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I think #FurrowedMiddlebrow brought this to my attention and I just loved it -- more than D.E. Stevenson's similar “Mrs. Tim,“ books, to be honest. Narrator Henrietta would be a huge hit on Twitter.

LeahBergen I have this waiting on my shelves. Are you going to read the sequel, too? 3d
willaful I've recommended it to my library, so I hope so! Open Library has it, but not downloadable alas. I can't read on my computer. 2d
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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Reading these three in May with #PemberLittens #FurrowedMiddleBrowClub

I adored the tagged book. It was like a #FurrowedMiddlebrow fairy tale.

I‘m behind on Jane Austen at Home (a lovely gift from @slightlyfoxed ) and “Scraps,” but hope to catch up soon. ⬇️

LeahBergen Wasn‘t it? 🥰🥰 1mo
Ruthiella I‘m also reading the Austen bio! 👍 1mo
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TheBookHippie Oh I love E Nesbit. 1mo
quietjenn What a cozy collection. I'm really enjoying the Austen bio and I 💜 The Lark. 1mo
batsy It really was! I'm also in the midst of the Austen bio and enjoying it. 1mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 💫💫💫 1mo
willaful Putting The Lark on my TBR. 4w
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The Lark | E. Nesbit
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@batsy I saw this at the library and picked it up as I remembered you #furrowedmiddlebrow lot are going to read it soon. And then my other books were bails so I ended up reading it early. (I‘m clearly not cut out for buddy reads 😂) So I‘ll not say a word about it but look forward to hearing you talk about it next month!

CarolynM I'm looking forward to reading this next month🙂 2mo
LeahBergen Oh, lovely! Yes, chime in and comment next month when you see us all reading it. Our tag to follow is #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub 😊 2mo
batsy Yay! I'm keen to read this and we look forward to having you join us in the comments & chat 😘 2mo
Cathythoughts Looking forward to you joining us ♥️ in the chat. (edited) 2mo
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Earth and High Heaven | Gwethalyn Graham
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Oops. Book mail!

See, @CarolynM ? This is why I restrained myself with my last #FurrowedMiddlebrow order. 😆

This was the order I was talking about, @Andrea313 . Have you read any of these #PersephonePicks yet?


