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Villa America
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, Pablo Picasso, Cole and Linda Porter, Ernest Hemingway, John Dos Passos - all are summer guests of Gerald and Sara Murphy. Visionary, misunderstood, and from vastly different backgrounds, the Murphys met and married young, and set forth to create a beautiful world. They alight on Villa America: their coastal oasis of artistic genius, debauched parties, impeccable style and flamboyant imagination. But before long, a stranger enters into their relationship, and their marriage must accommodate an intensity that neither had forseen. When tragedy strikes, their friends reach out to them, but the golden bowl is shattered, and neither Gerald nor Sara will ever be the same. Ravishing, heart-breaking, and written with enviable poise, Villa America delivers on all the promise of Liza Klaussmann's bestselling debut, Tigers in Red Weather. It is an overwhelming, unforgettable novel.
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Itchyfeetreader
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Fascinating historical fiction bit with slightly patchy writing. First part was fascinating then fell into epistolary style which fell a little flat. Glad I read and interesting in knowing more about this couple (wish I had read earlier in the holiday and we might have side tracked to see more of the places mentioned ##

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aquariusnat
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Mehso-so

Started off great , but slowly became boring. It's well written, just not as interesting as I was expecting it to be. The Murphys are an interesting part of the Lost Generation , too bad fhe second half portrayed them in a modern tabloid style .

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Lydiamansel
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Interesting, page turner

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C.Perone
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To think I actually considered bailing around page 70🤦🏻‍♀️

A story so rich in love and friendship; a testament to marriage.

Another gem found buried in the B&N bargain book section💎

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C.Perone
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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Cool end pages

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C.Perone
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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The wealthy, 1920s, movers and shakers of the art world . . . sounds promising, I'm going in 🤞

#CurrentRead

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shaynarae
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Mehso-so

Another “meh” book club pick. This one is a historical fiction novel in the Jazz Age that centers around the Murphy family and their circle of artistic friends (including Scott F. Fitzgerald and Hemingway). At least there were queer characters in this, which was refreshing for me.

Does anybody else stay in book clubs just for the company (not for the books)?
#catsoflitsy

Crazeedi Sweet kitty 😻 7mo
DannyHattan Never been part of one, but it‘s on my list this year to join one. Stick with it 🙌🏻 7mo
RidgewayGirl I think that joining for the conversations is the only way to survive a book club! I‘ve yet to find one composed only of serious readers! 7mo
shaynarae @Crazeedi Thanks! @DannyHattan Will do. Enjoy your foray into book clubbing! 7mo
shaynarae @RidgewayGirl Haha! Fair enough! It‘s tough finding a group of readers who are in sync in just the right way. But very true that conversing around books with some wine and snacks is worthwhile. 7mo
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LeslieO
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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Here are some of my favs of the year. I didn‘t have one clear cut favorite, just a lot of books I really liked! #2018favorites

Penny_LiteraryHoarders Love Liza Klausmann! So anxious for anything new by her!! 10mo
LeslieO @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I have Tigers in Red Weather on my shelf but haven't read it yet. 10mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @LeslieO ooooo! I loved that one. Very different from Villa America! Great summer read! Enjoy! 10mo
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Ncostell
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I must admit that I did not know anything about Gerald or Sara Murphy, the couple who owned the Villa America on the French Riviera. They had quite the circle of friends that they entertained there, including Hemingway, Picasso and F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. This was a historical fiction novel about their lives. Now I need to read Tender is the Night which is supposed to be loosely based on the Murphys.

Ncostell @LeslieO Thanks for the recommendation, I‘ll have to check it out! I‘d definitely like to read more about the Murphys. 12mo
Blaire Ooh...this sounds great. 12mo
Ncostell @Blaire Yes, I really enjoyed it. I find this era fascinating! 12mo
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LeslieO
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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V for my #litsyatoz challenge!

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Reviewsbylola
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I expected this to be a 5 star read, but it was a bit of a let down. The last 100 pages were perfect, but it took awhile to get there and I think the author could have woven a more cohesive story in the beginning. The Hemingways, the Fitzgeralds, and the Murphys are entertaining to read about but their antics grew old and it wasn‘t until tragedy hit that their self reflection kicked into gear. This is a very tentative pick for me.

