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The Wonder
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
A small Irish village is mystified by what appears to be a miracle but may actually be murder in the next masterpiece from New York Timesbestselling author Emma Donoghue. A small village in 1850s rural Ireland is baffled by Anna O'Donnell's fast, which began as a self-inflicted and earnest expression of faith. After weeks of subsisting only on what she calls "manna from heaven," the story of the "miracle" has reached a fever pitch. Tourists flock in droves to the O'Donnell family's modest cabin hoping to witness, and an international journalist is sent to cover the sensational story. Enter Lib, an English nurse trained by Florence Nightingale who is hired to keep watch for two weeks and determine whether or not Anna is a fraud. As Anna deteriorates, Lib finds herself responsible not just for the care of a child, but for getting to the root of why the child may actually be the victim of murder in slow motion. A magnetic novel written with all the spare and propulsive tension that made Room a huge bestseller, THE WONDER works beautifully on many levels--a simple tale of two strangers who will transform each other's lives, a powerful psychological thriller, and a story of love pitted against evil in its many masks.
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LibraryCin
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Mehso-so

I might have rated it higher, but the story was pretty slow-going. For the last third of the book or so, I thought it picked up quite a bit, but decided that I‘d keep my rating at “ok”, which is where it fell for me for most of the book. I guess I shouldn‘t have been surprised at the crazy religious people

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NenaB
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Pickpick

This novel inspired by the fasting girls of Europe and North America who claimed to go for long stretches of time without food. This story is all historical fiction and a bit gothic also very heartbreaking a definite page turner. A19th century psychological thriller ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ same author as The Room

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Read66
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
Pickpick

Really enjoyed this read in spite of the main character having some opinions that were uncomfortable to me. Her inflexible inability to understand the family she is assigned, as a nurse, to observe, makes her difficult to like. But it also adds to the interesting story arc.

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mutlee
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Pickpick

It was definitely a bit slow, but I liked it. The setting and atmosphere really drew me in, and the mystery picked up the pacing toward the end. Thought provoking and well executed.

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Ke633
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Is it noon and I‘m just now getting around to breakfast? Maybe.. 😂 Happy Sunday! 💙💙

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Bibliotini
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Killing time at ball practice.

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Samplergal
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Set in Ireland #bookishbingo

I enjoyed the book, set in Ireland in the 1830‘s. The MC is a nurse from England, hired to watch a girl who doesn‘t eat. The Irish Catholic Church and their belief in miracles is a back character in this one. Every family has secrets. #24b4Monday finish #3

Andrew65 Well done, with work commitments I‘ve struggled to even finish on book. 🙌 I need to read this author. 2mo
Samplergal @Andrew65 Retirement. It‘s grand. 40 years in n public schools I rarely read because I was always doing reports. I‘m playing catch-up. 😉 2mo
Andrew65 @Samplergal I‘ve done 29 years so far. 2mo
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Samplergal @Andrew65 Brother, I feel your pain. 2mo
BibliOphelia I saw her on this book tour, and have yet to read my signed copy. 😩 Clearly, #MountTBR is out of hand. 2mo
Samplergal @BibliOphelia You have excellent company. I‘m really whittling them down. I‘m going to be traveling with hubs in an RV for a year, so I have a deadline! 2mo
BibliOphelia That sounds like a great trip...for ebooks! 😂 2mo
Andrew65 @Samplergal 🤣😂🤣😂 2mo
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erinjohns
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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A disturbing book start to almost finish...startling...with a chance to breathe again at the end. I had no idea this fasting children myth thing even existed.

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JillR
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Pickpick

This starts slowly and somewhat repetitively but overall I enjoyed it. I liked that the main character, Lib, was unlikeable, that she was often pulled up by the people she was so dismissive of. I enjoyed seeing how the story turned into something she wasn‘t expecting. Overall this is a study of faith, religion, communities, superstitions, and the era when nursing was not recognised as a profession or skill. Interesting and worth the read.

