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When We Let Go | Rochelle B. Weinstein
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Avery‘s self guilt drove me nuts, but that‘s what the book is based on. Oh man, Elle‘s attitude was more than awful and the story would‘ve been fine if she was at least a tad nicer. I figured out Oliver, but the revelation still hurt. I love Avery and her growth, she‘s so strong. Book #39 in 2022

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Dreaming of Flight | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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I went into this without knowing anything but the cover synopsis. An easy read, about a sweet 11 year old boy who was orphaned as an infant and is being raised with his disabled brother by their older sister. Stewie‘s connection to the world is complex yet compassionate. His friendship with Marilyn is endearing and they truly help each other in the end. Stewie is so precious. This is a story about, connections. Book #38 in 2022

Allthebookclubs I find that end of life care is awful, our parents do everything for us when we‘re born until we‘re at least 18, and many parents continue to help their kids in so many ways well into adulthood. The fact that this family could not find it in their hearts to consider their mothers final chapter in life and try to make it the best for her is infuriating.

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The Rise of Light | Olivia Hawker
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Hello religion in the 70s in the middle of nowhere Idaho… This was quite the interesting tale. Gad was infuriating, I can‘t imagine growing up under that oppression. Aran‘s cowardice had me constantly shaking my head. My frustrations came because I didn‘t grow up in that kind of household. Book #37 in 2022

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Moment in Time | Suzanne Redfearn
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I forgot this was a sequel, of sorts, from Redfearn‘s book In An Instant. I really liked that one, and this one too! The decisions made by these twenty something year old women drive me nuts, but the story was darn good. Compelling and emotional, heartwarming friendship and heartbreak. I‘m a Redfearn fan and will read everything she publishes! Book #36 in 2022

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These Tangled Vines | Julianne MacLean
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Okay, I‘m selling everything and moving to Tuscany. I devoured this one, in only 2 days. My heart aches for Lilian and Anton, I can‘t imagine that kind of tragedy and that kind of sacrifice. I love Fiona‘s choices and the heart she has for herself and others. What a mesmerizing story. Book #35 in 2022

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The Hope Chest | Carolyn Brown
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Heavy dose of family, smidge of grief, and a huge helping of get your act together. This was a charming, character driven tale about 3 cousins who must work together to uncover their family‘s foggy past. I enjoyed all 3 and would love to see this made into a hallmark movie! Book #34 in 2022

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Strangers We Know | Elle Marr
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Foster care that includes molestation, recipe for a sociopathic serial killer…I had a feeling about the killer but wasn‘t expecting the twist! OH THE TWIST!! I knew there was something untoward about one of Ivy‘s male relatives, but he did have a slightly redeeming quality at the very end. Looking back at the 70s, those are some crazy times and I‘m glad I was an 80s baby…this crazy story reaffirms that! Also, I miss the PNW!! Book #33 in 2022

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Tova reminds me a little of Britt-Marie (Blackman), but only mildly because she‘s much nicer. Once I figured out the connection between Tova, Marcellus, and Cameron I couldn‘t get enough! A witty and charming tale about grief, hope, and friendship. Oh, and a talking octopus! Book #32 in 2022

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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I really enjoyed this, a love story disguised as two people who initially hate each other. Although, a grown woman saying “sissy” over and over is very annoying. I wish Nora would‘ve pined over her pregnant sister more, who just agrees to let someone disappear while you work?! But that‘s par for who Nora truly is, a shark. Until that it, someone breaks through all of her barriers and loves her for who she is. Book #31 in 2022

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Part of Your World | Abby Jimenez
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YES! I needed a good, romantic novel and this was perfect. I was frustrated how long it took Alexis to open her eyes and was elated when she finally did. This book is most definitely about domestic violence, however it was written so well that it‘s not a sad, tragic, gut wrenching story. It‘s a love story, through and through. My favorite line (and one I will be using often) “Grace costs you nothing.” Book #30 in 2023

