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Winter Garden
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
Can a woman ever really know herself if she doesn't know her mother? From the author of the smash-hit bestseller Firefly Lane and True Colors comes a powerful, heartbreaking novel that illuminates the intricate mother-daughter bond and explores the enduring links between the present and the past Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, Meredith and Nina find themselves together again, standing alongside their cold, disapproving mother, Anya, who even now, offers no comfort to her daughters. As children, the only connection between them was the Russian fairy tale Anya sometimes told the girls at night. On his deathbed, their father extracts a promise from the women in his life: the fairy tale will be told one last timeand all the way to the end. Thus begins an unexpected journey into the truth of Anya's life in war-torn Leningrad, more than five decades ago. Alternating between the past and present, Meredith and Nina will finally hear the singular, harrowing story of their mother's life, and what they learn is a secret so terrible and terrifying that it will shake the very foundation of their family and change who they believe they are.
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Read4life
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Here‘s my 2022 Reading Bracket through April. I read many really good books Jan-Apr. Kristin Hannah‘s Winter Garden just couldn‘t be beat.

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CoffeeNBooks
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tpixie Loved this! Loved how this unfolds! 2mo
Eggs So beautiful 😭 2mo
CoffeeNBooks @tpixie It was a great book! 2mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one! 2mo
tpixie @CoffeeNBooks so glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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I had mixed feelings about this one. I actually loved the story, and loved the story-within-a-story. But the beginning was a struggle because I disliked all three women (and I hate it when people, in fiction or in real life, go around saying things like "I know I should talk about X with Y or else LITERALLY OUR WHOLE RELATIONSHIP WILL TANK but I just can't be bothered right now" just UGH), but I have heard many good things about Hannah's writing⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) so I stuck it out, and I'm glad I did. Once the actual story of this mother sharing her story with her (adult) daughters got rolling, it was thoroughly engaging. It was also weird because I had just finished reading a WWII story set in Poland, and then ended up reading this one with a section of the book set in WWII in Russia, so a different perspective on the same setting. It was a hard story to read but really good. I think my main ⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) issues were over how long it took for all of this to come out, so I'll put some ??? in the spoiler comment below.

This book was a birthday gift in 2020 from @AmyK1 so thank you so much for it and I finally actually read it!!

#Roll100 - February @PuddleJumper
#RoadTripUSA2022 - Alaska @megnews
#19822022 - 2010 @Librarybelle
#MtTBR
#BookSpinBingo
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PuddleJumper Awesome! 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I just couldn't get past that their mom had treated them so poorly for their entire lives. Why did she even HAVE children if she was going to purposely try not to love them!? I can understand that her story was so traumatic that she wouldn't want to share it - but why didn't their dad give them more insight into their mom's character when the girls were older instead of just telling them to “try harder“?? The absolute waste of years really got me. 2mo
Librarybelle Hooray! I have a copy of this that I keep thinking I need to read sooner rather than later 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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My #BookReport is a little light on actual completions, although I did wrap up two of my not-pictured chapter-a-day reads this week as well lol I finished Priory (finally) and breezed through Coffin Road in a day. I struggled with In Other Lands before deciding it just wasn't for me (the MC was soooo whiny and annoying, and the story was just all over the place). My next draw was Winter Garden. I really had trouble with the first hundred pages ⬇

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) because I found all three women to be quite bitchy in their own unique ways, but I persevered because I know so many people love Hannah's writing. Things have gotten better now that people are actually TALKING TO EACH OTHER so I'll see this one through to the end. This past week was super busy as I started doing some spring work at the orchard, worked for my grandparents for a day, and had to do my side gig with my sister (we walk around⬇ 2mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) and read all the water meters in our village - not hard, but time consuming lol) all this week, so there just wasn't a lot of spare reading time, especially since I was also way into finishing my play-through of RDR2 😅 Hopefully this next week will be a little calmer!!! @Cinfhen 2mo
Cinfhen Sounds like a SUPER BUSY WEEK!!! Can‘t believe you didn‘t bail on priory 😁did you end up liking it??? 2mo
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TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - I am glad I finished it, but there were several things that I had issues with, so it didn't become a new favorite or anything lol But it was interesting to read something printed in the genre so recently, to see where things are going with high fantasy. What's your favorite book you've read recently?? 2mo
Cinfhen Good question!!! I liked these two very much / 2mo
Cinfhen But I feel like I haven‘t read a book that blew me away yet this year 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen - Those both sound good!! I also haven't had a book yet this year that has immediately become a personal classic, although I've read plenty I liked. Just nothing *magical*! 2mo
Cinfhen Exactly/ I love that word…magical ♥️ 2mo
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Karons1
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Mehso-so

Tbh I would have bailed if it wasn‘t our village bookclub choice , it did pick up after 200 pages so towards the end , I seem to be in a minority with not enjoying this , personally I think the siege & the bronze horseman far superior

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Danay
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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22 #20 I seem to have a theme going with these last two books. Missed opportunities. Live your like without regrets. Speak love.

