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The Lager Queen of Minnesota
The Lager Queen of Minnesota | J. Ryan Stradal
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IamIamIam
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Dollar Tree for the WIN!!!!

Chrissyreadit I love when that happens! 1mo
Reggie This one is great! 1mo
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GinaKButler
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Carline reading! Everyone is posting murder-y books for October, and I‘m over here reading about beer. Cheers! 🍻😂

#bookspinbingo

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robinb
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Such a good book. Edith and Helen are sisters whose lives diverged in animosity. They lead very different lives (Edith faces tragedies and hardships but with a steadfast outlook; Helen ambitiously takes what she needs from people/situations with a “me” outlook). This story centers around two generations of women in the brewing industry, their triumphs and struggles both personally and professionally. Well-written and engaging. 5/5⭐️ 🔻

jlhammar Loved this one! The audiobook was great. 5mo
robinb @jlhammar 👍😊 5mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 5mo
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ValerieAndBooks
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Summertime and the reading is easy 📚 😎 . At least when I‘m by the pool!

EvieBee Looks like a great way to sit out the heatwaves! 5mo
Chelsea.Poole Perfect summer book! 5mo
BkClubCare Fun read 🌾 🍺 (edited) 2mo
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jlhammar
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#Minnesota #TravelTuesday #RoadTripUSA2022
1. Favorite Book Set Here
Tagged book was a lot of fun. Hope we get a new J. Ryan Stradal soon!
2. Recommend Places to Visit
I‘m in the Twin Cities and there is a ton to recommend here, but my favorite getaway is Grand Marais on the North Shore. It is such a gorgeous area. And bonus, they have the cutest independent bookshop, Drury Lane Books (pictured).

megnews Sounds interesting. Stacked. 8mo
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Jgacreations
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I loved this! The story of a family of very strong women.

IamIamIam I need to bump this up... his other one is absolutely in my top 20!!! 6mo
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Two generations of female beer brewers: Helen driven to make beer and put her husband‘s family business back on top no matter the cost and her sister, Edith‘s granddaughter, Diana finding stability and financial independence in a craft brewery. The characters are nuanced with Diana as the center and the grandmothers, brewers and extended family adding depth and humor. The plot seemed neglected but a family reconciliation is Minnesota nice. 4⭐️

Prairiegirl_reading I drove to the liquor store to get craft beer while listening to this one. It makes beer so tempting! 9mo
Honeybeebooks I was impressed with the science, finesse and patience required to craft great beer! 9mo
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BeckyHart
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Great story of midwestern family dynamics and the beer industry.

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mcctrish
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I love this book ❤️ thank you again @ShelleyBooksie for giving it to me

BkClubCare I loved this book. 11mo
mcctrish @BkClubCare did you read Kitchens of the Midwest too? I also loved that one 11mo
BkClubCare @mcctrish - yes! And I had a delightful exchange on Twitter with the author asking abt any tours he had planned for my region, but sadly, he did not. I should check again. Or he is busy writing another 😊 11mo
ShelleyBooksie Yay! So glad you liked it. I enjoyed it as well 🙂 11mo
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mcctrish
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I should be drinking beer, but I don‘t like it. Some of the descriptions make me wish I could have one of those flights to sample the different ones though. I‘ve really hit the wall with resilience today, everything about the pandemic is just crushing me today. Happy Weekend Littens 😘 I hope this weekend you can be kind to yourselves, you all deserve all good things

