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Sills

Joined September 2017

Lover of all things french! ELA Middle school teacher who loves historical fiction, and any good reads that take place on an island. ❤️
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Jessie Kim, former investment banker moves back home with her parents. Worse yet is running into her childhood frenemy Daniel Choi who is stunningly successful. Her love of Korean cooking sparks her to relaunch her abandoned YouTube cooking channel:Hanguk Hacks. The videos go viral when her mom interrupts the live show-she‘s a hoot! Her shows are a success & love is in the air, or was until a business deal Daniel set up fails. The rivalry returns

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Our Woman in Moscow | Beatriz Williams
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This spy ring during WWII is mirrored after real accounts. Twins Iris and Ruth are as different as can be, and haven't seen in each other in 12 years since Iris and her Russian husband defected. A postcard to Ruth asking her to come and help with yet another difficult pregnancy leaves her mystified. A strategic operation ensues to reunite the sisters and timing is of the essence. Unexpected events erupt in this espionage case🧐

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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Seventeen young alumnae known as Smith College Relief Unit were sent for reconstruction in France during WWI. The villagers are in dire conditions-those still alive. Half a year later the Germans fierce constant shelling threatened them to extreme survival. But these were American women albeit from high society "Band"ed sisters in arms determined to leave France better than they found it. Think sorority sisters on steroids-the best of the best!

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If I Were You | Lynn Austin
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Lynn Austin‘s historical christian fiction set during WWII follows 2 women from opposite English caste system. Eve and Audrey were childhood friends, separated by class as teens and reunited during war. Their frienship survived Hitler, death, the Women‘s army, bombings and missile dangers. Yet following the war was their greatest struggle when Eve escapes England with Audrey‘s papers and begins a new life in America posing as Audrey.

tpixie Sounds good! 5mo
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Colgan's latest returns to the charming Cornish seaside village...You can't put a timeline on grief. Marisa Rosso is stricken with fear and agoraphobia during quarantine trying to deal with her grief. She retreats to Mount Polbearne in hopes of solace and recovery. But quiet and seclusion eludes her when moving next door to a man who teaches piano and composes at night. Her Italian Nonna is the key to recovery and who knows maybe even ♥️

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I want to read all her novels👍 This novel of intrigue, hardship, heartache, and literary appreciation was very well crafted🙌🙌 Check out the Summary on Goodreads?com site-a must read for 2021!

tpixie Yes I do too! 4mo
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I am enamored of this woman Joy Davidman whose craft and intelligence won awards for her poetry, sonnets and novels that moved and inspired many including CS Lewis. Her perseverance of life struggles and facing discrimination in a man's literary world are admirable. Her abundant love for her boys and abounding love for"Jack"(Lewis) can't be measured. This novel had a special perk intertwining The Chronicles of Narnia which I must read now!

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Reunion Beach: Stories Inspired by Dorothea Benton Frank | Adriana Trigiani, Patti Callahan Henry, Elin Hilderbrand, Mary Alice Monroe, Cassandra King, Nathalie Dupree, Marjory Wentworth
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A litany of authors wrote short stories inspired by Queen Bee herself-Dorothea Benton Frank. I fell in love with DBF's low country when I read "Folly Beach"♥️ My book club read Summer of'69. Now Elin Hildebrand fast forwards 10 years with Summer of'79 with the Nichols Foley Levin family after the death of their matriarch Exalta. Hildebrand dedicated her book "28 Summers" to DBF "Dottie" to those who knew and loved her best. Rest in Peace DBF♥️

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Loved the historical research and creative fictional story of Esme growing up in the scriptorium! No secret here my favorite book when I was young was a dictionary given to me by a teacher in 6th grade. I read it like a novel over and over🤪

tpixie This is one I want to read! I can‘t keep up with you! 4mo
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The Forgotten Room: A Novel | Beatriz Williams, Karen White, Lauren Willig
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Check out the novel summary on Goodreads.com. Love how these three writers pen a story weaving three different generations of women. Beatriz Williams is one of my top 10 fave authors. I‘ll read anything by B. Williams and the collaboration on this novel was creatively designed - I almost had to take notes!

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Three women-3 walks of life with private crossroads-one unforgettable summer journey! Kathleen is 80 and plans a final adventure like she did when she was the star of a travel show, but needs a driver. Martha, young, unemployed, and troubled by a recent divorce is desperate for a change even if it means driving Route 66, but she barely passed her drivers permit in England! Liza, Kathleen‘s daughter, stressed with family and needs a change NOW!