JennyM Such a lovely photo...and perfect for the book 📚 2mo
JillR Thank you @JennyM - it‘s nice to see some sun and have light to take pics in! 2mo
Cathythoughts Interesting review! Beautiful cover ♥️ 2mo
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JillR
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I kept avoiding this for some reason, but I‘m enjoying it so far...

RadicalReader Beautiful book cover. Really enjoyed her precious novel 2mo
Cathythoughts It is a beautiful cover ! Look forward to your thoughts 2mo
JillR @RadicalReader I loved Room but was then a bit meh about 2mo
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rachelm
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A gift from a friend— some welcome spring in this long winter!

Started this one today. Not super impressed yet. Like it? Hate it? Does it get better?

8little_paws I ended up loving it 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Tamra What a welcome sight! 3mo
Hooked_on_books Beautiful flowers! It took me a while to get into that book, but I ended up quite liking it. 3mo
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rachelm @8little_paws @Hooked_on_books perfect. I‘ll see it through! 3mo
Redwritinghood So pretty! I love tulips. 3mo
Suet624 Lots of people loved it. I didn‘t like this one as much as some of her others. 3mo
Meglet I liked it quite a bit, which surprised me...just not the style or tone I‘m usually drawn to. I found the ending a little bothersome, so I‘m curious to hear your opinion. 3mo
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Books.Coffee.Happiness
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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aquariusnat I really enjoyed this novel. It started slow , but the last third made it worthwhile. 3mo
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Abooker18
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
Mehso-so

It was a little slow for me—definitely a page turner at the end because the first 3/4 felt all the same and you could tell it was building up to a twist but it just took awhile.

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TheSpineView Love it!❤❤❤ 3mo
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Tianarose
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I've read Alias Grace, but not the others 😊 3mo
ShelleyBooksie I've read The Wonder but not the others 3mo
TheKidUpstairs I've read all except for the Findley. But I'm generally happy to re-read a book I've already read if it's in a book club setting. 3mo
Tianarose Gah! I may have to rethink all my selections as they are almost all over 400 pages!! @ShelleyBooksie @TheKidUpstairs @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego (edited) 3mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Such an awesome and sweet surprise Danielle!! This has definitely cheered me up!! Thank you so much!! I LOVE chapstick and have it on me at all times!! The man is too sexy to eat!! I‘ll have to hide the candles from my daughter!! The magnetic book holders are beautiful and the book too! Can‘t wait to read it! Thanks so much for thinking of me!! 😘💗❤️ you‘re so sweet my friend 😘

#LitsyLove

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Yay! I'm glad it arrived in time. Happy VDay!! 💕💕💕 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego you too sweetie !!! Happy Valentine‘s Day 😘💗 3mo
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Aswenson
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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I love the Old Irish World built by Donoghue. Decent building of suspense toward the end here!

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Canndor
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Happy to join the #Booked2019 challenge (a little late to the party 🤷) @Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
Just finished the tagged book set in Ireland.
Overall I really enjoyed this read, but there were times it was a little emotionally trying (just eat, kid!). I never really felt that I sided with any of the characters, they all made their mistakes, despite their intentions.

Cinfhen Welcome 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉I agree, this book dragged in places. Still good read & great choice for prompt 4mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks for joining us!! 4mo
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IamIamIam
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Absolutely riveting! Donoghue really captures how poor Irish lived after the famine and not only religious fervor but how cultural differences and prejudices can cloud ones perception. I was absolutely thrown at one point! Donoghue also created wonderfully unlikable characters!! The photo is of the Irish Famine Memorial, taken on our visit in 2017. *Note below*
#Booked2019 #SetInIreland
@BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Let me know if there's anyone else I should tag. 😁 4mo
IamIamIam Additionally, the memorial was built across the road from the site of a large work house and in which there is a large pauper's field. It was an extremely eerie place to visit and you couldn't have paid me to cross the street into the fields. Famine graves can also be seen in churchyards, marked by a stone with no names. They tend to be mass graves as those starving didn't have provisions for burial. 4mo
DivineDiana That is a powerful Memorial! 4mo
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IamIamIam @DivineDiana It was really moving. Especially when you combine it with the barrenness of the land it's connected to. I may have a photo of that and if I find it, I'll post it for you. 4mo
Tamra I‘m glad you liked it! 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra I LOVED it!!!! Although it was tough to hear through all the Irish accents, the narrator was incredible!!! The emotion she put into the reading was amazing! 4mo
Tamra I really liked this one by her too - short stories 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra Thanks! I stacked it! I really only know her from Room and I feel a bit guilty that she flew under my radar for other books! 4mo
Cinfhen This book was a slow burn for me but the story really stayed with me. And our third cohost is the lovely @4thhouseontheleft 💚💚💚 4mo
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IamIamIam
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I'm almost finished and... um... wow...