Andrea313 What a gorgeous collection! Greengates is on my list for this year, but no, I haven't read any of these! I'm looking forward to your reviews. ❤️ 5mo
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Cathythoughts Oh these all look so good ❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
Cathythoughts Maybe we need to start a Persephone reading club as well as the Furrowed Middle Brow one ? I‘d love it ! What do you think Leah? @Carolynm ? 5mo
Cathythoughts Even if it was one every 3 months… or whatever might work 🤔 or maybe everyone is too booked up … I‘d be on for it myself though ?! 5mo
batsy Oooh 😍 5mo
julesG 😍😍😍 5mo
youneverarrived Beauties 😍 5mo
andrew61 Greengates is a lovely book and I bought Fortnight in September recently. I've not read the others but what a lovely collection. Enjoy. 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts Yes, why don‘t we? It‘s always fun to read a book with my best Litsy chums! How about we start with just you and I deciding on a book to read together and then open it to others if they‘d like to join us? That‘s how our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub got started and it seemed to work well. 😆 Maybe we can use this hashtag, #PersephoneClub ? It‘s similar to our other club! 😆 Which Persephone books do you own that you‘d like to read next? 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts There is a also a #PersphonePick challenge organized by @Andrea313 , where you read however many Persephone books you‘d like this year and post about them (using the hashtag). Check that out, too! 😊 5mo
LeahBergen @Andrea313 I had to buy it after loving Fortnight in September so much! 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Exactly. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @andrew61 I loved Fortnight in September which is why I had to buy Greengates. 😊 5mo
CarolynM Looks like I'm adding another regular read to my schedule #PersephoneClub it is🙂 @Cathythoughts 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yay!! 👏👏 Do you have a few Persephones on your backlog that you want to put to our vote? How about the three of us decide on our first pick? @Cathythoughts I have so many now that it‘s kind of embarrassing. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Cathythoughts What do you think of every 3rd month? Or should we do one every two months but on the alternate months from our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub? 5mo
CarolynM I only have a very few so I'm going to let you two choose and then I'll be able to order a new one😆 Either timing works for me. @Cathythoughts 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @CarolynM This is exciting ! I also only have a few .. what about Greengates , as you‘ve just got it Leah ? Or will you suggest a second option for a vote ? I‘ll be able to order a new one too Carolyn 😍… also I‘m easy with either timing .. Im leaning towards every 2 months though .. would we be starting #PersephoneClub in late February ( time to order … ??? 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @CarolynM #PersephoneClub to start later in February? Or April ? 5mo
Suet624 I just read the summary of the tagged book. It sounds really good. 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts @CarolynM I like how you two think in regard to “having” to order new books. 😆😆 Okay, how about we start with Greengates as our February read and we‘ll do one every two months? That way we won‘t have to wait until April to start. We can wait until the end of February to begin reading so you both have time to get the book? We‘ll say this one is my pick, Cathy will pick for April, and Carolyn will pick for June? 5mo
LeahBergen @Suet624 It does, doesn‘t it? I figured that I better read one of Persephone‘s few Canadian authors. 😄 5mo
elkeOriginal I only own House in the Country from this stack - but I keep confusing it with the Ruth Adams book of the same name from Furrowed Middlebrow 🤦🏼‍♀️ 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal I own both of those and confuse them every time someone mentions one. 😆 5mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I own both too - and haven‘t read either one yet🤦🏼‍♀️ I will keep an eye on your new group in case you can inspire me to read my unread Persephones! God help me if you just inspire me to buy more though… 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal 🤣🤣 Right?? Yikes. I‘m getting to the point where I probably don‘t have too many more to buy. 🤣 5mo
CarolynM Fine with me. I've ordered Greengates, let's see how long it takes to get here. @Cathythoughts 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM That‘s the thing with Persephone Books: they usually take a while to reach here, too. We should maybe think of planning our next months in advance? I‘m not sure if you‘re ordering direct from Persephone but if you order three you get a discount (thus my orders usually come in threes 😆). @Cathythoughts 5mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen uses ANY excuse to buy more than one! It is a very good argument for 3 though… 5mo
CarolynM That's a good idea. I'll have a look at the titles and make a suggestion in a bit. @Cathythoughts 5mo
CarolynM How about this one (Duff Cooper being one if those between the wars people who are do fascinating to me) @Cathythoughts 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal You know it. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM That does sound good and it‘s been on my “to buy” list. Oh no. Here comes another triple order. 😆 I think @Cathythoughts will have to pick another one that I don‘t own to make this really worth my while. 5mo
Cathythoughts @Leahbergen @CarolynM Ok .. I‘ll put forward my suggestion ( if you have it Leah , let me know & I can go for another one ) I recently read South Riding by Winifred Holtby & really enjoyed.. so how about this one by the same author ? (edited) 5mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @CarolynM Also, I‘ve ordered Greengates and I‘m getting Operation Heartbreak , both sound really good ... looks like we have a #PersephoneClub (edited) 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts The Crowded Street sounds perfect! I own it but I really want to get to it as I haven‘t read Holtby before. 👍 5mo
Cathythoughts Ok then , we‘ll get @CarolynM ‘ s approval and can get organised. I found South Riding a very engaging read ... I hope this one will be too 🤞😄 5mo
CarolynM @Cathythoughts Sounds good to me. I've not read Holtby before either. I'll let you know when Greengates arrives. Looking forward to getting the #PersephoneClub started. 5mo
Cathythoughts @CarolynM Great. I‘ll let ye know when my Greengates arrives too 👍🏻😁 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM @Cathythoughts Perfect! Our little club is shaping up quite nicely. 😄 5mo
rubyslippersreads These are gorgeous! I‘d be interested in the #PersephoneClub. Like @elkeOriginal I‘d like to be inspired to read my stack, but could probably be induced to buy more. 😂 5mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads The more the merrier! Let me know if you‘d like to be put on the list for choosing our 4th book or if you want to just see our picks and decide if you want to read along that month. That goes for you, too @elkeOriginal . 😊 5mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen Put me on the list! THX! 5mo
quietjenn I'll definitely be following along! I've been planning to do my #peresephonepicks mostly in the months we don't do #furrowedmiddlebrowclub, but might want to go rogue a few times! I feel like I should initially concentrate on the few Persephone's I own before acquiring more, but that resolution might not last. 5mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal Okay, let‘s add you to our list! We are reading Greengates this month (well, nearer the end of the month when everyone‘s copies arrive), which is my pick. @Cathythoughts has our April pick (The Crowded Street). @CarolynM is our June pick (Operation Heartbreak). We‘ll give @rubyslippersreads our August pick and @elkeOriginal will be our October pick. How‘s that? 👇 5mo
LeahBergen It would be great if you two could offer up your picks for those months and then I‘ll make a graphic for us and post it. @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn Please see above. Would you like to be our December pick? 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, and I‘m not sure if you all noticed but we chose these months to alternate with our #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub. 😁 @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal @quietjenn 5mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen sure, how about High Wages? If people have already read that one, I'll poke around and find something else. 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn That one totally works for me; I‘ve been dying to read it! @Cathythoughts @CarolynM @rubyslippersreads @elkeOriginal 5mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Thanks for adding me to the list. I‘ll pick one I know you have 😄 5mo
rubyslippersreads @quietjenn I‘ve been wanting to read that one. 😊 5mo
elkeOriginal I would like to choose 5mo
elkeOriginal But it looks like Leah already read it so I would also like Milton Place if that suits better. Litsy doesn‘t have a description so pop over to GR to check it out! 5mo
LeahBergen @elkeOriginal Ahhh, yes! I want to read Milton Place and own it , too (*sheepish smile*). I‘ve read great reviews of it. I enjoyed Vain Shadows a lot when I read it but the story hasn‘t stuck with me. You know how that sometimes is? 5mo
LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads Oh, you‘ve very good. 😆 Buy me a book and then get me to read it right away! 👏👏 Perfect! 5mo
LeahBergen If everyone is okay with all six of these picks, I was thinking of “closing off” our voting for now? We have six voting members and our choices will have us reading until the end of this year. We can start up again after this cycle and add other people if they‘d like to join. When I‘ve got the okay from everyone (re: our picks), I‘ll make a little “official” graphic and post. Yes? 😊 5mo
CarolynM What a lovely group of people you have gathered, Leah! And I'm keen to try all those titles. When you've done the "official" post I'll put it on Litsy Events too. 5mo
LeahBergen Oh, good idea, @CarolynM ! Thanks! 👍 5mo
Cathythoughts We‘ll done Leah , you‘re a great organizer.. like @CarolynM I‘m also keen to try all those books & I‘m looking forward to ordering more titles. It‘s great to plan in advance.. gives us time to collect the books. I‘m delighted with our new group. 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 5mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts I‘m so looking forward to this new bunch of reads with everyone! And yes, I agree… it‘s nice to know our schedule in advance, isn‘t it? 😊 5mo
quietjenn @LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads oh good! I'm glad. 😁 5mo
quietjenn This is great! I do think it's helpful to have things set for the year! Thanks very much for organizing, @LeahBergen. I'm impressed by how quickly and easily everything came together. 👏 5mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Sounds perfect! Thanks for organizing/enabling us. 😆 5mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn @rubyslippersreads Thanks, you two! This is going to be fun. 😄 5mo
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Love Comes Home | Molly Clavering
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Ooo, ANOTHER surprise package from Book Depository arrived today!

