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The Last Hours
The Last Hours | Minette Walters
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When the Black Death enters England through the port of Melcombe in Dorseteshire in June 1348, no one knows what manner of sickness it is or how it spreads and kills so quickly. The Church proclaims it a punishment from God but Lady Anne of Develish has different ideas. With her brutal husband absent, she decides on more sensible ways to protect her people than the daily confessions of sin recommended by the Bishop. Anne gathers her serfs within the gates of Develish and refuses entry to outsiders, even to her husband. She makes an enemy of her daughter by doing so, but her resolve is strengthened by the support of her leading serfs...until food stocks run low and the nerves of all are tested by their ignorance of what is happening in the world outside. The people of Develish are alive. But for how long? And what will they discover when the time comes for them to cross the moat? Compelling and suspenseful, The Last Hours is a riveting tale of human ingenuity and endurance against the worst pandemic known to history. In Lady Anne of Develish - leader, saviour, heretic - Walters has created her most memorable heroine to date.
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Librarybelle
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Tomorrow begins the next selection for the #LiteraryCrew #Buddyread . I‘m anxious to begin this tale! Feel free to join us...this is a low key buddy read with weekly check ins. Feel free to post with #LiteraryCrew , and don‘t forget to tag me!

Laughterhp Just picked up my copy from the library! (It‘s a bit thicker than I thought 😂) 9h
Marmie7 I just received a copy in the mail and I couldn't remember why I ordered it😂 8h
Chrissyreadit I love it!!! One of my favorites for the year so far. 8h
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Pamwurtzler Glad I saw this - I‘ll join! 7h
CoverToCoverGirl Thank you for the reminder! 6h
Librarybelle @Laughterhp Haha! It is a bit thick! now
Librarybelle @Chrissyreadit Awesome! 😁 now
Librarybelle @Pamwurtzler Hooray! Welcome! now
Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl You‘re welcome! now
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BethM
The Last Hours | Minette Walters

Is it wrong of me to root for Eleanor‘s death?

Chrissyreadit Ha! She‘s such a lovely young girl. 5d
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BethM
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Did some audio baking before football. @Librarybelle I‘m really enjoying this book! This is also snack round 1 for #mrbook1inamillion #litsypartyofone #24b4monday

Librarybelle That looks delicious! So glad you‘re enjoying the book so far! 7d
Lynnsoprano Oh, yum! 7d
BethM @Librarybelle @Lynnsoprano thanks! There‘s a little cinnamon and cardamom in there too. 7d
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Andrew65 @Librarybelle That is definitely delicious looking. 7d
Andrew65 A book I want to read. 7d
CoffeeCatsBooks Pretty! 🍰 7d
Curlicious Lol I‘m about to make cupcakes. 6d
MrBook I‘m coming over for some snack! 😳🤤 6d
BethM @MrBook come on over 😂 I just made brats and chili cheese dip! 6d
MrBook *runs to car and fires up the engine...screeches onto the street in reverse...puts car into OVERdrive* 6d
BethM @MrBook 😂 6d
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Chrissyreadit
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Am enthralled with this book! Downloaded because of a read along hosted by @Librarybelle If you like historical fiction, plague and great characters check it out! I will want an in hand copy of this - if only to be able to loan to friends.

