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Everyone Brave is Forgiven
Everyone Brave is Forgiven | Chris Cleave
From the author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Little Bee, a spellbinding novel about three unforgettable individuals thrown together by war, love, and their search for belonging in the ever-changing landscape of WWII London.Its 1939 and Mary, a young socialite, is determined to shock her blueblood political family by volunteering for the war effort. She is assigned as a teacher to children who were evacuated from London and have been rejected by the countryside because they are infirm, mentally disabled, orlike Marys favorite student, Zacharyhave colored skin. Tom, an education administrator, is distraught when his best friend, Alastair, enlists. Alastair, an art restorer, has always seemed far removed from the violent life to which he has now condemned himself. But Tom finds distraction in Mary, first as her employer and then as their relationship quickly develops in the emotionally charged times. When Mary meets Alastair, the three are drawn into a tragic love triangle andwhile war escalates and bombs begin falling around themfurther into a new world unlike any theyve ever known. A sweeping epic with the kind of unforgettable characters, cultural insights, and indelible scenes that made Little Bee so incredible, Chris Cleaves latest novel explores the disenfranchised, the bereaved, the elite, the embattled. Everyone Brave Is Forgiven is a heartbreakingly beautiful story of love, loss, and incredible courage.
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hes7
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Mehso-so

I think I picked this up at the wrong time? It didn‘t wow me like I expected it would and didn‘t seem to add much to the genre of WWII fiction. #tbrread #wintergames #merryreaders

AmyK1 I felt the same way about it. It was kind of...weird 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Clwojick 16 pt. 1mo
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GinEyre22
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December's TBR and Read planner bookshelves

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GinEyre22
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November's TBR and Read planner bookshelves

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Eggs
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One thing I‘ve learned from history is that in war as in love, forgiveness is the masterpiece of emotional intelligence. Without it, how can we move forward?
#forgiveness is the cornerstone of this novel 😔
#soulseptember

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jillrhudy
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Liking this audiobook very much from RBDigital, borrowed from the library. Narrator is Luke Thompson. #anglophilesoflitsy #WWII #historicalfiction #theblitz

Aimeesue So I went to one of Cleaves' readings for Little Bee at the Margaret Mitchell house years ago and he said that he picks up the accents and verbal cadences of his characters by eavesdropping on people on public transport and listening to radio programs from their home countries. 😂 6mo
jillrhudy He‘s gifted with dialogue! (edited) 6mo
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MelKelsey
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Mehso-so

A WWII historical fiction set in England. There was a gripping drowning scene, but it is much like other books in the genre.

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starlight97
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Pickpick

I just love historical fiction and especially World War II, and this book didn't disappoint. First I felt like it was a bit too fast-paced with those big leaps ahead in time, but this actually helped to show a more encompassing view on the characters' fates. This is no corny love story but rather the tale of two people struggling to love again after so much loss, with the shattered pieces of their hearts.(But boy, was it also so damn witty!)
⭐⭐⭐⭐☆

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starlight97
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gradcat Ah, so poignant, that...😔 10mo
starlight97 @gradcat right?! ☹️ 10mo
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JennyM
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#MusicalNewYear

In this one, we follow the lives of 4 friends #CarryingTheBanner in WWII London.

I usually enjoy these types of books, but I struggled to get into this one. I recall a lot of skimming by the end 😬

Cinfhen Ugh!! Me too!!! And I felt terrible when I realized this was the story of his grandparents...it was written with so little attachment or pride. I felt like even the author wasn‘t fully invested in the story. My favor book by Chris Cleave is still 12mo
TrishB Aww...I enjoyed this one 😁 12mo
JennyM @Cinfhen I enjoyed Little 🐝 too, and I remember being disappointed that this one didn‘t hook me the same way. I‘m glad you enjoyed it Trish @TrishB 😘 12mo
vivastory Sounds intriguing 12mo
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Maria514626
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Finding this hard to put down. Rather, turn off. 😄 The reader is excellent. I haven‘t read much about the Blitz. So interesting. And horrid.

jillrhudy I too liked this audio performance! 6mo
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JillR
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Pickpick

This story follows four friends through the first years of the war. Two spoiled rich girls who volunteer because war is exciting, and two men; one who chooses to fight and one who doesn‘t want to. Simmering under the surface is class, race and racism, education, friendships, jealousy and guilt. This book was much more than the sum of its parts, with unexpected humour and wit, and I really enjoyed it.