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The Golden Couple: A Novel | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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Well snap, here I thought I had it all figured out but I was quite wrong. This was such a great novel, twisting and turning. Run, don‘t walk to pick this one up (or download it). Excuse me while I go deal with the book hangover I now have. Book #29 in 2022

LiteraryinLawrence Nice! I have liked the others by this duo and I‘m glad this one was good too! 2mo
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Day Like This | Kelley McNeil
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I‘m not sure where to start. I enjoyed most of the book, I found myself wanting to read and find out what happened. However, the ending left me feeling, meh. This novel had a chance to really knock it out of the park with its subject matter, but it really missed the mark. I kept thinking the reason might be trauma related but hoped it would be about multiple dimensions. I don‘t want to spoil it so I‘ll just say it really fell flat. Book#28 in 2022

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In an Instant | Suzanne Redfearn
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I was sucked in immediately! The language, sentence structure and delivery is so much of this book; it is poignant, gripping, heartbreaking, and utterly brilliant. The description of this book is wrong, Jack does not accuse Mo of anything, no one does because young Mo is the heroine. Sweet, young, brave, amazing Mo. book #27 in 2022

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Hmmm, a decent story about a family with “normal” problems that aren‘t quite dysfunctional but close. My full review won‘t fit, it‘s too long so it‘s in the comments!!! Book #26 in 2022

Allthebookclubs Wendy was a petulant child, through adulthood. She was treated so good as a child but is such a B to her mom…the last person who deserves her garbage. She irritated me page after page. And Jonah, poor young Jonah. I‘m not sure who I disliked more, Wendy or Violet. 2mo
Allthebookclubs Violet was given everything and somehow she was a dirtbag too. Liza‘s indiscretion did nothing to enhance the story, really her character didn‘t add much at all and poor Grace, always an afterthought even in review. Marlyn and David‘s relationship is something to behold and I just don‘t understand how they could‘ve raised such sociopathic daughters. 2mo
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Birds of California | Katie Cotugno
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Dammit, dammit, dammit. I just KNEW what her trauma was but kept hoping I was wrong. Still, this was an AMAZING story. You can‘t help but root for Fiona and Sam; they‘re likable enough to keep you drawn in and wanting more. Sam is painted kind of like a dumb jock, but he‘s not. Fiona might be a fictional Amanda Bynes. Book #25 in 2022

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What a drama filled ride, but in a good way. Warning, steamy sex scenes-the first one was pretty hot but the rest were porn. I wasn‘t a fan of Knox‘s possessiveness, I don‘t find that sexy it‘s borderline DV. I saw the ending coming, but it was good and drama filled. My favorite character was Steph, I‘d prefer more of him and less of stupid Knox the caveman. Book #24 in 2022

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The Thing about Clare | Imogen Clark
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Talk about family drama. That‘s all this book as about. There were no redeeming qualities for any of the characters. Everyone was unhappy and complained non stop. “Woe is me” is not my favorite genre. I didn‘t hate it but it‘s not something I‘d recommend to my friends or book clubs. I like IC as an author, but this wasn‘t my cup of tea. Book #23 in 2022

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I‘m not sure what I was expecting, but this was like every other book out there about a woman who took care of her family instead of herself which then led to divorce. Queue trip alone to find herself and add self diagnosing alcoholism (when there really wasn‘t any reason to do so). I did enjoy the ending though. Book #22 in 2022

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Her Last Hope | Louise Guy
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It took me a bit, but I‘m glad I stuck with and finished this one. Lucinda‘s story drove me nuts, for someone so paranoid and who looks over her shoulder she really was clueless and it just wasn‘t believable. I felt so bad for Abi throughout and cheered her on non stop. Hayden‘s character was very frustrating, who allows Theo 16 year old to speak to them or act this way?!?! This was a decent story about friendship and hope. Book #21 in 2022

