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Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas
Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas | Stephanie Barron
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Jane Austen turns sleuth in this delightful murder mystery set over the twelve days of a Regency-Era Christmas party. Christmas Eve, 1814: Jane Austen has been invited to spend the holiday with family and friends at The Vyne, the gorgeous ancestral home of the wealthy and politically prominent Chute family. As the year fades and friends begin to gather beneath the mistletoe for the twelve days of Christmas festivities, Jane and her circle are in a celebratory mood: Mansfield Park is selling nicely; Napoleon has been banished to Elba; British forces have seized Washington, DC; and on Christmas Eve, John Quincy Adams signs the Treaty of Ghent, which will end a war nobody in England really wanted. Jane, however, discovers holiday cheer is fleeting. One of the Yuletide revelers dies in a tragic accident, which Jane immediately views with suspicion. If the accident was in fact murder, the killer is one of Janes fellow snow-bound guests. With clues scattered amidst cleverly crafted charades, dark secrets coming to light during parlor games, and old friendships returning to haunt the Christmas parties, whom can Jane trust to help her discover the truth and stop the killer from striking again? From the Hardcover edition.
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Sparklemn
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Fun read for the holidays. Definitely interested in trying the series. #bookbub

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I love revisiting 'what Jane calls “the gaieties” of the Christmas season two hundred years ago.' This one goes back on my #forevershelf. Later this month I'll be rereading #janeandthewaterloomap in anticipation of Feb 8th Release of #janeandtheyearwithoutasummer.
#janeandthetwelvedaysofchristmas
#beingajaneaustenmystery

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mcctrish Oh I need this series in my life 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @mcctrish they're so wonderful! 7mo
Cathythoughts Lovely picture 💫❤️ 7mo
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CaramelLunacy I have only read the first few, but these are so much fun. I must pick back up again. 7mo
DivineDiana Now that I finished this one, I need a copy for my forever shelf! ❤️ 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @CaramelLunacy that was me. I jumped around and then finally read them all #JaneandtheYear2020 and this one I've read 3 times now. 7mo
Crinoline_Laphroaig @DivineDiana it's a great Holiday Readalong 7mo
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DivineDiana
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This was my last audiobook in 2021 and my first in 2022. It was the perfect time for it! I enjoyed the descriptions of Christmas celebrations in England during the Period. Always love the language and manners of the time. Jane Austen as solver of murder mystery was delightful. Plot complicated. I do believe reading the print copy would have helped. Ended with a Children‘s Ball on Twelfth Night and thus, the photograph. ⭐️ ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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"As the parlour clock began to strike twelve, I opened the kitchen door to let the Old Year out. Then I hurried along the passage to the parsonage hall, and on the stroke of twelve, threw wide the front door to let the New Year in."
Happy New Year! ???

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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And yet we are still eating. 😋
#janeandthetwelvedaysofchristmas

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DivineDiana
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Current and timely Hoopla audiobook. #blameitonlitsy

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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As an Auntie I wholeheartedly agree with this statement❣
#janeandthetwelvedaysofchristmas

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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The First Day: "The snow ceased to fall during the night, and it was a sparkling world that greeted us this Christmas morning." - Quite a different tale here in Oklahoma. Can't remember a time I've set outside on Christmas Morning. It's currently 64F/18C.
So my #literarytravels are taking me to ?? w/#janeandthetwelvedaysofchristmas & Georgie from #royalspyness.

Happy Christmas! ???
#holidaytimelinereadalongs

Bookzombie Merry Christmas!🎄 8mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Prologue - Christmas Eve:
“Such gaieties as we shall have,” Cassandra attempted, hastening to remove her gloves, the better to wrestle with her bonnet, “now that Christmas is upon us.” “Twelve days entire of rank frivolity,” I agreed sardonically.

We're having a weird warm snap with forecast record highs for Christmas Eve and Day. Today we listened; tomorrow we might actually set outside and read. 🎄

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Laughterhp
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Bailedbailed

Officially bailing on my #BookSpin for the month of December. I tried to read this one last year too and just thought it was me. Tried again this year and this book is pretty boring to me. I‘m officially bailing and won‘t give it a third try!