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JillR
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Sticking with WWII, looking forward to this...

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Amiable
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Pickpick

A novel about three people and their experiences in London during WWII. The story is engrossing and heartbreaking and at one point when I was reading it on the train during my commute to work I literally gasped out loud and yelled, “Nooo!!” I think my favorite thing is the way the author has drawn the characters – they really came to life for me. Which makes sense since the author based the characters on his own grandparents.

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Fan_of_70
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My #justabookswap package arrived! (And just in time for the weekend!)

Thank so much @wen4blu ! These look awesome and I can‘t wait to read them!

Also thank you @TheBookKeepers for putting together this swap!

TheBookKeepers You are welcome!! Excited to see ur review for Everyone Brave is Forgiven! I recently added that to my TBR! 1y
wen4blu Hope you enjoy! Sorry about the lack of wrapping paper....I ran out of time! 1y
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JillR
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A little holiday book haul, all for £. I was very good and restricted myself only to books on my wish list. I‘m feeling very happy about the tagged book as it‘s been on my list for a while and I found a virtually new copy in our campsite‘s little library (don‘t worry I left one behind in exchange!)

Mdargusch I‘m trying to use that same restriction. If it‘s not on my TBR then I can‘t buy it. 🙅🏼‍♀️ 1y
JillR @Mdargusch I saw so many books I‘ve heard good things about on Litsy but I‘ve got so many waiting to be read, I had to have some rules haha! 1y
minkyb Well, you could see it one day, go home and put it on your list, and go back the next day and buy it! 🤔 @Mdargusch Sorry, sometimes I amuse myself. 1y
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JillR @minkyb 🙊🤣 1y
minkyb @JillR I just picked up Wool and am excited to start the trilogy. 1y
JillR @minkyb I loved Wool! I didn‘t love Shift quite so much but got lots of reassurance it‘s worth reading Dust - I‘m looking forward to it 👍 1y
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GirlWellRead
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I‘ve read all of his other books and savoured each one because of his beautiful writing. There is a tenderness to the way he develops his characters with his moving prose, they are deep and complex, much like the setting. The only negative was the pace which moved between slow & steady. This was probably deliberate to let the story unfold, to immerse the reader in WWII, and to develop the characters. Stay with it, you‘ll be glad you did.

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MellieAntoinette
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Pickpick

Last line:

“...An unimaginable thing, thought Mary, a life. It was an unscrewing of tarnished brass plaques. It was one tile lost to the pattern. It was an air one might still breathe, if everyone forgiven was brave.”

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MellieAntoinette
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“But what good is it to teach a child to count, if you don‘t show them that they count for something?”

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Texreader
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I‘ve been living out of a hotel room this week up in Amarillo, Texas, spending evenings working, watching HGTV and the travel channel, and rotating reading between my book, Kindle book, and audiobook.

Trashcanman 👁️👁️ 2y
Tex2Flo AMA-boot-boot. I held Hands across America there once. 2y
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Texreader
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I am all of 12 pages into this one and the writing is brilliant!! I can tell I will struggle to put this one down.

CouronneDhiver Ooo! Maybe I need to pick this one up too... been on my shelves awhile 2y
SledgeReader @Texreader @CouronneDhiver ❤️❤️❤️I love this one! I went for a hat trick a little over a year ago Everyone Brave, All the Light We Cannot See, Nightingale. I think Everyone Brave was overlooked because of the other two. Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts! 2y
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EleanorJ
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Pickpick

I had a hard time getting into this as I felt it was slow to start however after the initial hump it was thoroughly entertaining. A detailed and thoughtful presentation of how war effects people on different ways. It was said, uplifting and a delicious lily enjoyable read.

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CrazyLibraryGirl
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Pickpick

Sometimes I just want to read something purely for entertainment value, and this fit the bill pretty well. It tells a good story that‘s sad and uplifting, with a little bit of humor now and then.

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DebbieGrillo
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Post 2 of 3: My mom was truly the one to foster my love of reading. We always had great book at home. One of my fondest childhood memories is of her reading me Anne of Green Gables. We both still love it. We did a weekend in PEI in 2015 and saw the play again after 30 years. When she saw my #bookhaul she called dibs on these 8. They'll go to school after mom has read them. Maybe she'll agree to come to my classroom to book talk a couple of them.

corycatelyn I love Kristin hannah 2y
Podie The house girl was a good read 2y
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ReviewsMayVary
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‪“But what good is it to teach a child to count, if you don't show him that he counts for something?” #Audiobooks

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Katiesbookishlife
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Pickpick

A fantastic book. The jaunty-English voice took awhile to get used to, but a suburb story throughout.