MamaGina I have this ebook, sounds like I need to get to it sooner rather than later!🤓 1w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘m all set for the buddy too! It‘s been on my shelf for awhile. 1w
Chrissyreadit @CoverToCoverGirl I‘m so glad I started this book! 1w
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CoverToCoverGirl Now I really can‘t wait to start! Historical fiction is my favourite genre. 1w
DrexEdit Apparently this is already on my TBR, so stacking here. The first of two (so far) according to goodreads. 👍 1w
Librarybelle I‘m so glad you like it so far! @MamaGina @DrexEdit If you‘re interested in the buddy read, search for #literarycrew . I posted the suggested reading timeline, but it‘s very low key, so read at your own pace! And, @CoverToCoverGirl , I‘m so excited to start this! 1w
DrexEdit @Librarybelle thanks so much for the invite. I'm actually considering it even though I'm overbooked already. 😅 My library's catalog is down for maintenance tonight so I'll have to see if I can get a copy tomorrow. It's not available as an ebook in my system. 1w
MamaGina @Librarybelle Oh, this is excellent, I‘ll definitely participate 🙌🏼🤓 1w
Sace My copy just got delivered! I'm so excited! 1w
Sace @DrexEdit overbooked is the reason I end up lurking most of the time 🤣 1w
DrexEdit @Sace overbooked is just a permanent state of being anymore. 😂😂👍 1w
Chrissyreadit @DrexEdit I seriously did not think I could swing it - but it is so good! Just read what time allows. 1w
Chrissyreadit @Sace me too! Overbooked and overwhelmed but determined to self care soothe and this totally hit the spot! 1w
BethM Im totally into it too! 1w
Chrissyreadit @BethM did you do book or audio? 1w
BethM Audio 1w
Tamra I‘m anxious to read! 1w
Bookzombie I keep stacking books you post! 6d
Chrissyreadit @Bookzombie I look forward to hearing what you think. This was a great few weeks. 6d
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Librarybelle
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The next #LiteraryCrew #Buddyread will be The Last Hours! We‘re traveling to England in the 1300s, when the Black Death stalked the country.

We‘re a low key buddy read group - the above timeline is a suggested reading time line. Read at your own pace. I check in with everyone at the end of a read week. Please use the listed hashtags and tag me in any posts you make. I‘m tagging those who have expressed interest in this book. All welcome to join!

CoverToCoverGirl Tag me please! I‘d love to join in. 1w
Sace Oh wow! This sounds good and the hardback was on Amazon for less than $9. Not sure how active I'll be but the timing might be good for me. Tag with lowered expectations please 😁 1w
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Librarybelle @Sace Welcome! 1w
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve had this one sitting on my TBR shelf for some time. It‘ll be my first book by her. Thanks. 1w
Librarybelle @CoverToCoverGirl I‘ve wanted to read this for awhile, too. I‘m glad so many others are interested to read this as well. 1w
Laughterhp Requesting from my library now! 1w
Lauram Black Death? I‘m in!!! 1w
Mollyanna Just requested it be shipped to my library from one of the other branches. Love the Black Death era. 1w
Librarybelle Wonderful, @Mollyanna ! 1w
Chrissyreadit I just downloaded it on audible. I‘m reading in another buddy read and taking two classes but have high hopes I can listen while I do dishes . 1w
Marmie7 This sounds like a interesting read! Mind if I join in? 1w
Librarybelle @Marmie7 Happy to have you join! 1w
lele1432 So excited for this one! 1w
Tamra I will definitely read it, but 😩 I won‘t get to start it until after I finish up my class in December. I am disappointed it isn‘t available on audio from the library. Keep tagging me and thank you for organizing!!! 1w
Librarybelle @Tamra Will do! 1w
Jerdencon Going to request from the library today! Thanks for including me! I am 1/2 way through the Lost Queen and liking it 1w
Librarybelle Awesome, @Jerdencon ! So glad you‘re liking The Lost Queen too! 1w
Chrissyreadit @BethM this is the other one- it sounds like a book I would like. 1w
BethM I‘m going to hop on to this! 1w
Librarybelle Awesome, @BethM ! 1w
Chrissyreadit I‘m definitely in! I‘m up to Chapt 5 on audio and love it! 1w
Sace I just realized that my two week vacation starts Nov 16....this was meant to be. I can at least stay on schedule for the first part. 1w
Librarybelle Awesome, @Sace ! 😁 1w
TamAnder Excellent! 😊 6d
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Librarybelle
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 5

Anyone who would like to play, please join in! Post 7 book covers that you love over 7 days, with no explanation.

