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Peace Like a River
Peace Like a River | Leif Enger
Hailed as one of the year's top five novels by Time, and selected as one of the best books of the year by nearly all major newspapers, national bestseller Peace Like a River captured the hearts of a nation in need of comfort. "A rich mixture of adventure, tragedy, and healing," Peace Like a River is "a collage of legends from sources sacred and profane -- from the Old Testament to the Old West, from the Gospels to police dramas" (Ron Charles, The Christian Science Monitor). In "lyrical, openhearted prose" (Michael Glitz, The New York Post), Enger tells the story of eleven-year-old Reuben Land, an asthmatic boy who has reason to believe in miracles. Along with his sister and father, Reuben finds himself on a cross-country search for his outlaw older brother who has been controversially charged with murder. Their journey is touched by serendipity and the kindness of strangers, and its remarkable conclusion shows how family, love, and faith can stand up to the most terrifying of enemies, the most tragic of fates. Leif Enger's "miraculous" (Valerie Ryan, The Seattle Times) novel is a "perfect book for an anxious time ... of great literary merit that nonetheless restores readers' faith in the kindness of stories" (Marta Salij, Detroit Free Press).
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NotPrunes
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This is not my “typical read” and had I read a summary by myself, I probably would have turned it down. A friend read it and said she enjoyed it so I decided to give it a go.

The characters in this well were thought out and “quirky” but not obnoxiously so. The prose is beautiful. Absolutely stunning.

The book has a lot of Christian elements but they work within the story and seemed natural/well-placed to this atheist.

The book is lovely.

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Pam.Kokomo
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Reread, and I imagine it won‘t be my last time with this book. Read along with #CloseReads #podcast.

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jdiehr
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1) Swede

2) Love her! A little girl who rolls with the punches, loves her family unconditionally, and is a writer!

3) I see myself in her

4) ❤❤

If you haven't read this book, I highly recommend it. One of my top 5 all-time favorites

Thanks for thinking of me @Trashcanman

Trashcanman 😊🤗👁️👁️🤗 8mo
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Jody3
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I know many people love this book, but it just didn‘t effect me in quite the same way. The writing was good and the ending surprising but I expected to connect more with this one from friend reviews.

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BarbaraJean
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Here‘s my Hour 42 Challenge for #24in48! I don‘t think I have one universal “Swiss Army” book rec—I usually tailor recommendations a bit depending on the person. But here are a few of the ones I recommend the most, the tagged being probably the most universal. 😊

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amycollard
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This is another one of my favorite reads of 2018. Loved it! Set in the Midwest in the 1960‘s, there‘s just something about it that is so sweet and loving. I know it might not be for everyone but it was the perfect book at the perfect time for me, and I still get happy feelings remembering it even though I finished it a few months ago.

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Insightsintobooks
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I've heard about this book, but never read it. I saw it on kindle for 1.33 so I thought I'd give it a try. Has anyone read it, is it good?

Kdgordon88 It is a good one! 2y
Kaye It‘s a beautiful book 2y
hes7 Just read it! It‘s so good. 2y
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Kaye
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#getmovin @eanderson @Cinfhen
Now THIS was a good book. Reminds me a bit of Haruf‘s books, although I believe I liked this even more.

BookaholicNatty Yessssss!!!!!! Love this book! ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Kaye @BookaholicNatty ✨👍🏻✨ 2y
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WriteBikeB
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There‘s something about reading a book the second time around. You will love it all over again, but maybe in a different way. A deeper way. No rush to find out the ending, just taking your time. Relishing the beauty of the sentences and saying hello to familiar characters once again. You read the first couple pages and it hits you — that there aren‘t really fitting words for how your favorite book makes you ache, it‘s so stunning.