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Katiesbookishlife
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And I just realised I put the title of this book in wrong 🤦‍♀️ oh well, a new TBR bingo card for me. I loved this idea last year and then completely forgot to finish it 🤷‍♀️. I‘m on a mission to get my TBR pile down from two and a half shelves to just one, so I can start buying books guilt free again. #weshallsee #tbrbingo

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Kboltz
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Pickpick

Slow at first but this WW11 novel tells the story of Londoners and the author‘s grandfather and grandmothers stories of the war. Different perspective of how the war affected the survivors in London. Good historical remembrance.

SledgeReader @Kboltz I loved this one. Read it first then All the Light We Cannot See followed by The Nightingale. They made a great Trifecta! 2y
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Katiesbookishlife
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Which one to pick next ? I love this part !

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Texreader
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A couple of books I bought at HPB today.

Bostonmomx2 Love Allen‘s books. 2y
peaknit ❤️ sugar queen 2y
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MandaChittles
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Pickpick

Oh to be as intelligent and witty as Mary North! A girl can dream.
I enjoyed the dialogue throughout this one. It was fast, sharp and engaging. Although set in WWII there wasn‘t any depth or detail to the war or the complexities of how it came to be. No insight into the Nazis, atrocities, camps etc. This is more a take on the war from affluent British society. A messy love triangle, a criticism of class. Mostly fun with an underwhelming ending.

Aims42 I loved this book too!! 2y
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MandaChittles
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Duggan!!!! 😦

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SassyBookworm
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Pickpick

This book was so good! The book follows four main characters whose stories kind of interweave. Two girl best friends and two guy best friends. I absolutely loved this book and highly recommend it for those who love WW2.

#HistoricalFiction #SassyBookworm 😏

CouronneDhiver It‘s on my shelf at home - hoping to get to it soon! 2y
AlaMich I liked it a lot too and I also did the audio. 2y
Suet624 I loved this book. 2y
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SassyBookworm
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Sooo this book has given me trouble 😒 Totally not the books fault though! I happened to use my shower Bluetooth player the other day so I could continue to listen...worked fine....get in the car to continue to listen...didn‘t work 😳 no sound nothing! Tried other audiobooks they worked fine. Long story short...I totally had to delete my #Libby app off my phone & reenter ALL of my library cards 😒 But hey, it works now!!! 🎉

#bookwormproblems 🤓

cariashley I love to see that I‘m not the only one taking advantage of multiple library systems 😛 2y
SassyBookworm @cariashley hehe I have 3 library cards & I‘d get more if I could 🤫😏🤓 2y
InnerSavvy I have had that problem too. 2y
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InnerSavvy Just curious...how do you get more than one library card? Is it different libraries or same one 2y
SassyBookworm @InnerSavvy I got one in my home town & the other 2 are from towns close by. It‘s nice to have the ability to check out extra books & place more on hold ☺️ 2y
InnerSavvy @Chrysta23 thanks. We can check out any books from our neighboring libraries and have them sent to my library so I never thought of that. Plus I can have 25 books out at once. You could check into your State library to get a card from them too 2y
SassyBookworm @InnerSavvy I mostly check out ebooks through my #Libby app & use my local library for my youngest daughters children‘s books ☺️ 2y
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BekaReid
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Starting the new year off right. Cozy book day!

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LondElle89
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This was such a surprising book. Whatever the blurb reads on the back, is NOTHING as it's described. It is sooooo much more. The topics mentioned throughout the book were fascinating and sometimes unexpected. Chris Cleave's writing is stunning!! Definitely one of my favourite reads of 2017. 5 out of 5.

MandaChittles Next on my list! 2y
LondElle89 @MandaChittles yay! Such a good book, I hope you enjoy it as well. 2y
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tracylovesbooks
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Our oil tank broke. It‘s -20 in Vermont with windchill. 😩😩😩😩

DrexEdit Oh my gosh! I hope you all are alright! Get out all the blankets! Emergency hot cocoa! 2y
Avanders 😱 stay safe and warm!! 2y
tracylovesbooks @DrexEdit thank you! We made it through the night with a bunch of space heaters!! Our tank finally was fixed this afternoon! Thank you @Avanders Cranked my thermostat to 65 as soon as we got oil and it‘s like a tropical paradise now comparatively! 2y
DrexEdit @tracylovesbooks Yay! Glad to hear all is well. 2y
Avanders @DrexEdit @tracylovesbooks 👆🏽👆🏽 same! 2y
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tracylovesbooks
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Opened up my Christmas Eve book! Merry Christmas, Readers! 💜🎄 #christmas