Amiable Ooh, I like that cover. And the blurb in the front looks enticing, too. 2mo
batsy So pretty. 2mo
robinb Very pretty! 2mo
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The author has a magnificent way of developing the characters and the story takes you on a journey back into the 14th Century in such a well-told manner, it's as if you are part of it. I have already started Part II, The Turning of Midnight, as I just can get enough of this great Tale of The Black Death.

megnews I‘m fascinated by this era but never heard of this book. Thanks for sharing! 3mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @megnews It's the 1st book in a series of 2 books. I immediately started the second book, called The Turn of Midnight. I absolutely loved the 1st book, and so far, the 2nd book is just as great. It's my 1st book on the topic of The Black Death. I'm loving it! 3mo
megnews You may want to check out Geraldine Brooks‘ 3mo
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @megnews Thank you so much, will definitely do so. 3mo
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Crazeedi
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4⭐ this book tells the story of the struggle to survive during the black plague of the 1300's Lady Anne is beloved by the serfs; her husband Sir Robert is a cruel evil man. This is how the story begins the plague sweeps across England. Thaddeus braves the unknown to find answers and Anne's people try to survive cut off from the world
Definitely recommend

Crazeedi Anxious to read the sequel 4mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one and the sequel. 4mo
Crazeedi @TrishB good to hear the sequel doesn't disappoint!! 4mo
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Crazeedi
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Sitting on my front porch braving the humidity! My next book! Don't know how I picked this to buy, it's rather chunky, but I must admit I 💗💗 chunksters! More development and details!
#78percenthumidity
#rememberthiswhenitszerodegrees
#lazydaysaregoodforreading

BooknerdsLife Happy reading 🙌🏼📚💕 4mo
BridgetteM I‘ve been curious about this book for a while. I‘m interested to hear your thoughts on it when you‘ve finished! 4mo
Crazeedi @BridgetteM there's 538 pages and I've read 200 already, it's very good so far! 4mo
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Crazeedi @BooknerdsLife thanks! I'm enjoying! 4mo
Birdsong28 This is such a good book. Check out the sequel if you enjoy it 4mo
Crazeedi @Birdsong28 thank you! I knew there was a sequel, I'm totally enjoying this book!💗 4mo
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Joreads
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Dorset 1348 and the plague starts to sweep through the country. This is the story of Lady Ann and her people. This book is over 550 pages long however I never felt the length. The struggle to survive the plague and the political intrigue of the time were enough to keep me turning pages. Be aware that this book end on a cliff hanger of sorts so you will want to pick youthful second novel the minute you finish.

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Melissa_J
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I‘m not even two pages into this work of historical fiction, and already the author seems to have the history wrong. This book is set mid-14th century England, yet it references a ‘passing gypsy.‘ A quick Google search indicates the Romani (gypsies) didn‘t arrive in England until the 16th century.

Some readers may not care, but how am I supposed to trust that this is historically accurate if there is a mistake on page two?

TheKidUpstairs Soo frustrating 8mo
Melissa_J @TheKidUpstairs I‘m going to have to bail after one chapter LOL. I read some reviews that note the book is full of anachronisms. I like my historical fiction accurate. It‘s my favourite genre, but I have pretty high standards when it comes to what constitutes good historical fiction. 8mo
MellieAntoinette This was my issue with Susan Orlean‘s The Library Book. She got the date wrong on the cover and somehow I couldn‘t read it anymore. 😫 8mo
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mcipher Oooh, that‘s so interesting to hear. We read her first book for my book club and were questioning some of the history -maybe rightly so! 8mo
CouronneDhiver Eek 😬 8mo
Melissa_J @MellieAntoinette yikes! On the cover? That‘s brutal. 8mo
Tamra I hear you! 8mo
Melissa_J @mcipher I‘m glad to hear that others wondered. The rest might be perfectly fine, but I‘d be reading through and googling every thing to see if it‘s right 😆 8mo
Melissa_J @Tamra excellent. I don‘t always mind if changes are made to certain aspects of history for the sake of a story (so long as the author acknowledges the changes), but the basic facts should be sound. 8mo
twohectobooks I found this book very meh. I didn‘t catch this particular error, but there were others I did. I‘m curious about the author‘s previous work, which is apparently more in the thriller genre, but her historical fiction was nowhere near historical enough for me. 8mo
TrishB I enjoyed the book as it had a very strong feminist message. But I didn‘t necessarily enjoy the twisting of some facts!! 8mo
Melissa_J @TrishB that‘s good to know! I won‘t dismiss it all together, I just will wait for a time when I don‘t care about the history being right LOL 8mo
Melissa_J @twohectobooks seems I made them right decision to stop reading, if there are other historical errors. 8mo
LeahBergen Oh no! I have this on my shelf! 😩 8mo
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Sumi
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Fast paced- read it with great enjoyment & then: argh!!!! Cliffhanger.
I had no idea this was the first in a series.

