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robinb

Joined October 2016

LibraryThing member RWBrock

Fiction fan! ❤️ hist. romance, hist. mystery/suspense, hist. fiction in general, urban fantasy GR: www.goodreads.com/rwbrock ; Birthday fairy :)
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Can't Go Back | Debra Webb
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This was the 3rd in the Devlin/Falco suspense series. I‘ve read the previous two and enjoyed them all, but I think this was my least favorite. Devlin and Falco are detective partners in Birmingham, AL and this one begins with them already in a personal relationship (which was a bit jarring as there was mostly just attraction ending the last one). There are multiple mysteries here (arson, murders…both present and past, serial killer), but🔻

robinb luckily it wasn‘t confusing to follow. There are twists and turns, Falco‘s painful past undercover career is explored and resolved, and as it‘s the series finale, all is wrapped up nicely by the end. Overall a good conclusion to an exciting series. 4/5⭐️ 1d
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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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My December #BookSpin. 😊🎄☃️🎅🏻🤶🏻👼🐫🐑

Thanks Sarah!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 22h
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😂😂😂😂

*Courtesy of Instagram.

wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 that *never* happens 😏 3d
JessClark78 😂😂 2d
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Bookzombie 😂😂 2d
EvieBee Guilty! So many conversations turn into: “that reminds me of a book I‘m currently reading…” 2d
robinb @EvieBee Exactly!! 2d
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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Finally made it to the post office @DanaManiac ! Your #LMPBC is on its way with arrival by Tuesday the 30th (hopefully). 🤞🤞

@TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 @suvata

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I am hoping to mail mine tomorrow!! 4d
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December's Child | D a Williams
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Repost for @LitsyBirthdays :

Hard to believe December is almost upon us and with it the time to celebrate all these wonderful Litsy friends! ❤️❤️❤️

If you‘d like to be added to the @LitsyBirthdays calendar, please send your Litsy handle and your birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com .

The #birthdayfairies and Litsyland look forward to YOUR special day! 😊😊

squirrelbrain 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚 1w
BarbaraBB Thank you so much dear friend for your lovely postcard. I know what you mean about dreading all those changes!! I will be empty nested soon and wonder where the years went?! Also, I absolutely love your handwriting 😍. Thank you so much for thinking of me! ❤️ 1w
robinb @BarbaraBB Thank you for the handwriting compliment...you're sweet. 😘 And I think of you often, just don't get a card out unfortunately. :( 1w
BarbaraBB I know what you mean 🤦🏻‍♀️😘 1w
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This was my pick for #LMPBC, and I really enjoyed it! I won‘t go into details (no spoilers for my group), but it‘s a sweet romance centered around two renowned chefs (think Gordon Ramsay) and the issues they have to overcome to get to their HEA. ❤️ 4.25/5⭐️

PS. I‘ve read one other book from this author and loved it as well.

@DanaManiac I‘ll get this in the mail to you later this week, if that‘s OK?

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I'm looking forward to this one!! 2w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Hope you enjoy! 2w
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Untilted | Autechre
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Love this…❤️💙

Thanks for the tag @Andrew65 🤗

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

TrishB So true. My friends (inc Litsy peeps) have done this for me many times in the last couple of years. 2w
Andrew65 A lovely quote and thanks for the tag @robinb 2w
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One Christmas Eve | Shannon Stacey
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This is such a fun, inexpensive, meaningful little swap! Have you signed up yet?! 😊🌲📚🌲

See below for the link!

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeCLVcYCrG252A3AZYwiLHy4w-HvDSgOg3cSLDd...

Thanks @MaleficentBookDragon !

#jolabokaflodswap

LeahBergen Yes I have! It‘s a favourite. 😊 2w
AmyG I have too. This is a Litsy tradition! 2w
robinb @LeahBergen @AmyG 👍👍🎉🎉🎉😘😘 2w
PageShifter How lovely idea 2w
robinb @PageShifter I love everything about this. 😊 2w
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BOOKSHOPS | Jorge Carrion
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Just saw this on FB…so cute and nostalgic!

(Offered at The King‘s Bookshop, Salt Lake City, UT.)

