Just delightful!
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Often reflecting on people and episodes at Crestmont, I find the book most enduring and it has been months since I read it. Bed and breakfasts and old inns in America and Europe really attract me. Holly has captured the essence of this place and brought it to life. The female characters in particular were portrayed in such a way that I kept and keep wanting to know more. So many little touches added to the story made it almost as memorable as the "I Remember Mama" movie I saw as a child and cannot forget. I can see, smell and feel the historic inn.
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Holly Weiss has woven a rich and wonderful historical tapestry complete with lyrical descriptions of Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania during the 1920s and a fine cast of complex characters. My favorite was Gracie, a talented young woman filled to the brim with hopes and dreams. And then, of course, there was the Crestmont, the well-loved Victorian inn, which was a character that seemed to breathe a life of its own. This book had a relaxed, laid-back feel that makes for a perfect vacation read. Highly recommended.
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Life sucks, or should I say is tough enough, and 'Crestmont' is a refreshing escape, one of those pieces of art that transports you to a world of elegance and charm, of babbling brooks and hair bobs and willow trees. I found out about Holly through Twitter and she told me how she stayed at the actual 'Crestmont Inn' in Eagles Mere and afterward was so inspired that she decided to write a novel about it. Talk about writing based on inspiration. I thought it was an intriguing enough pitch for me to want to buy it. She truly did her research, and every page is rife with rich, regional detail, and, through the reckless abandon and hopeful eyes of the main character, Gracie on her path to stardom, it actually made me want to open up my own bed and breakfast, much like I wanted to go on a majestic cruise after watching Titanic. For fans of historical fiction, this should be right up your alley!
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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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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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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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