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twohectobooks
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Mehso-so

Ended up being quite cool on my latest #bookclub book. It‘s the story of Lady Anne of Develish, who decides to try to save her manor‘s serfs during the Black Death by a very unconventional quarantine. I like this premise but I think it needed to be developed WAY better than it is in this book. Lady Anne‘s actions drive the story but the author doesn‘t spend anywhere near enough time establishing how she became such a visionary.

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twohectobooks
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Tonight‘s #Hallowreading is this historical fiction novel set during the Black Plague. It‘s my latest #bookclub book and of course it‘s due back to the #library today when I still have about 150 pages to go. Fortunately it‘s a very quick read!

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Cathythoughts
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Delighted to have this book on my kindle & kindle is now officially coming to Copenhagen 🙏🏻 @Lel2403
Text from my daughter ( trip organizer) she wants my DOB ... this is what I‘m dealing with 😂🙄 we are Excited

Birdsong28 It's a great read. Enjoy! After reading that you will need the sequel which is 13mo
Cathythoughts @Birdsong28 👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻❤️ 13mo
TrishB Yes agree with @Birdsong28 a good read 👍🏻 13mo
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Cathythoughts @TrishB 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
julesG Wow, you are quite young, and with children already. 😂😂😂 13mo
Cathythoughts @julesG I know ! I‘m quite unusual.... 😂 13mo
JennyM 😂😂 13mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM she thinks this is hilarious 😂🤣 13mo
Cinfhen Hahahahaha it‘s like a text from Niki😂😂😂 13mo
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Lel2403
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For fans of Minette Walters, this is 99p for the Kindle at the moment

TrishB This is a great read 👍🏻 13mo
Cathythoughts Thankyou ! On my TBR ... not anymore , on my kindle now ❤️ 13mo
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Lel2403
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Mehso-so

This is set in June 1348 and The Black Death has arrived, killing many thousands of souls.

On the estate of Develish, Lady Anne tries to help control of her people's future. This feels like an authentic atmosphere of the time and is a riveting read and well written by Minette Walters, but I found it a bit of a disappointing end
Thanks to the Author/the Publishers/NetGalley for the opportunity to read this in exchange for a fair and honest review

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CoverToCoverGirl
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The only author I‘ve read before is the wickedly talented Greg Iles! Any thoughts about the others?

#BookHaul
#TBR
#Stack

Linsy I just found my package for you for #OldCoolBooks and realized that I never got your email! Still want it? Just email me your address!!! linsyh@icloud.com (Sorry this is so late, but it‘s ready for you! 😘) 14mo
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jenniferw88
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Because #summer has been a popular choice today for #abbainaugust I thought I'd choose #last in the title instead. Despite appearances, these are all TBR. #ourlastsummer

@Cinfhen @Mdargusch @emilyhaldi @Meredith3 @Reviewsbylola

Reviewsbylola I like your choices! 1y
emilyhaldi 😉 1y
Meredith3 👍🏻👏🏻👌🏻 1y
Cinfhen Well played 💚👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Mdargusch Nice! 👍🏼 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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"Do not believe in a vengeful God... Jesus came in love not hate. Bishops preach damnation because they are greedy for their tithes as the King is for his taxes, and they know men who fear God's wrath will pay more readily."

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DebbieGrillo
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"...A man who wastes his life on vengeance stands still."
"How do you learn not to hate a person?"
"By understanding how little he matters to you..."

obviateit I love that. 1y
LoverofLit Great quote 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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I'm not going to make 24 hours. I just finished book number one after 13 hours of reading, 549 dense and wonderful pages. Now on to Leah, hopefully something a little lighter. #24in48 @24in48

ShelleyBooksie How was it? 1y
DebbieGrillo @ShelleyBooksie it was awesome! 1y
Worley-B Do post a review of Leah on the Offbeat! It's waiting for me in my Amazon cart! 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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"The Bible said God had created people in His own image and given them dominion over every living creature on Earth, but the cat seemed unwilling to recognise its subservient position."

rubyslippersreads My cats feel the ancient Egyptians had the right idea. 😹 1y
Miss_Shush I love cats, but mine reminds me constantly that I‘m beat 1y
WritethebookAnniemae 🤣🧡it 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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Well, it doesn't look as if I'll complete 24 hours because on day one I didn't even get through a quarter of the time. I'm still going to have fun trying to beat my high score from last time. #24in48 Anyone know of a quick way to look back in Litsy to posts from six months ago without scrolling and scrolling and scrolling? Asking for s friend.

