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Where the Lost Wander
Where the Lost Wander | Amy Harmon
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In this epic and haunting love story set on the Oregon Trail, a family and their unlikely protector find their way through peril, uncertainty, and loss. The Overland Trail, 1853: Naomi May never expected to be widowed at twenty. Eager to leave her grief behind, she sets off with her family for a life out West. On the trail, she forms an instant connection with John Lowry, a half-Pawnee man straddling two worlds and a stranger in both. But life in a wagon train is fraught with hardship, fear, and death. Even as John and Naomi are drawn to each other, the trials of the journey and their disparate pasts work to keep them apart. John's heritage gains them safe passage through hostile territory only to come between them as they seek to build a life together. When a horrific tragedy strikes, decimating Naomi's family and separating her from John, the promises they made are all they have left. Ripped apart, they can't turn back, they can't go on, and they can't let go. Both will have to make terrible sacrifices to find each other, save each other, and eventually...make peace with who they are.
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jlowery999
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I think one might classify this novel as a romance, which is really not my genre, but I did enjoy this very much. It is a lot more than just the romance ... survival, adventure, family. I really enjoyed (and didn't learn until the end) that most of the characters were real people, and in the story were intended to be modeled after their real-life counterpart. I came away feeling like I learned something.

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jlowery999

"... recognizing that who we are is not who they were, and judging historical people by today's standards prevents us from learning from them, from their mistakes and their triumphs."

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"'I want you to kiss me like you've been thinking about it from the moment we met.'"

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Readergrrl
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@TheAromaofBooks Look what came in the mail today!! I had forgotten all about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise. I‘m glad that you got a chance to read it and I‘m happy you enjoyed it!

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I thought that was a great title for a book that took a while to make its way home 😂 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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This one was a little too sad for me to give a wholehearted pick - I'm a happy-book girl - but the sadness felt realistic and well-done, not like the author was trying to shock the readers. It had been a while since I had picked up a historical fiction, as it's not usually my jam. Minor complaints - I felt like the two POV voices sounded way too similar, to the point that I sometimes had to flip back a page and see who was talking. I think this ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) would have read better as 3rd person. I have mixed feelings about the fact that Harmon tells us in the prologue that a bunch of people in this wagon train are going to get brutally killed... then the next 240pgs is getting attached to those people, knowing they're doomed. It made the book difficult to connect to emotionally... but on the other hand, I can't imagine how upset I would have been if I hadn't known it was coming! But I often ⬇ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) felt like the deaths and devastation in this story were pronounced somewhat clinically (especially for 1st person POV). At any rate, an overall very good read and reminder of what people have been willing to do to try and make a better life for themselves and their families. I've visited some of the places mentioned here, like Chimney Rock and Scott's Bluff, and driven across Nebraska a couple of times - the idea of WALKING that far is ⬇ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) still just absolutely crazy to me.

This was a long-lost #LMPBC book that reappeared and will finally be heading home to @Readergirl hopefully this week!!!

#MtTBR
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Nebraska @megnews
#Patone2022 @Clwojick
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Clwojick Way to go! 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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#BookReport x2 weeks since I was sick last weekend - the windowsill is starting to look a little more manageable as I spent much of my recovery time reading!! I also finished several chapter-a-day reads (The Other Bennet Sister, North & South, London Under). I had three Cinderella retellings (besides Cinder) for the #fairytalereadingchallenge this month, but the two I started didn't speak to me. Despite enjoying the Waterfire Saga by Jennifer ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) Donnelly, Stepsister just wasn't speaking to me. And The Cinderella Deal... wow, the MC was just way too Quirky!!(TM) for me to handle. I started the tagged book yesterday - it's a long-lost #LMPBC book that appeared and since the round is already long-over, the owner of this book told me I could take my time and still read it if I wanted to haha It's good so far, but it's weird because the two POV voices sound a LOT a like. Starting ⬇ 7mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) to get mildly concerned as to what the widowsill will look like when I add in May's books!! 😂

