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The Trick to Time | Kit de Waal
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A heart-wrenching love story from the internationally bestselling author of My Name Is Leon Mona is a young Irish girl in the big city, with the thrill of a new job and a room of her own in a busy boarding house. On her first night out in 1970s Birmingham, she meets William, a charming Irish boy with an easy smile and an open face. They embark upon a passionate affair, a whirlwind marriage - before a sudden tragedy tears them apart. Decades later, Mona pieces together the memories of the years that separate them. But can she ever learn to love again? The Trick to Time is an unforgettable tale of grief, longing, and a love that lasts a lifetime.
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What a heart-achingly good book. Like My Name is Leon, Kit de Waal has written about a really sensitive issue with compassion and integrity. Her style of writing is simple, to the point and incredibly clean, neat and tidy - de Waal is fast becoming one of my favourite writers. The detail in this book is so sad yet there‘s always a strong suggestion of hope. Simply beautiful narration by Fiona Shaw ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BarbaraBB Sounds great. 4mo
Ms_T @BarbaraBB It was wonderful but incredibly emotional. 4mo
BarbaraBB I haven‘t read her other books but you‘ve made me curious! 4mo
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Cathythoughts I‘m so glad you loved it ! I loved it too ! She is an amazing woman & writer 4mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Absolutely! 4mo
TrishB I loved this too ❤️💕 simple and soul searching. 4mo
Ms_T @TrishB Perfectly put ❤️ 4mo
CarolynM I loved this one too. 4mo
Ms_T @CarolynM It makes your heart ache a little, doesn‘t it? 4mo
CarolynM Oh yes! It's so well done. 4mo
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After finishing the brilliant My Name Is Leon, I couldn‘t resist purchasing this.

Cathythoughts Oh I hope you like this one. I loved it. 👍🏻♥️ 4mo
Ms_T @Cathythoughts I always check Litsy comments before I buy a book and I saw your review of this. It persuaded me to buy it 😃 4mo
Cathythoughts Ahhh Thankyou 😘 praise indeed 😊 4mo
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Such a beautiful book, addressing a heartbreaking subject with delicacy and gentleness (trigger warning in spoiler comment). It is so sad to think how recently we dealt with this subject so badly. Thank you again, Cathy, so very much, for gifting me this book. The story will stay with me for a long time.

Cathythoughts I‘m so glad you liked it ! It‘s a special book alright ♥️. You are looking very relaxed there ... enjoy 😘 6mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts It's a very relaxing place 🙂 The only downside is a very unreliable internet connection that only works periodically and drops out after a few minutes😁 6mo
CarolynM Trigger warnings for stillbirth and mental illness. 6mo
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Crazeedi Sound like a good story 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Good to know! I‘ve already got this stacked as I loved her debut 6mo
JennyM I adored this one ❤️ 6mo
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Thank you so much, Cathy, your parcel arrived at last! You are too good to me. I remember how much you liked this book and I think I will too. We are planning a week away in June, I am going to put it aside for then.

JennyM Lovely package to receive from @Cathythoughts. It‘s a good read 👍 7mo
TrishB I really enjoyed this too 👍🏻 7mo
Tanisha_A Love that postcard! 7mo
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Cathythoughts You are so very welcome Carolyn ! Thank goodness! 3 weeks it took 🙄. I‘m so glad it arrived & hope you will like it. I really did 👍🏻♥️ 😘 7mo
youneverarrived Lovely postcard 💙 7mo
LeahBergen Lovely! 💕 7mo
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Posting our pics from Cork Book Festival, a great night .. so interesting to hear Ann Griffin & Kit De Wall reading & discussing their books. I felt like a real bookish kind of person. Weather was terrible ( storm Hannah ) but 3 of us braved the King Lear weather... great night ! Kit de Wall spoke of writing.. you can be a gardener or an architect ( a quote from George Martin ) .. isn‘t it a fab setting 😍pics of the whiskey tasting 👍🏻

