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Love and Other Consolation Prizes
Love and Other Consolation Prizes: A Novel | Jamie Ford
From the bestselling author of Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet comes a powerful novel, inspired by a true story, about a boy whose life is transformed at Seattles epic 1909 Worlds Fair. For twelve-year-old Ernest Young, a charity student at a boarding school, the chance to go to the Worlds Fair feels like a gift. But only once hes there, amid the exotic exhibits, fireworks, and Ferris wheels, does he discover that he is the one who is actually the prize. The half-Chinese orphan is astounded to learn he will be raffled offa healthy boy to a good home. The winning ticket belongs to the flamboyant madam of a high-class brothel, famous for educating her girls. There, Ernest becomes the new houseboy and befriends Maisie, the madams precocious daughter, and a bold scullery maid named Fahn. Their friendship and affection form the first real family Ernest has ever knownand against all odds, this new sporting life gives him the sense of home hes always desired. But as the grande dame succumbs to an occupational hazard and their world of finery begins to crumble, all three must grapple with hope, ambition, and first love. Fifty years later, in the shadow of Seattles second Worlds Fair, Ernest struggles to help his ailing wife reconcile who she once was with who she wanted to be, while trying to keep family secrets hidden from their grown-up daughters. Against a rich backdrop of post-Victorian vice, suffrage, and celebration, Love and Other Consolations is an enchanting tale about innocence and devotionin a world where everything, and everyone, is for sale. PRAISE FOR JAMIE FORD Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet A wartime-era Chinese-Japanese variation on Romeo and Juliet . . . The period detail [is] so revealing and so well rendered.The Seattle Times Mesmerizing and evocative . . . a tale of conflicted loyalties and timeless devotion.Sara Gruen, author of Water for Elephants A poignant story that transports the reader back in time . . . a satisfying and heart-wrenching tale.Deseret Morning News Songs of Willow Frost Arresting . . . [with] the kind of ending readers always hope for, but seldom get.The Dallas Morning News [A] poignant tale of lost and found love.Tampa Bay Times Remarkable . . . likely to appeal to readers who enjoy the multigenerational novels of Amy Tan.Bookreporter
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GinaKButler
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When Jamie Ford visits your local library, you grab your book club and go! #hotelonthecornerofbitterandsweet #jamieford #loveandotherconsolationprizes #lovelakeland #lknd #lakelandpubliclibrary

Smrloomis Cool! Did he talk or read? I haven‘t seen him in person but I have liked what I‘ve read from him. 1mo
GinaKButler @Smrloomis He did both! He was very charming, and I loved his back story about a boyhood “love triangle” that inspired the characters in this book! 1mo
Smrloomis @GinaKButler Nice! 😁 that sounds like fun 1mo
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rebbyj
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Good book.

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Eggs
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3.65/5. HF from Jamie Ford. Setting is Washington State, the site of two Worlds Fairs—one in 1909 (Alaska-Yukon-Pacific) and one in 1962 (Century 21 Expo).

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Eggs
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💗 YA, HF, Memoir
💙 Kristin Hannah
💗 Elegance of the Hedgehog
💙 hardcore sci-fi and dystopian
💗 tagged, surprised to find on Libby!
#hellothursday @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Thanks for playing! 📚 7mo
bookvixen 💖 Paranormal Romance , 💖 J.R.Ward, 💖 Winter Ghost by Katie Mosses, 💖 Non Fiction, #comesundownbynoraroberts 7mo
tammysue Kristin Hannah 💗 7mo
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Cinfhen
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This was a solid three star read. I enjoyed it while I was reading it but probably won‘t think much more about it in the weeks to come. The first few opening chapters were really captivating and I enjoyed the 1902/1909 storyline much more than the 1962 storyline. It‘s the story of a young Chinese immigrant sold to a brothel as a houseboy. The 1909 Seattle World‘s Fair is the backdrop to the novel, which was really fascinating.

