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Lost Wife
Lost Wife | Alyson Richman
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A rapturous novel of star-crossed love in a time of war--from the international bestselling author of The Velvet Hours. In pre-World War II Prague, the dreams of two young lovers are shattered when they are separated by the Nazi invasion. Then, decades later, thousands of miles away in New York, an unexpected encounter leads to an inescapable glance of recognition, and the realization that providence has given Lenka and Josef one more chance... From the glamorous ease of life in Prague before the Occupation, to the horrors of Nazi Europe, The Lost Wife explores the power of first love, the resilience of the human spirit--and the strength of memory. -Staggeringly evocative, romantic, heart-rending, sensual and beautifully written...[it] may very well be the Sophie's Choice of this generation.---New York Times bestselling author John Lescroart
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Absolutely phenomenal. One of the best and so so so so beautifully written. I love how the author goes back-and-forth from past to present and it‘s such a beautiful love story

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Eggs
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#lost

#newyearnewyou

❤️this author

Crazeedi I've read a couple books by her I really enjoyed, but there was one I remember I didnt really care for, cant remember which one 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just about to post this one!!! Great minds!!! 💗💗💗 1mo
Eggs @crazeedi I‘ve read only 3: 1 novella, lost wife, and velvet hours 1mo
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MoonWitch94
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@EadieB THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU! What a beautiful Christmas surprise on my doorstep. How sweet of you. I can‘t wait to read it. 🎄♥️🎄📚📚 #JingleBallers #ChristmasSurprises #thankyou

EadieB @MoonWitch94 You're welcome! Glad you received it! Enjoy! 2mo
FantasyChick So sweet! 🎄❤🎄 2mo
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Arvena
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I missed a satisfying conclusion: the beginning of the book revealed the answer, but I had hoped the ending would hold more. Sadly, it did not. And the writing style makes it hard getting into to the book, as a love story it failed with deepness and engagement. But still - a good book!

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Eggs
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Hold my head inside your hands
I need someone who understands
I need someone, someone who hears
For you, I've waited all these years🎶

Lenka and Josef💕😢💕

#tilkingdomcome #julycoldplay

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“There was also something about the smell of bookshops that was strangely comforting to her. She wondered if it was the scent of ink and paper, or the perfume of binding, string, and glue. Maybe it was the scent of knowledge. Information. Thoughts and ideas. Poetry and love. All of it bound into one perfect, calm place.”

#Lost
#JulyColdPlay

This is one of my most favorite books ever!!! ❤️❤️💗

Eggs Lovely quote❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
BooknerdsLife 💚💚 7mo
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Hollie
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Just a few #1940s books plucked from my home bookshelf. Can you tell WWII era settings are my jam? #letstraveljuly

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
Maggie_Reads WWII books are my jam too! Loved 7mo
OriginalCyn620 ❤️❤️❤️ 7mo
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Eggs
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I'm the love that you've looked for, come with me, and escape 🎶

Josef and Lenka typify the ardor and urgency of first love; and when they are separated by the Nazi invasion, their plan to escape together crumbles...

(Escape)#ifyoulikepinacoladas #songsofsummer @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @OriginalCyn620

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of my all time favorites ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶❤️ 8mo
Amiable This book was so wonderful 🥰 8mo
Hollie Loved this book! 8mo
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Eggs
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Beautiful story💗💗

#lovelost #jazzyjune @Eggs

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Eggs
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*Thus from my lips, by thine, my sin is purged.
JULIET
Then have my lips the sin that they have took.
ROMEO
Sin from thy lips? O trespass sweetly urged!
Give me my sin again*

“And a lovestruck Romeo, he sang the streets of serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade
He says something like, "You and me, babe, how about it?”
#romeoandjuliet #marchintothe70s

Cathythoughts “ you & me babe ? How about it “ always loved this line & this song ♥️♥️♥️ 11mo
Eggs @Cathythoughts 💗🎶💗 11mo
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Eggs
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"I am my beloved's and my beloved is mine." Song of Solomon 6: 3
The richness and serendipity of this novel is incomparable. After reading this and The Velvet Hours, I find myself in an Alyson Richman literary coma....I'll be thinking of these for a long time

