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Once Upon a River
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
A dark midwinter’s night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfield’s bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
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IamIamIam
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I'm enjoying this, I really am... but it's SO DRAWN OUT!!!!! This could have easily been 3 or 4 hours shorter...

marleed I felt the same way. I would have like it much more had it been a shorter read. 14h
IamIamIam @marleed I feel like it could have been a series and I would have loved it. The girl could be one book, Lily another, Rita another and the Armstrongs their own. I get that the premise of the book is that stories need to be told but this is just too much. 13h
Chelsea.Poole I agree! 12h
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TheEllieMo
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#30JuneBooks day 22 #Audiobook

I wasn‘t a huge fan of audiobooks, but earlier this year I saw a review of the audio version of the tagged book and decided I had to get it. A beautiful, atmospheric book read by the incomparable Juliet Stevenson (who could read a telephone directory and keep you hanging on to every word), it‘s a magical combination.

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Meaw_catlady
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So thankful for all the thoughtful items @EH2018 picked out for me !! I love everything!! Star Wars! Star Trek! Fantasy!!! A slytherin pin !! And the quotes on the bookmarks are great!! Thank you for taking the time to find out my likes and putting together an epic and fun package! Blessed Solstice! ❤️❤️❤️ also Salem wanted to be included. 🖤
#summersantagoespostal #summersolsticebookexchange

DaveGreen7777 Oooh! Wonderful book stack! 😍 4d
EH2018 Glad you like! It was fun shopping for you! And Salem is a cutie 😻 4d
Meaw_catlady @EH2018 thank you again! I love it all! Salem says hi! 🤗 4d
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A child is found, miraculously ends up alive, and multiple people think they have a claim to her.

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IamIamIam
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Needed a new audio so I went through my #Libby tags and found this one, I think from #Booked2019 #FairyTaleRetelling.

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scowler1
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Really interesting book full of great characters, tragedy, love, murder, mystery, the whole shebang.

TheEllieMo This is one of my favourite reads of the year so far 1w
scowler1 @TheEllieMo In my top ten for sure, it's been a good year so far. 1w
LiteraryinLititz I‘m glad to hear you both liked it! @TheEllieMo @scowler1 It‘s been on my TBR but maybe I‘ll bump it up. 1w
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IndoorDame
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@JSW thank you so much for this amazing #mysterymessageswap package! I can't tell you how excited I was opening it! I'm psyched to be able to add all 3! of these titles I've been wanting to my library and explore all the fabulous notes and treats you choose for me! 🙏😍

JSW Enjoy!!!! 1w
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Avidreader25
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1. Once Upon a River, Kid Gloves and Where the Crawdads Sing
2. A Delicate Balance
3. Morgenstern‘s The Starless Sea
4. Yes, I finished the last two Shakespeare plays I hadn‘t read yet. Now I‘ve read all of his plays!
#ThursdaySurvey @laurenslibrary

Susannah Congratulations on finishing Shakespeare! That‘s very awesome. 👏🎭 3w
Avidreader25 @Susannah Thanks! I‘m still working on seeing each play on film and performed live. It‘s a long project! http://avidreader25.blogspot.com/2014/08/the-shakespeare-project.html?m=1 3w
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atla
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1) I‘ve read so many good books this year, but if pressed I‘ll call Once Upon a River (Diane Setterfield) my favorite. An amazing audio experience - magical & atmospheric.
2) Melmoth by Sarah Perry. After loving The Essex Serpent so much, this one came across as scattered and just okay.
3) About to dive into Peter Heller‘s The River and so exited!
4) This is the 1st year I didn‘t set a goal & I‘ve read way more this year than ever!

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CaitlinR
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An interesting story about storytelling, and we aren‘t sure whose narrative is true.

A child, assumed dead, breathes again. Who‘s child is she? The kidnapped child returned to wealthy parents? The child drowned by a woman abandoned by her lover? The grandchild of a couple that have raised a (mostly) loving family? The sister of the Rector‘s housekeeper?

My first book by Satterfield; won‘t be my last. This woman can really write!

rubyslippersreads Haven‘t read this one yet, but ❤️ 3w
CaitlinR @rubyslippersreads I‘m looking forward to that one. 3w
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simplysteph
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Thursday read :)

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MiqueMarie
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Bailedbailed

I tried. I'm just going to have to choose another book with a great cover for the #mmdchallenge #mmdreading

emz711 The ending's really good though 4w
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thea-block
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Seems like everyone has been reading this over the past year. Since The Thirteenth Tale was a favorite, thought I‘d take a chance. The story was certainly magical realism, a fable-like perspective of deluded relationships, twisty, with multiple perspectives weaving together. An interesting read and one that has great atmosphere.

