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The Night Olivia Fell
The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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In the vein of Big Little Lies and Reconstructing Amelia comes an emotionally charged domestic suspense novel about a mother unraveling the truth behind how her daughter became brain dead. And pregnant. A search for the truth. A lifetime of lies. In the small hours of the morning, Abi Knight is startled awake by the phone call no mother ever wants to get: her teenage daughter Olivia has fallen off a bridge. Not only is Olivia brain dead, shes pregnant and must remain on life support to keep her baby alive. And then Abi sees the angry bruises circling Olivias wrists. When the police unexpectedly rule Olivias fall an accident, Abi decides to find out what really happened that night. Heartbroken and grieving, she unravels the threads of her daughters life. Was Olivias fall an accident? Or something far more sinister? Christina McDonald weaves a suspenseful and heartwrenching tale of hidden relationships, devastating lies, and the power of a mothers love. With flashbacks of Olivias own resolve to uncover family secrets, this taut and emotional novel asks: how well do you know your children? And how well do they know you?
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#TBR
#IndelibleMoments #FallingIn
📚🖤 so many and so little time!!

marleed This would be the book I‘d caption for crying in a genre that typically does not solicit my tears! 6mo
Eggs Sounds good 👌🏼 6mo
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hollylynnbee
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Book 10/25 complete!! This book was absolutely amazing. There are so many turns and twists, but you will cry the last couple of chapters so be ready for that. 🌉

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“Sometimes the truth hurts. So do lies.“

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Cinfhen
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This won‘t be winning any literary awards but it was a solid mystery that kept me turning the pages. I‘d say #BorrowNotBuy and this was my #DoubleSpin

TrishB Thought exactly the same! I got it for 99p and it was fine for that 😁 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I was just asking someone about this one! I already have it on the shelf ☺️ 2y
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Cinfhen I think you‘d like it @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it‘s easy reading and it keeps you turning the pages 2y
Cinfhen Niki bought me this one @TrishB because secretly I think she wanted to read it too 😉I‘m happy to pass it back to her... 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @TheAromaofBooks feeling pretty good to knock out both #BookSpin & #DoubleSpin by December 5 😍😉🥳 2y
TrishB I didn‘t think it was bad, just glad I didn‘t spend a lot of money on it. 2y
rubyslippersreads Gorgeous photo! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yes, that's fabulous progress!!! What are you even going to do with the rest of your month? 😂 2y
Cinfhen Maybe I‘ll go for a BINGO @TheAromaofBooks 😘 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen thank you!! ❤️ 2y
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AudiobookingWithLeah
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With characters that I really cared about and a storyline that felt like every parent's worse nightmare, this one really got to me, both as a mystery and on an emotional level.

See my full review here: https://audiobookingwithleah.blogspot.com/2020/09/audiobook-review-night-olivia-...

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Single mother Abi‘s life revolves around her 17 year old daughter Olivia. So when she gets a call in the night that Olivia has fallen from a bridge and is not only brain dead but pregnant, she knows she can‘t rest til she knows what happened. Told in alternative chapters from both Abi and Olivia‘s .POV, we get a picture of Olivia‘s quest to find her father, Abi‘s issues stemming from childhood abandonment and their relationship with each other.

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js0315
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Mehso-so

This wasn‘t too bad but not the most memorable. I find it hard to believe that the mother wasn‘t able to realize what was happening with her daughter and having certain conversations with her. But then again, I guess parents can be oblivious to their children.

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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 this book was super depressing. Not what I expected at all.

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veritysalter
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I‘m starting this today @OriginalCyn620 - I was saving it for surgery, but it‘s calling to me to be read. Thank you for all your kindnesses ♥️

OriginalCyn620 You‘re most welcome! Hope you enjoy it! ❤️ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve emailed you! I hope that you and your family are doing ok! Sending love ❤️ 3y
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Thank you so very, very much @OriginalCyn620 and to all the other members who have sent me ‘Get Well‘ wishes. Unfortunately my surgery has been postponed for 2 weeks (due to Coronavirus and my consultant being transferred to the local NHS hospital). Knowing you‘re all out there, thinking of me is overwhelming. As I recline in bed or on the sofa, books have become my entire world - Thank you all, so much ♥️

