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TheHeartlandBookFairy

TheHeartlandBookFairy

Joined March 2017

a lifelong reader sharing my love of books through my 2 Heartland Little Free Libraries & "making the world a better place one book at a time."
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Matters of the Heart | Ashley Farley
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Matters of the Heart is the 4th book in Ashley Farley's hope Springs series. Although previous storylines are referenced in this book, it can easily be read as a standalone. The cast of characters includes the fan favorites from the earlier books. Hearts are hurting, family drama is flaring, a vendetta turns vicious, love is not aways everlasting. The resort is a fairy tale setting but can the ladies get their(cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy fairy tale endings? It seems that the Hope Springs friends are in need of a big dose of hope. At its heart, this is a story about a group of women and and they're unique friendship. About support, healing, and hope. Ashley Farley is a masterful writer of women's fiction. Written by a woman, about women, and for women. Farley writes books that will touch your heart ❤️ 2d
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This is a wonderfully imaginative series that might four-year-old granddaughter loves to read with me!
A perfect introduction into chapter books.

Cortg My daughter enjoyed these when she was younger and I have a neighbor kid named Saffron. I wonder if she‘s seen this one 🤔 1w
kezzlou85 My daughters loved these when they were young. Especially when my eldest found one with her name. 1w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Cortg Thats so 😎 1w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @kezzlou85 hmmm... I wonder if I'll find a fairy named Adeline 😉 That's so cool that your daughter found one with her name! 1w
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Invisible: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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Invisible with Daniel Steele's latest novel, one that I found quite enjoyable. Antonia Adams perfects the art of invisiblity as a child living with her parents and surviving their loveless marriage and countless arguments. Her father can never forgive her mother for leaving and Antonia is a constant reminder of her mother's sins. Movies become her escape, her refuge, and ignites her dream of becoming a screen writer. (Cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy I loved how this story unfolded. It is typical Daniel Steele in the way that a good person has bad things happened to them, they they overcome, more bad things happen, but with means and money, and perseverance, they overcome once again, and live happily ever after. If you like happy endings, you'll love this book! And I truly found this story unique and enjoyable to read. Is Danielle Steele is truly the ultimate storyteller. 1w
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Nelson Mandela | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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The Little People, Big Dreams series is such a wonderful series of books! Beautifully illustrated, the illustrations alone tell a wonderful story and spark fabulous conversations! With clear and easy to read and easy to understand text, a facts section & a biographical time line. This book will prove to be interesting for a range of young readers as well as the adults reading with the youngest of those readers. Love this series ❤️ #NetGalley

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Forgiving Paris: A Novel | Karen Kingsbury
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Although I've read several books by Karen Kingsbury, I've never read any of the Baxter books and didn't even realize that this is part of a series. I did not find that fact at all confusing, thus story was easy to follow and it can easily be read as a standalone. This book Chronicles the lives of 2 young girls in Paris, one of them a parisian native and the native and 1 from Indiana. A series of tragic events unfold that (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy that will forever shape the girl's lives. A story of family, forgiveness, and redemption. A romance and a mystery. Of coming full circle. With Paris descriptions so beautiful you'll feel you are reading a travel guide and you'll want to make a trip to Paris. Karen Kingsbury primarily writes Christian fiction so you will find that there are definite overtones of Christianity and biblical references. That doesn't bother me and I didn't feel like it took anything away from the book and those tidbits are essential to this story, to the girl's stories. I loved the side-by-side symmetry of the girl's stories! In true Kingsbury fashion, this story will touch your heart. 2w
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TIME The Year in Review | Time Magazine
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My Book Year in Review, 2021 and my TOP PICKS?
Another year of reading comes to a close and a new year of adventures begins with the next chapter.
I'm a "stats" girl and love to look back on my year of reading. People always ask "what are you reading now" or ask for recommendations. I'm always happy to talk books ?
Here is an inside look at my year:

STATS
?111 total books read
?Shortest Book 24 pages
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STATS
📕111 total books read
📕Shortest Book 24 pages
📕Longest Book 768 pages
📕Average book length in 2021, 240 pages

BREAKDOWN
📕Non Fiction 25
📕Paris 25
📕Children/YA 11 (plus approx 333 more 😅)
📕Reviewed for Author/Publisher 49
📕Launch Team Books 8
📕Audio 15

