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At the Water's Edge
At the Water's Edge | Sara Gruen
In her stunning new novel, Gruen returns to the kind of storytelling she excelled at in Water for Elephants: a historical timeframe in an unusual setting with a creature who may or may not be the hero of the story. After embarrassing themselves at the social event of the year in high society Philadelphia on New Year's Eve of 1942, Maddie and Ellis Hyde are cut off financially by Ellis's father, a former army colonel who is already embarrassed by his son's inability to serve in WWII due to color-blindness. Ellis decides that the only way to regain his father's favor is to succeed in a venture his father attempted and very publicly failed at: he will hunt the famous Loch Ness monster and, when he finds it, he will restore his father's name and return to his father's good graces (and pocketbook). Joined by their friend Hank, a wealthy socialite, the three make their way to Scotland in the midst of war. Each day, the two men go off to hunt the monster, while another monster, Hitler, is devastating Europe. Meanwhile, Maddie undergoes a social awakening: to the harsh realities of life, to the beauties of nature, to a connection with forces larger than herself, to female friendship, and, finally, to love.
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Foragingfantasy
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I enjoyed this book. I had bailed on it before, but this time I liked it. I was a little annoyed at times, it could be slow. But all in all it was good.

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BilboBookends
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“I stared at him for a long time. If he wanted to end his search for the beast, he need look no further than a mirror.”

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks So pretty 💗💗 2mo
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jpellet
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Mehso-so

Set in 1945, Maddie goes on a journey with her husband and his friend to find the Loch Ness monster. She had no way of knowing how this trip would change her! Not a bad read, but also not a page turner.

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MandellaL
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A little slow and uncertain at first, it ultimately became one I couldn't put down. I liked the way the characters were crafted, even if I didn't always like the characters themselves. I especially loved the women and the way the war is discussed through their experiences. (Picture from Google images).

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MandellaL
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After a busy day of cleaning, meal planning, and prepping for the week, I finally get a few moments to read! Love these quiet moments before I crash..

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Louise
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At first, I wasn‘t much into this #audiobook, as the 3 main characters were vapid socialites, and the narrator read it a bit too fast. But over time, the story of Maddie‘s awakening became very interesting; and the inclusion of some paranormal, mysterious elements plus a handsome Scottish love interest made it a fun read. Set in the final months of WWII.

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MandellaL
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I'm interested in the tagged book and plan to see it through, but I can't say I'm loving it. p. 146 of 665. It's a lot of drama around nothing. I don't like the main characters, but I think that's the point, so I'm going to keep reading and see where it goes. But it is an impressive 40° and sunny!

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Fun book - We read this one for my book club. Hope it gets better for you! 6mo
MaGoose Read this one. Not one of my favorites. But give it a try. 6mo
RadicalReader @MandellaL beautiful snowy scenery so magical and captivating 6mo
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CuriousG
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Getting ready for some reading by candlelight this evening. For some reasom the subtle smell of pure beeswax candles just seems like a perfect compliment to a historical fiction novel like this

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MandellaL
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Just starting this, with high hopes since I enjoyed Water for Elephants. Really need to find time for a trip to the library to get some physical books, but thank goodness for ebooks in the meantime!

Lynnsoprano I‘ll be interested to see what you think of this. I‘ve had it on my Kindle for quite a while, but just haven‘t gotten around to it. 7mo
Crazeedi Welcome to Litsy !🎉🎉 I read this a couple years ago. If I remember correctly it was ok, a rather strange book . 7mo
Purrfectpages Welcome to Litsy! 7mo
DarcysMom I really liked it - more than Water for Elephants. 7mo
CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 7mo
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CuriousG
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So I've finished one book (Hey Nostradamus) briefly dipped into two others ('How To Love' and 'Cannibalism' - and yes, the irony does occur to me 😅)

Now I've decided to settle in with this one for a bit. My husband bought it for me years ago and got it signed for me at an author event in Toronto. Been gazing at it but not taking the plunge - that changes today! #24in48 #24in48readathon @24in48

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Loric
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Loving Justine Eyre‘s narration of this novel!

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MaGoose
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Worst book I've read in a long time. Boring characters and little plot development. And this thing was a N.Y. Times bestseller?!! Yeah, right... 😬👎👅

inthegreensandblues I was disappointed with this book too, and felt bad about the fact that I got it when she came here for an author event when it came out and she signed it for me. I should have brought my old copy of Water for Elephants. 😂 8mo
MaGoose @inthegreensandblues Too bad. I've never read Water for Elephants and hesitate to do so now since I disliked this book so much. 8mo
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Eggbeater
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I feel bad because this was a buddyread with my Litsy Pen Pal @MaGoose and I picked it out, but I just can't get through it right now. It is hard to get into and the characters are annoying and I am not in the mood to be annoyed right now. It is my fault, my attention span and tolerance is terrible during winter. I had high hopes for it because I loved Water for Elephants.

