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Karisa
Bellweather Rhapsody | Kate Racculia
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Litsy has my December #tbr branching out to many books I would otherwise never know to connect with fellow readers here. I think it‘s perfect for this time of year. 😊

Happy to be reading along with #sundaybuddyread / @TheBookHippie and #shesaid / @Riveted_Reader_Melissa as well as reading after #NewYearWhoDis buddies @erinreads and @monalyisha. Also, my #wintergames team #mistletoemaniacs 🎄

TheBookHippie 💚🎄♥️❄️ now
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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD DECEMBER ♥️🎄💚

Pages 1-104 for next week

Another book without proper chapters 😂

Everyone Welcome

Some winter cozy ❄️🧤🧣❄️

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#SUNDAYBUDDYREAD FINAL THOUGHTS?

Mine -
Margot and Miguel‘s relationship is pure joy.
I would have never guessed any of the endings!!!

MINA‘S MOM IS ALIVE?!?!?!?!

What stood out to you?
Did I miss anything ?

Sargar114 I was super surprised by this book! I quite enjoyed it way more than expected. I agree Margot and Miguel are lovely together. I loved the ending with her reaching out to find her family. So much possibility there!!!! Didn‘t love Mina‘s end and the Mr Park ending stuff. So if I were to rate was a 4.5 for me. 2h
Sargar114 Also LA as a character was wonderful. I could visualize being there with all the descriptions. AND THE FOOD!!! 2h
TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I SO AGREE!!! Having been and stayed in Koreatown right before the pandemic it made me miss it sooo much. 1h
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TheBookHippie @Sargar114 I was surprised as well! A solid 4 for me! 1h
AmyG I, too was surprised by this story. I felt the sadness and pain of Mina and Margot. I just wanted to keep reading to learn. of Mina‘s life. I loved the food, too! Iused to work for Samsung America (the trading branch...before they blew up in electronics) and my boss would take me out for lunchand have me try different Korean dishes. I wish I remembered all of that (it was 35 years ago). A good 4-4.5 for me. 1h
TheBookHippie @AmyG THE FOOD!!! Just so yum. 1h
Karisa I liked it too. Definitely different from any other book I‘ve read before. I agree with everyone about the food and LA being important elements. So bittersweet that Margot ends up on the pier with her mom‘s ashes. Margot‘s story does not feel done but I guess that‘s a sign of a good author 39m
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What did you think of Margot‘s transformation? Does Mina live on free through her?

Sargar114 I love how Margot found herself. I think we all knew she‘d move back to LA. And given what we know about her life in Seattle, that seems to be the best thing. I do think her Mother‘s spirit will live on in her. I mean both have uprooted their lives later in life and started over. (edited) 2h
AmyG I think Margot will make sure Mina lives throughher now thatshe has an understanding of her mother. 1h
Karisa Margot does seem to be reliving Mina‘s life… Leaving the stable office job in Seattle for unknowns in LA (not sure if that‘s even financially possible), considering working in the service industry while following artistic dreams, and even the bob haircut! At least Margot has some friends in Miguel and the former officer Choi and maybe her father‘s widow 43m
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Mrs Kim. Fired the driver. What did you think of this all? Unnecessary? How did you like her last conversation with Margot? Think they‘ll be friends?!

Sargar114 I knew it wasn‘t them if only because Calabasas is too far a drive from Koreatown that you‘d have to really be malicious to want to do something bad, and I didn‘t really get that vibe from them. The driver was kind of a white collar criminal but nothing more. I don‘t think they‘ll be friends, but maybe more like an aunt. I‘m sure she‘ll want to know more about her father and that‘s the best connection. 2h
AmyG This part was very odd. Her and Mr Kim‘s relationship, her and the driver. All of it. But, if anything, hopefully Mrs Kim will help Margot understand her father. 1h
Karisa @AmyG Yeah, it was kind of a toss away. I guess the author just put it all about the driver there for a red herring? Driver guy was unnecessary to me. Felt like it would‘ve worked better if it was just the widow who was distant and unsure of someone who was maybe just out for money 47m
Sargar114 @karisa I think it was a red herring. I don‘t think you even consider Mrs Kim as a suspect without the driver, so while ultimately unimportant kinda necessary to make that possibility believable. now
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Officer Choi ..Margot seeing him at the grocery ..
Hmmmm
Thoughts?!

