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Joined October 2018

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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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I really enjoyed this book with the different narratives. The typists were definitely my favorite. It was refreshing to read a book that‘s actually after WWII and about the Cold War. I don‘t usually come across those. I will say, things dragged a little for me just before the ending as they all heaped praises on Doctor Zhivago. This may be a controversial opinion but I‘m not fond of Russian classics 🤷🏻‍♀️ they just go on forever 🤦🏻‍♀️

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I have the same problem with each of her novels. The plot sounds so good but it doesn‘t take off until things are wrapping up. The chapters felt repetitive, continued to circled around the suspicious details 😒 and didn‘t start to follow up on them until after halfway through.

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Fatal Inheritance | Rachel Rhys
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The scenery sounded beautiful but the actual plot didn‘t really pick up until the end. I only kept reading because a friend recommended it. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Death Du Jour: A Novel | Kathy Reichs
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I‘m hooked. I‘m adding in other books while I continue this series, but for now I‘m definitely interested in reading more Temperance Brennen.

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Jennifer Donnelly has a talent for taking classic Disney stories and expanding them with humor and love. She adds to the magic that we fell in love with in the first place. If you enjoy Disney, I would definitely read this! ❤️

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Deja Dead: A Novel | Kathy Reichs
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Started another series. Why do I do this to myself? 🤦🏻‍♀️

Slow beginning but hooked me after I got used to all the French and forensic speak.

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Defending Jacob: A Novel | William Landay
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So this had popped up on my radar a few years, but only recently piqued my interest. Because, Chris Evans 😁 obviously I can‘t start a series before I read the book. I found myself grappling until the very end - did he or didn‘t he? When a book can do that, and still give you doubts then it‘s a good book. Chris Evans doesn‘t hurt either. I actually found myself reading it in his voice, which I loved.

Chris Evans 🤤

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The Jane Austen Society | Natalie Jenner
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This started off a little slow, but by the middle had picked up and hooked me. I found out a few things about Jane Austen I didn‘t know. I found it interesting how these characters found so much solace in Jane Austen‘s novels while being caricatures of Jane‘s original characters. I enjoyed this book.

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Mr. Darcy's Little Sister | C. Allyn Pierson
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I‘ve seen other reviews for this book, saying that not much happens. My reply is, it‘s the Regency period. Nothing happens except walks, balls, letter writing, marrying off daughters and tea time. That‘s all they did then. This author did a great job portraying the characters as Jane intended. Does that mean she‘s the next Jane Austen? No, but this helped me live a longer in Jane‘s world and that‘s all I was looking for 🙂

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Basically A New Hope in the form of a novel. If you love Star Wars, you should definitely read this! Pew! Pew! 💥

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The Sisters Grimm | Menna van Praag
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Beautiful cover. The different points of view made it difficult for me to see where this book was going. Some were talking in the present, some past, some future. I guess they all intersect but how I have no idea because I bailed. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Midnight Lie | Marie Rutkoski
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I picked this up with such excitement because I absolutely loved The Winner‘s Curse by this author! So I feel disappointed that I did not enjoy this book at all. I really had a hard time grasping what it was about and this new world she created. 🤷🏻‍♀️

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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I love Angie‘s writing and all her “nerd shit” references 😆 Haha I had Tweety everything too when I was little! I loved that this book intersects with The Hate U Give but they are both their own stories and stand alone. That said - I think I liked The Hate U Give better but it was definitely a close call.

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All-American Muslim Girl | Nadine Jolie Courtney
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I‘m the beginning, I didn‘t think this would go in depth on Islam. Actually, I learned a lot about some of the fundamental teachings and where the confusion begins with people who don‘t understand the religion. It definitely tackles stereotypes. Also, I loved the relationship between Allie and her teta 🥰 reminded me of my gram and made me cry 😭❤️

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I love reading Pride and Prejudice variations - it‘s my favorite book after all! I‘ve read some very good and interesting variations. I was hoping this would be one of those, I was excited for the fresh take, which is beautifully done. However, the main character ruined it for me. I realize Elizabeth Bennet is judgmental of Darcy. But Zuri was BEYOND judgmental to the point where it was annoying 😕

SW-T Zuri was very annoying. 2y
kitteh_reads Definitely 2y
Lunarstar27 I currently reading it a zuri is whining about everything 2y
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SLAY | Brittney Morris
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I like video games and this seemed different, refreshing from other YA video game plots I‘ve read. Started out a little slow for me but it picked right up and it was good!! Read this in about a day.

