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Dear Mrs Bird
Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
London, 1940. Emmeline Lake and her best friend Bunty are trying to stay cheerful despite the Luftwaffe making life thoroughly annoying for everyone. Emmy dreams of becoming a Lady War Correspondent and when she spots a job advertisement in the newspaper she seizes her chance but after a rather unfortunate misunderstanding, she finds herself typing letters for the formidable Henrietta Bird, the renowned agony aunt of Womans Friend magazine. Mrs Bird is very clear: letters containing any form of Unpleasantness must go straight into the bin. Emmy finds herself dismissing problems from lovelorn, grief-stricken and morally conflicted readers in favour of those who fear their ankles are unsightly or have trouble untangling lengths of wool. But soon the thought of desperate women going unanswered becomes too much to bear and Emmy decides the only thing for it is to secretly write back . . . Irresistibly funny and enormously moving, Dear Mrs Bird by AJ Pearce is a love letter to female friendship, Blitz spirit, the kindness of strangers and the art of letter-writing itself.
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Hannah_11
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Apparently reading books set during the Second World War has been my theme this year! And I‘m loving it 📖 #DearMrsBird #AJPearce #ww2 #book #novel

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Copwithabook
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I picked up the tagged book the other day at a free little library. And for some reason instead of immediately shelving it, I left it out. Well it‘s been staring down my wife so she started reading it today and is half way through. Y‘all she‘s not a big reader. This feels like my happy dance!

veritysalter I read Dear Mrs Bird with my book club, we all enjoyed it. Happy reading to you and your wife 📚📚 2d
Hooked_on_books That‘s awesome! 2d
Copwithabook @veritysalter it‘s been on my list for a while. With her enjoying it so much obviously I‘m going to need to read it next 2d
Wife I really liked it! The audiobook was reader great. 2d
marleed I understand your feeling. I want the non fiction readers in my life to read a book so badly! 2d
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jfount
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You‘re going to stop believing me about disliking WWII novels. This was very cute, with an enormously likable main character. A fairly light read but not dumb or melodramatic. I enjoyed it and barely put it down once I started.

Clutterbucks_Queen I read it twice within a week haha! Was a lovely story! 4d
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GatheringBooks
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#SoaringScores Day 4: Fats‘ review: “Henrietta Bird is an advice columnist for a women‘s magazine. Working for Mrs. Bird will take more than just typing 125 words per minute, especially with Mrs. Bird‘s long list of Unacceptable Letters in front of her.” And in my unpopular opinion, #DarcysLetter belongs to that pile of undesirables. Fats‘ review here: https://wp.me/pDlzr-iIM

CrowCAH Wow, she‘s a very fast typer! ⌨️ 2mo
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Clutterbucks_Queen
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What a delight this was to read! 🥰
This story takes us through Emmeline Lake's job working for Henrietta Bird (Agony Aunt) and ending up doing a better job than her! It also tells us of her new found relationship with Charles and her best friend Buntys fiancé, William, dying in an air raid which temporarily breaks their friendship apart; (I can't help but blame Vera for his death..)
It made me well up in places, but made me smile in others!
⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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marleed
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I‘m fascinated by interviews of those who lived in a war-torn community. They find normal, make mistakes, pursue careers and love, negotiate friendships. They are at times selfish and at times thrive on simple acts of kindness. They grieve, they laugh, they go on. They read.

