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Last Christmas in Paris
Last Christmas in Paris: A Novel of World War I | Hazel Gaynor, Heather Webb
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BarbaraJean
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Panpan

I‘m not opposed to epistolary novels, but this one really didn‘t work for me. It was a whole book of telling instead of showing—which is kind of how letters work—but there are ways to show the action rather than just talk about it. I felt like someone was telling me about a great story, but they never actually told me the story. If you‘re after a really good wartime epistolary novel, read The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society instead.

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JenlovesJT47
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Pickpick

Last Christmas In Paris tells the story of of Evie & Thomas, through a series of letters written during WWI. I love novels set in epistolary form and this is a good one. They start off as friends, with Tom being her brother Will‘s best friend. They grow closer over the years through their letters. I shan‘t lie, I teared up at the end. It‘s an excellent historical fiction novel. 4⭐️

#WinterGames
#TMSkellington
#HolidayRead
#HistoricalFiction
#WWI

Maggie_Reads Oooo...I‘m gonna need to check this one out. Sounds like my kind of read. 5d
Reecaspieces I enjoyed this book as well! Such a great read! 5d
Crimson613 21pts!! 12-11, now on my tbr!! 4d
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UnabridgedPod
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For December, our Unabridged Book Club pick is Last Christmas in Paris by Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb. We had a great time discussing the book: its cover, the dual authorship, the fact that it's an epistolary novel, and so much more!⠀

Take a listen to the episode, and join us all month to talk about Last Christmas in Paris.

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UnabridgedPod
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Pickpick

Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's epistolary World War I novel Last Christmas in Paris was a pleasant surprise. I began the novel with some skepticism--World War I is better (for me, right now) than World War II, and I do love epistolary novels. But I'm not big on Christmas books, I'm wary of over sentimentality, and the first few letters felt pretty stilted to me. Fortunately, the book soon turned a corner for me, ⬇️

UnabridgedPod and I ended up being swept into the building relationship between Evie and Tom. Evie's brother Will and Tom are away at war, and Evie and Tom's correspondence becomes a real touchpoint for the men away at war. The novel builds on Tom's father's newspaper, the London Daily Times, to address the obligations of journalism to tell the truth (versus patriotic facades) during war. ⬇️ 2w
UnabridgedPod Gaynor and Webb incorporate messages about feminism, the effects of war on soldiers' mental health, and class concerns. The novel somehow balances a certain ending that is communicated from the beginning with incredible suspense as to how that ending comes about. I'm so excited for our Unabridged Book Club episode focusing on this novel!⠀

Have you read Last Christmas in Paris? What are you favorite holiday reads?
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MoonWitch94
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I need to put this away for a few weeks. I‘m not in a super positive space right now ((lots of things going on with family & myself...we all seem to have breakdowns at the same time)) & this was NOT the best choice in book. It is setting me up for heartbreak, I can feel it. Maybe in December I can revisit. I like it though....even though the story is mostly told through letters, which can be irritating. #lastchristmasinparis #dnf #laterread

TheAromaofBooks I liked this book for the first 3/4 or so, but felt like it really petered out in the end. It wasn't a bad read, just not as strong all the way through as I wanted it to be. I hope things go better with you and your family - one day at a time!! 3w
Eggs I understand this feeling. Hope you and family are able to feel better soon💗💗 3w
marleed I hope you move through the next 6 weeks with moments of joy and happiness. It is a weird time with all the expectations. 3w
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MoonWitch94 @marleed @Eggs @TheAromaofBooks Thank you so much for for your support & well wishes. It‘s the best time of year & I am sure it will help cheer our spirits. 😘 3w
DaveGreen7777 Sorry this has been a tough time for you! 😔 I hope things get much better for you and your family soon! 3w
MoonWitch94 @DaveGreen7777 thank you! 😊 3w
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UnabridgedPod
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Today, I (Jen) am starting Hazel Gaynor and Heather Webb's Last Christmas in Paris, our Unabridged Book Club book for December (our episode will release on December 4. We hope you'll join us in discussing this book on social media all throughout the month.⠀

I have to admit that, unlike my dear friend Sara, I'm not quite in a mental place for Christmas yet, but I'm working on it! 😂⠀(continued in comments)

UnabridgedPod What are you reading today? Which holiday best relates to your current mental state? 1mo
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ontheBL
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Panpan

A novel about WWI told mostly through letters between several characters. It's bland and largely forgettable.

https://onthebl.org/2019/01/29/last-christmas-in-paris/

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ontheBL

"I know you are convinced that my heart was stolen by Tom Harding years ago while I wasn't paying any attention, and I'm beginning to think you may be right, darling.”