NOTE on 👆-I review all* the books I read. I post reviews on a min of 4 platforms, usually 5-6, and occasionally as many as 10. The books I am asked to review by authors/publishers get more platform placement. Same for Launch Team books.
*Childrens/YA books only get reviewed if I receive a copy from the author/publisher or if it is a chapter book I am reading with my granddaughter. (If I reviewed all the rest, I'd never leave my computer 😅)

TOP PICKS!
📕The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah
📕The Paris Library by Janet Skeslien Charles
📕The Lost Girls of Paris by Pam Jenoff
📕A Promised Land by Barrack Obama
📕Chasing Shadows by Lynn Austin
📕A Picture of Hope by Liz Tolsma
📕The Fourth Turning by William Strauss and Neil Howe
📕The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin
📕The Clover Girls by Viola Shipman
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I am not an athlete so why did I choose this book? It has easy to follow routines ranging from 8 - 30 minutes. Each routine is targeted is targeted to a specific area or group of areas for a specific reason. The instruction is easy to follow, both photo diagrams and written instruction. There is detailed information on each pose and how it is done correctly. Truly, one of the most well written, user fruser friendly books on(cont in comments)...

jb72 Interesting. I‘ve been wanting to incorporate chair yoga into a routine for me. 2w
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Random Acts of Kindness | Dete Meserve, Rachel Greco
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A truly inspiring, uplifting and heartwarming collection of stories about random acts of kindness, service to others.

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The Fourth Turning | Neil Howe, William Strauss
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WOW & OMG!!! This 1997 national bout seller is a must read for where we are as a nation, a society, a world right now. Even though this book was written in 1997, it still has and will continue to have relevance to the world we live in. Where we were, where we are, where we are going. As the world continues to turn and we continue to enter different turnings, this book maintains its relevance. Unbelievably (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy Unbelievably accurate, incredibly interesting! I listened to the audio version and I felt that it really captured and kept my attention. This may make my top 10 books for the year (out of more than 100). A must read (or listen😉)! 2w
RamsFan1963 I started this and it began to freak me out, so I bailed. I want to try again in 2022. 2w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @RamsFan1963 I agree, it was a bit freaky! But, spot on! 2w
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This book is one in a series called developing readers. With repeating words and compound words, this book is simple yet educational. Adorably illustrated with bright colors and fun details, eye catching for so many ages! A young boy and his pet dragon enjoy the wonders, the beauty, and the fun of a snowy day. Your littles will enjoy the illustrations and learn simple sight words. The book includes fun educational (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy activities as well. I'll definitely look for more of these for my grands❤
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This book sounded so interesting! It's been lingering on my TBR stack and I finally got to it. The Zen commandments should compliment the 10 commandments, powerful nudges toward the light is how it's described. Tied into meditation techniques. While this sounded great in theory, it lost something in the execution for me. Overly wordy and a bit meandering. I enjoyed some of the stories but found myself zoning out as each (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy chapter began its meanderings. The idea was to Zen out, not zone out. Maybe bullet points would have been a better format for the essential information to hold my attention after the initial story in each chapter? Maybe it just wasn't the right time to read it? There were some noteworthy and quoteworthy moments and passages in this book (for me) but overall but overall it was just a so so read. 3w
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Never Too Late | Susan L. Tuttle
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Never Too Late by Susan L. Tuttle is the 3rd book, and my favorite, in the Along Came Love series. Set in and around my Hometown of Holland Michigan certainly makes this book special to me but that's not all that makes it special! A unique and inspiring story. 1st loves, last loves, lost loves, friend love, parental love, and, 2nd (or maybe 3rd) chance love. Part romance, part mystery, all the feels! I absolutely loved this story ❤️

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Oh my goodness, this is absolutely the sweetest most adorable little Christmas book! A take off on The Night Before Christmas but with mice. The same fun rhyming writing but a tiny bit longer than The Night Before Christmas. The detailed illustrations are just the sweetest! This book will surely be added to our must read books for the holiday season, and we'll be reading this one along with the night before Christmas on Christmas Eve. ❤