SW-T Fresh look at video game culture. 2y
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Tiffy and Leon share a bed. Tiffy and Leon have never met.

I LOVED this book! It was so cute and I loved how polar opposites Tiffy and Leon were. The author used a different writing style for both characters and it was so on point. Tiffy is an extrovert, cheerful and quirky while Leon is an introvert and uses short, concise descriptions. Love. Love. LOVE.

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Piecing Me Together | Rene Watson
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These are the type of books that make me love reading, that can make me examine myself and try to learn from someone else‘s perspective. I found myself siding with Jade‘s friend, Sam as she (like myself) will never know what it feels like to be in Jade‘s shoes. But then, I realized this is part of the problem. This is where I can learn and do better. I loved this book, it was absolutely engrossing!

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Goldfinch | Donna Tartt
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I was curious about this book because it‘s being made into a movie. I‘m almost a hundred pages in and I can‘t. I can‘t tell where it‘s going and I can‘t say that I care 😔

Bradleygirl oh I had the same experience with this one. 2y
LapReader I watched the movie on the weekend and loved it. Now I want to read the book. 2y
Cathythoughts I‘ve tried it once .... and couldn‘t go on either. Now , a friend has given it to me & raving about it .... maybe I‘ll have one more try 🤷🏼‍♀️ 2y
kitteh_reads @LapReader the movie looked really good! I hope you‘ll have better luck than I did 🙂 2y
kitteh_reads @Cathythoughts if I didn‘t have a whole stack of other books I want to read, I probably would force myself to continue. Maybe I‘ll try it again in the future...but not right now 🙂 2y
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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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Absolutely amazing!!!!! I LOVED this book, it was so eye opening. Starr and her family are so loving, caring, and compassionate. I can't wait to start on her next book, On The Come Up. I'm speechless, this book is so good!!

kspenmoll Wonderful book!!! 2y
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Stepsister | Jennifer Donnelly
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I was thinking that this was going to be Cinderella told through the eyes of the stepsister but it was so much more than that. It was redemption, forgiveness, and compassion. It was great read, I couldn't stop once I started. The characters are warm and give a wonderful background to the story of Cinderella. Highly recommend for anyone who loves a good retelling!

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The Downstairs Girl | Stacey Lee
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This book was wonderful! Jo is smart, funny, caring and creative. I loved her humor! I don't want else to say about this book that won't spoil it, it's just great! You should just read it. Definitely.

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Absolutely loved this book! Another ebook from Overdrive, and I'm so happy I stumbled upon it. A young girl inherits a house from her great aunt on Orca Island, outside of Seattle. She finds a beautifully preserved silk sleeve embroidered with a story that she feels compelled to solve. The story is that of Mei, a young Chinese woman who was forced from her home in Seattle and onto a ship set for China.

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The Empress of Bright Moon | Weina Dai Randel
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Book two and so good, just like the first! I would read anything by this author again 😊

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Homegoing | Yaa Gyasi
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This was so good! I loved how it started with two sisters and went through one person of each generation of their descendants. The author must have spent a lot of time researching because the writing was so authentic. Definitely recommend!

vivastory When I saw her speak she said she spent 9 years in total on this book 2y
kitteh_reads @vivastory I believe it! The amount of detail she puts in the stories for each generation is incredible. 2y
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I picked this on a fluke on Overdrive, and I am so happy I did! Book one of two, and they are fast paced but sooo good. It has everything you could want - palace politics, scheming, great clothes, love... I learned a lot from this duopoly about Empress Wu and the Tang Dynasty.