Not one of my most favorite reads of the year but I‘m glad I read it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Avanders
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Read in part as e-book ARC (Advanced Readers Copy received for free in exchange for an honest review) and in part as audio book (1.5x speed).

Beautiful, heartbreaking, brilliant. Both the story and its telling. Left me a little bereft.
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Cathythoughts Great to hear. I have this one 👍🏻 2mo
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marleed
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Good thing I liked the book because I love the cover so much. Imagine the graffiti sign where one might replace ‘tacos‘ with ‘you‘ but I replace tacos with ‘this cover‘.

Now to binge and clear my dvr since there‘s no time for tv beginning tomorrow #BookFitnessChallenge

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Kimberlone
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Stopped by the thrift shop while out doing errands on my day off and picked up all these lovelies for only $2! All of these authors are new to me except for the tagged one (loved her book The Thirteenth Tale).

#NewToYou #MayMadness

TheReadingMermaid Girl, "The Red Tent" is SO good!!! Warning... read with a box of tissues ? 2mo
TrishB Once Upon a River and The Red Tent are awesome! 2mo
Kimberlone @TheReadingMermaid thank you for the warning! I am a big book cryer 😭 2mo
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Kimberlone @TrishB they have both been on my TBR for a long time. Can‘t wait to read! 2mo
twohectobooks @TheReadingMermaid that is one of only a handful of books that have made me cry. 2mo
TheReadingMermaid @twohectobooks yaaaasss!!!! 😢😢😢 2mo
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Plaidsticks
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Mehso-so

I really enjoyed this, until the end. If you read it expecting a Shakespearean comedy ending, you won‘t be disappointed.

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BlameJennyJane
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Finally getting settled with a great audiobook (tagged) to do a little #SundayFunday #audiopainting!

JoScho She is awesome 💜 2mo
BlameJennyJane Aw, thank you @JoScho 🤗 2mo
Tanisha_A Love the painting! 2mo
BlameJennyJane @Tanisha_A thanks so much! Still a work in progress but getting there! 💗 2mo
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Avanders
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#friyayintro
1. My “baby” (now >2!) straight chillin‘ on his bike w his g‘ma‘s hat on 😆
2. Tagged on audio. The narration is amazing. 🙌🏽
3. Errand fun w bubuh and mom.. maybe some reading? 😁
4. Hot & sunny. Almost always. 🌞🔥🥵
5. Good question! Maybe... take out? 😬🍛🍻

#summerthisorthat #summersantagoespostal
1. Both! All! (No rooibos or green tho)
2. Both! 🥓🍫
3. Allergic to dogs 🐶 Have 1 old cat... 🐱
4. Mountains. No question. 🌄
5. ✅

Hestapleton Thanks for playing! ☀️ 2mo
JenlovesJT47 I miss you lady! Have you talked to @JenP lately? Wondering about our journal. Hope you‘re doing well! 🤗❤️😘 P.S. Time flies, hard to believe he‘s already 2! 😱 2mo
Avanders @JenlovesJT47 I miss you too!! I cant believe how fast time goes & goes & goes 😱🥺 I ♥️ that he‘s 2 already... and also am sad about it. 😁 Some days it feels like I live completely under water... other days I feel like I‘m treading okay 😜 I keep hoping for things to calm down again 😆 I haven‘t heard from Jen in a while — I know she got super busy w school board stuff & I‘d guess that‘s where she‘s been .. miss her too! Hope you‘re great! ♥️♥️ 2mo
Gissy Lovely picture! 😍❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
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bedandabook
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Gorgeous reading view today at Kew Gardens. Really enjoying this book, with its mythical elements woven through the magical storytelling. I even brought some peppermint tea with me!

Bklover Enjoy! Looks beautiful ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Looks gorgeous there. I have this one stacked already ♥️👍🏻 2mo
bedandabook Thank you, @Bklover. It was a very peaceful reading spot! 2mo
bedandabook I hope you enjoy it as much as I am, @Cathythoughts ! Has your holiday begun yet? 2mo
Cathythoughts Not yet. A week from tomorrow 👍🏻. Can‘t wait 2mo
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Tamra
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Loved every minute of this tale! Setterfield‘s writing and Juliet Stevenson‘s narration is simply absorbing.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻♥️ 2mo
Avanders I‘m listening to this right now (and I also have the ebook that I take out from time to time), and I agree: amazing narration! The story is wonderful so far... 2mo
KarenUK Juliet Stevenson is my favorite audiobook narrator... she‘s so good! 2mo
TheEllieMo Juliet Stevenson is such a good narrator, she could make a telephone directory sound interesting. Give her a a book full of such wonderful storytelling as Once Upon A River, and it becomes an utterly compelling listen 2mo
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EJG31
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Great story, kept me intrigued till the end!