LeslieO I just picked this up an hour ago! I want to read for V in my #atozlitsy challenge. I did not get right into it. Maybe I'll skim till the end. I loved 1y
Reviewsbylola I do want to read that! This has me wanting to reread Tender is the Night too. I‘ll be curious to see what you think of this @LeslieO I can‘t tell if I just wasn‘t in the mood for it or if something was off. 1y
emilyhaldi Bummer! Oh well, for $0.89 it‘s not too bad 😆 1y
Mdargusch Darn. I was hoping you would love this one! 1y
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Reviewsbylola
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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#bathandbook is very colorful tonight! 🛀 ♥️

JoScho I love a bath bomb! 🛀💖 1y
LitLogophile So jealous! Loooove bath bombs💗 1y
4thhouseontheleft Pretty! My bath bomb today was more creepy than lovely. 😳 1y
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mabell Cool colors! It looks like sherbet 😄 1y
Ruri_kaichou @4thhouseontheleft now I'm curious to know what it looked like.... 😬 1y
mabell I think I would have been afraid to get in yours @4thhouseontheleft 😂 1y
britt_brooke Ooh, jealous! 1y
JSW Ohhhh bath bombs. I just have a shower in my house, so no baths. 😢 This looks delightful. 1y
WhatThePuck I'm jealous. My bath was without a bomb. 😐😐 1y
Reviewsbylola I‘ve had a few baths like that. Lush has made a couple of black bath bombs. I truly can‘t understand why. @4thhouseontheleft 1y
Reviewsbylola A bathtub is my one requirement in a house. It could be a hovel as long as there was a tub. 😂 @JSW 1y
4thhouseontheleft @Ruri_kaichou I posted it earlier today. It was like a blood bath! @mabell 😂😂 In person it looked more like kool-aid than blood. 1y
Ruri_kaichou *checks post* oh my! 😱😱😱😅😅😅 1y
Judybskt Love bath bombs! We have a huge tub 🛀 1y
emilyhaldi I can‘t take baths in the summer 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Mdargusch As soon as I saw this photo I knew it had to be you. 😂 1y
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Reviewsbylola
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Two books about #famous people that I‘m dying to read. Villa America is about Gerald and Sarah Murphy and their home on the coast of Antibes, where they entertained Hemingway, Picasso, and the Fitzgeralds, to name a few. The Importance of Being Kennedy is a fictitious diary of a nanny who cares for the Kennedy children, including Rosemary, Kick, Bobby, and JFK. If you‘ve read either of these I‘d love to know your thoughts! #aprella

Cinfhen Nice choices, Steph 💕🙌🏻 2y
Pamwurtzler I liked Villa America - I think you will too! 2y
JaclynW I want to read them! 2y
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emilyhaldi I need to read both too 🤗 2y
Mdargusch I‘ve been wanting to read Villa America too. 2y
drbethandherkindle I second @Pamwurtzler — Villa America was a pick for me too! 2y
DivineDiana I find the Murphy‘s a fascinating couple! Have not read Villa America, but I did read another book about them which I loved! 2y
Reviewsbylola I‘ll have to look into that one! @DivineDiana 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Another recent #bookoutlet purchase that @Reviewsbylola suggested I buy... Admittedly, I didn't thoroughly read the description before buying as it was only $0.79 🤦🏻‍♀️ but luckily, it sounds great! Historical fiction surrounding Sara and Gerald Murphy and Villa #America - the estate they built in France and filled with company including Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald. I love reading about this era and the dazzling lives they led ✨
#nuyear

Mdargusch I want to borrow this someday. 2y
Reviewsbylola And the endpapers. 👌🏻 2y
TrishB Ohh - stacked- sounds fab! 2y
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Cinfhen I love #BookOutlet ❤️ 2y
MamaGina I picked this one up from book outlet too👍🏼 (edited) 2y
ElishaLovesBooks I liked this one! 2y
saresmoore Oooh, that sounds great! 2y
kspenmoll Sounds like fun! Got interested in Murphys after reading (edited) 2y
KarenUK I picked up this one from bookoutlet too! 2y
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Amie
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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Leaving on a road trip at 2:00am and I'm ready 4 hours early because I couldn't sleep. I've been reading this book all afternoon and evening and it's boring so I'm hoping it will make me sleepy so I can get a nap in before I go (don't worry, I'm not the driver, so if I don't sleep the worst that will happen is that I'll be cranky).