DGRachel I wish! Good luck scrolling! 1y
ms.spaetzle Same here! Just too many things came up today! 😒 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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One down, 23 to go of #24in48 and on cuppa no. three.

I got a late start but am dedicated and hopeful that completion is possible. At 20 minutes per chapter, this may be the only book I read today.

llwheeler Beautiful mug! 1y
ShelleyBooksie I am looking forward to hearing more about this book! 1y
RebelReader I‘m wanting to hear more too @ShelleyBooksie 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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Here's my #TBR stack for #24in48

I'll do well to finish two and get into the third, but I'd like to have choices.

laundry_piles Great choices! 1y
KatieCarpenter Nice stack! 1y
tammysue Nice! 1y
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HufflepuffGirl90 Great stack! 1y
Allydanielle88 I might read children of blood and bone for this readathon too. 1y
nikkiy_reads One Of Us Is Lying and Children Of Blood and Bone👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽👍🏽 1y
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TorieStorieS
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Mehso-so

For a #chunkster, this moves at a fast pace- but despite a fascination with The Black Death, this book feels more like a fantasy than true historical fiction... but setting that aside, I did enjoy reading it and will most likely continue on with the series! I like the progressive albeit historically inaccurate characters!

RebelReader This sounds interesting and I loved her mysteries especially 1y
TorieStorieS @RebelReader I will have to check out her mysteries! Thanks for the recommendation!! 💕💕 1y
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Librarybelle
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My Book Depository order arrived! I‘ve been excited to read the tagged book...soon to be released in the United States, but I just couldn‘t wait any longer. And, I adore this cover version of Force of Nature. #bookmail

MallenNC The tagged book sounds great! I like that Force of Nature cover too. 1y
Librarybelle @MallenNC ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Libby1 Both books are so pretty. 1y
Librarybelle @Libby1 ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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LeahBergen
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Holy shite!

I received the most wonderful parcel from @DeborahSmall today! Three amazing reads (a Persephone, a plague novel, and one so glorious that it deserves its own post), a beautiful teacup and saucer, Scottish souvenirs, a book fan, and bookmarks.

Thank you so much, my sweet hen. 😘😘😘

saresmoore How lovely! @DeborahSmall is so wonderful! 1y
Melissa_J Wow! That‘s awesome! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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DeborahSmall You are so so welcome ❤️😘 1y
DeborahSmall I think I‘ll buy myself the same cup and saucer! 1y
DeborahSmall @saresmoore as are you! 😘 1y
britt_brooke So nice!! 1y
Mdargusch Wow! So lovely! 1y
rubyslippersreads Wonderful gift! 😍😍😍 1y
batsy Lovely 😍😍😍 1y
readordierachel How wonderful! 1y
laurenbescoby Wow! 😍😍😍 wonderful gifts! I've read The Last Hours, it's 👌 1y
TrishB Lovely 💕 1y
mabell I love everything about this!! ❤️❤️❤️ Those cards! 😍 1y
youneverarrived 😍😍 1y
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DebbieGrillo
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We go to Costco almost every week. I only stop to look at the books once in a while because I want them all, and I have so many unread books. But yesterday the stacks were almost above my eye level. I couldn't stay away. I showed restraint and only bought one. Has anyone read this?