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sammisho
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This was the perfect book to start the new year. Lovely, romantic, tragic, with a happy ending. I needed a good cry tonight and this did the trick.
@AmberWB Thank you again for your sweet gift. #kindlitsy
#pop19 #readabookduringtheseasonitisset

AmberWB I‘m so glad you enjoyed it! 11mo
4thhouseontheleft I just finished this #pop19 prompt too! 11mo
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sammisho
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My 12 yo daughter hosted a NYE slumber party last night. Which means today she is cranky, and I am ignoring my confetti and glittered covered house.
I have sat under my heated blanket, got through half of the tagged book, and cuddled with Molly dog all day.

Lmstraubie Look at that sweet face!!! 11mo
sammisho @Lmstraubie I think she has an ear infection and not feeling well. Off to the vet tomorrow😰 11mo
Lmstraubie Oh no 😕 I hope she's okay. 11mo
tpixie Sweet Molly!!! Oh, I hope she‘s ok!! (My dogs would get yeast infections in their ears sometimes and soI I‘d use athletes foot cream over the counter in their ears).You deserve a rest after hosting a girls slumber party! #DogsOfLitsy 11mo
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sammisho
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Thank you so much @AmberWB! This book was on my holiday reading list and the wait at the library was so long! #kindlitsy

AmberWB Enjoy! 12mo
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Bookswithjams
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Pickpick

LOVED THIS!! It does not have to be read during Christmas, FYI, but is a wonderful love story told through letters during WWI. Beautiful.

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AmberWB
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Pickpick

Overall, this was a pick for me. I haven‘t read many books set during WWI, and as I just finished teaching about The Great War, my mind was in just the right place. Most of the book uses the letters written between characters to tell the story. This isn‘t really a Christmas story, although Christmas plays a big role. Finally- the ending seemed abrupt to me, and didn‘t give much insight into a major part of the book. But really liked it!

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Beatlefan129
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I heard about this book from some folks here on Litsy. This was a sweet little story told as a series of letters between a soldier at the front in WW1 and his sweetheart who is an aspiring journalist. The ending felt a bit rushed, but I enjoyed the setting. I would say it has just a hint of Christmas, but isn‘t really a Christmas story.

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MaureenMc
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Do you enjoy wartime novels, especially those examining the home front? Do you dig epistolary novels? Did you love The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society and are constantly trying to find a book that comes close to all those feels? Then you should give this book a go.

MellieAntoinette So good! 12mo
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GypsyKat
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Pickpick

This was absolutely wonderful on audio! Poignant and beautifully written, almost entirely in letters. Love, loss, friendship, and courage of all kinds are brought sharply into focus in this deeply evocative book. The letters make reading this seem so personal, that you cannot help but become fully invested in the characters. A bit of a tear jerker at times, but well worth it! The audio version bumps this up to five full stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

intothehallofbooks I loved this one so much!! 12mo
Melissa_J I love how we all have different reactions to books. I enjoy epistolary books, but I didn‘t like this one at all. I felt way too disconnected and bailed on it 🤷🏻‍♀️ Also, it‘s hard to impress me with wartime novels, which may have been more of the issue here, and this one didn‘t measure up for me. Strange, because I like the authors! 12mo
GypsyKat @intothehallofbooks It was so good! ❤️ 12mo
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GypsyKat @Melissa_J It‘s always interesting to me too, how people can have such different reactions to the same book. Everyone is different, that‘s what makes life interesting. ❤️ 12mo
RaimeyGallant Nice review! 12mo
Melissa_J Exactly! I think I may also have been in the wrong reading mood when I tried to read it. I think it was a case of me being the issue rather than the book. 12mo
GypsyKat @Melissa_J I definitely get that. It‘s happened to me before. 12mo
mrp27 Great review I'm definitely going to keep it on my tbr! 12mo
GypsyKat @mrp27 I would 💯 percent recommend it on audio if you get the chance! 12mo
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GypsyKat
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I‘m about halfway done with this audiobook, and it‘s beautifully written, though a bit heavy for me personally. I‘m usually okay when reading books about old wars, but this is written all in letters, so it‘s very personal feeling. My husband has been home safe from Iraq for over 11 years now, but it seems like I‘ll never forget the feelings from that difficult time. Especially when I hear the memories of my emotions echoed in someone else‘s words.