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes!!! And she has others that I have to get to!!!! Love her! I‘m so happy you do too ❤️❤️❤️ 11mo
Eggs Which ones have you read besides these two? @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 11mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have The Garden Letters and The Secret of Clouds... I‘ve only read the other two! 💗 11mo
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Eggs
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#tbrshelfie #literaryluck @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Reorganized the shelves this week-I counted 90+ tbrs, plus at least 10 on the kindle. The shelf tbrs are mostly gifts (Christmas, bday, etc) or from my brother's library

vkois88 ❤❤❤ 12mo
Eggs @vkois88 💗💗 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Did you read The Velvet Hours yet? ❤️ 12mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks no 😔 I've been working a lot....mehhhh 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs I totally get that!!!! 😫😫 12mo
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tdrosebud
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The top 2 I've read and loved, the bottom 3 are on the TBR. #wife
#ANewChapter @vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

MellieAntoinette Now that‘s what I call Stacked! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The top two are so awesome!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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One of my favorites!! I promote this one every chance I get!

Two young lovers separated by the Nazi invasion and reunited many years later by a chance encounter...

😭❤️😭❤️

#Wife
#ANewChapter

Wife For some reason I‘m drawn to books with “wife” in the title. 🤔 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Wife things that‘s make you go hmmmm 🤔🤔🤔 13mo
Eggs Love this photo❣️ I must read this book 🤓 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs do you have this one?? 13mo
Eggs No I don't 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs omg how have I let this happen?! 🤭🤭 13mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 😂😂😂 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs this WILL be remedied!!! 🤣🤣 13mo
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Hollie
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Part two of two, 2018 favorites

SilversReviews Love the collage!! 14mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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“He laughs. And in his laugh I hear bliss. I hear feet dancing, the rush of skirts twirling. The sound of children.
Is that the first sign of love?
You hear in the person you're destined to love the sound of those yet to be born.”

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Wish I had time to read this one again !! ❤️❤️❤️😭😭😭

Amiable I loved this book 😍 1y
gradcat I love your decorative clothesline...how cute! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Amiable ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @gradcat thank you!! 🎄❤️ 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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One of my all time favorites!! 💗💗💗💗

#lost
#NoFemmeber

TheWordJar I just gasped out loud...I love your wall color!! 😍 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheWordJar thank you 🧡🧡🧡 This house was remodeled when we moved in!! (edited) 1y
Billypar I'm also a fan of the wall color- it's a good backdrop for the book cover too 😀 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Billypar thank you!! 😌😌😌 1y
Cinfhen Good choice 🙌🏻 1y
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Hollie
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I love this verse. I‘m at Anthony‘s poker night at the bar and just opened up my brand new book to this. I always sneak notes into his work pants pockets and recently, this verse was one of my notes. I‘m excited to dig into this book! ❤️

AJBowers 😍❤ 2y
Eggs I enjoy Alyson Richman! 2y
Hollie @eggs you have great taste! 2y
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Hollie
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My #bookmail for today. The bottom two I need for a class I‘m teaching in the fall, and The Lost Wife because I couldn‘t resist. #teachersoflitsy #professorsoflitsy

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! It‘s so good!! 💗💗 2y
Hollie @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve been wanting to read it ever since you sent me 2y
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Beautiful. Although I wished the ending was a little longer. Thanks for the recommendation @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ?