DivineDiana I felt the same way! 4mo
IamIamIam @DivineDiana Blindsided is really the only word I can think. 4mo
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IamIamIam
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Ugh, I'm SO overwhelmed but I have guilt too because it's my procrastination that got me here. Crappy morning with the kids so I feel like a stellar human being... ? I'm going to console myself that I'm still kinder than Lib Wright! My "body bag" helps perk me up a bit too... LOL
#andsowebeaton #Booked2019 #SetInIreland #audiocrocheting #MrsFrankenstein

Trashcanman I hope today gets kinder, and that tomorrow is even better still. ❤️🤗 4mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman Thanks, GL! I really needed that today!!! 🤗🖤 4mo
AmyG Sending a hug. Some days just plain suck. But then...there‘s tomorrow. 😘 4mo
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IamIamIam @AmyG Thanks, Amy!!! I have your package just about finished up! I'll be shipping it out next week!!! 😁😘 4mo
AmyG Ahhhh, no rush. And thank you in advance. 4mo
IamIamIam @AmyG I was so excited, I found a book locally!! That meant I actually got to shop for trinkets! Haha 4mo
AmyG 🎉🎉🎉I am very excited now! 😘 4mo
Tamra I always say tomorrow is a do over! 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra 🤗🤗🤗 Thank you!! I needed that reassurance! I'm making progress on the dolls even if the laundry isn't doing itself! 🤣 #babysteps 4mo
Tamra @IamIamIam ugh, the laundry. It will always be there later. 😆 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra I love that meme of a huge pile of laundry & it says, "The Neverending Story for adults!" Lol 4mo
Tamra @IamIamIam bahahaha yes! Same with the advent calendar for moms. Little piles of laundry. 😂 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra LMFAO!!!!!! Oh my, that's CRUEL!!! 😂😂😂😂 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra BTW, I've got 4 hours left... I can't stop listening, even if they're all making me crazy!!!! Lol 4mo
Tamra @IamIamIam 👌🏾😁 It is infuriating. 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra 😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳😳 Ummmm..... 4mo
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IamIamIam
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I have a REAL problem with Lib. She's so offputting to me and if @Tamra didn't say she enjoyed this so much, I'd think about bailing! First of all, she craps all over these poor people's living conditions and I mean POOR. 1859 poverty stricken Ireland! THEN, she breaks Anna's stuff with no remorse and also mocks Sister Michael's beliefs!!! Like you can't have taken vows and believe in caring for people at the same time. I'm mad....

Tamra Power thru!! 💪🏾 I really enjoyed this story and it was a binge listen because I had to find out! 😄 4mo
IamIamIam @Tamra It is really intriguing!!! I understand Lib's logical, unbending views but she's such an annoying snob!!! 😂 4mo
Tamra @IamIamIam I know, it is rather jarring. 😝 4mo
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IamIamIam
The Wonder | Emma Donoghue
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Starting this today for some #audiocrocheting and #Booked2019. 😁 🍀 #SetInIreland

