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World That We Knew
World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
From the New York Times bestselling author of The Dovekeepers and The Marriage of Opposites comes Alice Hoffman's darkly magical story of in a heartbreaking time of war when men became monsters, children navigated a world without parents, and women were willing to sacrifice everything for those they loved. In Berlin, at the time when the world changed forever, Hanni Kohn knows she has to send her twelve-year-old daughter away to save her from the Nazi regime. Turning to an old woman who is familiar with Jewish magic, she finds her way to the daughter of a rabbi who creates a Golem, a mystical Jewish creature sworn to protect Hanni's precious daughter Lea. Lea's journey with the Golem to France is fraught with danger and raw emotion. They travel from Paris, where Lea meets her soulmate, to a convent in western France known for its silver roses, to a mountaintop village where three thousand Jews were saved, to a farm where the bees never forgive. What does it mean to lose your mother? What makes a family? How is it possible to survive cruelty and continue to love? In a life that is as unreal as a fairytale, Alice Hoffman's The World That We Knew takes us on a journey of loss and resistance, good and evil, the fantastical and the mortal, to a place where all roads lead past the angel of death and love is never-ending.
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mcctrish 👏🏻👏🏻 I have “write all the Poutiners” on my list to do 😆I can‘t wait for mail 42m
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There are a handful of contemporary authors that I feel are just master storytellers and Alice Hoffman is definitely one of them. Set during WWII in France and Germany, this story is beautiful, heart breaking, and magical.

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@aeeklund and I had the pleasure of attending the Alice Hoffman book event where she spoke about her new book, The World That We Knew. I grew up watching Practical Magic, a movie based on a book that she wrote, and it was a dream to have the opportunity to talk to her. Apparently, she is working on the third book now in the #practicalmagic series and I am so excited! #alicehoffman #bookevents #bookwormlife #theworldthatweknew

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Ladygodiva7
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Good fast read, a magical side of the Jewish Holocaust.

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“Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.....After he praised her, her grandfather surprised her by reciting a prayer in a strange language: Modeh ani lefanecha, melech chai vikayam shehecgezarta bi nishmati bchemla raba emunatecha. ..........Blessed are you lord our God King of the Universe who has sanctified us with his commandments...They have the same meaning, she said

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The_Real_Nani
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Had an amazing time with Alice Hoffman last night, who came to speak at Kepler‘s Books in Menlo Park. If you have not read her new book, which launched to NYT Best Seller Status, go read it now!

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Wow. Wow. Wow! What a beautiful book. Lovely writing. Characters you care about. Unable to put down. Haven‘t gotten through a book that quick in a long time. So good. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

This is my #BBRC #GrowUp New in 2019/2020 selection and a replacement book for my original #20booksby2020 (my mood and library holds took me elsewhere).

Book 271 10/3/19

LibrarianRyan 😁👍🏻❤️ 1w
Cinfhen Good for you!!!! Glad you switched it up ❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 1w
BarbaraBB Wow, sounds good!! 1w
suzie.reads Sounds like a good book 1w
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Texreader Just so lovely. 🌹 🌺 🌸 2w
JulietBooks That's egotistical. Lol. Jk. 2w
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Come-read-with-me @megnews I needed to read this tonight! Thank you for posting these beautiful words 🙏🏻 2w
megnews @Come-read-with-me I‘m glad you saw them when you needed to. 2w
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Panpan

Quite disappointing and almost didn't bother with last 20 pages.

It started with such promise but I struggled to care through most of it.

I should've known given the hype of this book that it wasn't going to be that good 💁‍♀️

overtheedge I totally agree! It started out so good..... 2w
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C.Perone
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Perfect way to spend a gloomy, rainy afternoon

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Maude
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I wanted to read this because I love Alice Hoffman, but I was hesitant because I'm having a bit WWII/holocaust fatigue. It is hard to enjoy these books and yet an important part of history that shouldn't be forgotten. I think i would recommend this book highly to someone that has not read too many of these types of stories as it was well researched and had strong characters. Thank you #netgalley for review copy.