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Oceanography of the Moon | Glendy Vanderah
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I‘m a big Glendy fan, but this one jumped in pretty fast. In Chapter 21 I figured out who the Riley is that Vaughn dedicates his books too. I did NOT see the huge revelation toward the end coming, WOW!!! Everyone reacts and heals from trauma differently, I love Glendy‘s ability to create such magical stories around hard truths. Book #20 in 2022

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Okay first of all, I LOVE all the double names! I‘ve been going by Jamie Lynn for 22 years now. There‘s just enough of a touch of magical realism, one of my newfound favorite genres. This was a warm story about family, forgiveness, and finding peace. Set in a small, whimsical Alabama mountain town where there aren‘t many secrets, there are many misguided opinions, and enemy lines are slowly erased. Book #19 in 2022

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Other People's Things | Kerry Anne King
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Fantastic mystery!!! I had a few people figured out but this novel kept me guessing. The characters (okay all but 1) were easy to like and I loved their complexity. Nicole‘s trauma wasn‘t completely addressed, it‘s talked about several times but as a social worker with a MH degree I would‘ve liked more about that. Book #18 in 2022

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Other People's Things | Kerry Anne King
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I DEVOURED this book in 2 days. It‘s a multi faceted fantastic mystery!!! I had a few people figured out but this novel kept me guessing. The characters (okay all but 1) were easy to like and I loved their complexity. Nicole‘s trauma wasn‘t completely addressed, it‘s talked about several times but as a social worker with a MH degree I would‘ve liked more about that. Book #18 in 2022

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What a great story, full of mystery and adventure and not what I expected at all! What I liked best about this book was that Alice was actually up for travelling outside her comfort zone to learn the truth. If a fortune teller told me what Alice heard, I‘d probably believe it too because I‘ve read so many novels, but I think the normal person would shrug it off. Some of the geography was off, but it was still a wonderful tale. Book #17 in 2022

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I was excited about this book, but the sex scenes were pretty crass and took away from the book. I did not want to finish but I stuck with it. I don‘t mind some steamy romance but it turned into porn and I‘m not into reading that. Book #16 in 2022

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Reluctantly Home | Imogen Clark
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I listened to this one while on a quick weekend road-trip. It started slow but I hung in there and was rewarded with a very endearing story. I can‘t imagine being experiencing all of the trauma Evelyn went through, ugh. AND Pip‘s as well. But I will say, this was not a down in the dumps, depressing book!! Book #16 In 2022

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Reluctantly Home | Imogen Clark
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I listened to this one while on a quick weekrr we md road-trip. It started slow but I hung in there and was rewarded with a very endearing story. I can‘t imagine being experiencing all of the trauma Evelyn went through, ugh. AND Pip‘s as well. But I will say, this was not a down in the dumps, depressing book!! Book #16 In 2022

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Hadley and Grace | Suzanne Redfearn
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What a fantastic ride! The epilogue talks about writing a story akin to Thelma & Louise but added her own flair. I cheered for Hadley and Grace the entire time, if I were a nail biter I‘d have nubs for fingers. The perfect amount of drama, mystery, tragedy, and some humor here and there. Book #15 in 2022

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Another book set in Ireland, though not intentionally! I listened to this one and it was confusing, The point of view and time changed but there was no indication at the beginning of each chapter if it was now or then and who the narrator of that chapter was until it was a minute in or so. However, this was a beautiful book about grief and family dynamics. It could‘ve been really sad but it wasn‘t. Book #14 of 2023

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Gorgeous story set on a remote Irish island. Josie went seeking for soltitude and ran smack into Mack, who was there seeking a connection to the land of his ancestors. This was a wonderful rom-com that was just the right amount of steamy and the perfect amount of character building. I want to go to Slánú to meet those warrior women and sit on the boulder screaming, even if it‘s only a literary place and not real. Book #12 in 2022

