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A Perilous Undertaking
A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
Veronica Speedwell returns in a brand new adventure from Deanna Raybourn, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries... London, 1887. Victorian adventuress and butterfly hunter Veronica Speedwell receives an invitation to visit the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women. There she meets the mysterious Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible tasksaving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Accused of the brutal murder of his artist mistress Artemisia, Ramsforth will face the hangmans noose in a weeks time if Veronica cannot find the real killer. But Lady Sundridge is not all that she seems, and unmasking her true identity is only the first of the many secrets Veronica must uncover. Together with her natural historian colleague Stoker, Veronica races against time to find the true murderera ruthless villain who not only took Artemisias life in cold blood but is happy to see Ramsforth hang for the crime. From a Bohemian artists colony to a royal palace to a subterranean grotto with a decadent history, the investigation proves to be a very perilous undertaking indeed....
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Robotswithpersonality
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Still in love with the banter, still enjoying this murder-mystery-solving duo, still interested in continuing the series.
I will say: 1) Hoping next book will have animal-friendly expedition/adventure OUTSIDE London considering these are WORLD TRAVELERS. 2) This series remains the exception to my rule of avoiding most historical (and monarchical) fiction as they ALL feature irritating, antiquated social mores, that can't always be flouted.

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Robotswithpersonality
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New word alert! Or at least new to me. Context cues work, but, I like looking words up.
"Cavil" : 'to raise trivial and frivolous objection'.
Hard to tell with historical fiction set in another country, whether this is a word that was more in use at an earlier time, or is in current day use, but not where I live.
Considering book's UK setting, I now wonder if British actor Henry Cavill (two L's) got any guff as a kid, given the homonym. ?

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Robotswithpersonality
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Chapter 1, Page 1 and the snark has already started. I LOVE this series.

shanaqui I just picked up the latest one last month, need to get round to reading it! 1mo
Robotswithpersonality @shanaqui Do iiiittt! 👏🏻 1mo
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staci.reads
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2nd in the series, and I enjoyed it even more than the first. This is such a fun adventure, and the Veronica/Stoker dynamic is absolutely the best kind of slow burn! I look forward to diving into a few more of these this summer! And even better, I just got my older daughter to read the first one while I was reading this. Then she impatiently had to wait for me to finish book 2 and hand it over 😁

lirahlu I LOVE Veronica and Stoker! 4mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved the first book, but never read any more in the series- I need to pick the series up again. 4mo
mcipher What a great reading spot, too! 4mo
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Laughterhp
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I‘m enjoying my reread of this series. I‘m starting to like it more on audio. I had mixed feelings when listening to the first one.

I like seeing the beginning of Stoker and Veronica‘s relationship again.

I‘ll continue with my reread of these books. So relaxing to listen to.

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bookwrm526
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I read the first book in this series ages ago and for some reason didn‘t pick up the second, though I meant to. Finally got back to it and it was a refreshing blend of mystery, romance, and humor! I loved it.

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LazyLimaLife
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I liked this one better than the first.

Lauredhel Oh I love that cover ❤️ 9mo
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LeslieO
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Thank you so much, Chelle! I can‘t wait to read this series and the chocolate looks yummy. I‘ve never heard of Gertrude Hawk chocolates but can‘t wait to try it. Also, thank you for hosting the swap! I hope you have a wonderful evening of reading and chocolate, too! Merry Christmas 🎄🎁 🤶
#Jolabokaflod @MaleficentBookDragon

MaleficentBookDragon Yay! I‘m glad you like it! 9mo
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Susanita
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The most #mischievous person associated with this book is the author! She attended our book club meeting and was very down to earth and chatty. I told her that the line “while Stoker energetically buffed his crocodile” nearly made me spit out my tea, and she just smiled slyly and said he was really just buffing his crocodile.🐊

#MayCharacters

Eggs 😂🤣😂 How delightful❣️ 1y
julesG I so wish I could have joined your book club meeting that time. 1y
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Mitch
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Sometimes books just come into your life at just the right time... this was one of those reading experiences. This Victorian sleuth is witty, sexually adventurous and forthright. She speaks her mind, is ambitious and has fun with people. It was a good, page turning diversion from real life!

