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The Keeper of Lost Things
The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel | Ruth Hogan
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobblesFound, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucerFound, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiance, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objectsthe things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behindand writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret lifes mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthonys lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbors quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthonys last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners. Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something preciousa tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made. As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunices redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest? Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.
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RedxoHearts
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I was excited to open my #FFFS package from @Laughterhp especially to finally find out what has smelled so good! It's a big candle in the scent Sweater Weather. It smells amazing. The books are The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan and Under the Whispering Door by TJ Klune. I'm excited to read them. Also can't wait to try out the hot chocolate. The fuzzy socks are so soft. Thank you for all the goodies!
@Avanders

RedxoHearts Oh and I just realized that I accidentally left out the pink starburst. They are my favorite. Also don't worry the candle made it safely. :) 4d
Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 4d
Laughterhp Yay! So glad you liked everything! I was worried you weren‘t going to like the candle scent! I hope you enjoy the books and all the goodies! 4d
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BookBosomed1
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Thank you @cwarnier for my #fffs package. All the tea! I am about to dig into that tea right now and use the scented pens! I really enjoyed opening this package. I am particularly excited about the books (esp the literary cocktail book 😉). The packaging decor was beautiful. @Avanders

Avanders 🍁🍂♥️🫶🏽 4d
cwarnier I am so happy to like it all. 3d
BookBosomed1 @cwarnier I do. I took some of the tea on vacation with me. I ran out of English Breakfast pre-swap, so I‘m grateful to have some more! 3d
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Lizwarnerpdx
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What a beautiful story! There were two different storylines going on - both interesting & full of characters I liked and wanted to know more about - and they finally cross paths in the best way they could. I absolutely loved dancing drome, Sunshine, and the lovely cup of tea she made.

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MadelineMcCrae
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Mehso-so

I‘ve heard great things about this book, but in the end it didn‘t click for me. I did like the fantasy/magical realism elements, and I became invested in Eunice‘s story more so than Laura‘s. I did like how everyone in each storyline ended up having some kind of connection at the end though. The short stories for me really didn‘t work with the vibe of the rest of the book. I ended up skipping them on my audiobook.

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slategreyskies
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This one was really good! #LetterK #AlphabetGame

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks On my list! 2mo
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Saraalways731
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Elizabeth2
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Pickpick

Quirky, charming, a little mysterious, a bit romantic and mystical, this novel is really two stories in one. A story of loss, love, heartbreak, friendship, redemption and hope, full of rich characters. Original and inventive! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 ❤️📚

ErinSueMreads I lovvvvved this book 7mo
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Elizabeth2
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It‘s a little chilly out, but I couldn‘t resist the sun in my favorite reading spot. I am ready for warm weather! ☀️ Going to finish this book today. Curious about where it‘s going and how it ends. ❤️📚

DogMomIrene Love your mug🐶💜 7mo
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Elizabeth2
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This is my book club‘s next read. One of my girlfriends has already started it and is really enjoying it. ❤️📚 Can‘t wait to dive in!

Redy2trvl Such a beautiful story. I loved it! Enjoy. 7mo
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jhoutby11
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Good

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MatchlessMarie
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Bailedbailed

I bailed on this one after about an hour and a half in. Just couldn‘t hold my interest. May try again later. This is one of those books that had been on my TBR for years because of a pretty cover 🤩 #33by33 #AllHailTheBail

Texreader Yea that‘s probably why I have a copy! I haven‘t read it yet 10mo
MatchlessMarie @Texreader Pretty things are hard to resist which ironically I think is one of the themes in this book from what little I read 😅 10mo
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staci.reads
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This is a charming story! It has a mix of a little romance, mystery, and ghosts, and some really lovable characters. ♥ This was my July #bookspin @TheAromaofBooks Another book that sat on my tbr pile for far too long!

AkashaVampie The cover is so adorable!!! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1y
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Coleen_Nieto
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Look at me go! 3 #bookspin selections in a row! Yay! Thank you @thearomaofbooks for helping me figure out what to read next. I'm loving this.

I really enjoyed this book, I think it may come across as sentimental to some, but it hit all my spiritual buttons with the saints and superstitions.
Solid 3+
@thearomaofbooks #bookspin

Jerdencon Hi Coleen! I actually really liked that book! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon Hi Denise! I'm so glad to hear that you liked it too. Being Catholic they touched on all my favorite saints, I found it to be charming, especially the stories about the lost objects, what a neat creative writing idea. I hope you're well, we have COVID and hospital stays going on but hanging in there the best we can 1y
Jerdencon Oh no! Hope everyone is better soon! 🙏🏻 1y
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perfectsinner
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Happy Friday y'all!