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Chickadee Chick | Nerina Di Benedetto, Maria Crapsi
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This sweet little book features a baby bird, Chickadee Chick as he learns how to fly. His impatience earns him a few bumps along the way. One day he overhears the boys who feed them talking… they are moving to the city to work for the summer! Who will feed all of the birds now?!! Chickadee Chick shares the news with his parents. His parents and all the other birds began to worry. They need to make a new plan. Will they (Cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy need to move? They go to check out a neighboring farm. While they're gone Chickadee Chick tries to fly again and once again ends up in trouble but this time, the boys who filled the feeders come to his rescue. Chickadee Chick knows hes going to be in trouble with his parents for disobeying but the news he has to bring them might just cheer them up. There's a sweet lesson in this book about rushing. For Chickadee Chick it's rushing to learn how to fly before hes fully ready. For his parents and the other birds, it's about rushing to judgment before before knowing the whole story. Trust and in the end, everything works out just fine. 3w
LiteraryinLawrence This sounds really sweet! 3w
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We revisit the magically whimsical Starfall Forest with this Sweet 2nd book in the Magical Rescue Vets series. As vets in training, Kat and Rosie are able to help out with the dragon flu while solving the mystery of why the Mystical crystals are losing power and diminishing in quantity. Kat discovers some parallels to her current home situation with her twin brothers, a new baby sister, and exhausted parents who have (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy (as she sees it) no time for her. With cute illustrations and wonderful descriptions this will appeal to young readers! The whimsical creatures written fun babes will appeal to young and old alike. Adults will appreciate the subtle lessons being taught throughout this book. A fabulous fantasy with real life lessons, whimsical creatures and adventures with meaning. So fun to read with my 4 yr old grand, perfect for beginning chapter readers! 3w
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Christmas in Paris was our 13th/bonus and final book for the #IllSeeYouInParis book challenge. Light, quick, easy reading, a little whimsical, a bit romantic, actually kind of a rom com 😅 Can two failed weddings right before Christmas end with one fairy tale wedding? Yes, a bit of a fairy tale, whimsical and implausible, but still a light & entertaining read.

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My yearly Christmas gift to myself; one year of daily readings, each one filled with inspiration, joy, meaning, wisdom, touching thoughts and insights. 2022 is already in my Kindle 😊 Happy Daily reading!

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A little book packed with 100 ideas to live your best life. Tips for everyday tasks, goals, affirmations and reaffirmations, positivity and happiness. Easy reading, thoughtful guide.

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I just finished reading this sweet special edition of Rainbow Magic , Holly the Christmas Fairy, to my four-year-old granddaughter via facetime. Such special memories we are creating together, she's such a joy to read to and these books are so magical!

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The French Paradox | Ellen Crosby
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The French Paradox by Ellen Crosby is the 11th book in the Wine Country Mystery series. I love reading and listening to this series, I always learned something! As a wine lover and a very part time helper at a winery, I appreciate the level of research and the inclusion of all of the interesting facts about wine, grapes, winemaking etc. that goes into these books. This book had a particularly interesting (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy connection to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Some inexpensive paintings, and some long lost letters and diaries. Of course there's a murder, there's always a murder. And of course Lucy solves it. Never boring, always interesting, well researched and well written. Pour yourself a glass of wine, grab the latest in this series, and enjoy🍷😁 1mo
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Air fryers are for so much more than just heating precooked foods or reheating leftover slices of pizza lol😅 This cookbook has so many fabulous recipes that are easy and quick to prepare, healthy and delicious! The recipes are easy to read, easy to follow, and there are beautiful pictures. I can't wait to make more of these😋

Aims42 Oooo, thank you! I asked my mom for an air fryer for Christmas, if I get it, I‘ll check this out!! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Aims42 🤞🎁🤞 Is merry Christmas! 1mo
intothehallofbooks America‘s Test Kitchen cookbooks are my absolute favorite!! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @intothehallofbooks They're the best, you can always count on them for excellence! 1mo
Cortg I love my airfryer, and instant pot. My son wants an airfryer when he's on his own, as most of his meals he cooks uses the airfryer. 1mo
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Hugs, Kisses and Mistletoe Wishes: A Sweet Christmas Romance Collection | A.M. Westerling, Roxy Boroughs, Shelley Kassian, Katie O'Connor, S.L. Dickson, Raine Hughes, Ellen Jorgy, Sherile Reilly
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This is a collection of 8 Christmas romance stories. The genres and time frames vary widely. Everybody will find several stories that they love in this compilation. And they'll probably be a few that you'd just as soon skip. That's the beauty of a book of compilations... pick what you love and read it, skip what doesn't speak to you. I had a couple I really enjoyed, several that I thought were good, and a couple that I (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy struggled with. You may love what I only liked, you may hate what I loved. But there's definitely something in here for everyone. Feel good holiday romance stories, a nice collection. 1mo
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If you love Jan Karon's Mitford series, you'll love this sweet little quick read!

