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The Second Mrs. Hockaday
The Second Mrs. Hockaday: A Novel | Susan Rivers
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When Major Gryffth Hockaday is called to the front lines of the Civil War, his new bride is left to care for her husbands three-hundred-acre farm and infant son. Placidia, a mere teenager herself living far from her family and completely unprepared to run a farm or raise a child, must endure the darkest days of the war on her own. By the time Major Hockaday returns two years later, Placidia is bound for jail, accused of having borne a child in his absence and murdering it. What really transpired in the two years he was away? Inspired by a true incident, this saga unfolds with gripping intensity, conjuring the era with uncanny immediacy. Amid the desperation of wartime, Placidia sees the social order of her Southern homeland unravel. As she comes to understand how her own history is linked to one runaway slave, her perspective on race and family are upended. A love story, a story of racial divide, and a story of the South as it fell in the war, The Second Mrs. Hockaday reveals how this generation--and the next--began to see their world anew.
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Joreads
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This hook will stay with long after you read it. Once I started to read it I could not put it down.

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bibliostephanie
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed Part One a fair bit, but I knew the resolution thirty pages in. It‘s a first novel and, despite my disappointment, I will check our more as they come. I did enjoy the philosophy and mythology she incorporated.

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Cinfhen Ha!! I recently bought this book from #BookOutlet ~ I‘m looking forward to reading it 12mo
vivastory Did you enjoy this book? 12mo
CrowCAH @Cinfhen I got in a swap. @vivastory haven‘t read it yet, but it‘s in the TBR. 12mo
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KTV323
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This was such a phenomenal read! I loved the twists and turns and intricate details. I devoured the last 150 pages in 1 evening! Definitely a must read

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CocoReads
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Book group was Monday and I just finally finished the book. It was a slow starter for me but I did end up enjoying it. I wouldn‘t exactly call it suspenseful but I did keep turning the pages to find out what happened (even after I knew from the spoilers at book group). There were sentences that just resonated with me and I think I‘ll be thinking about the characters for some time to come.

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CocoReads
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Next 4 #bookgroup reads. Mrs. Hockaday for this month, Clockmakers Daughter for November, The Last Ballad is a surprise addition for sometime in December as one of our members won a Skype chat with Wiley Cash and Next Year in Havana is my pick for December even though due to the holidays, it will be held the first week of January.

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CocoReads
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#bookhaul from the other night. Lighting is bad because my oldest moved out a couple weeks ago and her room is to become my reading and writing room but it doesn‘t have enough lighting right now. Still have to pack some of her stuff and vacuum and then figure out what I want to do-furniture wise.

Reviewsbylola Great haul! 1y
tammysue Nice! 😊 1y
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BookNAround
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This is the second book I brought with me to get my oil changed because I was too close to finishing the first one to be comfortable with only one. Good thing since I‘m cracking it open now!

SandyW Sorry! But at least you planned well. 1y
CocoReads I just bought this last night! 1y
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everlocalwest
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A solid historical novel that uses the epistolary form well. I'm always hesitant to read hist fiction set during the Civil War because that is a tragic scaffolding upon which to hang a narrative and I have no patience for the romance of the antebellum south, but Rivers avoids most of those traps to have a white, slave owning protagonist that is not a monster but also not meant to be a lilywhite angel either. Solid for what it is; not my thing.

kgriffith I don‘t think I‘ll stack it just yet but I do love epistolary storytelling! 2y
Cinfhen Great review! 2y
everlocalwest @kgriffith The form is handled well, between letters, diaries, and court documents. And apparently this is based on an actual historical event if that pushes you over the edge toward reading it... 2y
everlocalwest @Cinfhen Thanks! 😍 2y
kgriffith @everlocalwest It doesn‘t for me, but paging @ablachly 😎 2y
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Brie
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A young Civil War bride, Placidia, arrives on her new husband‘s farm ill-prepared to face the deprivations of the war-torn South isolated & nearly completely alone save for a few enslaved servants. During the two years her husband is off fighting, Placidia allegedly births an illegitimate child & murders the infant. A suspenseful & riveting story told in an epistolary format with letters & court documents.

