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Crooked Heart
Crooked Heart: A Novel | Lissa Evans
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Paper Moon meets the Blitz in this original black comedy set in World War II England, chronicling an unlikely alliance between a small-time con artist and a young orphan evacuee.When Noel Bostockaged ten, no familyis evacuated from London to escape the Nazi bombardment, he lands in a suburb northwest of the city with Vera Sedgea thirty-six-year-old widow drowning in debts and dependents. Always desperate for money, she's unscrupulous about how she gets it. Noel's mourning his godmother, Mattie, a former suffragette. Wise beyond his years and raised with a disdain for authority and an eclectic attitude toward education, he has little in common with other children, and even less with the impulsive Vee, who hurtles from one self-made crisis to the next. The war's provided unprecedented opportunities for making money, but what Vee needsand what she's never hadis a cool head and the ability to make a plan. On her own, she's a disaster. With Noel, she's a team.Together they cook up a scheme. Crisscrossing the bombed suburbs of London, Vee starts to turn a profit and Noel begins to regain his interest in life. But there are plenty of other people making money off the warand some of them are dangerous. Noel may have been moved to safety, but he isn't actually safe at all. . . .
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AmberWB
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This book was interesting. Overall- I liked it. The setting of London during WWII has always intrigued me- I just can‘t imagine living that way. But at times, I felt like there were too many things happening in this story- too many story lines. But, in the end, I‘m glad I read it.

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jillrhudy
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Jolted out of my book slump by this delicious novel of black humor set in the London blitz, as poignant as it is hilarious. Thanks for the recommendation @Aimeesue 💕 #anglophilesoflitsy

Aimeesue Any time! This really is a great book. 3mo
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jfount
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Look, I‘ll be honest, “WWII homefront novel” conjures up visions of twee, nostalgic blather. This is so, so far from that. Genuinely rooted in an understanding of the time, and of people, it‘s a book about people on the edges and the scams they‘re willing to try to find some way forward. Funny and wonderful.

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jfount
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There‘s a quote on the back of this from the Sunday Express asking why Lissa Evans isn‘t more famous, and I have been thinking something similar. I‘m kind of amazed that this came out before Old Baggage, given the affection and perfect characterization of Mattie already in evidence.

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Suet624
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A highly intelligent 10 year old evacuated from London during the war stays with a woman desperately in need of guidance and options. I enjoyed this story a great deal.

Aimeesue Such a good book. Maddie's in Old Baggage, too. 7mo
Suet624 @Aimeesue Oooh, I really liked Maddie. I'll check that one out too. This is my first time reading an Evans book. I really enjoyed it. 7mo
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Aimeesue
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One dog up and one dog down, because this is the one and only chair we have in our entire house and they couldn‘t possibly lay anywhere else but on top of me. 🙄
#dogsoflitsy
#pitbullsoflitsy
#pibble

britt_brooke 😆 So cute, though! 💚🐾 8mo
AlaMich And you wouldn‘t have it any other way, right? 😉🐶🐶❤️ 8mo
LeahBergen ❤️❤️❤️ 8mo
Aimeesue @AlaMich Well, for about ten minutes. Then my legs fall asleep! 😂 8mo
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Aimeesue
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Wartime scammers and hustlers -including a 10 year old boy - in London during the Blitz. Oddly heartwarming in parts. Kind of reminds me of Warlight, minus the spying and the adult distance from events, and a bit squishier.

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TrishB
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#hungryheart #marchintothe70s
Have this one on the pile at home 😁

Cinfhen ❤️you win for #MostDedicated 😄 9mo
Cathythoughts 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
gradcat Love this cover! ❤️ 9mo
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Kappadeemom
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Looks like my book is in jail 😂😂 #pensacolabeach

FreeReadAndWrite Omg I love this book 10mo
minkyb If that is the view from my jail, lock me up!🤗 10mo
JenReadsAlot I wish the jail I work at had that view 🤣 10mo
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Kappadeemom
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Look at this cute page marker that I got from @irre ❤️❤️ Thank you, Erika!

irre You‘re welcome! 10mo
irre Who picked this book? I forgot to write it down. I keep a record in my journal. 10mo
Kappadeemom @ReadingsByTheC picked this book, @irre (edited) 10mo
irre Thanks! 10mo
ReadingsByTheC @irre I hope you enjoyed it! 😊 10mo
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Lel2403
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99p for the Kindle at the moment.....sounds good

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CareBear
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Perfect Sunday morning. ☕️📚

Lovesbooks87 Love the stand! 💜💜💜💜 1y
CareBear Me too! @Lovesbooks87 thanks 😊 1y
AnneCecilie ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
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JoScho This table is amazing! (edited) 1y
BiblioLitten Such a cool stand😍 1y
BookishBlonde12 Oh wow, Love the table! 🤩 1y
Hollie Love it! 1y
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Moray_Reads
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I've been saying this for years!