TrishB I hope tomorrow is better.But I hear you, having a hard time too ♥️ take care. 11mo
LeahBergen I hear you, too. 😑 11mo
ShelleyBooksie Sending you positive vibes. Totally hear you! 11mo
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mcctrish @TrishB I wish you a lovely weekend and an end to this madness 11mo
readordierachel 💙 11mo
mcctrish @LeahBergen funny how a day can just be a bust ☹️ wine and cheesies are helping me, I hope you have some tricks up your sleeve so your day/weekend is better 11mo
mcctrish @ShelleyBooksie thanks ☺️ I hope you have a lovely weekend 11mo
mcctrish @readordierachel ☺️ here‘s to Saturdays being better than Fridays 11mo
Chrissyreadit ❤️ 11mo
mcctrish @Chrissyreadit 🥰 I hope you have the best weekend 11mo
Chrissyreadit @mcctrish I hope you do too! We all need better days 11mo
LapReader I‘m not a beer drinker usually either but I don‘t mind sour ones. I hope you feel better after a relax. 11mo
marleed I feel you with the Covid thing. Tripled up in jabs so I don‘t fear hospitalization like I did this time last year. But for the first time since this thing started I spent a week in quarantine for of all things being exposed while watching my 14 mo grand twins :( 11mo
mcctrish @marleed my whole house is triple jabbed too so I share your comfort about not ending up in the hospital 🙏🏻 they‘ve got enough on their plate. That‘s rough for you and your grand twins ☹️ here‘s hoping we see the other side of this sooner than later 11mo
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mcctrish
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Started this yesterday from @ShelleyBooksie I will be baking pies sooner than later 🥧❤️❤️

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mcctrish
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@ShelleyBooksie I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything ❤️❤️❤️ thank you so much for the wonderful #stockingswap #poutinepenpals ARE THE BEST!!!

ShelleyBooksie Yay! So glad you like it! Merry Christmas 11mo
BiblioLitten Ooo Hag-Seed! ♥️ 11mo
mcctrish @BiblioLitten might be the only MA I haven‘t read 11mo
jlhammar Loved Lager Queen! So good! 11mo
mcctrish @jlhammar that‘s so good to hear 11mo
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Since I am from Wisconsin, this book really touched a cord in me. The author mentioned the city I went to college in, a grocery store chain I used to shop at, and some brands of beer I used to drink. One of the main characters, Edith, even reminds me of my mom in some ways. I just really appreciated the Midwestern setting and unique spirit in all these characters. The pic is our favorite local craft brewery here in Colorado where I live now.

Prairiegirl_reading I was listening to this on audio and drove straight to the liquor store to get craft beer! It‘s just so well done! I love that it rang so true for you. 💜 12mo
Chelsea.Poole I love this book! 12mo
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Kshakal
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White this book was a page turner or keep you on the edge of your seat kind of book it there was something about it that made want to keep reading with a cold beer right next to me!

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Centique
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Hey @Reggie thank you so much for this book! It was the perfect distraction in lockdown. Easy to read and absorbing 😍I had no idea craft beer was so complicated. I really appreciated the serious tones to the novel too, (I couldn‘t do anything light and frivolous right now) and the underlying message about grace in difficult times was one I needed at the moment. I‘d recommend this to anyone who likes a family saga - really enjoyed it.

Reggie I actually thought of this book because one of the guys I work with is a beer snob and I thought of the grandma and her (is it blueberry?) fruity beer and the review that guy writes. I loved how that guy catches Diana but instead of punishing her helps her instead. I think the world needs more of that right now. I loved when he tells her how her beer was ready after the 3rd time but he wanted her to get the process. Lololol I‘m really glad 👇🏼 1y
Reggie you liked this book, Paula. I‘m so sorry to hear about Hiselderliness‘s infection. I hope his recovery is swift and that lockdown ends as soon as possible so ya‘ll can see him. Sending you all nothing but good thoughts. ❤️ 1y
Centique @Reggie thanks Reggie. I got such a surprise when it turned out Edith had given Helen that pail of 4 beers. It was such a good twist that this hard working survivor that Helen had trodden upon turned out to be the one who had showed her such love. 1y
Reggie Hey Paula, just checking in on you and HisElderliness. Hope ya‘ll are ok. His toe and him being in the home. And you all packing up his house and now back in lockdown. I just hope everything is going okay for you and your family. Just know we‘re all thinking about you. 1y
Centique @Reggie aw you‘re so lovely Reggie. He just got released back to the retirement village today and we‘ll be able to talk to him by phone now! Hopefully now the drama is over he can start to acclimatise to the new place and the new schedule. 🤞🤞Hope things are going okay for you and your family xxx 1y
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Eggs 👏🏻📚🍮💗👍🏼 1y
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JenniferP
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Loved this multi-generational family drama set in the Midwest. A father‘s will splits two sisters apart - will beer bring them back together?