@Cinfhen
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vlwelser That might be my least favorite Donnelly. She seems to have gotten a book contract with Disney. I hope she goes back to her original stuff soon. 7mo
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Cinfhen Im always kind of relieved when a book “isn‘t speaking to me” 😉 7mo
Cinfhen Glad you‘re feeling better xx 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @vlwelser - I'm definitely planning to try another book of hers sometime because I did enjoy the Waterfire books. I can't even put my finger on why I didn't care for this one, it just didn't click with me!! 7mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Thank you!! It's hard to believe it was just a week ago that I couldn't even think about food! 😂 I'm back to eating like a horse now, so everything is good haha And yes, sometimes it's nice to get an entire book (or series!) off the TBR just because it “isn't right“ 😁 7mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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#WeeklyForecast - my windowsill is still quite full of February possibilities. I am about halfway through The Viscount Who Loved Me and am really enjoying it so I can see myself checking out the rest of the series at some point. The tagged book is a long-lost #LMPBC book that reappeared the other day, so after talking with the person who actually owns it, I am going to go ahead and read it before sending it on to its final destination!! As for ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) the rest, I'm not sure what will tickle my fancy after that. I'm leaning towards reading one of the two Beauty & the Beast variations I have on this month's list for the #FairyTaleReadingChallenge, but we'll see. So many fabulous options!!! @Cinfhen 10mo
Nute Before I read your entire post, I said to myself, ‘I hope that she reads Where the Lost Wander next.‘🤗 10mo
HeyT Viscount is my second favorite Bridgerton book and all because of Bridgerton Pall Mall. 10mo
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#LitsyLoveWinterSwap @Kdgordon88 @rsteve388 @Bookgoil Thank you Debra for a plethora of bookmarks and stickers!! I‘m excited to read this book from my TBR, especially since you said that you enjoyed it. My daughter and I had fun sorting through all the stickers last night. Sorry for the late posting, I had some unexpected “stuff” come up. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas 🎄❤️🎄❤️🎄

Deblovestoread I was so pleased you were my swap partner and am glad you like everything. Hope the stuff has been sorted out and you have a great week. Wishing you a blessed New Year! 11mo
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Danay
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21 #73 I have discovered Amy Harmon. Another beautifully written book.

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robinb
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@BridgetteM be on the lookout 👀 . A bunch of bananas are heading your way. 😆😆😆

@megnews really picked a good one! 👍⭐️

Arrival around Monday, 8/30.

#LMPBC #GroupI

@Susanita @suvata

robinb Hey @BridgetteM , just checking to see if you've received your next #LMPBC book yet? 1y
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robinb
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I won‘t give a full review here yet as this is my #LMPBC for this month, and I want to keep some suspense going for my group. 😊 But I will say that I loved it, and it brought forth lots of different emotions for me. 4.5/5⭐️ More later…

@BridgetteM I‘ll be sending this along to you as I get to the PO in a couple of days. 😊

@megnews @Susanita @suvata

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m moving this one up my TBR, just on your recommendation alone! 🙂 1y
robinb @CoverToCoverGirl YAY! I know there's not much of a review here so if you'd like to see more of what I thought, here's my GR review: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/4195326587 I hope you'll enjoy! :) 1y
CoverToCoverGirl @robinb great review! Historical Fiction is my favourite genre. I highly recommend starting with 1y
robinb Thanks for the rec! I actually have that one on my Kindle. Just haven‘t got to it yet…the story of my reading life. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
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intothehallofbooks
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The best thing about it was the romance between John Lowry, the half-Pawnee/half-white trail guide, and Naomi May, the young widow. Both were headed west to California, 1853. I love frontier stories like this one. I‘ve read stories of the trip west a thousand times and I‘ve pretty much loved them all. But I wish this book had a map! I love following progress along the trail and I love seeing the distance between characters when they‘re separated.

intothehallofbooks I‘ve had a review copy on my Kindle for a while but checked out the physical book when I was hunting for a #bookmap. Many thanks to Lake Union Publishing and NetGalley! 1y
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intothehallofbooks
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#currentlyreading I started a new part-time job last week and I‘m trying to remember how to manage my time away from home with homeschooling and cooking/cleaning. Unfortunately my reading time is a lot less this week but here is what I‘m focused on at the moment.

Prairie/frontier stories are some of my top favorites and so is anything by Karin Slaughter!!

