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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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Blind Descent | Nevada Barr
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With each book I read in this series, I get more and more hooked! I read the last 30 or 40 pages of this book with my heart pounding, biting my nails! I love this series ♥️

Hoopiefoot I love these books! 3h
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I've been reading this series on and off for years but this is the first audiobook I've listened to. It's funny, Miss Julia and Sam both sound exactly how I would have imagined lol 😂

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A Vineyard Summer | Jean Stone
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Cheers to this sweet read that I got through Net Galley. ? A good summer "beach read" that I've now discovered as part of a series so of course I must read the entire series lol ,?

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Murder at the Puppy Fest | Laurien Berenson
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Give me a book about books, wine, Vineyards, coffee, or puppies and I'm in 😁

Erofan Cuties 🐕🐕❤ 6d
JoScho Love these pups! 5d
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This is the second in a series of three books that I am really enjoying! I read the first book in advance of an author talk at our local library. I purchased the other two books at the talj and I'm so glad I did, It's absolutely fascinating to read about her hikes in the state I am blessed to call home! This photo was taken at the highland State Park with lake Michigan in the background ♥️ Book 1 of #14Books14Weeks

Clwojick What! I would love to do this with Lake Superior! 💙 6d
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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3 and 1/2 stars for me. One star for the first 30% and two stars for the last 30%. A half a star for the middle 40% which could have been told in a small fraction of the pages they actually used. I almost bailed in the middle, the ending made up for it but the book did not live up to all of the hype for me.

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This Heart of Mine | Brenda Novak
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One more book in Brendan Novak's whiskey Creek series completed. A good read but not my favorite in the series...

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If this book had been written by any other author, it probably would have been a 4 star book for me. I've come to expect so much from DS that this one didn't quite make it as a four-star level book for me. I did enjoy it, it was a good "story" but lacked any real depth for me. It read a bit like a fairytale with extreme tragedies along the way to ending with everyone happy & the main character "gets a man". Good but, not my favorite DS.

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Please Send Help | Gaby Dunn, Allison Raskin
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I really struggled with this book. I pushed on through hoping it would get better and it did for about 50 pages in the 300s, but backslid after that. The self centered selfish, often crass and crude (& occasionally funny.) Ava and Jen lacked hardly any character development from the beginning to the end of the book. It not only fell flat for me, it fell far short of that. Perhaps because I had not read the first book in the series? Probably not ☹️

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Happy June and happy summer reading! My June reading goals include 4 of my #14Books#14Weeks, one new release not shown that comes out the third week of June, and three books on the Kindle (two of those for review). There's also a couple of library books that came in from holds that are not shown as well as a couple of audio books 😂 Goals are good 😁 Happy reading Littens 📖📚

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Twenty Wishes | Debbie Macomber
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From the iconic Debbie macomber, this book will inspire you and touch your heart 😊

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I always enjoy Sarah Gruen's writing talent and storytelling ability! I have to say, I personally found the Marie, the main character, very dislikable. Throughout the majority of the book she seemed self-centered and selfish, rude, and thoughtless. At times I felt sorry for her but did not like her. The story was very interesting and I enjoyed it and in the end enjoyed the book very much!

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I guess they had an urgent need for a new book? I love everything about this! 😂😁👍

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Realistic, relatable fiction. How often do we say "I'm fine" when asked tho we are not? A story of 2 friends & the aftermath when one of them suddenly dies. The last text to her best friend told her to make changes if she didn't like the way things were. And so many changes come! Well written and realistic, poignant and sometimes difficult, inspiring! The cover does not convey the depth and difficult subject matter of this book. Worth the read!

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Still trying to play catch up on this series, but I always love reading a book about books 😁

marleed Oh me too! 4w
kspenmoll Me three! 3w
Bklover Me too!! 3w
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Holland | Randall P. Vande Water, Mary E. Vande Water
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How fun to read this short but picture and fax filled book about my hometown. I'll be sharing it in my Heartland Little Free Libraries next 😁
PS .. windmill in the background is DeZwaan, The windmill on the cover of this book and the only working Dutch windmill in the United States! It's still Mills grain that is sold locally and across the states. I believe it was the last windmill to be allowed to leave the Netherlands 😊

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All Manner of Things | Susie Finkbeiner
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This book will fill your heart and touch your soul! as a child born in the '60s my memory of this era playing my mind through rose colored glasses. I have many happy memories and only a bad recollection of the war and news of the war. Not many novels are set during this ara making this an extra special book! More in comments...

