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Wilde Lake
Wilde Lake: A Novel | Laura Lippman
The New York Times bestselling author of the acclaimed standalones After Im Gone, Id Know You Anywhere, and What the Dead Know, challenges our notions of memory, loyalty, responsibility, and justice in this evocative and psychologically complex story about a long-ago death that still haunts a family.Luisa Lu Brant is the newly electedand first femalestates attorney of Howard County, Maryland, a job in which her widower father famously served. Fiercely intelligent and ambitious, she sees an opportunity to make her name by trying a mentally disturbed drifter accused of beating a woman to death in her home. Its not the kind of case that makes headlines, but peaceful Howard county doesnt see many homicides.As Lu prepares for the trial, the case dredges up painful memories, reminding her small but tight-knit family of the night when her brother, AJ, saved his best friend at the cost of another mans life. Only eighteen, AJ was cleared by a grand jury. Now, Lu wonders if the events of 1980 happened as she remembers them. What details might have been withheld from her when she was a child?The more she learns about the case, the more questions arise. What does it mean to be a man or woman of ones times? Why do we ask our heroes of the past to conform to the presents standards? Is that fair? Is it right? Propelled into the past, she discovers that the legal system, the bedrock of her entire life, does not have all the answers. Lu realizes that even if she could learn the whole truth, she probably wouldnt want to.
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Anna40
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Gorgeous historical part of Ellicott City, MD, mentioned in Wilde Lake by Laura Lippman. It feels like being in France or England :)

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Anna40
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Centennial Park, Columbia MD
Wilde Lake is set in Howard County and Columbia, MD.
I'm learning about the city's history and street names: " ... the names quickly became more fanciful and literary. Faulkner's Run, Hobbit's Glen, Longfellow."
It's funny to read a book set so close to a place that I have just moved to and explore it in real life and through the historical background provided in the novel.

Anna40 @andrew61 started it today. It's a book I would normally read on a long journey or holiday not really when I'm at home but it fascinates me that it's set so close to where we live now. The writing and story are engaging - so far :) never would have discovered the author if you hadn't posted your review :) 4w
andrew61 Great photo. Who are the statues? 4w
Anna40 @andrew61 I've been unsuccessful at trying to find that out online. Didn't look at the names on the plaque when I was there. Will check when I'm in centennial park again because I'd like to know too! 😊 3w
Anna40 @andrew61 ahhh I'm in a reading rut. This book can't lift me out. Am bailing :( 2w
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Bec_lectic
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Mehso-so

Eh this book I struggled to keep interested in. The plot was just slow and there really was no build up for the ending until the last quarter of the book. This definitely was not a page turner but the ending had a few surprises so I gave it a so-so.

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JPeterson
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I think I was expecting a bit more out of this, and some of the chapters were longer then necessary, but I enjoyed the majority of it. The main character, Lu, was not the most likable character, but her faults made it all the more realistic. 3.5 stars. ⭐️

Plus, here is a picture of my sleepy reading buddy. 😻

gradcat I couldn‘t find him there for a minute...but now I see him, and he‘s soooo beautiful! 🐈❤️🐈💚🐈💙😻😻😻 10mo
JPeterson @gradcat Haha, yes, the problem with black cats when you have mostly black furniture/blankets - they tend to blend in. 😂 Thanks! (edited) 10mo
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holarosarita
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Mehso-so

I had a fear that this book would never get to the juicy reveal. But then it did! But then it got a little too serious about, like, “the nature of secrets” and ehhhh... pretty fun compelling read for the most part tho

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holarosarita
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Dramatic lighting for a dramatic cover.

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Susanita
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Man-made #waterfalls drain Wilde Lake. #heatofjuly

BarbaraBB Gorgeous picture! 14mo
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Victoriahoperose
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Mehso-so

I just couldn‘t get into this. I felt like there were too many characters and it was just really slow moving. The plot was interesting, but overall predictable and just didn‘t keep my interest.

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readingallthetime
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I stated this today.

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lildeb_8
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Panpan

None of the characters are good people. The ending is depressing. I know it's supposed to be one of those endings that will leave you stunned but it didn't. It left me feeling bleh.

