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A Nearly Normal Family
A Nearly Normal Family: A Novel | M.T. Edvardsson
M.T. Edvardsson’s A Nearly Normal Family is a gripping psychological thriller that forces the reader to consider: how far would you go to protect the ones you love? In this twisted narrative of love and murder, a horrific crime makes a seemingly normal family question everything they thought they knew about their life—and each other. Eighteen-year-old Stella stands accused of the brutal murder of a man almost fifteen years her senior. She is an ordinary teenager from an upstanding local family. What reason could she have to know a shady businessman, let alone to kill him? Stella’s father, a pastor, and mother, a criminal defense attorney, find their moral compasses tested as they defend their daughter, while struggling to understand why she is a suspect. Told in an unusual three-part structure, A Nearly Normal Family asks the questions: How well do you know your own children? How far would you go to protect them?
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TorieStorieS
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This was my June #BOTM pick and I really couldn‘t put it down!! It‘s an interesting format for a thriller- split across the titular family‘s perspectives- starting with the pastor father, then the 18 year old daughter accused of murder and ending with her mother. It‘s easy to keep turning the pages in thus smoothly #translatednovel - plus the #GrandHotel is mentioned! #WanderingJune

Cinfhen OMG!! I totally forgot😁good catch and I really enjoyed this book!! I agree, a total page turner 5d
BarbaraBB On my wishlist! 4d
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen Thanks!!! Your review helped me be thankful that I chose this one over Recursion- it was tough narrowing down the choices this month!! 😄 4d
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TorieStorieS @BarbaraBB I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!! 🤞🤞🤞 4d
Cinfhen I‘m always worried my reviews won‘t live up to others expectations so I‘m so glad u liked it!!! 4d
rwalcott This is in my #botm queue. Glad to know it's a good read! 4d
TorieStorieS @Cinfhen I know what you mean!! I worry too- but no worries here!! ❤️❤️ 4d
TorieStorieS @rwalcott I hope you enjoy it, too!! I‘m sometimes hesitant about translated fiction but this was great! 😊 4d
pl.2886 Glad you enjoyed this one, it's on my TBR! 4d
TorieStorieS @pl.2886 I hope you like it, too!! 😊💗 4d
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TheNerdyProfessor
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This suspenseful whodunnit is told from 3 perspectives - Stella - a teenager accused of murdering a 33-year old businessman - as well as her father and mother. I enjoyed this book because the chapters were short and the pace was quick. I find that few authors do a really good job creating suspense and holding the reader's attention in a meaningful way. This book did not suffer from these issues. The ending was satisfying and realistic. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Crazeedi Nice review!!💞 5d
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Dawn_Rodriguez1970
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My first #BOTM book. So excited to read!!

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Suelizbeth
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This is another publication from Celadon Books. I am loving their selections. This book had me guessing right up to the final sentence. It‘s told from three perspectives: father, daughter, mother. And I think “nearly normal” is a misnomer. I devoured this book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

TheFunkyBookworm Ohh just got this as my BOTM selection! Can‘t wait to dive in! 7d
Suelizbeth @TheFunkyBookworm I think you‘re going to love it 😻 7d
MelissaSue81 This sounds so good. I requested it from Netgalley but haven‘t been approved yet. 6d
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guinsgirlreads
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So much for that #botm pic 😂 #catsoflitsy #kal

JoScho This is a great pic! 1w
marleed That‘s hilarious! 1w
cherinium Always. In. The. Way. 😼😻 1w
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StayCurious We have identical cats! 1w
BookwormAHN Cute 💜 1w
CoverToCoverGirl Curiosity and cats 🤔.. something or other..😂😊 1w
Purrfectpages Ha ha. Love it! 1w
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TheBookStacker
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I finally finished The Priory of the Orange Tree (which was absolutely amazing and I loved every second of it) I sprained my ankle on Sunday night so I‘m laid up for the week resting and healing. Got my #Botm box today, starting this thriller because I‘ve heard so much about it!

