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The Duchess War
The Duchess War | Courtney Milan
Miss Minerva Lane is a quiet, bespectacled wallflower, and she wants to keep it that way. After all, the last time she was the center of attention, it ended badly--so badly that she changed her name to escape her scandalous past. Wallflowers may not be the prettiest of blooms, but at least they don't get trampled. So when a handsome duke comes to town, the last thing she wants is his attention. But that is precisely what she gets. Because Robert Blaisdell, the Duke of Clermont, is not fooled. When Minnie figures out what he's up to, he realizes there is more to her than her spectacles and her quiet ways. And he's determined to lay her every secret bare before she can discover his. But this time, one shy miss may prove to be more than his match...The books in the Brothers Sinister series:½. The Governess Affair (free prequel novella)1. The Duchess War1½. A Kiss for Midwinter (a companion novella to The Duchess War)2. The Heiress Effect3. The Countess Conspiracy4. The Suffragette Scandal4½. Talk Sweetly to Me
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xicanti
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I ran one of those procrastinatory “do my faves have anything on sale?” searches earlier and discovered Courtney Milan DOES! You can currently get the entire Brothers Sinister series for $2.99. You should jump on it if you like historical romance, or if you‘re one of those anti-romance types who‘s open to rethinking the genre. Milan might just change your mind.

emtobiasz Agreed! Milan is definitely the author who got me into romance! 2mo
xicanti @emtobiasz I know a bunch of people who bought into all the genre stereotypes until they gave her a try and realized there‘s more out there! 2mo
twohectobooks I have majorly reassessed my opinions about the romance genre over the past decade but I still just generally don‘t enjoy it (so far). That being said, sometimes when I go into a book not expecting any romance and get a really beautiful one, I am so on board. So ... 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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RachelO I‘ve been wanting to try her, & it‘s Qa.99 in the UK too. Oh look, I accidentally one-clicked! (Thanks) 2mo
xicanti @twohectobooks first off, I hope this doesn‘t come across as nasty. I don‘t mean it to. What I‘m hearing here is that you like romance when it‘s not marketed as romance, and while I don‘t know your whole reading life that takes me back to my own anti-certain-genres days, which were about bias. I expected to dislike certain genres so I didn‘t always look at each book on its own merits. I do hope you someday find a marketed-as romance you like! 2mo
xicanti @RachelO excellent accident. 2mo
readordierachel Hot damn! I love this series 2mo
twohectobooks Not nasty at all! I think I just didn‘t express myself well and am struggling to do so with only 451 characters. Maybe I‘ll write a blog post... What I‘m trying to say is that after a lot of soul-searching and reevaluating my prejudice I still don‘t think romance is my genre. High fantasy isn‘t either. But if a synopsis interests me I might give either one a chance and I have some books in each that I‘ve loved. Dunno if that clears it up at all. 2mo
xicanti @twohectobooks yeah, 451 characters makes things tough sometimes! That makes sense, and I love that attitude. I get so sad when people tell me they‘ve totally shut themselves off from certain genres, largely because that‘s what I used to do and I cheated myself out of so much great stuff. I‘m always glad to hear of readers who‘ll branch out when they find something that appeals to them. 2mo
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parasolofdoom
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This is why Courtney Milan is a g--d Queen

Ashley_Nicoletto God, I love her. ❤️ 3mo
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Nessavamusic
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Had a great reading day! Mainly listening to this wonderful #romantsy book. This was a reread inspired by the plagiarism scandal, that began with this book being plagiarized and a reader noticing. A big mistake as Milan is a lawyer...
#24B4Monday #audiobook

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Nessavamusic
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Alternating between tagged book on #audiobook and One Night Wife by by Ainslie Paton. Also continuing #24B4Monday!
#fridaynightbookclub @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JoScho

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 📚🙌🏻 4mo
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 4mo
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Nessavamusic
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Courtney Milan always makes me laugh and cry, and this time was no different. It was mostly delightful but three critiques: A smattering of ableist language, a fake disabled boy to show how Kind and Lovely the hero was—and I am bummed our heroine‘s BFF is married in the epilogue because I wanted her to get her own book. Other than that, it was a lovely, sexy, feelsy book.