lindsaykerr I'm using the same book for that prompt! 4mo
IamIamIam @lindsaykerr Lol, great minds! 😉 I'm enjoying it so far! I'm excited to see how it works out for you! 4mo
Tamra I loved this on audio! It was a compulsive listen. 4mo
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IamIamIam @Tamra So far I'm really interested. The nurse is a bit nasty but I'm guessing she comes around. 4mo
Trashcanman What's for breakfast? 4mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman Coffee with coffee on the side! Lol, I'm just about ready for lunch! How's the new job going? 4mo
Tamra @IamIamIam keep going! 4mo
Trashcanman @IamIamIam OH I start Feb 4th.i gave my current employer 3 weeks notice. I'm nervous 4mo
IamIamIam @Trashcanman Being nervous means you just want to do your best!!! I have faith in you!! 🤘🤘🤘 4mo
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inmegslibrary
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Cozy in the storm #catsoflitsy

litenthusiast 💗 Your cat is precious. 4mo
Dragon 😻 4mo
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DivineDiana
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In Ireland, the nurse and the Catholic priest battle it out to decide if the dying young girl is a saint or not. #alittlepriest #musicalnewyear

Cinfhen Good choice!! 5mo
Tamra Such a good novel too! 5mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen @Tamra ❤️❤️ 5mo
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BarbaraBB Still on my shelves... 5mo
vivastory Still on my TBR... 5mo
DivineDiana @BarbaraBB @vivastory It‘s a good one! 🙂 5mo
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Jellybeanbon
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"Milk for the fairies, wax discs to ward off fire and flood, girls living on air...Is there nothing the Irish won't swallow?" The Wonder is an absolutely unique and refreshing book. I loved every second of it and found myself reading till the early morning hours.

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lovelybookshelf
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Ohhh we definitely see the sexism in medicine in this novel. This nurse was trained by Florence Nightingale! And yet... 😐

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Deborah42
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Lib Wright is an English nurse (trained by the famous Florence Nightingale) who takes a job involving round-the-clock surveillance of an eleven year old girl. Anna hasn‘t eaten for months and her parents are convinced that she is a saint who can subsist on nothing more than air. Lib has her doubts and sets out to prove that someone is slipping food to Anna.

A slow-moving, atmospheric mystery that really got its hooks in me.

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aquariusnat
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Pickpick

This was an interesting Historical Fiction . At first the nurse watching the Fasting girl appeared cold and cynical, while everyone else appeared loving . Then in the last third of the novel an explanation changes everything you thought about the adults in this story.

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Anton
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The subject matter and time period are not my usual fare, but I like to read something outside my wheelhouse now and then to keep things interesting. The story of a girl in 1800s Ireland who claims she doesn't need to eat (and the skeptical nurse hired to keep watch over her for a fortnight) definitely qualifies. This one sat on my Kindle for two years, but I'm glad I finally got around to reading this well-written and interesting book. ⭐️⭐️⭐️1/2

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Anton
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I'm thinking about starting a whole journal just for the books I read beginning in 2019. Here's a sample page of what it might look like.

readordierachel Good idea! 5mo
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Anton
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Finally started this one last night because I vowed not to go into another calendar year with it still unread on my Kindle.

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Rissa1
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Thank you so much @Wonderwoman89, I love it all!! #thankfulforbooksswap

JamieLou Hooray! 🥳🦃 6mo
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GirlWellRead
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Mehso-so

The plot moves incredibly slow and builds frustration in the reader which echos the frustration Lib has in her quest of discovering what is really happening with this little girl. Is she surviving without food, or is there something else going on?

Although slow at times, I was enchanted with Donoghue's work and can't wait to see what she has in store for readers next.

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Librarybelle
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A shocking, slow burning novel that tackles the “fasting girls” phenomenon made popular in the 1800s. Lib, a Nightingale nurse, is hired to watch young Anna, who claims no food has passed her lips in four months. Lib is skeptical and sets out to “debunk” this. What she finds instead is a world full of superstition and religion and how the term faith can have many different definitions. This ended up a pick for me. My “W” for #LitsyAtoZ2018 .