"I have come to believe that love is not a noun but a verb. An action... Even in separation, even in death, it moves and changes. It lives within memory, in the haunting of a touch, the transience of a smell, or the nuance of a sigh. It seeks to leave a trace like a fossil in the sand, a leaf burned into baking asphalt."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I agree! It could have been a little longer, but I love it 💗💗 I‘m happy you gave it a try!! ❤️ 2y
nu-bibliophile @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I really did love it! I have a bunch of books that's in line with the same setting and history. I love reading about them. 2y
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nu-bibliophile
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Been super busy with so many things but I'm hoping I can start this tonight or tomorrow 🤞

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Kiss
#PrinceofJuly

One of my favorite books 💜💜💜

nu-bibliophile I finally got that book. Can't wait to start it soon. 2y
vkois88 My mom has the copy you gave me in her room 😊 she saw it and thought it sounded good. I'm not going to tell her not to read a book! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @nu-bibliophile let me know what you think!!! ❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 I hope she likes it!! 💗💗 2y
Maggie_Reads Loved this book! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Wellbetogether
#JuneItsElectrifying

One of my favorites ❤️

CAnne One of my favorites too!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CAnne yay!!! Have you read The Velvet Hours?! I love that one!! ❤️ 2y
nu-bibliophile This looks good. 2y
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vkois88 That's a beautiful cover 2y
kstadt929 This sounds really good! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @nu-bibliophile it‘s sooo good!!! 2y
Hollie I‘m gonna have to see if the library has that one for me to check out! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie you will love it!!! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Hello 👋🏻 it‘s me Lenka!! I‘m still alive after all these years!! Their lives were shattered by the Nazi invasion and then a chance encounter brings them back to each other!! One of my favorite books!! 💗💗💗💗

#AdelesMayMashup

Eggs Stacked 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs it‘s so good! Have you read The Velvet Hours?? ❤️❤️❤️ 2y
vkois88 ❤❤❤ I can't wait to read this one! Thank you again for sending me a copy 😘 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 you‘re very welcome 💕💕 2y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You've introduced me to loads of great books 😍👏🏻❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs it is my second favorite to The Nightingale!!! You have read that one right?!?! 2y
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vkois88
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Please excuse the mess in the background (such is my life!), but I have to say thank you to @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks for the wonderful #bookmail ❤❤ I can't wait for the Buddy Read! And The Lost Wife looks so good!! I'm truly lucky to have a sweet friend like you 😙

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#lostandfound
#MagicalMarch
This is one of my top 5 favorite books!! The story of Josef and Lenka being separated by the war and then given another chance many years later... 😭😭😭 Yes, that‘s ugly crying!!!

LibrarianRyan That trunk is beautiful 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LibrarianRyan thank you!!! I love antiques 💚☺️ 2y
LeahBergen Beautiful trunk! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen thanks Leah!! I have two and they have each of my daughter‘s baby keepsakes in them ❤️ 2y
SilversReviews Love this photo. 2y
vkois88 Beautiful photo as always ❤❤ this book sounds wonderful... I went to add it to my TBR but it was already there! 😂😂 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 thank you Tori!! I think you added from one of my previous posts!! 💕💕💕 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Soulmate
#Heartsandhardcovers
I thought of Lenka and Josef for this prompt... They fell in love, married and were then torn apart by the Nazi invasion... Josef believes Lenka died in the war, but then a chance encounter decades later gives them one more chance... I cried like a baby!! 😭😭😭

TheBookHippie I did tooo!!!!! 2y
alleyfam51699 This sounds really good 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @alleyfam51699 it‘s one of my favorites!! The Nightingale and 2y
Cinfhen You are a sucker for romance 😍🙌🏻💕 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen I am ❤️❤️ but not cheesy romance lol!!! 2y
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ManyWordsLater
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Simultaneously, I can‘t put this book down and it‘s hard for me to read as Lenka or Josef could be my grandparents.
I‘m going to need a light, fun and easy read to get over this one. Any suggestions?
#recommendsday
#wwii #ww2 #jewish

SqueakyChu I suggest Beautiful Music by Michael Zadoorian. That‘s a new young adult book I read to lighten my mood after reading David Albahari‘s Leeches, a book about #antisemitism in #1990s #Serbia. 2y
ManyWordsLater Thanks for the tip! Leeches sounds interesting too. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I definitely think these are three #underrated books!! That are three of my favorites of all time!! If you haven‘t read them and you like this genre add them to your list!!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️