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Virtually Yours | Sarvenaz Tash
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Sweet romance set during college while finding yourself. I enjoyed the humor and friend/family dynamics. Could I tell what was going to happen? Yes, but it was very sweet and would recommend to anyone looking for a happy story 🙂

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Family Upstairs | Lisa Jewell
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So this started out a little too slow for me, it didn't really pick up until the middle. I will say, every time I thought I knew who did it and she couldn't trick me...she ended up tricking me and it wasn't who I thought it was. The story was a little weird, and completely different from what I expected. I really like this author and can't wait to read what she writes next!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I am so confused. I liked it, but I didn't. First thing, I had to get used to her writing style because she doesn't use quotation marks for speaking. It took some time to differentiate when they were speaking vs thinking. I really liked the beginning and middle, but they lost me at the end.

I'm not sure.

I think I'm going to try her other book, Conversations with Friends for the final determination 🤔

BarbaraBB I liked Conversations so much better. I hope you will too! 3y
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The Adults: A Novel | Caroline Hulse
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I know, I'm late to the Christmas game. I'm so glad I didn't wait until next Christmas to read this! It was perfectly dysfunctional. What else can you call a couple of exes celebrating Christmas at a Holiday resort with their significant others, their 9 year old daughter and her invisible purple bunny friend? 😂

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Five Dark Fates | Kendare Blake
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I loved this series!!! There's a great sense of humor! Five Dark Fates concludes the story of the triplet queens on Fennbirn Island. I can't say I was fond of everything that happened - but I realized after I finished, the ending was truly the only really possible ending. Very satisfying. I don't want to say too much and give it all away!! Just...you need to read it 😆 😁

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Sold on a Monday: A Novel | Kristina Mcmorris
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This was one of our book club picks. Let's just say, I was not a fan. A lot happened in this book that wasn't feasible. Distances traveled by the speed of light. Basically, this photographer is stranded on the side of the road and sees these two boys sitting by a sign, For Sale. His photo takes off and lands this reporter/photographer in a boat load of trouble. Except, all the trouble resolves itself neatly, too neatly for my pessimistic tastes 😜

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Ice | Sarah Beth Durst
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This is another East of the Sun, West of the Moon fairy tale retelling. Although, more modern than my previous read, East by Edith Pattou. Cassie grew up in a Arctic research lab tagging polar bears. Like East, this was a fast paced novel. They cover a lot of territory in a short amount of time. Some parts of the book were sort of glossed over, but overall I devoured this book! It was an easy, fast read and I'm starting to enjoy this fairytale 😃

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I think I'm bias with this series, because when I started Red Rising, it blew my mind! I had never read anything like it ever before. Star Wars meets Game of Thrones, it was awesome! This book was no exception. Although, it's been awhile since I've read one of the Red Rising novel, and like GoT there are a ton of characters!!! So it was hard keeping them all straight at first, and also like GoT this one was really steeped in politics.

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Verify (Verify #1) | Joelle Charbonneau
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I really liked the premise, paperless society to help the environment. However, this means that the government is able to control what you see and what you read on your tablets. The main character finds herself following her deceased mother's painting for clues in order to understand her mom better. What she finds is this underground secret society of librarians and books. The execution was lacking, and at times missed the point of the plot.

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I liked the premise of the plot, but I wasn't crazy about its execution. Some of the characters had so much promise, it centered about a quirky well to do family in England. However, that fun quirkiness got lost within the very prim, and at times, very long winded descriptions. There was some parts of the book that could have been taken out, and you'd never know they were missing.

marleed Oh I felt the same way when I read this last summer. I wanted to love the story as much as I love the cover! 3y
kitteh_reads Yes, I was definitely pulled in by the cover 😔 maybe one day I‘ll learn my lesson, but until then I guess I will keep reading these “frogs” 🐸 😜 3y
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West | Edith Pattou
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The plot to West closely resembles East, but in a good, familiar way. Obviously, she has changed everything up and added the perspective of Rose's ward, Estelle. I can understand some people thought the plot was too closely resembled. Charles goes missing, Rose has to drop everything and go find him. Again, the plot was fast paced but I think that if it wasn't, it wouldn't be as engaging to me.

