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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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This book has a ton of information that's great for a beginner! Simple to follow detailed explanations. Some history. I the ticket and lay fascinated by the section on chakras, & what yoga passes and crystals alighn when each chakra. So interesting, so informational. Truly a wonderful guide and handbook, one that I will continue to reference as I learn more and implement more into my practice.

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I love this book! This made my heart's smile, just like this cute little pot does. Easy to read, filled with practical advice and words of up wisdom, & inspirational. So many passages highlighted! So many good quotes but my favorite is "live as if you were to die tomorrow. learn as if you were to live forever." Powerful, insightful, meaningful!

Cupcake12 I love the plant pot 🪴 1w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Cupcake12 Thank you! Trader Joe's 🥰 1w
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Mehso-so

I have started and failed to complete this book on more than one occasion. It just wasn't engaging me. It lingered in my started, but not finished Kindle books and seemed to be taunting me every time I saw it. This year was the year I was going to finish it and do some clearing of the kindle. I think when I initially ordered the book (years ago), I thought it was gonna be more of a daily devotional, like one minute a day with(cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy minute a day with God. That's not what this is. I pushed through this year and did find several areas that thoroughly engaged me. But the overall message to me seemed to be one of "believe big and pray hard and it will happen." I struggle with this because it seems that the flip side then would be "if it doesn't happen, you didn't believe big enough or pray hard enough." To be fair, I do believe that I have had at least one "one minute with God" myself. I do believe that happens! But overall, this book was not the inspirational read that I was looking or hoping for... 1w
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Spare | Prince Harry
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Just started listening to this one, hooked already!

Cupcake12 I‘ve just finished this and found it really interesting! 2w
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Never Too Late: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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The principal event in Never Too Late is a July 4th New York City attack even greater than 911. Although I'm not excited to entertain the notion of another attack on that scale, the rest of the book was pretty enjoyable. The family dynamics and the formation of friendship under such circumstances was interesting. Eye opening to see the things that might be holding someone back and the idea of it never being too late to follow (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy your dream, change your path, start a new chapter, or go in a new direction is definitely inspiring 👍👍 2w
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Talulah's Back in Town | Brenda Novak
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First in this new series... Coyote Canyon #1, Tulalah's story. Talulah returns to Coyote Canyon to deal with her great aunt's death funeral, house and estate. She immediately encounters the brother of the fiancé she left at the altar, her great aunt's interesting and outspoken neighbor, and soon enough, her jilted fiance. 14 years and since long enough to dissolve the grudge held by her ex fiance and the majority of his (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy family. Complications arise in Coyote Canyon and back in Seattle where Tulalah has made her home and her business life. It's also where she left her business partner. Paul and apparently one night with him was enough to make him think they had a long-term relationship. I enjoyed this story, particularly seeing Tulalah discover more about the great aunt that she never really felt close to and came to admire as she learned more. I did have a hard time finding the fact that Talulah left not 1, but 3 men standing at the altar just seemed a little unbelievable to me 🤷 2w
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Recommended by my yoga teacher, loving this book! Daily inspiration 💕

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The Bordeaux Book Club | Gillian Harvey
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And unlikely group of mostly strangers come together to form the Bordeux book club. Each member is dealing with their own real life issues; Keeping so busy you won't notice your own discontent, caregiving for your sick mum while you're still at an age when you need your mum to care for you, slightly shy & awkward, a new mom who's lonely & dealing with postpartum depression, Dealing with teenage daughter angst... While worrying(cont in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy while worrying about your husband and realizing that your dream life has actually become a bit of a nightmare. I liked reading the story development and watching the character development. I really enjoyed how this book club became a family of sorts by supporting one another through their difficult times. A heart warming story. 2w
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Tenzing Norgay | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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Still, one of my favorite kids series! The illustrations will capture children's attention, the text is simple and inspiring, and I always end up learning something new! Focus particularly inspirational and gives new meaning to conquering the mountain!