CarolynM Have you read the book of his that I'm tagging? I loved it 7mo
jenniferajanes Great review! I just saw this in my Kindle library. Thanks for bringing it to my attention again. 7mo
Cinfhen I own it @CarolynM but haven‘t read it yet #SoManyBooksSoLittleTime 7mo
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Cinfhen Let me know what you think after you read it @jenniferajanes 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I will try to remember to do that. It may be a while! My TBR mountain is very tall. 😂 7mo
Cinfhen Something I can relate too @jenniferajanes 😘😆 7mo
jenniferajanes @Cinfhen I figured! 🥰 7mo
emilyhaldi Are you still enjoying vacay?!🤗 when are you back home??? Hope you have a great time! 7mo
Cinfhen I fly back tomorrow night! It‘s always bittersweet but I feel rejuvenated and ready to go back @emilyhaldi How‘s the new job??? 7mo
emilyhaldi @cinfhen I love when vacation is the perfect length that you feel refreshed and READY to go back home!!! Hope you fit in lots of family time ❤️ The new job is interesting... ha! I‘m still meeting people and taking everything in. Spent last week in NYC for meetings which was awesome (saw a lot of my bffs!!) I feel like I‘m still too fresh on the job to know wtf I‘m doing 😜 But it‘s definitely good to be back in the work force!!! (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Fun to be back in NYC for a brief time. And I‘m sure it feels good to be back in the game @emilyhaldi coffee dates, shopping and endless hours of reading is over rated 😉😛😘 7mo
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Cinfhen
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#SundayReads I‘m liking this one 🤩 interesting history about the 1909 & 1962 Seattle World‘s Fair🎪I kind of wish I had the opportunity to attend a World‘s Fair ~ my parents told me they went on a date to the Flushing Meadow‘s World Fair in 1964❤️

Coleen_Nieto I went to a book signing with the author, loved the book! 7mo
Cinfhen Still want to read this book @Coleen_Nieto Have you read it?? I own it, just haven‘t gotten to it yet 7mo
Bklover Where are you??? It looks wonderful!! 7mo
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Cathythoughts Great cover ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Coleen_Nieto @Cinfhen hi! I gave read it and liked it a lot! Its one of those rare occasions that I actually read a book shortly after I bought it. I thought it was very interesting and also sad. 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ve heard really good things about Hotel on the Corner @Coleen_Nieto I‘ll have to move it up my TBR!! I‘m in Florida visiting my parents @Bklover 🌴💜☀️ 7mo
Coleen_Nieto @cinfhem and @Bklover ive read noel on n the cornet too seems really enjoyed it. @Bklover I got to visit Florida last year for work (Tampa) I could spend many many glorious days at the oxford exchange 7mo
WanderingBookaneer @Cinfhen : Had I seen these posts earlier, @BookishMarginalia and I would have road tripped to met up with you! 7mo
Cinfhen Really?????!? @WanderingBookaneer I‘m flattered and now pissed!! I would have LOVED to have met my FAVORITE Litsy couple 🙌🏻 next time I‘m headed to Florida I‘ll give u and @BookishMarginalia a heads up. Damn 😩 7mo
WanderingBookaneer Really, you are one of our favorite Littens. Of course we would have! 7mo
Cinfhen {{ awwwwww}} you‘re still my favorite Cupid Goes Postal valentine ever @WanderingBookaneer ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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BlueStockingReviews
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“There are people in our lives whom we love, and lose, and forever long for. They orbit our hearts like Halley‘s Comet, crossing into our universe only once, or if we are lucky twice in a lifetime. And when the do, they affect our gravity.” Read the review...Love and Other Consolation Prizes. https://www.bluestockingreviews.com/blog/love-and-other-consolation-prizes

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CrazyLibraryGirl
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I love Jamie Ford‘s books. They‘re always such a perfect balance of bitter and sweet; light and dark. This story follows Ernest Young, a Chinese-American who is raffled off at the 1909 world fair to the owner of Seattle‘s most famous brothel. Now, many years later at the 1962 World Fair, Ernest and his wife must reconcile their past with the present. Certainly worth the read.

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Isn‘t this a lovely turn of phrase? “...loitering in the shadow of the future.” I‘m in love with this book already.

If anyone‘s wondering why I‘m posting all of a sudden, it‘s because I‘m on winter break from school, and actually have time to read things now 😅
#vacationreads

LiteraryinLititz Welcome to your break! 10mo
CrazyLibraryGirl @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! I‘m enjoying it 😊 10mo
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Booksniffer
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This ebook is on sale for $2.99 today on Kindle. It is absolutely fabulous and one of the best books I read this year. I rate it up there with The Alice Network. Get it if this is your genre or you are looking for something new

Eggs ❤️❤️❤️Ford 10mo
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Insightsintobooks
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#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale

I liked the cover with the ferris wheel better, wish they hadn't changed it.