I finished up Blackbird House by Alice Hoffman this morning and picked out The Keeper of Lost Things by Ruth Hogan as my next book.

Enjoy the weekend!

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sailu112
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The premise was very gripping and I started reading the book. It was great until about half way in and suddenly the story was going nowhere. It felt as though the pages needed to be filled with story that doesn't tie up with the plot. Again the story picked up closer to the end. 3/5

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Rachiiebookdragon
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What a charming intriguing book! 4/5 Read as a prompt for #HeyReaderathon and #PopSugarReadingChallenge2021

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CassieT
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This novel weaves together two storylines that at first glance appear unrelated. As the stories progress, it all converges in a denouement that is satisfying and heartwarming. My only critiques are that it was very slow until the last third, so it was difficult to get invested; and the frequent foreshadowing made it fairly predictable. Overall, I enjoyed this book and recommend it for those looking for a feel-good novel.

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perfectsinner
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#bookmail
Finally, #bookmail from a friend
The Hole, Hiroko Oyamada
The Keeper of Lost Things, Ruth Hogan
Death in Her Hands, Ottessa Moshfegh

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Kristin_Reads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Found: A charming read to cozy up with this evening!

MittenGirlPeach I really enjoyed that one! 2y
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Danay
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2020 #65

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Crysboehne
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Ah, the back and forth with this book. It started out so very strong; the storyline, the characters, the possibilities! About midway through, the plot fell completely flat. I‘m not sure what happened, but it seemed like it turned into a completely different novel. One of the main characters became something that didn‘t match up with the rest of the story. Luckily the ending redeemed itself by tying things together nicely. Not my fave, but ⭐️⭐️⭐️.

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Jolynne
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A little bit of magic is good for the soul.

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TheSpineView
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Klou 👍❤📚 2y
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JulAnna
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Others have described this as endearing and charming. I would say that is exactly what it is. Not a lot of substance, but probably just what I needed right now. Light, easy. I enjoyed the book and movie references throughout. 🤓

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JulAnna
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Enjoying a quiet evening of reading, but not sure how I feel about this one yet, only 12% into it. Has anyone else read it?

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emmaturi
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This was a sweet and lovely book. Great cover too. My second one from this author. #books

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EmmaPlum
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Bomber said that the wonderful thing about books was that they were films that played inside your head 🎥📚📖

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Melancholy2243
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Panpan

Though the premise of this story was intriguing and that is what drew me too it in the first place, I really hated the way the characters are just stereotyped and unidimensional. The first few chapters were bearable but I can't go any longer with this. The author is a good writer but the prose is constructed to make you feel like this is a heartwarming book instead of actually feeling it. Filled with clichés instead of an authentic storyline.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Just grabbed this from the top of my pile and went for it. It's so lovely and easy to read.

I've been resisting some much needed sorting and letting go of "stuff in boxes" in my very full garage during this lockdown period, so it's nice to be reading about other peoples stuff for a change ?
Hoping it will give me a push to let go

JanuarieTimewalker13 I remember Dave from Wilde Reads loves this one. Haven‘t seen him on booktube for a long long time, he was good. I put this on my TBR bc of him and I still haven‘t read it! 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @JanuarieTimewalker13 cool, thanks, I've looked him up and will see what his thoughts are of this book when I finish it tonight. It's not a life changing book but it does make you think about life, aging and the lives of people around you. It's an easy read too 🙂 2y
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slategreyskies
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I really enjoyed this book! The characters really came to mean something to me, and I know that several of them will stay with me for a while. This book was compassionate somehow, and it was a “kind” sort of read, the sort of read that makes you feel that humans are good and decent. There was a short instance that may be triggering (sexual abuse of a minor), but it didn‘t last long, and that section wasn‘t relevant to the plot. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Butterfinger
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Keeper of Lost Things
Christina Baker Kline
K-9
Kiss
Karma-Chameleon by Culture Club

#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing 🖤😊 2y
Butterfinger I forgot to tag you @JoScho I am sorry. 2y
JoScho No worries 😉 2y
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slategreyskies
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#LitsyLove correspondence!! I‘m having so much fun hearing from and responding to you all! Bookish friends are the best! 💕✨ 📚 📖

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 2y
cathysaid That LitsyLove one is adorable. 2y
slategreyskies @cathysaid I think so too! 💕 2y
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amber_ldsmom
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Mehso-so

This is the story of a woman tasked with finding the owners of lost things collected by her benefactor and two love stories intertwined. It was supposed to have an element of magical realism, but I didn‘t see it. #AtoZLitsy #readingwithmaja #setineurope

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Chrissyreadit
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I ordered myself a book that arrived the same day as my order from @LibrarianRyan - I am so excited!! Thank you so much for the extra goodies you included. 💕💖🥰 and I cant wait to give my friends daughter her birthday backpack this July. She is going to be in love with it!

