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Jenken1998

Jenken1998

Joined September 2016

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Across a Broken Shore | Amy Trueblood
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Set in the Great Depression in San Francisco, Willa McCarthy grows up watching the building of the golden gate bridge in the shadow of her four older brothers and a tragic family secret. Living with a strict Irish Catholic family she is the ever dutiful and obedient daughter who will promise her life to the church to fulfill a family tradition. ****rest of review in comments****

Jenken1998 That is until she stumbles upon another career path that leaves her questioning her beliefs, values and own desires. Will Willa risk losing her family and everything she has ever known to follow her possible true calling? I enjoyed this quick read with well developed characters, bits of history and a satisfying ending. Thanks #netgalley for allowing me to read this book. Pub date November 2019 10h
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Up next. Long work week and working out in the field today. Hoping to get this started after work.

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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You were all right. It was amazingly heartbreakingly perfect. I may have a crush on Kristin Hannah. ❤❤❤❤❤

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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Yay! What a fun and suspenseful thriller. Famed artist Alicia murders her husband and stops speaking. She ends up in psych facility where she is being treated by a therapist who is hoping to save her and find the truth about that night. Told from his perspective and excerpts from Alicia's diary. Totally engrossing and well written with increasing suspense. Two words... Plot Twist! 👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨👩‍🎨

JohannaRose Yes! This plot twist was great! (edited) 4d
RadicalReader Plot twist are the best 4d
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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Pretty solid book. A couple builds their dream house on their new land and weird things start happening. They uncover a horrifying history connected to the land and one family in particular who may still be haunting the land. Fun easy read. Great pace full of suspense leading up to a satisfying ending. I figured it out half way through but still found it enjoyable. 👻👻👻👻

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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Shaggy dog and i enjoing a warm night on the lanai.

Myhusbandhatesreading What a cutie!! 1w
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Guess i better hit the library today #allthebookscamein

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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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Excellent story about 4 women in WW1, told from alternating views. I had to pay attention at the beginning to see whose story i was in or i got confused, but once i learned their voices i was good. This is the prequel to Lilac Girls, which is still on my tbr shelf 🙊 read this in one day bc it was good..and it was due back at the library yesterday 🙉

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Bearskin: A Novel | James A. McLaughlin
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Ehh. It was ok. Lots of suspense built up but then kind of anticlimactic at the end. I was expecting 🌋. Didn't really get that. #audiobooks 🚨 trigger warning: graphic violence to animals and people and rape.

Tamra I bailed because it was so slow. I‘m glad to hear I didn‘t miss a big climax. 2w
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It was ok. I never really connected with any characters. As a mental health practitioner i saw where they were coming from. Maybe that's why this book felt like work to me. My clinical hat was on. Lol. A story about a family in crisis and the repercussions of that crisis across the generations and bonds of the family. It was interesting to see how the crisis affected each family member differently.

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Beautiful heartbreaking story about a woman living with debilitating grief who chooses to live again after she meets an inspiring group of quirky characters. This book broke my heart and mended it all at the same time. I am in love. Thank you #NetGalley for the chance to read this. Publication date June 11, 2019.

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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Lovely night on the patio. Hoping to finish this tonight. I put it on hold to get through some library books and im ready to get back to it.

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A sweet easy read about the bonds between sisters. Sometimes those bonds are tested and fractured but through hope and forgiveness they can be healed. I enjoyed the storyline about two sisters who part ways after the death of their parents. Overall a nice quick read but i did feel that the characters could use a little more depth. Easy 4 stars. Thank you #netgalley for the opportunity to read this book. Pub date September 10, 2019.

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The first 150 pages have been a struggle. I think it's me. I will try it on audio. Maybe my brain can process it that way. I have adored all her other books so i am sure it's my brain. Lol.

Birdsong28 It is good on Audiobook. I am listening to it for the #buddyread on here. 📚📖 4w
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Up next... Finally getting to this ❤❤❤ lovely night on the lanai.