This book did just that. I thought the author maintained the mores of 1941 London and I appreciate the research required to stay out of the writer‘s current-day head.

marleed I could I have focused this pic in on my book. But then how would I show my Litten Friends this awesome Charley Harper Birds art quilt a sister designed and created for me! 2mo
BarbaraJean What a wonderful quilt!! Your sister is very talented! 2mo
marleed @BarbaraJean Thank you. I wish a photo could do it justice. The backside is equally beautiful. 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Wonderful quilt! 2mo
marleed @ValerieAndBooks Oh thank you! She worked so hard on it! 2mo
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Clutterbucks_Queen
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Are the kids gunna give me enough peace to read my next challenge? 🤷‍♀️ Probably not, but thats all part of the challenge! 😂❤️

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Laughterhp
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I didn‘t really like this book. I thought the idea of it was great and it started off good. I got to a certain point and just thought it was stupid. The drama between Emmy, Bill and Bunty was dumb. I don‘t know if it‘s because of the time it was set it or what, but I just didn‘t care for it. 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

CarolynM I had a similar reaction. Great premise, disappointing execution. 2mo
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JoyBlue
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Mehso-so

I was underwhelmed. It was OK. If you‘re a fan, I‘d love to hear what was most appealing to you.

RaimeyGallant Good to know! 2mo
JenReadsAlot Okay for me as well.... 2mo
Laughterhp I currently have about 50 pages left. Right now it‘s a so-so for me, but I‘m hoping the end will save it... we‘ll see! (edited) 2mo
JoyBlue @Laughterhp Good luck—I‘m rooting for you! 😀 2mo
CarolynM Underwhelmed sums it up for me too. As I said to someone else just now, great premise, disappointing execution. 2mo
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EKonrad
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A jolly book centered in London during WWII with a feisty female protagonist.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ #Netgalley

Full review on Goodreads

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JenlovesJT47
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I really loved this book. Set in 1940-1941 in London during the Blitz, it tells the story of Emmy Lake. She works part-time as basically a secretary to the formidable Mrs. Bird at Woman‘s Friend magazine. It‘s her job to sort through the letters to the advice column. Mrs. Bird refuses to answer anything she deems “unacceptable”, so Emmy takes it upon herself to answer some in secret. Equal parts funny, sad & engaging, I‘d highly recommend it. 5⭐️

kspenmoll Such a pretty picture! I enjoyed this book as well. 3mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 3mo
JenlovesJT47 @kspenmoll thank you!! I really enjoyed it! 🤗 3mo
ruskigurl16 Already stacked, but this might have to go up the list, if I can find it at the library. What a lovely review. 3mo
JenlovesJT47 @ruskigurl16 aww thanks!! 🤗🤓 I hope you enjoy it when you get a chance to read it! 3mo
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Lana1
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Loved this book. Equal parts shocking and sweet, and an interesting insight into the war. #SummersEndReadathon

@Clwojick

Clwojick Woohoo! Great start, and this book sounds good! 🙌🏻📚 3mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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I have been so busy packing boxes to move in 11 days that I forgot to post these yesterday. My B&N sale books. Three books for $11. Now to find another box for these books!

Mimi28 Good luck with the move! 😊👍🏽 3mo
MallenNC Good luck! My books were the toughest part of my move last year. 3mo
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my.books.in.squares
Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Saturday night book in bed 🙂

Crazeedi I really enjoyed this 3mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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Cor blimey! What a jolly good book that was.
Dear Mrs Bird is a book all about the power of words and small acts of kindness to strangers. AJ Pearce does a wonderful job of setting the scene and immersing you in 1940's Britain. The characters are well written and very loveable. This is a dear little book that makes you want to get your pen and stationary out to write copious amounts of letters.

#SummerReads #Books #BookNerd #ReadABook #ReadingDay

Crazeedi Great book!! Enjoyed it a lot! 4mo
JaneyWaneyB @Crazeedi it feels like the summer book everyone should read whilst chilling round a pool 😎📚⛱ 4mo
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JaneyWaneyB
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Good morning Littens. Hope you have a wonderful Sunday planned. I'm chilling in the garden surrounded by beautiful blooms and getting a few chapters in. This book is delightful, the characters scream 1940's and AJ Pearce has done a very good job of setting the scene in war time Britain with the clever use of language and phrases...crikey!