IvoryLunatic I think I had the same problem with it. I‘ve just read too many of these lately. 3w
Flaneurette super agree w the fatigue thing!
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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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#7days7covers- Day 6

I thought I had read every type of WWII book but the magical realism here adds to the story in ways that doesn't detract from the overall serious nature. Hoffman highlights the cruelty & unfairness of the world, but also the beauty of humanity through great comraderie with friends, family, & strangers.

In stores today 9/24!

Disclaimer: I received an ARC of this book from #netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

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It‘s finally the time of year that I love most: a little bit chilly, in my swing as the world wakes up around you, with a blanket, hot drink, and a book.

OriginalCyn620 Love your mug and tattoo! 😉 3w
IvoryLunatic @OriginalCyn620 Thank you! It‘s in support of To Write Love On Her Arms! 3w
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IvoryLunatic
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We put our kittens outside already. Waiting outside on the porch swing in this awesome evening weather until my partner is ready for dinner.

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IvoryLunatic
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I have mixed feelings about this one right now. Historical fiction is usually my favorite genre but I don‘t know if it‘s the story itself that isn‘t holding my interest or that I‘m just not in the right mood right now. I do skip back and forth between this one and another #arc because I can‘t seem to focus on anything right now. #netgalley

ReadingDownUnder I‘m reading a not-so-great #NetGalley ARC right now. Just want to finish it! 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder what‘s yours? 3w
ReadingDownUnder @IvoryLunatic The View from Apartment 4. A last minute addition that archives in 4 days so it‘s been bumped to the front of the line. Big mistake. 3w
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IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder that sucks. I don‘t think mine is that bad, I‘m probably just not in the right mood to read it. But it comes out next week and I try to review mine on or a little before the publishing date. 3w
ReadingDownUnder @IvoryLunatic I‘ve got a full schedule of cozy mysteries from NG. Not sure why I felt I needed this. Oh well. Back to my line-up soon. 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder that‘s a genre I‘ve been wanting to try. I‘m on the waitlist for a Louise Penny book at the library but that‘ll be a while before I get it. Do you have a recommendation for another good one to try? 3w
ReadingDownUnder I love cozies! It‘s normally all I read for NetGalley. My favourite series is Library Lover series by Jenn McKinlay. Second fave is the Gray Whale Inn series by Karen MacInerney. What hobbies do you like? There is a series for every interest! 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder Reading and rescuing animals are my biggest hobbies. I will check those out! 3w
ReadingDownUnder @IvoryLunatic Ooh! I read a NG one about cat rescue. Here‘s my blog if you want to see what ARCs I‘ve read. https://readingdownunder.blogspot.com (edited) 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder Will do! Thank you! 3w
ReadingDownUnder @IvoryLunatic What animals do you rescue? I have my cat, who was dumped, and I rescue bees outside! 🐝 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder Dogs. We pull one from the shelter, work with them until they‘re ready to be adopted by someone, and once they are adopted, we go get the next one. 3w
ReadingDownUnder @IvoryLunatic That‘s awesome!!! I want a dog but my partner says no. He thinks he‘ll end up doing all of the work. And he probably will! 3w
IvoryLunatic @ReadingDownUnder It‘s the other way around here. I do most of the work with the dogs here. He‘s more of a cat person. 3w
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Cinfhen
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Out next week!!! For those who love the spiritual , mystical worlds that Alice Hoffman creates, you will not be disappointed. Set during the turbulent times of the Nazi regime‘s rise to power, we are introduced to a cast of valiant, heroic women who each must choose what they are willing to fight for. Survival won‘t be easy and the horrors they encounter are monstrous but even during the darkest moments magic & miracles exist.
#ARC #NetGalley

Tex2Flo Such a dilemna! I adore Hoffman's magical writing, but struggle to read yet another set around Nazi regime. (P.S. Hoffman will probably win.) 4w
Cinfhen I hear you on the Holocaust trope but this IS Hoffman. The amount of research she‘s done and all the details she seamlessly weaves into the story makes it different. This is similar but not as good as The DoveKeepers @Tex2Flo 4w
TrishB Looking forward to this now! 4w
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KimM
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This was a solid historical fiction read. I will probably look up the references in the back to learn more about the children's home that was raided and several other events in France during the Holocaust period. There is a bit of magical realism. The story, however, revolves around several young people and their struggle to survive as well as help others survive. The writing is a bit prosaic but I enjoyed it.