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jpmcwisemorgan
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If you read or have read Milan, read romances, or just generally don‘t like plagiarism please show some support for Milan, who just found out an author in another country lifted passages from the tagged book. She‘s tweeted about it and is going to look into what options she might have. It‘s pretty clear plagiarism too. I bought the ebook and plan to read and review soon as a show of support.

Crazeedi That's a shame!!!😠😠 5mo
jpmcwisemorgan @Crazeedi Yes, it is. However, Romancelandia is in the case and they‘re going to find every instance of plagiarism in the other author‘s books. Apparently she even plagiarized from a wedding cake site!!! 5mo
Crazeedi @jpmcwisemorgan wow that's just crazy! There's probably more of that that goes on than we even realize unfortunately 5mo
jpmcwisemorgan @Crazeedi Oh, I‘m sure there is. Sometimes I see references to things and I don‘t feel like being a Twitter detective so I just go on about my day. I just happened to catch this one as it unfolded. 5mo
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Brooke_H
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This is an outstanding romance. I haven't read a lot of romance for pleasure (I don't count what I've read for work), but what I have read, while enjoyable, is pretty simple and cookie-cutter. This is neither. The characters are complex. There is a mysterious back story. There are a lot of great minor characters. Most importantly, the strong leading lady has agency.

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I've been inching my way into reading romance novels again; 1 or 2, here and there as I hear good things about them. I grew up in a house full of Harlequins so I'm not a stranger but I got burnt out by the genre. This book however was really good. Strong female MC, interesting take on the sexual relations, and the tackling of PTSD. For me it read less like a typical historical romance and more like a romance that just happens to be set in history.

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But they're the highest form of literature!

vivastory 😂😂 14mo
LoverofLit I love a good pun! 😂😂👍👍 14mo
jpmcwisemorgan I kind of want to read this now. 14mo
2BR02B @jpmcwisemorgan it's a pretty fun read. My biggest complaint so far is not enough sexy times. 14mo
GripLitGrl i love a good pun! 😄😄👍 14mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Wow. I loved this book!! Amazing complex characters (even supporting ones) and wonderful integration of fascinating historical details of 1860s England (scientific advancements, working class rights, chess competitions and more!). Also, super funny! I was so rooting for Robert and Minnie. Milan does this incredible thing with their first sex scene: it doesn't go very well and they have to talk about it afterwards and figure out how to do better!

CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian More gushing: this is the best historical romance novel I've ever read! Also, the sex scenes after the botched first time are super sexy. #Romantsy 14mo
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And suddenly I kind of like the Duchess of Clermont.

rubyslippersreads 😂😂😂 14mo
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CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian
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Man, I love Courtney Milan's writing! Maybe almost as much as I love tea.
#Romantsy

writerlibrarian Milan is often my go to author when I don't know what to read. I have a few of hers in reserve, waiting. 😁 14mo
sammisho I have been reading this series, love it! 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @writerlibrarian Good idea! I'm happy that I have so many of her books ahead of me still. 14mo
CaseyTheCanadianLesbrarian @sammisho I've already read the second book and loved that one too! 14mo
sammisho I'm on the 4th one! 14mo
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ScientistSam
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What an intriguing and original pair of protoganists! Minnie has a secret that could ruin her, and it's not what you think. Robert Blaisdell also has a secret, but what can ruin a Duke?

A love story with a not-so-pretty heroine and an endearing hero who grew up a poor little rich boy.

I really really enjoyed it!
#romantsy

Centique This is possibly my all time favourite historical romance. Love this whole series 😍 14mo
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Beckys_Books
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A library loan through Overdrive helped me start off #25inFive with a quick finished book. I really don't have anything to say about the book. Needed a change of pace from my last read and this was. Some complexity to the characters, but also some unbelievable plot points. But, it's a romance and I read those for fun, not to sharpen my book review skills. I don't want to put serious thought into it.