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MysticFaerie
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4.5⭐/5⭐

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Read4life
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Wasn‘t even a contest. Best read of the month for me hands down.

BooksNBowls Winter Garden was my January pick! Such a good one! 3mo
AmyK1 Winter Garden is one of my favorites 😍 3mo
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Read4life
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Ended February with 3 bingos.
11 of my reads were owned TBR books so I cleared out some space for new books. 🤓

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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#weeklyforecast - I whittled several books off the windowsill this past week, but a bunch of March "assignments" have been added! This pile doesn't even include my chapter-a-day reads (North & South, The Other Bennet Sister, Clanlands, and Ivanhoe). Several of these are carryovers from February, plus I have thrown in the next Bridgerton book into the mix. My current system involves doing a random draw for the next book in this pile to read, and⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) it's working really well for me. I'm a little scared of Priory, but 2022 is all about tackling some chunkier books that I've been putting off, so I'm going get to it!! No way that I could resist that gorgeous cover forever! @Cinfhen 3mo
Cinfhen The sill is looking very manageable 😍and I‘ve heard this book is worthy of its tome 3mo
BookBosomed1 I‘ve heard Priory is fantastic. 3mo
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Laughterhp You should love Priory of the Orange Tree, it‘s SO good!! 3mo
Suet624 Random draws are the best. 😂 3mo
Addison_Reads I really need to read Priory of the Orange Tree. I've had it forever but keep avoiding it because of its size. Maybe I'll add it to my March #BookSpinBingo 3mo
MeganAnn I‘ll add my love for Priory of the Orange Tree 💖 It‘s SO good and well worth the long page count. 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Cinfhen @BookBosomed1 @Laughterhp @Addison_Reads @MeganAnn - I'm really looking forward to reading it!! I've put it off because of its size intimidates me, but I'm really enjoying getting some of these fatter books checked off the list!!! 3mo
TheAromaofBooks @Suet624 - My entire complicated book-reading system is based on multiple random draws working together 😂 I may need help! 3mo
Cinfhen @jenniferw88 just reviewed Priory and gave it 5 stars!!! Hope you LOVE it too 3mo
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Read4life
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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My reading list for the #20in4 Readathon hosted by @Andrew65
I‘ll have some travel time to read, but it‘ll be a busy volleyball weekend. 🚙📚🏐

Andrew65 Great to have you with us, good luck. 😊👍 3mo
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HufflepuffGirl90
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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#Booked2022 #weathertermtitle

I loved listening to this audiobook!
It‘s such a heartwarming and heartbreaking novel.

Cinfhen Nice choice! Well played 😁 3mo
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TheAromaofBooks
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Woohoo!! @PuddleJumper announced the February numbers for #Roll100 !! I am reading Family for Beginners, which I'm excited about because I've really enjoyed every Sarah Morgan book I've read so far. Winter Garden was a gift from @AmyK1 over a year ago so it's definitely due to be read. I'm stoked!!

I still have one of my January numbers to read, but am definitely planning to get to it, hopefully this week!

AmyK1 Yay! Can‘t wait to hear what you think of it! 3mo
PuddleJumper Ooh, looks fun! 3mo
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BooksNBowls
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Just finished my #bookspin pick with tears in my eyes. Of course Kristen Hannah never disappoints! What a beautifully tragic story! 4/5 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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BooksNBowls
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Let‘s gooooo! #bookspin #doublespin

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aperfectmjk
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I finally finished this one last night. I started it last year, and just never picked it back up. Then they added it to Kindle Unlimited with the audio, SCORE! #WGWordsearch - 4,110

Everything Kristin Hannah touches is pure magic.

#WinterGames2021 #TeamGameSleighers @StayCurious

aperfectmjk @Jadams1776 using prompt 24 5mo
TheSpineView Excellant! 📕📖📚 5mo
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Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 5mo
TheAromaofBooks This one was gifted to me last year but I still haven't read it!! 5mo
aperfectmjk @TheAromaofBooks it's pretty good. I still like The Nightingale best though. 5mo
Jadams1776 🎁🎉👍🏻🎄 5mo
keys_on_fire On my shelf…maybe for WG2022 😝 5mo
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Blueberry
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this book!!! 5mo
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vonnie862
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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1. Tagged
2. When I am visiting a place, yes. I can't imagine living in an area that snows though.
3. Snow, Glass, Apples by Neil Gaiman

#sundayfunday @ozma.of.oz

ozma.of.oz Nice pick for 3! It‘s got some gorgeous artwork! Thanks for posting! 5mo
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KristiAhlers
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Mehso-so

Ugh I‘m so conflicted about this. First it was so slow to start and the ending seemed so random to me. I have enjoyed many of this authors books but this one just seemed to try too hard but couldn‘t deliver 100%.