#NetGalley
#Reviewathon

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KimberlyK
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This is hands down one of the best books I‘ve ever read. It‘s a beautiful story of love and loss with a little bit of magic thrown in for good measure. Books about the Holocaust seem to be all the rage lately, but this one is unlike any other I‘ve read. I am so incredibly thankful to NetGalley, Simon and Schuster, and the author for the privilege of reading an advanced copy of this book. It‘s absolute perfection. Five stars all the way.

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5️⃣⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐
THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW
BY ALICE HOFFMAN
RELEASED DATE- September 24,19
PUBLISHER- Simon & Shuster
Its 1941 and the Nazi's are invading Berlin. Hanni Kohn sends her daughter away to save her from the Nazi Regime. Ettie a rabbi's daughter runsaway from home to save herself from the Nazi Regime and Ava who is a Jewish Mystical creature created to keep Lea safe.

mandi1082 I loved this book. I usually do not pick up a book with magical realism because it's not for me but this only had a tad bit in it. The flow of the story worked so well for me that I finished it quickly. This story broke my heart over and over again into tiny little pieces. Some of the characters we meet and their back story oh my heart couldn't handle it. This story is written beautifully and wondered how the author was going to end it.

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KimM
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This NetGalley Reviewathon is just the motivation I needed to request more books and do more reviews :)

#netgalley
#reviewathon

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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Anyone else participating in the #NetGalley #reviewathon?
I'm hoping to get to these 6 ARCs by August 30th 📚📚

#BookishFirst #TeenReads #Edelweiss #ARCs

IvoryLunatic What is that? I'm an avid netgalley reader but hadn't heard of that. 3mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @IvoryLunatic check out their instagram, they have an infographic explaining it that I unfortunately can't post as a comment here 3mo
IvoryLunatic @SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime I don't have an instagram but I found the blogpost! Thanks for posting this so I could find out about it! I just posted my six books as a goal, though it's not as pretty like yours because I deleted my app for putting pictures together. haha 3mo
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Trashcanman I like your handle 3mo
SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime @IvoryLunatic haha i know the struggle, the app slows my phone down 3mo
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#LilithJuly Im in a bit of a reading slump😝I haven‘t read much since my flight last week. I‘m in the middle of 3 books but nothing is really moving me. I think I‘m just overwhelmed by family & friends right now #FeelSoHigh 😉✈️ Hoping I‘ll find my groove this week🤞🏼

Chrissyreadit Hope you are having a great visit! 3mo
MicheleinPhilly Your brain has just melted. 🥵 3mo
emilyhaldi Good thing to be overwhelmed by 💞 3mo
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KarenUK Hope you are having a wonderful time.... but hope your slump gets better too! I feel ya, I‘m slumping a bit now too.... 3mo
TrishB Just enjoy the rest and the reading will come back ❤️ 3mo
Cinfhen So true @emilyhaldi it certainly feels that way @MicheleinPhilly the weather is sweltering 😰😰 but it‘s great to be surrounded by family @Chrissyreadit @KarenUK @TrishB 3mo
erzascarletbookgasm Just enjoy time with the family and doing other things besides reading. 💕 This ‘slumping‘ will soon pass.🍀 3mo
Kalalalatja Just give yourself time (and permission) to enjoy all the other wonderful stuff! Reading will always be there when the family isn‘t 💕 3mo
mrp27 Enjoy your time with family and friends! 3mo
Reviewsbylola I hate that feeling, but it‘s a good time for a slump! 3mo
Crazeedi So I'm thinking just enjoy your family/friend time! 💗💗 3mo
Suet624 Family and friends totally override reading until all of a sudden it doesn‘t. 😁 3mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Crazeedi I am taking this time to enjoy and relax ❤️a little human interaction isn‘t necessarily a bad thing, right @Suet624 😜I‘m just having a bit of reader‘s guilt and Im missing my Litsy friends 😢 3mo
BarbaraBB Hoping you have a great time ❤️ 3mo
CoffeeAndABook Hi Cindy!!! Hope you‘re having a wonderful time out there!!! 🌸 I was in a reading slump on my trip as well, nothing could hold my attention. I finally decided I need a Grisham, his writing is so suspenseful. I hardly ever read him but whenever I do it‘s good. In this instance I read Camino Island which centers around a book theft but is also about small independent bookstores. I really liked it - and it worked 👍🏼 Sending my love 💓 3mo
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YummyLibrarian
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“It was easy to lie to people who still believed in the truth.” ~ Alice Hoffman “The World That We Knew”
#arc