Sargar114 I quite enjoyed their interaction. I like that you‘re left with possibility but not given anything concrete about the future of their friendship. I imagine it will go further given he will ultimately be the connection between Margot and finding her family. 2h
AmyG I was happy they rani to each other. I hope they have a relationship...if anything just a friendship. They both seem at a turning point in their lives. 1h
Karisa I was wondering when he‘d be back in the picture. I was surprised that he quit his job though. Feels like there‘s room for a Margot sequel after this book to explore that blossoming friendship and what Margot is learning about her family (or at least grandma) in Korea 50m
Sargar114 You know what @karisa I might read a sequel of Margot going to Korea to learn about her family now
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Mr Park
Well.
That ending.
Justice?

Sargar114 Whoops kinda answered this in the last one, but I‘ll say it isn‘t justice. No one knows the monster that he was except his victims and Margot. He‘ll still be remembered for his accomplishments and that‘s annoying. 2h
AmyG I don‘t know if it was justice. He was a predator and if anything, I was happy to read he couldn‘t hurt any more women. I was hoping Margot and Mrs. Baek could have had more of a relationship. 1h
Karisa That was strange too. An animalistic person who preys on others, eaten by predators is both fitting and disturbing. . . I agree with both @AmyG (Mrs. Baek gone again—sigh) and @Sargar114 (not real justice for Mr. Park) 53m
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Mrs Baek
The friendship.
Thoughts ?
Then the end…🤯

Sargar114 It was incredibly heartbreaking and disappointing that after everything they‘ve been through, that this was the cause of Mina‘s death. While I‘m glad Mr Park got his in the end, I‘m still not sure it sits well with me. After everything that happened, this part of the ending was disappointing for me. But at least we know Mrs Baek is a survivor. 2h
AmyG I agree with @Sargar114 that this ending was a bit disappointing. It was a bit out there. 1h
Karisa I didn‘t see that coming. Had to re-read that part because at first I didn‘t even get it. How could she just leave her friend? Was Mina instantly dead? Why not at least call 911? I guess @Sargar114 has the right word for Baek “survivor” 57m
Sargar114 @Karisa I think you touched on why it was so unsettling…after everything they‘ve been through to just leave her seemed odd. 4m
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Mr Kim appears after 26 YEARS?!
It was to meet him in VEGAS. Sigh….
Mina not telling Mr Kim about Margot?!
They spent time, started up again,went to the Grand Canyon.
Thoughts?

Sargar114 I‘m glad they had this final time together. While I hate she never told him or Margot about each other, it‘s very true to her character. She has experienced so much pain and loss she didn‘t want either to feel that with this knowledge especially since Mr Kim was at the end of his life anyway. 2h
AmyG I, too, am glad she got to see him. And yes....very on point for her not o tell him about Margot. 1h
Karisa @Sargar114 The way Mr. Kim kept things from his own mother about his father dying somehow made it ok that Mina didn‘t tell him. I wish she had told Mr. Kim about Margot though. Back when she first had the chance would have been best. Margot‘s life would have been different I think 59m
Sargar114 I agree, it would have been better for Mr Kim and Margot to know about each other @Karisa 6m
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Safety deposit box…interesting the history was there?

It‘s interesting Margot‘s take on Koreans vs Korean American. It‘s differences are stark. Why if we are the land of everyone do we not allow it to be so? Interesting thoughts for what is American this week.
Do you ever ponder it?

Sargar114 This quote feels quite fitting for these times and can see the application in the story. I love that Margot has all this information about her family to move forward with. 2h
AmyG Lincoln is correct. We are at war with ourselves. White supremacy is our #1 probem. I will never understand those people that view others as “alien” or below them. We are all human. No one is more entitled than another. 😔 (edited) 1h
TheBookHippie @AmyG I so agree. 1h
Karisa @AmyG Reminds me of the book Caste and what has been shown by the last presidency. It‘s all about protecting the perception of pecking order and power. So many contradictions in what is accepted when so much really comes down to race in this country. Having to navigate it like Mina on her own would be very difficult. Her story illustrates the “each for themselves” mentality. Mrs. Baek was there but only to a certain point 1h
AmyG @Karisa I have Caste on my TBR. And it‘s always about power. Or money. 43m
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