Holly Weiss / May 30, 2020
Crestmont 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 s Determined to take control of her li
  • Title: Crestmont
  • Author: Holly Weiss
  • ISBN: 9781935188100
  • Page: 211
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 bus 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 s, fashion, jazz, and yes, a little bootlegging thrown in for pizzazz.
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      • Holly Weiss

        Holly Weiss is a vocal instructor, retired professional singer and a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing A polio survivor, she resides in Connecticut with her husband Crestmont, her debut novel published in 2010 She co authored a memoir, Makayla s Heart Moment by Moment with Dell Hyssong, published in 2015.Follow Holly on Twitter twitter HWeissauthorReviewer of pre publication books for Book of the Month Club.Welcome to Crestmont 2 minute book trailer youtube watch v n0fwyhSupporter of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative bit akk3vGPlease join author Holly Weiss for a Q A about her historical fiction novel, Crestmont bit gcoLCO


    1. Crestmont is set in the 1920s in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania and tells the story of Gracie Antes, a budding singer Gracie leaves her unhappy home in 1925 and on her way to the big city and her singing career, she accepts a job as a housemaid at the bustling Crestmont Inn At the inn, Gracie encounters the opera singer Rosa Ponselle, a meeting which has a profound impact on her life and she also meets man with a mysterious past As I read Crestmont, it was was as if I were there Holly Weiss s descrip [...]

    2. The year is 1925 and Gracie is leaving home at twenty one years old She fancies herself a singer and plans to join the vaudeville circuit The problem is in order to get to the big city and establish herself, she needs money She answers an ad in the paper for a housekeeping job at the Crestmont Inn in Pennsylvania What is supposed to be just one summer turns into three summers and the book follows Gracie s life as she works at the Crestmont for three years possibly Will Gracie ever leave the Cre [...]

    3. A charming story set in the northern foothills of the Appalachians in the 1920 s The focus around the Crestmont Inn it s staff and owners This is a comforting read that brings the walls of the prestigious Crestmont to life with carefully crafted attention to details of the place and time Eagles Mere lake sounds like a one of a kind place being a mountain top lake surrounded by peace and beauty, a real dreamers paradise I would love to enjoy it It well have to go on my list of places to see befor [...]

    4. Two women separated by class, bound by duty CRESTMONT delivers a multi layered, appealing read In Holly Weiss debut novel, 22 year old aspiring singer Gracie Antes discovers the meaning and the rewards of hard work She applies for a position as housemaid at the lakeside Crestmont Inn in Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania in 1925 Her employer Margaret Woods, daughter of the creator and designer of the inn, sees something special in the young, na ve Gracie During the next two years, these vastly different [...]

    5. I won this book through first reads The author creates a beautifully realistic world of the hustle and bustle at a busy inn in the 1920s Ms Weiss descriptions of life in the 20 s are accurate and vivid Eagles Mere became my town and the Crestmont became my home In some places, as I was reading, I chuckled to myself, and in a few places I had a lump in my throat I missed everyone and every place when I closed the book I highly recommend it, it made this reader wish it continued

    6. 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 hotel I love history, but I tend to think of it in broad strokes, it was nice to narrow it down to one town, one family, one girl It was fun to travel back 90 years to before cell phones, or even T.V A nice story, and good read.

    7. I really enjoyed this book It s a sweet story set in the 1920 s not an era I generally read about and I honestly felt like I was transported there The descriptions were beautiful, vivid, and I felt a yearning to have experienced life in this time period.

    8. The CRESTMONT by Holly Weiss, though a good read, left me a bit puzzled It wasn t until the end of the book that I realized the story was really about the hotel and an era gone by, and the characters only served as a back drop for Ms Weiss to tell her story.The main character other than the Inn itself was Gracie Antes Gracie decides to leave her family home behind because of the rising feelings she has for her brother in law to be Striking out on her own with a music career in mind, she decides [...]

    9. Crestmont Wow.It was a relaxing story with a well developed plot Young people can really identify with the main character, Gracie, because of the uncertainties of leaving home at a young age I was pleased to see that Gracie s self confidence grew, and she found her place and the way she wanted to live her life Very inspirational and uplifting The whole theme of trading loss for happiness will leave readers with a sense of hope I loved the fact that the character Margaret overcame her melancholy [...]

    10. Crestmont is a delightful read Holly Weiss demonstrates her refined artistic skill, capably translated from song to pen, when she layers emotion, history, and dialogue to produce a colorful story about real people in real time I enjoyed the Native American lore appearing at the start and occasionally throughout, which helps underscore a unique foundation for the Crestmont s setting and the charm the lake cast over summertime visitors for so many years Holly casts her characters experiences in un [...]

    11. I have just ended a wonderful journey to Eagles Mere, Pennsylvania during the 1920 s The story takes place at the Crestmont Inn Gracie is the main character who leaves home with the dream of becoming a Vaudeville singer The book ends in the 1970 s So we start with Gracie as a young, single woman with a strong dream making her way through life with only the new friends she meets at Crestmont Inn Reading the book is like taking a step by step walk through any ordinary woman s life The book is gent [...]

    12. I live in the UK and have never heard of The Crestmont Inn or Eagles Mere, nor have I been to Pennsylvania But this did not stop me knowing exactly what it might be like in the mid 1920 s lovingly re created from Holly Weiss s descriptions Gracie Antes is an innocent despite being on the run from involvement with her sister s fiance, and her story is one which is a slow simmer rather than a scorcher At times I wished there was plot, but then the sheer old fashioned cosiness of the tale would be [...]