squirrelbrain Looks like a fab evening! 8mo
Cathythoughts @squirrelbrain it was brilliant! So lovely to hear writers speaking of their work ... these 2 were so unassuming & such great talkers 👍🏻😍 8mo
BiblioLitten Lovely pics! 😊 8mo
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merelybookish Sounds fun! Glad it was worth braving the storm! 8mo
Cathythoughts @BiblioLitten thankyou !! 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @merelybookish we lived to tell the tale ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Kalalalatja Looks great! 8mo
Cathythoughts @Kalalalatja it was a lovely evening 👍🏻✨✨✨ 8mo
JennyM This looks fun! Glad you had a great evening 😘 8mo
TrishB Great pics 👍🏻 sounds like a fab night 8mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Book discussion + whiskey sounds like the perfect evening 8mo
batsy Books, whiskey, a storm... What an adventure 💫 Lovely pics, glad you had a fab time! 8mo
Eggs What fun Cathy!!!! Love the pix 🤗💗 8mo
Cathythoughts @JennyM @TrishB @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @batsy thanks guys !! It was memorable for sure 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
youneverarrived Sounds fab! Great photos 💖💖 8mo
Cathythoughts @youneverarrived thanks Katie 😘 8mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs thanks Sherri ! It was great ♥️👍🏻 8mo
CarolynM What fun. Looks like a great night 7mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM it was fab 👍🏻♥️♥️ 7mo
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🎧Audible... another 5 star book for me ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️“ Sometimes we have to howl with the wolves ..” I loved this story of Mona‘s present & past life experience . Beautiful writing with some heartbreaking details/ images. Love this title, I have always been fascinated by time & how the past can be so present ... how memory can jolt us & trip us up. Mona , a young Irish girl in 1970‘s Birmingham & all that comes to pass ... & of her later life 👍🏻♥️

RadicalReader Nothing better than discovering books that are an absolute delight 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 I LOVED My Name Is Leon by her. I‘m stacking this one! 8mo
Cathythoughts @JanuarieTimewalker13 I DNF Leon ... but I may have to go back now & give it another go. I only have this one because the writer is in town this Friday night & IRL Bookclub are going to see her 😍 loved this one 8mo
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Cathythoughts @RadicalReader yes! 😍😍😍 8mo
RadicalReader @Cathythoughts a wonderful book you‘ll catapult from chapter to chapter with is 8mo
Cinfhen I LOVED Leon but wasn‘t crazy about this one. But your review was really really lovely!!! I know @TrishB LOVED this book too because she gifted me a copy. I can‘t remember why I didn‘t love it, maybe it‘s a quiet read and I was waiting for more? 8mo
BarbaraBB Great review! 8mo
Blaire Beautiful review. #stacked 8mo
Cathythoughts @RadicalReader thanks!! I will investigate .... 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thankyou ! Yes, I must take another look at Leon when I get a chance. 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @BarbaraBB thankyou ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts @Blaire Thanks ♥️. I hope you will like it when you get there 👍🏻 8mo
Ms_T Really nice review 😃 8mo
Cathythoughts @Ms_T thankyou @Ms_T 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
TrishB Lovely review Cathy 👍🏻 I loved the quietness, the melancholy feel and the love story without the soppy bits! @Cinfhen it was a very slow, quiet book. 8mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 @Cathythoughts oh, that‘s going to be fun!!! Enjoy🌸 8mo
CarolynM Great review🙂 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely review! 👍 I‘ve already got this stacked, I noticed. 8mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB thanks! Such a lovely book 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @JanuarieTimewalker13 thanks ! I‘ll take pics 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM thanks! I really loved it ♥️👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm thanks! I‘ll be interested to hear your thoughts when you get there 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
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Oh ! What about , no expectations , &
A book completely surprises you ... Only started, but ,I would love to make dolls & dolls clothes ... This is a good one ... 👍🏻♥️ what a lovely surprise ✨✨✨✨ loving this one so far ... memories coming up ! My aunt was the best dressmaker ( made clothes for my dolls ) ... evocative writing