RadicalReader She also wrote an equally incredible novel 6mo
Librarybelle Thanks, @RadicalReader ! I‘ve not read that yet! 6mo
DivineDiana After a slow start, I found this gripping! 6mo
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kuhkuhbird
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Mehso-so

It's a wonder I finished this book. The primary protagonist is straightforward Nightingale Nurse that doesn't suffer the religious leanings of the Irish. As expected, the climax leads much to be desired as the author gets bogged down (pun intended) in making everything/one as unlikable as possible. Bold move. Unless your interest is already present, I can't recommend this to anyone.

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kuhkuhbird
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And boy did it. Nurse Wright went to the committee with less than desirable results. She shifted herself and hatched a plan to extricate young Anna from this religious nonsense. I haven't shifted much on my opinion on this book, though.

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Librarybelle
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My historical fiction book group read...better start it now for Wednesday‘s discussion!

Minervasbutler Starts slow but builds to a sizzle! 6mo
Librarybelle Good to know, @Minervasbutler ! 6mo
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kuhkuhbird
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Oh!! It is on now. Nurse Wright best better blow the whole charade up at tonight's committee meeting. Oh the things people do in the name of their God!

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That what's I feel like reading this book. Lib has finally confronted the young chit of a girl. It was the mother! However, I'm perplexed by Anna. Why would she choose to stop taking manna as the watch began? Nothing untoward was spoken... unless their is some guilt around Pat?! As I see it, this book won't end in any way that will please me.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I hate that feeling! 6mo
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kuhkuhbird
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Wish Lib would advance faster and put an end to this charade by young Anna. Clearly, something is amiss. My bet is on the priest and his poppycock notions.

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Minervasbutler
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Set in 1869, in rural Ireland, this tells the story of Lib, who takes the position of "watcher" over a young girl who has fasted for four months, with no obvious ill effects. Is the girl shamming? Is it a hoax? Or are we in the presence of a genuine miracle? Donoghue explores themes of faith versus rationality among much else and I was gripped by poor little Anna's story and felt a genuine attachment to both her and the redoubtable Lib.

Tamra I was engrossed! 6mo
Crazeedi I have had this on my TBR, but just didn't know if I'd like, thanks for your input! 6mo
Minervasbutler @Crazeedi pleasure! Tbh it won't be to all tastes, slow-moving at the beginning but the final 50 pages knocked my socks off. 6mo
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kuhkuhbird
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I do love how Emma Donoghue writes. Never compared kids to lunatics. Puppies maybe. But never lunatics.

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kuhkuhbird
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I'm watching the oven as oatmeal raisin cookies bake. With the weather as dreary IRL as in this book, I'm nearly hoping they taste like sunshine. No, I will not be sharing them with Anna. The annoyingly pious 11 year old. Something's amiss. I'm staunchly supporting Lib's assessment at the moment.

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kuhkuhbird
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Nurse Wright is a rather contrary character but I suppose it's necessary in her profession. I imagine her with the poise and snap of Dame Maggie Smith. 11 year old Anna and her entire family, quite frankly annoy me. Donoghue writes such unlikable characters.

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kelidanielle
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I chose this book because of how much I‘ve enjoyed Donoghue‘s other works. I found the start to be very slow; it didn‘t become a page turner until about halfway through. While it did require some perseverance, I still recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a good mystery intertwined with clever literary tricks! The ending had my heart beating a million miles a minute!!

RaimeyGallant Nice review! 1mo
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Annashep
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Slow to start and I wasn‘t sure I‘d get going with it but as the story unfolds and the details come together and thE characters develop its a fascinating and disturbing story .... faith taken to devastating lengths .... a very well written book! 📚

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Tamra
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I thoroughly enjoyed this audio book. The premise is intriguing, the writing excellent, and the narrator was perfect for the parts. I sped thru it because I wanted to know what happened, so it was engaging. I am not super impressed with the ending, but hey, endings are troublesome things. I don‘t envy writers their task.

Mdargusch I‘m with you - I couldn‘t put this book down because I had to find out what the heck was going on! 9mo
Tamra @Mdargusch 🧐😎 9mo
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