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Love in the Time of Serial Killers
Love in the Time of Serial Killers | Alicia Thompson
41 posts | 33 read | 36 to read
Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn't exactly conducive to modern dating--and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she's used to suspecting the worst. PhD candidate Phoebe Walsh has always been obsessed with true crime. She's even analyzing the genre in her dissertation--if she can manage to finish writing it. It's hard to find the time while she spends the summer in Florida, cleaning out her childhood home, dealing with her obnoxiously good-natured younger brother, and grappling with the complicated feelings of mourning a father she hadn't had a relationship with for years. It doesn't help that she's low-key convinced that her new neighbor, Sam Dennings, is a serial killer (he may dress business casual by day, but at night he's clearly up to something). But it's not long before Phoebe realizes that Sam might be something much scarier--a genuinely nice guy who can pierce her armor to reach her vulnerable heart.
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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

Based on the title, I was hoping for more serial killers and less love. This is your basic meet cute romance. I really liked that Phoebe is working on her PhD dissertation on true crime. That seems like a pretty interesting field of study. This was a fun and fluffy read.

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StayCurious
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@merelybookish thank you for the spring-timey warm and colourful #muglove23 box! I love every bit of it! These specialty hot chocolate packages are my faves and I can‘t wait to read this book! Thank you! Thanks for hosting @TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen !

Cinfhen Those hot cocoa flavors DO look delightful ☕️💜😁 1mo
LeahBergen What a pretty pottery mug! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Love your mug! 1mo
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merelybookish Glad you are happy with it! It was fun to put together. 1mo
TheKidUpstairs Land O Lakes makes such yummy flavours! And that mug is delightful :) 1mo
MatchlessMarie Land o lakes hot cocoa is the best! 1mo
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swishandflick
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I loved the premise of this! And, as a certified single true crime junkie myself, I saw a lot of me in Phoebe. But I do think that, if I hadn't been obsessed with the title and cover, it would have been more of a "borrow" instead of a "buy" since I've been in the mood for more steam with my romance lately ?

?? Tortola, B.V.I

Jemgirl2014 I loved that one too! 1mo
5feet.of.fury What a viewwwww 1mo
swishandflick @5feet.of.fury Right?! 😍 1mo
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BookNAround
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Mehso-so

A woman writing her thesis about true crime books and cleaning out out her late dad‘s house suspects his cute neighbor of being up to no good. Sounds cute, right? I wish I‘d liked it as much as I wanted to. Full review at http://booknaround.blogspot.com/2023/02/review-love-in-time-of-serial-killers.ht...

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Branwen
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"I was on a roll, my fingers flying over my laptop keys, when Lenore jumped up and walked right across my keyboard, putting her asshole in my face." ?

I really love it when you can absolutely tell that the author has experienced the joy of cat ownership! ???

ShyBookOwl 😹 that tracks. I really liked this book. Enjoy! 2mo
jenniferw88 😂😂😂😻 2mo
Branwen @jenniferw88 🤣😂🤣😂🤣😹 @ShyBookOwl I just finished it and really liked it too! I wasn't expecting it to be so funny! 💕📚 2mo
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swishandflick
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After an extremely stressful week, I actually feel pretty relaxed today! Whew! So I'm trying to lean into that and get back into my reading groove on this peaceful, rainy, day. I couldn't decide between romance and murder, so this romance about a true crime obsessed woman seemed to fit the bill. Added in my new "you're overthinking again" sweatshirt for good measure in case my brain starts to slip ahead to whatever tomorrow has in store ?

Julsmarshall Love that sweatshirt! 2mo
JenReadsAlot I love that shirt!! 2mo
Tamra Today is today! ☺️ 2mo
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MicheleinPhilly Oh my gosh, I should probably get that tattooed on my wrist. 2mo
Karisa 😂 Love that sleeve! @MicheleinPhilly 💯% 2mo
squirrelbrain Love your sleeve! ❤️ 2mo
swishandflick Thank you!! It's a little scary how well the Instagram ads know how to get me but I saw it and couldn't help but buy it 😂 @Julsmarshall @JenReadsAlot @MicheleinPhilly @Karisa @squirrelbrain 2mo
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BookNAround
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Tonight‘s book on the couch with Gatsby. At her recheck today, her X-rays are unchanged, which is a disappointment but her liver and kidney values are good so she can stay on the meds that are most effective at fighting this. If I had to guess, I think she feels marginally better despite the unchanged X-rays.