LeahBergen I‘d try it! 2w
Magpiegem I love this idea, I would end up spending too much money on it if it was at my library! 2w
Amiable I love this! 2w
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AmyG That is awesome! 2w
Mynameisacolour I'd try it too! 2w
robinb @Magpiegem I‘d have to make sure I had plenty of quarters on hand. 😄 2w
BookDragonNotWorm That's such a good idea! 2w
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This was more of a “so-so” but I bumped it up for the #coverlove . 😂😂 Lucy is a popular morning radio personality who is placed on suspension when a questionable video surfaces. She becomes a public pariah on social media and contends with threats. At the urging of a friend, she journeys to an Outbound vacation spot in Finland as a volunteer. Tommi, as the owner of Wild Zone, is striving to get his dream job off to a good start. My main issues🔻

robinb here were: first, I did not feel close or connected to any of the characters; second, even though I sympathized that Lucy had some issues of her own (I won‘t go into those), I found her annoying most of the time…making bad choices and not learning from them; and third, the romance felt too rushed up and out-of-the-blue to me. So not stellar but OK. 3.5/5⭐️ 2w
merelybookish The cover is pretty! 2w
robinb @merelybookish Isn‘t it though?! Love the colors and contrasts! Hope you‘re doing well, Margot. 🤗 (edited) 2w
LeeRHarry It is set in Finland - sold!!! (edited) 2w
robinb @LeeRHarry it does a good descriptive job of the area. 😊👍 Would love to visit there! (edited) 2w
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This is a 4th in series, and while I did enjoy it, it wasn‘t my favorite, maybe because I‘ve never been crazy about the older man/younger woman trope. James is a larger-than-life war hero who is idolized by society and was gifted a dukedom for his heroism and leadership. He is writing his memoirs (incognito) at the Grand Palace on the Thames. Mariana is an opera singer who has been vilified by society for allegedly inciting a duel. James, with 🔻

robinb his military background, is dignified, wary and closed-off. Mariana is vivacious and straightforward in her actions and her words. They start off as combatants, but as they are thrown together (James offers to teach her Italian after he publicly embarrasses her after one of their altercations), they begin to see the person beneath the public persona. 🔻 2w
robinb I enjoyed Long‘s trademark wit and beautiful (almost lyrical) writing. However, I didn‘t quite feel the level of engagement with her mains that I normally do in her books. But still, a very good addition to the series. 4.25/5⭐️ 2w
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I'm Only Wicked with You | Julie Anne Long
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As an historical romance fan, I‘m going out on a limb to say that I believe JAL is the best writer in the genre. This series has been wonderful, and this 3rd in series is my favorite so far (and maybe my favorite of hers ever). Hugh, an American from rural NY, is in England searching for a runaway young woman. Lillias is the beautiful and popular daughter of an earl. They are immediately attracted to each other, but she is above his reach, and 🔻

robinb she has had her heart broken by a close childhood friend that she expected to marry. I won‘t go further with details, but suffice it to say, they get their HEA. What elevates Long‘s writing is her dry wit, her original plots/settings and her deep-dive into character development. I laugh, I visualize and I walk among these fictional folks and love every moment in their company. 🔻 2w
robinb Her writing is simply beautiful, and she writes with such feeling and emotion that I never skim but always read every “a, an and the”. Richly romantic with lots of angst, she knows how to write those intimate scenes as well. 😂 She‘s always an auto-buy for me and most of the time I never even read the blurbs. Highly recommended. 5/5⭐️ 2w
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The Wednesdays | Julie Bourbeau
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Thanks for the tag @eanderson !

1. Toughie! I‘m a big Anglophile. And I find the aristocracy very interesting (especially of the 19th century). I think it would be cool to be a fly on the wall at a ball during that period. Watch the interactions, the assignations 🤣, see the fashion and ogle the decor.
2. I‘m thankful for the amazing far-away friendships I‘ve made here. 🤎 Especially one in particular @eanderson .🤗 But so many others as well.

Eggs Love this post🥰🎈💕 2w
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“THINGS TO REMEMBER

Tomorrow is a new day.
Making mistakes is part of life.
Saying ‘no‘ is okay.
Not everyone has to like you.
Beauty & strength come from within.”

