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Winter Games
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Winter Games is a dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, and the perfect novel for fans of The Bolter by Frances Osborne, and all those fascinated by the Mitford sisters.Munich, 1936. She doesn't know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be 'finished'. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren't they?London, 2006. Seventy years later and Daphne's granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon has all the boxes ticked: large flat, successful husband, cushy job writing up holistic spas . . . The hardest decision she has to make is where to go for brunch - until, that is, the discovery of a photograph of Daphne sends her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.A dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, Winter Games is powerful novel of innocent lives caught up in the march of history.'Johnson has a brilliant eye for the telling specifics . . . She is a natural comic writer and has a breezy, Mitfordian tone that makes you laugh at the same time as wincing in recognition . . . To write an entertaining romp set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany is a tricky feat to pull off. Yet Johnson has done it - and done it in style' Observer'A rip-roaring read' Evening Standard'There's never a dreary moment in this blast of a book . . . Johnson's descriptions are irresistibly exuberant . . . As addictively, fizzily invigorating as the Alpine air itself' Daily Mail'Johnson delivers a genuine sense of time and place . . . there isn't a dull sentence in this sure-footed novel' Jenny Colgan, Telegraph'An excellent romp. Full of 'tally-ho' Mitfordian charm . . . a witty, fast read' Red'Excellent on period detail, the blundering innocent abroad and young heartbreak' Sunday Times'The Jane Austen of W11' ScotsmanRachel Johnson is a journalist who has written two previous novels and two volumes of diaries. The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell, Shire Hell and A Diary of The Lady are all available now from Penguin.
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Curly_Caffeinated_Reader
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Holiday tradition with my mom we pick a book we love and make a little wreath out of the pages and save them. This year was her all time favorite pride and prejudice for the second year in a row. Lol
#wintergames #tmskellington #holidaytradition. @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick
21 pts

BlameJennyJane 😍😍😍 4d
Crimson613 21pts!! that looks awesome!! 👏 4d
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Kati15
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I love watching Garfield cartoon when I was a kid especially the Christmas Speicial!

#WinterGames, #elfies, #HolidayLaughs

@Clwojick, @StayCurious, @Bookwormjillk

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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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• December 2nd ❄️❄️ of the #WinterGames
PREDICTIVE TEXT GAME •

"This year for Christmas I really want...to talk to you later today or tomorrow morning..." ?

#TeamFestivus

Meghan1 This year for Christmas I really want ya back. 2w
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 (6pts) (edited) 2w
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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• Posting again to let my team members know that I've mailed their holiday cards and to please be on the lookout for them! 11 cards sent; 10 in the States and 1 to Canada. I hope I have the addresses correct and they get to their destination!! I'll see if I can DM each person on Litsy or Slack to keep in touch. Hey @chaoticgoodhufflepuff, can you get in touch with me to clarify an address? Thanks •

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #holidaycardswap

samanthagutt Yay! Thank you I‘m so excited! I have to get a move on and send mine out now ☺️🎄 2w
Readage @samanthagutt You are welcome!! ❄️🥳 2w
ads0123 @Readage just wanted to let you know that my address is slightly wrong on the spreadsheet! 2w
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ads0123 @Readage @wanderinglynn I sent both of you an email letting you know the change! 2w
Readage @ads0123 Ok. I'll check it; I'll send another one if need be!! No biggie 😉 2w
ads0123 @Readage hopefully my neighbors know my name! We‘ve lived almost next door for a long time! 😂 2w
Readage @ads0123 Ok Lol do you want to wait about a week and see if it arrives? 2w
ads0123 @Readage yep that works! I‘ll let you know if I don‘t get it by next Monday. 2w
Readage @ads0123 Sounds good 2w
chaoticgoodhufflepuff I‘ll drop you a message on Slack! 2w
ChasingOm Aw, thank you!! ❤️ 2w
Readage @ChasingOm You are welcome!! ❄️ 🥳 2w
EliNeedsMoreShelves Yay! Hoping to get mine out by the end of the week. 2w
ads0123 @Readage I got your card! Thanks so much!! 7d
Readage @ads0123 You are so welcome. Thanks for letting me know!! 🎉 7d
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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• I think I missed out on the amazing points on this post because it's a little late (I completely forgot about it yesterday) but I still want to do it •

1. 18 (several children's books have helped me with this goal)
2. 25 but I recently upped it to 30; hopefully I make it (tbh, I usually don't)
3. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (it's a classic I "should" have read by now)
4. Christmas, of course!!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus

wanderinglynn ⛄️ I say it still counts! 26 pts (1 for participation). 👍🏻 2w
Readage @wanderinglynn Yay!! Thank you ❤️ 2w
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❄️ 66 so far!
❄️ Goal was 52- one a week
❄️One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
❄️ Not having to make excuses for wanting to stay inside and read!

