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The Alice Network
The Alice Network: A Novel | Kate Quinn
In an enthralling new historical novel from national bestselling author Kate Quinn, two womena female spy recruited to the real-life Alice Network in France during World War I and an unconventional American socialite searching for her cousin in 1947are brought together in a mesmerizing story of courage and redemption. 1947. In the chaotic aftermath of World War II, American college girl Charlie St. Clair is pregnant, unmarried, and on the verge of being thrown out of her very proper family. She's also nursing a desperate hope that her beloved cousin Rose, who disappeared in Nazi-occupied France during the war, might still be alive. So when Charlie's parents banish her to Europe to have her "little problem" taken care of, Charlie breaks free and heads to London, determined to find out what happened to the cousin she loves like a sister. 1915. A year into the Great War, Eve Gardiner burns to join the fight against the Germans and unexpectedly gets her chance when she's recruited to work as a spy. Sent into enemy-occupied France, she's trained by the mesmerizing Lili, the "Queen of Spies", who manages a vast network of secret agents right under the enemy's nose. Thirty years later, haunted by the betrayal that ultimately tore apart the Alice Network, Eve spends her days drunk and secluded in her crumbling London house. Until a young American barges in uttering a name Eve hasn't heard in decades, and launches them both on a mission to find the truth...no matter where it leads. Both funny and heartbreaking, this epic journey of two courageous women is an unforgettable tale of little-known wartime glory and sacrifice. Quinn knocks it out of the park with this spectacular book!Stephanie Dray, New York Times bestselling author of America's First Daughter
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amb_morg
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

If you are a fan of Historical Fiction and strong women, this Kate Quinn novel won't disappoint.

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Bren912
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Finished the book with the last gleaming light…we know the impact women have had in wars but so many stories do not get told. I loved how so many of the events at the time were so shocking if you were a young unwed woman. I connected with all the characters—it was so well written and tied up the story (told in back and forth characters and time) at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bren912
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Im taking my chances with library costs and such to finish this book. I waited too long with a library hold to not. Hopefully I won‘t be put on a naughty list. And for any librarians out there: I‘m only a little sorry.

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Bibliophile_22
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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It took a little to immerse myself into this one but ended up being an interesting story.

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Bren912
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Uh-oh. Library notice I can‘t renew because of a wait list so scurrying to read it before it‘s due date. And Easter at my house ….

AileenRR Fingers crossed you got to finish it 🤞🏽I‘m also having the family at my house tomorrow and so there will probably be no book time for either of us. Happy Easter! 1mo
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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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I loved this book! I liked how Kate Quinn wrote the different points of view for Charlie and Eve and how she tied them both together at the end. The Author's Note at the end of the book was fascinating as well.

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Engrossing novel centered around a WWI female spy and an unwed pregnant woman searching for her cousin after WW2. With alternating POVs and timelines, we follow these two women haunted by the past on a journey to closure and redemption in the fallout of war. Quinn creates an atmosphere that had me captivated, devastated, awestruck, and marveling at the transformation that can occur when we allow ourselves to be vulnerable. 5⭐️

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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Decent results on my #FabulousFebruary reading goals. I finished two books and started “The Alice Network” yesterday. Did not love what I read, but “Alice” is really good so far! I love these mid-month readathons!

Andrew65 Fantastic 👏👏👏🙌🥳🍾🥂😍 Thanks for playing along. 3mo
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BeckyWithTheGoodBooks
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Sometimes you just need the company of books.

Aims42 Amen 🙌❤️ 3mo
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Kboltz
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Loved the Rose Code but I think I loved this book even more. Women spies during WWII…the telling of the past while the telling of the search for those lost during the war cannot be forgotten by Charlie. Just a great read all the way through.

marleed Kate Quinn is an auto read for me! 3mo
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Soubhiville
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This is my second Kate Quinn in 2 months. This one for bookclub.

The amount of research Quinn did and included in her afterword is admirable.

I liked this one slightly more than The Rose Code. Eve was an impressive and daunting and brave woman. Her storyline was more interesting to me than Charlie‘s, but I liked her determination to track her cousin down too.