TheHeartlandBookFairy This book is sat in a small Michigan town near lake Michigan. Having grown up in and still living in one of those smallish near lake Michigan towns, this book is extra special to me ☺️ I was brought back to the '60s through the mention of songs, TV shows, foods, sayings and phrases that were popular, styles described in the book and more, how fun! But this book is so much more than "fun"! Cont... 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy this is an important story to read. It is also, at times, it difficult story to read. I kept thinking about all those who served in this war, all their families. I kept imagining that this fictional story was indeed a reality for so many! This is an important story to read. It is a story of great joy, great courage, great hope, great faith, and ultimately the happiness that comes from knowing and living in that faith ♥️ 4w
Princess-Kingofkings Hope to see you at Baker Book House on the 30th for Susie's book signing. 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Princess-Kingofkings , Oh how I wish I could! I won't be out of work in time to get there 😢 4w
Princess-Kingofkings @TheHeartlandBookFairy oh how sad ~ I was overjoyed to get my schedule yesterday and see that I was working the midnight shift the day before but have this night off. I'm glad you have already been able to read it though. 4w
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Last year I posted the 13 books in 13 weeks challenge. This year there are 14 weeks between memorial day & labor day so this year's challenge will be 14 books in 14 weeks. Who's in with me this year? These are the 14 I chose off my TBR stack. I only chose books off my actual stack, not my Kindle because I like the visual representation & these take up a lot more room than the hundreds waiting to be read in my Kindle lol 😂 #14Books14weeks. Share..

TheHeartlandBookFairy Use the hashtag #14Books14Weeks and/or tag me in your post 😁 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy Post a picture of the 14 books you choose 📚📚📚📚📗📘 1mo
Mollyanna I loved this challenge last year! I‘m in again. Will post my stack this week. Thanks for hosting again. 4w
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TheHeartlandBookFairy @Mollyanna , so happy you'll be joining us again! I look forward to seeing your stack 😁 4w
Librarybelle I may try this again...I didn‘t complete all thirteen last year, but another year, another try? I also really need to get back into reading. Thanks for hosting this again! 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Librarybelle , welcome back! you'll never succeed if you don't even try in the first place and anything completed off our TBR stacks is an accomplishment lol ,😅 I can't wait to see your stack! 4w
janeycanuck I‘m in! But, uh... when is Memorial Day? 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @janeycanuck , this coming Monday, May 27th 😁 4w
janeycanuck @TheHeartlandBookFairy thanks 😊 I‘m pulling my stack now, thanks for hosting again. 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @janeycanuck , Glad to have you joining us again and can't wait to see your stack! Tag me or use the hashtag #14Books14Wweeks 😁 4w
Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great challenge! I‘ll have to pick some of my physical books off my shelf too! 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Riveted_Reader_Melissa would be happy to have you join us! Post your pic and tag me or use the hashtag #14Books14Weeks 😁 4w
jewright I would like to join! 4w
BookNAround Sounds like fun. I‘ll have to go peruse my stacks and see which 14 to commit to. 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @jewright , Please do! I'd be happy to have you join us and look forward to seeing your stack 😁 Take a pic of the 14 you choose and tag me and #14Books14Weeks ☺️ 4w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @BookNAround , can't wait to see which 14 you choose! Decisions decisions 🤔😄 Post your pic and tag me and #14Books14Weeks 😁 4w
ravenlee I think I‘ll have a go, but won‘t be able to pick my stack until I see how much progress I make on my stack for #24B4Monday. 3w
TheHeartlandBookFairy @ravenlee Good luck with the 24B4 Monday And I'm glad to have you joining us, can't wait to see your stack! Tag me and #14Books14Weeks ☺️ 3w
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Endangered Species | Nevada Barr
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With each book in this series that I read, I enjoy it more and more! Spoiler alert, once you get to the last hundred pages you're not going to be able to put the book down so they prepared to either stay up late or start reading earlier lol 😂

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The Summer Cottage | Viola Shipman
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The very best books are those into which you can completely disappear as the world around you fades away and your existence is entirely within the pages of the book! And when something finally pulls you out of the magical rabbit hole into which you have fallen down, it is like a rude awakening to find yourself back in your own reality and not in the lovely place you've been visiting. And you can't wait to go back. (More in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy This is why people read books in one sitting! Viola Shipman's The Summer Cottage is one of those magical books! I have thoroughly enjoyed each of VS's previous books but this one is the Grand slam winner. Reading about a town with which I am very familiar is always a wonderful trait but this look would have been a ⭐ book for me even without that. The beauty of the writing, the intimacy of the story, the wisdom in the life lessons! 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy And the shear genius of including the Barbie in one "scene" ???? I love this book so much (I want to go back and reread it already!)!!! 1mo
RaimeyGallant Great pic! 1mo
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A little late but here are my May book goals 😁 The list includes Daniel Steele's new release, the next in the Whiskey Creek and National Park series for me, an advanced copy to review, and three Kindle books, two of them Nett Galley books to review. Whew, It's going to be another busy month but what fun books to read! ,😁📚📖📚❤️