Librarybelle ❤️❤️❤️ 2mo
dabbe Keep getting better, Gatsby! 💕 2mo
xicanti Good luck to Gatsby! 2mo
Ruthiella Get well soon Gatsby! ❤️🐶 2mo
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StellaDz
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever been so happy or connected reading a romance novel. I laughed, I cried, I shook the book. Most importantly, I‘ve never seen a character portrayed that is truly me: relationship exhausted, true crime obsessed. When online dating first started, I told my friend across the country to tell me where she was going, and she responded with ‘not everyone is a serial killer, Ash‘ I responded with ‘yes, but… one could be!‘
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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swishandflick
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Unexpected #bookhaul today! In my defense, I went to see a new doctor who's office happened to be RIGHT NEXT DOOR to a bookstore, so really this isn't even my fault. I basically snagged the books with the longest library waitlist - plus a physical copy of Harry so that he can be on my shelf.

Also - the tagged book just speaks to me. I can't tell you how many 1st dates have become awkward when I mention my obsession with murder docs 😬

swishandflick Side note on the "serial killer" obsession: I may have also freaked a guy or two out by letting them know that at least three of my friends know exactly where I am and they have copies of your dating profile and contact info in case I go missing and they need to go to the cops ? 2mo
Bookzombie 😂 I also used to provide info to my friends and always remind them to tell the cops to check my fingernails for DNA and take a dental mold because I was not going down with out a fight. 2mo
Bookzombie Also, guys must just not being paying attention, because a great deal of women read/watch/listen to true crime and fictional crime. I often want a serial killer or murder book when I want to escape. Lol 2mo
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Breanne1 Hahaha, here‘s to you finding a guy who can appreciate your passion. My husband‘s mom shares my murder doc passion and watches them with me. I also have the tagged book on my TBR and can‘t wait to read it. 2mo
AmyG My dentist is next to a bookstore. That is a sign from the universe that if you have to go to the Dr, you get a book.👊🏻 2mo
Leftcoastzen Love this discussion!😂 2mo
MartinaLove The first two are cute reads. The other two are on my TBR. 2mo
Zuhkeeyah Lol I have also made dates uncomfortable when I mentioned my love true crime podcasts and docs. Happy to know I‘m not alone! 2mo
MyNamesParadise That‘s a great haul!! 2mo
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Ravenpuff
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Mehso-so

Phoebe moves back into her childhood home to renovate it after her father dies. She loves true crime culture, which is why she suspects her neighbor to be a serial killer. When he‘s quite the opposite, she grows feelings for him. Will she be able to have a relationship w/ him?

This one was slow through most of it, but it had good writing & plot. Phoebe & Sam as characters were very funny & charming; not really any character arcs for them.

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StellaDz
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This was a random find but I did a Chris Evans laugh when I read the synopsis. This is so me. I hope it matches the hype that I‘ve already built up in my head. 🤣❤️

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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A romance starring a true crime obsessed leading lady? I mean, this is just accurate. Have you met women? Why do we want to learn about this fucked up stuff? Anyway, suspicious of her late father‘s hot teacher guy neighbor, Phoebe almost blows her chance, but with time comes connection. Good banter, some open-door steam, plus a little Capote and Helter Skelter - what‘s not to enjoy?!

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britt_brooke
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Walking with the best boy. 🤍🐾🎧

#audiowalk #dogsoflitsy

DivineDiana Beautiful eyes! ❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Best boy ♥️ 2mo
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AlaMich Love the action shot of the tongue! 😂 2mo
kspenmoll Agree- such beautiful blue eyes! 2mo
britt_brooke @kspenmoll 🤍🐾 Thank you! 2mo
batsy Mlerm! 😆😍 2mo
britt_brooke @batsy 😂😋 2mo
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samantharoberts
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Pickpick

Really cute and fun story! - I even laughed out loud during some parts! Great start to the New Year 🎉

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MatchlessMarie
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Congrats to @wanderinglynn on achieving this litfluence milestone! Thank you for letting us celebrate with you with this generous giveaway. Have a happy birthday month! 💕🧁📖 I have heard great things about the tagged book. #300KBirthdayGiveaway

wanderinglynn Thank you! 😘 And thanks for entering! 3mo
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StellaDz
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Never take me out on Boxing Day sales to a bookstore, no matter how small. If ever there were two books that were basically, me, it‘s these two.