Come-read-with-me Sounds like a good escape! 2y
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Mitch
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My heads been full for the last week or so - lots going on. This is the perfect way to try to focus.

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Eggbeater
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This is my second reading of this series and I love the humor in this book in particular. These books make me happy and cheerful. They are so great!

#MarvelousMarch #Readathon third book read @Andrew65

ChasingOm I‘m listening to the newest one right now! 2y
Andrew65 Doing well 👏👏👏 2y
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DarkMina
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37 of 2021. Day 2 of #marvellousmarchreadathon. This is my first book I‘ve finished. Still loving Stoker and Veronica‘s banter. Fun read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

#readathon #stackingtheseries #seriesread2021 #LitsyAtoZ2021 #AbecedarianTBR #victorian #veronicaspeedwell #LetterA

TheSpineView 👍📖📚 2y
Andrew65 Great 👏👏👏 2y
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Susanita
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This meme came up in my Facebook memories lately. Aside from the unfortunate inclusion of Kevin Spacey, I appreciate the sentiment.
#seriesread

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Chili
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Another TBR read finished. #WinterGames2020
#ReadNosedReindeer

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suvata
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Set in London, 1887. “At the Curiosity Club, a ladies-only establishment for daring and intrepid women, Speedwell meets the Lady Sundridge, who begs her to take on an impossible task—saving society art patron Miles Ramsforth from execution. Ramsforth, accused of the brutal murder of his mistress, Artemisia.”

Veronica and her “sidekick”, Stoker, are on the case! I can‘t get enough of Raybourn‘s Victorian mysteries.

mom2bugnbee I loved all of these!! 2y
suvata @mom2bugnbee I can‘t wait to read the next one 2y
Lissa00 Love these books! 2y
SassyBookworm I absolutely LOVE Veronica!!! One of my all time favorite series!!! 2y
suvata @Lissa00 @SassyBookworm It is a really good series to be sure 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Second in the series and it‘s great fun to read. Veronica Speedwell is imperturbable in the face of danger; she‘s witty, and strong-minded. Great, amusing characters and I‘ll definitely continue this historical mystery series.

Cathythoughts Sounds good ! Great cover 2y
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PathfinderNicole
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7 hours down in the #24B4Monday readathon and book 2 is finished! I‘m doing...not great in terms of hours but I‘m enjoying myself! Plus, the second book in the Veronica Speedwell series is a delight! I loved getting more insight into Stoker‘s past and cannot wait to read the third!

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 2y
Cinfhen Hi Nicole!! I just received an email that you joined #BOTM 🥳Thanks so much for using my referral code♥️Hope you love #BOTM as much as I do!!!! Happy reading 🌈📚☀️ 2y
PathfinderNicole @Cinfhen not a problem! Thanks for sending me one! I‘m so excited to get my first box!! 😍😍 2y
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Cinfhen What did you order??? The new Riley Sager?? 2y
PathfinderNicole @Cinfhen I did order that one! I‘ve never read her but it sounds amazing and everybody on here seems to enjoy her. I also got this one as an add on! 2y
Cinfhen Yay!!! Hope you enjoy both your books!!! 2y
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julesG
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Thanks for the tag @sprainedbrain

- flying to Wales for the #ReadingRetreat at #GladstonesLibrary and celebrating a few birthdays

- ARCs mainly, but am listening to the tagged book (reread) while sewing; #buddyread of King's "If It Bleeds", #audiocleaning and #audiocooking to Fry's "Mythos"

- staying on the sofa under a thick blanket and watching half the series of "Picard"

#ThoughtfulThursday @MoonWitch94

Tag, you're it.