Thanks for the tag @Andrew65 😊

#ThinkPositiveBePositive

Andrew65 Love this 😍 3w
Kdgordon88 Perfection! 3w
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Interested??!

See @Liz_M ‘s comment below: 🔻

“I‘ve set up a Slack team as a place to continue brainstorming and coordinating. Anyone interested in volunteering, please email Litsy.readalong@gmail.com , and I‘ll invite you to Slack.” 😊

@Liz_M

rather_be_reading great idea! 3w
Liz_M Thanks for sharing! 😊 3w
Twainy Does Litsy have a presence on Discord? 3w
robinb @Twainy Sorry, but I really don‘t know. 🤷🏻‍♀️ You might want to post something and ask. Someone else might. 😊 3w
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The Dead Cry Justice | Rosemary Simpson
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This is the 6th in a favorite mystery series of mine. Taking place in late 1800s NY, detective partners Prudence (a brilliant heiress who dreams of attending law school) and Geoffrey (an ex-Pinkerton southern gentleman) search for a brother/sister who are in danger and have been living on the streets. In the process they uncover a horrific sexual fetish private club who kidnap young girls with certain characteristics. I love both this author‘s 🔻

robinb well-drawn characters (especially Prudence) and her well-drawn plots. And she also doesn‘t shy away from seedy, uncomfortable and dark subject matter (TW: sexual/physical/psychological abuse). I did regret the quick insert and exit of a new character that I really liked, but I understood the why. I still hold out hope that he might return at a later date. Enjoyed! 5/5⭐️ 3w
Chrissyreadit I can‘t wait for this one. This is a favorite series of mine also. 3w
StaceGhost This looks like it is going to be 100% in my wheelhouse! Thanks for the recommendation 3w
robinb @Chrissyreadit I'm so glad I found it! I always look forward to the next one! Can't wait to hear what you think. :) 3w
robinb @StaceGhost Yay!! I'm so glad when I'm able to introduce someone to a good series (at least one I think is good ;) ). I hope you'll try it and let me know what you think. I'm tagging the first one in series. 3w
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A Lack of Temperance | Anna Loan-Wilsey
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While I did finish this one (my Nov. #DoubleSpin), it was a close call. And while this is a first-in-series, I felt like there was no backstory…just jumped right in. 😮 I felt no connection to characters who were often more like caricatures, the mystery was not well-plotted or interesting for that matter, and the writing was simplistic. Disappointed. 🙁 1.5/5⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Well at least you can take the whole series off the list! 😂 3w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Exactly!! Moving on.... 😂 3w
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“Each day I am thankful for NIGHTS
that turned into MORNINGS;
FRIENDS that turned into FAMILY; (Litsy😊)
DREAMS that turned into REALITY;
And LIKES that turned into LOVE.”

Thanks for the reminder to #ThinkPositiveBePositive @Andrew65 . 🤗👍☀️

Anyone else like to share?

squirrelbrain Thanks for your sweet little card @robinb - always lovely to get mail from a fellow fairy! 😘 3w
robinb @squirrelbrain 😘❤️🤗🧚‍♀️ 3w
Andrew65 Thanks for the tag 😍, love this. 3w
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Passion on Park Avenue | Lauren Layne
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This is my Nov. #BookSpin and has been on my TBR ever since I read two other books by Layne. Naomi, a young, wealthy entrepreneur, is out for revenge against the family who tossed her and her mom (their housekeeper/his mistress) out like trash when she was 9. But reconnecting after 20 years, she realizes that maybe they‘ve all changed, especially the boy who used to torment her. Layne‘s trademark humor is infectious, and other than some 🔻

robinb frustrations with Naomi‘s sometimes wishy-washiness and Oliver‘s occasional smugness, I enjoyed this one as well. (TW: Alzheimer‘s) 4/5⭐️ 3w
TheAromaofBooks I really enjoyed this whole series when I read it last year. Actually, this was my least favorite of the three because I found Naomi really annoying haha 3w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks LOL. I think you and I think a lot alike. :) Yes, I would say that I enjoyed the previous books more than this one, but they weren't in this series. I'd like to read the other two in this one too. 3w
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1. I can‘t remember too far back 😂, but I do remember how excited I got when I got to go to the library (20 minutes away). I would hold my breath hoping for a Nancy Drew that I hadn‘t read yet. 😊

2. Any really, but rainy days curled up with a blanket are always special. ☔️

3. Good friends like Elisabeth. 🤗 Thanks for the tag @eanderson !

@LeahBergen @DanaManiac @Crazeedi @CBee @HappilyEverKrafter Wanna play?