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TheNerdyProfessor
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The day is hot hot hot - perfect for intermittent reading and sunbathing. 🌞🔆👙

Also feeling proud of starting my BOTM in the actual month I bought it 😂

Erinreadsthebooks Starting the book in the same month is quite the accomplishment. #neverhaveiever 😄 1w
TheNerdyProfessor @Erinreadsthebooks I'm pretty sure I still have BOTM selections from over a year ago. I've invented a very complicated filing system so my husband can never know "at a glance" how big my TBR pile really is ... 1w
Erinreadsthebooks That's genius!! 1w
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BookFreakOut
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The definition of a page-turner, I loved how the book is split into Father/Daughter/Mother. Each section gives a distinct voice, fresh perspective (and secrets!) and advances the murder investigation while also delving into the family's past. The lingering sense that the full story is still not uncovered wraps up in a satisfying conclusion. A disturbing examination of how far we'll go to protect a reputation, a friend, a daughter. #botm

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kstadt929
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This one sounds so good! I can‘t wait for my #botm to arrive!! 😁

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Sungirl79
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Whooo hooo BOTM picks!!😊

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Hooked_on_books
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After MUCH consternation (because I frankly could fill 3-4 boxes this month) and plans for a later swap, I went with these as my #botm picks! Woo-hoo!

Now to wait a month for them to arrive. 😂

Lisas.Library I almost got Leaving the Witness. 2w
Aswenson I was so torn! Wanted at least 6 titles this month! 2w
Cinfhen Well done 👍🏻 I‘m excited to hear your thoughts and I‘m looking forward to swapping 😘 2w
Hooked_on_books @Cinfhen I‘m super excited to swap! I‘ve been perusing your TBR and pulling the books I have that are on it. I should be done soon and will post them so you can pick what you want in the swap. 2w
Cinfhen Ha!!!!! My TBR is quite long....you have your work cut out for you 😂😂😂 2w
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swishandflick
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No will power! Though I do wish I'd realized sooner that adding The Golden Hour would mean a later ship date (not that I'm hurting for reading material over here 😂) #BOTM

Laughterhp Really? Maybe because it‘s an add on.. that‘s the book I picked and it already shipped. 2w
Kimberlone You picked all the ones I didn‘t! 2w
Hazel0303 This month‘s choices have me seriously considering joining BOTM again. I keep arguing with myself that I do not need to be a member!! I‘ve already read Ask Again Yes and have A Nearly Normal Family waiting for me to read, but there is just something about bookmail - 😇🤩 2w
swishandflick @Laughterhp Dang, I must have drawn the short straw 😭 2w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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Going with the crowd on this month‘s #botm pick, Thanks to a glowing review from @Cinfhen . Also picking up Miracle Creek based on all the good buzz. I‘m thinking this will be my #summerofmystery.

Hazel0303 Miracle Creek was amazing!!! 2w
Cinfhen They are both REALLY good Barb and it‘s funny because Nearly Normal reminded me a lot of Miracle Creek! It‘s the summer of courtroom dramas 😉♥️ 2w
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Breanne1
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I‘m so excited for this month‘s #botm selections. Last month was a skip for me and I was so happy for the extra credit this month.

Reviewsbylola Same here! The selections are way better this month! 2w
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Librarybelle
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#BOTM time, and I had to pick the tagged book because of @Cinfhen ‘s glowing review! I‘m also a huge fan of Williams and Keane, so they were easy picks.

So many good choices...I‘m also gazing at the Sarah Dessen book, and I really want the Elizabeth Acevedo book. Maybe next time...

Branwen It was so hard to choose this month! So many amazing choices! 2w
Cinfhen And I read the Keane as well.... it starts off slow but then it quickly starts to pull you in...very different from 2w
Librarybelle @Branwen I did think about opening a second account for a few seconds, but thought my bank account would probably not appreciate that decision! Haha 2w
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Librarybelle @Cinfhen I really enjoyed Fever, so thank you for sharing your thoughts on the new Keane novel! 2w
Hooked_on_books Yeah, I‘m having trouble deciding. So many good choices! 2w
Librarybelle @Hooked_on_books I think it‘s one of the best months! 2w
Reviewsbylola @cinfhen clinched that choice for me too. 😆 2w
Cinfhen Oh no!!! The pressure @Librarybelle @Reviewsbylola but I honestly could not put the book down. It was such a good unraveling of a story and I loved hearing the multiple povs told in entire parts as opposed to alternating chapters. I also thought having a pastor for a father was an interesting premise. 2w
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KarenUK
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#BOTM What a great month of choices!
First time I‘ve ever picked 3!
#blameitonCindy for all three! @Cinfhen 😘
First two were recent reviews that sold me, and the Ellen Hilderbrand will be my second of hers.... last summer I picked up The Identicals on your recommendation and loved it....so I feel another fun beach read for this year! 😎🌴🌊

Cinfhen Woohoo!!! Pressure!!!!! But I‘m thinking you‘re gonna LOVE all 3💕💕💕💕 (edited) 2w
Cinfhen And I can‘t believe it‘s up already 🙌🏻🎉🎉🎉 2w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! Had no idea it was up!! Thank you!! 2w
MusicallyMorgan I won an ARC of Ask Again, Yes, but I haven‘t read it yet. It looks so good, though! 2w
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erank58
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And...They're up!! Wasn't too thrilled with the selections at first--I still have to read Dark Matter so holding off on the Blake Crouch. But then I saw that the thriller is a translation (which is pretty cool) so may give it a go 👍 #botm