Prairiegirl_reading I really enjoyed this book. It got me curious about craft beer, typically not a beer drinker but I now enjoy trying different styles and flavours. I actually drove to the liquor store while listening. 2y
JenniferP @Prairiegirl_reading I have several friends that brew small batch craft beer and I do really enjoy beer occasionally. Not a fan of super hoppy beer, but I love stouts and milder ales. 2y
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota is about two generations in a Midwestern family—starting on a farm, with two sisters who have no desire to be farmers. Helen, the younger, go-getter sister, wants more than anything else in the world to make beer.

Unforgettable characters in a spectacular story — I‘m pretty sure, after reading this book and, given the right equipment, I could make my own IPA. 🍺

jb72 I‘ve been thinking of reading this one. 2y
suvata @jb72 Go for it 2y
jb72 @suvata My library does have it in ebook so I just downloaded it. Thanks! 2y
suvata @jb72 enjoy 2y
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TamTracy
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This was a great book! There was a little too many lessons about beer but I get it. I wish there was just a little less about beer and more about the relationships but I still absolutely loved the story! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Gina
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?"Nut cluster"?

I shall be adding that into my everyday speech asap!

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Gina
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i♡♡♡this♡♡♡

wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 3 croissants 2y
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Gina
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That moment when you come across a quote and it stops you in your tracks!

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rachelm
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I am so pleased to announce a virtual event with The Bookworm in Omaha on Sunday January 24th with the fabulous J Ryan Stradal.

We‘ll be talking about our books, our writing processes, and of course, the Midwest.
I am such a great fan of The Lager Queen of Minnesota and Kitchens of the Great Midwest, so I‘ve been looking forward to this!

Registration link + details here: http://www.bookwormomaha.com/mckenny_stradal

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Thank you again, @AmberWB for the jolabokaflod gift! I kept to the spirit of the celebration and started this one on Christmas Eve. I loved the Diana parts, and quite enjoyed Edith as well. But I could never feel anything for Helen, and I feel like maybe I was supposed to? But to me she came across as selfish and thoughtless and nothing else. But it certainly didn't take away from my enjoyment of the book!

AmberWB I felt the same way about Helen! 2y
rachelm Loved this book! 2y
Reggie I loved this book so much. 2y
Chelsea.Poole This was a favorite of mine last year! ♥️ 2y
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TheKidUpstairs
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Does anyone else feel like they've spent the entirety of the holidays cooking and child wrangling? Having all of Christmas at home means no potlucks to share the work! I'm exhausted, so hubby has the kids and I'm hiding in my room to continue my #jolabokaflodSwap gift from @AmberWB with a bagel and tea that someone else made for me (yeah for Timmies!)

Read-y_Picker Enjoy your day off!! 2y
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Thank you so much, @AmberWB 🎄🎉 I absolutely love my gifts! I am so excited to curl up with this book and eat some amazing chocolate to celebrate today. I've even got some great beer in the fridge that will pair perfectly with both!

#jolabokaflodSwap @MaleficentBookDragon

BookishTrish Happy Holidays! 2y
TheKidUpstairs @BookishTrish to you as well!!! 2y
AmberWB 😊😊 Happy reading!!!! 2y
Prairiegirl_reading You‘ll want a craft beer with that one! 🍻 2y
ShelleyBooksie Great book! Merry Christmas @TheKidUpstairs 2y
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I spent much of today with one ear listening to the audio. While I liked the first few chapters this book soon became a melodramatic family drama that really didn‘t work for me. I‘m pretty sure I would have bailed in print but as an audio I just let it run. #MoreMehThanYeah and definitely a #BorrowNotBuy or a #SkipWithoutRegret

BookNAround Oh no! I‘ve heard such good things about this. Sorry it didn‘t land for you. 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve also seen mostly positive reviews @BookNAround but it really wasn‘t my flavor 2y
Megabooks I read it in print, and I completely agree with you. 👯‍♀️😘 I ended up giving the book away. 2y
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Cinfhen Yeah, YOU CALLED IT @Megabooks 💕💕💕 2y
Kalalalatja Pretty flowers though 👌 2y
Cinfhen Thanks @Kalalalatja how was your move???? 2y
Kalalalatja Pretty great actually! We unpacked all the boxes in two days, and have spent the past two weeks settling in. It feels like home, and I‘m so happy ☺️ 2y
Cinfhen What a great feeling/ to be unpacked and feeling settled!! Im SO HAPPY for you @Kalalalatja 2y
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bookishdawg
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Like many, I have started and stopped more books this year than I can remember. This was exactly what I needed. Quietly strong characters who work through their struggles, all set against the backdrop of the brewing industry. I may have to crack open a Moon and just read it again! ❤️