#WondrousWednesday

CBee Nancy Drew 😍😍 Thanks for the tag, friend!! 3w
Crazeedi Thanks for tag!! 3w
Eggs Well done - thanks for playing 🙏🏻📚🙌🏻 3w
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City of Time and Magic | Paula Brackston
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This is 4th in a series that I‘ve been back and forth on, but this one featured more movement forward plot-wise, and I enjoyed it. As the prior book left a cliffhanger, Xanthe (a modern-day Spinner who travels through time to right injustice) must travel to Victorian England to rescue her friend/love interest Liam. While there she makes new “magical” friends while working to thwart two greedy, unscrupulous Spinners. I loved the introduction 🔻

robinb of new characters, a taste of new magical abilities, the formation of a new traveling team of helpers and the promise of further adventures. Oh, and a tentative love interest confirmed. Entertaining. 4/5⭐️ 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I agree about the back and forth with this series. Book four was a LOT more engaging than the last one. And I didn‘t realize until I finished that Elizabeth was a character from one of Brackston‘s early books. Now I want to go back and reread it because I recall loving it at the time. 3w
robinb @BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes, I was happy that this one seemed to move forward more. I felt that the series had been sort of “stuck“, if that makes sense? And I was also surprised about the Elizabeth connection! 😂 This series was the first of her books that I've read so I definitely need to check out her backlist! 3w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage @robinb I remember reading that earlier book and loving it. Which is how I ended up requesting all of these Xanthe books. Might do a reread … 3w
robinb @BarbaraTheBibliophage was there just one previous book that included Elizabeth or was it also a series? And do you remember the title of the book? Thanks! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage I think there are just two, but especially this one 3w
robinb @BarbaraTheBibliophage thanks so much! 😊 I‘ll check it out! 👍 3w
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Happy Halloween! | Lillian Jaine
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‘If lovin‘ you is wrong,
I don‘t wanna be right…‘ 😂😂😂

It‘s OK to wish for leftovers, right??! 🤞🤞🤞

Happy Halloween to those who celebrate!

🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻🎃👻🎃

AmyG Yes! (edited) 4w
robinb @AmyG Right??! 😂😂😂 4w
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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@BridgetteM I‘m sending your #LMPBC book back tomorrow from our final rotation.
#Round012 #GroupI

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The Time Between Us | Marina McCarron
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This was a good debut spanning decades (1937-2009) and locales (Normandy, Mass., RI, FL) centering around how the events of D-Day impacted and shaped a family‘s generations. While the story is fictitious, I enjoyed the in-depth historical details. Told in three voices, Elise, a troubled Frenchwoman destined to live in the past, Hank, a WW2 soldier whose life is shaped by a promise and Lucy, their granddaughter who while searching out her 🔻

robinb grandparents‘ history, finds her own way forward. While I do think it could have been a bit shorter and the writing could be a little simplistic at times, I did enjoy the character development (especially Elise‘s and Hank‘s), and watching the progression of the choices they made at a young age. It speaks to how life and its events seems at times to be so arbitrarily put into motion. Solid read. 4/5⭐️ 4w
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The Orphan's Tale | Pam Jenoff
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I‘m definitely in the minority, and I really wanted to like this more, but I actually struggled a bit through this one. A tale about the role the circus played in sheltering Jews in WW2, my favorite parts were the aerialists‘ performances. My two main issues (and unfortunately they were rather important) were the slowness/melodrama in parts and the actions of the characters themselves not feeling realistic (so frustrating at times). I felt 🔻

robinb there were too many instances of repetition in the writing, and the pacing of the action felt off, with the two big drama scenes coming later in the book and feeling over-the-top to me. I did love the close relationship of Astrid and Noa (the aerialists), but even that was frustrating as they swung from a loving friendship to temperamental enemies too many times to count. In the end, I loved the premise but felt let down in the delivery. 2.75/5⭐️ 1mo
robinb This was my final #LMPBC book for this round. @BridgetteM I will get this back to you in the next few days. Enjoyed this round with you all and your picks. @megnews @Susanita @suvata (edited) 1mo
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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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Here‘s my November #BookSpin / #DoubleSpin list with just a few change-outs from last month. 😊