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I love Trader Joe's and I love cooking! This is a great cookbook for busy people who want to eat well. The recipes are well written & easy to follow, simple directions & beautiful pictures! The paper quality isn't great-the pages are a bit thin, and I'd be happy to pay a few $$ more to get a better quality, more durable product. Also, keep in mind that many Trader Joe's products are seasonal & although I didn't see many of(cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy in this cookbook, there are a few so you may need to just make some simple substitutions. Other than that, I love this & have dozens of recipes marked to try 😋 3w
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Sunday Mugday, # Mugshots
Happiness is a new mug and new cookbooks 😊
#BirthdayGifts #HappyGirl #TeaTime

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This beautiful cookbook is a feast for all the senses! Pictures of artful food presentations, recipes from fairly basic, to new twists on classics, to a bit more upscale. The author includes lots of hints & tips on how to put together a beautiful bounty, how to plan it from concept to table- every detail. This is a book you will reference, use, and display. just beautiful!

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Beyonc | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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Love this series. The illustrations are always wonderful and eye catching for kids. I especially loved the illustration of Beyoncé. Big roar, beautiful! So fun to read this series with kids, adults will enjoy it too.

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I knew I would like this book, but I enjoyed it even more than I anticipated! My # is #LoveMyBookishLife so, how could I not love it! I love Nina's humor, her lists made me LOL, & her commitment to her lists and her schedule is quite on par with mine. A book about a book worm who works in a bookstore and loves nothing more than going home to hang out with her cat and read. Sub my dog for her cat & it's me 😅 Quiet, calm, (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy and order. And then, chaos! Discovering the father that she never met had just died, that she'd been written into his will, and now had new found siblings, nieces, nephew's & more family that she never knew about plus learning that the bookstore she works for is in danger of going under all coincides with discovering she may have acquired a boyfriend (that she doesn't think she has time for and didn't really even like. At first) who was on a trivia team competing against them. It's all a bit much. And it's an absolutely charming story! 3w
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I don't know how long it will last, but so far, I'm ahead of schedule 😁📚

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Different: The Highly Sensitive Leaderhip Revolution | Heather Dominick-Kosm Dominick-Kosmicki
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Meh. A few interesting personal stories and helpful-ish facts interspersed with a lot of what amounted to "blah blah blah" and I felt myself zoning out over and over. I don't usually quit on books, but I was tempted with this one. I've read a lot of these types of books over the last year, and typically I am fascinated by the content, but this one just wasn't for me.

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Mehso-so

Ugh, mixed feelings on this one! As a newly minted semi retiree, I was excited to read this book written by a longtime local TV personality. It's a thin, short book. If you were to remove all of the quotes & excerpts, it would have been even shorter. Not that they weren't relevant, but... I think I was looking for more original content. There were definitely parts I enjoyed, things that resonated with me, but overall it just(cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy felt like it was lacking something 🤷 4w
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The Memory Library | Kate Storey
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Such a sweet, heartwarming story
of a mother's love for her daughter. Her laborr of love building her daughter a library book by book, year by year. A story of viewing a situation from a different perspective and how it changes what you've always thought. A story of patience, of forgiveness. A story of relationships; Mother-daughter, lifelong friends, husband's and wives, neighbors and acquaintances. Not everything or (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy everyone is how it seems. The evolution of relationships, of coming full circle. I loved the inclusiveness of some of the secondary characters in this book. The crabby, the quirky, the different- all treated with kindness and respect ❤️ I loved the tie in of Andrew at the end of the story and I was especially touched by the tribute to the beloved Sally in the rebuilding of her flooded library and the addition of including books chosen by her friends especially for her. 4w
Ruthiella This sounds lovely! 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Ruthiella I love the idea behind the story and I loved the story 💕 4w
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Wow! Reading this book was like watching a movie in my mind. The descriptions are so real, I literally winced and looked away from my kindle more than once. The roller coaster ride of emotions, the raw honesty, the hurt and the anger, the pain, and the injustice. The lifelong bonds of friendship and support that were made. And the ending, the ending moved me to tears. This story is a story that was just waiting to be told & (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy and I can't think of a better person to tell this story than Kristin Hannah. This is a must read! 1mo
Crazeedi I can't wait to read this one 1mo
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I would probably give this and almost 4 ⭐️ rating. Not quite what I was expecting but still good. It is labeled as chick lit, fiction & contemporary. The title, to me, suggested more of a "spiritual, go with the flow, the universe will provide" kind of a theme. In reality I feel like it was somewhere in the middle of all of this. A midlife crisis leads to a journey (literally & figuratively) of self discovery, (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy self awareness, and finally, self acceptance.Fiction, yes, but still heartbreakingly honest but with a sense of humor. Thoughtful, insightful, sweet.