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The Taste of Ginger | Mansi Shah
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I chose this book because I have good friends from India and I miss them so much; my family moved away from where they live in the US. Reading about cultures that are so different from my own is an enlightening experience for me. Shah challenged the caste system, race, and cultural expectations in this fantastically written novel. I‘ll be looking for a sequel, I want to know where Preeti goes next in her quest for self discovery. Book #11 in 2022

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Reminders of Him | Colleen Hoover
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Okay, so I love how CoHo writes but this is almost the exact plot as another book I read last month by Kristin Hannah; KH‘s book came out in 2011 and this book was published this year. Despite the similarities, this was fantastic. I felt ALL the emotions and might need a book break for a few days, but that‘s a good sign! I gave this 3 stars bc it was just too similar to KH‘s. If I hadn‘t read that one, I‘d probably give it 4 or 5. Book #10 in 2022

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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This was a very interesting story, a likely fictional account of a fact based event that happened in the 1938 and told by a old man in present day who‘s over 100. I‘m an animal lover, like Jones and Woody I don‘t have much respect for people who treat them poorly. Book #9 in 2022

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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This was a very interesting story, a likely fictional account of a fact based event that happened in the 1938 and told by a old man in present day who‘s over 100. I‘m an animal lover, like Jones and Woody I don‘t have much respect for people who treat them poorly. Book #9 in 2022

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This book surprised me. I kind of expected another whiny suburban housewife saga, but no this was more. The tragedy Penny faces is life changing but the writing could‘ve been better. The tragedy was down played, but that‘s not what this book is about. It‘s about a woman struggling with life and the steps she took to improve. Book #8 in 2022

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This book started slow, but I‘m glad I stuck with it. A nasty winter storm left 5 mostly random people snowed in overnight in the library; the librarian with a bleeding heart, a motherless teen searching for guidance, the library security guard who emigrated from Bosnia, the begrudged elderly wife of a beloved patron who passed away recently, and a homeless man who sought shelter and gained much more. Book #6 in 2022

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Lovelight Farms | B. K. Borison
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Finally, we can review this on Litsy!! After reading several GREAT reviews (elsewhere, lol), I gave this book a shot and I‘m so glad I did! It was predictable in all of the best ways. While not my usual genre, I‘m a sucker for a love story and couldn‘t stop reading about Stella and Luka. I adored Luka from the getgo and easily understood and empathized with Stella. Layla, Beckett and Dane are very endearing characters. Book #78 in 2021

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The Words We Whisper | Mary Ellen Taylor
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After about a 2yr hiatus from WW2 books, I decided to pick this one up and am glad. I love the legacy of all who helped the Jewish families escape, books like this will continue to highlight those brave souls. Taylor did a wonderful job preserving that and weaving the lives of the next generations. The characters “today” learn of their grandmothers remarkable past as she encourages them to read a treasured diary written during WW2. Book #6 in 2022

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Night Road | Kristin Hannah
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Talk about depressing…great writing, KH is wonderful. But this is a very depressing story. Even with a semi happy ending, it‘s depressing as hell. Book #5 in 2022.

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Parting the Veil | Paulette Kennedy
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A slow start, but the accents drew me right in. French New Orleans and southern, a mix I understand and relish. The expected meeting between Eliza and Havenwood came fast, a little P&P-ish, but as I kept reading that wasn‘t the entire story at all- they HAD to meet right away. I started trying to piece together the mysteries of the house, key word was trying. I figured out part but not all of it, the sign of a great mystery! Book#4 in 2022

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I really really wanted to like this, my friends raved. It was a decent mystery but way too many attempted plot twists. I‘ll post them in the comments, too large for this review. Warning: spoilers will be in the comments. Book #3 in 2022