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The Clover Girls | Viola Shipman
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Set in Michigan-Camp Birchwood, 4 young girls make a pact to be BFF's using the analogy of a four leaf clover. But strife strikes the girls the last year at camp. Fast forward 30 years-Emily, no longer present, sent letters to reunite the Clover girls back to the run down camp imposing a quest that just might mend the broken friendships and the brokenness each one is experiencing in their personal struggle. I've read EVERY Viola Shipman novel❤️

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That Summer: A Novel | Jennifer Weiner
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JW didn't disappoint-Two women with nearly the same email addresses connect. Their budding friendship isn't what it seems. Diana's journey of past betrayl, innocence, and shame has crippled her in many ways. And vengence now could destroy her new sweet friend Diana"Daisy's" life. Diana's decisions could free her from the dark pain she harbors, but at what cost? Cape Cod was a hot bed of turmoil "That Summer", maybe this summer the tide will turn.

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Marie Benedict is one of my top fave authors who created this very likely possibility of the unsolved disappearance of Agatha Christie in December of 1926. Many speculations... Agatha went to the grave never speaking about those 11 haunting days. I could have finished this book sooner, but I kept googling news clippings and watching YouTubes of her. My"To Be Read" stack just got taller now that I'm adding some of her mystery novels to it?

tpixie I loved this interpretation! 8mo
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Eliza Hamilton was more than General Schuyler‘s daughter, and Hamilton‘s devoted wife. She was a frontierwoman, patriot, activist and warrior of her husband‘s legacy. A woman who personally knew 12 of the first 16 presidents among other Who‘s Who of American history. A forgiving woman who deeply loved her husband and fought to expose his works through many of his writings - this government, this nation would not exist without his efforts.

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Nora‘s life is full of heartache and regret - helpless to be on this earth. A late visit to The Library, the only place she felt real solace, renders an opportunity. The Book of Life offers new scenarious into what her life could‘ve been with different choices. A cherished librarian can undo her regretful decisions in search of the perfect life, but Nora has to discover which one before time runs out and the midnight clock begins ticking.

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The Four Winds | Kristin Hannah
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I'm a Midwest girl that grew up listening to stories from the Greatest Generation. Their fortitude, voice, & determination prevailed. The novel is set during the Depression. The Martinelli family joined the migrant Exodus to CA in need of feeding their family but was faced with trials of survival, prejudices, seasonal work, tent camps, and unbearable circumstances. A great read that captured the worst environmental disaster in our history.

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I would love to recommended this book to young mommies or mommies of growing children -teens included. Hallie Lord is a popular speaker, author, Sirius XM radio host and founder of Edel Gathering. She wrote with passion and brutal honesty of her frailities and imperfections as she continues her walk of faith. "Be still and know that I am God." Relax. Breathe. Trust. Wait.

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Need a good read for your heart this month- Saturate, Being disciples of Jesus in the Everyday Stuff of Life “Then, whenever God does something to you, he also intends to do something through you. Our work in the world is an extension and expression of God‘s very identity.” We are all planting seeds all the time - have your seeds been cultivated, nurtured, thrived and spread?

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Bravo Jane Healey for telling the story of sassy, enterprising, young immigrant women in the early 1900's. The North end of Boston was a hub of many European immigrants torn between the old country and their pursuit for the American dream. This is the story of four best friends and the foundation, support, and education The Saturday Evening Girls Club provided by prominent Boston women. I think I need to start a SEG club in the heart of America🌻

Victoriahoperose Love this book!! 12mo
Sills @tpixie you might like this book 12mo
tpixie @Sills thanks!! It does look good! 12mo
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A beautiful novel in the art of love letters written to ones who hold their ❤️ and hope. It's the 1960's, Jennifer Sterling, married to an asbestos tycoon, awakens in a hospital with amnesia. She lives a gilded life with loyal friends, and all things beautiful. However, a mysterious love letter begins a search into what happened before the accident, unveiling secrecies. Is there such a thing as true love-40 years later Ellie H. finds the letter.

