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The Downstairs Girl
The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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"1890, Atlanta. By day, seventeen-year-old Jo Kuan works as a lady's maid for the cruel Caroline Payne, the daughter of one of the wealthiest men in Atlanta. But by night, Jo moonlights as the pseudonymous author of a newspaper advice column for 'the genteel Southern lady'"--
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jackilynn
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A very fitting quote for me today.

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CraftELibrarian
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An expert teen Chinese milliner in the South finds her voice as an advice columnist in the local paper for Southerners. This book explores southern society during the suffragette movement and segregation with diverse and dynamic characters #Bildungsroman I really enjoyed this #reesesbookclub pick. It‘s been a while since I‘ve read #historicalfiction and I‘m a total #covergirl

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Branwen
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Today's the LAST DAY of May so let's celebrate by talking about more books for AAPI Heritage Month! Also it's Mirgalad's first Book Rec appearance! 😃 🐉 📚 Please watch and give them a like! I really appreciate the support! ❤

YA Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c1i46MhOHZc&t=6s

Adult Video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A8yUm1rVe5Y

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WriterAtHeart
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I enjoyed this story of Jo Kuan and her struggles to find a place in the world. I was particularly happy with the author tackling the issue of white feminism and the portrayal of black solidarity.

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Mdonald
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Zuhkeeyah
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Set during the end of Reconstruction and the dawning of Jim Crow, you follow a witty young lady of Asian descent who‘s struggling to find footing in a world that has firmly placed her in the category of other; neither black nor white. Jo, like Jo March, finds an outlet in writing. The letters and the responses from “Miss Sweetie” were my favorite part of the book. Overall, a great read that highlights a demographic often ignored in U.S. history.

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Mehso-so

This was an interesting read about an Asian girl who was raised by “oldGin” and secretly lived in the basement of a wealthy family in “some town in America.” The old biases and racist treatment of women and POC are demonstrated in the book. I am uncertain if these aspects were historically core or not. But entertaining nonetheless. If I could give a 3.5 or 3.75 stars I would.

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LibrarianBecky
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Finished another great audiobook! I love listening while I drive!! Great historical fiction .. and another grand slam from Reese‘s Book Club!!

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shannasbookshelf
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Hi, everyone! I have a #booktok account! Simply look up my username (historybookreads) in TikTok to follow me! Here‘s the link to my profile: www.tiktok.com/@historybookreads

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TEArificbooks
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My book club book is giving my four cheese pasta the side eye.

PhyllisH It looks delicious 😋. 1y
EvieBee Lol! 1y
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Book 91/150.

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While "watching the Olympics" with the hubby I finished this lovely book. I was charmed by Jo, Old Gin, Noemi, Nathan, Bear, and, even, bizarrely, Caroline. I liked learning a bit about some aspects of history I wasn't familiar with and I appreciated seeing Jo carve her own path.

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booksandsympathy
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I really enjoyed this book. The main character was very likeable and I loved how strong she was. There was a found family aspect that I enjoyed. The writing was fantastic. 4.5 stars. Highly recommend.

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booksandsympathy
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"Being nice is like leaving your door wide-open. Eventually, someone's going to mosey in and steal your best hat. Me, I've only one hat and it is uglier than a smashed crow, so if someone stole it, the joke would be on their head, literally. Still, boundaries must be set. Especially boundaries over one's worth." Well that's an awesome start to a book.

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Starting this book tonight. It's about 17 year old Jo Kuan who works as a lady's maid by day and an advice columnist by night. In Atlanta in 1890. She starts using her column to address racism and sexism which doesn't make the column popular and she runs the risk of being found out. She's also searching for her birth parents and that search puts her in the crosshairs of a notorious criminal.

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This one honestly started a bit slowly for me. It's been awhile since I've read YA, so I think that was part of it. I've been reading it off and on since May, but when I reached the halfway point, the story started to click for me. This book explores the history of Chinese immigrants in America in a way that is not often told. It also includes a family mystery, and sweet romance. 4/5 ⭐

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iread2much
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Well written, interesting story, but made me very sad. Jo is struggling to find her place in a world that is dead set on not accepting her, and as she gains knowledge about her past and her family, she has to choose whether to be herself or be what society tells her to be. It‘s hard to read this as a person of mixed Asian descent, but it‘s really well written. 4/5 stars. Read if you like Lisa See but ant more Romance

UwannaPublishme Love your photo! Kiyo looks so huggable. 🤗 2y
iread2much @UwannaPublishme thank you! Kiyo is not a fan of hugs, she is much too dignified, but castle is ok with hugs 🤗 2y
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Kerrbearlib
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My Georgia book for #ReadTheStates. Really enjoying so far!

