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The Trouble with Goats and Sheep
The Trouble with Goats and Sheep | Joanna Cannon
Part whodunnit, part coming of age, this is a gripping debut about the secrets behind every door RACHEL JOYCE An utter delight SARAH WINMAN A treasure chest of a novel JULIE COHEN One of the standout novels of the year HANNAH BECKERMAN I didn't want the book to end CARYS BRAY An excellent debut JAMES HANNAH Grace and Tilly are my new heroes KATE HAMER A wonderful debut JILL MANSELL A modern classic in the making SARAH HILARY A stunning debut KATIE FFORDE Phenomenal MIRANDA DICKINSON England,1976. Mrs Creasy is missing and The Avenue is alive with whispers. As the summer shimmers endlessly on, ten-year-olds Grace and Tilly decide to take matters into their own hands. And as the cul-de-sac starts giving up its secrets, the amateur detectives will find much more than they imagined "
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MamaGina
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Day Five: #7covers7days #covercrush

Thanks for the tag @Cathythoughts

ANYONE CAN PLAY!!! 🤓
(A week worth of book covers, no explanation needed.)

Cathythoughts 👍🏻great cover you have 3mo
MamaGina @Cathythoughts I love it too ... and, btw, The Doll Factory was excellent, highly recommend!🤓 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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This was the first thing that came to my mind with today‘s #JulyColdPlay prompt #Trouble

@Eggs

TheSpineView Good choice! 😊 5mo
Eggs Well done 👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
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AnneCecilie
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Set in the #Summer of 1976

#30junebooks

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sdbruening
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Pickpick

This book was excellent. Rich, imperfect characters. Well-timed information-revealing. So many layers of meaning to the themes. Love the perspectives of child versus adult in this gossipy British suburb. And justice is delivered in the end!

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Brie
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Pickpick

Big secrets are kept in this small British suburbia, where the neighbors all know each other‘s business. So when one woman disappears, speculation runs rampant. Two children and best friends, Grace and Tilly, lead the investigation. I thought the voices and world building of the neighborhood were strong and well defined, with light touches of humor to cut through the disturbing undertones.

Tamra I loved the unique voices! 8mo
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sdbruening
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😂

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sdbruening
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I love this writing! This quote is about Mrs. Morton.

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janeycanuck
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Panpan

I should have DNFed this but just as I was about to drop it, a little thing happened that made me want to keep going. Should have trusted my gut. The ending was rather anti-climactic, I had a hard time keeping the cast of characters straight due to the switching narration and the high number products and slang I didn‘t understand (because of 1970s Britishisms) was distracting.

Reviewsbylola I‘ve been super curious about this one because I just loved 9mo
janeycanuck @Reviewsbylola You‘ll probably enjoy it, then - I get the sense they are very similar in terms of style & pacing. It just didn‘t work for me. 9mo
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janeycanuck
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Another month gone! Man, time flies when you‘re neglecting your TBR. Time for #MarchTBR, I suppose... I‘ve got lots left over from last month - including five in-progress that I‘m hell-bent on finishing this upcoming week. New to the stack are The River of Darkness, my #GirlyBookClub book and four new pulls from the stacks in my never-ending quest to #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks.

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kitkatdallibooks
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The book I'm currently reading! It's really good and I'm almost done.

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lizzie890
Panpan

It has never taken me so long to read a book before, I didn't enjoy it. Too many characters, to many holes in the story and a very dissapointing ending that went nowhere.

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RaimeyGallant
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Pickpick

Because a woman disappears in 1976, her neighbors are forced to think back on the 1967 events that led to the disappearance. When I realized how integral to plot the protagonist's search for God was, I was tempted to DNR this, but ultimately decided that the voice delivered by Cannon made the book worth reading. The voice is stupid good.

