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As Bright as Heaven
As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.
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Tamra
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46% into the audio and bailing. I just can‘t do overwrought sentimentality. It could very well be the narration. Plus, the plot is moving too slowly to keep me hooked. But, if you are looking for a relatable pandemic story, this will be familiar.

Cathythoughts I can‘t do overwrought sentimentality either … I just can‘t. 3w
Tamra @Cathythoughts 😅 I make some exceptions for classics, but they usually have other excellent qualities to compensate. 3w
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Reading this with spiked mocha, kleenex in close reach, two months after losing my mom, never before having to believe something with 100% certainty than I do of Chapter 35. Will the following chapters hug me as fiercely?

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TheNerdyProfessor
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I've had this BOTM pick since January 2018 - I don't know why it's taken me so long to actually pick it up. Even though I'm usually not a big historical fiction reader, this one is really up my alley! Maybe it's the parallel between the Spanish flu and the current COVID pandemic, but I'm finding it so fascinating. Usually I find historical fiction books to be a bit of a slog but I sucked down 100 pages in no time today.

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Tattooedteacher
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Just started this. Rain this afternoon and the weekend so I should get far.

lahousewyfe So good!!! 8mo
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MelKelsey
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Book 19 My first novel by Meissner, and I will read more. The story of a family of undertakers (an interesting perspective) in Philadelphia during the Spanish Flu. Published in 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the pandemic, this historical fiction book is more pertinent than Meissner could have predicted.Told from the perspective of a mom and her 3 daughters, it was engaging from the beginning, though occasionally the story dragged.⭐⭐⭐⭐

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EadieB
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#WondrousWednesday @Eggs Thanks for the tag!

1. Tagged book is set in Philadelphia.

2. New York and Mexico in Every Last Fear by Alex Finlay.

3. Crawley family from Downton Abbey.

I tag anyone who reads this!

Eggs Ah the Crawleys-excellent choice 👏🏻❤️👏🏻 13mo
EadieB Thanks! I love Downton Abbey! 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Clouds
#ForeverNovember

“I no longer fear Death, though I know that I should. I'm strangely at peace with what I used to think of as my enemy. Living seems more the taskmaster of the two, doesn't it? Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be. Dying, by contrast, is easy and simple, almost gentle. But who can I tell such a thing to? No one. I am troubled by how remarkable this feeling is.” 💔💔

OriginalCyn620 Great passage! 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks When we read this book for book club I never imagined we would be living it... I remember thinking how awful it would be if that happened now... just praying for things to get better 🙏🏻 It is so devastating everywhere. It‘s so sad to lose a loved one and it‘s taking a toll on health care workers, doctors, and other medical providers. We must not forget them in our prayers 🙏🏻 14mo
Bookishlie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks you are such a lovely person and always in our thoughts:) 14mo
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SilversReviews Such a good book. 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bookishlie thank you Angela ❤️❤️ 14mo
AmyG I loved this book. Who knew we‘d be living in a pandemic when we read it? 😬 Ha...I just saw you posted the same thing. I don‘t understand why people are not being careful when this affects our health care workers the most. (edited) 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG we think alike! I don‘t know either .. we are in the mountains and haven‘t left this glorious cabin.. just glad to get away ❤️ 14mo
AmyG Enjoy your peace and quiet! 😘😘😘 14mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG I did! It was wonderful ❤️ 14mo
MelKelsey I liked this quote, too! 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MelKelsey this book... I never imagined when I read it we would be going through something similar 💔 11mo
MelKelsey Crazy!!! 11mo
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Chrissyreadit
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Thank you @Kdgordon88 for the tag. These books were all 5 star reads for me this year, and all of them made me cry. Two historical fiction and 1 magical realism and perfect emotional connection with characters. #fridayfeelings

Cuilin These all look great. Thanks for playing. 1y
TrishB Luis Valdez was ❤️ 1y
Kdgordon88 Luis Valdez made me cry too. Adding the other two to my TBR. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) no different, my girls are too old to trick or treat!
2) my friends 👯‍♀️