I‘ll probably read more by this author.
(Pictured with last night‘s bath bomb😉💚)

Soubhiville Thanks @AmyG for sharing these books with me! And thanks @ozma.of.oz , the Mr Grinch bath bomb was really relaxing. 4mo
ozma.of.oz Oh I‘m so glad! She‘s a local lady, and I love gifting those out! 💚 4mo
Kimberlone Have you read The Huntress? I loved The Alice Network, but The Huntress was my favorite of hers. 4mo
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Crazeedi I liked this one too, I have the Huntress on my tbr shelf!! 4mo
AmyG I am glad you enjoyed it! I love bath reading. 4mo
Aims42 Kate Quinn has become an auto-buy author for me ever since I read “The Huntress”. Man, she can tell a story!! 4mo
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Soubhiville
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#weeklyforecast @Cinfhen

It‘s going to be a good week!

emmalouise1 I have piranesi on my case tbr this year . How did you find it :) 4mo
Suet624 Being able to look forward to Piranesi and Dave Grohl would be my reason for living. :) 4mo
Cinfhen The storyteller 🙌🏻🎉🥰👍🏻🎧❤️🏅 4mo
StellaB I‘m sure you will love Piranesi. It‘s very different and very moving! 4mo
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Allylu
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My #7thBookof2021 is The Alice Network by Kate Quinn ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ !! #12Booksof2021

Andrew65 Another favourite of mine. 5mo
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Aubgurl
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Every 6 weeks or so, a group of friends get together for a book swap. It‘s readers of all levels. Some people read one book every 6 weeks, some people read multiple books during that time. We have brunch, everyone describes the book (or books) that they brought, and then we draw numbers, which are usually on the back of a bookmark to take home. Everyone then goes in order and picks a book they want to take home to read. It‘s such a fun time!

Leftcoastzen That sounds fun! Great idea. 5mo
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Wife
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@ScientistSam @Bookgoil @rsteve388 #llfs #LitsyLove Just woke up and opened my lovely gifts! Thank you Sam! My own library kit🤓for my “keeper” books-How fun! And NYPL book bag is a great choice from your home state. The Alice Network might go to work with me tonight 🙂

ScientistSam Hope you enjoy it! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Alice Network is so good!! 7mo
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shannasbookshelf
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Hi, everyone! I want to say the following:
1. I will try to do weekly currently reading posts of my non-school-related readings here as well as on my Instagram. (You can see this post on my bookstagram here: https://www.instagram.com/p/CTeulMUnwAr/?utm_medium=copy_link).
2. I‘m not sure if I mentioned this, but I‘ll no longer be posting reviews here. Those will strictly be on my bookstagram, so give that account a follow for reviews.

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apoisedquill

Go read up on The Alice Network, whether be it this book, or the real thing. Women have long proven to the world the limitless bounds of our abilities. But if people still need reminding, Louise de Bettignies' story, and countless others have always been out there in the world, waiting to be told, embraced, and heralded.

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apoisedquill
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I think this is one of the most historically accurate fiction I have read. The details taken from World War I and II were explained at the end of the book and I can only marvel at how skillfully Quinn wove the fictional with the factual. Dramatic and explosive plot!

CoffeeNBooks This is a great book! 10mo
apoisedquill @CoffeeNBooks It sure is! 🥰 10mo
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terryduncan5719
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Excellent! Excellent! I loved this story of women. The story switches between the 1st and 2nd world war and the experiences of the women who lived then. The author effectively and seamlessly showed the unique challenges faced by women during this time period. I was there and invested in all the characters, even the secondary characters! I strongky reccommend this book!

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sleepy.ash87
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5/5
Wow. I am so glad I took the time to finish this book!
This novel is inspired by the true story of Louise de Bettignies (Lili), a French spy during WWI. Lili is an important character in the novel, though the main protagonist is Evelyn Gardiner, who joins Lili's spy network. Chapters cover Eve as a young woman and 30 years later with new friend Charlie. I love the focus on heroism and female friendship in this piece!

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sleepy.ash87
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Our last day at the beach. This morning, I made my sister promise not to remind me that our time here is ending.

I made a dribble castle with the kids and helped them decorate it with seaweed. They used a shell for a flag.

Still, very little time for books! I'll make up for it on the ride home.

Also, I'm liking this read but it feels a little slow at times... I'm still trying to pinpoint what's missing. Does anyone else feel this?

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sleepy.ash87
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Another day enjoying the Gulf. This is usually a time for reading, but I made little progress on my book today. My little one and I woke up before the rest of the family and visited the beach for a few minutes to ourselves. We admired an osprey diving into the ocean for her breakfast.

My baby was a surprise too, Charlie, and something that I once thought to be "my little problem," but now he is my everything. I wonder how her story unfolds!