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AmberWB
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“It was July 5th, 2003, and Edith Magnusson‘s day hadn‘t been too bad, so far.”
#FirstLineFridays. @ShyBookOwl

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A beer-centric family saga? Yes, please. Estranged sisters, brews, pies, a wayward granddaughter; this is an endearing mess of life, loss, success, and lots of hops. Having thoroughly experienced the Midwest beer culture during our years in Wisconsin, I appreciate the social and societal importance. I really loved all the beer talk here. The very mention of New Glarus got me craving Spotted Cow. A very fun read!

emilyhaldi Just reading this review has me craving a beer! 🍺 2y
britt_brooke @emilyhaldi Reading this book was hell on my current low-carb, no-beer policy! 😂 2y
JamieArc This one wasn‘t what I expected, but I ended up really loving it, and it helped me embrace my Michigan midwesterness 😊 2y
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britt_brooke @JamieArc There was more sadness in it than I expected. 2y
JenReadsAlot This was good. Next time I have a spotted cow I'll cheers for ya! 2y
britt_brooke @JenReadsAlot Please do - thank you! 🤗🍻 2y
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AmberWB
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The Lager Queen of Minnesota = 😁

@BayouGirl85 #talkaboutittuesday

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SolitaryBookLover
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This is a story about family, ambition and beer. Told by three women in different time settings, we meet Edith, Helen and Diana. We learn about a betrayal of one sister to another in the quest for success. Diana, the granddaughter of Edith pursues a similar path but with integrity if not a little moral ambiguity along the way.
Stradal has written a beautiful character driven story set in the Mid-West with a style reminiscent of Fannie Flagg.

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Cathyloves2read
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I wish I weren‘t limited to a 5 for a rating. Can I give it a 500 please?I thoroughly enjoyed this spectacularly written book! I suppose it helps that I am a beer snob. This book is the perfect combination of fiction and reality. I loved reading all of the fun facts about micro brewing.I also loved reading about the three strong women who were the main characters. The last page or so brought a tear to my eye.Do yourself a favor and read this book!

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Jebpix
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Enjoyable read. Great MN references. Craving lots of beer now. :)

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UwannaPublishme
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My history with breweries drew me to this charming #DoubleSpin book. My college journalism classes were located next to the Pabst taproom and my flag football team was sponsored by Miller. Not to mention my affinity for Laverne & Shirley.😁 Plus there were enough driven, feisty, ruthless, sweet, hilarious and geriatric women in it to make me cheer out loud. And who knew that women actually invented beer. 🙌🏻🍺
#BookSpin
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Morr_Books I ❤ my hometown of Milwaukee! 3y
UwannaPublishme Yay @Morr_Books It‘s a great city! 🙌🏻 I went to college there (Marquette). If it wasn‘t so cold, I may still be there. I heard many of the breweries closed. I was there in the late 70s. 3y
Tanisha_A Ooh, great story! 3y
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great review!! 3y
UwannaPublishme @Tanisha_A I love a good story about determined women beating the odds. 🙌🏻 3y
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Howseldomtheydo
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Lighter read in between thrillers. #overdrive #read #24b4Monday

LMJenkins I loved this book. I gifted it to my mom and my aunt, sisters who aren‘t speaking to each other. I hoped it would inspire them to mend the rift. 3y
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Hilary427
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Looking for something light and fun on this sunny Friday afternoon!
#thelagerqueenofminnesota #jryanstradal #vitamind

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Lizwarnerpdx
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I really enjoyed this book. The different timelines and characters worked really well and told a great story. The different tastes people had for beer across the decades was interesting as well as getting more of a glimpse from the maker-distributing-seller points of view of the whole process.