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krissylovesbooks75
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This book was just so good. A young boy is raffled off at the World Fair and ends up growing up in a house of prostitutes. In present time, he is also dealing with his wife not being able to remember her past. It's heartbreaking and intriguing.

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La_Cori
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🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Love can be found in many unusual places and in different ways..
This is the story of Ernest, in his youth with Masie and Fahn, and fifty years later with his wife Gracie. It's a story about overcoming struggles and what it feels like to finally have control on your own destiny.

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La_Cori
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I'm driving around my father for some errands.. and now I've been waiting for more than 1 hour!
Thank God, I always have my ereader with me 😉 #alwaysreading

DivineDiana Be prepared! 😉📚👍🏻 14mo
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La_Cori
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next up ? book 3 for #MakeMeReadIt

I'm reading the italian edition, with a title translated as "the secret aroma/flavour of tea" ???
(the cover is beautiful!! ❤)

@TheReadingMermaid

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knp4597
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I was expecting something nauseating a lá Nicholas Sparks however this historical fiction is the perfect mix of heartache and happiness (minus excess syrupy sweetness) to make it a really great read.

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knp4597
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“I wonder if the best thing any of us can hope for in life is a soft place to land.”

😭❣️😭

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Bibliosmiast
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What a beautifully written historical novel based on a true story! An intriguing storyline, captivating characters, emotional nostalgia, and sweet romance enveloped me from the start and pulled me in. Ford created his characters in such a talented way that it was easy to feel the emotion and yearn to read on. This is definitely a story that will stay with me and I highly recommend it.

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SilversReviews
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#READINGRESOLUTIONS
@Jess7

🌸🌸🌸HAPPY MOTHER‘S DAY!!🌸🌸🌸

Leaving your mother at age five, going with a stranger, and living in the bowels of a boat to America was not something anyone would wish for a child.

LOVE AND OTHER CONSOLATION PRIZES is another marvelous, stunning, beautifully told story by Jamie Ford with characters that will steal your heart.

https://silversolara.blogspot.com/2017/09/love-and-other-consolation-prizes-by.h...

asiriusreader Thank you so much! Happy Mother‘s Day! 1y
SilversReviews @asiriusreader Happy Mother‘s Day!! Thanks for commenting. 1y
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Alicia
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This was amazing!!!! All these authors were fantastic. I wasn‘t familiar with Jaime Ford and he was BOMB! Absolutely hilarious. Each one of them was fascinating and I just want to read or re-read all their books. #tfob2018

hermyknee 😍🙌🏽🎉 2y
JamieArc I have to put this on my calendar for next year! So bummed I can‘t be there. Have fun! 2y
Alicia @JamieArc yes!! It‘s so good! 2y
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peacegypsy
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Most excited to visit the 1909 World‘s Fair with Jamie Ford. Her Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet was a top-notch read for me. I hope this is the same! And I‘d love to toast Friday with my fellow Litsy friends! Cheers to all! 🍻🥂😃

Reviewsbylola Sounds like a very interesting story! 2y
lynneamch Ooh, I didn't realize he had a new one. will definitely stack. 2y
Songbird72 I finished this a couple of weeks ago. I really liked it! 2y
peacegypsy @Songbird72 Good to hear! Thanks! ❤️ 2y
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Songbird72
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Another great read from Jamie Ford. I love when writers take actual events and base characters and stories on them. He does this so well. His characters are well-written and relatable. I look forward to reading more of his work.

Cinfhen Sounds really good #stacked 2y
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Mehso-so

I had high expectations for this book because I enjoyed The Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet so much. Unfortunately, this book did not hold my attention as well as the former. 3/5 stars

Kaye The cover is really pretty at least. 2y
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mdemanatee
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Mehso-so

I wanted to love this because the setting and content was right up my alley and people seem to really love this author. While it was fine, it just didn‘t resonate as much as I wanted.