OriginalCyn620 I‘m sorry you‘re surgery has been postponed - I know you‘re in pain! Glad the package arrived safely though! 😊 3y
veritysalter I‘m trying to look on the bright side, my surgery is now 26th March and my children break for Easter the next day, so I have two nurses at home (I hope). Thank you again. 3y
SW-T So sorry about the delay! But hopefully now you‘ll have the kids with you. Having your family available while you recover is priceless. 🥰 3y
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Crazeedi Oh no!!! I'm so sorry to hear this, hugs❤💚💙 3y
Megabooks I‘m so sorry to hear this. Sending love! 💕💕 3y
Eggs So sorry you‘re in pain, with delays... sending prayers 🙏🏻 and ((((Hugs)))) 3y
BarbaraBB So sorry to hear this. Wishing you all the best 💚🍀 3y
Meaw_catlady So sorry lovely! sending love, hugs , strength and blessings your way! 💕 3y
LiteraryinLawrence I‘m so sorry to hear about the delay in your surgery. That‘s so hard. Thinking of you during this time! 💗 3y
LeahBergen Oh, that‘s too bad! Sending hugs to you. 💕💕 3y
kezzlou85 Sorry its been delayed. Sending you love and hugs 3y
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Purple Poodle
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Even when this story was breaking my heart, I couldn't put it down!
Really well written!
This author has a great feel for her characters, especially teens.
Don't worry, it's not just a sad story, it's a strong murder mystery,too!

marleed This book! It seemed to break rules of when a genre should make you ugly cry. 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I finally made a list for #BookSpin !! This will be fun!! Better late than never!!

📚🙌🏻📚

Eggs I‘ve read 10 of these and recommend each one: Night Olivia Fell, Nickel Boys, Huntress, Girl In Pieces, Rm on Rue Am, Code Name Verity, One of us is Lying, Great Alone, Death of Mrs Westaway, Between Shades of Grey 😭 You have a great list!! (edited) 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs thank you!!! 📚💗❤️ 3y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo! Glad you got your list in!! I'll tag you with the winning number here shortly! 😁 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheAromaofBooks sorry I was late!!! 😘 3y
TheAromaofBooks haha this is basically a lawless challenge, so even if you hadn't posted your list in time you still could have participated! 😆 3y
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RedxoHearts
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I enjoyed this one enough that I wanted to know what happened next and what really happened to Olivia. That being said it did feel a bit predictable by the end. I kept waiting for some big twist to happen. The book does however wrap everything up well by the end. It felt nice that though the characters suffered a devastating loss that by the end they have a glimmer of new good things happening in the future.

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Charityann
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Here are my twenty books for #bookspin hosted by @TheAromaofBooks 😁 #tbrpile #backlistofbooks #readingchallenge

Charityann @MartinaLove You choose twenty books from your TBR and @TheAromaofBooks chooses a number and you read the book you assigned to that number. All the details are over on her page. 😊 3y
TheAromaofBooks You have some gorgeous editions there!!! I'll be sure to tag you with the winning number tomorrow!! 😁 3y
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TheAromaofBooks @MartinaLove - I don't draw the lucky number until tomorrow (Feb 2) so there is still time to post a list if you're interested. Super low-key challenge - you can choose your 20 books using whatever parameters work for you!! 😊 3y
Charityann @TheAromaofBooks okay, thanks! 😊 3y
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OriginalCyn620
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As mother and daughter, Abi and Olivia have a #complicatedrelationship.
#auldlangreads

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I just bought this! As if I need another book!! But everyone has been raving about it! 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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1) One for me (as if I needed it!) and 3 for other littens

2) nope (I‘m not counting #LitsyLove stuff!)

#TwoforTuesday

TheSpineView I am impressed that you held it to just one for yourself. Great self control! ❤📚❤ 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @TheSpineView thanks!! I have been very blessed with so many awesome books from my sweet friends!! I just hope I can catch up someday!! 🥰 3y
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Last line: Whenever, whatever. Im here forever.

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To feel love was to feel fear-- you just couldnt let it dictate your life. Love was a risk, but it opened up a world of possivility, one you would never experience without ut.

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But I knew better than anyine that you could love someone and still hurt them.

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It was about living life, not letting it live you.

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Look to the future and you wont stumble on the present. Stay in control. Never let go.

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My teeth were like bars that kept the words imprisoned in my mouth.

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...time to slow down, like sap oozing from a tree

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Family, I realized, was like a box of puzzle pieces. They filled all the holes of your life with little pieces that all together made you whole.

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You dont have to be right one hundred percent of the time to show you love someone. And she foesny have to be perfect to be well loved.

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...our teacher asked us what we'd prefer: happiness or truth. Most people chose happiness...Not me...thats stupid. Truth brings happiness.

Butterfinger So true. 3y
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...she knew how much this sucked. Suck fest. Suckopolis. Major sucketh.

😂😂

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....Piece of Cake Cafe

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The afternoon sunlight spilled like melted butter across his face...

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First line: "You want the truth? Im --" My admission was cut off by a streak of blazing hot pain as something exploded against the side of my head.

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I liked this book as a mystery but i did not care for the story. It was too YA for me. I did guess pretty early on the "who did it" but there were quite a few parts that tried to throw me off the right track.

