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The Child Finder
The Child Finder: A Novel | Rene Denfeld
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Cinfhen
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#SeptemberSins After reading The Enchanted earlier this year I became obsessed with reading more from author Rene Denfeld. Tagged book is first in a series about an investigator who specializes in finding missing children. And before Rene Denfeld became an author, she was indeed an investigator working with missing children. Her writing is mystical & lyrical.
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Ruthiella I read The Enchanted and kind of hated it. But I‘m always a bit wary about books where the subject matter is disturbing...am I reacting to the content or the writing style? In any case, I don‘t know if I could handle more books by her. They have fantasy elements but the undergrowth is dark and grim. 😨 4w
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read The Enchanted yet (that you have send me) but I am looking forward to it! 💜 4w
Cinfhen Interesting @Ruthiella I agree the content of The Enchanted was deeply dark but I found the writing so subtle and gorgeous. And even though I‘m not a fan of magical realism in this case I thought it was a beautiful addition. I‘m pretty sure you‘re going to love this book @BarbaraBB 4w
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BarbaraBB Me too! 4w
Mirandareads I LOVE her writing! You should definitely read The Butterfly Girl (sequel to Child Finder). I thought it was just as good if not better. 4w
MargaretPinardAuthor I have just listened to Butterfly Girl—so good! 4w
andrew61 I really liked The Enchanted so this looks really intriguing. 4w
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TheDaysGoBy
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JadeBethJ
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This was one of my favorite reads of 2018 and I recommend it to almost everyone.
The writer spins words so beautifully. It wasn‘t my first choice in topics and I went in thinking it would be different but the symbolism of the the woods just blew me away. I actually put this BACK on my TBR pile so I could read it again.

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Rissa1
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A bit of a slow start, but in the end it was what I was looking for. 4⭐

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Rissa1
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Lunch and a book.

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Rissa1
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It was a late night last night, with some great friends. I always go back home for the Petunia Fest and that means a lot of walking. #BFCr2 @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great job! 🙌🏻 4mo
julesG Awesome! 4mo
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Deborah42
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Madison has been missing for three years. Naomi is an investigator who specializes in finding missing children, as she was once a lost girl herself. Her search for Madison leads her closer to her own awful truth. There is a side story about a missing infant that also got me right in the feels.

The writing is gorgeous and the abuse is mostly seen through a child‘s eyes (more emotional than graphic), but trigger warnings for harm to children.

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dxmy
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4/5⭐

I liked this book! It's so suspenseful and intriguing, reading about Naomi and her search for the lost girl Madison. The writing is quite simple but it does te trick! The ending was amazing as well, I really loved that. I know that's all really generic stuff, but I don't want to say too much about it, because I went in blank and I want you (if you decide to pick it up yourself, which I would recommend!) to have that same experience.

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dxmy
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Next up: The Child Finder.

I recently watched the Netflix documentary series about the disappearance of Madeleine McCann and then found this book... It seemed weird, but the topic of children just disappearing intrigues me so I decided to pick this up

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Sweetdgabe87
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Just finished this! I would give it 4/5 stars and that‘s only because I figured out the ending earlier in the book. Still an enjoyable read!!!

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Sweetdgabe87
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Trust the ones you know and love ❤️

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alisonrose
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What a bunch of empty garbage. Supposedly a mystery but the only mystery is how an editor read this & was like, “Yes, this is something I want to publish.” The writing was aiming for deep & poignant but landed on “rejected by Lifetime writers as too corny and try-hard.” Naomi is a blank slate who for some reason attracts the horniness of every man she meets. The child molestation was salacious IMO. Setting was good altho OK SNOW WE GET IT. 1/5 ⭐️

JadeBethJ So you didn‘t get it? 3mo
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alisonrose
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I just sprained something from rolling my eyes too hard. What kind of sappy Hallmark movie garbage is this?