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It's a story about 2 sisters who are estranged when one gets all the inheritance from the sale of the family farm and the other gets nothing. Its told from the perpectives of the sisters and one granddaughter and spans decades. Lots of details of the science of brewing. Reminds me a lot of Jane Smiley's A Thousand Acres, but not as dark.

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January 2020 was the longest month in history. Which might explain why I was able to read 9 books in a single month.

Favorite: Garment of Shadows by Laurie R. King
Least Favorite: House of Salt and Sorrows by Erin A. Craig

#readinglog #January2020 #roundup #litsyloveslibrearies

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ShelleyBooksie
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What a great book! An easy read with excellent characters. It really displays the power of women and highlights grandmothers. It also taught me a lot about beer and the complexity of the brewing g process.

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Gnora
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Listening to this one on #libby while doing inventory at work and I seriously haven‘t decided if the narrator‘s Minnesota accent is helping the interpretation or hurting it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

#librarybook #library #booksaboutfood

Reggie What‘s funny is that when I was reading it I have them all Southern accents. Lol 3y
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rachelm
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I had —three— audiobook loans come in at the same time from the library! Despite me trying to stagger them with hold delays! Alas! Needless to say I listened to five hours today while walking, commuting, etc, and now I‘m ready for some different evening entertainment. 🎆

Megabooks Oh dear, Mr. Mott the barber! 3y
rachelm @Megabooks bless you for knowing the other character haha! 3y
Megabooks @rachelm HUGE TNG fan! 3y
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rachelm
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Here‘s my #weeklyforecast! I‘m just digging into the tagged audiobook today and loving it!

Prairiegirl_reading I loved this one too. I had to stop and pick up some craft beer! 3y
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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Two sisters don‘t get along. The way their parents leave their Will makes it worse. Beer is a huge part of both sisters stories.

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Jas16
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It was a rainy Sunday here so I spent the better part of the day curled up with this book and loved it. Three strong midwestern women who aren‘t afraid to work hard and don‘t crumble at the hardships life throws at them. I thought I would share this book with my sister, but if I do I will have to buy her her own copy because this one is staying on my keeper shelves. Thank you again @Reggie for this gift!

Reggie ☺️I‘m so glad you liked it!!! 3y
night_shift My mom is reading this right now! It's on my TBR. Glad to see it was good! 3y
Suet624 I need to find this book!!! 3y
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Megabooks
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I. Hate. This. Book. I want to beat it against the wall until the spine breaks then feed the pages into the fire.

Right, tell me how you really feel? 🤪

But seriously, I hate tragedy-driven plots. Every major plot development came because of a personal tragedy in the lives of the characters. Deaths (LOTS!), strokes, miscarriages, oh my! I just don‘t care for that when I read. 1.5⭐️ because he can put together a good sentence.

Crazeedi Thank you for your HONEST review! I love a heartfelt opinion, may not rush to read 3y
BarbaraBB It‘s a relief there are some books out there that I can forget about! 😀 3y
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Erinreadsthebooks This was a DNF for me. Ugghhhhhh, I despised it. 3y
Megabooks @Crazeedi a lot of people liked it, but it just wasn‘t for me. 3y
Megabooks @BarbaraBB Really the last 100 pages I just wanted to beat it senseless. The heartstrings tugging was so obvious that it was annoying. 3y
Megabooks @Erinreadsthebooks I only finished it because I was stupid enough to buy it. 3y
keithmalek I don't care. You had me at Lager. 3y
Eggs ❤️ 📖 🍺🤪❤️ 3y
Megabooks @Eggs that‘s it! Only without the hearts 😉 3y
Reviewsbylola I don‘t know that I would like this dude‘s books, but I feel compelled to buy them at some point and give them a try because he‘s the brother in law of a friend. 3y
Megabooks @Reviewsbylola this is definitely an #unpopularopinion, so you may enjoy it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I just really have a thing against tragedy-driven plots. It‘s a pet peeve. 3y
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This was the nicest surprise @Reggie Thank you! Your description made me think that this is the exact book that I need in my life right now so it is on top of my stack for this weekend. And the Reece‘s aren‘t pictured because I hid them so I won‘t eat them right away.

Reggie I‘m so glad you got it and hope you like the book and hope you eat all the Reese‘s in one sitting! Happy Holidays, Jessica! 3y
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