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Mccall0113
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I‘m in love with this publisher. Owned by 2 women Check them out!

tpixie Cool 😎 3w
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Cinfhen
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Excellent psychological thriller!!! #ExcellentReadingSpot Meet the Sandell family: Adam is a pastor who represents honesty, God and righteousness, his wife Ulrika is a criminal defense attorney who worships the law and then there‘s 18 yr old Stella, a bit of a wild child who just longs for travel and adventure. Now all 3 are about to be put to the test. How will they preform? Can the convince the courts that they‘re just a normal family???

Cathythoughts 👍🏻! Excellent place to be reading too ☀️ 3w
saresmoore Oh, hey, Cindy, I‘ll be right over. I‘m bringing infused sparkling water and a crudité. ? 3w
BarbaraBB It sounds real good! I need a book set in Scandinavia for #pop19, this one will do I think! 3w
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Reviewsbylola You‘ve def got me pumped for this one! 3w
Cinfhen Just pop over and you don‘t need to bring anything @saresmoore there‘s a full service beachside bar & restaurant attached to this perfect spot.... with free WiFi ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
Cinfhen Im using this for #Scandinavia #pop19 @BarbaraBB 😁 too bad I can‘t share the file with you 3w
TrishB Looks gorgeous and book sounds great 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen I don‘t want to overhype @Reviewsbylola @Cathythoughts but I was really hooked with this one!! And even though I kind of guessed part of the plot, the whole unraveling and slow build up and reveal was totally enjoyable and consuming. I hardly put this book down. 3w
DivineDiana What an inviting and peaceful setting! And the book sounds good too! 🌊👍🏻📚 3w
Kalalalatja That view! 😍 and you almost make me want to read it, even though it isn‘t really my genre 😄 3w
saresmoore That is my kind of beaching! 😍 3w
Librarybelle Thank you for tagging me in your review...I need to read this! 3w
BookaholicNatty @Cinfhen this is a gorgeous picture!!!! Are you vacationing?? I‘m almost done our buddy read! About 80 more pages to go! 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, stacking! And what a fabulous place to be! 3w
AmyG Lovely beachside reading spot! 3w
Recommended4Reading Beautiful pic! 3w
Cinfhen Thanks all!!! Today was a GREAT reading day!! I finished two fabulous ARCs ❣️❣️❣️I highly recommend both @Recommended4Reading @AmyG @erzascarletbookgasm @Librarybelle @saresmoore @Kalalalatja @DivineDiana @TrishB The other book is 3w
Cinfhen I‘m actually home @BookaholicNatty just spent the day at a local beach 🏖Hope you‘re “ enjoying” 3w
Cinfhen I can‘t wait to read your thoughts @BookaholicNatty 💖💖💖💖💖 3w
GatheringBooks now that is one excellent reading spot right there. 🧚🏼‍♀️💕📚 3w
Centique WOW. When I read at the beach I usually only have a rock to perch on. 😂 You‘re doing this right! 3w
Cinfhen I think I‘ve found my new hang out @Centique @GatheringBooks but in a few days most schools end and then beaches are going to be super crowded 😬 3w
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Cinfhen
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18 year old Stella has just been handed a #jailhouseRead ...ring a bell 😉 🔔 I‘m completely captivated by this psychological thriller....I have a theory brewing so I‘m curious to see if my instincts are right.

Cathythoughts I think you‘re loving this one Cindy. I stacked it after your first post 👍🏻 3w
Cinfhen I really am loving this one @Cathythoughts I just hope the momentum keeps up because according to my Kindle I‘m only at 43% 3w
Cinfhen And you know I thought of you right away @TrishB when I saw that opening line 3w
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TrishB I love that book karma ❤️ I think she would be astounded that it‘s so recognisable now. 3w
erzascarletbookgasm Look forward to your review! I love a good psychological thriller! 3w
BookwormM I have an ARC of this one think I will have to make it my next read 3w
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thewellreadpug
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A courtroom drama with the narrative told from the viewpoints of each family member. The story is well structured with clues reveled slowly. The book is well written and the characters are well developed. I must admit that even though I throughly enjoyed this fast-paced and intriguing book, the ending wasn‘t as twisty or as shocking as I was expecting and what I had hoped for from a thriller/mystery. Nevertheless, still a fun read!