#SummerReads #SummerInBloom #SundayReading #Bookaholic #Books #BookNerd #TooManyBooksNotEnoughTime #NoFilter

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Kayla.Adriena
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A close up of the books from the Harry Potter Swap! Thanks again @Kdgordon88 #HappeeBirthdaeHarrySwap

Laughterhp I recently picked up Dear Mrs. Bird! Haven‘t read it yet though, of course! 4mo
BennettBookworm Dear Mrs Bird is one of my FAVORITES!!! 🙌🏻 4mo
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AmberWB
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I can‘t remember the last time I was awake until 1am finishing a book, but that is exactly what I did with this one. I ❤️‘d this book. Emmy reminded me so much of Anne Shirley and Anne of Green Gables. There were multiple times where I was laughing out loud, as well as many parts that made me cry. Also- I found it fascinating to read about the lives of Londoners during the Blitz—-I definitely want to find more books that focus on that.
👍🏻👍🏻

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Mummahgoose
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“A young woman in 1940s London who longs to be a war correspondent inadvertently becomes a secret advice columnist.”
The protagonist has a lot of spunk (as do many of her friends). While this story had it‘s fair share of tragedy, it was not outweighed by whimsy. That‘s what made it so fantastic! Very much worth a read.

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Mummahgoose
Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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These bookmarks are the bee‘s knees! (Especially if you have little humans that get ahold of your books.) Gone are the days of finding my place after my children have misplaced the hair tie, candy wrapper, or whatever other miscellaneous thing I‘d been using to mark where I‘d last left off! Woot!

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AmberWB
Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Saturday afternoon me promised pancakes this morning. Sunday morning me is not very happy with Saturday afternoon me. 😁😁

JacqMac 😂 My hubby is making the pancakes today. He promised. Lol 4mo
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booksaremyfavorite
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Not too bad of a story. The characters Emmeline and her best friend Bunty. They are trying to live life despite the air raids.

rretzler Intriguing cover! 4mo
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Reviewsbylola
Dear Mrs Bird | A.J. Pearce
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Because I really needed new books. 🤦🏼‍♀️ #bookhaul

Branwen Of course you deserved new books! 😉 📚 💕 4mo
Kalalalatja New books are always a good idea! 🙌 4mo
TrishB Always 😁 4mo
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tammysue You can never have enough! 💕 4mo
britt_brooke I read something on fb earlier that said book acquiring and book reading are two different hobbies, so you‘re just nurturing the former. Totally acceptable. 4mo
Cathythoughts Nice stack ♥️👍🏻 4mo
Reviewsbylola That makes a lot of sense! @britt_brooke 4mo
Cinfhen I can relate!!! Books make EVERYTHING better 3mo
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Ncostell
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This was between a pick and so-so for me as its chipper tone was difficult for me to adjust to after recently reading The Book Thief and Love and Ruin. However as I decided to just go with the flow it did grow on me and I did appreciate its portrayal of women‘s day to day hardships in WWII England.

kspenmoll I found it a tonic after I finished 4mo
Ncostell @kspenmoll Yes, I can see that too. Lilac Girls was a much heavier read for sure! 4mo
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wallacereads
Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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Outdoor reading kind of evening.

BooknerdsLife Happy reading 📚🙌🏼 5mo
Crazeedi Great story!! 5mo
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Dragon
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Emmy wants to be a war correspondent and ends up as a junior typist at a failing women‘s magazine. The book is set in London during The Blitz. War time Britain 🇬🇧 is brought to life - the stiff upper lip - the carry on spirit. A quick read full of likeable characters, reminds me of a certain “ Potato Pie” novel. 👍👍

Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this story! 5mo
RaimeyGallant I'm intrigued about anything compared to a certain potato pie novel. Hmmm... 5mo
Dragon Thanks @Crazeedi me too! I‘m so glad I bought it for my Kindle 😀🐉 5mo
Dragon Thanks @RaimeyGallant the atmosphere and characters were like the potato pie ‘s but it isn‘t an epistolary novel. 😀🐉 (edited) 5mo
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behudd
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I did enjoy some of the stylistic choices the author made: a lot of 1940s slang made its way in, & she did a lot of capitalizing of Very Important Things to show emphasis. But I overall don‘t think it was written that well? I told one friend that I enjoyed it but was confused for a lot of the book. Things that I think were supposed to be surprising were predictable, & something that was made into a Very Big Deal seemed pretty inconsequential to me

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wallacereads
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Slow start to Sunday.