JessClark78 Merry Christmas! 2y
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Lwiesman
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@RainyDayReading thank you so much!!! I love everything!!! The socks, the necklace, decals, wax cubes, and I love the Charlotte Bronte quote. I can‘t wait to start reading!!! Love my historical selections!!! Merry Christmas🎁🎄🎄
@BookishMarginalia @MrBook @Avanders @BookBabe
#wintersolsticebookexchange
#secretsantagoespostal

Reviewsbylola Great books! 🎄 2y
RainyDayReading I‘m so glad you like it!!! It was a lot of fun coming up with things for you 😊 I hope you enjoy the books! 2y
Avanders Great box!! And those haviland mints 🤤 (edited) 2y
MrBook Wonderful! 😁👍🏻👍🏻 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Oh, hey! I doubled my goal this year 🙌🏻

TrishB Wow 🎉🎉 that‘s awesome 2y
Cinfhen Niiiiiiice!!!!🙌🏻 2y
Sweettartlaura @TrishB It‘s been quite a year for reading. And with travel coming up, I‘m certain to get a couple more in🤗 2y
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LeahBergen Holy 💩!! 2y
Sweettartlaura @LeahBergen 🤣🤣🤣 2y
haanim Whaaaaaat?! Amazing! 2y
Eggs Congratulations 🎉🎊🍾🎈 2y
Kalalalatja Seriously, well done 👏👏👏 2y
knp4597 Wow 😮 2y
CoffeeCatsBooks Congrats! 🎉🎈 2y
MinDea Whoa! 2y
julesG Wow! 2y
Eyelit That is awesome!! 🎉📚👏 2y
brendanmleonard Congrats! 2y
sprainedbrain Wow!! Nice 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
irre 🎉🎉👏🏻👏🏻 2y
BookBabe 😃👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
megt Awesome! 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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I have mixed feelings on this one. I‘ve read a couple by Cleave and ADORED them. This took longer to hook me. It happened, & I‘m glad I finished. But it was more traditional a story than I was expecting from him.
If you like WWII historical fiction, you‘ll LOVE this. If you‘re looking for something a little more Cleave-like, you can hold off on this one.

Cinfhen I wasn‘t a fan of this one either 😔 2y
Sweettartlaura Yeah, @Cinfhen , & I feel extra bad about that, ‘cos I won it in #24in48 - I thought I was going to LOVE it. Oh, well. I‘ll still read another by him - it didn‘t turn me off him forever. 2y
Cinfhen I felt extra bad when I saw it was based on family history 😬 2y
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Cinfhen I wasn‘t too impressed with this one either 2y
Sweettartlaura @Cinfhen Yeah, there‘s that 😕. Did you read how his grandfather died before this was finished & never read any of it? 😢. He went through 5 drafts. Maybe he over-did it? 2y
Cinfhen No, that's sad 😔 2y
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DGRachel
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You might have a problem when...

Looking at my bookshelves to see what challenge prompts I can easily fill in 2018 and saw this book. I have no recollection of buying it and when I read the blurb, it appears to be all things that I typically avoid - WWII historical/literary fiction with a possible love triangle. WHY DID I BUY THIS?? 🤔