MaGoose I agree; I thought that the characters were very one-dimensional and annoying. Not one of my favorites. 9mo
BookBelle84 As an audiobook I loved this! 9mo
hissingpotatoes Exactly my reaction, including having high hopes because of Water for Elephants! 8mo
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BookBelle84
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I can't believe I waited so long before reading this one. First off the search for the Loch Ness monster was an interesting premise but I loved the story of the woman finding herself in a foreign land and the quiet romance between her and Angus. I loved Angus and hated Ellis, showing how well Gruen wrote her characters. Love!

sprainedbrain Oooooh... this sounds good! 9mo
KerriNTurner This one seemed to get mixed reviews, but I just loved it too! 9mo
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Deborah42
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While WWII rages in the background, three wealthy young socialites take a jaunt to Scotland to prove that the Loch Ness monster is real.

Once in Scotland, their true characters are revealed. Not gonna lie: I wanted Ellis DEAD from very early on.

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MaGoose
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I hate to go against popular opinion on this one, but this was so-so at best. Ellis and Hank were stereotypes of rich bad boys. Ellis conveniently dies near the end and everyone lives happily ever after. Hmm.

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MaGoose
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I don't usually do seasonal reading, and I don't think this book is billed as such - it's more historical fiction, but the tagged book is my buddy read this month with @Eggbeater. Not scary, but they're after Nessie, so we may be in for a #monster sighting. We'll see.

mdm139 I just read this one too. Yes, there is Nessie and lots of superstition. So even though it is not your typical monster horror book it is still a good October read. 10mo
MaGoose @mdm139 😉😊 10mo
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mdm139
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Reading my first monster story for #screamathon. Hunting the Loch Ness monster and learning your marriage is a shame during WW2 is not for the faint of heart, especially when you keep spotting crows and other bad omens. I love the cover has the overlay of the monster and you can only see it at certain angles. I liked Water for Elephants better.

Linsy Love your tights! 😍😍😍 10mo
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Kshakal
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I absolutely adore Gruen‘s writing style and this is no exception. This historical fiction takes place in Scotland during ww2 and I love how it was laid out. Definitely a ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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MaGoose
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Getting ready for an October buddy read with @Eggbeater .

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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled
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Pick! Another great historical novel from Sara Gruen. Yes, there is the somewhat silly component of the Loch Ness monster, but overlook that, and you get a solid novel set in Scotland during WWII. I enjoyed it - the audiobook is very well done. 👍

Cathythoughts Sounds interesting 👍🏻. Stacked 11mo
TheBookKeepers I just bought this the other day bc I was seeing a lot of Litsy praise for it! 11mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled @Cathythoughts It‘s a captivating book of you like historical fiction - enjoy! 11mo
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Kshakal
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1. Chicken and gnocchi
2. I loved the babysitters club
3. Sequence
4. Fall

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Reviewsbylola I haven‘t read this one but I loved Water for Elephants. 11mo
Bklover I liked this one too! 11mo
Mdargusch I really liked this one @Reviewsbylola 11mo
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Tarynitup
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Wonderful book, great characters , and I enjoyed how it follows the course of the war.

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Insightsintobooks
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I haven't read Water for Elephants yet, but found this on sale and thought I would give it a try.

#kindledeal #kindledeals #ebooksale #ebookdeal

Bklover I enjoyed this one! 12mo
KathyWheeler I loved Water for Elephants but I haven‘t read this book. 12mo
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MrBook
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#BookNLunch! This was outdoors today with such gorgeous weather! Accompaniment: hot dogs with ketchup, mustard, and relish; french fries; and ice cold birch beer in a mug. MMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Jaimelire I usually eat really healthy, but once in a while you can‘t beat a hotdog and fries. Now you have me craving it! 😍 13mo
GrilledCheeseSamurai Mmm. Birch Beer. It's so hard to get here. 😭 13mo
MamaGina Looks yummy ... but what is birch beer? I‘ve never heard of it🤓 13mo
MrBook @MamaGina Ohhh, my goodness. Think root beer, but it has more of a sasparilla bang to it. There's regular and creamy red varieties. Want me to send you some?! (edited) 13mo
MamaGina Ha ha, Sasparilla? That‘s a southern thing! I just googled “buy birch beer near me” and 3 restaurants have it, plus The Fresh Market grocery store. I‘m definitely going to try it. Cheers! 🍻 13mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDessert! So, we had dinner in Pennsylvania, then crossed a bridge into New York State and tried an ice cream shop we've been hearing about. And it did not disappoint! 😁👏🏻