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sleepy.ash87
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The little guy and I have been traveling south these past few days, stopping to visit family along the way. We'll finally make it to the beach this afternoon, but first we'll swing over for a riverboat ride at our favorite nature spot.

I have started listening to this exciting book while Julian sleeps in the car. Already, I am captivated by this story! Going to give it another listen before the kiddo wakes up. 🌞

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Allylu
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Another great story of remarkable women serving their countries and the trials they went through to get it done. Great characters, intriguing story! It added to my fascination with stories of women who were spies! #100YEARS100BOOKS #91 #TAILSandTALESforADULTS #18 #BookSpinBingo #6 #BFC21 #5

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 10mo
wanderinglynn I enjoyed this one too. 👍🏻 10mo
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JenlovesJT47
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After scouring lists for great audiobooks, I settled on The Alice Network. I received this from a Litten awhile back but decided to snag the #audiobook because it had such great reviews. This was such a great effing book and the narrator deserves all the praise she gets - she is phenomenal! She glides seemlessly in and out of the various accents and characters and does it so well. This was hard reading at times because it‘s so bleak in parts, ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 But I listened to it slowly over the last 2 weeks so I wouldn‘t miss anything. I kept my book handy so I could double-check on the spellings of names and places (drives me crazy if I don‘t know how to spell something!). The dual storylines of Eve and Charlie were great and I loved the little ragtag family they made together with Finn on their quest to find one of the most evil book characters I‘ve come across in awhile, that douchebag René. ⬇️ 10mo
JenlovesJT47 I would highly recommend this to lovers of historical fiction. Coming from someone who reads a lot of WWII fiction, it‘s just as important to learn more about the stories of brave people in WWI. The real women of The Alice Network are largely forgotten today and it‘s important that their stories be told and remembered. 5⭐️ Highly recommended! 10mo
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danni0075
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Katr Quinn - will be reading more by this lady for sure. Loved it ❤️

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Leftcoastzen
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#curiouscovers #car a book many Littens have read as well as the friend who loaned it to me . I hear good things about it ,still on the TBR.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so good!! 11mo
Eggs Agreed! Read it❣️ 11mo
Leftcoastzen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs Need to move it up the pile! 11mo
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Kleblanc
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Vacation reading ☀️

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NaomiO
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Loved this book, I would have finished it in a week if I wasn‘t struggling mentally. Two very strong determined women who faced so much. This book kept me engaged and wanting to read more and it was so easy to picture everything play out in my head. I didn‘t even know that it is actually based on a real person and that The Alice Network was a real group of spies.

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NaomiO

“I didn‘t want to examine the happiness too closely; I was too afraid it would fall apart. I was content to let it be”

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wideeyedreader
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Oh my god this book is GOOD. The characters are so vivid and life-like, and I found the story riveting—even when the events were pretty terrible. 100% recommend!! Also gives me a bingo for #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This one is on my TBR, too! 12mo
wideeyedreader @TheAromaofBooks I think you‘ll like it! 12mo
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5280reader
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So much love for this book and Charlie and Eve. Riveting back and forth between these characters and time periods. And then to learn how historically based the story was... whew. #bookspin for May @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! 12mo
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5280reader
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Love the back and forth storylines of Eve in WW1 and Charlie just after WW2. I can‘t wait to get back into each of the characters! Do you ever have a book where you HATE getting whisked away to that subplot of characters? And you scream at the author for more of the storyline you want? Not so in this book!!

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michellem3t
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I enjoyed the book. It was very interesting. There is some disrespect to intimacy and some stronger than necessary profanity, but I don‘t know, maybe this was indicative of the time. I liked the insight of women in positions of espionage in the time of war.

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starlight97
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#QuotsyApr21 day 23 #poetic
@TK-421
📷 yuki.reads on instagram

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HollyBahling
Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Pure perfection. I waited so long to finish it because I just didn‘t want it to end. I absolutely loved the characters and their journey across France. The writing was beautiful and made you feel like you were there with them. From every heartbreaking moment to the joyous seconds scattered about, I loved it.

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

I really enjoyed the dual timelines and seeing how these two women‘s lives played out. I loved how there was the mystery about Rose, historical fiction, and some romance. This was well written, but I do think this book could have been shorter.
#bibliophile #bookworm #bookstagram #bookreview #review #litsy #littens

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 13mo
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Mccall0113
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Listening to this on Libby. The character development is really good. I hope the story line picks up some.