Tamra I really enjoyed her distinctive voice in this one! 11mo
Kaye I really loved this on audio. I don‘t DO religious books either. I don‘t really think that‘s what the aim is. I think it‘s more of 2 little girls trying to decipher LIFE and why things happen and for what reasons. If it would‘ve been churchy I wouldn‘t have read it. (edited) 11mo
RaimeyGallant @kaye Really good points. The author's point with the religious stuff was a little fuzzy in the end, in my opinion. 11mo
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Coleen_Nieto I really enjoyed this one! 11mo
NikkiLeeTaylor Thank you for your msg and welcome. I wasn‘t sure how to reply in the msg! Lol 11mo
RaimeyGallant @NikkiLeeTaylor My pleasure! 11mo
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KurtRobson
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Pickpick

A deeply moving inside look at life in 1970‘s Suburbia, with a genuinely gripping mystery at it‘s centre. Impeccably clever writing, mixed with shockingly real characters leaves you thinking about Joanna Cannon‘s created universe long after the final page.

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RaimeyGallant
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"...and an old newspaper, which turned over and over on the concrete, as a breeze read through its pages."

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty!! 11mo
Tamra I really enjoyed this novel, such a distinctive voice. 11mo
RaimeyGallant @Tamra That's my favorite thing about it. 11mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey Raimey. I don't imagine you check the LWW slack group too often, but I sent you a lil PM there. Nothing urgent, just whenever you have a spare moment. Cheers 🥂 11mo
RaimeyGallant @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey! I removed my permissions, so as to give you all more privacy if you wanted it, so I'm not sure I can rejoin again without another invite. I'll email you, and we can chat that way? :) 11mo
JeanAudrey Thanks for the advice right now the help is really needed 11mo
RaimeyGallant @JeanAudrey My pleasure! 11mo
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Laru79
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The secrets on The Avenue were what kept me reading this book. Grace and Tilly, the children, were likeable but all the adults had something to hide and I like how secrets were revealed as I kept reading. I seem to be doing a good job of picking books that have interesting character studies going on lately and I think this book could have given more actually. My colleague recommended the author‘s next book too, so that‘ll go on my tbr list!

RaimeyGallant This is my next read. 12mo
Laru79 Enjoy @RaimeyGallant it was a good read! 12mo
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yourfavouritemixtape
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Pickpick

A hot summer, a street, a story about the fact that people only see what they want to see. While I liked it while I was reading it, it took me quite some time to finish it.

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Laru79

Starting on this today. I‘ve been having trouble sleeping lately (we moved house last week, so have been stressed by that) and keep being awake in the middle of the night, so am aiming to stay up late so I can be too tired to be awake later on! I‘ve heard LOTS of good things about this book, so am hoping I agree!

janeycanuck I‘ve had this on my TBR for ages - will be watching for your thoughts! 12mo
Laru79 @janeycanuck I‘m not too far in but really enjoying it so far! Will keep you posted 12mo
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Kaye
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The Trouble With Goats and Sheep

Ed Tarkington

To Tell The Truth

Texas Sheet Cake

#manicmonday #lettert @JoScho

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JoScho 🖤🖤🖤 13mo
Centique The trouble with goats and sheep is so good! 13mo
Kaye Yes it was ., her second one was even better. @Centique 13mo
Centique @Kaye on the TBR! 😊 13mo
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morgan_lionheart
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Mehso-so

I should have read this one on paper instead of listening to the audio book - it jumps between characters and times, and it w really hard to keep the timeline straight and I kept getting characters confused. It's a shame, because it's a charming book with beautiful writing about a group of people in a council estate in Northern England in the 1970s. There are a lot of mysteries in the community, and it feels like a mystery novel, but it isn't.

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whatrebeccasread
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Pickpick

An amusing and enjoyable story of hidden secrets and community life set in Britain the 70s. I sped through this story of two 10 year olds solving a neighbour‘s disappearance. I‘ll be giving “The Trouble with Goats and Sheep” 4 stars.