kspenmoll Love your little free library ornament! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @kspenmoll Thank you! I have 2 little free libraries and as soon as I saw this ornament I knew I had to have it🥰 1mo
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Finishing up this sweet stack in the glow of the tree with a cup of peppermint hot Cocoa. Happy #SundayMugday !

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Chasing Paris | Jen Carter
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#IllSeeYouInParis Challenge... I have mixed feelings about Chasing Paris, overall I'd give it 3.5 stars. I've read so many Paris books in the historical fiction genre that it was nice to read one that was set in modern day although it did have brief visits to "Paris back in the day". I enjoyed the mystery and the intrigue in this book. I really liked the literary references and tie ins, and (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy and I mostly liked the ending. The characters lacked any serious development, the romantic relationships were juvenile at best, and there were some loose ends that were never fully tied up. Still, a pleasant break from the heavy subject of World War II Paris historical fiction. A quick, mostly light read. 1mo
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For Trader Joe's lovers everywhere, this is a fantastic cookbook! It is filled with hints and tips, shopping guidelines, nicely organized recipe categories and beautiful mouth watering pictures. I love how the recipes are noted if they are gluten free or vegetarian etc. I ❤ Trader Joe's & I ❤ this cookbook!

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Flying Angels: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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This may be my favorite DS book in several years! WWII Historical fiction told from a different perspective, Nurses working on the elite medical air evacuation transport squadron. Just as I got a bit invested and attached to a couple of characters in this book, more we're added in, & then more. It was interesting to watch their friendships develop despite vast differences in their backgrounds. A different perspective on a WWII (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy novel, one that I found particularly interesting! The 1st DS book I have read in a long time that did nothat did not feature characters of privileged backgrounds who went through hard times, but for whom money afforded them privileges to make all well. This book was more realistic, more believable, and more difficult to read because it is so believable! If you are expecting a happily ever after for all of the characters in the book then you'll be in for a shock. There is some happily ever after but there is so much heartbreak before that. This book is truly realistic and really well written and by far my DS favorite in years! I highly recommend this book❤ 1mo
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#IllSeeYouInParis Book Challenge Bonus Book forDecember. If you've been joining in throughout the year or if you're just coming in at the tail end of this challenge, Christmas in Christmas in Paris is a bonus book for December. It's in addition to our December book choice. I'm going to do my best to get through this one and Chasing Paris for December 😁📚

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Kamala Harris | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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Kamala Harris-Little People, Big Dreams book...
Beautifully bound book with a fabric spine.
Adorable bright colored illustrations, eye catching and fun.
Simple but interesting text will appeal to an age of ranges from about 4 to 7 or 8.This is not my 1st Little People, Big Dreams t book and it will not be my last! This is a fabulous series that is great for teaching young kids about famous people who had big dreams.

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Room on Rue Amelie | Kristin Harmel
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I love Kristen Harmel's books but, they can gut you! November's #IllSeeYouInParis book is well researched but at times I felt as though I was being "talked down to". I alternated reading and listening to an audio version. Audio can sometimes bring so much more life to a book & make it seem eveb more real. Ruby is an American married to a Frenchman living in occupied Paris during the war time. Her bravery & courage(cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy during this terrible and tragic time in history is nearly unthinkable. What she did, what she went through, almost unbelievable! The book opens with a scene protraying an elderly couple in current times and it's not till they return at the end of the book that you come to know who they are. The bulk of the book, which was a little slow going at 1st and possibly didn't need to be as long as what it was, takes place during the war. I found the last 20% of the book the most riveting but the ending itself felt really rushed after the sluggish start. I really enjoyed the historical aspects of this story, learning more about the resistance! As a romance, I felt it left a lot to be desired. If you're looking for a happily ever after ending, prepare yourself for heartbreak. Easily 4 stars for the historical fiction aspect for me. More like 3 stars for the romance.