#ThankfulThursday

@Bklover @Mjm1 @iread2much

Cosmos_Moon I‘ll be sad when my boys are grown up and we won‘t do these things 💕 1y
iread2much Thanks so much for tagging me! 1y
iread2much 1 - I will not pass out candy this year 2 - I am grateful for my dogs; who always make me smile. I don‘t remember the last that book made me cry, I don‘t like to cry, so I tend not read books that are sad 1y
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Bklover Thanks for the tag, my friend! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @iread2much 1) I won‘t either 2) sometimes I need a good cry 😓 1y
iread2much @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I find that tv is better for that for me. I especially don‘t like to cry over books, then I can‘t see to read! Although the last book that I had to put down because it was making me cry was “Our Bodies, Their Battlefields” it was so harrowing and so intense I couldn‘t even read more than 10 pages. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @iread2much all I watch is the news 😫😫😫 I‘ve got to turn it off! 1y
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Sharpeipup
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“If people don't do their part to stop the spread of evil when they're asked to, it just gets stronger and then no one can stop it.“

#audiowalk #quotes

Megabooks Gorgeous picture!! 1y
Sharpeipup @Megabooks thanks! It was actually a full rainbow but I couldn‘t see that at first. 1y
wanderinglynn Wow! What a beautiful sky! And that rainbow 😍 1y
SilversReviews Gorgeous photo, and great book. 1y
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SailorJohn
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Superb story. The trials and challenges of raising energetic children, who become teenagers! Begins in 1918 just before the “Spanish” flu. Easy parallels to today. Loved it.

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Margot0817
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I didn't want this book to end and now I'm so sad I am no longer a part of it. I loved every minute of this story. 💜 5 stars! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Margot0817
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megnews Love this book and family so much. 2y
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lahousewyfe
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Placed during and after the Spanish Flu epidemic in Philadelphia, this book filled my soul with its love and hope amidst the tragedy. I wept with a smile on my face as I read the last sentence.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😭😭😭 loved this one!! (edited) 2y
lahousewyfe @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Struck such a chord in my heart! 2y
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sblbooks
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My #top6reads so far in 2020. What are your favorites?

keys_on_fire Where the Crawdads Sing, Back from the Future, Chuck Noll: His Life‘s Work, Postscript, Failure Is Not An Option, A Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes 2y
megnews We have such similar taste. Only plane and As Bright as Heaven were two of my favorites last year 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) #LitsyLove, flowers 🌸
2) all of my wonderful, loving friends on Litsy

#ThankfulThursday

Cosmos_Moon I love flowers, too! All the photos I‘ve been using here are from my plants 💚🌺🌸🌼 2y
UwannaPublishme Yay #LitsyLove! 🤗💌🤗 2y
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sblbooks
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I loved this book, It it will rip your heart out! Set in Philadelphia 1918 to 1925. A story of the Bright family, and their neighbors, recovering from the aftermath of World War 1, and the Spanish flu. A very timely read considering what's going on in the world today.

marleed Sounds good - stacked! 2y
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kspenmoll
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#BoundTogetherJune #Bright
A mesmerizing read. The Bright family move to Philadelphia to help their Uncle who runs a funeral home in the midst of WWI. The Spanish flu overtakes the city. This novel is about how these two major events affect the family. If I remember correctly it was a #botmbuddyread?

OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, it was... we had great discussions and this book seems relevant at this time!!! 💔💔💔 2y
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Eggs
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OriginalCyn620 Pretty cover! 💛 2y
Eggs @OriginalCyn620 Isn‘t it??? 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So relevant right now 💔💔💔 2y
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EadieB
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Day 4 - #Bright #BoundTogetherJune
#AsBrightAsHeaven #SusanMeissner

I enjoyed this book about the 1918 pandemic in Philadelphia.

Andrew65 A great book! 2y
EadieB @Andrew65 👍I agree! 2y
OriginalCyn620 📚👍🏻📚 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This book broke my heart 💔💔 2y
EadieB @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes it was very sad. 2y
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SilversReviews
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Thank you to:

#MagicalMay
@eggs

Today‘s Prompt: HEAVEN

AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN has a beautiful story line, beautiful research, and beautiful characters.

It is about the 1918 Spanish Flu pandemic.