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Blueberry
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Tanisha_A This collage! 👌💕 2y
Blueberry @Tanisha_A Thank you ☺ 2y
Suet624 So pretty! 2y
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Centique
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Went to the nearest town which had a second hand bookshop - managed to stop myself at ten! I‘ve read 3, maybe 4, of these (the Knox, Morrison, Green and maybe the Doctorow) but needed copies for my bookshelves - the others are all on my TBR. I do love a good #secondhandhaul 😍😍

Tamra I do too! 🙌🏾 2y
TheAnitaAlvarez The Allende one is good! It‘s a sequel from Daughter of Fortune, though 2y
Centique @TheAnitaAlvarez thanks! I‘m not sure if I‘ve read that one yet - but I figure you should #buyalltheallendes anyway, I love her books 😍 2y
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Cathythoughts Looks like someone had a fun time. 🎉I haven‘t read any of these, looking good ✨✨✨ 2y
llwheeler Lions is one of my favourite Guy Gavriel Kay books. Enjoy, great haul! 2y
Centique @llwheeler oh good! I‘ve read A Song For Arbonne and loved it so I‘m keen to read some more 😁 2y
Centique @Cathythoughts it was fun! Thanks C 💕🌈✨ 2y
Lindy ❤️❤️❤️(read it 3 times) 2y
Centique @Lindy oh good! I‘m looking forward to it. 2y
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knitgirly
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So, first post here is to show my goal for 2018 - to read from my TBR stack as much as possible. I‘ve joined the #unreadshelf on IG to motivate and two reading challenges - Modern Mrs. Darcy and Book Riot‘s Read Harder to help choose books (but I‘ve already purchased about four titles to fit categories) from my stack(s). I‘m thinking the #24in48 might be a good motivator too.

RaimeyGallant Is this you? :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you're interested. :) 2y
knitgirly Is this me behind the stacks? Yes, my son took the picture. He organized and stacked the books. I will definitely check out your tips because I don‘t quite know how Litsy works, especially adding books, so thanks for that. 2y
Sweettartlaura Have you looked into GR‘s Mount TBR challenge? I love it. 2y
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RosieBoo65
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Stories set in the West normally never draw me in at all. Seven or eight years ago I read this book and gave it two stars, remembering little about it. Oh how my reading tastes have changed! I‘m still not drawn to western settings, but the literary style of Enger is exquisite. The ending is worth every page leading up to it. #mmdbookclub #peacelikeariver #leifenger #grovepress

Tamra 💜 2y
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Suelizbeth
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I was not but a few chapters into this book and thought to give it up, but read so much positive encouragement to continue that I read on, and I‘m so glad that I did. This is a wonderfully loving, lovely, miracle-filled book and the ending is perfection. The writing style reminds me of True Grit and News of the World, 2 of my favorite books, but is a unique, Western-style saga. #MMDBookClub

Nebklvr Loved it! Beautiful writing 2y
Lola Just finished this last night (my last book of 2017) and I loved it. Your review inspires me to move True Grit up the list. (edited) 2y
Suelizbeth @Lola Oooh! I think you‘ll like it! 2y
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Lola
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I bought this new Kindle for myself back in October but (im)patiently waited to open it so the kids could give it to me today. This one is waterproof so I‘m looking forward to giving it lots of book and bath time. #merrychristmas to me 🌲🎁🤶🏻📚 🛀 🍷

Cathythoughts I‘m a kindle lover. So many great features ✨enjoy ✨ 2y
AceOnRoam That was very thoughtful of your kids 😀❤📚 2y
Lola @Cathythoughts Thanks, Cathy! I‘m a big fan as well. I skipped the first gen Oasis-I love my Voyage-but I couldn‘t resist the waterproof feature on this one, something I‘ve been waiting for. 2y
Lola @AceOnRoam 😊❤️ 2y
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Lola
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So...I‘m bumping merrily along in this one, really enjoying the ride, and then something happens that makes absolutely no sense and I can‘t keep reading because I have to go to work. I really hope this is resolved ASAP and explained or this is going to be a DNF. #MMDBookclub #WTF

Lola Ok...three pages later....I think it‘s gonna be ok. Carry on 😏 2y
Cathythoughts Work should not be allowed over Xmas 🙄 2y
Lola @Cathythoughts Agreed! But my particular work situation operates 365 days a year. Luckily I have enough seniority that the holidays themselves and the weekends are off days for me. 2y
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Lola
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Two hours of driving to see your kid perform for three minutes is sometimes part of the Mom gig. It‘s a good time to be a reader so I have something to do while she waits for the awards ceremony. #killingtime #bookandbeer

Lola @AceOnRoam I‘ve made a beverage change for you. I hope you like beer 😉 2y
AceOnRoam Love it, and Belgian too! Cheers 🍻🍺🍻 2y
Lola @AceOnRoam 🍻❤️ 2y
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christineandbooks
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Current situation: new book, coffee, Winter mug, pajamas, Christmas lights and candles, snow outside, nowhere to go... perfect...