LitsyOwl Looks good! 1y
TrishB Yes -I really enjoyed it 👍🏻 1y
BooknerdsLife It's hard to say no to books! 😅 1y
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azulaco I haven‘t read it, but I enjoy Minette Walters. Interesting that this is set in medieval times. She usually writes mysteries set in contemporary times. 1y
Dolly You‘ve shown remarkable restraint, reward yourself with a book buying trip! 😂 1y
Booksofbooks HOW????!!! She‘s magic, I‘m telling ya 1y
rabbitprincess My mum read it and really liked it -- I will borrow it sometime! 😊 1y
HFoster Not yet, but sounds interesting. Alas, I am in the same boat...my unread stack is too high. However, loving the Alstromerias! They're my sister's affordable fave. 😊 1y
TiredLibrarian Love Minette Walters. She hasn't had anything new for a while, and this sounds like a departure from her previous work. Adding to the TBR pile! 1y
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LeahBergen
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Congratulations, @Librarybelle and how wonderful of you to do this giveaway. ❤️

I‘ve been excited to read this historical novel ever since I heard it was about the Black Death. I‘ve never been able to resist a plague story. 😂

#50k1k

KarenUK Oooh sounds good! And I love Minette Walters‘ mysteries too... 2y
Librarybelle Thank you! This does sound good! 2y
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eshchory
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Brilliant book. Not sure how it can so enjoyable reading about the Black Death but it was. An easy writing style that wears the research easily. I got so involved with the characters it was a bit of a shock to realise I will have to wait for the next installment to find out what happens to them.

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Forgetmenot
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Really enjoyed the way this book developed. You got a real understanding of the characters. Lady Anne is a strong woman and has the respect of the community. The historical content was good too. The ending if the book came to a bit of an abrupt end and I want to know how the story ends it leaves you hanging

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Birdsong28
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Very good. Characters were well developed as they were strongly presented and given room to grow within the story. The story was well rounded and full of depth and historical detail to a point as the only issue I had was some ideas of religion seemed a bit ahead of the time it was set in. Recommend 📚📖

Thank you #ReadersFirst for the copy
#AllenandUnwin

Andrew65 I do want to read this, like anything plague related (provided it's in a book) 😂 2y
LeahBergen @Andrew65 I can't ever say "no" to a plague book. ? 2y
Andrew65 @LeahBergen Glad I am not alone in this. 2y
Ms_T Great review 👍🏻 2y
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Redheadrambles
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Bailedbailed

This should have been good, I did really want to read a kind of medieval dystopia with boils but historical fiction is a dicey proposition and this one had anachronisms galore, two dimensional characters and worse even than those sins, it was boring. Unforgivable for a book I was treating as a mildly diverting historical romp.
Hilary Mantel maybe you could step in here, or you know hurry up and finish “The Mirror and the Light”

batsy "medieval dystopia with boils"--agreed, sometimes that's just the kind of book we need ? 2y
Redheadrambles @batsy I know right ! This was just all too earnest for me. 2y
TrishB I loved it 😀 2y
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Birdsong28
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Hi @TrishB @emily_m_tubb and @miralunasbooknook due to work commitments and the birth of my nephew i haven't been able to get to where I would like on the last hours so I won't be doing a disscussion today. Feel free to do one without me but I will do one on weds if you would like to join me. Thank you 📚📖

laurenbescoby I'm now behind too. Long week with the kids. Little one had his jabs and eldest has been waking in the night. Shall try and catch up by tomorrow! X 2y
Birdsong28 @miralunasbooknook Hope the kids are ok. 📚📖 2y
TrishB @miralunasbooknook no probs. Hope all is well for both of you. 2y
emily_m_tubb @Birdsong28 @miralunasbooknook @TrishB I'm still behind due to work as well 😣 but Wednesday sounds good! 😊 Hope everything is well with all of you 😁 2y
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halfdesertedstreets
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A few of these got tucked away in little public transport hiding spots locally today. Let me know if you found one!! #booksontherail

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emily_m_tubb
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1. Anything with honeycomb in 🐝
2. Tagged book ☝
3. Probably Japanese 🍣
4. 20? I've lost count 😂
5. 👌 will do!