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Rissreads
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I listened to this for my school book club. It was a pick but only just. I don‘t like things that are neatly tied up with a bow. Very predictable. Next!

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SaraHasClass
Winter Garden | Kristin Hannah
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Mehso-so

Anya has spent her whole life avoiding loving her daughters. They feel despised by her and at fault. Upon the death bed of their beloved father, he makes them all promise to know one another. Only Anya's love for him gets her to reveal her true self to her daughters. In turn, they learn much more about who they are. For me this book had a slow start & a slow build, but by the end I was devouring pages.

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BayouGirl85
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Mehso-so

To be truthful, I almost put it down at first because I didn't like many of the characters. The idea of two daughters with a Russian mother was intriguing to me. It moved SO slow. The book was extremely sad to think that these two gals went most of their life with a cold mother and knew nothing about her. The ending gave me WTF issues big time. How does it just do a 180 and get happy.

April Book 25/25 #LitsyLove #doublespin @TheAromaOfBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!! 13mo
Chrissyreadit Checking to make sure you received your match for the Staycation In Time Swap 13mo
BayouGirl85 @Chrissyreadit I sure did. Super excited. 13mo
Karons1 Hi 👋🏻 I‘m reading it now for my bookclub and finding it v slow thinking 🤔 where is this going ??? If it wasn‘t a bookclub read I‘d dnf it ! 2mo
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Kgaudiuso
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I loved this book so much. As usual, Kristin Hannah hooked me immediately with her writing style and drew me in with descriptive chapters. I could barely put this book down. I can‘t wait to read the next one of hers that I have for my book club.

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It was all out there—the mystery, the beauty; beyond her ability to see now, but there just the same. It was simply a matter of timing and perspective, what one saw.
Kristin Hannah, Winter Garden

My favorite reading spot of 2020, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming.

#GrandTetons #Wyoming #Mountains #Travel

rather_be_reading 😍😍 1y
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Kelly326
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My March #bookspinbingo list. Lots of books to help ✅ off some challenge prompts in here. Still behind on my Goodreads goal thanks to January. Hoping spring break at the beach will help catch me up!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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candc320
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I think Kristin Hannah might be one of my new favorite authors! Her books are so captivating and heartbreaking and I‘m completely convinced she wants to make her readers ugly cry constantly. My favorite aspect of this story was the inclusion of a fairy tale to relay a horrific time in history and it‘s devastating impact on the characters. Just brilliant! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 * this was also my #doublebookspin for Feb‘s #bookspinbingo

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1y
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aperfectmjk
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I also started Winter Garden for #WinterGames2020 and #bookspinbingo in December and sadly, it's the only book I didn't finish on my card. #readnosedreindeer #ReadYourWay #CrushTheRush #ChristmasSpirit #nicnaxbookclubbingo #WinterSolstice #shutdownreadathon

TheAromaofBooks So close!! This one is on my TBR shelf as well. 1y
TheSpineView 👍📖📚 1y
DieAReader 👍🏻📚 1y
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick You had a great reading month!! Well done 👏 👏 👏 1y
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aperfectmjk
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Here's my light blue book, sorry about the quality. I took the photo in poor lighting. I also started reading this book, but sadly I haven't really gotten that far. #WinterGames2020 #readnosedreindeer @StayCurious

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tdrosebud
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aperfectmjk Ohhh! Thank you for posting this. Just reminded me to post mine and this is going to be mine as well! 👍 1y
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candc320
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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This is such an awesome book!! It‘s a great time of year to read it! ❄️📚❄️📚

#Snowflake
#SleightheShelves

OriginalCyn620 Pretty cover! 1y
InkintheMargins I just finished this about a week ago. It really grabbed me at the end! 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @MadDashReading really good ❤️❄️ 1y
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meglynn86
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Started this today....I'm really enjoying it

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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Another brilliant book by Kristin Hannah.
I especially enjoyed this book, as it included some history about the Soviet Union, a topic that I am quite interested in.
Thus far, this is one of my favourite books by Kristin Hannah. I was hooked from the 1st page, and the story had a number of interesting twists and turns.

perfectsinner I love this one. It's right up there with The Nightingale for me. One of my favourites 1y
Yoricke_SouthAfrica @perfectsinner I also loved it. The Great Alone is still my favourite by this author. 1y
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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I've read so many good things about this book, I couldn't resist.