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lesmel
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Not my preferred style of writing; in fact I struggled to stay engaged with the story because of the epistolary style. However, my perseverance was well rewarded. Rivers writes a story that is sad, confusing, and offers little happiness; but that is to be expected considering the setting. #bookclub #noveldiscussions #2018

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fmcgeough
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never rely on prayer when effort might suffice

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MallenNC
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This week‘s #libraryhaul Excited to read both of these as soon as I finish what I‘m reading now.

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ReadingisMyPassion
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Placidia Hockaday was a teenaged newlywed when her husband went off to war. Two years later he returned to find his wife jailed for the murder of her newborn child. What happened while he was away. Very suspenseful.

Tanzy13 🐱 2y
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Aloisi_tribe
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⭐⭐⭐⭐ This was another book recommended by @Liberty . Told through letters, court documents, and diary entries, it's the story of a young bride left to care for a farm and a small boy from her husband's first marriage when he goes off to fight in the Civil War and is held prisoner for two years. He returns to rumors that his wife had gotten pregnant, given birth, and killed the baby while he was away.

Bklover It sure seems like a recommendation from @Liberty is always a good one! 2y
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ReadingisMyPassion
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I am currently reading this book. It took a while for me to get into it but am now loving it. #algonquinbooks

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Aloisi_tribe
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Anytime I see the highlighted quote, my brain immediately jumps to Angelica Schuyler instead of Lady Macbeth (and apparently Gaston from Beauty and the Beast??).

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TracyReadsBooks
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Placidia meets & marries Major Gryffth Hockaday in two days & then returns with him to his home. Days later he is called back to the war leaving Placidia in charge of his young son & the farm. He doesn't return for two years & when he does, Placidia is on her way to jail & not saying a word about her alleged crimes. The story is told through letters & inquest documents, a format I really enjoyed. An interesting read I very much enjoyed.

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TracyReadsBooks
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So, my mother, with great enthusiasm and a little bit of demand, told me I need to read this book, one of her favorite reads of the summer. (In part, she admitted, because she really needs someone she can talk to about it.) She generally has really good taste in books so yeah, this is my current read. Can't wait to talk about it!

ElishaLovesBooks I haven't heard of this book at all! What's it about? 2y
TracyReadsBooks Civil War -- young bride left to handle farm while husband goes off to fight. He comes back 2 years later to find she is on way to jail accused of having a baby she then killed. So, it's all about what happened while he was gone. 2y
TracyReadsBooks Or at least that's what the inside flap says. 2y
ElishaLovesBooks Sounds interesting! 2y
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MamaGina
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Finished! This epistolary novel is set during the Civil War but also gives glimpses of post-reconstruction life in the 1890s. Early on I guessed the truth of the tragedy at the center of the drama, but it didn't diminish my enjoyment; the use of letters and official documents was particularly effective in this author's hands.

I've also wrapped my gifts for my #LetsGetCozy recipient...hmmmmm, I wonder where these are headed?📚🤓

#LitsyPartyofOne

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MamaGina
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Enjoying this one, so far. Feeling a News of the World, Burial Rites and His Bloody Project kinda vibe ...🤓

ReadingEnvy Did you see this was shortlisted for the Center for Fiction's First Novel Prize? 2y
MamaGina I didn't, @ReadingEnvy, that's excellent!🤓 (edited) 2y
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GraciesLibrary
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Another Civil War era book, this one based on a true incident which took place in the South as it was being ravaged by war - the heroine a teenage newlywed left to manage a farm on her own. This is a story of courage, survival, and love which is told exclusively through letters and journal entries with language that is almost poetic in nature. A book so suspenseful you will not want to put it down. It will stay with you long after you do.

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tinaisreading
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Really enjoyed reading this one. Rivers sets up a lot of suspense through the pacing of the story and creates a sense of eeriness and fear over the whole wartime setting. Such a great premise. I also thought this was a great take on an epistolary novel and she uses some clever techniques to keep it interesting.