Delicious homemade ice cream! The place has quite a history. Built in the 1800s, became an ice cream parlor in 1950. The mural is of the 1800s property, painted for the 1950 opening. It still has the original soda counter & Coke machine!😍

Happy reads & happy eats!

erzascarletbookgasm That ice cream is huge! 😋 13mo
BookBabe @erzascarletbookgasm I know, right? And that‘s what they call a “small”! 😱 13mo
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! A delightful meal for this pleasant evening. Pan-seared salmon with sautéed spinach and tomatoes, and fingerling potatoes. Paired with a refreshing ginger beer. MMMMmmmm ?! Happy reads & happy eats!

Too bad there was a wait for outside seating, but indoors is nice too. This old inn in this charming 1769-founded Poconos town has been serving for over 200 years straight! ??

P.S. Note the freshly grown herbs! ?
#PoconoMountains

ns510reads Yum! I could do with a refreshing ginger beer right about now 😋 14mo
ReadZenRites The food looks as amazing as that wonderful old Inn🤩💕💕 13mo
RebelReader Honestly, I want to hop in your purse and go to eat at the fun places you and @MrBook go to eat! 😜🤣👍🏻 13mo
Lizpixie What is the name of this purveyor of amazing food? If I‘m ever lucky enough to be able to go on a world tour, I need places that I can count on being amazing.💕 13mo
BookBabe @RebelReader haha that would be awesome! 😄 @Lizpixie it‘s the Dimmick Inn in Milford, PA ❤️ I know what you mean, I collect places across the world too! 🙌🏻 13mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDessert! So, we had dinner in Pennsylvania, then crossed a bridge into New York State and tried an ice cream shop we've been hearing about. And it did not disappoint 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻! Accompaniment this cool and clear night: fried ice cream! Vanilla ice cream on top of a layer of buttercream inside funnel cake dough topped with chocolate fudge syrup and powdered sugar. Good lllllord, this is iiinnnSANE 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Nerdy_Bookworm Oh my word! I'm drowning in an ocean of saliva just looking at that!!!! 14mo
BookNAround O. M. G!!!! 14mo
JenReadsAlot I want.... 14mo
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Sungirl79 Oh yum!!!!! 😲 14mo
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds delicious! 14mo
Lizpixie I‘m coming to America and just going on a tour of bookstores and icecream parlors.😍😍😍😍😍😍😍😍 14mo
ns510reads 😍😍😍 14mo
Cathythoughts Divine 13mo
SledgeReader Our ice cream parlors don‘t open for six more hours......guess it‘ll be a large again. 😍 13mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Accompaniment this pleasant evening was: linguine puttanesca with clams, mussels, calamari, shrimp, olives, and chunky tomatoes; and iced tea. MMMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

ns510reads Yum looks delish! 😍 14mo
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LaurenReads
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I love good historical fiction and this was really good. I rooted for some characters and booed others and overall loved reading about Maddie growing as a person.

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Lcsmcat
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The narrator annoyed me at first, but once I got over that, I really enjoyed this one. Some of the “twists” were really obvious, but the book is more about the growth of the main character, so that doesn‘t really matter.

Mdargusch I really liked this book! 1y
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Lcsmcat
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This has been my commute read for the last few days. At first the narrator‘s voice got in the way (especially when she‘s voicing the male characters) but the story is good enough to overcome that. I‘m about half way through, and I‘m enjoying it almost as much as Water for Elephants.

intothehallofbooks I loved this one! 1y
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DivineDiana
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A quote from a review in The Book Page: “The author conveys the lure of the Scottish Highlands, and its storied lore and mystery help create her novel‘s riveting, ethereal atmosphere.” #highlands #outlandisgiveaway

julesG Looks interesting 1y
Mdargusch I really liked this book! 1y
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DarcysMom
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Pickpick