#FriYAYintro @jess.how

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#SpookyOctober #Cozy
There's nothing more cozy than reading a good book with a dog 🐶
This is Chip - he's very much a snuggler 🐶
#DogsOfLitsy

@Jess7

DGRachel Sooo cute! 2y
Tamra Lucky you! 2y
Cathythoughts Cosy 💕 2y
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Firstly, @Birdsong28 @miralunasbooknook @emily_m_tubb I apologise that I'm a rubbish read along - I can't stick to chapters and have to read the whole book! I can't wait to discuss some more with you because there's plenty.
This book was great historical fiction - covering so many interesting themes. Well recommended 👍

laurenbescoby I've been struggling to hang back myself. Might just whizz through it but still take part in the discussions. 2y
Cinfhen This works for #black #rocktober and it sounds fantastic 🖤 2y
Tamra I do the same, since I‘m generally a monogamous reader. 😏 2y
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Birdsong28 Glad you have enjoyed it. Its a sign of a good book when you can't stop reading it. @miralunasbooknook don't hold back just read it! 📚📖 2y
emily_m_tubb I don't blame you at all! It's a great book! I only wish I had a little more time recently to dedicate to reading it 😂 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen well spotted 👍 it was fantastic 2y
TrishB @Tamra me too! So I can't put down and read another until I finish. 2y
TrishB @Birdsong28 @miralunasbooknook @emily_m_tubb will look forward to discussing more!! 2y
AlaMich A book about the plague?? Sounds awesome!! Wait, that sounded weird, right? 🤔 (edited) 2y
TrishB @AlaMich no - totally understand 👍 2y
Andrew65 @AlaMich 😂Funnily I thought the same, should be a great read. (edited) 2y
AlaMich @TrishB @andrew65 Only fellow book lovers would understand that I'm not a freak 😊 2y
batsy I'm beginning to understand just how fast a reader you are. I believe you just posted about getting this big book! 😀 It sounds fascinating. Stacked! 2y
Izai.Amorim Happy birthday Milady! Wish you health, wealth, fun, a thousand gigs, and a million books! 🎂 🎸🎫📚📚 2y
RadicalReader @TrishB Happy Birthday hope you have a booktastic day! 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Happy Birthday 🎉🎊🎈 2y
arlenefinnigan Happy birthday! 2y
Oryx Happy birthday! 2y
JonathanDunne I'll join the chorus, happy birthday 👌🍻🌟 2y
LeeRHarry Happy birthday 🎉🎉🎉 2y
4thhouseontheleft Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎉🎉 2y
irre Happy Birthday! 🎉🎂💐 2y
LeahBergen I'm so glad it was a good read! 👏🏻👏🏻 2y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Happy birthday! Also, thanks to you, I registered on ReadersFirst and won my first book! Hooray!! 2y
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The last hours chap 1-10

Anyone else find the father/daughter relationship between Sir Richard a bit weird/close?

Good to see a strong female in Lady Anne but does anyone else feel like the other male leads are slightly overshadowing her? Is she correct in her descions?Is she seeing the wider picture?

Anything else anyone else has found?