REVIEW HERE: https://tinyurl.com/y978okp3

@soozmeissner

Eggs Fabulous choice-great author great book 📚 2y
rachelm Happy Litsyversary!! 😎 2y
TheHeartlandBookFairy I loved this book! 2y
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LyndyG
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I was a little hesitant to read a book about a pandemic during a pandemic...but I couldn‘t stop listening. Not a huge fan of one character‘s storyline, but the positives definitely outweigh the negatives.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks We read this for our buddy read last year... 💔💔💔 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Everyone is awesome!!! 2y
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Eggs @LyndyG welcome to Litsy 🤗💕🥳 2y
Birdsong28 Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG 🎉🎊📚📖 2y
Cuilin Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG💥 2y
OriginalCyn620 Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG! 🎊 2y
Cinfhen Hi @LyndyG welcome and thanks for the shoutout, Misty xx @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks (edited) 2y
TheSpineView Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG 🤗 2y
AmyG Welcome! 🎉 2y
Eggs Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💕 2y
aroc Welcome to Litsy! Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
Bklover Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG ! Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💛💛 2y
Andrew65 Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG 🤗 Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😊👍 2y
Andrew65 This was a great book, we loved it in the Buddy read. 2y
Bookwormjillk Welcome to Litsy! 2y
JaclynW Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG ! Tgis is a marvelous community to be part of. Enjoy! I've read this book twice! It is an excellent book! It was great for insights into the Spanish flu pandemic. Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤗 2y
JaclynW This not tgis😄⬆️ 2y
Crazeedi Welcome to litsy!!🎉 I loved this book 2y
kspenmoll Welcome to Litsy @LyndyG ! I also read and loved this book! Thanks for the tag @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️💜💙 2y
Sleepswithbooks Thanks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😘 Welcome to the fuuuunest place ever @LyndyG !!!!! 2y
UwannaPublishme Welcome to all the fun! 👋🏻❤️🎉📚📚📚 2y
Bookgoil Welcome to litsy!!!! ❤️ 2y
LyndyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you so much for the welcome! I am following everyone now! And buddy read?! How can I get in on the next one? 2y
LyndyG @Eggs Thank you so much! I am excited to be here! 2y
LyndyG @Birdsong28 Thank you thank you! 2y
LyndyG @Cuilin Thank you so much for the warm welcome! 2y
LyndyG @OriginalCyn620 Hey thank you! 2y
LyndyG @Cinfhen Thank you so much! 2y
LyndyG @TheSpineView Thank you! It‘s really cool to see how friendly everyone is! 2y
LyndyG @AmyG Thank you! 2y
MrBook Welcome to the #LitsyFamily, @LyndyG 😁👏🏻! Thank you for the tag, @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! ☺️🤗 2y
LyndyG @aroc Thank you! 2y
LyndyG @Bklover Thank you so much! 2y
LyndyG @Andrew65 Thank you! I really enjoyed this too, so please let me know if you have recommendations for me! 2y
LyndyG @Bookwormjillk Thank you! 2y
LyndyG @JaclynW Thank you! I cannot believe how friendly and welcoming everyone has been (but I mean, book people are the best people). I love reading historical fiction, and it‘s a definite bonus when it‘s an era I don‘t know much about! Let me know if you have any other recommendations! 2y
LyndyG @Crazeedi Thank you so much! I did too! 2y
LyndyG @kspenmoll Thank you! This book was amazing and I can‘t wait to read more by Susan Meissner! 2y
LyndyG @Stacypatrice Litsy has been a blast so far! Thank you for the welcome! 2y
LyndyG @UwannaPublishme Thank you! It‘s been so much fun! 2y
LyndyG @Bookgoil Thanks so much! 2y
LyndyG @MrBook It‘s great to be a part of such a welcoming group! Thank you! 2y
JaclynW @LyndyG Book people are totally the best! A totally true statement. 😊 Have you read 2y
rather_be_reading welcome to litsy 📚☕📚 2y
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Kshakal
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What a beautiful book and so timely... the similarities between the reaction to the Spanish flu and covid-19 are uncanny... it just goes to show that history always repeats itself!

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Eggs
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The edge:
The last dance
Leaving home, choosing courage
Lost in the sun as bright as heaven!

