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Darling Girl
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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In this beautiful, grounded, and darkly magical modern-day reimagining of J. M. Barrie's classic, to save her daughter's life one woman must take on the infamous Peter Pan--who is not the innocent adventurer the fairy tales make him out to be . . .
Life is looking up for Holly Darling, granddaughter of Wendy — yes, that Wendy. She's running a successful skincare company; her son, Jack, is happy and healthy; and the tragedy of her past is well behind her . . . until she gets a call that her daughter, Eden, who has been in a coma for nearly a decade, has gone missing from the estate where she's been long tucked away. And, worst of all, Holly knows who must be responsible: Peter Pan, who is not only very real, but more dangerous than anyone could imagine.
Eden's disappearance is a disaster for more reasons than one. She has a rare condition that causes her to age rapidly — ironic, considering her father is the boy who will never grow up — which also makes her blood incredibly valuable. It's a secret that Holly is desperate to protect, especially from Eden's half-brother, Jack, who knows nothing about his sister or the crucial role she plays in his life. Holly has no one to turn to — her mother is the only other person in the world who knows that Peter is more than a story, but she refuses to accept that he is not the hero she's always imagined. Desperate, Holly enlists the help of Christopher Cooke, a notorious ex-soldier, in the hopes of rescuing Eden before it's too late . . . or she may lose both her children.
Darling Girl brings all the magic of the classic Peter Pan story to the present, while also exploring the dark underpinnings of fairy tales, grief, aging, sacrifice, motherhood, and just how far we will go to protect those we love.
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KristiAhlers
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

Ugh I‘m so conflicted about the rating for this book. I‘m going to give it ⭐️⭐️⭐️ because there was just something that kept me from fully connecting. Perhaps it was Holly the granddaughter of Wendy. She was rather difficult to like. It was though a unique take on the Peter Pan story. #peterpanretelling #mayread #springread

Aims42 This was my BOTM pick this month, but I only picked it because I was more interested in the add-ons 😆 I kinda bought it with zero exceptions lol 1d
KristiAhlers @Aims42 smart 🤣. I think I came with overly high expectations. To be fair the blurb sounded intriguing. But Holly was just too…I don‘t know what to call her. 🙄. I liked that Peter was dark though. So some “like” points. Let‘s just say I‘m not keeping my copy and I‘ll donate it or pass it on. 1d
Aims42 @KristiAhlers That‘s a perfect summary 👍 I totally know the ‘borrow don‘t buy‘ scenario 😆 1d
KristiAhlers @Aims42 the struggle can be real! 😝 1d
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jdiehr
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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"In a very tall tree sits a girl."

#FirstLineFridays @ShyBookOwl

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I receive an average of 2-3 books in the mail every month. Book of the Month is the one I look forward to the most. I‘m looking forward to reading this, and have promised a Peter Pan obsessed family member that I‘d pass it on to her as soon as I finish it. 🧚‍♀️

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jdiehr
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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1) My Book of the Month (Darling Girl) is out on an adventure in the land of late packages. I am most anxious to read it because it should have been here last week...

2) No. No music while reading.

@TheSpineView #Two4Tuesday @The_Penniless_Author - thanks for the tag 🙂

Suzze Mine came Saturday. If you‘re on TikTok you can see it @ suzzereadsalot. 🫣 They‘re sending a new package. (edited) 1w
jdiehr @Suzze I'm not on TikTok. So this was a wide-spread problem?? This is the first time I've had trouble. 1w
Suzze @jdiehr Mine was mangled. Box was taped together, books had major damage. 1w
jdiehr @Suzze 😧 1w
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 1w
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fredamans
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Mehso-so

Not the Peter Pan we all know and love. That could be a good thing though... 3⭐

Read my full review and enter a giveaway: http://www.fredasvoice.com/2022/02/darling-girl-liz-michalski.html

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nitalibrarian
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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I think this is the fastest I've ever gotten my #botm.

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ICantImReading
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Excited about this one!! “The Change” also looks SO good - I pre-ordered it on Audible! #BOTM

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GondorGirl
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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My #BotM picks for May! I'm kind of sick of retellings, but Darling Girl sounds darker and more inspired by... but really, I just needed to pick something so I could get The Change. 🧡

Aims42 That was also my “well, I guess I gotta pick something” pick so I could get the two “add-ons” I reallllllllllllly wanted 😆 (edited) 3w
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reading_rainbow
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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What a great Birthday Month! Not only do I love and collect Peter Pan retellings but Holly Blacks new novel was an add-on and I was able to get it for free! I‘m so freaking excited! 🌷🎂🎈🎉🎀
#BOTM

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jdiehr
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I love when I lazily open Litsy and discover that the #botm picks are out!!

Fantasy is not normally my jam, but this one sounds so good 😁

JamieArc I didn‘t choose that one, but I‘ll be really curious to read reviews. 3w
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nitalibrarian
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These are my May #botm picks. The predictions this month were a little off.

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Aims42
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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Squeeeeeee! I‘m way more excited for my add-ons this month from #BOTM than my actual monthly pick 😆 I‘ve been playing the “coulda, woulda, shoulda” game with “Lessons in Chemistry” because the cover totally had me thinking chick lit when it was available last month (not that there‘s anything wrong with that, I‘m just not in the mood for that now). And now I can cancel my pre-order for “Bloomsbury Girls” YAY!! 🥳🤩🙌

GondorGirl Lessons in Chemistry was my pick for April. I'm reading it right now and it's phenomenal. 3w
Aims42 @GondorGirl Awwwww yesssss 🙌 I cannot wait for that one, I‘ve seen other Littens saying how great it is too 😁 3w
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swishandflick
Darling Girl | Liz Michalski
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May #BOTM picks!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay!! I was just about to buy !! 3w
Breanne1 Thanks @swishandflick lots of good choices to consider here! 3w
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Megabooks Thanks for the tag! So many to research because none were on my radar! 3w
Cinfhen Woohoo🥳you‘re amazing 🤩 thanks for tagging me!! I‘m not sure about any of these!!! Any thoughts?? 3w
swishandflick I think I'm gonna go with Breathless, Part of Your World, and Siren Queen! The Change also sounds good to me, so that may change between now and then 😆 What about you? 3w
jlhammar Hmmm, it's a little harder for me to decide this month. I will probably do a bit more research, but for now I'm thinking Take My Hand, The Change and Bloomsbury Girls. 3w
Branwen I am SO surprised the new Emily Henry book is not a pick! 😲 3w
TheBookStacker I already preordered The Hacienda but definitely going to get Siren Queen!!! 3w
marleed Oh holy cow, I thought I figured out at least 3 entries this month, and none made it. I saw a spoiler that The Change was the GMA May bookclub pick and that‘s the first time it came on my radar! 3w
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