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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This story was full of magical realism.and exactly what I was looking for when I started reading it. While the interweaving of the lives of multiple characters was slightly confusing at times, all of your questions are answered by the end. I loved the moral compass, Mr. Armstrong, and how it's not just the love of a mother highlighted in the book, but also the love a father can feel too.

KathrynElise This is still one of my favourite books. Just loved it! ❤️❤️ 2mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @KathrynElise it's definitely up there on my list too now,..such classic storytelling 💙 2mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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Almost no time to read this week means this has taken me longer than I would have liked. Wonderful storytelling with just the right mix fo characterisation, mystery, history and with a sniff of magic /other that has me hooked to the very end.

mom2bugnbee I love Setterfield! Can't wait for this one. 2mo
xxjenadanxx This is such a pretty cover! 2mo
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Tamra
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Target is packed. Yuck. Thank the gods for earbuds and audiobooks! I love Setterfield‘s writing!

Julsmarshall I hit Target yesterday and it was nuts! I have to go to the grocery store today 😝 2mo
mdm139 I never shop last minute for easter but this year I did. And target was crazy. I got the last box of white eggs. And I mostly avoided the easter section, and got them toys from the toy section. 2mo
Tamra @mdm139 me too - and the isle with candy at the front. 😬 2mo
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Tamra @Julsmarshall nooooooo! 2mo
Julsmarshall @Tamra I survived the store, but forgot potatoes. So I‘ve sweet talked my husband into going when he gets off work tonight. He‘s a peach! 2mo
Tamra @Julsmarshall I got mine to go too! 2mo
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VictoriaB
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A stranger bursts into an inn on the Thames, holding the drowned body of a young girl. Hours later, she is alive, but who is she? Apparently, I‘m drawn to these moody, atmospheric, almost Gothic type novels. This was one of the best.

LiteraryinLititz Sounds intriguing! Is it a sequel or a stand alone story? 2mo
TrishB A great read 👍🏻 2mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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Dear litsy I have a confession... I am horribly hungover! Plans for the day have been dismissed and I won‘t be moving very far from here (I may also embrace the restorative power of an afternoon nap)

TrishB We‘ll speak quietly. ❤️ 2mo
LiteraryinLititz Oh no! Take care of yourself today. 😋 2mo
Bklover ❤️❤️❤️🤫 2mo
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CouronneDhiver 😂 I‘m sure most of us have been there before... rest up. 2mo
Cinfhen Hope last night was memorable 😉 2mo
cathysaid 😂😂😂 Once I passed 40, my ability to “hang” seems to be decreasing. 2mo
squirrelbrain @trishb 🤣🤣 (Good book though...) 2mo
TheLibrarian As long as you had fun!! But hangovers are terrible and hopefully you‘ll start feeling better soon. 2mo
BookwormM I have just woken from my afternoon nap 🤣🤣🤣no hangover just living the spoonie life 2mo
Itchyfeetreader @trish it‘s appreciated !! @cinfhen embarrassingly a quiet night in with an old friend !! @cathysaid I turn 39 this year and think I might be there already!! 2mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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Once Upon A River was truly unique, like nothing I‘ve ever read before. What starts out as a mystery man and girl showing up at an inn called The Swan along the Thames weaves itself into several, seemingly unrelated characters who all become intertwined. One mystery girl, three people claiming her. But who does she really belong to? Masterful storytelling with elements of magic and the unknown mixed in, it piques your interest until the very end

TrishB I loved it 👍🏻 3mo
sprainedbrain LOVED this book. Great photo! ❤️ 3mo
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RvnclawWhovian
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How does the saying go? Make plans and God laughs? I was so excited to finish my morning errands and then sit for the rest of the day to read for #24b4monday. I was sitting down to eat real quick when I started getting an aura in my left eye. Yup, a migraine was incoming 😑So with only 3.5 hours done on Friday, I ended up sleeping all day yesterday. But, what can one do? Making the most of no plans to get in as much as I can today 💜

RvnclawWhovian Btw thanks for the tiebreaker @Andrew65 3mo
Andrew65 Oh no! 🥺 Hope things get better for you. Hop you enjoy the book now. 😊 3mo
RvnclawWhovian @Andrew65 thank you! I‘ve been getting migraines periodically for years so I‘ve got handling one down to a science now. I‘m a little over halfway and really liking it so far! 3mo
cobwebmoth I hope you're feeling better soon. 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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Without a doubt, my #BestBookSoFar2019 is Diane Setterfield‘s Once Upon A River. Magical.
@megnews

megnews That looks good! Thanks for sharing! 3mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled This one captured my imagination 3mo
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Olivia306
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Oh, how I loved this book! I spent all my Sunday reading it, just being enthralled by its fairytale-like pace. I enjoyed the variety of characters and their different takes on life, the main twist, the harsh realities that some people confront. I particularly loved Rita - her character spoke to me the most, though I‘ve got questions related to how her story ends. I love Ms. Setterfield‘s writing and this book was an absolute delight.