#BookSpinBingo
#TeamGameSleigher

Bookwormjillk I had trouble with this one too. Eventually switched to audio just to finish it, but it was a chore. 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes a book just isn't the right fit. Sorry this one didn't work for you, but I think you definitely gave it a chance!!! 8mo
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merelybookish
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The author clearly loves re-creating Jane Austen's world and seemed to put more effort into describing Regency Christmas traditions than in creating a mystery. But it eventually got going and nothing was too obvious. It was pleasant and seasonal if a bit too slow and too long. Between a so-so and a pick.
Fulfills the Agatha Raisin/amateur sleuth prompt for #CloakandDaggerChristmas

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candc320
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I really enjoyed this audiobook! While it‘s definitely slower than the contemporary stories I‘ve been listening to lately I liked the old-fashioned feeling and the mystery at the heart of the story (which I didn‘t guess, which is always good). 🌟🌟🌟🌟 26 points for team #mistletoemaniacs #wintergames2021 . Also used as the free space on my #averymerrybingo board!

Jadams1776 🎉🎄👍🏻🎅🏻 8mo
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JenlovesJT47
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I read the first book in this series and was underwhelmed, but decided to give this a try since it‘s been on my radar the last few years. I DNF very rarely, but this is my first DNF of the year. I got 2 hours in and was bored to tears. The characters seem stuffy without much personality. Life is too short to read books you aren‘t enjoying!

#JaneAusten
#Christmas

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CrowCAH
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#BookBub deal!

$1.99 on Amazon

mabell Thanks!! 8mo
CrowCAH @mabell you‘re welcome! I‘ve read this book and it was a fun mystery novel! 8mo
mabell @CrowCAH It had good reviews! I read the prologue and already got sucked in 😊 It‘s also available in hoopla on audio, but I thought for $2 I could also have the book! 8mo
CrowCAH @mabell oh neat! I love utilizing the library‘s digital library! Enjoy 😊 8mo
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Texreader
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Ebook on sale today. #wintergamesreads

Sparklemn I picked it up today!! 👍 8mo
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CrowCAH
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#LovePrevails #MissingPersonDay

It‘s always the missing person of the party who is murdered. Good thing Jane Austen is on the case!

Eggs This sounds so good!!! 2y
CrowCAH @Eggs yes, they‘re creative mysteries, with the use of more logic and noticing details. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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1st Finished Book of 2021! I've been doing a lot of Timeline Readalongs and made a start on Chapter a Day War & Peace, just haven't finished anything until now. 🤓
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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It's time for the Twelfth Night Ball. 🎭
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Anybody ever made a Twelfth Night Cake? Would love to try.
I have British Baking Book: The History of British Baking, Savory and Sweet. It has a recipe but I couldn't find any Fondant on my last grocery run. Forgot to order some. Next Year? 🎂
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Tea please! A very short Chapter today. 🫖
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This Heroine has been doing laundry while listening to audio books. We were out of jammies! 😱🧺9️⃣
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Different year. Same hope. 1️⃣🥂🍾
#janeandtheyear2020andbeyond

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MidnightBookGirl
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Mehso-so

I DNFED this book, but I got over 40% in. I was just BORED. It pains me to say that, because I love Austen, but I just didn't care. #WinterGames2020 #MerryReaders #HolidayRead @Clwojick

*Litsy won't let me post Bail reviews.

Tamra I bailed too! 😏 2y
Kimberlone Same! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#decemberstats #wrapup
4 books- 2 mysteries,1 historical fiction, 1 contemporary fiction
3 audiobooks- all mysteries

#sundaybuddyread #Pemberlittens

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I want to do this. Sadly I have no parlour clock that chimes. Will have to download some chimes for my phone alarm.