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Step 1- coffee ☕☕☕☕

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Book 181 of 2019
#tbrlist

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 3y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I want to read this one!! 3y
MyNamesParadise I really liked this one too! 3y
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ...good to know...hmmm 🤔🧐 3y
Eggs @MyNamesParadise You have excellent taste in books!😂🤣 3y
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Kappadeemom
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Reading with my #dorkie this morning 😍😍 #dogsoflitsy #Jack

Sace What a handsome fella! 3y
Kappadeemom @Sace thanks!! He‘s a sweetie! 3y
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ReadingisMyPassion
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I have an awesome giveaway of a Once Upon a Book Club box containing THE NIGHT OLIVIA FELL by Christina McDonald. The box includes the book, an autographed book plate & 4 gifts to open at designated pages. Nov 24-30. https://www.facebook.com/groups/ReadingisMyPassion/announcements/

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BookDragonNotWorm
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I thought I wasn't feeling this book or the characters until it made me ugly cry at the end 😭 Guess I was wrong! Pick!

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Kaila-ann
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Thank you so much Holly! The books are awesome and I love the card!! Did you do the cross stitch? Such a sweet surprise!

Hooked_on_books You‘re welcome! And yes, I made the card. I‘ve been dabbling with those lately, maybe to sell them at some point. Enjoy! 3y
Kaila-ann @Hooked_on_books well they‘re very cute. I used to love cross stitch but I never thought to put it on a card 😍. 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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This was a good, but somewhat predictable story with a great ending. The story wasn‘t brilliant, but it was compelling and well written. The characters were relatable and the relationships rang true. Then there was the ending..... oh the ending. It was written with such tenderness and provided a glimpse into the profound love between a mother and daughter. I was in tears 😭

Eggs I agree with your review and am still glad I read it💗 The conclusion was 😭 3y
Come-read-with-me @Eggs Agreed. 👍🏻 3y
rather_be_reading cnt wait for this one! 3y
Come-read-with-me @rather_be_reading I think you‘ll really like it! 3y
rather_be_reading i totally agree w ur review!! 3y
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thereadingowlvina
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Did #oliviabuddyread which was hosted by @sblbooks and @megnews . This book exceeded my expectations & I really enjoyed the story!

Rating: 4.75⭐

For my full review please visit https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2998706975

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@megnews @thereadingowlvina @CoffeeNBooks @Hooked_on_books @OriginalCyn620 @jpellet @EH2018
Thank you to everyone who participated in the #OliviaBuddyRead. Friendly reminder, next month @megnews will host Lilli de Jong! Coming in December, I will host a Christmas themed buddy read Jacob T Marley! I hope you all can join us!