Who do I have to thank for adding to my big (and much loved!) #FurrowedMiddlebrow library? 😊

batsy Lovely! This sounds like it might be both serious and sweet. Ah darn it, I'll just add the entire FM catalogue to the TBR 😂 6mo
CarolynM Hurrah! My gift to you has arrived! Has the card turned up yet? 6mo
LeahBergen @batsy Yeah, that‘s basically what I did. 😆 6mo
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LeahBergen @CarolynM It‘s from you! Thank you so much; it sounds delightful. 😘😘😘 And no card yet! 😆😆 Who knows when the little package from me will arrive to you? Postage from here to Australia is so stupid; I could pay approximately $23 or the next faster rate was $78!! I chose the slower rate. I hope it gets to you sometime soon. 🙄 6mo
CarolynM Yes, it's similar here ☹ I'm with you on the FMBs - I want to read them all @batsy 6mo
Cathythoughts Lovely 😁 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Your lovely Australian Christmas card arrived today! Thank you so much (and especially for the sweet words 🥰🥰). 5mo
CarolynM Oh, I am glad🙂 I really thought I'd posted them in time to get there before Christmas 🙄 Oh well, maybe next year... 5mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM I saw that it was post dated in November! 😆 You‘re so on the ball! It was lovely to receive no matter when it arrived. 😊 5mo
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Spam Tomorrow | VERILY. ANDERSON
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Thank you so much, @BookishTrish for this perfect #LittleChristmasSwap package! 😍😍 A #FurrowedMiddlebrow book that‘s been on my wish list for ages, lovely chocolates, and Murchie‘s tea. I‘m set up for a cozy day and I love it all!