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One Year After You | Shari Low
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4.5 ⭐️s!
Love, love, loved this book! This is the follow up/conclusion to One Day With You. As with One Day With You, this book also takes place over the course of 1 day. 24 hours. I love that format! This book brings in some fascinating new characters but also brings the story of Tess and Noah to a satisfying conclusion. Excellent characters,
some you will love and some you will love to hate. Excellent character development (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy along with a fun and fabulous storyline. 1mo
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All My Secrets | Lynn Austin
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In my opinion, this is Lynn Austin's BEST book yet! The era, the story; stunning scene descriptions and a story so beautifully told. The character development is phenomenal! An intricately woven tale of three generations of Stanhope women, set in New York during the "Gilded Era". Two great loves, 2 great loves lost. So many "lessons". Junietta, Sylvia, and Adelaide work through grief (so realistically written!) Cont in comments

TheHeartlandBookFairy and change (never easy!) to find their future while honoring their past. I have 3 favorite quotes from this book, two of them have a very personal meaning to me: "The memories don't live in the house, they're in your heart.", "Death brings the end of so many dreams that we have for ourselves and our loved ones.", and "Love is a greater legacy to leave than wealth." .I was deeply touched by this story, the adversity, the injustice, the revelations, the growth, the enlightenment, the triumph. Lynn Austin, Thank you for this beautiful labor of love, the wonderful work of art!

Oh what a tangled web we weave,

though not in a purposeful attempt to deceive,

The secrets kept by grandmother and mother,

to protect their daughters, to protect others.

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All My Secrets | Lynn Austin
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So good!!!

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Reading Just Another Day at Your Local Public Library by Roz Warren just made me want to read more by this humorist author! Our bodies, our shelves, has some repeated stories from Just Another Day but many of them are original to this book, and we do get a little bit more insight into the author and her day as a librarian. A "just for fun" read that is guaranteed to make you smile if not laugh out loud...

ChaoticMissAdventures I absolutely love this reading statue!! So pretty! 1mo
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Kylie Minogue | Mara Isabel Snchez Vegara
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Thanks to Net Galley for allowing me to read another LPBD book to my read list. This is a fantastic series, always beautifully illustrated, and full of information that will engage both children and adults.

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Upside Down: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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This quick read is engaging in entertaining, I enjoyed the evolution of the mother-daughter relationship. I think my favorite character would be Ben's daughter, Amanda & IMO, we didn't get to know her nearly well enough. Beyond that it was cookie cutter DS, repetitive, & predictable. A "good enough" book on par with DS's writing the last few years. I prefer the quality & content of the books that DS wrote when she wasn't writing 5-6 books a year?

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If you love books, libraries, & a good sense of humor, then this is a must read book! This was our 2024 kick off book for book club; a year of reading books about books... Straight from the librarians mouth, this is a collection of humorous responses to frequent Library occurrences and questions. A compilation from both the authors library, & librarians across the country. From puzzling, to funny, to cringe worthy, such a fun read!

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Ahh, This book will warm even Scrooge and the Grinches heart! This story will run you through the gamut of emotions from empathy to shock, anger to sadness, frustration to happiness. You will cry tears of sadness and tears of joy. Can an old-fashioned family run an old-fashioned family business in this new modern-day world?
Can you run from the past towards your future and still go back again? Can you forgive? The key may be (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy in learning to forgive; yourself and others, without forgetting your past, but by embracing it. And only then will you be able to move forward... Charming & heartwarming! 2mo
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#SundayMugDay #Mugshots
All cozied up with a cup of tea, the fur pup, a blanket in a fire, while finishing up The Wishing Bridge. We just came back from a walk; light snow here right now, but it's definitely the calm before the storm coming in Tuesday and Wednesday ❤️ I predict a lot more tea and books this coming week 🥰 #CozyUpWithAGoodBook