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kspenmoll
Dear Mrs. Bird | A J Pearce
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#porchlife #coffeeandbooks

Iced coffee & a lemon scone. Afternoon coffee with hubby on our porch. Warm but breezy, quiet but for birds & walkers. ☕️📚🌞 my porch photos are on dark side until early evening when the sun starts setting. Porch faces NW which makes it cool. 😁

Zelma So inviting! We have already hit the hot weather there so I am holed up in the house with AC. 5mo
stacybmartin This look so cozy! 💙 5mo
Susannah Sounds perfect. What a lovely day. 5mo
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RealLifeReading Ooh I want a lemon scone now 5mo
kspenmoll @Zelma @stacybmartin @Susannah @RealLifeReading It was a lovely day! And @RealLifeReading I so get it; the scone was homemade ( not by me!) & yummy.😁 5mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll you have a lovely porch! So inviting, would live to have a cup of coffee with you there😉💞 5mo
kspenmoll @Crazeedi Wouldn‘t that be wonderful?! 5mo
Crazeedi @kspenmoll yes it would...😍💞 5mo
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Kleonard
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I found this one delightful and quite moving at times.

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raeintheworld
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I need something light and full of WWII-era slang, and this did the trick. Emmy wants to be a Lady War Correspondent but accidentally takes a job as a typist at an old fashioned ladies magazine. Slang to look forward to: Bee‘s Knees, Fizzing, Ripping, and Smashing.

Mdargusch I loved this one! 6mo
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Verity
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Out in paperback here now (my sister sent me the picture coz she wanted to know if I‘ve read it) and this is a great vacation read if you like historical fiction with heart and a sense of humour.

WanderingBookaneer I loved this one! 6mo
WanderingBookaneer Ps. Congrats! Your Litfluence is now > 20,000. 6mo
Verity @WanderingBookaneer I thought everyone would be asleep! I wasn‘t gone long and I missed it! 6mo
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LeslieO
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I was hoping for some nice weather over my spring break, so I could take walks and read outside. Instead it's cold and rainy and gloomy. Great for reading inside under a blanket! #stayinandread

angieinwonderland Your plan was also my plan for today but due to the same weather, our plan B's are also the same lol. Starting Dear Mrs. Bird. 6mo
LeslieO @angieinwonderland 😊enjoy plan B! 6mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Becoming and A Kiss From Maddalena
2. Tagged, Dear Mrs. Bird
3. Purple
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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erzascarletbookgasm
Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce
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Books I ordered online finally arrived. All #blameitonlitsy of course. #birthdayhaul #bookhaul

TrishB Cool haul 👍🏻 7mo
Cathythoughts I loved The Silent Companions ... great stack 👍🏻♥️ 7mo
batsy Ooh, what a great haul! 7mo
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Kalalalatja Loved The Long Take 🙌 7mo
BarbaraBB Great choices! 7mo
tammysue New books yay! 😍 7mo
BooknerdsLife Awesome book stacks 🙌💗 7mo
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Avidreader25
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London during WWII was a fascinating time for young women. This story follows an ambitious woman who finds herself typing up letters for an advice column. It's full of British charm, though it doesn't shy away from the horrors of war. I felt like it could have been edited a bit shorter, but really enjoyed it regardless.

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Pam.Kokomo
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Second vacation read. ❤️ 🌴 🌊 🏖❤️

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LeslieO
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#BookOutlet #bookhaul. Had a coupon, had to do it. Almost all of them clock in under 300 pages (one is 309).