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Tamra
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Entertaining enough to keep up the momentum, but some of the western frontier tropes are tired. This was lacking nature writing that makes place a character in itself. I prefer historical fiction that immerses me in a time AND a place.

mdm139 I felt the same way, it needed more nature descriptions. I thought if she told the story from just the girls point of view then she could have added nature to it. 1y
Tamra @mdm139 yes, especially since she was an artist. 1y
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Tamra
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When your setting and book coincide. 😎 One of the pleasures of camping is that I can sit with a book guilt free - no obligations calling!

Bookzombie Lovely view! 1y
Bookwormjillk I love reading while camping. 1y
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megnews
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Flew through my #LMPBC pick.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

sblbooks A great list here! I still need to read Whistling Past the Graveyard. 1y
megnews @robinb I mailed this to you yesterday. Should be there by Monday. 1y
robinb @megnews thanks!! I‘ll be on the lookout. 😊👀 1y
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megnews
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Can‘t wait to start my Round 12 #LMPBC book! So I‘m diving in a little early tonight.

robinb Enjoy!! I probably won‘t be able to get to mine until mid July. 1y
sblbooks We read this last year for #OverbookedClub, it's so good. Feel free to go back and do the discussion questions. That was when you were in school. 1y
megnews @sblbooks I thought we did. Thank you for confirming. I will go back and answer. I‘m a few chapters in a liking it a lot already 1y
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robinb
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I‘m reading this as a friend‘s selection in my #LMPBC this round. And I just spotted that it‘s currently on a US Kindle sale for $1.99.

Just a heads up! 😊📚

#coverlove 💙

BayouGirl85 I adored this one. 1y
robinb @BayouGirl85 I‘ve heard great things…can‘t wait to dive in! 😊 1y
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mdm139
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The book was easy to read. I think it could have been better written if the story was told only from the main character‘s point of view and there were some more detailed descriptions of the landscapes and the people. However, it was a good story and I read it in one sitting.

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Oryx
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Now this is more like it! Sun's finally out and I'm not moving from this spot.

Leftcoastzen Nice photo ! 2y
Oryx Thanks for this one @caroline2 - just finished it, really enjoyed it. Think I'm going to share with my mum next, think she'll enjoy it too. 2y
Crazeedi On my tbr, glad you liked! 2y
Caroline2 Oh good, I‘m glad you liked it. 😃 I often give my mum my books too. 👍 2y
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Oryx
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Book, dog, goose.

Sounds like a book title.

@caroline2 starting this one today ❤️

Leftcoastzen Nice photo!🐶 2y
Crazeedi So sweet! Is the book good? Been on my tbr 2y
Oryx @Crazeedi just started, but so far, I like it 2y
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squirrelbrain You should write that book! 2y
Caroline2 What a beautiful view!! 😍 and I hope you enjoy the book. 😀 2y
Crazeedi @Oryx 🥰 2y
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squirrelbrain
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Lots of love on here for this book, so of course I had to buy it for 99p on Kindle!

I can see you loved it @Caroline2 so I‘m hopeful I will too!

Readergrrl I really enjoyed this novel! I shared it with my last #LMPB group. I hope it comes home soon as I‘ve “sold” it to a friend who‘d love to read it with all the marginalia. 2y
Caroline2 It‘s a great book. 👍 😉 2y
squirrelbrain That‘s really good to know @Readergrrl - and I hope your wandering copy returns soon! 2y
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Kimberlone Loved this book! One of my faves from last year 2y
Hooked_on_books I have to admit, I didn‘t like this at all. But then I don‘t like romance and this is definitely focused there. The depiction of Natives is problematic and the author forgives the bad behavior of the white people. I‘ll be interested to see what you think. 2y
squirrelbrain Ah well Holly @Hooked_on_books - it‘s one of those 99p Kindle books that will languish for a while before I eventually get round to it....I‘ll go in with my eyes open though. 2y
Hooked_on_books Even if I don‘t like a book, I never feel badly when it‘s such a great deal! 2y
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Lollymya
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ◼️ Click on the link for my review on #Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3547636338 #doublespin #february @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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Caroline2
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This is everything a good historical fiction book should be. Full of gritty realism; you can taste the dust and feel the sun of the desert and wonderful characters that feel like old friends. Set in 1853, a family treks across the Oregon Trail. It is full of heart ache and suffering but the characters and beautiful writing pulls you through. I can‘t wait to read more of Harmon‘s books.