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Very Very Lucky | Amanda Prowse
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An amazing story of friends and family members from soon to be born babies to elderly widower. widowers. Never underestimate your value to someone else, your importance to someone else, your ability to be a beacon, a lifeline. This heartwarming story is filled with lovable relatable characters & it brought me from tears to cheers and back again. It made me laugh out loud and touched my heart. Readers will be Very Very Lucky to enjoy this story ❤️

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I have 2 or 3 of these cookbooks now and they do not disappoint! Easy to follow recipes, nothing overly complicated, and always delicious! Dietary restrictions are factored in too! This was a Christmas gift and it will be the gift that keeps on giving! I probably have at least forty percent of the recipes in this book to earmarked to try 😋

Littlewolf1 That‘s so cool… I love Trader Joe‘s, I just wish we had one in my town. 2mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Littlewolf1 The closest one to me is about an hour away, each direction, and that's without whether or construction LOL Absolutely love trader Joe's, love their unique products, excellent prices, and all their Gluten Free selections! And then there's wine selection! We atarted a "bring trader Joe's to Holland" FB page and we submit location requests every week in the hopes of attracting trader joe's interest in the area! ?? 2mo
Littlewolf1 @TheHeartlandBookFairy I need to start doing that as well. Our closest one is about three hours away. I have to take an ice chest with me every time I go to get what I need and bring it home safely. 2mo
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This series is entertaining and fun! Love of the old time lingo of Jack Shepard, the ghost PI from an era gone by! Moving from present time to the past, present day bookshop owner Penny solves the case with the help of the ghost PI, Jack.

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Champagne Widows | Rebecca Rosenberg
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Excellent historical fiction, early 1800 in Champagne, France in the times of Napoleon. Barbe Nicole Ponsardin has the gift of Le Nez, a powerful sense of smell that has will help her to become a talented winemaker. Never quite fitting in, always seeming to have to deal with one obstacle or tragedy or another. Whip smart and ahead of her times, Barbe Nicole overcomes and triumphs despite everything. The historical facts(cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy are fascinating and the story was a delight. Cheers! 2mo
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I liked the idea of this story better than I actually liked the story. The characters are mostly unlikable but some get better as the book goes on. The book moves very slowly, and although I wanted to finish it, to find out what would happen next, it was hard to stay engaged. It was a real tug and pull situation. Just an OK book for me 🤷

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My Bookish Year in review...
❤️113 books read
❤️27, 164 pages
❤️Average length was 240 pages.
❤️18 children's books (given to review)
❤️15 Audio books
❤️31 Non Fiction
❤️70 books were given to me in exchange for an honest review (including the children's books)
❤️Want to know more> Follow me on Goodreads or my Pinterest boards on books :)
#LoveMyBookishLife

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An excellent guide to the curious, wonderful, confusing, exciting, anxiety inducing world of being an empath. This book helped explain so much, helps you to assess your level of empath tendencies, & gives good basic guidelines and tools on how to deal with that. There is no one size fits all book. This book may be the perfect fit for you, or it may just have a few good useful tools.

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I fell in love with the cover, the title was intriguing, and the subtitle "a tale of mindful living, self Help with chakra's, manifestations, and affirmations"really hooked me. What I ended up reading was a book that reads more like a childs fantasy book. It actually kept reminding me of the Rainbow Fairies series that I read with my 5 year old granddaughter. I didn't dislike this story, it's just not what I was expecting (cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy and I'm really struggling to grasp how this can be listed as a self help book. 2mo
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Animal Yoga: Volume 1 | Michele Hurley
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Such a fun way to introduce kids to yoga! Is it follow drawings with fun rhyming text, they will also learn about the animal whose pose they are doing. I love how this shows regular yoga moves for children, supported moves, and seated moves. It's very inclusive for any age, skill level, ability, or disability. Kids will love this!

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Luna has just enough hippie and empath in her to make her appealing to me.
Put her in a bookshop setting and I'm hooked! Add in a little intrigue and romance and… sounds like a perfect story to me.