Our New Year's Eve/Day Traditions aren't changing that much. Never been go out on the town people. I do always dress up even to drink champagne at home. In a normal year I would invite a few friends. Obviously this year that's not happening. Food Traditions stay the same, just in smaller quantities. ⬇️

Crinoline_Laphroaig New Year's Eve - Raclette. Wonderful meal of potatoes & cheese with a side of pineapple that were first served in Switzerland. Heavy meal. Perfect for a night you're staying up late. Dessert is Commander's Palace
Chocolate Molten Souffles. ⬇️
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Crinoline_Laphroaig New Year's Day - Mary Kay Andrews
fabulous Grits & Greens Casserole. Recipe is on her website or in her Beach House Cookbook. Grits, Cheese, & Butter. Served with Bloody Mary's. It's my favorite Brunch EVER! And it soaks up the Booze.

Supper is Blackeyed Pea Soup for luck. Served with cornbread. ⬇️
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Crinoline_Laphroaig Best of all everything can be prepped ahead of time. Leaving me time to sip champagne by the fire.
🥳🕛🥔🧀🍍 🥂🍾🕙🌽🥬😋
#whatareyoureadingnewyearseve
#janeandtheyear2020 #yuleloveit
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Kdgordon88 Happy New Year! 2y
kspenmoll Happy New Year!!!! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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This pretty much sums up my 2020. 📚
#janeandtheyear2020

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Eggnog? Yay or Nay?
#janeandtheyear2020

PurpleTulipGirl One small glass a year. Rum is optional. 2y
inthegreensandblues I love egg nog! Though usually prefer with no alcohol even though I like other cocktails 2y
Kdgordon88 No, thank you. 2y
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Bookzombie I haven‘t ever had egg nog. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Used to love the stuff - now just a small glass on Christmas Eve, more for tradition and camaraderie than anything else! Afterwards I prefer to curl up with a nice pour of a peaty Scotch. 👍 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @Bookzombie @PurpleTulipGirl @inthegreensandblues @Kdgordon88 last year was the first time I've had any. It was at a cookie swap. Not sure if it was homemade. The host was a Chef so I assume it was good stuff and why I liked it. I also like Brandy Milk Punch Cocktail which is similar. I'm with @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Scotch is always my favorite! 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Brandy Milk Punch is YUM!! 2y
Crinoline_Laphroaig @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I need to make that over the holiday weekend. 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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Mehso-so

I couldn‘t really get into this book, and eventually ended up switching to audio just to finish. I really wanted to like it though so I‘m blaming 2020 and planning on trying again next year. Also I learned a new word that I am embracing (minus the beer) - nuncheon. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNosedReindeer

OutAndAbout Nuncheon was worth the read all by itself! 2y
Tattooedteacher In my school we call a hearty snack on half school days a snunch. 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Twists, Turns, and The Plot Thickens. 🎱🎄4️⃣
#4thdayofchristmas
#yuleloveit
#janeandtheyear2020

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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James and Mary are the worst! 💋3️⃣🎄
#yuleloveit
#thirddayofchristmas
#janeandtheyear2020

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Bookwormjillk
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Spinsters were infinitely useful for fetching firewood and ham, whilst one lay in contemplation of the Abyss.

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kspenmoll
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#bookteport.
It was challenging to stay focused this week with Christmas anticipation, wrapping gifts, etc. I did finish Jane. It was a little slow in the beginning but picked up & I enjoyed it thoroughly! The detail to Regency clothing, environment, social mores , its food, was impeccable. Had to look up things as I read along, such as “cold brawn” ( jellied meat from pigs head)a favorite food of Mrs. Austen. Marsh‘s a#audiobook was light fare.

Cinfhen Happy Holidays ♥️💚♥️💚♥️ 2y
Chrissyreadit Ohhh! Glad you were able to read! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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I am quite envious of Jane's morning at The Vyne. 🫖2️⃣🎄
#yuleloveit
#seconddayofchristmas #janeandtheyear2020

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Mitch
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This was a fun, atmospheric murder mystery. Barron creates a wonderful Regency inspired Christmas, complete with a masked ball, country manors, parsonages and snow drifts. There is lots of fainting on the sofa and decorating with ribbons which when coupled with an Austen era use of language gives a very satisfying holiday read. #pemberlittens