#spinepoem2
#acrossapril

Leftcoastzen Nice! 2y
Come-read-with-me Beautiful! 2y
Eggs Thank you!! @Leftcoastzen @Come-read-with-me 🌹🌹 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks As Bright As Heaven 💔 a book and time in history that I think about daily 💔 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful photo also!! 😘🌹 2y
Eggs I can relate to this novel personally: “a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.” @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks 🤗❤️🤗 2y
BookishMe 😍😍 2y
Eggs @BookishMe Thanks 🙏🏻 2y
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MallenNC
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I didn‘t need more books but Kindle deals today were too good to pass up. More for my TBR. (The Harlan Coben on the bottom right is a library book.) #ebooks #BookHaul

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Don‘t read As Bright As Heaven right now ❌🙅🏼‍♀️😭 2y
MallenNC @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh I know! I know what it‘s about. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MallenNC it ripped my heart out when I read it, so I can‘t imagine reading it now. I think about it all the time! You can scroll way back to our discussion if you want! 😓😓😓💔💔💔 2y
JenReadsAlot I bought Your House will Pay today too! 2y
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JacqMac
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“Interestingly enough, it is our mortality that gives our existence its value and beauty. If our days were not numbered, we probably wouldn‘t care how we spent them. How does this knowledge that we are mortal affect our choices? The risks we take? The risks we don‘t?” This book is fantastic. And this was a perfect time to read it.
#EasterExtravaganza Time: 10:10
@Andrew65

trazo Love this quote! 2y
Andrew65 Great time, and a great book. 👏👏👏 2y
slategreyskies I haven‘t read this one. I‘ll have to check it out! :) 2y
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JacqMac
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Starting day 3. Loving this story.
#EasterExtravaganza @Andrew65

kspenmoll I loved it. ❤️📚 2y
Andrew65 This is a great book that sticks in my mind for many reasons. We did it as a #BOTMBuddyRead, so assume the discussion will still be on the book‘s page. @TheBookHippie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 2y
JacqMac @Andrew65 Thanks! 👏 I will look it up when I‘m finished. 2y
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TheBookHippie @Andrew65 it‘s on my mind daily should be able to see discussion ! 2y
Andrew65 @TheBookHippie So much of it is of this time. The politicians need to read this! 2y
JacqMac @Andrew65 @TheBookHippie The parallels are both fascinating and frightening. Seeing the pictures out of Detroit today. So very scary. 2y
Andrew65 @JacqMac Couldn‘t agree more. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This book is on my mind constantly 😓 2y
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JacqMac
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About to start day two, but here is day one of #EasterExtravaganza About as much as I was expecting to get done yesterday. And I know, who reads about a pandemic during a pandemic? That would be me. I am that person.
@Andrew65

Desha 😂😂😂 I would probably do that too! But Susan Meissner is really good. When I lived in San Diego I saw her a lot because she led our church‘s book club! She‘s so kind. 💖💖💖 2y
Andrew65 😂😂😂 It is an excellent book however, the Spanish Flu bits still stick strongly in my mind. Great time. 👏👏👏 (edited) 2y
Buechersuechtling @Andrew65 I am sorry, but after first reading your comment I was very puzzled because I wondered what aspects one could think of having been a “great time” during the Spanish Flu – but then I realised that, of course, you were talking of the reading time, @JacqMac clocked in. 😂 2y
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Andrew65 @Buechersuechtling 😂😂😂 Yes not the best structured piece of writing was it! What‘s a bit of Spanish Flu between friends. 😱😳😂 2y
JacqMac @Desha So very cool. That sounds like a great book club. 2y
Buechersuechtling @Andrew65 Well for that there is if not a vaccine, then at least the therapy isn‘t it❓If yes, then I‘ll happily be your Spanish Flu companion whenever you need one. 😂 2y
Andrew65 @Buechersuechtling That‘s what you call true friends. 🥰 (edited) 2y
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suvata
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What do you do when you are quarantined because of the #COVID-19 pandemic? You read a book about the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, of course. 😷 Pretty scary stuff! Seriously, this book was exceptional with its multi-layered plot and it‘s memorable characters, it‘s one of the best books that I‘ve read centered on that pandemic.

kspenmoll I loved this book but read it pre pandemic!!! 2y
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BayouGirl85
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It took a little getting used to a story old from so many perspectives...the Bright family of 5. However the electrical emotion story that follows them for Quakertown to the big city was great. So many pieces to the puzzle do not reveal themselves until the very shocking end.

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stuck.in.the.stacks
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Today on the blog, we decided to from our planned post to share some book recs featuring plagues and pandemics.