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#audiobook
#overdrive

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DarcysMom
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JamieArc Wow! Nice! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
tammysue 👏🏻🙌🏻 1y
Copwithabook Wow that‘s so far! I can‘t wait for my next day off to follow your example. 1y
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DarcysMom @Copwithabook It felt good to push myself - I am working toward longer walks. 1y
Copwithabook Have you read Bill Bryson‘s A Walk Through the Woods? 1y
DarcysMom @Copwithabook I haven't - should I put it on my TBR list? 1y
Copwithabook Yes definitely! He hikes the Appalachian trail, and it made me want to take long hikes! I‘m adding it below because I messed up the title in previous comment 1y
DarcysMom @Copwithabook It sounds like an excellent candidate for an audiobook - inspiration to push farther. 1y
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ReadZenRites Oh, I loved that book.😊💕 1y
DarcysMom @ReadZenRites I am loving it! I think it is far better than Water for Elephants. 1y
ReadZenRites I agree; there‘s some wonderful characters! 1y
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mcipher
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What a lovely way to spend my Sunday afternoon! Cleaned all day yesterday (even my car- I‘m so proud of myself!) and then had a late lunch with my in laws, cooked and had family over for brunch today, and the husband and I decided to watch The Godfather but took a break because it is looooong. So I‘m going to enjoy a beer and read before we finish the last hour.

Readergrrl Love the G-Bot!!! 1y
mcipher @Readergrrl It‘s so good! I get excited whenever i see it in the store. ❤️ 1y
Readergrrl @mcipher It‘s hard to find sometimes! 1y
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MrsSpencer Feels so good to have things cleaned so you can settle In for a good read! And extra props on cleaning the car 🙌🏽 1y
Page55 The author is from where I live Asheville 1y
mcipher @Page55 How cool!! 1y
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tracylovesbooks
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Okay, so the second half of the book is a lot better than the first half. I almost gave it a so-so, but the second half gave it the boost it needed. I didn‘t like the main character, Maddie, during the first half. As her story progressed though, I found her more relatable. The secondary characters are charming. If you like stories set in Scotland, you‘d likely enjoy this.

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tracylovesbooks
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Still reading this. I wish I liked the main character more. But really, I think she‘s insufferably annoying and privileged. I feel for her situation, but I‘d be rooting for her more if she wasn‘t so dumb. 😅 too harsh?

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tracylovesbooks
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Okay, I‘m gonna go with this one! I‘ve got my chamomile with vanilla & honey, and a story set in 1945 Scotland. 💜 Goodnight, readers! #currentlyreading #tea #historicalfiction

Andrew65 I need to read this. 2y
Melissa_J @Andrew65 me too! I‘ve had it since it came out. 2y
Andrew65 @Melissa_J Enjoyed (if that‘s the right word) Water for Elephants last year. 2y
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tracylovesbooks
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Littens! Help me pick what I should read next. I just want to gobble them all down at once. 😍📚 #tbr #allthebooks #littens

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ReadingMeagan
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1. I had forgotten how much I love the tagged book. I will have to re-read it soon 😊
2. Sydney and Vaughn from Alias
3. Peonies
4. So hard to choose! Swedish Berries
5. Pink. It is a universally flattering colour lol #manicmonday @JoScho

monalyisha Heck yeah, peonies! I‘m not sure about pink on me. With all of my blonde hair, I worry I look like I‘m trying (& failing) to be Barbie. 🙈 2y
ReadingMeagan @monalyisha Peonies mean that summer is finally here! Some pinks fall into the Barbie range for sure. You might have to go for a more orange pink. You never know the perfect shade might be out there for you yet! 2y
monalyisha @ReadingMeagan Ha. I love your commitment to the cause. ✌🏻 2y
ReadingMeagan @monalyisha haha I know as I was typing I felt like I was getting paid by the colour pink to talk it up lol (hi 👋 I‘m intense about funny things) 2y
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maximoffs
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This book was slow to start but I did enjoy it! However, the audiobook made Angus sound about 80 so when we were supposed to find him swoon worthy it was hard 😂

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tracylovesbooks
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Okay, but in my defense there was a sale at my local shop, so I grabbed three more to add to my delightful pile of new friends. The Bookshop and The Welsh Girl were like $4.00 and At the Water‘s Edge was $7.00! Such a deal! Hope you all have a good night! #tbr

Melissa_J Nice! 2y
ReadingSusan You know you don‘t have up defend your book purchases to this group 🤣🤣 We all get it! Great deal! (edited) 2y
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Bibliogeekery
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This was just the light, fluffy but also immersive book I needed right now! I got totally pulled in to this tale of love, deception, and the Loch Ness monster.

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Jennick2004 Pretty profile! 2y
JSW Good read! 2y
Kendra.Diane Loved this one 2y
SaturnDoo Enjoyed this❤❤❤ 2y
Mdargusch I really liked this one too! 2y
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