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TheSpineView
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Here is Allice Hoffman! There have been some great authors here today. All of them have been so gracious!

JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! So cool!! 4mo
Kaye Interesting getting to see what some of them look like ! I don‘t think I‘ve read a book by her yet. Which is your favorite ? 4mo
TheSpineView @Kaye Practical Magic is my favorite. 4mo
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I did not think I would read an Alice Hoffman novel that rivaled The Dove Keepers but well, I was wrong!!! The World that we Knew is a historical fiction novel set in WWII with a slight fantasy twist that only Alice Hoffman can pull off and deliver a story that is both beautiful and emotional. As I read the final words of this amazing work, all I could think was, oh how I was going to miss Lea and Ava.....#AliceHoffman#TheWorldThatWeKnew#Netgalley

Pricel101 I loved The Dovekeepers! Stacked!👌📖 5mo
Follow.my.read You will LOVE THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW!!!!!! 5mo
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The_Real_Nani
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Review to come but the short of it is, read this book. #ww2 #holocaust #historicalfiction #france

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The_Real_Nani
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Delighted to discover that Alice Hoffman‘s new book is about a golem! A female golem!

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PatriciaU
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I have started to write this post about 10 times and simply cannot express the blend of tragedy and joy you will find in this book. Hoffman has taken the horrifying historical context of the Holocaust and distilled it into the stories of four women. It‘s about survival, disbelief, love, courage, and humanity. The best of the year for me. Image is a painting by Anthony Forster & what I imagine as one of the settings.

TrishB I can‘t wait for this one 👍🏻 5mo
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We meet some extraordinary characters that take us on an astonishing journey of love and loss, while demonstrating incredible courage and resilience. Paramount is a mother's love for her daughter and the lengths a mother will go to protect her child. All of this is sprinkled with Hoffman's signature magical realism. She educates and elevates her readers. Hoffman's writing transcends. It is elegant and haunting, and quite simply, stunning.

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Rainy afternoons are meant for great books and cuddles❤️

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She was a thief and a murderess, but she paid her debts and she knew how to love someone.

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If you enjoyed PRACTICAL MAGIC and THE RULES OF MAGIC you will also enjoy THE WORLD THAT WE KNEW. Hoffman puts her twist on the Jewish mystical story of the golem.

My heart was captured by all the main characters – Ettie, Lea, Marianne, Ava, Vincent and Julien. I rejoiced in their raw moments of happiness, loved their moments of tenderness, and had my heart broken several times.

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Cinfhen
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#MayMovieMagic Sharing 4 upcoming novels that I‘m looking forward to reading & reviewing!!! All seem to have a #LustForLife vibe. I‘m especially excited for the Alice Hoffman novel #NetGalley