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#IllSeeYouInParis December Book... How did we get to December anyway? This book is our 12th book in our Paris challenge. I may be posting a bonus 13th book 😉 And my review for our November book is coming this weekend, this weekend, everything is just so busy right now! I hope everybody who's been reading along has enjoyed this challenge with me 😊

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The memory Box, beautifully written historical fiction! Jenny is about to turn 100. She's spunky and not afraid to speak her mind but she also recognizes her limits and then isn't ashamed of that. As she marks her 100th birthday, She is also looking forward to a 75 year commemoration of an historical event that shaped her life. To be clear, there were several prior to this event but this event… this one forever changed Jenny... (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy But ed but she cannot make the trip on her own and she enlists the help of Candice, a caregiver at Green Meadow's meadows Residential Home where are Jenny lives. Jenny and Candice have formed a bond and Candice is the only one who Jenny can ask to accompany her on this trip. Candice is happy to support and help Jenny on this journey despite the backlash from her controlling boyfriend Beau. But maybe Jenny will end up being just the support that Candice needs as well. Jenny begins sharing her story with Candice to prepare her for this trip but nothing can prepare either one of them for were the shocking surprises that await them. This book hooked me in at the very beginning and it just kept getting better and better! I was constantly shocked and surprised, so well written that I didn't see things coming. Historical WWII fiction with an Italian twist. And the ending… it's not what you're expecting, It's not what you think! Exquisitely written historical fiction that will touch your heart and stay with you. 2mo
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This is the 16th book in the Irish Country series & I can't believe I've read 16 Irish Country books now! ( This book can easily be read as a standalone if you haven't been reading the series but be warned, once you've read this book you'll want to read the rest of the series!). This novella is much shorter than the other more lengthy installments in this series but no less charming! Set in the fictional Irish village (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy of Ballybucklebo, the holidays are not so happy and festive for everyone. Doctor O'reilly and his wife Kitty, along with his colleague, Dr. Lavery showing their typical kindness, set about to make things better for those who are experiencing illness or difficulties. A heart warming story set in a charming Irish village during a bygone era... A lovely escape and a wonderful read to start the holiday season. 2mo
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So excited to have found a couple of new series that might granddaughter is loving! She just turned 4 a few days ago but she's been loving chapter books since as our 3 1/2. She also loves all things unicorns, ponies, and fairies so…. 2 series I would highly recommend. It's such a pleasure to read these books and have discuss them with her❤ To talk about new words and what they mean. These books are the best, she's the best💕

ravenlee She might like this one, too! 2mo
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Books have a way of making their way into my life every day. Bookish stuff is not as frequent but lately there was a run. The only thing I bought was the Little Free Library ornament, I have 2 Little Free Libraries and as soon as I saw this I knew I had to have it! The girl reading a book, the pin which says Time for a New Adventure, & the spoon bookmark which says Drink Wine- Read Books- be happy, were all given to me. Love my bookish life ❤

marleed That‘s beautiful! 2mo
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Room on Rue Amelie | Kristin Harmel
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I'm so sorry, I completely forgot to post this! I was getting ready for a short trip (Not Paris!) & my brain's been a little full 😅 When I started reading this book last night, I suddenly remembered that I had forgotten... forgive me?
I can hardly believe we're nearing the end of our Paris journey! I'm really enjoying this book so far! Chasing Paris is our Dec book.But, I may have a bonus in there... Stay tuned😊 #IllSeeYouInParis challenge

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Keep Me Warm at Christmas by Brenda Novak is the 9th book in the Silver Springs series. It can be read as a standalone but if you've been a fan of the series you'll recognize many of the characters in the book and know their back stories. This book focuses on 2 artists with different crafts; Seth Turner, one of Ayanna Turner's 8 adopted sons, comes home for the holidays with plans to spend spend a semester teaching art classes(cont)

TheHeartlandBookFairy at his mother's school for troubled teens, New Horizon Boys Ranch. Tia Bekett Seeks refuge at her bosses beautiful large home, hidden away behind the security gates after a horrific accident leaves this beautiful & talented actress horribly scarred. Both Tia and Seth have overcome difficult childhoods and now find themselves needing to come to terms with and overcome difficulties in their adult lives. Christmas will be difficult for each of them but, maybe together they can do just that. I love the way Novak's characters grow, how you just fall in love with them. Side note: Kiki the parrot has one of the starring rolls in this book and you'll fall in love with this quirky bird just as you'll fall in love with the Tia, Seth, and their story. 2mo
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#SundayMugday ... Is #MugShots ...
Today's Sunday Mugday is brought to you by the winterizing of one of my little free libraries.. A coat of fresh marine grade polyurethane is applied but that doesn't mean I'm ready for snow 😅 Happy Sunday reading 📚😊☕