Thanks for hosting, @bookish_wookish ! This is always such a wonderful swap.


rubyslippersreads But no actual Spam to snack on while reading? 😹 6mo
Dragon That tea ☕️ looks good - it is winter storm season- will have to try it 6mo
melissajayne Looks lovely; will check out the tea when I‘m in Murchies next time. 6mo
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LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads No, because it‘s always Spam tomorrow 😉. Well, I‘m sure Johnny would like some Spam today! 6mo
LeahBergen @Dragon It does look good! And it is SO snowy and cold here in Calgary so it‘s perfect. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen @melissajayne I love Murchie‘s tea. I‘ve only been to the shop in Victoria once but I order it online quite frequently. 6mo
melissajayne @LeahBergen Murchies has an outlet in Langley, BC, which isn‘t too far of a drive; that‘s a good option as well. 6mo
Cathythoughts Fab presents ❤️ 6mo
Mitch Oh no - spam! Ugghh! 🤣 6mo
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Mrs. Lorimer's Quiet Summer | MOLLY. CLAVERING
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@LeahBergen Have you read Molly Clavering?
She was friend and neighbor of DE Stevenson and several of her novels recently came out from #FurrowedMiddleBrow #DeanStreetPress too.

This one is supposedly a thinly veiled portrayal of their friendship. I enjoyed imagining it WAS them!
(The tagged book is the same as the one in my photo)

Leftcoastzen Very cool! 6mo
LeahBergen What a great edition! I have this one (under the other title) but haven‘t got to it yet. I ONLY got it this past summer. 🤣 6mo
LeahBergen Oh, and I have a couple of the Furrowed Middlebrow editions of her books. One was a Twitter prize and I bought the other that was a sequel to it. 😊 6mo
elkeOriginal @LeahBergen I look forward to Molly‘s books popping up in #furrowedmiddlebrowclub 😉 6mo
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The tagged book is my #1, always and forever. Some of the rest are rereads, but they‘re all books I loved this year. #Top21od21

It‘s obvious I ❤️ vintage fiction, but I see a lot of new books on everyone else‘s lists that tempt me to branch out in 2022.

Thanks for tagging me, @Nute and @Ruthiella 😊

I don‘t know who‘s already been tagged, so I‘ll invite anyone who wants to play, because I‘m so curious to see everyone‘s faves.

LeahBergen Oh, Double Spell! Also known as Twin Spell, right? That was a childhood favourite of mine and I own a very cool edition. 😊 6mo
LeahBergen And I‘m glad to see that someone else will list as many oldies as I will. 😆 6mo
Ruthiella I love seeing all the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub books on this list! I kind of used the Ursula Orange title on my list as a placeholder for them all. 😀 6mo
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elkeOriginal So many #furrowedmiddlebrow books! Well done! 6mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Yep, same book. 💜 that spooky stuff! 😄 6mo
rubyslippersreads @Ruthiella They‘re addictive. 😄 6mo
LeahBergen What is the Felicia book? It‘s the only one I don‘t recognize. 6mo
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen It‘s about a cat who turns into a little girl. I had to get it through ILL; the cheapest copy I could find was $500! 🙀 6mo
MaureenMc I love this list! 😍 6mo
batsy So many pretty covers! Love seeing the Furrowed Middlebrows and yay Lolly Willowes 💖 6mo
Cinfhen 😍 6mo
quietjenn Same! Working on my list, it's *very* vintage, but I am inspired by others to maybe be slightly more contemporary in the future! 6mo
LeahBergen I didn‘t get the notification that you replied to my question! That book sounds fascinating. 😮 6mo
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My Caravaggio Style | Doris Langley Moore
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Quentin Williams is a bookseller in 1950s London with a gorgeous model girlfriend and virtually no money. While trying to impress a book dealer, he inadvertently hits upon a ‘get rich scheme‘: he‘ll attempt a forgery of Lord Byron‘s lost memoirs (famously burned by his friends after his death).