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️ 2y
MamaGina I enjoyed it too, I think I‘ll read some more of this series🤓 2y
staci.reads I really liked this one too! 2y
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Mitch @MamaGina I didn‘t realise this was mid series until I started ( which was probably a good thing as I‘m crazy about reading in order!) 2y
MamaGina I like reading in order too. If the series is good you see growth and development in the characters themselves and their relationships with one another. I want to know more about that “honorable rogue” she mentioned several times in this one 🤓 2y
Mitch @MamaGina 👍🏼😉 2y
kspenmoll Love your review!!! 2y
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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As an Auntie myself, I can get behind this theory. Day 1 and we're off to a Christmas House Party. 🎄 #janeandthetwelvedaysofchristmas

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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And were off on Jane and The Twelve Days of Christmas Readalong. My lovely bookmark from @mitch will be marking the days.

Mary gives me flashbacks to me mother. ?"Mary is not ill, exactly; she merely fancies herself so. She quacks and physicks herself, and announces portentously that the End is Near; she lies upon the sopha the better part of the day and laments the coldness of a world indifferent to her dying." #janeandtheyear2020

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Mitch
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Savouring a few moments of calm and wishing this country house Murder mystery included a floor plan of the house! 🎅🏼

Crinoline_Laphroaig I'm starting Jane 12 today. I'm going to readalong the Timeline. 🎄 2y
Mitch @Crinoline_Laphroaig I thought about that ! But I‘m terrible at stalling and not reading past my page markers! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#chinesetakeout #fortunecookies #UConnWomen #Huskies #basketball #BIGEAST #pemberlittens

My fortune tonight: “Success is usually the fruit of patience.” Quite wise!

Chinese takeout while watching UConn v Villanova. Also celebration of the teams undefeated 1995 season & their win of the Big East Conference.
Sneaking in Jane during half time.

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Mitch
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Christmas bookmark for my seasonal read! Thank you honey @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

MamaGina I‘m reading this right now too and enjoying it so far 🤓 2y
Mitch @MamaGina I thought it might help me get into the seasonal spirit! 2y
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iread2much Ooo, this is a Christmas book I might actually enjoy reading 2y
Mitch @iread2much yeah - I‘m not usually one fir seasonal reads either. But this sounded fun! 2y
iread2much @Mitch I‘m excited to read your review 😄 2y
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Mitch
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In celebration of my #averyaustenchristmasswap finally making it to its destination- I‘m cracking open my first Christmas read. Which I will be reading accompanied by the BEST peanut brittle ever! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Chrissyreadit WooHoo!!! 2y
EclecticBookLover I love your bookshelves! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m in love with your library 📚❤️ 2y
Mitch @EclecticBookLover ahh - thank you. This is one section. They‘re modular shelves so I‘ve been adding, adding, adding! 🤣 2y
Mitch @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank you ♥️ 2y
EclecticBookLover You always need more books! 2y
BiblioLitten 🤩😍🤩 2y
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kspenmoll
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#Pemberlittens #festive spirit #litsylove #holidaycards

Taking a break from writing Christmas cards. Reading Jane and eating fresh berries with creme fraiche. Yum!

Chrissyreadit I just pulled my copy out too. I‘m switching between several books to see witch one I can‘t put down. Seriously restless. 2y
kspenmoll @Chrissyreadit I feel the same way. Cannot stick with one book!!! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#Pemberlittens #Litsylove #coffeeandbooks #festivespirit
#AVeryAustenHoliday #AVAH

Home today. Enjoying morning coffee and the tagged book. I highly recommend even though I am only 3 chapters in.
Thank you so much Megan! Perfect gift!
As you can see, also immersed in writing Christmas cards...

Chrissyreadit This picture is perfect! It could be a Cozy Christmas card 😍 I‘m hoping to read everyday for pleasure for the next month. And drink lots of coffee and tea but decoration game isn‘t going to be quite up to par as yours. 2y
MeganAnn What a beautiful photo 😍 I‘m so happy you‘re enjoying the book! 2y
Crazeedi You always post the most beautiful pictures! You must have a "better homes" house! So lovely (edited) 2y
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Bookwormjillk
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It‘s so dark today it‘s hard to take a good picture, but my current read fits today‘s #12ColorsofDecember Cranberry Red photo prompt. #WinterGames2020 #ReadNoseReindeer

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Blackink_WhitePaper
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StayCurious Great choice! 😍 2y
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Tamra
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This has required patience - finally the mystery begins in chapter 9, pg. 105.