#yanovel #ya #historicalfiction #historicalnovel

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CoffeeNBooks
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TK-421 Love this ❤️ 2y
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bookandbedandtea
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While I haven't NOT been doing #BookSpinBingo the last few months I also haven't been trying hard apart from my #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin. I think this month I'll work on bingo again. 😁

EvieBee 👏👏 2y
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Jo Kuan is a young woman living in segregated Atlanta after the Civil War. She‘s a strong character & shares her opinions fearlessly in a creative way. Much of the novel was predictable, but it‘s still entertaining. It was a slice of history, particularly the Chinese American experience, that I knew little about.

“Old Gin and I have managed to fit ourselves into a society that, like a newspaper, rarely comes in colors other than black & white.”

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booksandsympathy
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These are my bonus books for the #Asianreadathon. I'm honestly not sure if I'll get to them before May is over, as I have one more book not for the readathon that's due back at the library before these, but I'm looking forward to reading them. The countries represented are the Philippines and China.

kspenmoll I really enjoyed 2y
booksandsympathy @kspenmoll I've only heard good things. I honestly wasn't certain if it would come in this month because several other people had requested it before me. 2y
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This book was an eye-opener of what's it like being a woman and an Asian in a community from way back then. And the story is so good too! #ya #historical

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• ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD pick for May 2021

The Downstairs Girl is set in Atlanta in the 1890s. After Jo Kuan, a seventeen-year-old Chinese American, is fired from her job at a milliner shop, she takes employment as a ladies maid to the spoiled and mean daughter of on one of Atlanta‘s wealthiest families. On the side, Jo secretly writes a ladies advise column for the local paper under the pseudonym of Miss Sweetie.

AmyG I so enjoyed this book. 2y
suvata @AmyG So good 2y
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TheBookHippie
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Ebook prices until 5/9

I have enjoyed all of these reads

Dcueto Thanks for the info! 2y
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Kangaj1
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Here is my May list for #bookspin #bookspinbingo with @TheAromaofBooks

I may start one or two of these soon and swap others in.

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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jenniferajanes
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I love this book so much! 😍🤩 I learned a lot about the treatment of Chinese Americans in the post-Civil War South and thoroughly enjoyed the various storylines and how they all came together. Excellent storytelling! #mmdbookclub #ModernMrsDarcy

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Brooke_H
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Excellent and compelling story. I learned a lot about Chinese-American citizens in the post-Civil War south. My only criticism is that there was a lot going on, but I would definitely recommend. Also, I wish I had a photo album of all the amazing hats described!

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TheBookHippie
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YAAAAAS SO EXCITED!!!

We LOVED this read #SUNDAYBUDDYREAD

It was 5 bucks at Barnes and Noble for awhile too recently.

Love love love

kspenmoll 🙌🏻🙌🏻 2y
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TheBookHippie
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The author posted this yesterday along with the fact that she had no words...

Original artist https://www.instagram.com/p/CMUcxZmhB-W/?igshid=pwya2yn67pa

AmyG All of this angers and frightens me so much. A year of calling covid the China Virus and now we see the consequences. 🤬 (edited) 2y
TheBookHippie @AmyG It was inevitable ... makes me so angry. I feel for their entire community how very scary and unnecessary. 2y
Hooked_on_books What a stunning image, and what a terrible reason to need it. 😔 2y
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Megabooks I am reading this right now, and I wish I could put it in the hands of everyone. 2y
TheBookHippie @Megabooks it‘s on my hold list! 2y
Hooked_on_books @Megabooks That one is so good! I feel like it didn‘t get the attention it deserved when it came out, but I‘m seeing more references to it now, which makes me happy. I hope it finds its way to many readers. 2y
Reggie I‘m so angry and then for that cop to say he had a bad day. You know who had the worst day? The people who got murdered. What a racist idiot that guy. 2y
TheBookHippie @Reggie I just cannot with his white man privilege. Racist woman hater killed innocent beautiful people. 2y
TheBookHippie @Reggiehttps://www.latimes.com/opinion/story/2021-03-19/robert-aaron-long-asian-american-women-atlanta-spa-killings 2y
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Nute
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Sunday morning while the snow continues to fall outside...
I am pleasantly surprised at the enjoyment of this book thus far.