Thanks, o fearless leader! ❤️ You‘re the best, Sarah!

eanderson I‘m loving this list! 😋 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
robinb @eanderson thanks, Elisabeth.😘 Here‘s hoping 5 or 19 pop up! 😂😂🤞🤞 1mo
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Repost for @LitsyBirthdays :

The #birthdayfairies are beginning to replenish their fairy dust supply, and we‘re looking at you, November babies! 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️

If you‘d like to be added to the Litsy birthday calendar, please send your Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com . Easy peasey! Please include YOUR info only. 😊

Ready to party with this great group of Littens! 🎈

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🎉🎊🎁🎈🎂 1mo
squirrelbrain 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
SilversReviews Happy Birthday!! 1mo
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Crazeedi This year has gone by in a whirl. 1mo
sharread Happy Birthday 🥳 1mo
robinb @Crazeedi You said it, my friend! 😳😳🤷🏻‍♀️ 1mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday everyone 🎉🎂🎈🎁🎊🥳 1mo
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Down a Dark River | Karen Odden
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I wanted to read this initial series starter because I had read a stand-alone by this author previously and really enjoyed it. Scotland Yard Inspector Michael Corravan, a no-nonsense former bare-knuckles boxer and dockworker, is investigating a series of strange murders involving the Thames River. My only issues were with the story‘s length (a bit too drawn out), frustration with Corravan‘s moodiness and keeping up with a plethora of 🔻

robinb miscellaneous characters‘ names. And just to mention, there are some dark deeds here including rape (not too graphic). I did enjoy this story overall and plan to continue reading. Corravan‘s world is populated with some interesting folks including his young colleague Stiles, his director Vincent, his medical friend James, his lover Belinda and a newly-acquired teenaged boarder Harry…a well-drawn ensemble. 🔻 (edited) 1mo
robinb I‘m intrigued to hear the backstories of these, and I look forward to more well-researched and well-written adventures. 4.25/5⭐️ 1mo
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R Is for Reading Books | Cheryl E. Hill
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Couldn‘t resist…😂😂

Jee_HookedOnBookz 😂😂😂my ideal day! 1mo
robinb @Jee_HookedOnBookz Exactly! 👍🙌🏼🙌🏼 1mo
TheSpineView Good advice! 1mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage I miss Cathy … it was such a relatable comic for me! 📚 1mo
robinb @TheSpineView The best! 😂 1mo
Megabooks I wish!! 1mo
Ddzmini Or 7:00am to 10:00 pm 🤪🙌🏽 1mo
robinb @Ddzmini LOL. I like that schedule! ❤️😂 1mo
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This is a debut, and a YA novel with a unique premise. Julie and Sam are high school seniors who have been together for 3 years. Tragically, Sam‘s life is cut short, and Julie is devastated in her grief and guilt. During one of her breakdowns she calls Sam‘s cell phone…and he answers. Thus begins a journey through the ultimate catharsis of saying goodbye. Other than some frustrations with Julie at times and a suspension of disbelief, this was a 🔻

robinb moving look at loss from a 17-year-old‘s perspective, and the sorrow of seeing a talented young life cut short. Also, just an aside, this was also a sweet, “innocent” young love. Nice first effort. 3.5/5⭐️ #coverlove (edited) 1mo
Bookzombie That cover is really pretty! 1mo
robinb @Bookzombie it‘s just so magical and illustrates the story so well. I love it when that happens. 😊 1mo
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How wonderful! Even more reasons to be thankful!! These amazing Littens are celebrating in November…are you on the Litsy birthday calendar?! If not, it‘s easy to sign up and get some extra love on your special day from your Litsy family. ❤️❤️❤️