I almost put it down. 😅

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kspenmoll
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#AVeryAustenHoliday #AVAH catsoflitsy

Such generous & beautiful gifts from @MeganAnn that Emmy had to explore. Her white paw can be seen at bottom of too photo. Bottom photo she is all in! She seems to be admiring the glittery ornament.
Homemade card & bookmarks( water colors, just gorgeous! A Jane tote & scarf, two books & a bright red holiday coffee mug. 🎄❄️☕️ Megan you hit all the right spots! Thank you !!! 💚❤️

Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍🌲🎄🙌 2y
sprainedbrain what a lovely box! and a lovely kitty. 😍 2y
MeganAnn Oh I‘m so very glad you like everything! And your kitty too 😻😆 It was a joy to shop for you and to get to know you a bit. 2y
DebinHawaii Gorgeous! All the gifts & the kitty too! 😍 Those bookmarks! ❤️ 2y
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DebinHawaii
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@Gissy It‘s here! Excuse the dark picture, I got home late & this was my best attempt at festivity!😉

I am very excited for Thursday! #averyaustenholiday #averyaustenholidayswap

Gissy Nice! We are just a couple of days to open it🤗I like the holiday arrangement🎄❤️💚❤️💚 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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@Mitch this surprise could not have arrived at a better time! Thank you so much my dear friend! I‘m so grateful for you and appreciate this so much!

LeahBergen How nice! ❤️ 2y
Mitch Hope it brightens your day xxx 2y
Chrissyreadit @Mitch it truly did!! Thank you so much! Yesterday was filled with missteps - I had forgotten to register my car, it expired, some tough family situations to navigate, a paper for school I‘m furious I have to write (this May be the worst class I have ever taken with terrible misinformation not based on science I have to regurgitate) and then three bright things- a new bathtub finally put in!, my daughter hit 1 million followers and had an exciting 2y
Chrissyreadit @Mitch interview and your Book arriving! It all reminded me that terrible horrible no good very bad days are temporary. ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️😘 2y
TheBookHippie Enjoy🤍🤍🤍 2y
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DebinHawaii
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I did not do a very good job of taking pictures of my #averyaustenholidayswap box exterior & accidentally left my phone in the car when I went in the post office (it‘s MONDAY!) 🤷🏻‍♀️but I did snap a shot of the inside of the box & I think it looks pretty. @Gissy it should be arriving on Friday 12/4 which is quicker than I expected from Honolulu to San Juan. I hope you like it.🤗

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Wonderful wrap job! 2y
DebinHawaii @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Thank you! I feel like the prettiest ones are at the bottom! I should have taken pictures before boxing them! 😆 2y
Chrissyreadit I love that it is going from one island to another! 2y
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LeahBergen What beautiful bags!! 😍 2y
DebinHawaii @Chrissyreadit It‘s a long trip! I‘ve made it myself. 😉 2y
DebinHawaii @LeahBergen I found them on Etsy! 🤗 2y
sprainedbrain YAY! 💜 2y
Gissy Wow! It looks beautiful!😍❤️❤️❤️I don‘t have those wrapping skill neither those ideas but I hope you like what I chose for you🤞I will send your box this week, waiting for one item. I will send it priority mail. Thank you so much for taking care and time to put everything so beautiful in that box! I‘m very grateful

@Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain
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Chrissyreadit Yay @Gissy you send the best swaps! 2y
Gissy What an honor! Thank You @ Chrissyreadit There are some swaps for this month that I couldn‘t order online because we were matched close to open date. I was worried not to get things on time. So today I was shopping but they still don‘t have merchandise variety. Due to COVID, many things are back stock. They said will receive merchandise this week. We‘ll see. During holidays, mail can be a mess due to the volume of packages and COVID!😱 2y
DebinHawaii @Gissy I am sure it will be great and I will love it. 💙 No worries what so ever. I had fun putting things together & hope you enjoy them. 2y
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