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading 26 pts 🎄 2w
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Come-read-with-me
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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#wintergames #openingdayquestionnaire #thefilithyanimals. 📚 over 200 but I don‘t keep an accurate count. 📚 I don‘t set goals - I read as the spirit moves me! 📚 I really want to reread “A Christmas Carol” 📚 SNOW ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

ElizaMarie Yay for re-reading the Christmas Carol!!! 2w
rather_be_reading 26pts🤶 6d
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#wintergames #teamfestivus
1.53. I do not count schoolbooks. But if I added the children‘s books for #bbrc there would be an additional 40 or so 🤣
2. 52
3. Krampus
4. I‘m not a big Winter fan....

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 when I first read your answers I thought Krampus was your response to favourite thing about the holidays. 2w
Chrissyreadit @Clwojick there is that possibility! 2w
wanderinglynn Yay! ⛄️ 2w
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Jen_Reads
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#wintergames #teamelectricsex 25pt

1. 47
2. 52 (only 5 left!)
3. One Day In December
4. Snow and Christmas/Christmas lights

Clwojick Oh, you‘ll definitely get in those last 5 books! 🙌🏻📚💪🏻 2w
LibrarianRyan You can do it! +26 2w
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Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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• December 1st ❄️❄️
First game of the #WinterGames: THIS OR THAT •

1. Salted caramel
2. Secret Santa
3. COFFEE
4. Eggnog
5. The Grinch
6. Christmas lights
7. Neither
8. Cold weather
9. Wreaths
10. Eating cookies
11. Matching PJs

Oh what FUN!!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #thisorthat

wanderinglynn Yay! ⛄️ 2w
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#WinterGames ¤ #TMSkellington ¤ @Crimson613
@Clwojick @StayCurious

☃️ 61 books read so far this year

☃️ Original reading goal was 50

☃️ Looking forward to our #BOTMbuddyread, One Day in December and The Stupidest Angel

☃️ Family time at Xmas

Crimson613 26pts, yeah!! It's always awesome when we pass those reading goals :D man I've been eyeing that reading club for a while now 👀 2w
Karisa @Crimson613 It's fun just to talk about a book and slow down on a read. Even if the book is not what I'd normally chose it's nice to talk about why it's not working for you too. 2w
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OutsmartYourShelf
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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1. 165 so far.
2. 200
3. I haven‘t chosen any particular books as yet.
4. Staying in front of a warm fire with a good book.

#WinterGames. #TeamFozziwig

@BarkingMadRun @Clwojick @StayCurious

BarkingMadRun 26 points! 2w
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MatchlessMarie
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rather_be_reading 6 pts🎄 2w
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mdm139
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#festivephotochallenge #adventcalendar #wintergames #teamnutcracker @StayCurious @Bookworm54 @Clwojick Since I already shared my tea advent calendar here is my kids‘ calendar. 1 pt

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• First official TBR post for the #WinterGames (starting tomorrow) with #TeamFestivus. Hold on to your Jingle Berries...I've got more (detailed) posts a'coming. Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree? 🎁🎉🎄❄️ •

✅ = in progress/currently reading

#holidays #happyholidays #December #friends #LitsyLove #challenges #TBR #books #currentlyreading #inprogress #goodreads #fiction #nonfiction #novels #essays #classics

wanderinglynn Go #TeamFestivus!!! 🙌🏻🎉🎄 2w
Clwojick Woohoo! What a great stack of books! I‘m hoping that I‘ll finally get around to reading Turtles this month too! 🧡 2w
Readage @Clwojick Thanks 😉 All but 1 are in progress, so I'm pretty pleased with the stack. Also finalizing my Christmas selections in the next day or so!! All in for #TeamFestivus 2w
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TheSpineView You have some good picks there! I plan to visit the library next week to stock up. 3w
EadieB @TheSpineView Don't know if I'll get to read them all but got them ready in case I need to read them. 3w
FantasyChick Great list! 3w
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Clwojick great selection! 3w
EadieB @Clwojick Thanks! 3w
StayCurious These look great! 3w
EadieB @StayCurious Thanks! 3w
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• Thank you, various Litsy friends, for reminding me that I signed up for the #WinterGames next month. Thanks @wanderinglynn for the welcome post a few days ago; I need to knock out some serious reading before the end of the year!! It might not happen, but I'm going to try!! #TeamFestivus

Clwojick ❄woohoo!!! 💕 4w
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• Who already has their tree(s) up?! This is just the kitchen tree...the rest have to wait until closer to Thanksgiving. I put it up so Baby Logan can look at it as long as possible this holiday season 🎄♥️ •

#tistheseason #holidays #weloveChristmas #Christmas2019

Eggs Lovely and festive 1mo
Readage @Eggs Thank you ❤️ 1mo
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