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lildeb_8
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Pumpkin
Horror book
Hayride
Hot cocoa
Corn maze
Tailgating
Football - I even have my own fantasy football team

#falltimefavorites

Linear Cuz at this point that I realize that I am probably one of the laziest fall people of all time. I have never really done a corn maze or hayride. I actually think I just spent most of all curled up in bed hiding from the cold 2y
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Magpiegem
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Well I absolutely sped through this book and really enjoyed it on the whole. As others have said there was something a little bit To Kill A Mockingbird about it. Although I was underwhelmed by the ending I think I would recommend it overall.

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Magpiegem
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The kids have given me one of their bugs. I feel crappy so I am cheering myself up by drinking really cold ginger ale, really hot tea and starting a book that I have wanted to read for a while. This is another podcast rec... goodness knows which one. I'm hoping it is a series I can get in to.

Megabooks Feel better! 2y
Read4life Happy reading. Hope you feel better soon! 2y
cobwebmoth Feel better soon! 2y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you get to feeling better!! 2y
Louise Well-wishes from a fellow bug-sufferer! Lots of tea and long naps here too! 2y
LeahBergen Feel better soon! 2y
Redwritinghood Hope you feel better soon. 2y
megt Hope you feel better soon! 2y
TheLibrarian Feel better! 2y
Magpiegem @Booksandcooks @Read4life @cobwebmoth @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @LeahBergen @Redwritinghood @megt @TheLibrarian ❤️❤️ Thank you so much for all your well wishes. I am now an official snot monster... which means no seeping... which means more reading! Every cloud... 😄 2y
Magpiegem @Louise I hope you are feeling much better too!! Xx 2y
Louise Thanks! Taking it a day at a time. May we both be well again soon! 2y
Lmstraubie Hope you're feeling better! 2y
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Betty
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$1.99 on Kindle today!!

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MyNamesParadise
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Pickpick

This was a good listen & I enjoyed trying to put the pieces together throughout. I loved how this takes place in MD- my state! And learning local history I didn't previously know about the state & Columbia in general. At times the current storyline took on too many ramblings about modern history and tangents that felt out of place. Good family mystery & how the past is rarely left alone. First from this author!

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MyNamesParadise
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Listening while eating breakfast!! I love how Laura Lippman includes so much stuff about Maryland- my home! 😊😊

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Lcsmcat
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Mehso-so

I wish I could rate this higher, but it didn't live up to my hopes. Instead of pleasant nostalgia, it was kind of depressing to hear that the high school where I student taught in 1983 was no longer considered academically challenging, and the neighborhood was slipping into decay. But that wouldn't have been such a big deal if the writing were better or the plotting tighter. It's a light read, but there are better written "summer reads."

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Lcsmcat
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"The present is swollen with self-regard for itself, but soon enough the present becomes the past."
I'm going to finish this for the nostalgia factor, but sentences like this one are driving me crazy!

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Lcsmcat
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I'm excited to start this one today. I did my student teaching at Wilde Lake High School in the mid eighties, so this is a total nostalgia read.

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Lcsmcat
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Look what was waiting for me when I got home from work! The Lippmann is for me, but the Silverstein is for my daughter who lost all her books when Hurricane Matthew flooded her house. It was a particular favorite from her childhood so of course it's one of the first ones to be replaced. #bookhaul #bookmail

JoeStalksBeck Love both ❤️ 2y
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MarticaMustRead
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🤓📖🎙📚🌟❣#BookFestival #GBF #AuthorTalk #AuthorsAreMyRockstars

Notes fr the weekend:
She was the best- & a local! Needles to say, there was a big crowd for her & she didn't disappoint. Witty, self deprecating, & hilarious!
- She's already finished her book for 2018 & is currently working on another one!
- She won't let her hubby (creator of 'The Wire) edit her drafts anymore after he went to town with a red pen the one time she did ask him.😄

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Fancypants
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I think this was supposed to be a mystery/thriller? But there was no mystery and everything wrapped up so cleanly and just step by step. In the first half of the book she goes from modern third person view to past first person view, but then just stops writing like that and then ends in another view. Probably one of the most boring and tedious mysteries I've read.

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Fancypants
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I only have 50 pages left and I have honestly no idea what this book is about.