Suet624 I remember really liking that book. 2y
Daisey Sounds amazing and so cozy! 2y
Godmotherx5 Poetically perfect 💜🔥💜 2y
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MaureenMc 🙌👍❤️ (edited) 2y
DivineDiana Ah, yes! Perfect! 📚❄️💗 2y
Wife Sounds dreamy!😍 2y
kspenmoll Enjoy! 2y
Tamra This is a good one! I need to reread it - was a long time ago. 2y
Zelma Yup, perfection! 2y
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suvata
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I really don‘t know why I love this book so much but something just touched my very soul me as I was reading it. Maybe it was the old-fashioned values. Maybe it was the fact that I could lend this book to my elderly mother and not be embarrassed by its language or core principles. In fact, I am going to buy copies for the ladies in my Neighborhood Book Club to read as our January selection.

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suvata
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Starting this #MMDbookclub pick today. I‘m rarely disappointed by the books they choose and this one appears to be good as well.

Tamra It‘s a good one! 2y
BarbaraJean Oh, I love this book! 2y
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Lauren.Archer
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Next book up. This one is for #mmdbookclub. It‘s different than my normal reads, but I usually like her choices.

Tamra I loved it many years ago. 2y
AmyG I loved this, too. 2y
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LauraBeth
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I've been here five minutes 😂

LauraBrook 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 2y
minkyb Slacker! 😘 2y
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tapgurl Atta girl! 2y
RealBooks4ever 😄👍📚 2y
MicheleinPhilly YAASSS!!!! 🙌🏼 2y
Suet624 Look at that!!! 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽 2y
LauraBeth @rubyslippersreads I've been wanting to read it forever! 2y
LauraBeth @minkyb 😂😂 2y
LauraBeth @Moonpa and @heatherkaz looking forward to reading it! 2y
LauraBeth @tapgurl 😊😊 2y
LauraBeth @MicheleinPhilly like I need more books! 2y
LauraBeth @Suet624 😊😊 2y
Melli I had the newlyweds and I just couldn't get into it.. But Im weird like that, it was a cover buy.. The simple cover for some reason appealed to me.. So I traded it at my favorite used book store. When u read it let me know what u think. 2y
AlaMich That's quality work right there!! 2y
LauraBeth @Melli I was really on the fence with it. I ended up googling Kakutani's review while in the store and trying to decide. Based on her review - the book does seem to open up and shine during the second half. I'll let you know! The cover IS great 😀https://mobile.nytimes.com/2012/04/24/books/the-newlyweds-a-novel-by-nell-freudenberger.html 2y
LauraBeth @AlaMich 😊😊 2y
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Readerann
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Lovely writing. This one has been languishing on my shelves for years. Got to work on that TBR to make room for more!

lynneamch This is one I've kept for years in order to read again someday. The message of the danger and uselessness of retaliation still resonates. 💔 3y
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AccioAlltheBooks
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Absolutely adored this book when I read it 6 years ago. In going back to help me remember it better, I was reminded of Tom Walker's (of the Denver Post) review. He sums it up best: "Once in a great while a book comes along that has such wonderful characters and marvelous prose, that you read it as much for the pure joy it offers on every page as to find out how it ends." #maybookflowers #peace

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slhbooks
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#meetthelittens @maich
Making some Litsy time this morning which I haven't been doing lately as work and garden have tuckered me out👩🏻‍🌾🏡🛌
1. Minnesota👍
2. Peace Like A River
3. Henning Mankell's Kurt Wallander
4. Raiders of the Lost Ark
5. House of Cards
6. Currently, Alison Krauss
7. Teal blue
8. Scandinavian crime fiction
9. I work at a garden center🌱🌸🌿🌼🌳🌹🌲
10. 3 kitties: Louie (12), Teddy and Nellie (siblings, almost 2)