I found this a bit slow to start but once it did, I couldn‘t put it down. More comments to come when everyone is finished!


batsy Lovely photo and review 💜 I finished it last night; it didn't quite work for me as I wanted because I found Quentin lacking a bit of personality 😆, but otherwise it was good fun! 7mo
quietjenn I've only read a wee bit, but an hoping to devote some time to it tonight! 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve just made a little start 👌 7mo
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LeahBergen @quietjenn @erzascarletbookgasm Like I said, I found it a slow start. Quintin‘s narration is (intentionally, I think) a bit plodding but plow on … it DOES pick up. 7mo
batsy @LeahBergen Dweeb! Yes 😂 Agree with you, the topic of forgeries and literary society shenanigans is too good to resist. 7mo
Ruthiella I‘m at 70% and hope to finish tomorrow with luck. It is slow to start and I kept feeling I should like Quentin but he‘s not sympathetic at all. Still, I have no clue how it will all pan out... 7mo
LeahBergen @Ruthiella He‘s surprisingly unsympathetic, isn‘t he? 😆 And I was also (belatedly) struck by the fact that he‘s our first male narrator/male point of view for a Furrowed Middlebrow read, isn‘t he? 🤔 7mo
Ruthiella @LeahBergen Yes! I was thinking that too. 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy Wasn‘t he a dweeb? 😆 I think I was a bit predisposed to like this one as I have such a fascination for the workings of the world of rare books and forgeries, in particular. 7mo
LeahBergen @batsy Oops! I edited a typo in my previous response to you and now my comment has shot to the bottom here, out of order. 😆 7mo
Cathythoughts I‘ve just made a little start too .. @erzascarletbookgasm hopefully later today I‘ll get some read 👍🏻❤️ (edited) 7mo
CarolynM I'm about halfway through. It was a bit slow to start but it seems to be hotting up now. I don't think I'd call Quinton a dweeb - he's awfully manipulative! 7mo
quietjenn A little over a third of the way through now, and I can certainly understand all of your comments about Quentin! I found myself thinking exactly as @Ruthiella the whole time - “not the most sympathetic character, are you Quentin?“ And I actually had to remind myself once or twice that the author was not a dude, because there's something about the way he thinks/talks about Jocasta that irks me. 7mo
Cathythoughts My son & 8 yr old granddaughter here today. I said .. remind me what a dweeb is … Sofia says .. Granny , even I know that , my Dads a dweeb 😁….. also the name Jocasta , had to check it out .. she was married to Oedipus , 🤔🤔🤔 interesting.. slow start , but picking up now 👍🏻 @CarolynM 7mo
CarolynM I completely agree with you about the Quentin/Jocasta dynamic @quietjenn - most unpleasant. I bet your son isn't really a dweeb @Cathythoughts - the way our children see us🙄🤣 7mo
CarolynM I started out hoping the hoax would succeed, now I'm hoping for a spectacular failure. 7mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Yes! I was rooting for him at first, too. As to the “dweeb” comment: I completely agree with you as to his manipulativeness. It‘s only as I got further on to the ending that I found him such a sad, pathetically verbose little man. If that makes sense? 😆 (edited) 7mo
LeahBergen @quietjenn He‘s just so smug and overbearing. 🙄 7mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts 🤣🤣 Oh, your poor son. Aren‘t children rotten and wonderful? And good association with the name Jocasta - I hadn‘t twigged on to that at all. 7mo
Cathythoughts @LeahBergen @CarolynM My sons definitely not a dweeb … that‘s an example of the Irish sense of humour for you … slagging 😂. I hope to get more read today 🤞🏻 I‘m enjoying it 👍🏻 7mo
LeahBergen @Cathythoughts That‘s exactly the sort of humour in my house, too! 😆 7mo
rubyslippersreads I just started but am curious to see where it‘s going. 7mo
elkeOriginal This sounds good! 6mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#bookmail from today. Now I can join in the #FurrowedMiddlebrow read of the month. Side note: how do you get decent pictures of shiny books like these?

LeahBergen It‘s tricky, isn‘t it?? I‘m glad you‘re joining us for this month‘s #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub read! (edited) 8mo
Cathythoughts That‘s great you‘re joining in … I‘ve only read a few pages … looks good 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
CarolynM Glad to have you in the #FurrowedMiddlebrowClub🙂 I have the same problem with the photos 🙄😆 8mo
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