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The Heart of Christmas | Brenda Novak
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Good installment in the Whiskey Creek series. I can't wait to see where a couple of these plot lines go in the next book or two 😁

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Just a quick fun audiobook to enjoy on my short commute 😁

CaitZ I haven't read one of her books in awhile. They were always fun. I'll have to figure out where I am in the series and pick one up again. Thanks for reminding me of them 1mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @CaitZ , I got a bit behind on the series and then discovered that they are available in audio books! They make for great easy listening on my short commute. A nice departure from some of the more intense or emotional books I sometimes read or listen to 😁 1mo
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The Winemaker's Wife | Kristin Harmel
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This was such a wonderful book! I loved the history and the suspense, the ro redmance and the knowledge. Enough wine info to satisfy this cork dork, enough history to satisfy my love of historical fiction, and wonderful twists and turns by the author to keep us guessing up until the end. I'm hoping there's a sequel to tie up some loose ends 😁🍷🍇

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One More Song to Sing | Lindsay Harrel
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Lindsay Harrell has quickly become one of my favorite authors! This was the only book of hers I had not read and after winning my choice of any of her books, of course this is the one I chose! Strength, faith, hope, and forgiveness are the corner stones of this book and the story of Olivia and Ellie is beautiful and sweetly told!

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My Grape Year | Laura Bradbury
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I thoroughly enjoyed reading this first book in this series and definitely plan on continuing! A Canadian high school senior goes to France as an exchange student spending time with four families while there. Laura immerses herself in the culture and experiences amazing food and wine (I'm surprised I didn't gain five pounds just reading this book!) while gaining a better grasp but of the language and making new friends during her year. ❤️🍷🍇🥖🧀

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This book has been lingering on my TBR stack for way too long! I'm so glad I finally read it ☺️ What an amazing young lady, what an incredible story!

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What fun listening to this book! I live in a Dutch settled town that celebrates tulips and all things culturally Dutch once a year with a huge festival! And the tulips are just starting to bloom for that festival now! My town could have been the inspiration for this book ???? with a fun storyline and interesting character relationships, it was a thoroughly enjoyable read or "listen" ?

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A killer latte brings readers of Tanya Kappes Killer Coffee Mystery series back to the quaint southern Town of Honey Springs and the adorable Bean Hive coffee shop. Catching up with a corky characters of the town is always refreshing; I'd love to visit a town like Honey Springs and/or have a Bean Hive nearby 😁. as a movie being filmed in town wraps up, Daisy lemon, the star is kidnapped and her director/husband is devastated! (More in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy But, not all is as it appears and the story unfolds with twists and turns in a few surprises before it wraps up (pun intended)! I loved visiting Honey Springs again, even if it was only for an evening 😁 2mo
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I always love a good Jenny Colgan book and this one ranks right up there with the best of hers!

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Firestorm | Nevada Barr
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Wow! I couldn't put down this next in the series for me book by Nevada bar! Firestorm will keep you on the edge of your seat for sure!

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I usually enjoy books about books or bookshops! This book was less about a bookshop then I would have liked but definitely about the broken hearted. I liked this cover version much better than the actual cover version. It was a very slow going read and it only barely it to 3 stars with the ending of the book. It didn't do a good job of weaving back and forth from past to present and felt very disjointed. I just did not enjoy this story at all ☹️

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Come Home to Me | Brenda Novak
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I'm slowly working my way through Brenda Novak's whiskey Creek series. this book has a particularly interesting and potentially controversial subject as a sideline. I'm always anxious to get to the next book to see what happens and I was happily surprised to figure out that I actually already own the next book. No waiting on the library for that one 😁

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Good Grief | Lolly Winston
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I'll be honest, this book was really slow to start for me. But about halfway through, I couldn't put it down. Sometimes you just have to stick with it 😁 As a widow myself, some parts of this book really resonated with me and other parts seemed pretty extreme but sadly, I am sure many people do go through those extremes! 😢 Overall, I'm really glad I read this book!