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nelehelen
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3/5
It was a sweet and sad with historical references and history that I enjoyed. But, I didn‘t connect to it as emotionally as I thought I would (since orphans, hard immigrant stories usually leave me in tears). Overall, it was a little better than “okay” so I would recommend it to the right person, but honestly I was expecting more...

SilversReviews I really enjoyed this book. Sorry it was only a 3 for you. 2y
nelehelen @SilversReviews Me too :( I really wanted to love it 2y
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Valink
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Snow day reading and watching snow coverage (and my daughter eating breakfast in the background!). Maybe I‘ll actually finish this book one day!! I don‘t actually get a “snow day” but I chose to stay home instead of risking an accident. Snow is coming down so fast that as soon as I finished shoveling I needed to do it again. Everyone in the path of snow: Stay safe and warm!

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Valink
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I sense an owl theme today! I was able to get a little reading in yesterday, and hopefully will get a little more in today.

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❤️❤️

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Valink
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I‘m starting to think I‘ll never be able to read again. I‘ve been dragging this book around with me for a month and I‘m only on page 41!

398.2 Is it because you don‘t have time or it‘s not grabbing your attention? 2y
Valink @398.2 -just busy! The topic is definitely grabbing my attention, but I don‘t seem to be able to find more than 3 mins at a time to read. 2y
398.2 That‘s always the worst. Happy Reading! 2y
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Valink
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Now that the chaos of Christmas is mostly behind us (Christmas with my parents and sister is happening on the 29th) I may actually get some reading and knitting time in again! I‘ve had this book out from the library forever. I would like to read it before I need to renew it again!

Avanders Beautiful! 2y
Valink Thank you @Avanders ! These were supposed to be a Christmas gift for my husband but that didn‘t happen. Good thing his birthday is coming up! 2y
Avanders Perfect! 👏🏽👏🏽 2y
cathysaid Gorgeous! 2y
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Jerdencon
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What I needed after a very long week... a so-far great book, some Christmas spirit and a Fishers Island Lemonade (or two!😉)! Happy Friday!

minkyb Cheers! 2y
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Valink
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Self care is particularly important during the holidays. I don‘t usually take a lunch break, but I wrecked my car over the weekend and I‘m VERY stressed, so I brought my still unread library book to work with me and I‘ll be closing my door and reading for 30 mins today.

Zelma Ugh, sorry to hear about such a terrible weekend. Glad you‘re ok! 2y
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GondorGirl
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#BookMail is the best mail! ❤❤❤

Book_in_hands Looking forward to hearing how you liked Jamie Ford's new book!!!! 2y
GondorGirl @Book_in_hands I'm really looking forward to reading it. When 'Hotel...' it was my favorite book of the year. And Jamie is so sweet in interviews. I couldn't turn down the chance for a signed copy of this one! 2y
LibrarianRyan Hey @GondorGirl can I ask a favor. When ever you post the new Owlcrate book would you please put it behind a spoiler warning. 2y
GondorGirl @LibrarianRyan Sorry! Spoiler tag added. 2y
LibrarianRyan @GondorGirl awesome. I had mine sitting in my lap and knew the book already but I know others don't. Thanks. 2y
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Jerdencon
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Wrong book to start in the morning before having to go to work AND after putting my makeup on... only on page 10 and was sobbing! ☹️Have to remember not to read before I have to go out! But it has my interest so far and I loved his other book so we'll see.

MoniqueReads305 I always try not to read books that will make me emotional when I'm either leaving the house or in public. I'm a huge book crier. 2y
GondorGirl I ADORE Jamie Ford and just bought myself a signed copy of this book. I can't wait to see what you think of it once you have time to read. 2y
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imabusybee
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My quiet time.

mrp27 So cozy!! 2y
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LadyZircon
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I love all of Ford‘s novels, and this one was absolutely no exception. I live in Washington, and reading about bits and pieces of Seattle‘s history always makes me want to go up and explore the places he writes about so amazingly well. The characters are always wonderful, and this one was inspired by a true event (which makes it that much more special). You will not be disappointed, go get this book now!!

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As soon as I saw today‘s prompt—#prize—I knew I had to use this book for it. The main character emigrates from China to America. Or more accurately, his mother puts him on a boat to America. And he ends up as a raffle prize at the 1909 Seattle World‘s Fair where the Space Needle debuted. Great book!

#quotsydec17

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imabusybee
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The house is quiet!! Reading time!!