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This is Ginger's follow up book to the bestselling Natural Disaster: I Cover Them. I am One. I really enjoyed reading her story in that book and in a little closer to home, we get a much more in depth look at the life of Ginger Zee. This is raw, emotional, candid, and painfully honest. Ginger puts a real face on the real issues of mental health; Depression and anxiety, anorexia, two suicide attempts, being drugged & raped (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy bouts with excessive drinking, and the devastating mental side effects that result from an abortion. Her honesty and her strength in working to overcome these issues is impressive! I first came to "know" Ginger Zee as a meteorologist on a local station in her home state of Michigan. She impressed me with her intelligence and her enthusiasm. Her bubbly personality and Sparkling natural beauty didn't hurt her TV presence at all. Fast forward a few years to when she she became the meteorological face of GMA and landed the impressive position of ABC News Chief Meteorologist. This girl had it all… brains, beauty, talent. But Ginger's story serves to show us that that no matter what we see on the surface, we never know what's going on underneath. Her willingness to share her imperfections with the world, to show us all what she has been through (and how far she has come despite it all) is nothing short of bravery. In peeling back the perception of perfection that the public has overlaid on her, by giving a highly recognizable face to the many and varied issues under the umbrella of mental health, Ginger will help countless individuals by her selfless act of sharing her story! 2mo
JenReadsAlot I'm looking forward to this one. Love her on GMA. 2mo
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Viola Shipman (AKA Wade Rouse) is the real deal! His 1st Christmas novel tells the story of Michigan native turned SoCal gal, Sonny Dunes-a meteorologist golden girl living an golden sunny life. Clouds roll in and gloom takes over when the 50ish Sunny is replaced by a robotic meteorologist. Sonny has an epic meltdown and ends up returning to Michigan, to her roots, to her mother's home to heal. Part of that healing process will(cont)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy will be learning how to forgive herself and live again, really live! We honor the lives of those who have passed by living, by giving. Can she make amends to those she has hurt in her past? Can Sonny forgive herself? Can she honor her sister's life (& death) by giving, by living her own best life? And can she once again find happiness along the beautiful shores of lake Michigan? This heart warming story willl melt your heart faster than frosty melted in the greenhouse! This book had me laughing and cheering! I yelled ( I really disliked Polly Sue!) and cried. , I smiled and cheered some more and then I cried again, happy tears this time. And then I read the personal letter to readers at the end at the end of the book and, I cried again. Viola/Wade, you are the real deal and you delivered big with The Secret of Snow! As big as the Great Lake Michigan with this book. Through your books you do for Michigan what the pure Michigan campaign does for our state; You make everyone fall in love with our Great Lakes State, and they too become smitten with the mitten ❤ I loved this heartwarming story 🥰 2mo
kspenmoll Wonderful review!!! 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @kspenmoll Thank you!🥰 It truly is a wonderful book ❤ 2mo
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Dear Santa | Debbie Macomber
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This past week has been real life crazy and I really needed a dose of the holiday cheer that a few holiday books would bring. I'm always a fan of Debbie Macomber books and was so excited to read this one! Sweet, funny, hopeful, nostalgic, touching, heart warming, romantic. This book has all the feels and all the makings of what would be an excellent Hallmark movie! A great little escape from the crazy reality lately, (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy I came away from this book refreshed and with a little extra dose of hope. Caution, this book may cause you to open your eyes and see what's right in front of you. To re examine what's really important vs what you think is important. And it might just have you writing a letter to "Dear Santa". 3mo