saresmoore Truth! My husband can‘t seem to grasp this. 2y
vivastory So true! 2y
batsy Me too!! 😆 2y
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Kalalalatja 😂😂 2y
julesG Yep. My knitting suffers from my reading addiction. 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore @vivastory @batsy @Kalalalatja @julesG your responses are exactly why Litsy is so important for my life choices 😉 I've had various other hobbies in the past but after the initial enthusiasm wears off I just think of all the reading time I'm wasting! 2y
julesG My son just asked what film I'd like to see tonight and I just responded that I won't waste precious reading time on another super hero film. I try to knit while listening to audiobooks though. 2y
Moray_Reads @julesG my family always do this when I'm home. Often I "compromise" by reading in the same room as the film being watched ? 2y
Weaponxgirl I just end up with books on the hobby and read about doing said thing instead of doing it. 2y
SilversReviews Love it and totally agree. :) 2y
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Jessicav
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Next up for #litsypartyofone on a Saturday night at home. I'm... unsure how excited I am for this one but I want to give it a go and see.

RealBooks4ever The cover is cool! 😍 3y
Jessicav @RealBooks4ever I really like it! But I saw a different cover for it and maybe liked it even more... 3y
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Verity
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This is my #recommendsday pick - world war 2, home front, evacuee and host family. Feels a bit Goodnight Mr Tom but for grownups if Mr Tom was crooked (and a woman) and William had been raised by an elderly lady. Dark but funny and definitely touching.

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jhod
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Weekend with family and this book, a gentle heart warming read, not a life changer but cosy and comforting.

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Verity
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The bottom of the to-read pile is at the top because of packing it in boxes for building work. This has been on the pile for about a year - I know because it's an arc I picked it up from the shelf at work where the arts team put review copies once they're done with them and this came out in January last year!

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amckiereads
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The post man just dropped off these most excellent reads. Crooked Heart was on sale for $7 and I used that as an excuse to buy other books. Obviously, no flaws in my logic.

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LisaJo
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Like today is the best book day ever. @Litsy updated Litsy and it's wonderful. Goodreads sent us our Year in Books. I have loved looking at everybody's Goodread post today. I ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ all you bookies so much.

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Amy_H
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Really enjoyed this novel, a really departure from from the usual WW II bringing out the best in people. And I think that everyone should have a suffragette godmother.

Liberty I love this book so much!!!! 3y
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Amie
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So good! Excellent audiobook. Loved how the characters came alive and how the story examined the idea of right and wrong.

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Anbolyn
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My #FunFridayPhoto features a fox on the cover of one of my favorite books from last year. #crookedheart #lissaevans 🐺

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mrldg
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Loved how Noel would sit and read to Vee. Also how he loved the library!

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BookishMarginalia
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This is the story of how a precocious ten-year-old orphan --who has been evacuated to the outskirts of London-- and his widowed foster mother --who has always been down on her luck-- find a way to become a family while making a living running cons in WWII Britain. I also learned a lot about life on the British Homefront, which I enjoyed. A hopeful book about trying circumstances.

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BookishMarginalia
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How Vee responds when Noel feels responsible for the actual deaths of people whose deaths he had wished for: "I've wished plenty of people dead in my time, and it never works. Never." (They were killed in a German bombing run on their London suburb.)

TheLondonBookworm The more I see of this the more I want to read it 😊😊 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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Isn't this a fabulous description of cooking? Protagonist Noel, a precocious 10-year-old bookworm, starts using cookbooks when his godmother slips further into dementia. He feels wonderfully accomplished whipping up tasty recipes!

Varshitha Nice quote!! 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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How ten-year-old Noel feels when the (rest of the) children in London are evacuated to the countryside during WWII.

Alytrue Yes! Listening to this on audiobook now and enjoying it very much! 3y
Cyn.Microcosm What a great description! 3y
Suet624 I loved this line and the image of it from the book. 7mo
BookishMarginalia @Suet624 Isn‘t it great? 7mo
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BookishMarginalia
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Too true, unfortunately 😕 - even when budgets are cut across the board, money is always found to support war.

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BookishMarginalia
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Words of wisdom from ten-year-old protagonist Noah 💚 - loving this book so far!

BookBabe 😁👌🏻 3y
KVanRead Y E S 3y
ImaginativeMom I first read that as, "Hobbits" instead of, "Hobbies" and was so confused! ? 3y
MyBookLife @ImaginativeMom Haha, so did I 😂😂😂 3y
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BookishMarginalia
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This one is calling my name! Ten-year-old orphan and 36-yr-old widow running cons in a London suburb during WWII? I'm so there!

Donna_sBookMinute Reminds me of Paper Moon. Enjoy! Let us know how they compare. 3y
Suzze I'm suggesting this for my book group. 3y
BookishMarginalia @Donna_sBookMinute and @suzze I'm really liking it so far - well written, with interesting insights into life in WWII Britain 3y
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kay89
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Hobbies are for people who don't read books.

Liberty I love this book! 4y
kay89 I'm enjoying it so far! 4y
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