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imabusybee
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Will I ever catch up on my ARC's

GondorGirl Jamie Ford is awesome. That book will probably be really good. 2y
Bookladylinda Yes! One day soon!!! 😂😂😂 2y
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Valink
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My book club pick for December. I have a feeling this one if going to make me cry.

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Jas16
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I was pretty happy when the number seventeen jumped out on the page of my current read for #Novemberbythenumbers. I had another idea in my mind but it was not very good. This book is only a so-so for me I‘m afraid.

SilversReviews Oh...I really enjoyed it. 2y
Jas16 @SilversReviews I am sure the issue was with me as most people seem to have loved it. 2y
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readingallthetime
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My next audio book.

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Equinm
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I enjoyed this story and was hooked from the beginning. The characters weren‘t as developed as those in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet. I wanted to know more back story about the characters - Ernest‘s years before coming to he States; what led Madam into the ‘business‘; Fahn‘s years before working at the brothel. Overall it was a good story, but I could have easily read another 100 pages. Just not sure this one will stick with me.

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4 ⭐️ the story was truly sad and sweet. I didn‘t expect to feel so invested in the characters and their plight, but I was. The story focuses on a half Chinese boy brought to the states and auctioned off at the Worlds Fair. It follows his life both after the fair at the Tenderloin and his future self dealing with his wife‘s memories returning from their time in the Red Light District. This arc was given to my by netgalley for an honest review

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Love and other Consolation Prizes

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Jamie Ford again explores Asian American experiences in Seattle, with universal themes of love, family, and what's sinful or not. The story is bookended by Seattle's two World's Fairs, including the opening of the Space Needle. Ford's descriptions are lush, but in the end it's the heart of the characters that makes it memorable.

Full review at www.TheBibliophage.com Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC.

AlaMich I love that cover! 2y
GondorGirl I'm so excited to read this one. His other book was my favorite of the year it came out. ❤ 2y
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MayginReads
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Since Nica's terminal diagnosis, I've been spending a good amount of time reading when she's super soundly sleeping. It's obvious she needs more rest and if I move while she's sleeping, she immediately wakes up. I hate waking her when she's in a deep sleep, so reading has been a great alternative solution. It keeps us both healthy and happy!

GypsyKat I'm so sorry. 😕 Is Nica your beautiful dog? 2y
MayginReads Thank you. Yes she is. She's my baby and my first dog as an adult. She is going to be very hard to lose, but I'm grateful for the time I have. It's going to be a beautiful few months! 2y
Libby1 I'm so sorry about your dog. Take care. (((Hugs))) 2y
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MayginReads @Libby1 Thank you. It's always hard to lose a fur baby. 😪 2y
mabell I'm so sorry about Nica. 😥 Your positive outlook is inspiring! 2y
MrBook 😿😿😿 2y
MayginReads @mabell @MrBook thank you. 💜 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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#Nextup I'm catching up on ARCs in between naps (surgery recovery going well). Plus Hillary's book. Both are excellent so far! #fallintobooks

Librariana Hope the recovery continues to go well and that you are healing with ease and in comfort 😊 2y
mcipher Get well soon!! 👍 2y
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @mcipher Thanks. It's gonna be a few weeks, but I'm feeling right on track. 2y
IamIamIam Glad to hear you're on the up and up! Be well! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @IamIamIam Thank you! It's more like up and nap and up and nap ... 😜 2y
DarcysMom Glad you are on track. Take the naps and listen to your body. Best wishes for continued speedy healing 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @DarcysMom Thanks. Promise I will. 2y
emtobiasz I don't think I have ever been caught up on ARCs 😳 A speedy recovery to you! 2y
mrozzz Hope you're taking it easy! 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @emtobiasz Thanks. I'm sure I won't TOTALLY catch up. 😜 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @mrozzz Yup. LOTS of naps. Just like a kindergartner. 😀 2y
DebinHawaii Glad to hear you are healing well. Take care. 💜 2y
BarbaraBB Take care! Best wishes! 2y
Graciouswarriorprincess Wishing you a speedy recovery! 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Hope your recovery is a short one! 😴🍲 2y
DivineDiana Sending healing wishes. 💗 2y
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Kdazy
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Jamie Ford has done it again! Great story, great characters!