maich Hy! Nice to meet you😘😘 3y
rachelm You work at a garden center? That is the coolest thing. 3y
slhbooks @maich Nice to meet you too👋🏻 3y
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Eyelit I adore those cat figurines! 3y
slhbooks @rachelm It can be fun and very very crazy😝 3y
slhbooks @eyelit Aren't they cute?? All but one came from World Market. 3y
Karkar Woo hoo for Minnesota!!! My home state ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
slhbooks @Karkar 👍And it's going to be a perfect Minnesota spring day today too☀️🌸🌳🐿🦆🐰🤗 3y
Tanzy13 🐱🐱🐱 3y
Peterfox123 Love the cat ornaments on the shelf. And the Wallander series was nearly my pick as favourite too. Excellent taste you have! 👏 3y
slhbooks Thanks! It was a choice between Kurt or Harry. Went with Kurt since he was the one that got me started on all things Scandinavian. Currently reading The Thirst. I'm so happy Harry is back! 3y
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Blueberry
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This might be a common one for today's tag. A lot of people really like this book but it was so-so to me. It had some shining moments but the rest was 'ehh'.

#maybookflowers #peace

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RealBooks4ever
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Listened to this back in 2001, so I don't remember all the details, but do remember it felt mystical. #peace #maybookflowers

Bklover I think I own this and have never read it. I need to drag it out again and look it over. Mystical sounds nice! 3y
RealBooks4ever @Bklover Hope you enjoy it! 😀 3y
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Jas16
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Another book I loved when I read it but I never picked up anything else by the author. Has anyone else? #theriver #rockinmay

Cinfhen New to me author, sounds really good 😊 3y
Tamra I loved Peace. Enger is not a prolific writer. 😕 I recently read So Brave and definitely enjoyed it, but didn't love it like Peace. It reads like tall tale, yarn spinning. (edited) 3y
Tamra Looking this up, I found another MN author I'm adding to my TBR! Ironically also named Enger. (edited) 3y
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Jas16 @Tamra Those both sound really good 3y
JazzFeathers Such an awesome cover 😍 Never heard about the book, though 3y
Lmstraubie This has been on my #TBR pile an embarrassing long time 😶 3y
Jas16 @Lmstraubie I am certainly in no place to judge. My TBR is insane 3y
Lmstraubie @Jas16 I'm in good company! 😊 3y
EllieDottie I loved this book!! 3y
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lynneamch
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Loved this #theriver book when it was chosen as the first All Iowa Reads selection back in 2003. I think often of the phrase "escalation of retaliation" and its relevance to this story and sadly to the news most every day. Like Tobias Wolff, Enger helps us live the complexities of life from a young boy's perspective. Reposting this from when I was a new litten with few followers ?#Rockinmay #LyricalApril @Cinfhen

Cinfhen Thanks for reposting! Missed it the first time and definitely something I'd like to read one day 💕 3y
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Lmstraubie
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The #truth of this book is a friend loaned it to me years ago and I still haven't read it. 😣😔😶 #maybookflowers

Joanne1 I'm terrible like that too! 3y
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krismac
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Raided the clearance section at Half Price Books! :)

Belles Those are all lovely picks. 3y
Reviewsbylola Those are some good finds! 3y
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slhbooks
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Oh, I cutoff my Louie Cat's ears and my Teddy's tail😿Sorry boys! #catsoflitsy

Here's my stack of #fictionlove 📚📚📚 I keep just my 4 and 5⭐️ reads. An author is represented only once. I don't want A Man Called Ove or any of Kent Haruf's books to feel left out.
#17booklove

Imagineannie I also have a gray cat named Teddy. I'm sure yours will forgive you the de-tailing. 3y
LauraBeth 😹😹 3y
TheLibrarian Great stack and love the kitties! ❤️ 3y
valeriegeary I love that the stack is taller than the cat! So many good ones on this pile! 3y
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Lmstraubie
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The book on the left was recommended by a co-worker years ago & I'm embarrassed to say I still haven't read it 😶 The book on the right was recommended by @Sjo_m and I Loved it. Can't wait to read the 2nd one in the series! ☺ #recommendedby #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

Bookgoil Loved Invisible Library! 3y
Lmstraubie @Bookgoil Have you read The Masked City yet??? 3y
lynneamch Peace Like River is so good. ❤ 3y
Bookgoil No I just read the first last month! I may have to get it asap! 3y
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BarbaraJean
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#FunFridayPhoto: fiction I'm #thankful for. Peace Like a River has an even better sibling duo than Scout and Jem: I fell in love with Reuben and Swede. Also one of the most compelling pictures of miracle I've read yet. The Sparrow: faith, doubt, God's love, and seeking God in the dark. The Great Divorce is almost exactly what I hope heaven will be. And The Blue Castle... oh, Valancy & Barney and what joy comes from living life fully!

