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The first in a new series has a lot riding on its shoulders. Not only does it have to have an interesting plot but is has to lay enough groundwork so you gain knowledge of and interest in the main characters so you want to continue on their journey. This book did an ok job of that and I am intrigued by the mystery man. However, it is sloppy editing to not notice when the wrong character is named from one page to the next.

#Pantone #GrayedJade

actualdisneyprincess I haaaaaate when characters get called the wrong names!!!!! 3w
Andrew65 That is bad editing! I love the look of the cover. Hopefully the next one can build and improve on this. Well done 🥳 3w
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TheSpineView Great job! Love the art deco cover. 3w
AmyG Bad editing - no excuse. Job poorly done. 3w
PuddleJumper Ooft, that's inexcusable. You got through it though! 3w
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A Gilded Grave | Shelley Freydont
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I don't mean to be rude, or maybe I do, but this was interminably silly. I would have bailed as soon as the 18-year-old "feminist" protagonist & her maid encountered the obeah servant of the sugar magnate & described him as the largest & blackest man they ever did see. I mean? But this fulfilled the nobility prompt for #CloakAndDaggerChristmas so I kept on. A much better book would have had the entire cast of characters pushed off a cliff.

batsy I'm sorry that I cut the cover off halfway in the photo; I thought the hibiscus were far more important 😆🌺 2mo
Cathythoughts Yes the hibiscus is gorgeous. Nice cover on the book too 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
merelybookish Well that's a bummer. Hope your next mystery is better! 2mo
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batsy @Cathythoughts They cheer me up 🌺💕 2mo
batsy @merelybookish I think it can only get better! 😅 2mo
Rissreads 🤣🤣🤣 Aghhhhhhhhhhh, splash 💦 (edited) 2mo
sarahbarnes Wow! 😂😬 2mo
batsy @Rissreads 😂😂 2mo
BarbaraBB 🤣🤣Love your conclusion! (edited) 2mo
quietjenn That sounds, um, bad. But a very entertaining review! Fingers crossed for the next one. 2mo
batsy @BarbaraBB 😆😆 2mo
batsy @quietjenn Thank you! I hope your challenge reads are going much better 🙂 2mo
The_Book_Ninja Those flowers are nice though😊 2mo
batsy @The_Book_Ninja They are 😍 2mo
Reggie Oof, Lolol, hopefully your next reads are better. Like we can only go up from here, right? 2mo
batsy @Reggie Exactly, Reggie! 😂 2mo
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Murder at Crossways | Alyssa Maxwell
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This series is both fun and interesting. This one finds Emma with 3 interconnected murders to solve (one involving a prince!). The motive behind the murders was a little far-fetched to me, but the secrets, lies and obsessions made it all absorbing. A big plus in this series is the attention to historical detail (1898, Newport, RI). The settings feature the luxurious lavish mansions of American “royalty” (the Four Hundred) and become a character 🔻

robinb in themselves. Enjoyed! 4/5⭐️ #BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2mo
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My first read from this author, but I will definitely seek out more of her books! I thoroughly enjoyed this story and how Davis wove together stories of women from two different time periods.

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Apparently I was in a grey & pink mood today, as I inadvertently matched my book with my new knitting project. Enjoying both so far! #knitting #audioknitting #sockknitting

Clare-Dragonfly Lovely! 3mo
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Biltmore Estate: The Most Distinguished Private Place | John Morrill Bryan, Richard Morris Hunt
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George Vanderbilt‘s personal library! The Biltmore Estate was just incredible. #fallbreak

Scochrane26 Did they tell you there‘s a private reading room off the library? It‘s used as something else, but that‘s where I would have been most days. 3mo
JenReadsAlot I want to go there! 3mo
britt_brooke @Scochrane26 We did the audio tour, and I don‘t recall it mentioning that, but that‘s where I‘d be, too! 3mo
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britt_brooke @JenReadsAlot The whole is estate is just beautiful; opulence to the extreme! 3mo
LeahBergen Bucket list for me! 3mo
HeatherBookNerd It‘s really something! 3mo
britt_brooke @LeahBergen I hope you see it someday. It‘s incredible! 3mo
britt_brooke @HeatherBookNerd Blew my mind! 3mo
Scochrane26 @britt_brooke One of the staff members told me about the room last time during a conversation. I don‘t think I‘ve ever done the audio tour—probably should. It‘s always hard to decide what season to go in—Christmas is a popular time, but tulip season in the gardens is beautiful. 3mo
batsy That looks incredible 😍 3mo
britt_brooke @Scochrane26 They were *just* starting to decorate for Christmas while we were there (it was last month). I‘d love to see it fully decorated. 🤩 3mo
britt_brooke @batsy Over 22,000 books, they say. 🤩 3mo
Lcsmcat @britt_brooke It‘s amazing at Christmas! But @Scochrane26 is also right about the gardens. The azaleas alone are worth the trip. 3mo
britt_brooke @Lcsmcat I LOVE azaleas! 3mo
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#Two4Tuesday @TheSpineView

1) I'd say before I was born for it to feel historical.
2) I have only read a few HF so far. So I don't know about spooky but tragic is definitely The Magnolia Palace. Based on the real life sculpture muse, Audrey Munson, known as Miss Manhattan and is the muse for many of Manhattans most famous statues, plus the Forward statue at the top of Wisconsin State Capitol... It's my favorite HF

@eeclayton Thanks!

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 3mo
eeclayton You're welcome ☺️ Your new handle sounds cool! 3mo
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The Lost Summers of Newport: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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Thank you Cydney! I haven‘t read this one yet and you know I love Beatriz!! Love your wrapping paper 🍂 Thanks so much!! 💕


CBee You‘re welcome! I knew you loved her so I hope you enjoy it ♥️ 3mo
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Davis is a master of weaving two stories from different time periods together and this one is no exception! Throughly intriguing and wonderfully written! I couldn‘t wait to finish this!

Cinfhen Tagging as a future possible #Booked2023 prompt 😉#InsidersInfo 3mo
Kshakal @Cinfhen 🤓 3mo
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Magnate | Joanna Shupe

Been reading Joanna Shupe for about 5 years now and I always come back to Magnate as the book that started it all. The first historical romance book that did NOT take place in Regency or Victorian England with dukes and earls and whatnot. Joanna Shupe introduced me to the Gilded Age of 1895 New York City and I ever since I have been obsessed with this time period. Magnate is the book that started it all and it still ranks as my favorite of hers.