Booksnchill Enjoyed Dear Mrs. Bird- fast read you are correct! 7mo
LiteraryinLititz I loved Dear Mrs Bird as well! 7mo
LeslieO Oooo maybe that will be my next read @LiteraryinLititz and @Booksnchill ! 7mo
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Curvybookgirl
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Heard about this via a podcast and really enjoyed it. It‘s a heartwarming and heartfelt read full of British charm and wit.

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JenReadsAlot
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Picked this up at the library because of the cover! It was okay but nothing spectacular.

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thewallflower0707
Dear Mrs Bird | AJ Pearce

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The title is misleading b/c this book is really not about Mrs Bird, who was very one-dimensional and nasty. I wish that‘d been different. Emmy lacks the humor of Bridget Jones, and I was mostly frustrated at her. I felt very removed from the historical events around it and didn‘t care much for the story. I‘ll probably not keep this book, I was expecting much more.
#review #read

Jee_HookedOnBookz So sorry you didn't enjoy it :( love the cover though! Hope you enjoy your next book! How are you? 😊 7mo
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elliebatey
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Loved this book so much finished it within 2 days would recommend for an easy read, with strong themes of friendship, war and love 💕

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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Dear Mrs. Bird and The Dead in Their Arches (audio)
2. Winter's Tale
3. Tea with milk and sugar
#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Saturday
2. Prince
3. Work :)
4. Dear Mrs. Bird technically I'm still reading it but I hope to finish today
#premondayvibes
@pepsicola

pepsicola Thanks for playing! 8mo
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thewallflower0707
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The book I bought at the Daunt Bookstore at Maryleborne High Street. It sounds interesting.

#dearmrsbird #bookstore #newbook #bookshopping #london #uk

Freespirit That London bookshop will have to go on my bucket list!😊 8mo
Samplergal That is a great book from a great shop. I was there in October and didn‘t want to leave. 8mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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TheEllieMo
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Oh, golly, this is such a tremendously plucky novel. I really did expect that I‘d thoroughly enjoy it. But, I‘m not sure whether it was Anna Popplewell‘s frightfully perky narration, or the way the book itself was written, but it did all seem frightfully jolly hockey-sticks! A rather far-fetched story squeezed in between a few terribly horrible Luftwaffe raids and some rather unfortunate incidents, but it all turned out alright in the end, hurrah!

Crazeedi Read this, I enjoyed! 8mo
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Prairiegirl_reading
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I‘m on page 76. I‘m bored to tears. Book club is tonight. 😒

readinginthedark I hate it when that happens. 😕 8mo
WanderingBookaneer The audiobook was delightful. 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading @WanderingBookaneer I wish I would have done the audio but the holds list was too long. 😫 8mo
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Prairiegirl_reading @readinginthedark nothing is holding my attention lately and it starting to really annoy me! 8mo
readinginthedark Hm...maybe try a completely different genre? Or an old favorite? That's usually what pulls me out of a slump. 8mo
Prairiegirl_reading @readinginthedark having a puppy isn‘t helping either! I just have zero attention span. 8mo
readinginthedark @Prairiegirl_reading I hear that! I haven't been reading or on here in forever 'cause of my baby. 6mo
Prairiegirl_reading @readinginthedark how old is your baby? I never had kids and this puppy is our first. I‘m 45 and I‘m so tired! I don‘t know how people handle having kids. Or kids and dogs! Lol! I hope you are doing well! 😄 6mo
readinginthedark Well, as made obvious by how long it took me to respond to your comment, I'm tired and busy. 😆 Social media has not been high on my list. But my baby just turned five months 4mo
readinginthedark *(didn't mean to hit Send) and she's a handful. She rolls and grabs at everything everywhere, so once she starts crawling, I'll be in a lot of trouble! I don't think she'll be as cautious with everything as my son was. 4mo
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Serenity_Within86
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🌟🌟🌟🌟 really enjoyed it!!

Mdargusch I loved this book too! 8mo
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