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MartinaLove
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Pickpick

4/5 ⭐

I laughed a few times reading this book. I had a good time!

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5feet.of.fury
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Mehso-so

I knew that this was a romance with True Crime references & not involving crime or thriller aspects. Romance is not my favorite genre, but I figured this would break up some of the darker reads of the season

Ugh. There are def similarities between mine and MC Phoebe‘s upbringing & prickly disposition & I spent most of the book hoping I‘m not this annoying 😂 so much cringy self sabotaging.
#20in4 #spookoween #31by31 #Scarathlon2022 #TeamSlaughter

TheSpineView Fabulous 5mo
Catsandbooks 🙌🏼👻🧡 5mo
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katiekat311
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This book made me laugh out loud, brought me back to my childhood with Crash Bandicoot references and was just a good time. Quick read. Has a underlying, revolving theme of how one persons past traumas and experiences really do help shape how they handle some situations as adults. +15 for reading 10/3‘s #ScarathonDailyPrompt. #TeamSlaughter

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TLuvs
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Super excited to read this, I hear it's amazing! To me, it's the perfect blend of RomCom meets True Crime fan nerd 🤓

TLuvs I really really liked this! AT's protagonist was perfect for this type of book; all prickly edges, quick whit, dark humor, and an academic nerd who marched to her own drum. Not everyone has a childhood of flowers and cotton balls and this was a great character who showed what some people look like from a hard past. But with a HEA, this moved into one of my favorite reads of 2022! 5mo
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NikkiKey94
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I really enjoyed this book more than I thought I would. As a true crime fan I really liked all of the true crime references throughout and how the main character was a true crime buff. I really enjoyed the story and of course the romance!

MyNamesParadise I have this coming in for me at the library! This looks like such a fun book! 2mo
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IndoorDame
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I‘ve been seeing this around lately and am totally in love with the title and pulp style cover art even though I‘ve read the description a few times and haven‘t been moved to add it to my TBR yet. #Scarathlon2022 #ScarathlonDailyPrompt #killer #TeamMonsterMash @StayCurious @Clwojick

MatchlessMarie Is this a thing? I have a bunch of screenshots of books I‘ve seen floating around but haven‘t quite added to my TBR. Like soon, my pretty. Soon 😆 6mo
IndoorDame @MatchlessMarie I do that all the time! So maybe it is a thing? 😆 6mo
ShyBookOwl Haha I do love this cover and the book itself was pretty good! I'm not a huge romance reader but I'm glad I did this one 6mo
Clwojick I love this cover! 🖤 6mo
StayCurious it looks fun! 6mo
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abookishbutterfly
Pickpick

I will say that I think the pacing could have been better. It started off faster than it ended. Somewhere in the middle the tension was lost and I felt like it was a slow crawl to the conclusion.

A good story, nevertheless, and probably a perfect fit for someone who struggles with most romcoms (like me!).

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NikkiCureton
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“To the extent I‘d ever dreamed of my own wedding— which was approximately never — it had always been a courthouse affair for health insurance purposes where we told no one and continued to live in separate houses.”
Love this quote and thoroughly enjoyed this book!

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julesG
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Bailedbailed

The MC is so neurotic. She's so deep into true crime that she sees serial killers in nearly every one around herself.

I did not want to spend my time with her.

#SuperSeptember @Andrew65

Andrew65 Oh no 😔 6mo
Kangaj1 I also bailed on this one. 6mo
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tracy.anne8
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Family trip to B&N for these two books and then decided to read a different book when I got home.🤦🏼‍♀️🤷🏼‍♀️ #romance #romansty #gothic #spooky

monalyisha 😅 Yes! This is the way! 6mo
tracy.anne8 @monalyisha Especially when you are a mood reader.😄 6mo
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Emilymdxn
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I wasn‘t sure this book could manage romance and true crime in a way that felt sensitive to real true crime subjects and also entertaining as a romance and generally worth reading, but I loved it so much and really recommend. The MC is obsessed with true crime in a way that felt really truthful and realistic to me (as a big true crime and horror reader). I liked the cute love story and the growth of the main character.