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Aseleener
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I was waiting for the Kindle version on Overdrive when I discovered the audio on Hoopla. I almost bailed right off the bat because the female narrator was overacting quite a bit, but she got better and I am glad I stuck with it. I enjoyed this story of a very young wife trying to maintain a large farm while her new husband fights in the Civil War. I did guess one of the twists correctly, but still enjoyed the mystery. #historicalfiction ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Kimlayman7
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Placidia's story is told through letters and diary entries, which is a great structure for this novel. It was far more interesting that just a straightforward telling of the events. We learn about what happened to Placidia in bits and pieces and this historical fiction novel takes on the air of a work of suspense. I haven't read a lot of historical fiction lately, and this book reminded me of why I love the genre so much.

GoldenGirl I don't really read a lot of historical fiction, but this one sounds like a winner! 3y
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mllemay
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I went into this with no expectations and it ended up moving me to tears. I really enjoyed the format - the story is told through letters, diary entries and court documents. And Placidia is now one of my favorite strong female characters in literature. The writing was great and I marked down many passages. I feel like I should have anticipated the "twist" but I didn't so it was truly suspenseful until the end for me.

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TrishTheBibliophile
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This story follows the legal proceedings that take place when Dia's husband returns from war to find out she had been pregnant and given birth to a child, who is now missing. Told through letters, interviews and diary entries, we come to learn how this happened. I expected more from this novel. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't stellar. The plot was interesting but it lacked fluidity. I don't regret reading it, but wouldn't read it again.

Reviewsbylola I completely agree. And now that some time has elapsed since I read it (4 months), I feel even more lukewarm. 3y
kspenmoll Nice review! 3y
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Librarylady
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I started this last night at 10:00 and finished it up early this morning. I love epistolary novels and historical fiction so it was right up my alley. As the novel opens Placidia is awaiting judgement on having an illegitimate child while her husband was away fighting in the Civil War. As the story unfolds, the events surrounding Placidia's guilt are brought to light and revealed slowly.

Reviewsbylola I thought I would love this too but it fell short for me. 3y
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Librarylady
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It's 10 pm on a Saturday night. Do I start a new book or wait until tomorrow?

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Jenshootsweddings
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Took my time reading this one, literally savouring it, because it was just SO good.

A soldier returns from 2 years fighting in the civil war to find rumours of his young wife having born and murdered a baby. Were the 3 days they spent together before he left enough to really know her?

Loved the format of letters and diary entries, & found it a great way to draw out the emotional events.

I loved it so much that I'll probably buy my own copy.

Jillsandypants Sounds good! I'll have to check this one out. 3y
Aseleener I was just looking at this on Hoopla the other day. Thanks for the review. 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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The power went out JUST as I was about to start a big pile of laundry. It's awful - what will I find to do with myself now?! 😊

You know what's NOT awful? THIS BOOK. I'm trying to savour it slowly because I feel like it might end up an all time fave ... although I also don't want to jinx it.

Reviewsbylola Lol, any excuse works for me when it comes to getting out of housework. 😂 I'm glad you're enjoying this book. I was so excited but found it to be lackluster. 3y
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Jenshootsweddings
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Just started this a bit ago, and already 59 pages in. I suspect if I don't stop now, I'm going to finish it in one sitting.

Loving it already, but The Terror Squad and I have had a long few days and an early night would do us all well... although the grumpy one is already snoring loudly.

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Jenshootsweddings
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A much anticipated library hold came in, as well as the next library book club pick! Trying to decide which one to read first.

Also spending every single minute possible outside because THIS WEATHER 😍

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Oooo! Ooo! Burial Rites!! 😍 3y
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B.Reader
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Absolutely loved this book. I enjoyed the format, the pace, and the setting almost as much as I loved the main character, Placidia. She is amazingly developed through her own words throughout the story but also through the eyes of others. This book is also going to check off my #bookriot #readharder challenge book about war, as it captures how civilians suffer as well as those in direct conflict. A+ read!