TrishB I‘m looking forward to the Alice Hoffman one too! 5mo
Cathythoughts Books look good. I still need to read Alice Hoffman‘s Dove Keepers ! It‘s on my kindle, must do ! 5mo
Cinfhen Alice Hoffman does HF so well @TrishB @Cathythoughts I‘m really hoping this book doesn‘t disappoint 5mo
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4thhouseontheleft Ooohhh I didn‘t know Alice Hoffman has a new book coming out! 5mo
rohit-sawant The tagged Hoffman book sounds quite interesting! 5mo
Cinfhen I‘m really hoping it lives up to my expectations @rohit-sawant @4thhouseontheleft I‘m SUCH a fan of AH 5mo
GlassAsDiamonds Ooohhhh!!! One more for the Alice Hoffman train! (Although I need more books to read like I need a hole in the head and they‘re still all over the place .... but still!!! 😂😂😂😂) 5mo
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Berlin, 1941. With her husband killed by Nazis and reduced to feeding her daughter a “Hardship Soup” of cabbage and water, Hanni Kohn will do anything to save her Lea, and so she dares to beg the rabbi for a golem, a soulless creature made by man to do his bidding. It is Ettie, the rabbi‘s daughter who obliges, however, propelling three young women forward in a fight for survival that will require sacrifices from them all.

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The_Real_Nani
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Soooo excited!! Thank you, #netgalley!

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suvata
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I have a strange relationship with Alice Hoffman‘s books. This is the 10th book I have read by her. When I look back at my star–ratings, I find that about half of those I thought were “just OK“ but the other half were “phenomenal“. The World That We Knew is a different kind of WWII book. In fact, I would consider this book to be historical/magical realism. It is rife with jewish mysticism, especially as it relates to the being called “the golem“.

Cinfhen I find that‘s true for me as well!! I love her HF but I‘m not so crazzy about her magical realism books. Although when it comes to her Jewish themed novels, she seems to get them right!!! Thanks for posting & sharing ❤️ 6mo
suvata @Cinfhen I am glad that I am not the only one 6mo
TrishB Same here too, The Dovekeepers is one of my fav ever. 6mo
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suvata @TrishB She‘s a great author but I guess just some of her books are not interesting to me. I am sure there are plenty of people who enjoy the ones that I didn‘t. Not every book is for every person. 6mo
minkyb Late to the party but these comments are so true! 6mo
suvata @minkyb Never too late - input is always welcome 6mo
minkyb I have vivid memories if being devastated reading At Risk so many years ago. So original at the time it was written. 6mo
suvata @minkyb I will have to add that to my TBR 6mo
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The reason I will always return to Alice Hoffman books is the overwhelming sense of magic, spirituality, and mystique that she evokes. She writes in such descriptive language that it almost feels like poetry. This was an inventive story, and a new way of telling events that we may think we already know.

Thank you so much to Simon and Schuster for my advanced copy of this loveliness!

Full Review at http://tinyw.in/hHhw

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It‘s a WWII story, and so it was heartbreaking. It was beautiful and sad. It was similar to The Dovekeepers in ways - the focus was on the women. It would make a great YA crossover book, I think. Comes out in September.

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suvata
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I have to read this ARC soon.

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rather_be_reading
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Book 59 of 2019
Another Hoffman that did NOT disappoint!! She said it was based on a true story which only made it better! A great story. Trigger- Holocaust
#ebook #netgalley #arc

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You guys!!! I got approved for the ARC of Alice Hoffman's new book!!! I thought it was an April Fools joke at first!!

SW-T Congratulations! 🎉 6mo
Insightsintobooks I did too awhile ago. Can't wait to hear your thoughts. 6mo
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations on your ARC! 😀 6mo
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IndyHannaJones This looks like a great one 6mo
sbains1980 Nice! 6mo
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Head over to Alice Hoffman's instagram to win an ARC of her book!!

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Insightsintobooks
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I've never read Alice Hoffman, so I was excited to get approved for this on #netgalley.

JacqMac Exciting! I haven‘t read a book by her that I didn‘t like. 7mo
Christine Congrats! Great cover. I‘ve been meaning to read her for a while, too. 7mo
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Oh my......Oh my....How will we ever wait until September????

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Cover and title Reveal!!! Alice Hoffman's newest book comes out Sep 24

TrishB Just seen this on fb 😁 8mo
minkyb 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 8mo
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