Centique Oh man, I can totally understand that. Those memories that are so deep in your heart right? They can get tapped into and you‘re right there again 💕💕 12mo
GypsyKat @Centique Absolutely. It‘s a great book, though! ❤️ 12mo
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GypsyKat
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“My heart thuds a painful beat, the irregular rhythm of grief.” 💔

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megnews
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GypsyKat I loved this part. ❤️🎄 12mo
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megnews
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Next #Christmas read. Another set in Europe during #WWI.

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GypsyKat
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Starting this one today. ❄️🎄

mrp27 This is on my tbr. Curious to know your thoughts when you finish. 12mo
GypsyKat @mrp27 I‘ll definitely post a review here. 👍 12mo
mrp27 Awesome! 12mo
MellieAntoinette Loved the audiobook for this one! 12mo
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aliasNayNay
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By the first chapter I was already in love with this book. Without any doubt I am totally captivated.

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Reader651
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Snowy afternoon of holiday reading ahead.

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Reecaspieces
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This is a fabulous audiobook! #audiobook #audiowalking #audiochores

MellieAntoinette Agreed! The first one I consumed front to back non-stop! 1y
Reecaspieces @MellieAntoinete omg! There is another one????? Awesome!!! 1y
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Melissa_J
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I gave it 100 pages, but the story hasn‘t drawn me in. WWI is one of my favourite time periods to read about, but this book feels too light. WWI was horrible, and I don‘t like novels that seemingly gloss over or downplay just how bad it was (it‘s very possible this comes later in the book, but I don‘t care enough to continue). I think the issue is that the book is written in letter form. The style doesn‘t work here, for me at least 🤷🏻‍♀️

Melissa_J Of course, all other Littens that have read this have it as a ‘pick‘ but I prefer heavier WWI-era fiction. 1y
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Melissa_J
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I survived my first day back at work after three weeks off, and now I‘m settled in for the evening with my book.

This is an epistolary novel set during WWI aimed at fans of The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. Since Guernsey is one of my all-time favourite novels I thought I‘d give this a try. So far, I‘m not in love with it, but here‘s hoping that changes.

BookishTrish Have you tried 1y
Melissa_J @BookishTrish I just bought it on the weekend when it was on sale for Kobo 👍🏻 1y
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RosieBoo65
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Whatever your next book is on your list to read, toss it aside and make this your next read. It doesn‘t have to be Christmas. Do it!! THIS IS NOT A DRILL! I wish I could give this book 10 stars. This story from WWI follows the lives of Evie, Will, Alice, and Tom through the reading of their letters to each other during the war. I‘ve come to realize I‘m a huge fan of epistolary novels. I fell in love with the story, the characters.

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MMFinck
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This is a perfect book. Every single letter - it‘s a epistolary novel ♥️- moved me toward the next and next. I finished it two weeks ago and still feel its glow inside me. Highly highly recommend. No need to read at Christmas. It goes through four or five years, all the seasons. :) I will be gifting several copies.

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CGeorge
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Pickpick

Sweet story but I was reminded how I‘m not the biggest fan of epistolary novels.

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Onlaughterandliteracy
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Epistolary is my favorite! Have you read Last Christmas in Paris? If not, read 👏🏻 it 👏🏻 now 👏🏻! It does not have to be read at Christmas ❤️

RealLifeReading Nice typewriter! 2y
Onlaughterandliteracy @RealLifeReading thank you! It was my grandmas ❤️ 2y
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Ashley31
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Special thanks to Caledonia H @BooksTeasAndBookishThings for gifting me this beautiful sleeve from AU. It hasn‘t been the easiest last few weeks for me and this definitely brought a smile to my face. Will also be enjoying those teas soon. I am grateful for all of my bookish friends and our community 💙 #LGPOG