#25in5

Andrew65 A good start to the challenge. 👏 1y
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emtobiasz
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Reading more Courtney Milan with my #thunderbuddy quivering beside me tonight 🌩 I accidentally started book 2 in the series, but I've gone back to this one so I can read them in order #romantsy

JoScho One of my dogs is also terrified of thunder. I hate it for them. 1y
emtobiasz @JoScho Olive's fear developed after her fear of fireworks, because of dumb neighbors 😡 It's heartbreaking not being able to soothe her. 1y
JoScho Yep mine freaks over fireworks. He actually totally went crazy one day when he was alone during a storm and ripped out multiple teeth and destroyed a lot of stuff. I just felt so sorry that he was that scared. It is hard. 1y
JoScho Trazodone helps take the edge off a bit. 1y
xicanti Poor Olive! My sweet Hannah was also scared of thunder, and I had to make sure there was room for her to hide under the bed during storms because it was the only thing that made her feel better. 1y
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SarahSaysRead
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So many things to love about this: an intelligent and scarred (literally) heroine, a honorable hero, and a fantastic "first time having sex together" scene that was realistically bad, and then she schooled him on how to get it done right. ? I need more Courtney Milan in my life. ❤?

#historicalromance #feminism #sexpositive #romancenovel

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Very much here for this. Also, I can't believe I haven't read Courtney Milan before!! 💝📖

#romancenovel #historicalromance #metoo #feminism #hellyes

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My typical "sick day" meal - brown rice porridge with fish slices and some peas, topped with pork floss and furikake. Also lots and lots and lots of green tea. Somehow this combination always helps me feel better.
And not to forget, a delightfully fun read

margreads Hope you feel better soon 1y
Deidre-Dee-OfficialBookworm Rice porridge. Interesting:) 1y
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DebinHawaii Hope you feel better soon! 💜 1y
Lindy 🌻get well soon.🌻 1y
ghosthost Gorgeous photo! I hope you‘re feeling well soon! 💜 1y
introvertedbooks Feel better. Looks yummy! 1y
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RealLifeReading
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I seem to have caught a bad cold so I'm lying on the sofa with my granny square throw and just downloaded a new-to-me author (thanks to @ghosthost @xicanti @CoffeeK8 for the recommendation!) because all my other reads are too heavy for me at the moment.

DivineDiana Feel better! Love the blanket! 1y
LiteraryinLititz Hang in there! 1y
Moray_Reads Looks perfect. I'm suffering with you, my third cold in three months! 1y
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xicanti This is great sick day reading. I hope it helps distract you from your cold! 1y
TheWordJar Take care! (And beautiful blanket!) 1y
valeriegeary This blanket is 👍👍👍! Hope you start feeling better soon! 1y
CoffeeK8 Fell better soon, this is a great read for a day you‘re feeling miserable! 1y
ghosthost This time of the year is so rough. I hope you feel better soon and I can‘t wait to hear what you think of the book. 1y
BiblioNyan Hope you feel better soon! February kicked my rear end with colds, so I feel ya. Stay warm! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you‘re feeling better!! Beautiful throw ❤️❤️ 1y
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pygmywarrior
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My first Courtney Milan book and I'm definitely reading more. Romance with humor, but also heartache. Heavy stuff like dealing with past trauma and emotional abuse, but it doesn't overshadow the romance. Not what I expected, and I really enjoyed it. Loved watching two virgins leaving how to please each other rather than the typical "I'm a man and know everything and will teach you, my virgin bride" that's found on most historical romance.

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parasolofdoom
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It's really a breath of fresh air to find a Regency romance without the super alpha trope. 50% in since I need to charge my Fire before I can finish my graphic novel.

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parasolofdoom
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Oh thank goodness, this is exactly the sort of thing I was looking for. A regency romance with likable characters -- about a third through now. I've been searching for a new romance series to get lost in.

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parasolofdoom
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I'm really in the mood for a romance and keep putting stuff down within 15-70 pages -- picking this up tonight, fingers crossed I get into it 🤞

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silentrequiem
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Oh this was super fun. And I love that the book did not end with the marriage, and there was a good bit of plot still to go. I loved this. A brilliant heroine, a sensitive and liberal-minded hero, and a really engaging plot. I'll be reading more in this series!
#knittersoflitsy #romantsy

Hooked_on_books Your knitting is beautiful! 2y
MayginReads Love your knitting! 2y
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writerlibrarian
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Especially need a pick me up today. Car battery went dead. I'm heading to the garage to have it replace. Hence a good Courtney Milan will definitely pick me up. #survivingdecember

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xicanti
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Yep; I'm definitely a Courtney Milan fan. This one's packed with sympathetic and multidimensional characters, sexual chemistry, realistic impediments to the lovers' happiness, social issues like workers' rights and women's options in a repressive society, chess talk, excellent non-romantic relationships... the works. It killed me I couldn't read through it as quickly as it deserved. #romantsy

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xicanti
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It's been frickin miserable all day--snow, wind, gloom--so I'm trying for some hygge.