CaroPi I have mixed feelings for this book they are some moments that I do like the story they are some others that I am quite disappointed it but nevertheless I must admit that from time to time The novel comes back to my mind so I guess that not that bad 🤷🏻‍♀️ 14mo
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NaomiO
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Lazy Saturday morning

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MittenGirlPeach
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My April #Bookspin! I have 21 books listed; 4 in reserve for a total of 25. I‘ve found it works for me to have the full #BookspinBingo card filled. Lots of mysteries, lots of splendid reading ahead. Can‘t wait!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 14mo
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ewaselbecker
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Excellent read. Loved how the stories of two women who don‘t fit their expected mold cross paths and combine stories in this journey to find meaning in a post WWII wreckage of a world. Great characters. A little kitschy but overall wonderful.

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Johnanthonymiller
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A great story of the WWI spy network in German-occupied France. I thoroughly enjoyed this and you will, too

TheSpineView It is a great story! 👍🤩📚 14mo
Johnanthonymiller @TheSpineView - It was. I enjoyed it! 14mo
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kissmehardy
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SCREAMING. My God, I loved Charlie and Eve and their relationship. I don't think I called a single one of the plot twists, either. #historicalfiction

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deliasson
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This book was excellent! At first, I wasn‘t too sure about it but it was truly amazing. It made me cringe at the main antagonist and the thought of him! Very well portrayed.

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wanderinglynn
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Far too long ago, @MaleficentBookDragon gifted me this book and epic bookmark. After two moves (one cross-country and one trans-pacific), I finally read it and loved it. What an amazing story. I‘m just sorry I didn‘t get to it sooner. Thank you again Chelle! 😘

This was also my February #bookspin book. 😆 And the first #bookspin book I‘ve finished this year. 🙌🏻

Victoria_Clyne This on my TBR too and has been for ages. So glad to hear you enjoyed it. 1y
wanderinglynn @Victoria_Clyne yes, very good. But there are some heavy parts as it flips between WWI and a couple of years post-WWII, which is why it took me over a month to read it. Normally (i.e., pre-covid) it wouldn‘t have taken me that long to read it, but my headspace isn‘t 100%. I had to intersperse several light-hearted reads. 1y
MaleficentBookDragon I do 😻that bookmark. I‘m glad you liked the book. 1y
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Victoria_Clyne @wanderinglynn I totally get books taking a long time at certain times. My work is always busy June and July and I can't read anything heavy then. Thankfully my book club pick light reads for then. 1y
AlaMich I‘ve had this on my Kindle for a long time. I really need to get to it soon! 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! This one is on my TBR as well! 1y
Roary47 That bookmark is the cutest! 😍 1y
wanderinglynn @AlaMich @TheAromaofBooks it‘s worth the read. 1y
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wanderinglynn
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#weekendreads

1. Tagged

2. The Sum of All Kisses by Julia Quinn, finished it Late Friday night

3. Buttercup & Westley, Elizabeth & Darcy, Beatrice & Benedict, Morticia & Gomez

Have you played? @LoydaElionora @TheSpineView @maich @Eggs @Crazeedi

rachelsbrittain Morticia and Gomez! I didn't think of them. Such a good pick! 1y
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 💜🏷 1y
Ellies_Books06 Thank for the tag 💙 1y
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Nute Yay, for Beatrice and Benedick! I never would have thought of this reluctant-to-acknowledge love couple. But I remember being overjoyed when they figured it all out. 1y
Eggs Thanks for the tag 💝💝 1y
Crazeedi Thanks Lynn!! 1y
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chelreads
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First real snow fall in Indiana 🥶

Grocery pickup must-haves:
1. A good audiobook ✅
2. Seat warmers ✅

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j.rye
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#unpopularopinion

I didn‘t like Charlie. I really hated how she was portrayed and that skeezy scene in the hotel. I usually love when books jump around, but this one didn‘t work for me.

Just an all around pile of nope for me.

SamAnne Same here. 1y
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ErinMiller
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This book was excellent! I couldn't put it down. The story was captivating, the characters were so interesting, and I didn't want it to end. This is the second book I've read by Kate Quinn, the first being The Huntress, and it certainly won't be the last. Such talented and well-thought out writing.

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katy4peas
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🥺I love Eve sooo much! This is a great book. Charlie grew on me, but still not my favorite person in the world. Plot kept moving, characters were interesting, narrator was great. Awesome read!

ATB One of my all time favorite reads! 1y
Ellies_Books06 I just wanyed to say hello to a fellow whovian 💙😁💙 1y
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