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The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin is the sweet follow up story of Eve and Audrey from Lynn's book, If I Were You. It is not necessary to have read that book 1st but I would recommend that… it was one of my favorite L.A. books! This book begins a few weeks before Christmas in 1951 when the Sears Christmas wishbook arrives and Eve and Audrey's sons, Bobby and Harry, obsess over the book in much the same way my siblings & (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy The Wish Book Christmas by Lynn Austin is the sweet follow up story of Eve and Audrey from Lynn's book, If I Were You. It is not necessary to have read that book 1st but I would recommend that… it was one of my favorite L.A. books! This book begins a few weeks before Christmas in 1951 when the Sears Christmas wishbook arrives and Eve and Audrey's sons, Bobby and Harry, obsess over the book in much the same way my siblings and I did when the book arrived in our mailbox when we were children. Eve and Audrey strive to strike a balance between indulging their sons a bit at Christmas and teaching them the true meaning of the season and how giving can be a gift for both the giver and the receiver. They come up with a plan of giving "wise man" gifts and as the boys get into the spirit of giving and learning the true meaning of Christmas, Eve and Audrey find their own hearts healing from their past tragedies, their eyes being opened to the possibilities and the gifts before them as well. This is a beautiful story packaged in a beautiful book! The vintage looking cover will bring back so many memories for many of us. This is a story in the true spirit of the Christmas season and a new tradition will be born as this book will be read year after year much in the same way you watch your favorite Christmas movies every year. I'm honored to have been gifted this book as a member of Lynn's launch team for the book! This book will have an honored place on my bookshelf as well as among my Christmas décor and would make the most wonderful Christmas gift for any book lover! 3mo
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#IllSeeYouInParis Book challenge, October book: The Paris secret is one of my favorite books from this challenge! Valerie leaves Paris as a three-year-old child, fleeing from the nazis and the nazi occupation, Valerie grows up living with an aunt in London. As a young woman, Valerie is determined to return to Paris to discover what really happened. Returning with a false name and under false circumstances, Valerie meets her (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy grandfather and begins to unravel the secrets of her past. Much like the Nazi's holding prisoner's, the past and the secrets of their past hold Valerie and her grandfather prisoner. Will Valerie's deception drive Vincent Dupont, her grandfather, away or will discovering the truth set them all free from the bonds and atrocities of the past? I gasped and gritted my teeth. I was horrified. The atrocities that the nazis inflicted on everyone they felt were inferior to them was absolutely terrible but the atrocities they inflicted upon women and children puts (cont) 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy them in a special category of evil. And yet, the book had lighthearted moments that made me smile, even laugh out loud a couple of times. And certainly the description of the beautigul Parisian bookshop was simply a bibliophile's dream. I'd love to live above that bookstore, to discover all its secrets, all of it's magical charm. This was a wonderful story told in 2 time frames, One on the brink of the 2nd World War, Vincent Dupont and his daughter. The other nearly 20 years later told through Duponts granddaughter Valerie. I loved how this story came together! How secrets divided this family and how the truth and how the truth brings them together. 3mo
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I came home for lunch and found this beautiful book waiting for me in my mailbox❤ I'm about 2/3 of the way through the digital copy but the hardcover copy of Lynn's latest book is absolutely breathtaking! The vintage retro feel & look is incredible and I can already share that this is one of those Christmas stories that will be read year after year... I'm not even finished and it's already become a favorite of mine! Thank you Lynn N.Austin 🥰