Sharpeipup How‘s Picard? 2y
julesG @Sharpeipup took me a bit to get into it. It's not exactly TNG, but has a great cast. And a few great guest stars. 😁 2y
MoonWitch94 Wales is on my bucket list. Sorry about your trip. 💕 Thanks for playing ☺️ 2y
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hes7
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-Camping With Unicorns 4⭐️
-A Perilous Undertaking 4.5⭐️
-The Honey-Don‘t List 4⭐️
-Dr. Strange Beard 3.5⭐️

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BookInMyHands
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This series is so fun. Forward-thinking lepidopterist Veronica Speedwell doesn‘t fit in well with Victorian Society, and neither does her partner, Stoker. When a member of the royal family asks/demands Veronica‘s help to save an innocent man from the gallows, she sets out on a perilous undertaking that could be her last... But of course it won‘t be 😁.

On to book 3!

Also, Angele Masters gives a fantastic audio performance.

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Skeeterisme
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Love this series.

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julesG
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You're all probably tired of seeing my sewing attempts by now. 😉

Here's the second one. Shorter, no hood but a wide turtleneck.

I've listened to the rest of book 1 in the Veronica Speedwell series and have started #Audiosewing to book 2. I am fairly sure I could make another three sweaters will listening to the series. 😉

squirrelbrain Not tired at all! That one‘s lovely too. Are you making one for EACH of us on the #readingretreat?! 🤣 3y
julesG @squirrelbrain I wish I could. Right now I'm hoping they are not putting the country on lockdown 3y
TheBookHippie Nice!!! 3y
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Lindy Nice. Keep posting! I love seeing what you and other Littens create. 3y
IamIamIam It looks great!!! 3y
gradcat I think this looks lovely! When are you going to make one for me? (Just kidding, by the way!) It looks like you‘re doing quite well, imho...♥️ 3y
erzascarletbookgasm I like this one very much, though the orange one is fun! They look great! 3y
Cupcake12 The news and tv is so depressing at the moment...I‘m turning to Litsy to cheer me up...keep posting! ❤️❤️ 3y
HannaPolkadots Not tired!🤩 I'm hoping corona will allow me some much needed sewing time 😊 3y
JacqMac I love this one! 3y
Cathythoughts Gorgeous 👍🏻well done ❤️ 3y
marleed I love it! 3y
Meaw_catlady Well done!! Love it! 3y
batsy Looks fab! 3y
GingerAntics That looks comfy!!! 3y
LibrarianRyan Like it. 3y
youneverarrived I wish I was this creative! 3y
NeedsMoreBooks Excellent! 3y
Megabooks That is so cute!! 3y
jmofo Audiosewing 💜 3y
Gissy Nice!👌 3y
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shanaqui
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Oh god, can they get together yet?

Another pacy adventure which goes all kinds of places. Veronica still makes me think of Phryne a lot; the backcover has a blurb calling her unflappable and unrepentant, and that about sums both of them up.

I read most of this in the bath in one fell swoop, which was an excellent way to enjoy it.

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CaitlinR
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This, the second of the Veronica Speedwell stories, was great fun.

Stoker and Veronica are tasked by the Princess Louise to save a man who has been convicted of murder. Secrets, as always, compound the task. In the process we spend time with the patrons and creators of the 19th C art scene, enter and investigate the Elysian Grotto (rated R+), repeatedly right an upended tortoise, and meet Lady Wellie. And their relationship grows stronger.

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raeintheworld
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I liked this book even more than the first one. I guessed the killer pretty early but the relationship building between Stoker and Veronica is so lovely.

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Julsmarshall
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Delightful! I loved spending time with Veronica and Stoker again! Can‘t wait to tackle the third one!

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Julsmarshall
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A cool (finally), quiet Saturday morning. #currentread

Myhusbandhatesreading LOVE that cover! ❤️💜 3y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful ❤️❤️ 3y
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eri.reads
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush
Day 2

Have you been tagged yet? If not join in by posting 7 covers that you love over 7 days with no explanations. 🌺

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HOTPock3tt
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#7covers7days #covercrush Day 1
Thanks for the tag! @sprainedbrain
Tagging @Ddzmini

sprainedbrain What a lovely cover! 😍 3y
HOTPock3tt @sprainedbrain Thanks! 🤗 3y
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mamawray
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I absolutely love these books! Veronica and Stoker have such an incredible chemistry that is touching in moments and laugh out loud in others! Quickly becoming one of my favorites!