Check pur picks and tell us all about yours in the comments.

https://stuckinthestacks.com/2020/03/12/themed-thursday-infectious-stories/

#bookrecommendations #themedthursdays #bookstagram #bookishalgor #bookishalgorithm

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Chrissyreadit
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@megnews I‘m so glad you picked this book for our #LMPBC book. I loved it so much! I loved reading everyone‘s thoughts in it too @Butterfinger @Laughterhp . I really enjoyed doing this together. I absolutely recommend this for lovers of historical fiction. I will mail this back Friday or Saturday.

megnews I‘m so glad you loved it. I do too. Can‘t wait to read all your comments!! 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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This story is set at the tail-end of WWI and follows a family and their friends through the Spanish Flu pandemic and its after-effects. This book broke my heart but it‘s very much worth reading, especially if you enjoy historical fiction. I look forward to reading more of her books! 5⭐️

#HistoricalFiction
#BOTM

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JenlovesJT47
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This book is killing me!! 😭😭😭 Must finish it ASAP so I can go read something cheerful. 😓 #BOTM

Butterfinger When I read it, I had to put it down so I could mourn. 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Butterfinger I don‘t blame you! I‘m feeling the same way 😞 2y
Laughterhp Yeah. I felt the same way when reading. I had to take at least a 3 day break from reading! 2y
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Chrissyreadit
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@Cinfhen I‘m posting what was going to be my first post as a #monthlybookreport- but three of these books need to be finished and put in the mail ASAP. @megnews @SamHeartCoffee I have not forgotten! My #book spin is listed thanks to @TheAromaofBooks and my current audio book Born A Crime- it is a perfect audio. Spillover is my alternate audio. A family emergency meant very little schoolwork or reading for two weeks. #catchupweek #wishmeluck

Cinfhen Hope all is well 💜 2y
megnews Can‘t wait to see everyone‘s comments! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Lots to read!! Good luck!! 2y
SamHeartCoffee Hope all is well, too! 😘 2y
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megnews
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1. Definitely drawn to beautiful or intriguing covers
2. For #LMPBC
3. Online
4. Up long before the alarm. That‘s my peaceful reading time.
5. @sblbooks

#FriYayIntro

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be.”

#disaster
#ReallyRandomFebruary

I‘m playing catch up! Yesterday was extremely busy! I keep thinking about this book and The Spanish flu epidemic in 1918 the more I hear about the Coronavirus... 😓💔

AmyG This book was so good. 2y
Eggs Beautiful book💗💗❤️ 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Liked this book too - that CDC announcement yesterday freaked me out 😬 2y
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OriginalCyn620 I haven‘t read it but the cover is beautiful! 2y
Catherine_Willoughby Its more real for us Europeans now. A lady returned to our city yesterday after returning home from the infected Spanish hotel that's now in lock down. Hoping there no case to worry. Didn't say what part of city she is from or if she has kids in school or her employment. We are only a country of 5.5 million. Our city is only 250k .We are not ready. I hope she self isolates as precaution as well as her those in her household . We know soon enough 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Catherine_Willoughby wow... I was just reading the CDC statements this morning. It‘s so scary. Just praying 🙏🏻 it‘s not going to be as bad as they predict. 2y
Andrew65 A great book! Very real situation for us in Europe at the moment, feels like the genie is out of the bottle and doesn‘t feel as if enough robust action is being taken across Europe. @Catherine_Willoughby @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 2y
Andrew65 @OriginalCyn620 You need to read this great book. 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 😥😥 🙏🏻 be safe and keep me updated! 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks. Unfortunately our half-term break in the UK coincided with the developing situation in Italy and Tenerife. A lot of people had holidays in those places last week, including a number of schools who had skiing trips in Italy. These have now come back for the start of the new term in school. This has led to a number of schools shutting and a couple of cases occurring today, including one school in Derby where 👇 (edited) 2y
Andrew65 a parent was diagnosed with it. I would imagine as a head teacher of a primary school (ages 3 - 11) heightens the risk for me catching any illnesses going round, and you also working in A+E.Hopefully if that should happen being heathyish 😹 it will only be a mild case. (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 Have they thought about closing schools temporarily? 2y
Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Been told to keep schools open, May differ if cases develop. Where shut has been at decision of the headteacher/principal. At moment isolated cases and all where caught out of country and brought in. (edited) 2y
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Phew, this book was heartbreaking. So much death. I can‘t even imagine living in a time with that much death and nothing you can do about it. This book was also beautiful and had so many great phrases and thoughts that made you think. So even though this book made me depressed and angry, I‘m not sorry I read it. But I definitely need a happy palette cleanser.