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m ordering my copy tomorrow! ❤️❤️❤️ 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @CoverToCoverGirl Yay, You are going to love it! 3mo
kremi ❤❤❤ 3mo
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Starting my ARC of this book on this beautiful autumn morning(55°)😊🍁🍂
As a child, I couldn't wait for the Christmas wish book to arrive! My sister, brother, & I would go through the book so many times it'd be worn out within days. We'd carefully they select all the items we were wishing for (and let's face it, everything looked awesome lol). Raise your hand if you remember doing this 🙋‍♀️ Love Lynn's books!
Also... happy #SundayMugday

megnews I love Lynn Austin. Looking forward to reading this in December. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews If you read If I Were You by Lynn, you'll be excited to know that this is the continuation of their story! It begins in 1951 when the Sears Christmas wish book arrives and their boys start obsessing over it. 3mo
Aims42 Totally remember doing this!! My sister and I turned down so many corners on the pages 🤣 Good times!!! 3mo
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megnews I‘ve not read that one. Let me know if you think I should read that one first. @Aims42 me too!! 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Aims42 Kids these days are missing out on this special tradition... Just not the same online lol 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews You certainly wouldn't have to but I would highly recommend it, it was one of my favorite Lynn books! 3mo
Aims42 @TheHeartlandBookFairy Right?!?! I still remember lying on my stomach in the living room with a Sharpie posed and ready for circling 🤣 3mo
marleed That Wish Book - funny that I remember my hours each year with that annual catalog more than any gift that was physically under our tree! 3mo
Suet624 Gorgeous photo. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Suet624 awe, thanks! Winter will arrive in West Michigan before we know it! Every day I can get outside, front porch or backdeck, hiking with the pup, reading outside, whatever... I'll be out there until I can't any more! 😊 3mo
Suet624 i completely understand. 3mo
CoverToCoverGirl It‘s was the most exciting part of Christmas, my siblings and I wore it out looking at it too. Thank you for taking me down memory lane! ❤️ 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @CoverToCoverGirl The thanks all goes to Lynn Austin! I am already loving this book💕 3mo
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A Picture of Hope | Liz Tolsma
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A Picture of Hope is an absolutely phenomenal story! A combination of historical fiction and suspense; A fictionalized story based on real events and real people. Deeply touching, emotional, suspenseful, incredible! Nellie, a brave and ballsy American photo journalist crosses the line both literally and figuratively by defying orders to get to the front lines. Nellie knows there's an important story to be told but not (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy even she could imagine how her life was about to change, the dangers she would face, and how, as she documents the atrocities of the war with her writings and photos, she is also writing her own future. I spent a good share of this book biting the inside of my cheek and holding my breath. The author paints vivid pictures with her words just as Nellie created created visual stories with her photographs. (cont) 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy An absolutely incredible story, 5 stars! Thank you #NetGalley 3mo
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The Santa Suit: A Novella | Mary Kay Andrews
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The Santa Suit by Mary Kay Andrews… my 1st holiday book of the season. I love holiday books and this one is so sweet and inspiring! Is a story about starting over, a story of coming full circle. Bravery, hope hope, peace. When the present meets the past and the past comes back to the present. When the magic of the holiday season brings it all together with an ancient but magical santa suit, a child's heartfelt note, the (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy the tender heart of one woman, and a big dose of holiday spirit ❤ This charming book has all the feels and is just the thing to get you in the mood for the holiday season! 3mo
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The Butler: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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The Butler by Daniel Steel may be my favorite DS release this year. Unusual with a male main character but a close supporting role of a female main character. Joachim is a finally trained formal Butler who finds himself in between jobs when his long time elderly employees pass away. Taking a break while he reevaluates and weighs his options, he makes a trip to Argentina where he was raised with his identical twin brother(cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy Javier & then to Paris where he spends time with his elderly mother. The mirror image identical twins are a bit like Cain and Abel and brought up the nature vs nurture question for me. Neither Joachim nor his mother have seen Javier in 25 years. On a whim, Olivia takes refuge in Paris After her mother's death and the the folding of her magazine. Unsure of where she is going or what her future holds, she begins to set up her Paris apartment With the help of Joachim who was sent to her through a temp agency. As they each battle to overcome the demons of their past they grow into friendship. But could there be more? As Javier's dangerous criminal life impacts Joachim sedate lifestyle, changes must be made. This book holds a little bit more suspensible intrigue than some of her previous books and I loved Olivia's story And the HGTVesq sideline story. As usual, Steels characters lead charmed lives touched by tragedy, more money than most of us will ever know, & then overcome all to live happily ever after. 3mo
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The crystal Bible by Judy Hall is a small chunky book, about 5" by 6". It may be small but it is packed full of information and a true gem of a resource! Beginning with the background and history of crystals, their formation, crystal decoration, crystal healing, Crystal selection, crystal care, crystal meditation,and finally... a huge section of the book is a crystal directory. The directory for the crystals includes (cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy information such as color and appearance, rarity and source, additional properties, healing and position. This book also includes a section on crystal shapes and a quick reference guide. It's quite concise and extremely helpful! I have another book that Categorizes crystals by their color which is very helpful in identifying a crystal. This book is laid out alphabetically but has so much information on each crystal, itvis an incredible (cont) 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy it is an incredible and valuable resource! 3mo
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Book Nerd | Holly Maguire
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I was given a copy of this book in exchange for a review. I immediately fell in love with the title and the cover and that's just the beginning of the adorable illustrations! Super cute and colorful, very detailed. There are fun "and quips in bits of knowledge on each page. A really quick read that's sure to make a Book Nerd smile ?