See my full review on my blog (find the link on my profile!) 📚

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rachaich
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Mehso-so

Hmm. I finished it but don't feel anything much towards it. A few pieces stick in my mind but wouldn't be in a rush to recommend :/

Lcsmcat This seems to be receiving very mixed reviews. People either rave about it or say “meh.” I might have to read it just because of that. 1y
rachaich @Lcsmcat I've read it as a book club so am keen to hear what they all thought. The majority of them are I'm their sixties so I do wonder if they're reaction will be different. 1y
Lcsmcat @rachaich I‘ll be interested in hearing what your club has to say about it! 1y
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rachaich @Lcsmcat we discussed it last night and a real divide between those who liked it and those who didn't! Everyone agreed it was a light read. Many felt nostalgic towards the era and remembered the culture and allowances made. 1y
rachaich The undercurrent of unpleasantness throughout was not explored as characters were undeveloped. This may have been deliberate. A really good discussion though :) 1y
Lcsmcat @rachaich Sometimes the best discussions happen when there‘s a great difference of opinion. Especially if people are capable of articulating why they feel as they do. 1y
lizzie890 This book has taken me so long to read! I find it hard to relate to the charactors as there is so many and so many different houses and it just seems hard to grasp. I'm just finishing it for the sake of it now, I agree I think the era is what draws a lot of people in. 11mo
rachaich @lizzie890 I haven't wanted to read any of her others :) 11mo
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rachaich
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I'm reading this for a new group I've joined (and want to mske a good first impression! ).
30 pages in and not enjoying it at all. Neither the writing or story...
Does it get better????

Caroline2 My mum couldn‘t get on with this either and ended up bailing! 🤷‍♀️ I haven‘t read it yet! 1y
rachaich I'm still trying.... read it for a few hours on the plane. 1y
lizzie890 I've really struggled to finish this book been trying for months and it feels like a chore. Too many characters and too many jumps I feel like I can't keep up, it's nice to know it's not just me. 11mo
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Centique
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Pickpick

Finishing this off in the winter sun - beautiful 😊
This is the tale of a neighbourhood in 1970s England. A woman has disappeared and ten year olds Grace and Tilly are determined to save everyone else by finding God in their street. While looking for God they visit each of their neighbours, and through child eyes we learn each is more than they seem to be. ⬇️

Centique Cannon lets bad behaviour and prejudice come out from behind the respectable front doors, making it clear without needing to comment or explain. She has a restrained touch, almost like Kent Haruf, beautiful descriptions but also some wicked humour. Grace is exquisite - quirky and charming without being obnoxious. 5 stars! 1y
emilyhaldi This sounds like a cute book! 1y
Centique @emilyhaldi it somehow managed to be both cute and serious 😍 1y
Reggie This sounds so good, and the Kent Haruf reference tugs me even more towards this book. 1y
Centique @Reggie I think you‘ll like it! It is faster moving than Haruf though - I‘m backpedaling so I‘m not making misleading comparisons 😂 1y
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Centique
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I was lured away from my TBR #cheatingonmyTBR by the way @SavidgeReads rhapsodised about this book.

I‘m already very glad. “Early widowhood had forced her to weave a life from other people‘s remnants and she had baked and minded and knitted herself into a glow of indispensability” 🙌🙌

ElenaBaer “Rattling like a pebble in a life built for two” - what an interesting way to describe being a widow. 1y
Centique @ElenaBaer it is isn‘t it? It‘s from a child‘s POV and the 1970s. 1y
LeslieO Simon got me to read this one, too. Can't pass it up when he raves about a book. 1y
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tournevis And now I have the Borvil 1970s jingle stuck in my head! 🤦 1y
CarolynM See, that's detail as it should be used. I'm wading through masses of dull details in 1y
Centique @LeslieO he hasn‘t put me wrong yet! 1y
Centique @tournevis I haven‘t had Bovril but I‘m imagining it‘s like Milo or some sort of malty drink? 1y
Centique @CarolynM ouch! Hope it improves 🤞 1y
Reggie When one paragraph paints a whole portrait of a person. Stacked. 1y
Centique @Reggie I know right? I wish I could write like this! (Also I just emailed you 😊👍) 1y
tournevis @Centique No! Originally from Great Britain, but all over Cananda too. It's concentrated roast beef syrup. You use it to make bouillon but it was suggested as a fortifying drink. Ad here: https://youtu.be/b0z4hxENqW4 1y
Centique @tournevis oh wow! That‘s not what I was imagining at all 😂😂😂 1y
tournevis @Centique No one who hasn't had it cam truly imagine it, TBH 1y
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mcctrish
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed this book. I loved the 10 year Gracie and all the angst and humour she brought to the story. It‘s a mystery but unconventionally so, it‘s more an unraveling of what transpired on this ‘avenue‘ to understand why everyone feels and acts the way they do