RamsFan1963 Ugh that's horrible!!! I'd be tempted to fling that book across the room just to get it away from me!! 5mo
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alisonrose
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Ummmm I work in the Montessori field (not as an educator or anything) and it‘s not about “playing” with toys all day. Far from it, in fact. It‘s hands-on practical life education, with a focus on grace and courtesy and applicable skills. So what they‘re saying is their kid was a lazy git who probably wanted to do nothing BUT play around and not actually learn. Also the author doesn‘t know what she‘s talking about so maybe she should stop, LOL

ravenlee I‘m sure even in Montessori there are teachers who would have a problem like this, but this author really just seems to be making sh*t up. 5mo
alisonrose @ravenlee a lot of people think Montessori is about letting kids do whatever they want because the class structure is different than mainstream schools, but it‘s a real misconception 5mo
ravenlee I hate that people misunderstand Montessori so badly. Learning through play is so important! We considered Montessori for our daughter, but never committed (homeschool). I have heard of a few bad “Montessori” schools that fit the misconception, but they‘re never officially sanctioned programs. 5mo
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alisonrose

Am I a sociopath if I kind of don‘t give a single fuck what happened to Naomi or Madison? I don‘t know, something about the writing style is just so cold and empty and distant. I don‘t feel like I‘ve been given any reason to care, and I definitely feel like whatever reveals we get are going to be just 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

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alisonrose
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Pretty sure about 90% of mystery/thrillers have a fucking forest on the cover. If I were an alien and I came to Earth and was hanging out in a bookstore (because even as an alien, I still gotta be me), I‘d be like, damn I am never going to these tree places because they are filled with death. 🌲👻

xxjenadanxx Lol that‘s hilarious 😂 5mo
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It‘s finally beautiful outside and I‘m spending all my time with a book filled with snow. 🤷🏻‍♀️

marleed We had so much snow this winter. I‘d be happy if I only experienced snow from a book for several winters to come. 5mo
LeafingThroughLife @marleed Agreed! I much prefer fictional snow! 5mo
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tiffanyreadsbooks
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The story of a list girl and the woman who finds her.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BookNAround
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A kidnapped girl, the woman searching for her, and a fairytale of sorts, this book isn‘t really the thriller it‘s billed as. Instead it‘s a layered and beautifully written story about trauma and hope. Full review at https://booknaround.blogspot.com/2019/01/review-child-finder-by-rene-denfeld.htm...

CBee I enjoyed this one! 7mo
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Finished this up during my lunch hour. It was darker than I‘d expected, but it was done in such a tasteful, sensitive way. There was a lot of intrigue with not only the case but the MC herself. Enjoyable read!

#booked2019 #newtoyouauthor

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft

Cinfhen I‘ve already stacked this book, but now I‘m curious to actually read it 8mo
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TheDaysGoBy
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I‘m not the kind of person that‘s up early on Sundays, but I went to bed super early last night because of a headache. And I have to say to all you morning people, there is something peaceful about reading on a Sunday morning.

#catsoflitsy #morningread

Zelma Something about early morning is really peaceful. 8mo
TheLibrarian I love how much you can accomplish on early mornings, but I also hate getting up super early. 8mo
TheDaysGoBy @TheLibrarian It is crazy how much you can get done. I already feel more accomplished and I‘ve only been up a couple hours 😂 8mo
TheDaysGoBy @Zelma For sure. It‘s not something I can appreciate when I get up for work, but weekends it‘s nice that when it happens I am able to enjoy it - even if I hate getting up early lol 8mo
Bookladylinda I know! I love it!!!! 8mo
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❤️ The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
❤️ No plans
❤️ Orange
❤️ Christopher
❤️ #friyayintro @howjessreads

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candority
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Mehso-so

With a lovely writing style and subtle insights about human behaviour, The Child Finder presents a “thriller” that is less thrilling than it is introspective. I was let down by the fact that it was marketed as a thriller/mystery/suspense novel, but I was able to figure out who the captor was by page 19 of the book, with the rest of the puzzle pieces falling into place shortly after. Overall, it was just a 3-star read for me. #LitsyAtoZ #LetterC

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Mehso-so

I'm not sure why this book didn't really click with me, because I've seen lots of rave reviews. The setting was beautifully described (it was perfect for some cold wintry #audiowalking), but the story itself felt a little thin and un-mysterious to me. I was a bit underwhelmed by the investigation and was not expecting the romance at all. Still, it was a nice and short palate-cleanser to listen to between longer books. I'm going with a 3.3/5 :)

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samjmitchell
Child Finder | Rene Denfeld
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I‘m not sure what didn‘t do it for me, but I didn‘t feel a connection to the characters or the plot. Not a thriller - you can guess who did what as the story goes on - but well written. However, I don‘t think I want my murder mysteries to be well written. 1/5.