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Amie
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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Someone is making it difficult to read 😺

LauraBrook But so easy to smooch 😘 ! 2y
rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
[DELETED] 206653737 And giving you the stink eye, it looks like 😹 2y
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Amie
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Consecutive pages, same character, name spelled differently. Drives me crazy 🙃

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This makes me crazy too!!! 😩😫 2y
kathedron 😬 2y
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Amie
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I'm in need of#comfortreads tonight after my disappointing book mail. Usually my comfort reads are historical mysteries, but tonight I'm going with this because it's been sitting on my shelf for months and it has a beautiful cover and end pages and looks indulgent. Hopefully it doesn't disappoint!
#anditsaugust @RealLifeReading

Reviewsbylola I almost picked this up the other day off my shelf! Can't wait to hear you thoughts. 2y
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Amie
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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#MakeAWish I wish I had time to read all these books (and all the others that didn't make it into the picture)! 😂😂😂📚📚📚

#gypsykatsbirthdayweek @GypsyKat

Robothugs Every bookworms wish. 😂🙏🏻 2y
GypsyKat Haha! Yes! This is a wish we can all relate to! Thank you for the post! 💗😊 2y
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Amie
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I received an order of books from Thriftbooks... But I'm scratching my head because I'm fairly certain that I ordered the hardcover of Villa America not paperback, plus this copy is an ARC - which doesn't seem like something that should be sold/resold and not something that I want to pay for when it was free for the original owner.

Amie I emailed Thrift Books about this and received a prompt reply that they would send me a different copy. Great customer service! 3y
Reviewsbylola That's great that they're sending you a new copy. I am not sure if they can sell ARCs or not (I wouldn't think so), but it would be nice if they told you that's what you were buying. Typically I wouldn't care but the hardcover of VA has beautiful endpapers that you definitely don't want to miss out on! 3y
Amie @Reviewsbylola yes, the end papers are the reason I wanted the hardcover! Otherwise I prefer paperback. As for selling ARCs, they are usually marked on the cover "not for sale." 3y
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drbethandherkindle
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I'm such a sucker for fiction about the Lost Generation. Instead of being Hemingway/Fitzgerald focused, the story centers around the Murphys, a couple I hadn't heard of until this, but they are the inspiration for Tender is the Night. The change in main characters makes for a nice change of pace from the exhausting Fitzgerald and Hemingways. There are a few nonfiction works about the Murphys and I am excited to dive into them! #LitsyAtoZ #LetterV

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BookBabe
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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#BookNBrunch! #LitsyPartyOfOne edition! (But in our case, two). I awoke in a cheery mood on this sunny Sunday, and felt compelled to prepare a feast: vanilla buttermilk waffles with pure local maple syrup, cheesy scrambled eggs, extra crispy tater tots, maple sausage, crispy bacon, & English Breakfast tea. Yum! 😋 This has been another presentation of: #MrBookBookBabeKitchen. Happy reads & happy eats!

MrBook 😍😍😍 3y
Grrlbrarian @BookBabe and @MrBook, you two always make me hungry! 👍😋 Love the nibbles and the paired reads too. 3y
rabbitprincess Those waffles look amazing!! 3y
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Reviewsbylola
Villa America | Liza Klaussmann
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The prompt today has reignited my excitement for a book on my TBR. I bought this awhile ago and it's just been sitting on my shelves. Look at those gorgeous endpapers! 😍 Let me know if you've read it! #marchintoreading #setinthe1920s

christineandbooks Sounds amazing... Just read Z:A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald... Loving that time period right now... 3y
Hollie I went to stack this and realized it is already stacked on my TBR! Thank goodness it is Spring Break now and I can make a dent in my TBR! 3y
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emilyhaldi Pretty!!! 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes! Fantastic book. I'm a huge fan of Liza Klaussmann and can't wait for a new one from her. 3y
mllemay This one is great!! 3y
Ncostell This looks great, just added to my teetering TBR stack! 3y
Reviewsbylola Oh good, glad to hear some praise! @mllemay @Penny_LiteraryHoarders I will have to check out her other books too. 3y
Reviewsbylola Hopefully we all get to it soon! @hollie @Ncostell 3y
Loreen This has been on my wish list for awhile. I 💗 the endpapers. 3y
drbethandherkindle No, but this has been on my TBR for forever! I'm planning on using it for #LitsyAtoZ 3y
BrittanyReads Sounds fantastic! 3y
mllemay @Reviewsbylola I read her first book too, and it was also great! 3y
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Pamwurtzler
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Kindle at the pool. My favorite thing!

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Gleefulreader
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Day 9 of the #booktober #bookphotochallenge had me looking for my #firstlitsypost. I love the @LitHousewife WAS my first comment, mirroring our early blogging days. In only three months this has far and away become my favourite social media site and all the good people here who love books and a bookish life as much as I do. It has been a part few months for me, and this place is a bright and shining light. For that, I think you fellow Littens.