Send your (only your own, please) Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com . The #birthdayfairies will take it from there! 🥳🥳🥳

squirrelbrain Party time! 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
robinb @squirrelbrain Yes indeed! 🎈🎈🎈 1mo
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This was my October #DoubleSpin, and I‘m so glad it came up. I‘ve been meaning to try this series for awhile, and I intend to continue on. A bit slow in parts but with a surprising twist at the end, this is an historical mystery series set in Victorian London with two very interesting leads. Barker is a mysterious, James Bond-like character and Llewelyn is his newly hired down-on-his-luck assistant (the last one died on the job). Enjoyed! 4/5⭐️

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 1mo
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A Secret Gift | Amanda James
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This was a cute romance, nothing earth shattering but nice. Set in Cornwall, Joy lost her husband 3 years ago, works as a carer at a nursing home (when she‘d rather be teaching), but she can‘t seem to move forward. Hope, a resident of the home and dear friend of Joy‘s passes along a gift to Joy before she passes. I won‘t spoil the gift, but it leads her to open a new chapter in her life, career-wise and romance-wise. Interesting premise. 4/5⭐️

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Since it got fairly good reviews and since I‘ve read another book by this author that I loved, I‘m going to go with the tagged book. It sounds like a cute rom-com. 😊

Hope that‘s OK with all?

#LMPBC #GroupR

DanaManiac Yep, that works!! 1mo
kimmypete1 Sounds good to me! 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Sounds good!!! 1mo
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Christmas Dress | Courtney Cole
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This was between a so-so and pan for me. Judging from other reviews I‘ll be in the minority here. The premise is good, and I had high hopes but unfortunately it didn‘t deliver for me. Meg is a 30 yo making her way into the fashion design world in NYC when her dad dies suddenly, leaving her the retirement home (housed in an historic building) that he‘s owned in Chicago since Meg was a young girl. She‘s all that‘s left of her family and has sad 🔻

robinb memories of her old home as she lost her mom and sister while living there. The building is falling apart, but she falls in love with the residents (especially feisty Sylvie, her helpmate and Ellie, a former attorney with a sad romantic past) and decides to try and get a grant for restoration as well as win a design contest in NYC. Oh, and she also falls for the building‘s handyman, Logan.
All of this sounds great. 🔻
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robinb But the characters felt underdeveloped and too-good-to-be-true, Meg struck me as too immature for her age and the wrap up gave me whiplash. The three conflicts (trouble with Logan‘s ex, getting the grant to pay for the over-the-top building calamities that seemed to take place every 5 minutes and winning the contest) all ended happily in 24 hours. 🔻 1mo
robinb The dress of the title brought (mostly) good luck/love to those wearing it. So while the premise was good, the development just wasn‘t there for me. 2.75/5⭐️ #coverlove (edited) 1mo
ScientistSam Great cover though! 1mo
robinb @ScientistSam That cover is gorgeous!! 💚❤️ 1mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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#LMPBC #GroupR @TheAromaofBooks , @DanaManiac and @kimmypete1 here‘s a selection of romance books for your consideration. I know that Kearsley‘s is probably not totally romance as she usually incorporates some fantasy.

Please let me know if any of these strike your fancy. 😉 If not, I‘ll keep looking. 👍

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TheAromaofBooks I've already read People We Meet on Vacation, but I'm up for any of the others. I had a Kearsley on my short list as well - The Rose Garden. 1mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Great!! I haven't read your Kearsley either. I know you and I both share a mutual adoration for her books. :) I'll see what Dana and Kimberly think. 1mo
kimmypete1 Wait for it is the only one I‘ve heard of, but I‘m open to trying whatever! 1mo
DanaManiac I haven‘t read any of these- whatever strikes your fancy is fine by me! ☺️ 1mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks @kimmypete1 @DanaManiac I‘ll read back through the blurbs of each and see what I come up with. Thanks! 🤗🤗🤗 1mo
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Untitled (Untitled #1) | Laura Brooke Robson
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Need opinions please. 😊 I have a coupon to use on one of these books. Which would you choose?