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Suzze
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Love this book so much! And Laura is the best. #maybookflowers #bodyofwater

melbeautyandbooks Love her! 2y
Betty Adore her, especially after seeing her talk on tv aeons ago 2y
MyNamesParadise Awesome!! 2y
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Susanita
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My favorite #localauthor and a book full of local color. This is THE Wilde Lake. #aprilbookshowers

Suzze This is probably my favorite book by her. 2y
Susanita @Suzze It's one of my favorites too. 2y
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hes7
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With a distinct To Kill a Mockingbird feel, Laura Lippman‘s Wilde Lake tells a story of family and community, secrets and mystery, coming-of-age and disillusionment. Wholly interesting and surprising, with a cast of vivid and flawed characters, this book provides quite the read. (I received a free copy of this book. All opinions expressed are my own.)

Lcsmcat I did my student teaching at Wilde Lake High School in Howard County, MD in the mid 80's. I guess I need to read this book. 3y
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librarian365
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15 hours down of #24in48! Would never have made it without this great audiobook. Even got to make cookies while I'm reading! #24in48 #readathon #audiobooks #2017reads

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Chelsea.Poole
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Ok, so I wasn't blown away and had slightly higher expectations than what I actually encountered, but overall, it was worth it! A fast page turner, but possibly trying to do a bit too much with all of the interwoven storylines...? I did enjoy it and you will too, if you're a Law and Order fan/Dateline fanatic like me :)

cathysaid ❤️ the Mindy Kaling blurb. 3y
Chelsea.Poole @cathysaid me too! And love Mindy Kaling too! 3y
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Samantha.1020
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Squee!! Bookish mail is the best. I'm looking forward to reading this one very soon!!

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Chelsea.Poole
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On to the next one! ☝️ I'm planning on exclusively listening to the #audiobook version of this one, since I normally have a hard copy of the book as well, it'll be a bit different. I usually refer back to the book in case I miss something while listening, but so far it doesn't seem like that will be an issue. 🎧 #overdrive

TheBookStacker Got this on my kindle, haven't started it yet! Can't wait to hear what you think 3y
Chelsea.Poole So far so good! 😊 3y
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Susanita
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This book is so #setinmycity that I used to frequent the diner where the murder victim worked. (It's closed in the meantime, much to my chagrin, but it would have been open at the time the story took place, so it's not an error!) Not only have I posted her books two days in a row, but I'm also reading another at the moment. (Not liking it that much so far, but we'll see how it goes.) #readjanuary @RealLifeReading

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MaryAnn1
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A great story with developed, relatable characters. My only criticism is the freedom an 8-year old child was given. In my opinion, a child of privilege wouldn't be left to fend for herself both privately and publicly- in recent decades anyway. This felt like a stretch. In addition, the final choice made by a main character was inconsistent with his personality. It helped to end the story but I felt cheated.

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ClairesReads
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Superficially, this novel seems like a solid legal thriller, narrated by an intelligent, if somewhat bristly female States Attorney. What sets it apart though, is the deeper analysis of the human mind and our relationships. The crime in this novel is a vehicle for discussion of the lies we tell each other, and convince ourselves of and why. Very well executed.

Lacythebookworm Great review 👍 3y
ClairesReads @Lacythebookworm thank you 😄 3y
RanaElizabeth I've always been impressed by the depth in Lippman's novels. 3y
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ClairesReads @Beckys_Books thank you 😊 3y
ClairesReads @RanaElizabeth this is the first I've read and it impressed me too 3y
amandareadsandwrites I enjoyed this one a lot, too. It was part of a book club I did over the summer, and they pointed out all the To Kill a Mockingbird references that I completely missed! It was fascinating to discussed, especially after I enjoyed reading it so much. 3y
ClairesReads @amandamariegh this would be a great for book club discussion! That's what I love so much about Litsy- you can get that with almost every book you read 😄 3y
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ClairesReads
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Getting back on the crime buzz and loving this so far

melbeautyandbooks Thanks for posting this. I love her books and I somehow missed this one. 3y
ClairesReads @melbeautyandbooks no worries I hope you enjoy it too 😄 3y
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AnnieReads
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Pickpick

There were moments where I didn't really like this book but overall it was really good.