katy4peas I really enjoyed this one! 😁 2y
rubyslippersreads I enjoyed this, and am really looking forward to her new book 2y
Nute @katy4peas @rubyslippersreads It was such a good story. I will definitely search out more of this author‘s books.🙂 2y
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Deblovestoread
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Thank you @Gaylagal2 for my #BookCupidSwap. I can‘t wait to read the book and Dove chocolates Yum! That bag might just get me through tax season! 😆. Happy Valentines Day! Thanks @candority for hosting!

candority Happy Valentine‘s Day! 💖 2y
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kspenmoll
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#whiteboard #pinups #litsylove #teachersoflitsy

I spy lots of #litsylove on my white board. Looking at it every day fills my heart. Thank you Misty!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thank you for being a part of the group and for being a teacher!!! We love you ❤️ 2y
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Absolutely loved this #newyearwhodis pick from @DebinHawaii ! I'd never heard of the book, but it was such an interesting and dynamic story set at the end of the reconstruction era, that I couldn't put it down once I started it.

@monalyisha

DebinHawaii Isn‘t it good?!🤗I wouldn‘t have thought to read it without the #sundaybuddyread group picking it! I am really liking Mrs. Caliban but I had to put it down for a few days. Just finishing up two review books I have review dates for & then I‘ll finish it! Also listening to So You Want to Talk About Race. 2y
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#12Booksof2020
This was a really interesting historical fiction novel set in the 1890s. Jo works as a lady's maid, and secretly lives below a print shop. She can hear everything that goes on in the print shop, and anonymously submits advice column articles when the newspaper loses readers and needs help to retain subscribers.
@Andrew65

AmyG I so enjoyed this book. 2y
kspenmoll This was a pick for me too. 2y
Andrew65 Looks great. 2y
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It was so nice to read a historical fiction book again. I enjoyed learning more about what life was like for Chinese immigrants in the southern United States during the “New South” years.

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So excited to get started on this #newyearwhodis list from @DebinHawaii ! There are so many books that I'm excited to read, but I'm going to start with The Downstairs Girl and The Sundown Motel! If I have time I'll follow up with If I Had Your Face, Know My Name, and A Woman is No Man. Although, I'm very much a mood reader so really this whole plan could change at any moment 😂

@monalyisha

DebinHawaii I hope you enjoy them! I‘m looking forward to starting some from your list too! 🤗📚 2y
ladyneverwhere @DebinHawaii I can't wait to get started on your list, you picked such great books! And I hope you like Mrs. Caliban! I absolutely loved it, but it is a very strange book 2y
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Laughterhp
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#BookReport - Finished 3 books this week. I really enjoyed them all! So it was a good week. Will probably be my final stats for #NovelNovember - We are hosting a small Friendsgiving today (just 4 of us)

Currently 90 pages into Fever of the Blood and I needed an audiobook so I started The Trials of Morrigan Crow

#WeeklyForecast - Not too sure. We aren‘t going anywhere for Thanksgiving so it‘ll probably be a quiet week with lots of reading.

Andrew65 That‘s great 👏👏👏🙌 2y
Cinfhen Happy Friendsgiving...strange times 💗stay safe & healthy xx 2y
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Laughterhp
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I really liked this book. It was a different perspective of segregation in the 1800s in Atlanta. Jo is a 17 year old Chinese girl who works as a maid for a cruel mistress. She lives in the basement of a newspaper shop and starts writing an anonymous news column.

Did you know Chinese people weren‘t allowed to rent or own property in Atlanta?

I really liked this book and had all the feels. Jo is really just trying to figure out who she is.

Andrew65 Well done. This sounds good. 👏👏👏 2y
Laughterhp Forgot this was my #DoubleSpin book! Both books done for the month! @TheAromaofBooks 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 2y
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Laughterhp
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Here is my ambitious #NovemberTBR

The tagged is my #DoubleSpin and 13 at Dinner is my #BookSpin

I have 5 BOTM books on my list that I hope to get to
And I still need to read my 3 GetTBR books which I‘m still waiting on from the library

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! good luck!! 2y
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I loved this! Fabulous historical fiction set in 1890 in Atlanta. Loved Jo, a 17 year old Chinese American, who is smart, sassy and determined to find her way in a world that doesn‘t really know what to do with her. I didn‘t want it to end.

SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime i loved this book, so good! 2y
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AmyK1
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Being nice is like leaving your door wide-open. Eventually, someone‘s going to mosey in and steal your best hat.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

CaffeineAndCandy ❤❤❤ 2y
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AmyK1
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1. Started the tagged a couple days ago.
2. The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe
3. Nope. I don‘t like scary and I don‘t watch much TV

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

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Onceuponatime
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I was so on track for my reading goals this year...and then I fell in a slump.😞 I had a hard time getting motivated to read and when I did pick up a book I just couldn‘t focus on it. Definitely feeling stress from the events of this year (Covid, Portland riots, Oregon wildfires & evacuations, recent major surgery). Giving it another go with this book by Stacey Lee, whose books I have enjoyed before. Would love to get back to reading again!

ChasingOm That‘s a lot to have going on! Have you tried audiobooks or graphic novels? Sometimes the change in medium helps me when I‘m in a slump. 2y
Sace The slumps are so understandable this year! Hope this one helps you recuperate a little of the reading magic! 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Sorry that this year is especially rough on you. I read this book last month and really enjoyed it. I hope it helps you best your slump. 2y
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Laughterhp
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Received my TBR recommendations from Book Riot today- Has anyone read any of these?

I‘m a little nervous because they all have a YA tag in Goodreads. I‘m hoping they aren‘t too YA and I can enjoy them all. I‘m hoping to get to them all in November! They all seem to be very different books.

#3Books recommended to me

OriginalCyn620 📚😊📚 2y
ImperfectCJ I read Accident Season. Overall I liked it a lot. The author does well building tension, I thought. Definitely YA. 2y
ImperfectCJ But, I should say, I'm pretty sensitive to YA that's too YA, and I didn't find this one "too." 2y
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Laughterhp @ImperfectCJ Okay, that makes me feel better. I don‘t like when things are “too YA”. 2y
ElizaMarie I read the Downstairs Girl for the #SundayBuddyRead and I loved it so much! I recommend it to people when they are looking for a new book. You will really enjoy this one :) 2y
Amandajoy I haven‘t heard of any of these, but I was expecting my recommendations to com through today and they didn‘t. I‘m going nuts waiting for them! Hope you enjoy these! 2y
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MallenNC
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I use Book Riot‘s TBR service, which provides personalized recommendations. I just get the recs, not the physical books, so it is inexpensive. You tell them books you like, what you‘re looking for right now, and what kinds of stories you‘d prefer to avoid. These are three of my favorites. One thing I asked for were lesser known stories from history.

#3Books
#ThreeBooksThatWereRecommendedtoMe

OriginalCyn620 I‘ll definitely use TBR again! 2y
MallenNC @OriginalCyn620 I like it! I just have to remember to go in and review/give feedback before the next set of recs are due! 2y
ImperfectCJ I really like TBR. I had recs-only for a while, but I treated myself to the hardcover option when the pandemic started, which has been really nice, even with printing/shipping delays. 2y
MallenNC @ImperfectCJ I have been tempted by the print option for sure! Especially while it has been hard to get books from the library. I‘m still tempted by it! 2y
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Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira
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News from my IG feed.
#Award for Stacey Lee & her tagged book 🤩
#SundayBuddyRead

katy4peas Wow! Congrats! She deserves it! Yay! 😮❤️🥳 2y
TheBookHippie I saw that yesterday isn‘t it wonderful !!!!! 🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍🤍 2y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick That's awesome! It tackles serious topics with maturity with a little sass of youth. Well deserved. 2y
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JaclynW Well deserved indeed! That's great! 2y
ElizaMarie yay!! This is awesome! It was such a great book! 2y
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katy4peas
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Awesome read! The characters were likable and there was a nice amount of history included throughout for a time period I never learned about. I loved Jo and found lots of good quotes and Chinese proverbs that are super helpful and meaningful. Really enjoyed this book. I didn‘t want it to end! The plot lines got tied up neatly/quickly, which could‘ve slowed down. So many surprising twists and turns.

My first #Sundaybuddyread with the group and 🔽

katy4peas I loved the book and the discussion! I will be adding my comments to the last two weeks of discussion questions and will tag you guys! Thanks for an awesome experience! ❤️❤️ 2y
katy4peas Also I listened to the audio and really enjoyed the narrator! 2y
Josee.lit.a.lu.et.lira I'm glad you enjoyed it! It was really nice to buddy read with you. Are you buddy reading the September choice? 2y
katy4peas Not yet as I was so far behind and wanted to finish this one first. If I can get a copy quickly I would love to join in on this month‘s book and am planning to read October‘s book. 👍🏼 I enjoyed reading with you as well @Josee.a.lu.lit.et.lira 🙂 2y
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