FeatherV I loved this one! 2mo
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Mehso-so

Love this idea, and I usually love reading these bite-sized little daily type devotionals, but for some reason, most of these stories just didn't capture and hold my attention. 66 words, one from each book in the Bible. Do you read one a day, 1 a week, or what? I really do enjoy the concept and liked some of the stories, but overall, this just wasn't for me.

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Mehso-so

The illustrations are about the cutest ever! I love that they include word definitions & some interactive games & puzzles in the back of the book! The story itself is cute & rhyming & I like the "to the rescue" theme, but Santa & his reindeer along with the rescue crew battling an evil dragon on Christmas Eve may be a bit more frightening for some children than
what they are ready for. I like the message but have mixed feelings about how its told.

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Jack Frost: A Novella | Debbie Macomber
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In an attempt to practice semi retirement, Debbie almost didn't write a holiday novel this year. I'm so glad she changed her mind and wrote this sweet, short novella. The storyline is classic but with a twist. It's like a candy cane, sweet, with a twist. At just under 2 hours for the audio version, this was the perfect book to listen to as I decorated the christmas tree.

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Unexpectedly fun and bright! This book did not take the easy way and do the predictible, so good luck figuring out where it's going, and that's what makes it so good!

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A glimpse into day's gone by, 1959 USA and France. Debutante balls are still a thing, but some of the girls think they're an antiquated thing. However, they still participate. It's interesting to see how the events unfold and how the ball shapes their lives as well as the lives of some family members. Of course, it's all sunshine & roses, glitter & rainbows even when it's not. And it's all happy endings but still, an interesting & fun story.

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Soul-led Living is an inspirational book, a practical guide for those who are seeking their true path. Life-changing, a must-read! I ordered another book based on Nikki's recommendation within the first chapter! I've highlighted numerous passages! I was drawn to the beautiful cover (not shown here) and was then drawn the beautiful message 🥰

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I Send You a Hug | Anne Booth
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Such a sweet book, adorably illustrated, precious message. Can you find a hug in the raindrops, the wind, birdsong? Especially sweet from a grandparent to a grandchild if they are geographically separated 💕

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Why We Need Grandsons | Gregory E. Lang
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Mehso-so

Adorably illustrated,
Sweet sentiments though not all are rhyming & if they were it would flow better for younger children. In an ideal world, all grandchildren would have sets of grandparents, but oftentimes a grandparent is solo for one reason or another, including being widowed. This book is written from the standpoint of being red by a set of grandparents which makes it awkward, if not confusing for children if you are a solo grandparent.

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Vintage 1954 | Antoine Laurain
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I'm not sure what I expected but I know I didn't expect what I got and that's a very good thing. I really enjoyed this story that starts out in the 2000-teens with an eclectic group of 4. Three Parisians and one American. After an unfortunate incident of one of them being locked in a cellar and subsequently rescued by another in the group, they all get together to share a cellar find, a rare bottle of 1954 Beaujolais. (Cont in comments)...

TheHeartlandBookFairy The next morning, one by one, they each realize that they have been transported back to the year of the wine, 1954. Comical, whimsical, magical, perhaps a miracle, and a bit of mystery and romance. Since Beaujolais is traditionally released on the third thursday in November, this was the perfect November pick for our book club (Cheers to 2023, all wine themed books). Cheers to book club, Cheers to wine themed books, Cheers to Vintage 1954 🍷 3mo
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This book has a little bit of everything... Broken romance, new romance, rekindled romance, lifelong friends and new friends, a mystery, secrets, and it all comes together in this sweet story 🥰

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Dirty Thirty | Janet Evanovich
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Book Thirty in this series still entertains me! Most of what happens is so implausible that it's hysterical! But the ending... cliff hanger, Double cliff hanger!!

jewright I love these books! I have this one on hold. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @jewright This one was really good, but the ending dot dot dot i'm not giving any spoilers, but wait for it.! 3mo
LeeRHarry I still have 29 to read and picked up 30 on the weekend - you have me super intrigued! 😊 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @LeeRHarry You're going to be binge reading but my lips are zipped 🤐 3mo
thegirlwiththelibrarybag @LeeRHarry, 30 crossed my desk today and I read the ending and suddenly I‘m inspired to catch up (I‘m only one behind) 3mo
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