#Newyearreads

Tamra The Story Of Beautiful Girl is a heartbreaker! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra it is!!! I wish more people would read it!!! The Lost Wife is too!!! And well, so is The Velvet Hours 😭😭😭 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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4 of my favorite books!!!! Definitely plan to #reread these at some point!!! 💞💞💞

#NewYearReads

CoverToCoverGirl ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CAnne 💗💗💗 Have you read any of her others? 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @CoverToCoverGirl 💕💕💕💕💕💕💕 2y
Reecaspieces Such great books! 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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A borrow from the library. Set in Prague during the Holocaust...family, loss, life in concentration camps, and lost love. I thoroughly enjoyed this book.

stacybmartin I loved this book!! Plus, the cover is beautiful. 💜 2y
Gissy Definitely this one will be on my tbr. I went to Prague and when I visited Terezín, I was touched! ? 2y
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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Currently reading and enjoying this one...

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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I feel that Alyson Richman is a #lesserknown author and her books are great!! Her writing is beautiful ❤️📚

I have The Lost Wife on my kindle...
#awesomeautumnbooks

Cinfhen Truth! 2y
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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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I've been avoiding the $4.95 Audible sale all week. I bought 1 or 2 new books when I first saw it. Then I just accidentally fell into the site again and this time had no self control. 8 audiobooks later... 😍

jpmcwisemorgan I like that you accidentally fell into the site, this happens to me sometimes too. 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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Perfect for #lostloves
Josef and Lenka were separated in Prague by the Nazi invasion and decades later by an unexpected encounter were given one more chance! I love this book!!
#jubilantjuly

stacybmartin I 💜this book so much! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @stacybmartin I know!!! I suggest it to everyone!! ❤️ Have you read The Velvet Hours?? (edited) 3y
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Manieschaef
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I tried. I really did.

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Manieschaef
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1) reading way outside my comfort zone with this historical romance
2) I read this line really quickly and thought it read "now, with the dungeons of adolescence." Kind of disappointed that it didn't.

vivastory If I ever wrote a memoir about my teenage years, it'd totally be "the dungeons of adolescence " 3y
Manieschaef Right?! It's so perfect! 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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These are four of my most #favorite books❤️💕📚
#splashintosummerreads

MayJasper And I've not read any of them. Need more reading time! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MayJasper you HAVE to read them!!!! You're right tho! Not enough time!!! 3y
Hollie I love the Kristin Hannah books, the others are on my TBR! 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Hollie I think you will love them ❤️ 3y
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Lorren
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Mehso-so

I loved the plot and story. I thought it was powerful and engaging. However, this book needed a stronger editing hand. There was quite a bit of tense switching, which I found very distracting. There were also several typos in the book. So read, but try and close your editing eyes if that is the type of thing that bugs you.

Chandi Was it self published? 2y
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DrSpalding
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This HF novel set in Prague during the Holocaust is a touching and heart felt reminder of the true horrors of WWII. Based on a true story of a couple separated for 60 years and reunited, this story tells of the many losses endured by Jewish families and their amazing resolve! While the ending was abrupt, the reader can infer that the reunion was one of true magic! http://www.holocaustresearchproject.org/ghettos/prague.html #UCFLAE3414sp17

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❤️ that first line ❤️

Cinfhen That whole first paragraph just sold me! Another book in the stack🤓 3y
Louise I just got this book in the Audible sale for $4.95. Sale is on until Sept. 29th, if anyone is interested. 3y
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Jenken1998
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First love ❤️ lost love ❤️ found love. I enjoyed it much more than I thought I would. It was a good poolside read. I got caught up in the female MC's story much more than I did the male MC. I'm glad she switched between their stories as often as she did. It kept me reading.

MrBook Nice review and cover! 3y
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jnine13
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"Her ghost will finally be home now. Because that's what happens when we eventually return to the ones we loved but left behind".

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BethsBookBlog
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Listening to this one as I commute. Heart-breakingly real. I can't turn away (of course not - I'm driving - but you know what I mean!)

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JessKH
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Beauty can shine in even the darkest of situations.

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