GondorGirl Soooooooo good! 😍 1mo
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Excellent. The extraordinary story of a man who is different. A story that spans his entire life full of love, friendship, hardships, hope and forgiveness. Great writing, easy to follow timeline jumps and believable characters. Bullying and its consequences on one person's life, relationships and faith. I enjoyed this book.

suvata I really liked it too. 1mo
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sblbooks One of my 18 of 18 last year, it was so good. 1mo
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Blood Orange | Harriet Tyce
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Holy unreliable narrator. All the characters were a psychiatrists nightmare. Allison appears to have it all. Then you meet ALL her flaws and karma runs right over her. You are ok with that..at first.. then you start to look deeper and see everyone's flaws and you end up rooting for her. Huge trigger warnings for domestic violence and rape. I thought from a psychology perspective this was well done. Read it in one sitting.

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BLOOD ORANGE. | HARRIET. TYCE
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I said just a few pages... and now i cant stop

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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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I love his writting. Beautiful and dream like. Such a small book with huge impact. Trigger warnings for attempted/ failed suicide and untreated mental health conditions. Very eye opening when thinking about who you know that is needing help and how they may be ignored, not approached or not believed.. until it's too late. This will stick with me.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I liked this one a lot too. I can‘t put my finger on why it appealed to me but it really resonated. 1mo
CrowCAH I‘ve seen The Mountain Goats perform a couple times! 1mo
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Wolf in White Van | John Darnielle
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Reading in between work tasks.

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This one hit all the feels. A beautifully crafted and moving look into the mc traumatic upbringing. I would say trigger warnings for all types of abuse but she never outright names any. It is all inferred. Centered around 5 days when she is an adult in the hospital and her estranged Mother visits. Healing from trauma is long process possibly life long. This book touches on the different stages of life and how she is sti working towards healing.

rachaich Really loved this book :) 4w
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Golden State | Ben Winters
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This dystopian novel with a detective noir feel to it was not too bad. A book set in a dystopian future where the police state can tell if you lie through "officers" with special capabilities. The consequences for lying are steep. One officer uncovers a secret that shakes the truth as he knows it. Great world building and writing. You must be alert to follow the storyline. Lol. I don't usually readdystopian but it was not to bad.

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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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A book about a small town famiky that suffers a through mystery/tragedy in the 1960s. Well written book that captures the grief, faith and forgiveness that go with it. Predictable but well written. I enjoyed it.

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Golden State | Ben Winters
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Going to give this one a try. If i can keep my eyes open. So sleepy. Lol 😴😴😴😴

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Well that was full of twists and turns. Fun read and great writing. Story of a couple who have been married 20 years. The wife goes missing the husband is suspect. Lots of twists and turns to get to the truth. Characters were a bit off (overdone and underdone depending on the character) and i figured it out kind of early but i still enjoyed the story. I give it 4screwed up marriages out of 5. Lol. 💏💏💏💏

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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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Lovely tale covering three women, friendship, love, loss and resilience. Heather's much loved late Grandmother leaves her a box of intricatly embroidered samples that have a connection to the royal family. She sets off to learn more about her "Nan" and her secretive past. Well written historical fiction. timeline jumps connect post WW2 and present day. Great characters. I really enjoyed this one. ?????

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Current vacation read 👗❤

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Universal Harvester | John Darnielle
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Weird but i loved it. Amazing writing. Familiar setting (right where i grew up in rural midwest). Familiar feelings of complete boredom and stuckness. Not a horror book, but a book about healing from loss (or not) in your own weird way. It can be confusing and you have to really reach to connect it all. I'll be the outlier and say i loved it.

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I loved this unique look at the mother daughter relationship. They tell not only their stories but each others stories. Full of regrets, love, pain, exaggerations and sarcasm . Wonderfully written but sometimes it took me a bit to understand whose story i was in. Maybe that's the point. Different story yet the same story. Forever intertwined ❤❤❤❤

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For Valentine's Day the hubs gave me his cold #sharingiscaring so im spending the day doing nothing but resting, reading and blowing my nose. 😷🤧😴 this cover is so pretty tho.

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More Than Words | Jill Santopolo
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Romance is not my go to genre so im not sure why i picked this up. However i am glad i did. It felt authentic and The characters were well written. Nice storyline of a NYC Socialite who loses her Father and uncovers family secrets leaving her trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants out of life. I enjoyed this one.

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The Au Pair | Emma Rous
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Im disappointed. I wanted to love this but i just cant. I was never really lost in the story. I felt like someone was just telling me this convoluted tale full of plot holes. the characters had no depth and had all these random revelations that forced convenient endings. It had promise but maybe could of used a rewrite or two.