    13. Crestmont by Holly Weiss is a great peek into summer resort in Pennsylvania I the 1920s The resort is real as well as some of the events but the characters have been changed The life of Gracie Antes is followed through the 1920s and there is an epilogue in the 1970s Gracie didn t really feel close to her own family, they just were not affectionate Her future brother in law surprised her with a kiss and she loved her sister very much but felt some attraction to him so she decided to set off on he [...]

    14. Crestmont is a harmonious story It opens with an intense and beautiful tale that introduces the town of Eagle s Mere There is a sense of nature and oneness in the setting, a sense of slowing down, which gives the book a very enticing start And then the story of Crestmont begins, with its soft, somewhat slow melody The main storyline takes off in 1925 when Gracie, an aspiring singer, begins to work at Crestmont Inn Gracie is an endearing character Her emotional depth makes the story really come a [...]

    15. Crestmont The Summer Resort was built on an ancient sacred site It was the dream and inspiration of the man that built it in 1899 as well as his daughter who carried it on There were characters in this book that I came to know and love, but ultimately, I really felt like this book was about Crestmont and all the other stories hinged on Crestmont The underlying theme of Crestmont really pulled together the other characters stories that were interwoven through this novel It appeared to be well res [...]

    16. 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 [...]

    17. Holly Weiss s debut novel is a nostalgic take on the goings on at a fashionable 1920s inn, where the heroine, Grace, takes refuge as a housekeeper to escape a forbidden love A likeable all American girl, Grace bobs her hair and changes her name to Gracie, acknowledging the transformation ahead of her.We meet other staff members and visitors to the resort, and heartache awaits Gracie but when, over halfway through the book, a famed opera singer arrives, Gracie s natural talent is allowed its due [...]

    18. I ve read many historical fiction novels Weiss s Crestmont is a delightful respite in the 20 s Her protagonist, Gracie, is a girl growing into a woman, even though Gracie enters this novel in her early 20 s One thing I liked about the book is that the author didn t spell everything out for me I had to think and use my imagination All of Weiss s characters are very credible and authentic You know all those people you wish you d met and develop a friendship with They are the characters in Crestmon [...]

    19. First reviewed here with author interview overweight bookshelfIf you are a history buff like me and appreciate in depth and impeccable research, then this book should be on your to read list Holly Weiss clearly has the Crestmont Inn and its history as the jewel of her eye and dedicates herself to capturing the true essence of this lakeside resort in the 1920s After reading this book, I felt intimately connected to this quaint resort that I have never visited I didn t find this book to be terribl [...]

    20. 3.5 I loved the nostalgic old fashioned feel of this novel taking place in the 1920 s at the Crestmont Inn I also liked that it is told from the viewpoint of the waitresses and room cleaners, the bellboys and the cook, instead of the wealthy people who come for the summer season Really enjoyed the character of Gracie, a young woman who leaves her home, wanting to be a singer and finds a home and family at the Crestmont The author has an obvious love for this place, her descriptions of the Inn an [...]

    21. I grew up in Sullivan County and visited the Grand CRESTMONT in the 50 s and 60 s as a young girl I totally enjoyed Holly Weiss descriptions and the meaningful relationships throughout the book I found myself again looking out the window remembering going there as a child and not really paying much attention to the staff The book is a marvelous read which will take you back to an era of a much respected country Inn One will grow with the staff and the owners lives throughout the book I was sorry [...]

    22. I am re reading my book, Crestmont, to prepare for a discussion with a local book group Four years after publication, I look forward to revisiting it with interested persons.Crestmont is now available in ebook format for 2.99.Please see smashwords books view.An interesting author interview can be found at Feathered Quill Book Review Blog bit 99qjUEA downloadable readers guide for book groups is on the About the Book tab on the website hollyweiss I am a fan of Indie Bookstores indiebound book 978 [...]

    23. wins May 20, 2010A wonderful book The author really brings you into the 1920s and I felt like I was a part of the characters lives It reminded me of the resort from Dirty Dancing just in a different decade.I felt like there were some unfinished storylines but in the end, the book was so refreshing that it didn t even bother me that much I was sad to see the book end Definitely a great read for when you want to curl up on the couch and want to be transported into another time and place

    24. I really enjoyed seeing Grace grow up and mature She was a jewel of a person, and I absolutely loved her At times, I had a difficult time with Margaret s character, but at to keep telling myself that she was acting in the capacity of Inn owner and her actions had to show the distinction between employer and employee However, I thought that she was extremely nice to Grace I am glad in the end that Grace found love.

    25. In the vein of Willa Cather and William Trevor, Weiss has brought a real life inn of Pennsylvania to the imagination of her readers through the story of Gracie, a worker at the establishment in the 1920 s Through sparse language, where a brief dialogue can pack a punch, Crestmont interweaves the relationships between the inn s owners, workers, guests and townfolk in an engaging manner that will leave the reader wanting and longing for the nostalgic days of yesterday.

    26. Ok, I didn t hate this story I think it just wasn t the right time for this book for me I didn t have to push myself to finish it, I just couldn t get into it all that much I can tell that the author has a great love of the Crestmont Inn, at least what remains of it, but to me it was too much of a promotion than a story Sorry, I just couldn t feel for the characters.

    27. Loved, loved, loved this book It was such a wonderful story I couldn t help but love all the characters I wish I could have visited Crestmont back then And any book with an Isaiah for character had my heart since that is my sons name

    28. The one thing I didn t like about this book was that it ended I was intrigued with the lives of Gracie and the staff at the Inn I loved the characters and the fact that Eagles Mere and the Crestmont Inn are real.

    29. I liked this book but did however come away form it thinking it could of been Many story lines were left hanging that if continued would have made this substantial.

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