As a caution, Veronica, the main character, is very in touch with her sexuality which comes up often throughout the book. There are not explicit acts described, but much of the book revolves around this topic. Just to know as you decide whether it's the book for you!

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EmilyM
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Absolutely loved this one! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

CaitlinR Was the reader good? I have been reading the series, but have a friend who can no longer manage print. 3y
EmilyM @CaitlinR I thought the reader was good! 3y
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Johanna414
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These books are just so much fun. I love Veronica and Stoker so much!
I liked this even better than the first book, so I‘m really looking forward to the rest of the series.

ladym30 Love this series!❤️ 3y
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ladym30
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Next in this series!😍

SauerPatch I remember looking into these books briefly and then for some reason (so-so reviews?) I discarded them. Do you like them? :) 3y
ladym30 @SauerPatch I love them. They make me laugh out loud. 3y
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Johanna414
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There‘s a nice breeze today, so we‘re doing nap time under the maple tree. This may or may not be my excuse to avoid doing anything productive while she sleeps...

Reviewsbylola I always use the time when my kids are sleeping to do what I want to do! Me time is important. ♥️ 3y
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Sharanya
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I loved Veronica & Stoker even more in the witty 2nd installment in this mystery series! The dialogue danced & the chemistry sizzled. I really enjoyed delving into the 19th century European art world too, which made for an engaging, if a teeny bit predictable, whodunnit. This seems like one of those series where each book gets better than the last — so I‘m excited to see where we go next! ★★★★☆.

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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | only 15% in and I‘ve already laughed so hard my stomach almost cramped 😂♥️

CaitZ This is an excellent series. You'll laugh all the way through 3y
Sharanya @CaitZ yes!! The best kinds of books are the ones that make me laugh 😁 3y
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Johanna414
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Last day of work (aside from a meeting tomorrow) and I am just waiting out the clock until 3pm. Then I‘m celebrating with a couple friends by heading to Buffalo for a concert!

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It's the kind of day that needs my last Dragon's Blood Skull Bomb.
Friday can't come fast enough!
#BookandBathBomb

Crewgurl Love this series!!! 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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Total comfort read. Some days are just crushing with life and although I have several reading obligations I just needed a Dr Pepper, bowl of popcorn and this book. And lots of hugs from my teens. This was a perfect read to distract and feel better. Luckily today is a new day. And why yes, I did get the next book just in case.

Bklover I hope that life lightens up on your shoulders today. Hope it‘s a relaxing day for you!🌸🌼 3y
heikemarie Sorry to hear things were not the best. The cover on this book is great - looks like a good distracting read. 3y
Chrissyreadit @Bklover @heikemarie thanks. We shall see. Sometimes wish I had the resources to outsource life requirements and retire. Sometimes I think life is just fine....mama said there‘d be days like this. And if there weren‘t the music industry would die. (edited) 3y
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marleed Smart woman - your mama! And now that song is in my head! 3y
rretzler Great picks - Dr Pepper (Diet Cherry) and popcorn is my favorite snack! And a fun read, as well. Hope things pick up for you. 3y
cobwebmoth Hugs to you, my friend.❤ 3y
mabell I‘m am so sorry for this rough time! Getting lost in a literary world is a good medicine ❤️ 3y
Chrissyreadit @mabell @cobwebmoth thanks! It is already a far better day. 3y
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Eggbeater
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The second book in the series is even better than the first one with its grottoes, and glass blown toys, sheep's eyeballs, and corpses mixed with tongue-in-cheek Victorian sensibilities. Deanna Raybourn used the first Veronica Speedwell book to warm up and she's really coming into her own. These books make me happy and cheerful. Stoker and Veronica are my current favorite literary "not-couple" so far.