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I liked the story but not any of the characters. The storyline follows 20 somethings as they rise to fame after posting a video of a "sculpture" that mysteriously appears in NYC over night.You ride along with the mc and her friends as the deal with identity, fame and the unknown. I think the author captured what a weird society we live in at this time. I will read the sequel when it comes out bc it left me wondering if humanity survives.

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Want to finish this before bed.. the dog gave up and is out like a light 🐶😴

Erofan 🐶💕 3mo
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This weeks audiobook. I really did enjoy this one. I was not sure if i admired or disliked the mc. She was wonderfully complex. Fun storyline of a glamorous movie star telling her life story to an unlikely biographer. The story felt over the top just like I imagine old Hollywood to be. It was entertaining. Triggers for domestic violence and abortion.

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Looker | Laura Sims
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😲 quick, tense and engrossing read. Follow an unnamed narrator as she obsesses over her neighbor and spirals into madness with tragic consequences. I enjoyed the writing style. It felt raw and fragmented like the mc. I also liked that the mc was not too well defined. It left her unreliable and murkey. At times the distinction between reality and the mc psychotic thoughts was blurred. I enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.

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The Red Address Book | Sofia Lundberg
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A sweet quick read that made me cry. 96 year old Doris lives a lonely life far away from her only relative, great niece Jenny. She tells Jenny the story of her life through her Red Address book, letters and the start of a manuscript. Within those pages you learn about the loves, adventures, tragedies that made up her Aunt Doris's life. Excellent quick read that i couldnt put down. Triggers for war violence, rape and infant loss.

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The Red Address Book | Sofia Lundberg
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So far so sweet 😍

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Well that just tore me up and will stick with me. A story about a a family moving into the wilds of Alaska where the husband becomes more abusive. His wife and daughter have to rely on one another to survive. Excellent writing and characters. It was hard to read at times because of how engrossed i became in the story. I am glad i read it in chunks bc it was intense. Huge trigger warning for domestic violence. I easily say 5 stars.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Oh..this is good...i keep picking it up between work tasks. Its my reward for adulting

Jeannineth I had to put it down just to think about it. 4mo
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Learned all the things about milk i never knew i wanted to know in an entertaining way. With recipes scattered through out. Great for history lovers, foodies and may come in handy at trivia night!

BookBabe Oooh, how fascinating! 😍🥛 4mo
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I love living near the water #24in48

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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Excellent quick read. A sickness spreads through a small town leaving its victims in a deep sleep. The story is told from the point of view of a few of the towns inhabitants. I like this narrative style. I think of it as looking at one slice of humanity and how they are affected other than just focusing on one mc. There is no in depth explanation of the sickness and it seems conveniently tied up in the end. Otherwise it was entertaining.

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How to Stop Time | Matt Haig
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Sci fi/ time travel/historical fiction type read with interesting storyline. The MC Tom ages slowly. He is currently 439 years old. The story timeline jumps back and forth between his early history (400 years ago) and current history as he tries to make sense of what it means to really live as a human . He is plagued by a secret society that may or may not have him and his kind best interests at heart. Overall i enjoyed the read. Quick and fun.

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Grist Mill Road | Christopher J. Yates
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So so for me. No plot twists thst had me like 🤯. Kinda predictable. I did like how it was written in split narrative and time line. Written well and easy to follow. Just continued to be pretty underwhelming.

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Grist Mill Road | Christopher J. Yates
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Trying to get into this one.. so far a little underwhelming.

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"All we want is a kind voice in the dark isn't it now?"

This weeks audio book (fun) while i am deep cleaning the house (not fun).. lol

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Eh..Been here read this. Pretty much a retelling of The Handmaid's Tale. A little more scifi than i normally read. I kept pushing through bc i wanted to understand "the apocalypse " never was really explained in depth. I'd maybe give it 3 stars.

CouronneDhiver I‘m not a fan of her writing... tried a few, but no luck. 4mo
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Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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I just couldnt get into this one despite enjoying the authors previous work. It was dragging and dragging for me. I may try again later because i am curious what was up with at least one of the characters. Must not have been the right time for me and this book. But that cover tho 🧡