Tamra I did too! 1y
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mcctrish
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Enjoying the smell of my new cedar deck while I read and sip rosé ( did some journaling too) there is rain coming but I‘m not complaining because it‘s been so dry up to the last few days

Tamra In really liked this one! 1y
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mcctrish
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Sometimes you love a book from the first page

ju.ca.no I couldn‘t really connect with this one.... 1y
Bookishthoughts I just started this one and You are right!! 1st page I was hooked!👐💗 1y
saresmoore Yes! I loved this book. 1y
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mcctrish Oh @ju.ca.no that‘s too bad, it reminds me of a couple of other books 1y
mcctrish @LazyDays exactly, I laughed out loud when when Grace summed up everything she heard with “The lady from number eight has been murdered” 1y
mcctrish @saresmoore so much to love “(Harold) could fill a room with his frown annoyance” 😂 1y
Bookishthoughts Yed its adorable!😊 1y
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mirellalella86
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Have read this one in two days. An intriguing read.
~ " For with whatever judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with whatever measure you measure, it will be measured to you. " ~
This verse simply states that he who judges will himself be judged. ~ Matthew 7 : 2

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mirellalella86
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Cannot wait ... 🤗

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Molz
Pickpick

Some beautifully phrased descriptions and metaphors (if perhaps a little overdone). Themes of secrets and jumping to conclusions resonated with me, especially now.

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ChloeTallis
Mehso-so

I wasn't really sure what I expected from this one, but it was an enjoyable read and a great little story with a good mix of characters. For me, it was just lacking something and I was a little bit underwhelmed by the ending. Saying that, it was a solid 3.5/5 and I would definitely recommend for a light holiday read.

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lauralovesbooks1
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Pickpick

When Mrs. Creasy goes missing from her quiet neighborhood, 10 year olds, Grace and Tully set out to discover what really happened. Told mostly through their eyes, you watch long held neighborhood and family secrets start to unravel. Charming read, with some depth to it.

Tamra Loved it - memorable setting & characters. 2y
lauralovesbooks1 @Tamra The girls had me in stitches -- and warmed my heart 2y
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ChloeTallis
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Onto the next! 🤓

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ju.ca.no
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Mehso-so

This book was only okay for me, I couldn‘t really connect with any of the characters and there were to many side stories that I either didn‘t care about or that were dealt with too short... and I was annoyed with many things and actions by the characters. If the book shows one thing it is how harmful human ignorance and prejudice can be...

Tamra I liked how quirky the characters were, but yes they were also maddening. 2y
ju.ca.no @vlwelser as you‘ve stacked it- do you want my copy? I won‘t read the book again and will give it away eventually anyway 2y
vlwelser @ju.ca.no thank you for offering. I actually have a copy in my kindle that I have never looked at. My TBR pile is a bit of a nightmare. 2y
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ephemeralwaltz Intriguing title though! 2y
ju.ca.no @vlwelser I see😉 2y
ju.ca.no @ephemeralwaltz indeed! Unfortunately not a book for me... 2y
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ju.ca.no
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I‘m in love with my new booksleeve 💚 thank you again @Sarah83 🤗🤗🤗

Sarah83 So glad you like it 😊 2y
britt_brooke Love it! 2y
ju.ca.no @Sarah83 it‘s perfect😍😍😍 2y
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SilversReviews Gorgeous. 2y
Yanes This is so awesome! 2y
BiblioLitten I love map themed stuff.😍 2y
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ju.ca.no
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latenight trainride, luckily I found a seat in this crowded train... which means: reading time😍