charl08 Yup: this one stays with you. Powerful stuff. 8mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👏 I look forward to read this too. 8mo
Eggs I have this stacked; sounds wonderful! 8mo
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Cathythoughts @charl08 yes! Seems so 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts @erzascarletbookgasm so far .... ! So good 😊 8mo
Cathythoughts @Eggs only starting ... but I get a very good feeling ( I did try Leon , but DNF , I may go back after this ..... we‘ll see 8mo
TrishB I loved this one too. Leon is very different (I loved it but they could be by different authors!) 8mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I agree ! Even though I havnt finished either yet ... sooo different 👍🏻 8mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I won‘t be bailing on Trick To Time ... she has me , loving it 👍🏻♥️ 8mo
TrishB Very poignant, melancholy story that I really loved 💕 8mo
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I‘m on a bit of a roll here. I seem to have picked some really rather good books recently, and this is another of them. So beautifully written, my heart ached for the characters in this book, but it‘s not a soppy romance, by any means. This is the second book I‘ve read by Kit de Waal, and it‘s another 5/5 from me. I might have to buy it to read it again.

erzascarletbookgasm I can‘t wait to read this. I loved her first book! 13mo
Clare_Riley @erzascarletbookgasm you won‘t regret reading it - it really is so good!! 13mo
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15 | #ABBAInAugust #MyLoveMyLife

‘If you lost the love of your life, what would you do to live again?‘

Mdargusch Great choice! 👍🏼 1y
emilyhaldi This reminds me I need to read this one! 1y
Reviewsbylola This sounds fantastic. 1y
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Meredith3 Sounds heavy! 1y
Cinfhen Great photo!! I didn‘t love this book as much as I thought I would. But I did LOVE Leon @emilyhaldi 1y
TrishB I loved this one 💕 1y
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#unpopularopinion I found this book slow, depressing and uneventful. After loving My Name is Leon, I had high expectations for De Waal‘s follow up. While the writing was lyrical at times, the story left me cold and disappointed 😢 I used this for #BackPackEurope #Ireland Sorry @TrishB I know you are keen on this book. Photo is my current reading location @JenP am I free to travel to a new destination?

emilyhaldi So pretty! Where are you now?! 1y
JenP Yes! 1y
Cinfhen I‘m out on Long Island @emilyhaldi 1y
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Cinfhen Thanks @JenP will need to figure out my next read/ itinerary 😉 1y
robinb That‘s always a bummer when you‘re expecting good things. 😔 1y
Cinfhen I know @robinb I almost gave it a pan but I realized that was a little harsh 1y
robinb @Cinfhen you sound like me! I almost NEVER give a pan...I always feel bad if I do. 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1y
LeahBergen But your reading spot is 👌🏼! 1y
robinb @LeahBergen I‘ll second that! 😊 1y
TrishB Awww, sorry you didn‘t enjoy. I thought poignant rather than sad, but we all read differently! 1y
TrishB Great reading spot 😘 1y
Cathythoughts Such a lovely place you are in 💙 1y
Cinfhen My friend‘s “beach” house ( they are on the bay side) is truly a magical spot...we spotted a school of dolphins yesterday 🐬🐬🐬🐬🐬we affectionately call their home Camp Weissman @robinb @LeahBergen @TrishB @Cathythoughts because there are sooo many “activities” here 😁 1y
Cinfhen @TrishB I REALLY wanted to love this book, and I kept waiting and hoping for something BIG to happen but it was full of so much darkness and heartbreak. Poignant is a lovely description and it was... 1y
robinb @Cinfhen ❤️❤️❤️🐬🐬🐬 1y
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I‘m speechless!! I‘m so overwhelmed by the generosity and thoughtfulness given to me💗THANK YOU @TrishB this birthday gift makes 52 year old me feel like a kid again!!!! It‘s the BEST gift ever❣️❣️❣️Honestly, I‘m moved beyond words. I‘m so honored to be your friend xx and THE BOOKS!!!! OMG - all 3 are beautiful and I‘m just amazed that they belong to me now😊Feeling spoiled and loved🙏🏻even the birthday card was AWESOME🙌🏻 oh & the 🍫🍫🍫