BayouGirl85 I was blown away by this book. I am thrilled you enjoyed it as well.
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Caroline2 @BayouGirl85 It is so good isn‘t it. The best book I‘ve read so far this year. 👍 2y
kremi Good annotation! And I will soon turn my attention to this book. She is already waiting for me in the book soup at my home library. 😊 2y
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TheAromaofBooks
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Here's my #BookSpinBingo card for the month... of course, I've already started reading two books not on this list... 😂

guinsgirlreads Same! 😂 2y
GinaKButler I‘ve been wanting to read this one! 2y
TheAromaofBooks @guinsgirlreads - I could have picked up ANY BOOK yesterday evening - not only is it not on my list, it's the first in a series of three or four... what was I thinking?! 😂 2y
TheAromaofBooks @GinaKButler - It's a pick for my #LMPBC group & we are a little behind what with postal delays, but I'm still hoping it makes it here before the end of the month... especially since it ended up being my official BookSpin haha I've only read one other of Harmon's books and really enjoyed it, so I'm looking forward to this one. 2y
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BookishBelle
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Finished this one last night. It‘s an almost epic tale of a family crossing the plains to California in the mid-1800‘s. I say almost epic because it wasn‘t so long and I felt like the ending was rushed. Perhaps I just wanted more of their story? TW marked as a spoiler in the comments. #newyearwhodis Thanks! @monalyisha and @Butterfinger for another great pick!

Kitty is feeling much better, btw. #catsoflitsy

BookishBelle Trigger warning for rape and violent death of family members. It was all treated as well as possible by the author though. I didn‘t find it too jarring but others might. 2y
Crazeedi So glad kitty is doing better 2y
BookishBelle Thanks @Crazeedi !! 😺 2y
monalyisha @BookishBelle So glad you enjoyed your book! And that your kit‘s feeling better! Moxie was doing poorly, too, but is on the mend, as well. 💞 Ugh, those little loves. 🐈‍⬛🐇 2y
BookishBelle Thanks @monalyisha ! I‘m glad Moxie is feeling better too! 🐈‍⬛🐇 💕 2y
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BookishBelle
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This little kitty does not want to let me read this evening. Even though I am so close to finishing this fantastic book. She had an allergic reaction earlier and had to go to the vet though, so she gets extra loves. It‘s in the kitty owner manual. #catsoflitsy

QuietlyLaura Poor kitty! I hope she feels better soon. 💕 2y
WorldsOkayestStepMom She's beautiful! 😻 2y
BookishBelle Thank you @QuietlyLaura ! She‘s feeling much better it seems. 💕 2y
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Crazeedi I hope shes doing better, sweet kitty😻 2y
BookishBelle Thanks @Crazeedi ! She‘s feeling much better! 😺 2y
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juliegumdrop
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Here‘s my #Januarywrapup. 5 star reads were My Cousin Rachel, The Midnight Library, Where the Lost Wander and A Wolf Called Wander. Awesome reading month!

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I love historical fiction. It‘s probably my favorite genre. This one takes place in 1853 on a portion of the Oregon Trail. This family is headed to California but, you know, there‘s still cholera and fear of Indian tribes. It‘s gripping!

somesortoftimemachine Growing up, I read mostly historical fiction... maybe I‘ll pick this one up! 🗝 2y
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cwarnier
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This was a great book. I am not usually a historical fiction person. But this one was set on the Oregon Trail and not in a war. I think that helped. There were a few parts that were a bit more detailed that I felt needed but overall I would recommend this book.
#lmpbc @hes7 @TheAromaofBooks @Readergrrl
#bbrc #yeahbaby #indiancharacter @LibrarianRyan @Sarahreadstoomuch
#booked2021 #authorwithA @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen

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Andrew65 Love the cover 👏👏👏 2y
DieAReader 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Sarahreadstoomuch Beautiful cover!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! The only other Harmon book I've read was a contemporary romance, so I'm interested to see what she does with this one. 2y
LibrarianRyan 😁❤️👍🏻 2y
Cinfhen I‘ve seen LOTS of LOVE for this book 😊 2y
CoffeeNBooks I really liked this book! 2y
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cwarnier
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#joyousJanuary @Andrew65
Goal: Finish Romance Novels for #LMPBC. I still have Decembers (due to shipping issues).I also have my January one.
If I get my MG GN in the mail I would love to read this as well.