MrBook I'm certainly glad to see you and your posts on here 😊👌🏻!!! And we started using @Litsy in July 😎🙌🏻! 3y
Gleefulreader Aw thank you @MrBook! I really appreciate all of your wonderful book posts and comments and discussions! 3y
RealLifeReading Awesome! 3y
LitHousewife I still need to read that book. I'm very proud to be your first commenter. 🤗 3y
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CJEskriett
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settling in for the evening with this

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VPatLitsy
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"Gerald felt that Esther's formidable brain and patchy attention to her personal appearance were her way of exerting some form of limited independence, as if her physical and mental geography were the only terrain that she had under her command, and she would command ferociously."

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Bookaddict
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One of the best historical novels I've read this year. I loved being lost in Gerald and Sara Murphy's world. Their parties, the gorgeous location, the endless drama all made for a great beach read. I especially loved their fabulous entourage complete with famous people like the Fitzgeralds and Hemingways.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders So freaking love Liza Klaussmann. Have you read 3y
Bookaddict I haven't, but now I definitely want to! I loved her writing style. @Penny_LiteraryHoarders 3y
Penny_LiteraryHoarders It's completely different but so, so good!! 3y
VPatLitsy I am almost two-thirds of the way through and dreading the moment when i reach the last page 3y
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LynseyG
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Took me a while to get in to this one, but now I'm hooked. Hope the characters continue to draw me in to their world right to the end.

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MrBook
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So #Coale chose "Villa America" yesterday as his next read. I saw him cuddling with it last night ?. He couldn't get it out, so I provided the assistant he required. Love this little guy! We are a #bibliofamily for sure ?.

BookishMarginalia 😻😻😻 3y
BookishFeminist #TheBookishFerrets always play librarian and take books off our shelves. Every once in a while I find a stolen one stashed behind the sofa. 👍🏼 3y
LilMamaMastro 😸😻 3y
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ns510reads So adorable! 😍😽 3y
LauraBeth Cute 😻 3y
Tanner Awww! If mine ever did that though I'd be very suspicious, since he's probably be Up To No Good. ❤️🐱 3y
kspenmoll Beautiful coat! 3y
Zelma 😻 Coale! Such a sweetheart. 3y
MrBook @BookishMarginalia @LilMamaMastro @ns510reads @LauraBeth @kspenmoll @Zelma Thank you 😁😁😁😸😸😸!!!! @BookishFeminist Aaahhhh, I love it, #TheBookishFerrets 😆😁👏🏻👏🏻👍🏻!!! @BookBabe loves ferrets ☺️! #Coale's hidden some books on us too, lol. @Tanner 😆😂😂😂👏🏻👌🏻!!! 3y
BookBabe 😻 3y
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mllemay
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This book was spellbinding - the premise is a historical fiction about the Murphys, great friends to Fitzgerald, Hemingway and the like. But it‘s so much more than that. It gets to the essence of being loved and loving in return, finding yourself, and having to do all of it in secret sometimes.

mllemay Heartbreaking in the best way. The author's not at the end is well worth a read too. 3y
Gleefulreader I really enjoyed this book. I wasn't as keen on the epistolary section at the very end, but I really enjoyed the first 80%. In one of those odd coincidences, now I'm seeing references and articles about the Murphys everywhere! 3y
mllemay @Gleefulreader I didn't mind the letters at the end so much, especially after knowing they were based on and contained parts of real letters. Definitely want to read more about the Murphys. Her first novel is great too! 3y
Gleefulreader @mllemay there is a 1960s New Yorker article that just came through my weekly roundup (oddly, the day after I finished the book). Here it is if you are interested: http://www.newyorker.com/magazine/1962/07/28/living-well-is-the-best-revenge 3y
mllemay @Gleefulreader thank you so much for sharing this!! 3y
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Gleefulreader
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"She was so, I don't know, naive? Basic?" Oh, I do so hope that this isn't an anachronism, and that the descriptor "basic" was being used in 1925.

LitHousewife How far in are you? 3y
Gleefulreader I finished it! I liked it up to the epistolary section at the end of the book, which I felt was a bit of a cop out as an ending. 3y
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mllemay
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Fun Friday Photo! One sleepy dog, and one of the books I'm currently reading. This is my 8 year-old golden retriever Ravel (with crumpled, annoyed, you-woke-me-from-my-nap face). He's much more into music than books 😉

Liberty ❤️❤️❤️ 3y
mauveandrosysky So adorable! 🐶 3y
BookishFeminist Handsome boy 🐾 3y
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