Cinfhen My husband might hate you right now😉😂He‘s like “I can‘t compete with @TrishB she just scored the BEST GIFT EVER”❣️❣️❣️❣️ 1y
TrishB Happy birthday 🎉🎉🍰 hope you have a wonderful day!! So glad you like everything 💜 Hubby‘s going to spoil you all day!! Enjoy celebrating 💕x 1y
Cinfhen Nope, he can‘t come close @TrishB YOU ROCK 🤘🏽Who knew birthday׳s could be THIS MUCH fun 😘😘 1y
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Cathythoughts Happy Birthday Cindy. Have a lovely day !! Such beautiful gifts & generosity Trish !! @TrishB (edited) 1y
TrishB They should definitely always be fun 😁💕!! 1y
sisilia Happy birthday, dear @cinfhen 😘 1y
CouronneDhiver Happy Birthday!!!! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely gifts. Have a fabulous birthday Cindy! ❣️ 1y
LeahBergen Happy Birthday, darlin‘!!, ❤️💕❤️💕❤️💕 1y
RachelO Happy Birthday Cindy! 1y
youneverarrived Happy Birthday! 💕 1y
laurenbescoby Happy Birthday!! 😄💕🎉 1y
Crazeedi Happy birthday! I hope this year is filled with lots of joy and good books! 🎈❤🙂 1y
Simona Happy birthday 🥂🍾♥️ 1y
JennyM Happy birthday Mumma bear of Litsy...love your huge contribution to this community 😘😘😘 1y
Centique Happy birthday special lady! 😘💕 1y
Soubhiville Wow! Happy birthday to you!!! 1y
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KarenUK Happy birthday! Wishing you a lovely day and safe travels this weekend.... 💕💕😘 1y
saresmoore Oh, how wonderful! Happy birthday to a lovely, thoughtful, & cherished woman, reader, & Litsy mama. This year of life is going to be the best one yet! ♥️♥️♥️ (edited) 1y
CoffeeAndABook Ooooh it‘s your ⭐️BIRTHDAY⭐️!!! Have a wonderful day, with lots of love, 🎁, JOY, delicious ruchelachs & 🥂 & maybe even a peaceful moment to sneak in some pleasure reading 💓 📖 So basically - have a happy happy birthday- I‘m so glad you‘re on Litsy & we got to meet here!!! 🌸☀️🎂 🎈 1y
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Lola Happy happy birthday!!! 🥂💃 1y
Cinfhen I‘m feeling truly blessed today 😊Thanks for all the #birthdaylove @Lola @LeeRHarry @4thhouseontheleft @CoffeeAndABook @saresmoore @KarenUK @Librarybelle And your personal messages are truly appreciated 💝💝💝💝💝 1y
batsy Happy birthday @Cinfhen! I hope you have a wonderful day and fabulous weekend 🎉🎂🎉❤️ 1y
That-Bookish-Hiker Happy birthday!!!!🎂 (edited) 1y
Cinfhen Thank you @batsy @That-Bookish-Hiker Today has been pretty freakin wonderful 💜💜💜 1y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Happy birthday!!🎈 1y
mabell Happy Birthday!! 🎉🎉 I'm so glad it was a good one! ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Cinfhen Thanks @mabell I‘m still celebrating 😃going out for dinner tonight 🍷Thanks @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled 1y
Kalalalatja You deserve it all! Have the very best birthday 😘 1y
MicheleinPhilly Happy Birthday, my friend! Can‘t wait to give you a big birthday hug next week. 😘 1y
Cinfhen Thank you my #LitsyDaughter 😘😘😘 @Kalalalatja and cant wait to see you as well @MicheleinPhilly ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
DebinHawaii Wonderful gift! You deserve to be pampered. I wanted to wish you the happiest of Birthdays my friend! 🎉🎂🎈📚🎁🎊 1y
mabell Have a great birthday dinner! 🍷And stretch this celebration out! We've been known to get a good month out of a birthday 😁🤣 1y
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#anytimeatall #heyjune
Lovely little read 💕