Eyelit 💜 blue castle! 3y
BarbaraJean @Eyelit It's one of my go-to comfort books! 3y
slhbooks Peace Like A River is one of my top 5 all-time favorites❤️❤️❤️ Wish I could read it again for the first time😘 3y
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lynneamch
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Loved #peacelikeariver when it was chosen as the first All Iowa Reads selection back in 2003. I think often of the phrase "escalation of retaliation" and its relevance to this story and sadly to the news most every day. Like Tobias Wolff, Enger helps us live the complexities of life from a young boy's perspective.

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LittleMountainLibrary
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book and the narrative voice is one of the best I've ever read. It felt unique with some elements of a western and gentle spirituality that doesn't feel heavy-handed like so much "inspirational fiction" is. I'll be recommending it to a lot of people I know.

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LittleMountainLibrary
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I've heard so many great things about this book and almost 100 pages in it's definitely living up to the hype. Plus the cover art is beautiful.

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DMC_run8
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A beautifully written story that begins with a miracle and unfolds from there. A testament to the power of family bonds told through the witness of 11 year old Reuben. I wanted to climb inside the story and enjoy cinnamon rolls at their kitchen table! 10/10

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DMC_run8
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Luna is more interested in the bookmark than the book. She's missing out. The book is fabulous!

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DMC_run8
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A perfect Friday night! 🍷📚

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Canadian.Reads
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A love story, a murder, a family determined to stick together to find their brother in the Badlands. And while that short description may not sound convincing the writing and the characters will capture you instantly. If you have a soft spot for westerns, a bit of magic, and well written fiction.. #stackthisone (Also you will fall in love with Swede and her poems)

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Canadian.Reads
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Sunday Morning Bliss.
Blanket✔
Book✔
Tea✔

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CarrieKitz
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One of my favorites. I really need to make time to reread it. #recommendsday

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ellareads
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I've seen this book in bookstores forever and kept picking it up but never ended up walking out of the store with it. I finally bought it at our last art museum book sale for a steal. I'm only on page 60 and I'm hooked!

Suzze I just checked Goodreads. I read it 14 1/2 years ago and it is still fresh in my mind. One of my all time favorites. 4y
ellareads @Suzze Wow! That's incredible. I used to work in a bookstore when it was published and I remember that everyone loved it. I can't believe I waited this long. And it's amazing (and impressive) that you have a list back that far on Goodreads!!! 4y
BarbaraJean Oh, I love this book so much! One of my favorites as well. Swede reminds me a lot of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, but I think I like Swede even better! 4y
Suzze @ellareads (oops) I started journaling what I read in 1997 when I was managing a mystery bookstore. When I joined Goodreads, I slowly transferred all the books from my journals over there. I remember when this book came out also. I just retired from Barnes & Noble after 17 years there. 4y
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AmyAgentBor
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Let me say something about that word: Miracle. For too long it's been used to characterize things or events that, though pleasant, are entirely normal.

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Sandwavesandbooks
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About to start this for my book club, looking forward to getting lost in a new story

Court Ooooooh! I loved this one! It's actually one of the few I look forward to re-reading! 4y
Sandwavesandbooks @Court! The description sounds so good, I think I'll really enjoy it 4y
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Shereadsalotofbooks
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Simple symbolic prose. Biblical references, metaphor, faith and miracles but not overly spiritual as some say. More like a magical fairytale western. Highly Recommended.

ThomasHewlett This was a good read! Have you tried his book "So Brave Young and Handsome"? Also a bit of a fairytale western. 4y
Shereadsalotofbooks It's in my tbr stack @ThomasHewlett 4y
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