Eggbeater @Trashcanman Hi George! 😊 How are things? 3y
Trashcanman Well, so so. How about you? How are you doing? Things are just here and I don't think will ever change 3y
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Eggbeater @Trashcanman I'm hanging in there. This is not an easy time in my life. But as long as we're both still moving air, there is always hope. 3y
Trashcanman @Eggbeater Well thank God it doesn't take any brain cells to breath or I'd be dead. I hope things get better soon. I'm here for you too you know. It's not all one-sided and shit. Well I hope you know that. 3y
Eggbeater @Trashcanman I do know and I appreciate the support. 💕 It helps and it means a lot. 3y
Trashcanman @Eggbeater I hope you do. I mean it. A lot of people say things like this but I absolutely mean it. 3y
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Sharpeipup
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“Men, I had often observed, were never happier than when they believed they were imparting wisdom.”

I think it‘s true of most people...😂
#quotes

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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TRASH👏FOR👏THIS👏SERIES👏

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Gonna just attempt to cram another book in tonight...sleep is stupid and overrated anyway

Crazeedi I need your cart beside my bed😁 4y
SassenachTheBookWizard @Crazeedi from Michael's girl! Apparently there were versions at Target, Walmart and Ikea too now 4y
Crazeedi @SassenachTheBookWizard and I have Michael gift cards, they are a couple years old but I think still good, I'm GOING!!!!😁 4y
Moony I wantes to finishe a book last night but I fall assleep after 20 minutes.... I can't read in my bed or when I'm lying. 😪 4y
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The second Installment of the Veronica Speedwell series is maybe even more entertaining than the first! I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audiobook! Veronica and Stoker May not be #RomeoAndJuliet by the romantic tension in their relationship gets even more heated here! More character development with Stoker and Veronica both- can‘t wait to start listening to the third one!! #MarchIntoThe70s #AudioColoring

Seekingtardis BEAUTIFUL!!!!! 4y
TorieStorieS @Seekingtardis Thanks so very much!! ☺️☺️☺️ 4y
Lynnsoprano I‘ve just started the fourth book, only a few pages in, but it‘s already fun. I love the banter between Veronica and Stoker. 4y
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TorieStorieS @Lynnsoprano Yay!! I do too!! I‘m having fun binging on this series!! 😊 4y
gradcat Is that the book‘s cover? It‘s really gorgeous! 4y
TorieStorieS @gradcat No- but thank you! It‘s a postcard that I audio-colored! ☺️☺️☺️ 4y
gradcat Omigosh! It‘s really beautiful! Brilliant you! ❤️ 4y
TorieStorieS @gradcat 🤗🤗🤗 Thank you!!! 🤗🤗🤗 4y
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MidnightBookGirl
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On to book 2! So excited to have the author at the bookstore this weekend!

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Jocelyn73c
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I love this series so much! My fiance has been gone for a week on a business trip and won't be back for another week and I woke up with a bad cold this morning 🤧...this was the comfort read (and comfort kitty 🐈) I needed!

Theaelizabet Love this series! Have you read her Lady Julia series! 4y
Jocelyn73c @Theaelizabet Not yet but I do actually have the first one checked out from my library and am very excited to start it... hopefully soon lol I really enjoy her writing!! 4y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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THE BANTER! I CANT HANDLE HOW MUCH I LOVE STOKER AND SPEEDWELL'S BANTER!

jpmcwisemorgan I love this series! 4y
SassenachTheBookWizard @jpmcwisemorgan I'm like at my limit of amazing banter and sexual tension! Lol I can't wait for book 4! 4y
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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I picked up this cute as hell trolly cart from Michael's to keep my monthly TBR organized! Now onto Veronica Speedwell #2!

MallenNC I want one of those trolley carts so badly! Maybe that will be a 2019 purchase for me. I liked that book too. (edited) 4y
Cailey_Mac I just got a white one from Target; I LOVE the tbr cart idea so much! It‘ll help me focus on what I really want to read next 4y
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The second book in a historical murder mystery series I‘m really loving! I love the banter between the main character, Veronica, who is quite the abnormal woman for the Victorian era, and her companion Stoker. Admittedly, the huge number of Agatha Christies I‘ve read taught me how to guess whodunit, but I did not enjoy it any less for that! Onto the third!