RealLifeReading I haven't read this one but loved 1y
TrishB @RealLifeReading I loved Leon too 👍🏻 this is easily as good. 1y
Cinfhen I LOVED Leon @RealLifeReading @TrishB and I REALLY want to read this one, but it‘s not available here yet😫 maybe when I get to the states 🤞🏼❤️ 1y
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TrishB @Cinfhen I get all excited like that and realise it‘s not out for another 6 months ! Hope you love it when you get to it 💕 1y
Cinfhen Thanks, Trish! I‘ve been told this one is VERY different from Leon so I‘m nervous/ but curious 1y
TrishB @Cinfhen it‘s very different. But has happiness and love as a central theme, which I think Leon did. 1y
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And a beautiful book.

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Day 4. I loved My Name is Leon too, this is even better I think - the writing is wonderful and the story is sad and bitter sweet and so not what I was expecting!
She‘s coming to my Uni‘s literary festival later this year and I can‘t wait 😁

Cinfhen I‘m excited for this book....especially since I ❤️Leon 2y
Cinfhen Thanks for sharing your picks 💕💕💕 2y
TrishB @Cinfhen it looks lovely too 💕 2y
Cathythoughts Stacking this one 👍🏻 2y
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Congrats to @laurenashley on her fun & fabulous Litfluence #4444giveaway 🎉💕🙌🏻🎊 Four books from my TBR that I‘m coveting 1. Trick To Time 2. The Trauma Cleaner 3.What We Lose 4. 11.22.63 Thanks for #payingItForward

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We discuss The Trick to Time in this week‘s episode of A Little Less Guilty (along with charcoal croissants, boozy mums and consent apps). Take a listen! 🎧

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I thoroughly enjoyed this and read it pretty much in one sitting. Mona is 60 & a doll-maker. Her life is routine by design, but this changes when she befriends an elegant neighbour & faces her memories of the past. An engaging read, great story with original characters who surprise you - I loved that it wasn‘t predictable. Dialogue & setting feel real. An easy writing style, she handles serious matters with warmth - it‘s also beautifully moving.

TrishB I loved this too 👍🏻 my cover is very different up yours! 2y
Abailliekaras @TrishB this is a proof that a friend kindly gave me! 2y
TrishB Ohh- the finished cover is beautiful I think! 2y
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Abailliekaras @TrishB yes much nicer! 2y
RealLifeReading I just read (and loved) My Name is Leon and can‘t wait to read more from her 2y
Abailliekaras @RealLifeReading I‘m keen to read my name is Leon! 2y
Cinfhen I was just gonna say how much i LOVED Leon so MUST ADD #STACKED 2y
Abailliekaras @Cinfhen I‘ll be interested to hear what you think of it! 2y
BookishTrish I want to read this so badly. I can‘t wait until it‘s out in Canada. 2y
Abailliekaras @BookishTrish I really liked it! And I love how she advocates for more working class voices in literature. 2y
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Wow 😮 Kit de Waal is seriously a fantastic author. This is as far away from My Name is Leon that‘s it‘s possible to be, but still amazing, I‘m in awe of her talent.
Yes, a love story, but nothing romantic about it really. Nothing like you would expect from the blurb, but can‘t say anymore without spoiling it. A novel that makes you think, sad and real.
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Cathythoughts That‘s really good to hear ! I seem to have My Name Is Leon on Audible ( I can‘t track back to how that even happened) .... great 👍🏻 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Okay, stacking! 2y
Eggs Stacked 2y
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I think one of these will probably be my next read too!! The new shiny ones always catch your eye first!!

charl08 Waiting for the Kit de Waal to arrive at the library... 2y
TrishB @charl08 I‘m looking forward to it! 2y
DeborahSmall The Kit de Waal looks great 2y
TrishB @DeborahSmall it does! I‘ve started the Brett one first as my daughter wants to read too and she wouldn‘t until I had! The de Waal may just be next 😁 2y
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