Emilymdxn Strongly recommend if you‘re looking for something this Halloween that interacts with crime-relevant themes without being scary or disturbing (there‘s no violence described at all and tw‘s are supplied at the start of the book). Could be a good Scarathlon pick 6mo
Mustlovebooks1088 I was so curious about this book! Glad to read these reviews! 6mo
bthegood thx for the review- stacked for the #Scarathlon2022 🙂 6mo
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ElizaMarie
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This was a cute book, it wasn't the type of book I would have picked up (if not for my husband). I am not a romance book person. But I like the twist of having a murder//serial obsessed person fall in love. Because that would be me when I first met my husband. Sizing him up on scales of the ability of him being a murderer. (Talk about trust - ha)

Also, so true about the Dish Soap!

+ 3.34 #PennyPerPage, #ReadMyRoom

Bookworm54 Haha sounds like you enjoyed it even if it wasn‘t your usual thing :) 6mo
ElizaMarie @Bookworm54 Yeah, I did. It was really cute 6mo
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TLuvs
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My pile to choose from for the up-coming #scaryathon 🧟‍♀️

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ElizaMarie
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We need to lift each other up!

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Nessavamusic
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Bailedbailed

I bailed on this one fairly early. I was not liking the protagonist, she was reading very young. I am just done with immature protagonists. Just not for me!

LitStephanie Me too! Done with immature protagonists, I mean. I keep reading stories where women are at least mid-twenties and acting like young teens. It is weird and cringey. 6mo
Nessavamusic @LitStephanie I think a lot of these are YA author‘s first foray into adult. That is true of this book, I checked! 6mo
5feet.of.fury Oh no! That cover is calling to me, but that‘s a pet peeve of mine too 6mo
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abookishbutterfly

“But deep down, I think I was mad at myself more. I knew I wasn‘t actually planning to do anything, that it was just a cry for attention. And I hated myself for it.”

Alison‘s brows drew together. “But what‘s so bad about needing attention? Especially if you‘re in pain, or struggling.”

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ElizaMarie
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Hubby bought me this book saying “I thought this would be perfect for you”. Took it with me for lunch today (on my errand day).

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ShyBookOwl
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OBVIOUSLY A TWO-HUNDRED-POUND Victorian writing desk wasn‘t made to be moved all by yourself.

😅 #firstlinefridays

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Annie1215
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Mehso-so

This was an easy read. A bit simplistic but touching on relatable topics for me - a love of true crime and an aversion to vulnerability 😬. Overall an okay read.

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KristiAhlers
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Ha! Finally a romance that gets me. Although no serial killers in the book the FMC thinks her new neighbor may be a serial killer and the shenanigans begin. This is really a fun and light read with plenty of romance! #littensloveromance

StayCurious Sounds great! 7mo
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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

Highly recommend this contemporary romance that doesn‘t have any serial killers, by references a lot of true crime.

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kimmypete1
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I‘m only a few chapters in but really enjoying this one so far. Phoebe is writing her dissertation on true crime and the references have been great so far!

@ShyBookOwl #FirstLineFridays

ShyBookOwl I'm so excited for this one! I have the pub day marked on my calendar! 8mo
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Kangaj1
Bailedbailed

#bookspin @thearomaofbooks
I wanted to love this one, but I was so bored after 42%.

TheAromaofBooks Always sad when a book just isn't the right fit!! 8mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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Pickpick

This book does not come out until August, but I'll be buying a finished copy!
This is a very specific romance book aimed at people who are currently squealing over the title. Phoebe returns to Florida to clean out her dad's house and to write her thesis on True Crime. She kind of sucks at relationships, but after realizing the hottie next door probably isn't a serial killer she has to confront her worse fear- falling in love.
#Readin22

AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie I know u like true crime and stuff... might have to check this out when it comes out in August. 13mo
ElizaMarie @AkashaVampie ooo this one looks super cute! Also, not a huge romance person but.. when you add a true-crime writer. 13mo
AkashaVampie @ElizaMarie knew u would!!! 13mo
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MidnightBookGirl
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The hubs sent me flowers and I started the tagged ebook bc obviously it was written for me. Also even if I end up hating this book, I‘m going to need the cover on my shelves! #Swoonathon

Clare-Dragonfly Oh, this book sounds fun! 13mo
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