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laurenbescoby I definitely felt he was a bit of a letch on his daughter, so very glad about what happened to him! I actually cheered a little 😂 I would have liked a strong female character from among the serfs to stand alongside lady Anne, wouldn't have been that difficult to write. Also I hate Eleanor with a passion. 2y
laurenbescoby And I do believe she is making the right decisions for her people, I just think they're going to get cabim fever sooner rather than later... 2y
Birdsong28 Glad to know I'm not alone in my feelings towards Sir Richard. With you on Eleanor she seems a bit of a bitch (sorry but seems the right word). Yeh maybe the character of Eva may turn out to be that strong female surf! As she is always mentioned maybe as the social order changes she may decide to leave her husband. 2y
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Birdsong28 Yeah everything is slowly changing and with the murder of Jacob it will change even more and they will turn against each other. 2y
emily_m_tubb I'm going to sit this discussion out... work has been crazy (lots of overtime) so I haven't managed to get past chapter 3 😣 I'm so sorry! But I will definitely catch up and join in the discussion! 😁😁😁 2y
Birdsong28 Thats fine @emily_m_tubb I will be doing another one on sun for chaps 11-20. So just join in when you can. Those chaps ok for @trishb and @miralunasbooknook ? 2y
laurenbescoby @Birdsong28 yeah, I'm half way through chapt 13 already 😂 I'm hoping, despite how young she is, Isabella becomes a stronger character. She seems to be becoming a more central character. 2y
Birdsong28 I thought that especially when Thaddeus was trying to trick Eleanor with the list and she didn't say anything she knew that Eleanor was in the wrong as it shows that she sees more than she is letting on! @miralunasbooknook 2y
emily_m_tubb @Birdsong28 Sounds great! Thanks 😁 2y
laurenbescoby @Birdsong28 that bit made me laugh so much 😂 Eleanor is so arrogant. I love that the serfs have one up on her with their ability to read. I wish more was said about Lady Anne's work with them in teaching them their letters etc. 2y
Birdsong28 We may get more detail on that but even if we don't its just the idea that they have one up on the supposed ruling class who you would expect it to be the other way! It hints at the fact that the next generation is always slightly more advanced and won't let what is expected of their parents won't be their lot in life. @miralunasbooknook 2y
laurenbescoby @Birdsong28 very true! Still a brilliant read. I feel like it could have had so much more detail (akin to Ken Follett length) and I would still be engrossed. This is the writers first historical fiction book and I think she's excelled! 2y
Birdsong28 It is very good. I think this may test the waters for her then she may grow in size as she gets used to the genre as I know she does crime stories. @miralunasbooknook 2y
TrishB @miralunasbooknook sorry didn't join in yesterday, we got a new puppy and house was chaotic! I love the social order chaos going on in the book. It is nice to think that there were lefty leaning feminists even then! Glad Sir Richard went early on what a bore. Though typical of his time. 2y
TrishB I like the fact that geography was so small then - noone really knows the next little village - never mind any wider outside. Must have been scary to worry if anyone else was still alive. 2y
laurenbescoby @TrishB great point! I'm where they've just left the demesne and Thaddeus has no idea where they're going. Now through the power of social media we know exactly what Lorraine from San Francisco had for her breakfast! 😂 Also! PUPPY! We need pictures. 😍 2y
TrishB @miralunasbooknook one on my timeline 💝 2y
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Loads to do before a few days off - but have to have a quick lunchtime read 😀 Loving this book.

laurenbescoby It's so good! My mother in law has already laid claim to it once I've finished. 2y
MamaGina This one sounds Good!🤓 2y
TrishB @miralunasbooknook I'm really enjoying it 👍 2y
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TrishB @MamaGina highly recommended so far! 2y
Caroline2 Oh that's sounds good! Btw I posted your pen pal 'bday edition' post yesterday and completely forgot to include the letter!!! Sorry!!! 😳 I'll post it separately! 👍🏻 2y
Balibee146 Enjoy your days off xx 2y
TrishB @Caroline2 that sounds like me 😀 2y
TrishB @Balibee146 thank you 😀 much needed! 2y
Andrew65 Sounds so good! 2y
PirateJenny Omg, she had me at Black Death 2y
TrishB @Andrew65 @PirateJenny well recommended so far 👍 2y
minkyb Oh my this looks very good. 2y
TrishB @minkyb just finished - it was awesome 👍 2y
minkyb Stacked! 2y
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It‘s getting to that time of year where I try to figure out what I can realistically get through before the end of the year. The end of #ReadHarder is in sight and so I might soon have the luxury of reading some of the books I have been stockpiling as a treat. Here is my end of the year #bookstack

ClairesReads Um Yass that's a lovely looking stack...are your #readharder picks in there? I think I can spot some candidates! 2y
Marchpane Awesome stack! And Whale Rider could be a good #192019challenge book for me! I'm struggling to get excited about 1980s books 😟 2y
Redheadrambles @Marchpane I just started it and I like it a lot. So yes certainly put it down for 1987 ! 2y
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Redheadrambles @ClairesReads yes indeed they are - Whale Rider ( do you think I can claim as “spiritual journey” ???! ) also “The Great Railway Bazaar” and a graphic novel about atomic bombs - sigh I am not super excited about that but still ... 2y
Redheadrambles Also should be in here if I ever get it in the mail before Xmas ! 2y
ClairesReads @Redheadrambles yes surely that can count as a spiritual journey! 2y
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TrishB Cool 👍 2y
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Book set in 1348. Frightening to think how long this premise lasted, or that it does in fact still exist.

Balibee146 😟😟 very true 2y
Ms_T ☹️ 2y
SilversReviews Do true. I think it does. 2y
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Book post from #readersfirst. This one looks so good!

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