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Tralfamadorian
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“Stop thinking that you have to know everything to understand it.”

Y‘all like this book? I‘m not getting into it.😔

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Tralfamadorian
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Book #2 of 2019.

BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 10mo
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azulaco
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. It was offered as a discounted Kindle book, but I found it on Scribd instead, and it promptly knocked all my current library books off the rotation. Great suspense, and I love the point of view switching that tells the tragic stories of three intersecting characters. Much better than I expected it to be. I‘d love to read a sequel.

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Bookartbookmarks
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❄️What type of books do you stay away from?❄️
This was the perfect read while it was snowing. Takes place in the mountains of Oregon. I‘ve been reading a ton of fantasy lately so it was nice to devour a small paperback fiction. This book deals with child abduction and sexual assault do don‘t pick it up lightly. I often stay away from books that deal with these issues since I have small children. I did enjoy this read. Overall recommended.

8little_paws Have you read her other novel? It's fantastic, but also very dark. 10mo
Bookartbookmarks @8little_paws no I haven‘t! I really like her writing style so I‘m adding it to my tbr. Thank you! 10mo
8little_paws @Bookartbookmarks this book has been on my own tbr, I've got to get to it! Also I heard this author wrote non fiction that sounds fascinating but I know very little about it 10mo
8little_paws This book you tagged I mean. 10mo
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Kelican17
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Litsy photo dump Post #3. This book was between a Pick and and So-so. Not sure why. It kept my attention, it was a quick read, and i liked that the author spent some time focusing on the techniques that the main character used to find the abducted children.

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CBee
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HO LEE cheese, this was good. Super dark, super heavy - just the way I like em 😂😂
Definite trigger warning for a few things, so readers beware if you are sensitive to certain things.
Onward to “Wonder!” 🧡🧡

Trashcanman Pfffftt what's for breakfast 10mo
Bklover I LOVED this one! 10mo
CBee @Trashcanman pop tarts 🤓 10mo
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CBee @Bklover it was SO GOOD 10mo
Elma Now I'm really excited to read this. It's on my #newyearwhodis list. 10mo
CBee @Elma 🧡🧡🧡 10mo
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ReadingSusan
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This book. Difficult,difficult subject. But so well written and moving. Cried buckets. #thankfullyreading

MayJasper 😢 11mo
JenReadsAlot I loved this. 11mo
Jem1354 I wanted to read this but I‘m not ready to cry buckets 11mo
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ReadingSusan
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Starting this one in the bath.

Pamwurtzler I‘ve had that for a while. I need to read it! 11mo
swishandflick Such a good book! 11mo
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘ve it on my shelf for a while too! (edited) 11mo
JenReadsAlot Loved it! 11mo
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Bklover
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Congratulations on your Litsy milestone! And thanks for the giveaway! My favorite book so far this year surprised me, and feels like an odd choice. It‘s The Child Finder, which I expected to be an all-right mystery, and turned out to be fantastic! Can‘t wait to see what she writes next! #giveaway

JazzFeathers 👏👏🎉🎉🎉🎊🎊🎊🎊🙌🙌🙌 12mo
mreads Congratulations! I thought this book was great too the author has an interesting backstory 12mo
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Tashreads
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Um, so remember that book buying ban I was on?.... #sorrynotsorry #bookaddict

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I already read Call of the Curlew but every single other book is on my to-read list!! 12mo
Tashreads @Penny_LiteraryHoarders you have impeccable taste 😂😂 12mo
ShelleyBooksie Ive been wanting to read The Childfinder 12mo
Reviewsbylola 🙋🏼‍♀️ guilty here too! 12mo
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CNich
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Such pretty imagery and dark deeds in this book. I read nearly halfway through before I really fell into it, but once I did, the remaining pages rushed by like a breeze in the trees.😉