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Lizpixie
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I'm currently reading Sleeping Murder by Agatha Christie, but I thought I'd try a mini poll for what I should read next. Gives me a chance to play with the new beta version of Litsy. So should I read A. Miss Mayhem-the 2nd book in the Rebel Belle series. B. Wilde Lake- a murder mystery by Laura Lippman. Or. C. The Sweetness At The Bottom Of The Pie - Miss Flavia de Luce's first story. #minipoll #betterthanclosingyoureyesandpointing

LeahBergen C.! Try Flavia and see what you think. 😀 3y
Dragon Second that vote for Flavia 👍 3y
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Texreader C. It's on my tbr list and would love to see what you think. 3y
DuckOfDoom C! I loved Flavia 3y
Gayan Flavia for real. 😉 3y
EloisaJames Flavia!! 3y
Bookworm83 Flavia!! 3y
Wife Another vote for Flavia! 3y
Lindy Flavia, for sure! 3y
annahenke Flavia! 3y
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ReadingSusan
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Mehso-so

Really good in parts but just fell a little short for me.

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Susanita
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The book and the lake! I'm waiting patiently for the next in the Tess Monaghan series, but I enjoyed this standalone too. Good story with deep family drama just under the surface. Interesting structure and characters. Great local color.

Suzze Love her books! 3y
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KimmyM
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I've heard great things about this one. I've enjoyed Laura Lippman's books in the past and I'm looking forward to reading more of this tonight!

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Suzze
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Loved this book so much! Laura Lippman at Bouchercon today. Picture taken by Donna Andrews. Two old pals of mine.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Suzze, I love your pals!!! 3y
Suzze @kaysreadinglife Thanks! We all met about 17 years ago and have a private Facebook group. All women, there are about 40 of us. Also includes About 10 other mystery authors. That is why I'm unhappy about not being at Bouchercon. I'm missing seeing them all! 3y
Betty Yea, a fun fun group! 3y
Suzze @Betty That's for sure Betty. 💕💕 3y
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ABookGeek
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Reading now.

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KrisConstantReader
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Another Ebook deal today--it looks pretty good and has a lot of good reviews on Goodreads. Offer expires 8/14.

BibliophileMomma I just got this one! :) 3y
KrisConstantReader @Tiffness83 me, too! It looks great. 3y
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BibliophileBytheSea
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Mehso-so

Touted as a modern day version of To Kill a Mocking Bird, Wilde Lake, is a story of family and its secrets. Without rehashing the plot, the story takes place in Maryland and involves the prominent Brant family. I liked the way the story showed how very different our childhood memories can be from reality. Unfortunately, the main charcter, Lu annoyed me and in that case marred my overall enjoyment of this one. The audio version is well done.

[DELETED] 2232195534 I've liked a few of her standalones. Haven't read this yet but am hearing some mixed reviews. Think many were a bit 'meh' about it. 3y
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Susanita
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I went to the library at work to pick through excess freebies and found the latest Laura Lippman in the leisure reading section! Better yet, it's a large print edition! Since there are over 300 holds for it at the public library...

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Frincky
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I love Laura Lippman and especially enjoyed this book. Shades of To Kill A Mockingbird in a story of family secrets and small town politics. Layered characters and blurred lines of right and wrong make this an absorbing read. Recommended.

rather_be_reading stacked! 1y
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Christy2318
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"Lies have all the power. Would you lie to save your child's life? I would, in a heartbeat, no matter what object I was touching. Besides, what is the whole truth and nothing but the truth? The truth is not a finite commodity that can be contained within identifiable borders. The truth is messy, riotous, overrunning everything. You can never know the whole truth of anything. And if you could, you would wish you didn't."

MyBookLife That is a great quote!! 3y
Megabooks That sounds so familiar. Idk if someone has posted it here, or if I picked it up somewhere else. 🤔 It's a great quote, though! 3y
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Librarylady
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Enjoying Wilde Lake on a steamy summer afternoon.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Waiting with bated breath to hear what you think! I'm pretty sure I own this, but honestly, who knows? Getting a little overrun with books again. Probably time soon to get back to blogging. 😂 3y
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Ckbadara
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I loved this book. It sucked me in and I could not put it down.

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amrsprout
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I love this author. Great book.