Andrew65 Good luck, great to have you with us. 😊 2y
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cwarnier
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Coffee and reading at crown center. What a wonderful afternoon.

Crazeedi Oh that looks yum! 2y
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Deblovestoread
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#12Booksof2020 #Day7 Living in Oregon since I was a youngster the Oregon Trail has been prominent in my life. It is history that is always fascinating and there are lots of good books out there. This #OverbookedClub selection was so good. Based on a true story the characters were authentic and the story rich in detail.

Andrew65 This is on my TBR 2y
Crazeedi On my tbr too 2y
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BayouGirl85
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My Top 5 of 2020:
1. The Guinevere Decption
2. Where the Lost Wander
3. The Lost Queen
4. Marriage for One
5. Making Faces

What is your top 5 reads of 2020?? Share & tag.

#TopFiveof2020

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Andrew65 This looks good. 2y
Chrissyreadit Yes! This was a great book! 2y
megnews I was in school when we read this and wasn‘t able to. I can‘t wait to get to it in the next couple of months. 2y
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Butterfinger @Andrew65 @Chrissyreadit @megnews it may truly be one of my all time favorites. 2y
Andrew65 @Butterfinger Wow! Strong recommendation. 2y
Crazeedi I'm needing to read this 2y
sblbooks It was one of my top reads this year too! 2y
cwarnier Currently reading, and loving so far.
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cwarnier
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Look what I finally have in my hands! I will try to get it read this week and sent off quickly.
#lmpbc @Readergrrl
@hes7 @TheAromaofBooks

Readergrrl Thank goodness! It‘s only 20 days late!! I will say that it was a fast read. I‘m so sorry that it took so long, but I hope you will like it! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I'm so glad that it finally arrived!! I don't think even think it seems to matter what “level“ of postage you choose right now - I've had media mail arriving faster than 2-day shipping! 2y
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Readergrrl
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Hi, #LMPBC Round 10 team! I just checked the tracking # for my book for ha-has and was shocked to see this!! It was supposed to arrive on the 8th! @cwarnier , please let me know when/if it arrives. I can email you the tracking number if you‘d like to check it too.

Readergrrl I really hope it arrives soon. One of the books in my last round was completely lost... just the torn packing envelope arrived!!! 😬😬😬 2y
Bookish_AF This is exactly what‘s happening with the #LMPBC book I mailed too!! You are not alone! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oh dear hopefully it gets there eventually!! This is always a complicated month for sending the books around!! 2y
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cwarnier I have the tracking number, and I noticed it was supposed to be here on Tuesday, and then I got busy and forgot about it. I did just check my mail box and still nothing. :( 2y
Readergrrl @cwarnier 😠 I‘ll keep my fingers crossed for tomorrow! 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 2y
Readergrrl @cwarnier and now I‘m glad that I didn‘t send my bookmarks along with it. I‘ll wait until after the holidays to mail those out. 2y
cwarnier @readergrrl I saw that it still says arriving late. Should I look into this further? I was going to offer to replace it, but it is not available for pick up in any bookstore near me. 2y
Readergrrl @cwarnier I just received a notification that it arrived at the Jersey City, NJ facility at 1:26am this morning (12/14). I‘m hopeful that it will eventually arrive. I‘m sorry that it has been so delayed, but you certainly should NOT replace it! I‘m upset because this is the second time and in two LMPBC groups in a row! Very frustrating. I‘m almost done with Belleweather, but I‘m nervous to send it along to you, since it‘s not my own book! Yikes!! 2y
cwarnier @readergrrl Send it, and let's see if it shows up first. JK 2y
Readergrrl @cwarnier I just received a notification that my book has left Jersey City and is on its next leg to you. 🤞🏼🤞🏼🤞🏼 #LMPBC #Round10 2y
cwarnier @readergrrl I just got notification that your book showed up at KC distribution center. I am gone for the holidays, and won't be around to get it, (if/when it shows up) until next week. 2y
Readergrrl OMG! At least it‘s somewhere!!! It was a fast read, so hopefully it won‘t take up too much time in January. I have a funny feeling that all of our #LMPBC group is going to be off a few weeks! 2y
Readergrrl @cwarnier Oh, the irony! I just saw that my book will arrive to you today by 9pm!! Well, at least I know it‘s on its way finally! 2y
cwarnier @readergrrl I just got notification that your book was delivered to my mailbox. I will check on Monday, and let you know that I got it. 2y
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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If you want to read a #historicalfiction not connected to WW then here it is. It is set in the Oregon trail & I fell in love with that landscape. I learnt about different ethnicities, culture & about travelling. Even though it‘s a love story it has multiple facets of hope, friendship, trust, & dedication. It‘s a life turning travel, while finding home they find themselves. 4⭐️/5