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valeriegeary
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Naomi will find you and bring you home...#onewayoranother

#octoberxfiles
@Cinfhen @Robothugs

Cinfhen Haven‘t read this one yet, but it‘s on my TBR 13mo
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Bklover
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This was my September reads. Fever Dream was a bit disappointing, but it was a good month for me. Best of the lot was The Child Finder, and of course The Dead Zone, which I always love ❤️!
#septemberreads

Rissreads I love that you keep lists like this 😊 13mo
Bklover @Rissreads Now that I‘ve started doing this I wish I‘d been doing it for a long time. It‘s fun. I actually have another book that I write small comments and thoughts about the books I read. However I‘ve only been doing this for a few months. 13mo
Rissreads I might think about doing something similar 👍 13mo
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ephemeralwaltz 👏👏👏 I loved 13mo
Bklover @ephemeralwaltz I did too! It was a reread for me and I loved it every bit as much as I did the first time I read it. 13mo
Ange44 I loved The Child Finder! I think it‘s supposed to be a series, too, so I‘m looking forward to another one. 13mo
Bklover @Ange44 I just recently heard there would be another one too so I‘m excited as well! Loved it! 13mo
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Anyone try Hibooks? I signed up for a 3 day trial since it‘s supposedly an unlimited audiobook service for $10 a month. I have become beyond frustrated with Scribd , so I am hoping this will be a good alternative.

TheBookStacker Interested to hear your review of it. 13mo
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This weekend I'm completely submerging myself in everything bookish at the Harbor Springs Festival of the Book! Yesterday I went and saw three panels, this one being my favorite with Rene Denfeld and David Arnold. Looking forward to today's panels!

#hsfotb2018 #bookfestival #bibliophile

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valeriegeary
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This is as good as they said it would be. Why did I wait so long? #readwhatyouown

Pamwurtzler I‘ve had this for a year and still haven‘t read it. I need to remedy that! 13mo
valeriegeary @Pamwurtzler it's a pretty fast one 🤗 13mo
irre I loved it! 13mo
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A woman with a traumatic past takes on cases of missing children. Some hit very close to home for her. It was very tonal. I liked it, but thought it might have been one in a series (it felt like there was info I was expected to have about her past and cases?) but it was a first.

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CaitlinR
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Naomi, the child finder, is a fascinating character. Pursued by unformed memories, she searches for list children because the world cannot go on without them.

The author is aa journalist and licensed investigator who works death penalty cases.

Beautifully written.

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Sjhaug
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I found this story so engrossing and magical. Excited for the next one!

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Loved this book. Started it this afternoon and finished it tonight at 10:00. Can't wait for the next one. Write it quick Rene Defeld.

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Monica5
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Starting this today. Been sick so haven't felt like reading. Plus, hated last book so much I bailed on it. Hope this one is better.

Velvetfur Sorry to hear you've been sick, I hope you feel better soon x 13mo
Monica5 @Velvetfur Thank you 13mo
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Finished the first in my #bookaweek selections for September. For such a very dark subject this was a beautiful book. Trigger warnings. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen You go girl🙌🏻❣️ 14mo
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I am so excited about this book & couldn‘t resist buying it when I saw the cover! 😍

MStew Loves this book!❤ 1y
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MStew
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This was my favorite book last year! I couldn't put it down and the setting felt so real and the story almost felt like it was coming to life, this is about a missing little girl . I don't wanna give anything away I find that with thrillers it's best to go in blind. I highly recommend this book and Its a snowy setting so a great winter read ! PLEASE read this

LikelyLibrarian Well, if you insist 😉 1y
ShelleyBooksie I have been wondering about this book! Glad to see your review. Stacking. 1y
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MStew @LikelyLibrarian you won't regret it !!! 1y
Pamwurtzler I‘ve had this for a while - I‘ll have to check it out! 1y
Anton This book is amazing! Have you read her debut, The Enchanted? It blew me away. 1y
irre I loved it too! 1y
Foragingfantasy @Anton The Enchanted was... wow. I still think about it. 1y
MStew @Anton gonna check it out thank you!! 1y
MStew @Pamwurtzler it's good one 😄😄😄😄 1y
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