sblbooks I'll tag each of the books so you can review if you or interested. 3y
sblbooks In December we are reading 3y
CoffeeNBooks Thanks! I just ordered a copy of Jacob T. Marley. 😊 3y
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megnews Can‘t wait for our 🎄 read! 3y
sblbooks @CoffeeNBooks and @megnews I wish we could "like"comments on litsy. I can't wait either! 3y
megnews I know. I was thinking that yesterday during the discussion. 3y
Crazeedi Looking forward 3y
EH2018 Im in for December! Just got that book at a book sale! 3y
megnews @SaturnDoo Jacob T Marley is our December read 3y
SaturnDoo @megnews thank you. 🤪Duh I should have looked closer at the photo. 🤣 that's what happens when I'm tired. 3y
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thereadingowlvina Thank you for all the great questions & hosting this buddy read! This book is an excellent choice and I enjoyed it immensely! 😊 3y
megnews Agreed! 3y
sblbooks @thereadingowlvina @megnews It's been fun hosting this month. I've enjoyed it. Great discussion. 3y
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OriginalCyn620 Definitely! But I think that about pretty much every book I read! 3y
megnews Yes but I find that‘s so often the case between mothers and daughters. 3y
Hooked_on_books Totally agree with @megnews 3y
thereadingowlvina Absolutely! But the lack of openness & honesty is a typical issue between teenagers and parents 😊 3y
sblbooks @OriginalCyn620 @megnews @Hooked_on_books @thereadingowlvina Yes, there were definitely times they needed more open and honest communication. I think that's true of everyone. 3y
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OriginalCyn620 It wasn‘t anything groundbreaking for the genre but it was very well done. 3y
Hooked_on_books I thought it was good, but Reconstructing Amelia, which has some similarities, is better. 3y
thereadingowlvina I enjoyed the plot and twist. It was well done. Above all I resonate strongly with Abi - single mother (although I remarried now) & I discovered my mom's suicide 11 years ago. So, I can relate to the trauma Abi experienced & her worries as a single mom. 3y
sblbooks @Hooked_on_books I've added Reconstructing Amelia to my TBR. 3y
sblbooks @thereadingowlvina I'm very sorry, for the loss of your Mom! I can't imagine how hard must be for you. I'm glad you liked the book, and enjoyed the discussion. 3y
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megnews I‘m not new to this genre but I haven‘t read a mystery in a long time. They were getting too formulaic for me. I really tend to stick to history with a little memoir thrown in and I‘m pretty happy with that. Still, I appreciated pushing beyond those limits and enjoyed this book and really enjoyed reading with the group. (edited) 3y
OriginalCyn620 Not new to the genre but I loved this one! The author did a great job of casting doubt over many characters so that it kept me guessing. There‘s not really an aspect that I didn‘t enjoy. 3y
CoffeeNBooks I like mysteries, but I like that this one was a little different than most I've read in that it also had the additional stories of friendship, love, and family. The stories of Derek, Abbi & Anthony, and Abbi's relationship with her sister made it a more well-rounded story than mysterious sometimes are. 3y
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megnews I agree with @CoffeeNBooks. I find many mysteries might have a romance component for added tension to the story but you don‘t often see these types of familial, loving relationships. I enjoyed that aspect for sure and really hurt for Abbi losing Olivia. 3y
Hooked_on_books I love mysteries. I liked this one but there were aspects that bothered me. I didn‘t like that she didn‘t question the note pushed under her door. She just believed it without question and I thought that‘s was unrealistic since she didn‘t know where it came from. Also, the medical stuff at the end had some major errors that took me out of the story a bit. 3y
thereadingowlvina I love murder mysteries but I usually read historical murder mysteries. Thought I'd give this one a try and I'm glad I did! This book exceeded my expectations. I will definitely be reading this author's other books 😊 3y
sblbooks @megnews @OriginalCyn620 @CoffeeNBooks @Hooked_on_books @thereadingowlvina I've only been listening to psychological thrillers/suspense novels for a couple of years. This is one of the best ones. I saw a review that said it was too much like a Hallmark Channel movie, I disagree since I love Hallmark movies. I thought it was a nice change to actually care about the characters in the end. 3y
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megnews I did suspect Tyler but I suspected almost everyone. I can‘t remember the best friends name anymore but I suspected her and her mom and Olivia‘s dad and his daughter. 3y
OriginalCyn620 I suspected pretty much everyone throughout, but never really paid much attention to Tyler. 3y
CoffeeNBooks @megnews @OriginalCyn620 Same! It didn't occur to me to suspect Tyler. 3y
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EH2018 I though Tyler, then a couple others, but I thought Tyler could have been the stalker because of how upset he was about his parents breakup. I did not guess how it all went down though 3y
Hooked_on_books I thought the author did a good job of setting up a lot of potential suspects. I wasn‘t surprised that it was Tyler, but I wouldn‘t have been surprised if it was a number of people. 3y
thereadingowlvina I did not suspect Tyler at all! I thought it would be Olivia's dad or/and his daughter. That's why I enjoyed the twist in this book! 3y
sblbooks @megnews @OriginalCyn620 @CoffeeNBooks @EH2018 @Hooked_on_books @thereadingowlvina my number one suspect was Madison, number to Gavin. Tyler came in at number three. I agree the author did an excellent job, keeping us in suspense. 3y
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OriginalCyn620 I thought they had similar reactions, though each had different reasons for wanting to keep their babies. 3y
megnews @OriginalCyn620 agreed. And a typical reaction for a young, unwed mom. 3y
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megnews I think there was just such a lack of closure in her life and that was still with her, haunting her after all this time. I think she needed closure for one to be able to cope with another great loss. 3y
sblbooks @megnews I agree, well said. 3y
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megnews Sadly I think they often are mutually exclusive though of course not always. I want both! 3y
OriginalCyn620 More times than not I think they are mutually exclusive. In the end, I think I‘d want truth, and if it brings unhappiness, hopefully I could find a way past it. 3y
EH2018 Yes, though not always. Its a tough choice, but I too think truth 3y
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Hooked_on_books I think they can be mutually exclusive but are certainly not always. I think if you are lucky enough to have people around you who do not broadly betray you, then you can have both. I think to suggest they are definitively mutually exclusive is pretty jaded. 3y
thereadingowlvina I'll pick truth any day! 3y
sblbooks @megnews @OriginalCyn620 @EH2018 @Hooked_on_books @thereadingowlvina When I was younger I was just like Olivia: truth no matter what. That has changed a little bit as I've aged. There's been a few times I wish I didn't know the truth, after the fact. 3y
jpellet I‘m not sure which I would choose, but I think it would depend on the situation! I usually would choose the truth, but I think there are times that the truth does no good, and it would be better to be in oblivion. 3y
sblbooks @jpellet I totally agree. 3y
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