TrishB Loved this too 💜 3mo
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whatsthEStorey
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Does anyone else feel weirdly pressured by this new feature on Libby?! I like that it asks if you want to return early, because I think probably people just forgot or didn‘t realize they could, but “DON‘T RUSH ME, LIBBY, I am doing the best I can, all my holds came in at once and it was a bad week at work and I have cramps and I really just wanted to binge watch Grey‘s Anatomy last night!!” -me, justifying myself to a app.

JenFowler 😂😂 3mo
Crazeedi Yes I dont like that, I just do the best I can😏 3mo
Eggs It annoys me😣 3mo
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Lisaw13 Totally agree 3mo
whatsthEStorey @Crazeedi @Eggs @Lisaw13 well, that makes me feel a little less crazy! I think it could just say, you can return early when you‘re finished! And that would be sufficient. Save the guilt trip. I don‘t need to know how many people I‘m disappointing with my slow reading! 😂😂 3mo
GripLitGrl As long as i wait on holds myself i feel no guilt😄😄😉 3mo
Tamra Yes, it‘s rather annoying. 3mo
whatsthEStorey @GripLitGrl very true, and I don‘t mind the wait, it‘s part of the process! 3mo
Eggs Agreed @GripLitGrl ! 3mo
Kaye Yep it bothers me too. Makes me feel like I need to hurry up and get done so I can return it. 3mo
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Kmmsellers
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All this cuteness is distracting me from my book.

Eyelit Aw! 🐶🧡 3mo
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VanessaCW
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A wonderfully engaging story written very much like a fairytale. It flows along beautifully, meandering its way through each of the many characters‘ interlinking personal stories. The river is very much the main character. It trickled, ebbed and flowed through my mind just like the tale itself. An atmospheric, mysterious and enchanting read which had me totally absorbed. Just brilliant.

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wallacereads
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Every time I go to Value Village I walk away with no less than 5 books. This book-haul was $9!

CouronneDhiver All colour coordinated too - nice! 🖤💙💛 3mo
Crazeedi I liked missing presumed 3mo
BooknerdsLife Wow! Great bargain 😍 3mo
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Coleen_Nieto
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1. Benefit for cancer patients tomorrow.
2. My husband
3. Tagged
4. Too many to name!
#friyayintro @howjessreads @ProfReader

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Rachel_nyc
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I had so been looking forward to this and it did not disappoint. There was a point where I was worried too many characters were being introduced and the plot would become too convoluted but I needn‘t have been concerned. This author knows how to weave a tale and she did so beautifully. I was captivated from start to finish. #ATY2019

Ruthiella This is on my shelf! I‘ve heard mixed things so am glad you liked it!😀 3mo
BarbaraBB What prompt did you read it for? 3mo
Rachel_nyc @Ruthiella It probably could‘ve been shorter but I was sucked in and happy to go along for the ride. I hope you like it! 3mo
Rachel_nyc @BarbaraBB I‘m still deciding! 🤣 Probably “sense of place” but possibly the New prompt for the wedding theme since this is a new book by a favorite author. 3mo
BarbaraBB Smart! 3mo
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Bookish2
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How did I not know this was out?!?
🤦🏻‍♀️📚🐉

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lauren.lerner
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Baby is on an adventure with his grandma today, which means I‘ll actually get to drink my tea while it‘s still hot AND read without interruptions for a bit. Vacation win!

🌴🍵📚🌊😎
#currentlyreading

Linsy Yay for mama break! 3mo
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orange.books
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Wow this was so mysterious! I couldn't wait to figure out what was happening, and I loved all of the characters. I'm so satisfied with the writing style and the narrative choice.

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lauren.lerner
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Next up, something completely different from the very interesting (& just completed) The City In The Middle Of The Night (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️). The Thirteenth Tale remains one of the best books I‘ve read in the last 13 (!!) years since it was published & I cannot wait to finally read this book.

[Featuring the best dibling ever, so patient with my baby‘s grabby hands, a very good daunt & good girl, Ms. Lucy.]

🌴📚🌊 🐶
#currentlyreading #vacationstack

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Owlizabeth
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I love Setterfield‘s writing and I really enjoyed Part 1, but now this story is just dragging. Do I #pullthebookmark or push through? Who‘s read it? Is sticking with it worth it?

TrishB I loved it 💕 4mo
JSW I enjoyed this story and do feel it‘s worth sticking with it to the end, for the development of the characters and how the story wraps up. 4mo
Soubhiville I loved it. 4mo
RamsFan1963 @Owlizabeth You live in Richmond VA? I used to work in Richmond, but I lived out in Sandston near the airport. I have several books stamped Henrico County Library. 4mo
sprainedbrain I just loved this book. 😍 4mo
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