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Setting Goals | John Renesch
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Goals, it's good to have goals! This is my stack of April goals 😊 It also includes another book on my Kindle, My Grape Year, and a new release due out on the 23rd, The Summer Cottage by Viola Shipman. A fun month of reading with a great variety of books 😁

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This lovely Little memoir is written by Jo Giese, award-winning radio journalist, author, and former TV reporter. Written about her mother Babe, and the lesson she learned from her. Funny, sweet, and thoughtful. I loved reading this little gem 😊

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My first Joanne Demaio book, I have to say I am very drawn to her covers! I enjoyed this book and will look forward to reading more by this author 😊

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I'm almost all caught up on this series! Finding these on audio has helped me catch back up and it's been fun hearing voices put to the characters. I love following Josh and Jamie's antics, Meg is a whirlwind of activity, and grandfather is quite a riot! The rest of the cast of characters is equally entertaining and these lighthearted mysteries make for good companions on my short commute 😁

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A quick, fun project this morning! I was going to toss / recycle a stack of greeting cards from this past year. As I was reading them one last time I realized some would make beautiful bookmarks ☺️ Here are a few...I am keeping the top three because I love the prints & because 2 were from special friends who sent thoughtful notes & one of those friends has passed away. I'll think of our friendship and her bravery and faith every time I use it ❤️

TheHeartlandBookFairy I'll stamp the remaining bookmarks with my little free library stamp and share them in the libraries 😁 3mo
That-Bookish-Hiker That‘s a really great idea! 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @That-Bookish-Hiker , thanks! 3mo
Princess-Kingofkings I want to hear more about your little free library stamp.... Those are gorgeous and a great idea. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @Princess-Kingofkings I created a stamp for my LFLs with the name of the libraries & the contact information.(Facebook page, email and hashtag.) I stamp all of the books that go through the libraries as well as the back of bookmarks. I ordered the stamp either through Staples or Vistaprint. It wasn't very expensive at all, I've certainly got my use out of it! You can find more info on FB by searching Heartland Little Free Libraries 😁 3mo
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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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White possibly the best autograph biography/memoir I've ever read! I thoroughly enjoyed reading this lovely woman story beginning with her childhood. Through the 3 parts of the book, Becoming Me, Becoming Us, and Becoming More, we are treated to a wonderfully told history of Michelle's life from childhood to just post White House years. A fascinating insight (cont. in comments)

TheHeartlandBookFairy a fascinating insight to her early years, formative years, self discovery, marriage, career and then politics, motherhood and then an intimate peak behind the scenes of the White House. Michelle Wright's beautifully, I love this book! 5 ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐s, 2👍👍! 3mo
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Home for Wounded Hearts | Ashley Farley
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I stayed up too late last night finishing this sweet book by Ashley Farley! I won a Kindle copy and was so excited to see the story of the Sweeney sisters continued with a bright new and exciting future for the family! I'm grateful for coffee this morning! 😁☕📖

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One More Song to Sing | Lindsay Harrel
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My winning package arrived today 😁 I won a prize pack from author Lindsey Harrell after being on her launch team for The Secrets of Paper and Ink (which I loved!) . I got to choose any book of hers, autographed. This is the only one of her books I have not read yet soI had to choose this one 😊 I also received a book cozy and this delicious soy candle along with an Amazon gift card which I've already used to purchase more books 😄❤️📚

whatshesreadingnow 🙌🏻💕 3mo
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I've been reading through Brenda Novak's whiskey Creek series. It feels a little odd reading a Christmas book in March but, It was a fun book to read.

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The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
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This book has been on my TBR stack for at least a year or two now. I'm so glad I finally got to it! Beautifully written, deeply moving, important and powerful! A must read!

megnews One of my all time favorites. Stays with you a long time. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews , I certainly believe it will! 3mo
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Book Life | Race Point Publishing
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This is so true for me! 😁📚📖❤️

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I'm feeling a little green today, Happy St Patty's day littens 😁💚🍀

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Only One Life | Ashley Farley
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I received a digital ARC of this book & I loved it! Ashley Farley is a wonderful author & fabulous storyteller & is quickly becoming a new favorite author of mine ? Ashley tells a wonderful story about family & friendships through several generations. There is drama, romance, & a big dose of "can do" attitude to overcome difficult situations, all told with southern charm ? What a wonderful book!

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Book 3 in Alan Bradley's Flavia Daluce series was another hit 😁 I've really enjoyed listening to the series and watching the character development from book to book. This book had a little bit more info about flavia's mom and some touching bits here and there. Hopefully as the series goes on I'll get to piece together a little bit more of that backstory.

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Silent Spring | Rachel Carson
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Funny, I was just thinking about Silent Spring today and then I get tagged in this this evening 😁 Thanks for the love @Princess-Kingofkings ☺️
1-summer. But it used to be spring.
2-daisies & Black eyed susans
3-Silent Spring
4-mostly seasonal but that can be any season lol 😂
@LibrarianRyan @JoScho @TheBookHippie @BookwormAHN
@TheBookStacker @BookishMeanderings

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Silent Night: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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I really enjoyed Danielle steel's latest book, Silent Night. The setting in the characters could have been anyone of Danielle steel's books but the subject matter was fascinating. A child involved with serious accident that kills her mother and a seriously injured herself, sustaining a traumatic brain injury. Having a family member with a TBI, made the story particularly interesting for me! And that cover!!! 😁

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