Sills This is so hard cutting down a description-so much more to a beautiful and heartening plot of twists and turns❤️ 12mo
Reviewsbylola I absolutely loved this one. I think it was my first Moyes actually. 12mo
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Anxious People: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Picture this-New Year's Eve day-an apartment viewing-7 diverse prospective buyers and over zealous real estate agent held hostage after an unsuccessful bank robbery by a very amateur robber. And I can't forget the man hidden in the bathroom wearing a rabbit head or the father-son policemen duo investigating the crime and interrogating the witnesses. Every short chapter ends in a quizzical cliff hanger! Great way to start the New Year reading list.

Sills @tpixie you would really like this book😊 13mo
tpixie @Sills yes! I did! Thanks!!! Another win for Backman (edited) 12mo
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This is Nina Mazin's story of the family she had lost and the family she had been given. This is Nico Gerardi's story of working with the resistance to save Jews and suffer entrapment in a concentration camp. This is their story-a love story that led them home to hope and healing. Much additional info on WWII Italy and the research captured the culture and sorrow of some of the darkest days off the 20th century-⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

tpixie We haven‘t read about WW2 and Italy 🇮🇹 13mo
Sills @tpixie I won this book in a Goodreads giveaway. It gets released next month. It was really good👍 13mo
tpixie @Sills fun!!! 13mo
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Easy feel-good Christmas romance in a small town full of charm🎄 Garrick is spending Christmas with his estranged pregnant daughter who's anxiously awaiting her husband's tour of duty to end. He instills the help from his neighbor Wynn, a thriving business woman and very put together single mother. Wynn is the neighbor we all want to live next door to-even Garrick🎄

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One More for Christmas | Sarah Morgan
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For sisters Samantha and Ella-Christmas was special-magical and it had nothing to do with their Bah Humbug power Mogul mother, Gayle. Now grown & estranged the past 5 years from their mother, find themselves spending CHRISTMAS in Scotland! Samantha wisks the family to Scotland to check out a possible high-end vacation spot at a large estate in need of some creative possibilities. It's traditional highlands sprinkled with hope, healing, & romance❤️

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A Wedding in December | Sarah Morgan
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Thankful for an amazing group of women-my Friends with Books that meet monthly to discuss a chosen book. November is a holiday book to cherish the beginning of this most hopeful holiday in Jesus's name. This year"A Wedding in December" by Sarah Morgan.

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A Wedding in December | Sarah Morgan
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Maggie won't be hosting Christmas this year in her lovely cottage in England, but will spend it in A TREE HOUSE in Aspen! Worse yet she pretends she's deeply in love with her soon to be ex husband. Maggie will stop at nothing to see her daughter Rosie's happiness unfold to marry the love of her life. Unfortunately not everyone wants to see Rosie marry and a chilly course of events foil wedding plans. All is not calm or bright in Aspen⭐️🎄

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A Wedding in December | Sarah Morgan
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Thankful for a beautiful sunrise opening this day to another lovely Fall day🍁 Nothing like starting a holiday book in November to bring the warmth and spirit into one's life🧡

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Riveting and explosive look into the making of Hollywood movie star Evelyn Hugo. From Hells Kitchen to stardom, Evelyn Hugo decides to tell her story, a guarded secret for over 40 years. Check out complete summary on Goodreads!

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What does a literature professor, elder maintenance superintendent, a corporate executive assistant, an Uber/ Elite limo driver and Queen of the cosmetics industry have in common? Absolutely nothing-except an anonymous invitation to the Fifth Avenue Story Society intrigues them to discover who is behind this mystery. What they learn about each other just might help them save themselves❤️A feel good page turner😉

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Alice Wright leaves England with a new American husband Bennett Van Cleve to live in Baileyville, KY, a far cry from the English countryside. Alice is shunned, mocked, and terribly lonely, but a chance meeting in town about the WPA Pack librarians forming to put books in the hands of the Appalacia deprived help Alice forge new friendships and bloom as a librarian. Unfortunately, it comes at a price when she crosses her pompous father-in-law.

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The Whispers of War | Julia Kelly
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Best of friends in the worst of times, three women are tested as England is threatened on the brink of WWII. Nora works for the Home Office, Hazel is a successful Matchmaker, and Marie of German descent works at the University. When Poland is invaded, England goes to war and thus begins the internment of enemy aliens. The bonds of friendship run deep and they will do anything to keep Marie from being interned even defying their country.

tpixie @sills I wish I could keep up with all the books you read! 1y
Sills I'm just always listening to one and reading one😊 1y
tpixie @Sills 💗💗💗 1y
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In the quiet village of Noon Sun, Benedict is leading a quiet life, too quiet. His wife moved out, his jewelry business is drying up, and he's aging without a child to make him a Dad. His sad life desperately needs an intervention. Gemma, a teenage niece, the daughter of his estranged brother, turns up on his doorstep with troubles of her own. Filled with colorful characters, this novel hails family, forgiveness, and second chances.