#LMPBC - I‘ll get this out to you this week Chrissy

Chrissyreadit Ok- I‘m working on Postmistress now, and really want to be reading something fluffy these days. 2y
megnews It was tough. But such a beautiful family. 2y
Aswenson I put this one down after only a few chapters because of the impending deaths... I didn‘t feel like I was ready. Sounds like I was probably right to do so at that time! 2y
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Laughterhp @Aswenson You were definitely right. There is so much death and the beginning of the book there is so much talk about death, etc. 2y
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit I sent this out to you today. You should have it by Tuesday! 😊 Going to start the Wet Nurse‘s Tale today! 2y
Chrissyreadit Great! Can‘t wait! 2y
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Hey #LMPBC group, I know I owe this book to @Chrissyreadit - I just wanted to give you all an update. I‘m about 229 pages in and this book made me so depressed and grumpy last night (I was snapping at my husband for no reason) I just had to take a break.

I hope to be able to mail this out to you next weekend at the latest. (I have 200 pages left)

I also have the Wet Nurses Tales to read too! (Which I think is the last book in the round for Feb

Chrissyreadit No worries! 2y
Chrissyreadit Also, while sections of The Wet Nurses Tale are sad the MC is amazing!!! And I thought it was a fast read. 2y
Butterfinger I understand how it affected you. It is an emotional book. @Chrissyreadit beware!!! 2y
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#Bookmail

Tammy - I received the next #LMPBC book today! Thanks so much for the goodies. The envelope was a little bit open just so you know. But I can‘t wait to use this gorgeous journal! And the hat looks so warm and I love that it‘s hand knit.

Kristen - I received your book as well! I appreciate you sending it! 😊

Can‘t wait to dive into both these books!

#newyearwhodis

SilversReviews I have read AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN and really enjoyed it. 2y
Butterfinger You are welcome!! 2y
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Butterfinger
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A new favorite author. Thank you @megnews . @Laughterhp , I am sort of scared to mail it. I will let you know when I do send it. Merry Christmas to all @Chrissyreadit

Laughterhp When I mailed my other book priority, it made it there safely! 😂 Hopefully we have no more mailing issues! 2y
Andrew65 Loved this book. 2y
megnews Glad you liked it! I really love her writing. 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just discovered her too and want to read more! 2y
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megnews
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This book will break your 💔 again & again. Still, one of my best reads this year and glad I picked it for #LMPBC. Can‘t wait to hear what the rest of you think. @Butterfinger will be on its way to you early next week.
Book 12 for #20booksby2020
Book 288 11/16/19

megnews @Butterfinger mailed As Bright as Heaven to you yesterday 2y
Butterfinger I can't wait to read it. 2y
Butterfinger @megnews 😭 Bawling my eyes out. You can't help but to love this family. Thank you for such a good read. I'm not rushing (1/2 way) because I want time to grieve and process. I'm not tagging the others so they shouldn't be able to see it. 2y
megnews @Butterfinger I know! I love them too and they keep coming back to mind since I finished. I think it‘s one of my favorite this year. I would speed up because I wanted to see what happened to them and then slow back down through the difficult parts. 2y
megnews @Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger @Laughterhp I got my book back! Can‘t wait to read your comments! 2y
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What a comforting thought.

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For me it‘s my grandfather. Every time I listen to Patsy Cline, I hear his warbly voice.

Texreader Awwww! 🥰 2y
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Texreader Truth even if only for a day, or even an hour (edited) 2y
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Texreader Ha! Sounds about right! 2y
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This is so true.

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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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I really enjoyed this book about the war & the Spanish flu epidemic. When the opportunity arises for the Bright family to move to Philadelphia and join an uncle in his undertaker business it seems like the perfect plan for a better life! But the war and the Spanish flu epidemic change all of that, change their lives and their future. Love and loss, challenges & gifts, & few unexpected surprises kept me moving through this lovely book. ☺️

megnews Currently reading for #LMPBC. Glad to see a good review. 2y
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews I hope you enjoy it 😁 2y
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