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East | Edith Pattou
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I'd been putting this book on the back burner forever. I had read on a blog that it was a great book to read if you love Beauty and the Beast. I had never heard of the East of the Sun, and West of the Moon fairytale before. I honestly don't know why I didn't pick up this book sooner! It was really good, fast paced but for the plot it was necessary. It was a beautiful story! Highly recommend if you love Beauty and the Beast 😊

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Citizen Girl | Emma McLaughlin, Nicola Kraus
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I enjoyed The Nanny Diaries. I understand this book was meant as a satire, but...no. First of all, the main character‘s name is Girl 😑

The characters were SO annoying that I didn‘t finish this book. I was about halfway through and I thought I could finish it, but then I thought...I have so many more books I want to read. Girl, bye 👋😏

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This takes places after the Spanish Civil War, and Spains starts to introduce American tourism back into their country. I won't go into great detail, because I don't want to ruin the story. Just know, it's SO good!!!! Ana works at the American hotel, and Daniel is a budding photographer from Texas. SO GOOD!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMEND!!! 🌺 📸 😁

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The Dinner | Herman Koch
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This was so dysfunctional!!! So Paul is the narrator of this book and he's set to meet up with his brother and sister in law for dinner with his wife. They are meeting about their children and their harassment and murder of a homeless woman. The heartless attitude to the homeless was jarring. There was large sense of entitlement. Your opinions of these characters will be completely different from start to finish.

TrishB I really disliked most of the people in this book! 3y
kitteh_reads They were terrible people!! It was incredible the way they tried to justify the homeless woman's death 😣 3y
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One Dark Throne | Kendare Blake
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So I had to a read a summary of the first book because I couldn't remember 😂 once I got probably halfway through, I couldn't put it down! Katharine is now ready to kill EVERYONE! Arsinoe and Mirabella don't want to kill each other, but understand the threats aren't going to stop until someone wins. The driving forces are really the girl's entourages, who cannot wait to fulfill the traditions that come with the ascension year.

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The Lost World | Michael Crichton
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Ian Malcolm is back!!! I loved this sequel, I was so excited to read this after I finished Jurassic Park. Of course, this was different from the movie but it was still good!!! It included a map, which was nice. I always love a good map! I loved most of the new characters, Arby and Dr. Thorne especially. Levine, I could have done without 😑 but he was the reason they were there. The only thing missing? Dr. Alan Grant 😂

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Jurassic Park | Michael Crichton
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So this movie gave me nightmares when I was a little girl, and it's the one nightmare I have never been able to forget! 😂 Because I've been able to watch the movie since then, I thought I should give the book a try. I was completely surprised how much I loved this book!!!! I devoured it - I couldn't put it down!! The genetics and science should have been a bore, but he translated everything into simple English and made it interesting 👍 👍 👍

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I'd never read this author before and now I can't wait to read her others! When the new drama teacher brings a controversial play to the high school play, a spell begins to start affecting all the local women. The intimate relationships of these women with their partners begins to decline, and how that decline affects those relationships. It was an interesting new take on the dynamics of a relationship.

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Another book club pick. This is a nonfiction book about the story of a courageous woman in the middle of WWII in Warsaw, Poland. I am always interested in reading books about strong women during WWII. Within her story, there was some really interesting insight into how Warsaw survived the war and Nazi occupation. The stories about the animals and the overwhelming humanity found on both sides of the war was so interesting!!! Definite recommend!

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Final Draft | Riley Redgate
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Laila is an introvert, she expresses herself solely through her writing. This book is about her finding her voice in her writing and coming out of her shell with her family and her friends. It was good, but it wasn't super memorable or engrossing.

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American Panda | Gloria Chao
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This was a wonderful book from Gloria Chao! I loved this book, reading about Mei's complicated relationship with her strict parents. Especially her tumultuous relationship with her mother. Her struggles being away from home for the first time, and studying a major that she detests. This was really sweet. I will be looking forward to more books by this author.

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I read the Bridget Jones series and watched the movies, and liked them. This book takes years after The Edge of Reason, and tragedy has struck Bridget. I will say...I didn't enjoy this book like I did the others. The scenes with her kids were really cute and so Bridget 😄 HOWEVER, this wasn't so engrossing that I couldn't put it down.

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Mother-In-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I've read her other books and enjoyed them, and this book was no different. I actually think it might be my favorite! The story was really interesting, and you weren't sure who you were rooting for - the mother in law, or the daughter in law. Both were narrating the book and they told the events from both of their POV. I did not see the ending coming - this was so good!!