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The Second Home | Christina Clancy
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Debut novel set on Cape Cod where the Gordon family spend their summers. One cataclysmic summer the lives of the three siblings are changed forever. Ann leaves with a secret that destroys her relationship with them. Fifteen years later the siblings reconnect after their parents death to determine the fate of the CC cottage. Pain, lies, and bitterness separated them, but the lure of the cottage is healing if they open their hearts to each other.

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The Dilemma | B.A. Paris
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Few combine suspense with an endearing story the way Paris does. This was a riveting novel surrounding a much anticipated grand 40th birthday. Adam and Liv are still deeply in love with each other but are conflicted with secrets concerning their daughter that will tear their family and friends apart after the party. An hour by hour recount the day of the party question the choices they make-you won't put it down.
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tpixie Thx! 1y
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Finished today-would recommend going to Goodreads and read the summary description. In brief Astrid witnesses a tragic accident and spirals her thoughts and actions about her parenting of her now adult children. Parents aren't perfect but they parent the best way they know how🌹
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tpixie I‘ve watched her do some virtual Author events this summer. Her books sound great 1y
Sills @tpixie I like this author but this novel was just so-so for me💁🏻‍♀️ 1y
tpixie @Sills snap! But they can‘t all be winners I guess. 1y
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Some novels you just can't put down and Viola Shipman's books are those books for me. They are tender, endearing, heartfelt, soulful, hopeful with just the right element of grace and honesty. Each novel touches on a life altering element that provides encouragement that makes you smile and sometimes triggers tears to run down your cheeks. "The Heirloom Garden"- thank you Wade Rouse (aka Viola Shipman) for another beautiful novel?

Nute Nice review! I‘ve been interested in this author for quite some time. 1y
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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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The title is fitting. Sarah Dove, town librarian, has a knack for issuing books to the people of Dove Pond, but newcomer Grace Wheeler doesn't have time for friends, let alone time to read a book. Sarah believes Grace is the savior that this beloved town needs. Grace wants little to do with the town and quirky residents. Eventually she embarks on the challenge and discovers she's not the only one rescuing the town, maybe she needed rescuing too.

Sills @tpixie @joanehsmith very quaint read 2y
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A captivating read into the Windsors, Vanderbilts and The Royal Family during the 1920-30's. Thelma Morgan lead a fairy tale life with the Prince of Wales before ending the affair to care for her twin after the devastating loss of her daughter little Gloria Vanderbilt. The novel of Thelma's life is well researched and intimate. For book and tv lovers of The Crown-it's a must read👑

Sills @tpixie you would love this book👑 2y
tpixie Thelma is Anderson Cooper‘s Great Aunt ( is that right? Thelma‘s identical twin sister is Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt who is the mother of Gloria Vanderbilt and maternal grandmother of Anderson Cooper) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Stacked! Gorgeous cover! 2y
Sills @tpixie yes that is correct-fascinating book. It delves into the trial as well. 2y
tpixie @Sills interesting! 2y
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Natalie Harper quits her lucrative position in Sonoma Valley to care for her elderly Grandy and mother's Bookshop in the Sunrise Building located in San Frans historic district after her mother's sudden death. Grief shadows her every move after discovering the mounting bills, back taxes, huge medical bills, and building issues. But the Bookshop, according to legend holds a treasure. Charming, heartfelt and passionate about second chances-5 stars🌟

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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It was the summer of protests of the Vietnam war, civil rights, and women's lib, the summer of a new president"Nixon" and Apollo 11, the summer of Chappaquiddick and Woodstock. This novel surrounds the"Foley-Levin" family living their summer life on Nantucket amidst struggles concerning the lives of their children intwined with the changing tides nearing the end of the turbulent 60's. Interesting sidenote-author EH was born July'69❤️

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Universe of Two: A Novel | Stephen P. Kiernan
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Young Charlie Fish, a promising mathematician, embarks on a secret journey -the Manhattan Project. He is studious, dedicated, and gentle in his manner. Sent to Los Alamos, NM leaving the love of his life behind in Chicago. Charlie is kept in the dark about the project to end the war but knows he is playing an integral part. Charlie aka Trigger is engulfed in regret and his part in the atomic bomb devastation-how does a man recover from remorse?