Grimscythe That‘s a candle, right? Not some radioactive hot drink? 2y
xicanti @TheGhastlyGrimoire yep. 100% candle. 2y
Grimscythe @xicanti Okay. XD I couldn‘t see the flame. 2y
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xicanti @TheGhastlyGrimoire I had to choose between a defined flame and a book cover that was too dark to see, so I took the cup of radioactivity route. 2y
readordierachel Sorry about the gloom. Although that's perfect tea weather. 2y
xicanti @ReadOrDieRachel I did drink a LOT of tea today, but I'd much rather have done it outside, in the warmth. :( 2y
Grimscythe @xicanti 😹😹😹💜💀💀💀 2y
readordierachel Hopefully it warms up a bit soon! 2y
Avanders 🤗💖 sending Hygge love! 2y
xicanti @Avanders thanks! 2y
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xicanti
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Supper was tamales and the start of THE DUCHESS WAR by Courtney Milan. #romantsy

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Dragon
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I was listening to an older Get Booked episode and this #romantsy novel was recommended. A more serious story than the last two ebooks. Serious topics such as class privilege, abuse of power , anxiety attacks and the plight of unmarried women. A lot to think about along with a very pleasant romance.

Cinfhen Nice review 😀 2y
Dragon Thanks @Cinfhen 😀💚🐉 2y
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theshrinkette
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Aaaahhhhh this was a delight! #24in48

Aquedita This entire series is on my TBR for sure :) 2y
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MadCatRamble
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Courtney Milan's been recommended so often that I decided to give her a try. The Duchess War was sweet and the chemistry between Robert and Minnie was charming. It didn't quite capture me, but I liked it enough to pick up one of her other books next time I want a romance fix.

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llwheeler
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Sunday afternoon

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Mariana1
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New book :)

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lennearb
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Mehso-so

I think I gave the last book in this series a so-so also, but I needed a light read and it was available.

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Chessa
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4 ⭐ This series continues to be super fun! I think if this had been 2/3rds of its length it might have been a 5-star read. My absolute favorite scene was on the train with Violet and Sebastian - watching them embarrass Robert in front of Minnie was worth the entire book. So funny!

I laughed out loud a lot - always a good sign. Very much looking forward to the next in the series. #romantsy #litsyAtoZ #LetterD

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ElaineA
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I joined Roni Loren's 2017 Read & Watch Challenge. January's theme is Begin, so I'm going with the beginning of The Brothers Sinister series. #readwatch17

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Rebekaaah
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I really enjoyed this. Robert and Minnie were so sweet together, and I enjoyed that it wasn't strictly "society".

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Rebekaaah
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Still on my romance kick ✅❤

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annamae
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This book was so great! I loved the social justice themes throughout. Definitely a new favorite 😍

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annamae
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Merry Christmas!!! Very excited about my new kindle. Already finished a book on it! 😳

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chicknscratch
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Reread for the second time (not usual for me), touched me even more. Double love for Minnie and Robert!!

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Centique
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Up till a year ago I didn't read romance. And then I heard the @bookriot GetBooked podcast on romances and .... I realised I was a dumbass. Missing out on a whole genre? Assuming it was badly written and/or sexist? Such a dumbass.

This is my first Courtney Milan. Wow, I am so impressed. Gorgeous complicated characters. Smart, funny, sexy. A delight. I'm so glad I found this author! And Im so glad I listened to @Amanda 😊

Centique And of course I have the rest of the boxed set to read now 👍😀 3y
raelaschoenherr My favorite was The Countess Conspiracy! 3y
Centique @raelaschoenherr that's good to hear! I'll look forward to that one 😍 3y
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MarieA I love that whole series! My favorite is definitely the countess conspiracy though! The novellas as pretty awesome as well 3y
Centique @MarieA oh I'm really looking forward to reading the rest. Courtney Milan is so fabulous 😊 3y
Amanda Hooray hooray! 3y
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