Also yay for being able to post again🧡

Sarah83 If you read and don't write.. 😉😘 2y
ju.ca.no @Sarah83 haha true^^ but I still have more than an hour ahead of me, so enough time for both!;) 2y
Sarah83 That's a good answer 😉 2y
ephemeralwaltz Triple Yay!!! 2y
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ju.ca.no
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Waiting at the airport in Paris for my flight back home with a new book :)
Lille and Bruges were beautiful! 😍

BookishMarginalia Have a safe trip! 2y
Cinfhen Safe travels ✈️ 2y
Mdargusch Glad you had a great trip! I really enjoyed this book. 👍🏼 2y
ephemeralwaltz How was France? Hope you had a great time!! 2y
ju.ca.no @ephemeralwaltz really beautiful😍 I was in Lille and Bruges and bot cities were adorable 😍 2y
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Reita325
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I loved this small English town mystery told from the perspective of a young girl.

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Tamra
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Pickpick

👍🏾👍🏾 I really enjoyed this vivid portrait of quirky neighbors. It‘s all about human foibles and vulnerabilities that we try to keep under wraps. I will miss the characters, even though some of the attitudes & behaviors are maddening. It has a nice balance of humor, philosophy of religion, social commentary, and of course the mystery.

Kaye Good one ! 2y
Tamra I loved how we never meet the missing central character. Good grief, no wonder she took off! 😂 2y
Kaye @Tamra Yea, it sounds like a hard neighborhood to fit into. Everyone is in everyone else‘s business. Good story though. Looking forward to her new one this summer. (edited) 2y
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Mdargusch I liked this one too! 2y
Mdargusch I‘m glad she has a new one coming out @Kaye 2y
kyraleseberg Loved this book. Charming and somewhat unexpected! 2y
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Tamra
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1. Cold - 30s & 40s with snow still in forecast❄️
2. Anything asparagus
3. West by Carys Davies 4/24 release, preordered months ago 😵😵 & @MinDea you‘re it!

Thanks @robinb #springhassprung

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LittleRedReadingHood
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I read Three Things About Elsie by this author a while back, but have not yet read her first book. So I decided this will be my next conquest. Can't wait to get stuck into this one.

Kaye I really liked this. Can‘t wait for her next one this summer 2y
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JaneyWaneyB
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Pickpick

I really liked this story and the 1960/70's setting. Seeing an adult drama from the point of view of children gave this an interesting twist. The characters are intriguing and well-shaped. Overall there are some brilliant quotes and I took the different people, different perspectives. I wonder how this would read if set in 2018 and whether perspectives would be different?

Tamra In my nightstand TBR pile. 2y
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allisoncalifornia
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Mehso-so

This one was good, but a little slow for me.

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JaneyWaneyB
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"I don't think that's the point, Gracie. I think the point is, everyone's allowed to think different things."

On International Women's Day let's get people thinking differently about women and our contribution to the world
#InternationalWomensDay #WeAreWomen #PressForProgress #WomenReaders #WomenWriters #WomenAuthors

Soubhiville Yes! Great quote! 2y
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Curvybookgirl
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Pickpick

Really enjoyed this book. It reminded me a lot of my childhood in the 70‘s. An easy charming read.

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laduper
Mehso-so

Eh, it was okay. I liked the writing and the young characters, but the chapters about everyone else didn‘t captivate me.

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JaneyWaneyB
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After a busy few weeks 😥 with not much time for reading 📚 gonna get a few chapters in today 🤓 between chores boo 😣

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shaynarae The Trouble with Goats and Sheep is such a fun one. Hope it makes your free time extra enjoyable! 2y
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JaneyWaneyB
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Onto my next read and the first chapter has me booked 🤓📚☕

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daydreamin_star
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A successful book shop was completed yesterday! Cannot wait to dig into this books and already using my bag!! 😊😊

RachelO 👍I've heard really good things about Goats and Sheep! 2y
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