#armchairtravel #booked2020 #readingwithmaja #travel #lovestory

Blackink_WhitePaper This book reminded me of 2y
Cinfhen Beautiful review 💘I‘m enchanted 2y
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Readergrrl
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Just popped my #LMPBC book in the mail. I‘ve been waiting for some pretty bookmarks I‘d ordered to send along with it, but no show yet! I‘ll have to mail them along after!!
-photo from www.acraftyfox.net

annahenke I enjoyed this one! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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TorieStorieS
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This fictionalization of the Oregon Trail makes for the perfect Thanksgiving listen! Readers who grew up playing the clunky computer game will recognize landmarks & deadly perils of the journey-which adds some levity to what is at times a heartbreaking listen. Well-performed with 2 narrators- young widow Naomi & half-Pawnee/half-white mule expert John Lawry- there is also a love story! The author‘s own connection makes this stellar! #AudioColoring

Crazeedi Love the coloring 2y
Reviewsbylola You had me at Oregon Trail! 2y
BookDragonNotWorm That's still my favorite game ever! Nothing could ever compete, in my opinion. 2y
TorieStorieS @Crazeedi Thanks- this one is actually all crayons! 2y
TorieStorieS @Reviewsbylola @BookDragonNotWorm I totally agree!!! I still feel bad about how little squirrels matter!! 2y
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Readergrrl
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This love story was neither cheesy nor trite. The characters were so engaging and the suspense grabbed me immediately. Beautifully written tale of the lives of pioneers on the Oregon Trail and the people of the Great Plains Tribes. I lived in WY for many years, exploring Utah, S. Dakota, Montana, and Idaho too. I‘ve seen many of the places in the novel including the deep ruts from pioneer wagon wheels that remain 150 years later. Con‘t in comments

Readergrrl The table I used to frame my picture of the novel came from a shop in a tiny single crossroad town in Wyoming called Alta. It had belonged to a rancher whose grandfather had been born on the Oregon Trail. I‘m sure my table isn‘t that old, but it‘s fun to think of all the stories that have been told around it!! 2y
KathyWheeler That‘s a great table! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Great review & a super fun story!! I was SO excited to see Chimney Rock when we drove through Nebraska a couple of years ago. 😂 2y
Nute I told myself that I was not going to purchase any more books for awhile, but I really want to read this book. 2y
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Desiree.Reads
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“The pain. It's worth it. The more you love, the more it hurts. But it's worth it. It's the only thing that is.“

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MelKelsey
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Pickpick

Set in the 1800s, Where the Lost Wander is a well-written pioneer, love story. Themes of familial bond and belonging are explored. I am always surprised when I love novels set in the western frontier, but I consistently do. Maybe it's my family ancestry. The author is local to me, and it was interesting that she references mormon pioneers as a distinctly separate, almost-foolhardy group. The perspective felt refreshing.

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AmyK1
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Pickpick

Wow. I really liked this. Emotional story about John and Naomi who, along with Naomi‘s family, start on the Oregon Trail in Missouri. The trail is fraught with hardship and sickness, determination and love. Loved reading in the authors note that a lot of the characters in the book were real people.

sblbooks I love too! It'll be one of my top picks for this year. 2y
AmyK1 @sblbooks Definitely. I got this from the library but added to my list of books I would like to own. 2y
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AmyK1
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She is perched on a barrel in the middle of the wide street, a yellow-frocked flower in a white bonnet, studying the crush of people moving past.

#firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Hooked_on_books
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Panpan

This on definitely wasn‘t for me. Too much romance, stilted writing in places, and some problematic depictions of Native Americans coupled with white apologism (which the author then doubled down on in the author‘s note 🤮). I would have bailed, but my MIL gave me a copy and I felt obligated to finish.

But hey, bingo! #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 2y
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