ClairesReads Because Chris Cleave is life! 2y
jbhops You want to visit London? 2y
Bostonmomx2 I‘ve heard amazing things about this book. If you need to rehome it....just hollah 😂😂 2y
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TobeyTheScavengerMonk Synchronicity! My brother just texted me to ask if this would be a good Christmas gift for my wife! 2y
Beckys_Books Maybe it was a gift? 2y
Nebklvr I don‘t remember a love triangle... 2y
emilyesears I bought this because I found a like-new copy on clearance at Half Price Books. Maybe you got it on clearance too? 🤔 2y
DGRachel @ClairesReads I‘m going to have to trust you on that. I‘ve never read anything by Chris Cleave. @Nebklvr That would be disappointing since the blurb on the back makes it sound like there is one and a love triangle is one of the challenge prompts, so I was going to use it. @Bostonmomx2 If I hate it, I‘ll be sure to let you know it needs a new home and get your address-just don‘t let me forget that I offered. 😊 2y
DGRachel @jbhops I do, but I don‘t think that‘s why I picked this book. 😂 @TobeyTheScavengerMonk Isn‘t it funny how books pop up everywhere at the same time? 🤔 2y
DGRachel @Beckys_Books @emilyesears I‘ve been puzzling over this for hours. I think it must have been on a Barnes and Noble buy 2 get 1 free table and I probably had two books I wanted and didn‘t want to waste the sale. 😂 2y
Sweettartlaura There is something of a love triangle, but it‘s very mid-century British - I.e, staid, not passionate. In fact, it kind of has two overlapping triangles. So it will meet your prompt. 2y
Sweettartlaura And by the way... when I pulled a book out of my purse a few weeks ago & couldn‘t figure out why I had it, it helped me to stick to my first official book-buying ban 🤣. 4 weeks now! 2y
DGRachel @Sweettartlaura Thanks for the info! That‘s a bit of a relief, actually. And congrats on your book buying ban! That‘s awesome. I know I‘ll never be able to stick to one, but hopefully this little shock will help me be a little less reckless with my spending. (A girl can dream, right?) 2y
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emilyhaldi
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Bailedbailed

I can't go on any longer with this one. None of the storylines are compelling and when Luke Thompson reads the voices of Mary & Zachary it sounds like a parody 🙄. Bummer.

Reviewsbylola That‘s a bummer! I need to read one of his books. Not this one though. 😂 2y
Mdargusch Audio book readers make or break the book 2y
Cinfhen I didn't like this one either! The ONLY one I really loved @Reviewsbylola was 2y
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Cinfhen And this one too 2y
Reviewsbylola Good because those are the two I have! @Cinfhen 2y
Cinfhen 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💟 @Reviewsbylola 2y
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Sweettartlaura
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Finally finally finally getting to this giveaway from this summer‘s #24in48 readathon❤️📚

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Aims42
Pickpick

Wow. This is unlike any book about WWII that I have read before. Wow. A very powerful read. Wow.

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Aims42
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Reading via the light of a Christmas tree is the BEST! I would leave my tree up year-round if I could ❤️🎄(not pictured: my glass of wine 🍷 which I do enjoy year-round)

swishandflick Great picture!! ❤️ 2y
Zelma So festive and inviting! We‘re finally putting our lights on the tree tomorrow and I can‘t wait. 2y
Aims42 @swishandflick awww thank you!! ☺️ 2y
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Aims42 @Zelma Thank you, that‘s so sweet ☺️ I hope you guys have a fun time lighting your tree ❤️ 2y
Cinfhen Lovely 🎄❤️ 2y
Aims42 @Cinfhen thank you!! ❤️ 2y
RebelReader Your tree is beautiful and your draperies are the bomb!!❤️❤️❤️❤️ 2y
Suet624 So pretty - both the picture and the tree! 2y
Aims42 @RebelReader Haha! Thank you so much for the kind words!! You‘re so sweet 🍬🍰🍭 2y
Aims42 @Suet624 thanks!! The living room is usually where I read, but adding the Christmas tree makes me not want to get up from reading and get things done lol 2y
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MeJeMiller
Mehso-so

Meh. Another book I wasn‘t crazy about the characters

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Aims42
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The holiday weekend is winding down so of course my throat is scratchy and sore 🤧😷🤒

GypsyKat Feel better soon! 2y
Aims42 @GypsyKat aww thanks! 2y
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Bevita
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Another WW2 book, this one set in London with an aspiring teacher, Mary North, as protagonist. Being in London during the bombings every night...horrific. I liked it better than "Gold", not as much as "Little Bee" but not as disturbing!

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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WWII England, Mary volunteers for the war at the immediate onset. Her expectations and the reality are soon challenged. This is a slow epic drama that portrays different aspects of WWII that I was aware of (Malta, female ambulance drivers, teachers etc). It‘s witty and also immensely sad at times.

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emilyesears
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Pickpick

This WWII historical fiction book follows Mary, a wealthy London girl who goes to the War Office expecting to receive a glamorous job, and instead ends up as a teacher to a class of misfits who no one deems important enough to evacuate during the Blitz. It also follows Alistair, who is trapped in the siege of Malta. We see how their relationship grows and the challenges they face. The book was interesting & I learned a lot about the war in Malta.

emilyesears The tin in the picture is full of black tea. While reading the book, I was inspired to make myself some tea in order to get in the British mindset. 2y
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