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Cinfhen
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If the rumors are true and this is a June #BOTM I‘m telling you #STACKIT❣️❣️❣️I just finished Part 1 which is the dad‘s PoV now we get to hear the accused killer‘s version of events. Can‘t wait 🤗 #NetGalley

Cathythoughts Ok !! Stacked 👍🏻 3w
Librarybelle If the rumors are true, I‘m definitely getting this one in my box! 3w
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TrishB Stacked 👍🏻 3w
Reviewsbylola Damn now I have three books I want from BOTM in June! This will be a hard choice! 3w
Cinfhen What‘s the third @Reviewsbylola I know one is the Keane?! If it‘s between Ask Again, Yes and this one go with this one!!! It‘s a real page turner!!! Although it could have a terrible shitty ending.... I‘ll keep you all posted @TrishB @BarbaraBB @Librarybelle @Cathythoughts 🤞🏼🤞🏼 3w
TrishB Lol 😆 I‘ll await your final review! 3w
Reviewsbylola Def Ask Again, Yes is on my list and Recursion. 3w
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Cinfhen
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#NextUp #NetGalley #ARC possible June #BOTM
Lots of good buzz

swishandflick I think this will be in my box! 3w
Cinfhen I started late last night and I quickly read the first 11 chapters @swishandflick It‘s good!!! I didn‘t realize it‘s translated from Swedish (edited) 3w
BarbaraBB Sounds good, I am looking forward to your review. 3w
Cinfhen I‘m really liking it @BarbaraBB can‘t wait to pick it back up...was running around all morning but now I‘m ready to settle back down 3w
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Great psychological novel about the Sandell family: dad Adam, a pastor, mom Ulrika, a lawyer, and 18 year old Stella, arrested for the murder of a 32 year old man. Told in 3 parts from each member of the family, the book builds on each person's story and perceptions as we learn their "ordinary" family secrets that led to this point and what really happened to Chris Olsen. Will Stella be convicted? Should she be?

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Getting hit by a weird little cold snap today, but at least I have an #ARC and my lap warmer Polly. #FridayNightBookClub #catsoflitsy

Leftcoastzen Adorable!😻 1mo
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ambam1987
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How far would you go to protect the ones you love? A Nearly Normal Family is a legal thriller that tests a Father‘s faith, daughter‘s loyalty and a mother‘s ethics. Eighteen year old Stella is accused of brutally murdering a 32 year old man which puts tests, Stella‘s parents and friends moral compasses to the test.
Thank you @celadonbooks for an Advance Release Copy. #ANearlyNormalFamily #celadonbooks

Cinfhen Sounds good!!! 1mo
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Lexeegee
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I won another book. 😉 and I love the ‘warrant of Arrest”

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Rhondareads
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A chilling Psychological thriller rave reviews everywhere can‘t wait to read .Great book to start the week with 👏👏📚💃

MidnightBookGirl I have this on audiobook through Libro.fm, and now I'm looking forward to it even more! 1mo
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Mirandareads
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This was a powerful family drama/thriller. Very well done 👍🏼!

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KLyn1
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Kshakal Book mail is the best!! 2mo
KLyn1 I ❤ book mail!! 2mo
RadicalReader Love book mail 1mo
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ashsbookmarks
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#bookmail = #bestmail !!!
Got a new book in the mail and I am so excited 😆 Can‘t wait to dig in to this thriller 🤗🤗 Out June 25, 2019
#anearlynormalfamily @celadonbooks #bookblogger #bookreviewer #bookstagram #bookish #bookishlove #books #book #bookblog

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Got another #ARC today, with some particularly creative promotional materials! I have to admit, seeing the words "warrant of arrest" in my mail gave me a little fright. Hopefully the book is just as thrilling! #ANearlyNormalFamily

RadicalReader Nothing sweeter than getting ARC copies of books 2mo
BookwormAHN That‘s a little too creative 😆 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @RadicalReader right? It's like book Christmas, and I feel special getting to read it first. 2mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @BookwormAHN if someone needed a sneaky way to serve me, free books would be the way to do it too! 2mo
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Forgetmenot
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This book was brilliant very engaging pulls you straight in to the story and the characters and keeps you guessing till the end. The story is told through the view point of the mother the father and the daughter. Every chapter left you with more questions. Nice to come across a new author who gets me hooked 💜

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simpledutchgirl
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An emotional heartbreaking tale of a family. Each family member carrying their own sorrow and regrets. Thought provoking and tender.

RadicalReader @simpledutchgirl can‘t wait to check out this for myself. I love finding new and wonderful books to read 2mo
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