BooksTeasAndBookishThings So glad you love it! I hate you have been having a rough time of it lately, but hope that smile lasts a while ❤️ 😘 2y
Ashley31 It will. Thanks @BooksTeasAndBookishThings 😘 2y
BooksTeasAndBookishThings Any time ❤️ 2y
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Owlizabeth Oh no, I‘m sorry it‘s been a tough couple of weeks for you!! Sending hugs. 💞💞💞 2y
Ashley31 Thanks @Owlizabeth! 💙 2y
Lola I‘m sorry it‘s been a rough time. Hopefully your Secret Santa package brings a smile to your face 😍 2y
Ashley31 Thanks so much @Lola! I‘m sure it will. Can‘t wait to open! 2y
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Jas16
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This has been a crazy busy week for me at work with last minute holiday party preparations and other fun so I haven‘t been able to keep up with photo challenges or post much. I was able to finish this delightful audiobook. A great cast reads all of the letters and telegrams that make up this sweet novel. If you liked The Chilbury Ladies‘ Choir then I would definitely recommend this one to you.

jbhops Ohhh, I loved Chilbury Ladies Choir! Another reason to pick this one up.. 2y
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peaknit
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Lunch reading...

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Sassy_Steph

Early Christmas gift came for me at work today! Kaiti from Harper Collins sent me Last Christmas in Paris

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Booknerd2
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💜💜💜 this book. Written in almost all letters and telegrams during WWI. A young girl left behind while everyone Angela cares for is in the war one way or another. She finds a purpose but will she find true love?

MellieAntoinette Wasn‘t this book perfect for the holidays??! 2y
Booknerd2 @thecomfykitchen I totally agree!!! Such a neat story. 2y
kayleighlovesbooks I just got this book and cannot wait to read it!!! 2y
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kayleighlovesbooks
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I have a slight obsession with books set in Paris during WWI and WWII. I love the cover of this book and I cannot wait to read it!
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#lastchristmasinparis #christmasbook #Christmas #book #bookstagram #christmastree #christmaslights #bookish #booklove #bibliophile #wwi #wwii #paris #historicalfiction

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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post 5! Recently released. England, August 1914, Evie watches her brother, Will, & his best friend, Thomas, go off to war, expecting it to be over quickly & finding themselves at Parisian cafes come Christmas. But it isn't quick. Evie grows frustrated as a stifled privileged lady, and Thomas experiences horrors while learning of his father's decline. In 1968, Thomas will return to Paris for 1 last thing. #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

MellieAntoinette This book was amazing! I couldn‘t put it down! 2y
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BornReadChicago
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TBR by the end of the year stack 😬😬😬

JaclynW Great stack! I loved City of Thieves and The Heart's Invisible Furies. Happy reading! 😊 2y
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MellieAntoinette
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Pickpick

This audiobook is beautiful. The voices give it shape, warmth, character, depth. I couldn‘t stop listening! It was if I was mesmerically floating in the air between Tom and Evie, anxious to pass on their next letter, waiting with bated breath at all it would contain and all that would be left unsaid. Lovely! ❤️ 💕 💗

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MellieAntoinette
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“This war may be a battle for many things, but it is also a battle of endurance.”

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MellieAntoinette
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"No matter what I truly think of this war, I cannot stop it."

RebelReader I need to read a few "holiday" books! It's not a genre I usually read. 2y
MellieAntoinette @RebelReader This audiobook is beautiful. The voices give it shape, warmth, character, depth. I can‘t stop listening! 2y
RebelReader @thecomfykitchen I will have to check out the audio and listen on my daily walks! 😀 2y
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Sills
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Just started this holiday read. I like this author so I am very excited to bundle up in the evening and get transported back in time in this good read.

tpixie This looks good! 2y
Sills @tpixie it was great 2y
MrBook Love this! All of this 😁 2y
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vlwelser
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Starting this one on my way to Iceland. Because why not? 💖📚🗼🇫🇷

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Truth.

AmyG Right? Ha! 2y
PacingTheCage I dare someone to ask me this question. Especially if we are in a book store 2y
PenguinInFlight Hahaha! Same. 2y
Shvonne How much time do you have? 2y
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JenniferSBrown
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“Paris is always a good idea.”

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MelindaOtt
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Road trip reading! I tore through this book and even got a good cry at the end! Highly recommended! #books #amreading #currentlyreading #historicalfiction #tlcbooktours #bookstagram #lastchristmasinparis #hazelgaynor #heatherwebb

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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😭This book is gonna make me cry.

[DELETED] 3803335244 Oh I need this book! I love Hazel she's a fav of mine! Thanks for posting ❤️ 2y
Kitty_Rochsmith I just bought this!! Can‘t wait! 2y
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BookNAround
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And yet another Christmas book to review. Then I think I can back away from Christmas stuff for a while.