Allthebookclubs Here are my issues: 1)I don‘t believe Bea and Meredith did a good job covering their tracks regarding Shelby, it just is not believable. 6mo
Allthebookclubs 2) how did the coroner miss the timeline on the blunt force trauma to the back of Meredith‘s head and then her stabbings? That is part of their job! 6mo
Allthebookclubs 3) why would a detective on a high profile case lie about such a crucial piece of evidence. She had to of known it was going to come out, ending her career, so this too just doesn‘t make any sense. 6mo
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Allthebookclubs 4) and then they find Delilah in the attic and she seems to be normal?! She spent over a decade in a confined space, there‘s serious trauma that would come with that. Yes she wasn‘t treated as poorly as Carly was but to live that long and to be cared for by the person she thought she saw a murder her mom, she would just walk out like that. 6mo
Allthebookclubs 5) the entire Carly plot line was so dark and added nothing to the book. It could‘ve been 1 chapter and not so dark. 6mo
Allthebookclubs 6) the scene at the obstetrician‘s office was stupid. Yes he had motive, but the scene with Kate was a bit much and added nothing of value. 6mo
Allthebookclubs Convoluted. All in all, this book was convoluted with too many possible leads. 6mo
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Cut and Run : A Light Hearted Dark Comedy | Ben and Blacker Acker, Ben
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Hilarious!!! I enjoyed this so much, I wish it were a full length novel. Meg Ryan as the narrator is genius, as are the other voice actors! Book #2 in 2022

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It took me a little bit to get into this one, but I‘m glad I stuck it out. Emma‘s disassociation kept me scratching my head, it was never fully explained-what was explained isn‘t the kind of trauma that usually causes that but oh well. The beginning storyline was akin to the movie, Mystic Pizza…rich boy meets beautiful girl from the “other side” of town. The end came suddenly. I knew the big deceit, but I won‘t ruin it for you! Book #1 in 2022

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I first read Mitch Albom in college and then devoured all of his books, it‘s been more than 10 years and I found him again. This was a strange story of the sinking of a ship and survival. The story is so interesting, I could not put it down. I enjoyed the characters and the unexpected ending. All of us require faith whether we believe or not in a higher power and this book makes you really think about your own life, if you allow. Book #80 in 2021

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Initially very cute and so relevant to today, we could all use some time away from the screens and social media. But this is a very deep story that follows the story of two complete different people as they traverse some tough emotional terrain set in beautiful Colorado. Book #79 in 2021

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I don‘t know why I waited so long to read this, I Love TJR but I kept putting it off. It is not what I expected, it‘s so much more. I knew Evelyn wanting Monique to write her memoir was tied to Monique‘s dad, but I didn‘t see it coming until the accident. This isn‘t a story about her husbands, it‘s about Evelyn‘s resiliency and the choices she made. Book #78 in 2021

Allthebookclubs I know this says book 78 and I don‘t have 77 listed, I‘m waiting on Litsy to add Lovelight Farms by B.K. Borison! 6mo
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A Pale View of Hills | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Etsuko is an unreliable narrator but she‘s interesting. I read this for a book challenge; published the year you were born (1982). The plot was strange and didn‘t flow well, the ending was strange for sure. Book #76 in 2021

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The One | John Marrs
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Fantastic plot!! With all of the DNA sharing companies out there, this book fits right in with the times. Why take a chance on love when you can find your DNA matched soul mate?! Sounds great, until we remember the world isn‘t perfect and there are plenty of people looking to tear others down. Full of love, betrayal, travel, and a psychopath. I give this one 5 stars!!! Book #75 in 2021

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A Christmas Carol | Charles Dickens
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🎧A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
I picked this up for 2 reasons, first- hello it‘s the season!! And second, to suffice the Play genre on my 2021 Bloom Reading Challenge. I‘ve seen the play and the movie adaptations but I‘ve never taken the time to read the play. This version was read by Hugh Grant and, while he did very well I did not swoon over his voice the way I thought I would. Book #74 in 2021

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I figured out some of the plot and the killers but it was still a great story. I enjoyed the history of the family and Lizzie‘s fervor in clearing her grandmothers name and “saving” the farm. I LOVED this book! Book #73 in 2021