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Mallory has a"same time next year"that began when she was 24 living on Nantucket in her much loved inherited cottage from Aunt Greta. Mallory and Jake have met for a"like" routine and blissful reunion every Labor Day for the past 28 years. Theirs is a coveted love story surviving 362 days a year without each other and no communication. A captivating page turner of love not lost that brought me to tears. Five stars to EH's best novel yet?

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Hello, Summer | Mary Kay Andrews
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Conley Hawkin's new job as a big city reporter blows up and she returns to sleepy Floridian town of Silver Bay. The weekly little family-owned paper is barely surviving where Grayson, Conley's sister is managing editor. But sleepy Silver Bay wakes up when Conley witnesses a fiery accident where the driver was none other than a beloved congressman. Conley works the mysterious story and gets much more than she bargained for! A super summer read!

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A Week at the Shore: A Novel | Barbara Delinsky
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Sisters torn apart by tragedy and ensuing divorce twenty years prior erupts one week at the shore. Middle sis Mal makes a surprise return to Bay Bluff after a disturbing call from neighbor Jack concerning her father. Judge Aldiss is dealing with memory issues and is conflicted with the tragedy that haunted the family for twenty years. The bonds of sisterhood and blame will define their future with or without each other. Mysterious and hopeful🤔

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500 Miles from You | Jenny Colgan
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I've read numerous Jenny Colgan books but this is my fave. A traumatized nurse from London is exiled to Scotland in an exchange with NPL, Cormac. Both find their new digs challenging and find solace in idle texting about their patients-one is a young girl, a very special young heart transplant. Former characters Nina and Zoe (Bookshop on the Corner) befriend Lissa in her struggle in Scotland. Comes out in June!

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I'm a huge historical fiction fan. At first I thought this novel was a bit discombulated with a wide variety of characters several very famous. Lots of recall keeping everyone straight and their story line. Fabulous culmination of the novel brings the characters together and left me feeling very satisfied with another glimpse into Parisian life during WWI and the 20's.
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tpixie So glad you read it! I want to read it too but it sounds like it might be hard to do audio! 2y
Sills @tpixie I did it on audio but still ordered the book from Watermarks. I really liked it-fabulous ending! 2y
tpixie @Sills I heard him talk a little bit and it sounded really good I thought I‘d try to hunt the author up on YouTube 2y
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The Summer Cottage | Viola Shipman
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Such a huge Viola Shipman fan when I want to read a tender story about simple people with a special unique quality. I've read all 4 novels and the 5th novel has just been released. I'll be reading that one also👍
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tpixie Did I tell you about the Viola Shipman book event? 2y
Sills @tpixie no you didn't do tell😁 2y
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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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Jane Austen fans will devour this delightful novel by Jenner soon to be released. I was enthralled by the eclectic character's passion for their hometown beloved novelist. A novel of twists and turns set in 1946 with a goal to create a shrine to Austen's once lived in cottage where she wrote her last three novels. Warning....you'll want to read Austen's novels, so set aside time to read while you are sheltering in place!😷
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tpixie When I started working in Hutch, that was my project I listened to all of Jane Austin‘s books by audiobooks as I commuted back-and-forth that‘s been quite a while though so I might have to do a Wikipedia research project on the books before I read this one! 2y
Sills @tpixie Nothing too deep but they are delicately intertwined in the book with the characters. I really enjoyed this book. The cover is beautiful too. 2y
tpixie @Sills ♥️♥️♥️ 2y
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I appreciate a good nonfiction book. This was entertaining, revealing, and artfully written. Their journey took them to New Zealand, Denmark, Costa Rica, and HAYS, KANSAS. They lived in each location for three months and chose them strategically to incorporate specific family values in each location. You won't be disappointed. @tpixie @JoanehSmith

Grrlbrarian Well I‘m sure New Zealand had nothing on Hays 😂 2y
Sills @Grrlbrarian I know you'd be surprised😜 2y
tpixie @Sills how interesting!! Sydney knew a family, who‘s Dad, and kids travel the world for one year. 2y
Nute Though I‘m not one moving around a lot, I could definitely be intrigued by the prospect of gaining character insight just by living in a particular place for exposure to cultural values. 1y
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