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B.Reader
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This is how I spent my Sunday. #booklove #dogsoflitsy

DebinHawaii Look at that sweet face! 🐶❤️ 3y
Cinfhen Cute 🐶🐾 3y
tpixie Sweet 🐶 3y
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BittersweetBooks
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I did not realize that doubt is a disease but now that it is eating me alive I understand what happens when questions go unanswered❓

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Reviewsbylola
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This was a solid read for me but almost marked as so-so only because I never felt truly connected to the story. I believe that was due to the format (told all in letters, diary entries, and court transcripts). It was also refreshing to have a different type of format, so it was a double edged sword for me. The part I enjoyed most was the way the book really examined our relationships and motives. I battled a lot with both the Major and Placidia.

minkyb Great description! 3y
Suzze I also liked this one but felt the same disconnection to the characters. But I still gave it 4⭐️. 3y
Jenshootsweddings Oooooh this one is on my radar! 3y
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Reviewsbylola I think if I had been in a different mood I would have enjoyed it a bit more. It's the first book I read after the readathon and I just needed an easy book instead of one where I had to make more of an effort to connect with. @Suzze 3y
Reviewsbylola Thank you 😊 @minkyb 3y
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Reviewsbylola
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#bathandabook tonight!!! 🙌🏻🙌🏻🙌🏻 Hoping to finish this one tonight. The different format is very refreshing, especially for a period as well known as the Civil War.

Lacythebookworm Is that a Lush bath bomb? ❤ 3y
LeahBergen Perfect! 3y
Reviewsbylola Yes, one of the Valentines Day ones. 💘 @Lacythebookworm 3y
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Missysbooks
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Last night we took our daughter out to dinner and to the bookstore to celebrate her all "A" report card. I came home with a prize too!

Reviewsbylola I just checked this out of my library! 3y
CocoReads Was this what you forgot to tell me this morning? It looks great! 3y
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MrBook
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#TBRtemptation post! A 4 star GR-rated historical fiction book based on a real life story. It's the end of the Civil War & Major Hockaday returns to his wife, son, & 300-acre farm. What he doesn't know is that his wife--who toiled on the farm during his enlistment--is heading to jail, accused of having borne another child & murdering it. A love story & mystery found inside a rapidly changing Southern culture. I want! #blameLitsy #blameMrBook 😎

Anovelobsession This one is on my wishlist!! 3y
MrBook @Anovelobsession I would like to see that wishlist 😊👍🏻! 3y
Reviewsbylola Reading this one now. 😎 3y
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BookBabe @Reviewsbylola Is it good? This sounds awesome! 3y
Reviewsbylola It is really good! It is pretty short and the format is different, as it is all letters, court documents, and diary entries. I am hoping to finish it tonight. @BookBabe 3y
LitsyGoesPostal 😊👍🏻 3y
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Reader651

I love it! Civil War-era thriller! Military wife is jailed and accused of adultery and infanticide.

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Hestapleton
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My Netgalley copy had some MAJOR formatting issues that made it difficult for me to get into this one. However, once I pushed through them, sweet baby Jesus in a manger. I was hooked. More mystery than historical fiction, I loved sorting through letters, diary entries, and court documents to find out what happened to Placidia. Definitely pick this one up! 4/5

Jenni_Capps I can't wait to get ahold of this book!! 3y
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whatsheread
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One of the best books I have read in a long, long time.

Reviewsbylola Very much looking forward to this one! 3y
whatsheread @Reviewsbylola You are going to love it! 3y
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Theresa
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My sad but full bookcases along with evidence supporting my claim that I need more bookshelves! I'm coveting the white Kallax from Ikea. 😍 #selfie

jpmcwisemorgan I like the Kallex units from Ikea! 3y
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Liberty
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It's #FunFridayPhoto time! Today's photo: post a #shelfie! This one is in my office, and is desperately in need of straightening. But who has time to clean when there are so many books to read???? 📚📚📚

BookBabe 📚❤ 3y
Baileeandme ❤📚❤ 3y
Suzze 📚📚📚💕💕💕 3y
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moranadatter Love the blocks. 3y
jessberk13 😍😍😍 3y
Suet624 This is exactly what I imagined your office bookshelf would look like. 3y
Beetle Book stacks are my cleanup strategy. Our shelves are replicants. 3y
Haweller Love the Elvis piggy bank. 3y
ValerieAndBooks I have to say thanks for doing this prompt. I've loved seeing all the #shelfies 📚📚📚📚 3y
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Liberty
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Evening reading: Finally settling in to start reading this after several delays. With help from Millay. 📚💕

eastbaykate 😻 3y
Bookzombie 💕🐱 3y
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LEGolasa
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#bookmail Whoop whoop!! Thanks @AlgonquinBooks 😁😁 #goodreadsgiveaway