Sace Beautiful! 2y
LibrarianRyan Glad everything made it. 2y
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kimovsky
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Beautiful book. Loved it.

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slategreyskies
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Just picking this book back up today. I‘m looking forward to getting back into it.

Pic is of the earrings I made today. I thought they turned out really pretty. 💜💕✨

DGRachel They‘re lovely! 2y
AmyG Agreed. They are lovely! 2y
Suet624 Very nice. 💕 2y
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rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
Hooked_on_books Wow, those are cool! 2y
slategreyskies Thanks! I forgot to wear them to the grocery store today, and since that‘s pretty much the only place I‘ve been going while self-isolating, it‘ll probably be next week before I wear them out anywhere. :) @DGRachel @AmyG @Suet624 @rubyslippersreads @Hooked_on_books 2y
Curiouser_and_curiouser Beautiful earrings! I am also shifting this book around beginning it, putting it down, picking it back up again. It's on this years TBR. I hope you enjoy it 😊 2y
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juliegumdrop
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Sewing masks and listening to this one. It is very good!

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Hannah_11
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This book came as a much needed distraction for what is going on right now. A lovely story with really endearing characters. Just what the doctor ordered. #book #isolation #reading #booklover #comfort

julesG Great book. Also, like the plant-bowl and the lamp, I have similar ones. 😉 3y
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Loric
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Such an enchanting tale about love, loss, heartbreak, hope and redemption, Keeper of Lost Things is infused with humor and charm. A perfect cozy day kind of read.

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Curiouser_and_curiouser
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Picked this up for a change of pace and theme from the other 2 stories I'm reading ('Sanctuary' & 'Marrying Mozart')
This is a chatty, relatable book which is very nice to listen to on audiobook 😊

Jenken1998 Such a sweet read. I love all her books ❤ 3y
Curiouser_and_curiouser @Jenken1998 I will have to keep an eye out for her other books then 🙂 Thank you! 3y
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Tiffiney
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My January reads...some pretty great books! #Januarywrapup

rrkreads Wow amazing set of books. Which was your favorite amongst these? 3y
Tiffiney @rrkreads tough call, but I‘m gonna say All The Ways We Said Goodbye 💗 3y
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Texreader
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Ebook On sale today. Looks good.

Myhusbandhatesreading Listened to this book and really enjoyed it! (edited) 3y
intothehallofbooks I loved this one!! 3y
Tamra Why is something labeled “women‘s fiction?” I‘ve been pondering this lately every time I see it. 🧐 I don‘t know I‘ve seen “men‘s fiction” label. I also wonder about other categorical labels. (edited) 3y
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CampbellTaraL
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Such a charming and moving novel. If you enjoy Fredrick Backman or Fannie Flagg stories, you'll love this one. The weaving of individual vignettes into the larger story was masterfully executed so that at the end, you're bursting at the seams with excitement (and love) at the reveal.

PatriciaU One of my favorites this year! 3y
CampbellTaraL @PatriciaU Agreed! I was surprised how fast, and thoroughly, it hooked me. 💛 3y
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powerful_words
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Intriguing, moving, heart-felt & warm. I couldn't put it down! I'm left wanting more!

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webhau1
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Cinnamon Dolce Coffee, toast with apple butter, and so far a good book😉 #MrBook1inamillion #readathon #itsypartyofone #24B4monday

MrBook My kinda meal!!! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3y
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Heatherfeather
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I really loved the gorgeous, lyrical writing. At times I felt like the story didn't know what it wanted to be, but overall a beautiful, uplifting experience.

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jillrhudy
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I‘m not as good as I once was at keeping track of multiple story lines set in numerous times. The wonderful dogs portrayed in this book are what make it a Pick for me. I guess you‘d call it somewhere between a cozy and literary fiction. The last book I read was good enough to put this one in the shade, except for the dogs and a very special girl named Sunshine.

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jillrhudy
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I was listening to the audio and speaking of lost, I was. Totally. I went to the library to get the book and now am reading while my color processes at the salon. It‘s very cute and sweet.

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rockpools
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#fallisbooked #leaves @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

And yes, that might actually be a Snoopy colouring book underneath!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🍁🍂😊 3y
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍁🍂 3y
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squirrelbrain
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The hero of this story collects a lot of #thingummybobs that people have lost...
#thethingummybob
#redroseseptember

Cinfhen Hi 👋 missed you these past few days!! #BonusCoverCrush 3y
squirrelbrain Sometimes life (for that read ‘work‘) gets in the way of Litsy doesn‘t it @Cinfhen ?! How dare it? 3y
arlenefinnigan Love the cover! 3y
AmyRebecca Yes, beautiful colors on the cover 3y
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