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InkintheMargins
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❄❄❄❄ I struggled keeping interest in the first half of this book, but that backside...😭. Hannah's WWII Leningrad is painted in such a delicate and devastating fashion. This is a story about second chances, forgiveness, and the everlasting love of family. A story about mothers, daughters, and the secrets we conceal. Gosh. This one definitely snuck up on me...

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ZoeJane620
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Starting this one tonight! I‘m a big Kristin Hannah fan. 😊📖

AmyK1 One of my favorites by her! ❤️ 2y
ZoeJane620 @AmyK1 oh yay! I‘ve heard lots of good things. 2y
Bklover This is probably my favorite of hers, and when I started it for some reason I didn‘t think I‘d like it! 2y
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CBee
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Misty! I couldn‘t fit it all into one picture 😂 Thank you for the book! I love all of the bookmarks and the magnets are awesome 😊😊 You‘re a sweetie! ♥️
@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Crazeedi Yay!❤❤❤ 2y
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InkintheMargins
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Covid has me kicked out of watching my daughter's volleyball open gym. So, to the 🚗 and my 📖 I go! I've been saving this one for cooler weather. ❄ 💙

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ZoeJane620
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Ok, I am BRAND NEW to Litsy and this is my first crack at #bookspin. @TheAromaofBooks I‘m excited to try this out! Is the #doublespin just the second number you pick? Oh and next month I‘ll know that my photo has to be square! 🤦🏼‍♀️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Glad to have you along!! Yes, DoubleSpin is just a second number. I'm planning to have a giveaway at the end of the year & every BookSpin & DoubleSpin book read counts as an entry!! So feel free to read either or both!! Some folks also choose to join the Bingo part as well because they want to read more books from their list, so it's pretty much however many books you feel like trying to check off!!! 2y
ZoeJane620 @TheAromaofBooks sounds great! Thank you! 😊 📚 📖 2y
AsYouWish Yay!!!! Welcome to Litsy!!!! Hope you love it here!!!!💙💙💙 2y
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ZoeJane620 @AsYouWish thank you!! 2y
MyNamesParadise Loved Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine! Welcome to Litsy!! 2y
ZoeJane620 @MyNamesParadise thank you! I think I‘ll be reading Eleanor this month! 2y
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2y
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CoffeeNBooks
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OriginalCyn620 Beautiful cover! 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 2y
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paulareadsallthetime
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Such a good WWII Historical fiction!!! This is the story of the distance between a mother and her two daughters. It shows how a story of one‘s past can help heal and strengthen relationships. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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LatrelWhite
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🎧I‘m starting to like her books.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
Meredith and Nina Whitson are as different as sisters can be. One stayed at home to raise her children and manage the family apple orchard; the other followed a dream and traveled the world to become a famous photojournalist. But when their beloved father falls ill, these two estranged women will find themselves together again.

BekaReid This one was excellent and was actually my introduction to Kristin Hannah. Many of her books have been fantastic! 2y
LatrelWhite @BekaReid I‘ve read “The Great Alone” very good.I‘m going to make my way through them all?😊 2y
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bree_reads
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nice weather means sitting out on my balcony with thai iced tea and stay-at-home book #13

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rather_be_reading
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Yay a title for Kristin Hannahs new book! Coming Feb 2021

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perfectsinner
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As usual, Hannah manages to pull you in and delivery a hell of a story all while tugging on your heart strings. Another 5 star read from her.

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Pageturner1
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This was an audible. Enjoyed this a lot. Slow a little at beginning. This author is very good at her writing.

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IrishColleen
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5/5 This beautiful story just took my breath away. It did not make me laugh...there was nothing light hearted or amusing. It did make me cry. This cold-hearted woman/mother certainly had a reason for it (at least for her)...survival and guilt. When at last she was able to tell the story of her life to her daughters, they understood, and what a story it was. Her childhood and life as a young woman under Stalin‘s Russia. Terrific writing! Awesome!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 2y
CoffeeNBooks This was a great book! Welcome to Litsy! 📚 2y
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tpixie
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I know I should be more excited because the Kansas City Chiefs are playing and I‘m from Kansas, but I really wish I had a more invisible pair of AirPods so I could continue listening to my audiobook at this neighborhood football party I have to go to!! 📚 🏈 🎧
#GoChiefs

Aims42 That would be a GREAT invention! I‘d invest in a pair in a heartbeat lol 2y
tpixie @Aims42 lol right?! 2y
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Eggs
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The love between soulmates, love between mother and child, love between sisters—and the losses that often accompany them

#favelovestory

#februaryfeels

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