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robinb An Unfinished Story by Boo Walker is not in the Litsy database. 1mo
Susanita I like the cover of An Unfinished Story! 1mo
robinb @Susanita Me too. I think I‘m leaning more toward that one as the blurb sounds good. 😊 1mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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This one is a pick with some issues. It was slow until halfway in and repetitive in parts. I felt it was too drawn out (too much filler in spots). The cold and despair was almost TOO relentless. But I loved the strong heroines who took matters into their own hands. For me, the men/monsters were not satisfactorily redeemed for their heroines with an ending that seemed rushed in comparison to the rest of the book. I enjoyed Uprooted more. This ⬇️

robinb was just an OK for me. 3.75/5⭐️ This was my October #BookSpin. @TheAromaofBooks (edited) 2mo
TheAromaofBooks It's like you read my mind on this one! I felt the exact same way both about the unrelenting drudgery and despair AND the romantic conclusions. I would have really liked the beginning half to be a lot shorter and to get more scenes with the women actually communicating with the men - especially the one who is in the ice kingdom, like we get NO relationship development there when there is so much to explore! There was a lot I liked here, but I ⬇ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) preferred the warmth and overall more hopeful feeling of Uprooted. 1mo
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robinb @TheAromaofBooks That's it in a nutshell. :) 1mo
ScientistSam I loved this one, mostly because of the spot-on depiction of the Jewish protagonist. 1mo
robinb @ScientistSam I did enjoy most of it and really loved the strength and tenacity of the heroine. 😊 1mo
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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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Currently reading (and my #BookSpin). I‘ve had this on my TBR since I read Uprooted and loved it. I‘m about halfway through, and although I‘ve found it a little slow in parts, it‘s beginning to pick up and am now fully engaged. 😊

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Murder at Mallowan Hall | Colleen Cambridge
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OK, I‘m not embarrassed to say I “snort” laughed through this entire 200-page series starter. This book is a romp!! Phyllida Bright is a former army nurse, (40ish with a mysterious past) and the housekeeper at Mallowan Hall (home of the Mallowans/Christies). She‘s also a friend to Agatha and her biggest fan. When a man is murdered in the library and later one of her young housemaids, she takes it upon herself to investigate the visiting guests. ⬇️

robinb Both sharp and stubborn, Phyllida is a force to be reckoned with both above and below stairs. While I enjoyed the whodunit, I equally enjoyed the research into and the authenticity of the below stairs characters and their lives. Our heroine kept me entertained with her dry wit and boundless confidence. Honestly I didn‘t want to put this one down. So happy to have found a new series to look forward to. 5/5⭐️ 2mo
CarolynM Sounds fun. Stacked🙂 2mo
LeahBergen This DOES sound fun! 2mo
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MamaGina Oh, I‘ll definitely like this one, thanks for bringing it to my attention with your great review. Two things I love—finding a new to me author with a significant backlist OR getting started with a new author at the beginning of a promising series! 📚❤️🤓 2mo
robinb @CarolynM @LeahBergen Oh good! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did! 😘😘 2mo
robinb @MamaGina @LeahBergen @CarolynM Just discovered that Colleen Cambridge is one of at least 3 pseudonyms for this author. She‘s also Colleen Gleason (I‘ve already read some of these! 😆) and CM Gleason. She has a wide range of genres including paranormal, YA, historical and mystery/thriller. Obviously the woman is prolific! 😳😆😍 2mo
ScientistSam A romp sounds great! 1mo
robinb @ScientistSam so fun!! 😊 1mo
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Chasing Fireflies | Chloe Fowler
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This YA debut novel packs a wallop. All the emotions and also some triggers (domestic abuse, serious medical issue, bullying). Rainey is a fairly well-adjusted high school senior who is dealing with the stressful diagnosis of a loved one. Liam, a fellow classmate, however lives in fear and loathing of his stepdad and feels he has no future to look forward to. These two become friends through their proximity in math class and feel as if they ⬇️

robinb are “seen” by the other and a sweet romance begins to blossom. Surprisingly and in many ways this book reminded me of the “brat pack” movies of the 80s. Socio-economic issues, the pangs of first love, high school bullying/angst…it‘s all there. But it doesn‘t feel superficial as some of these kind of books/movies can. The author does an impeccable job of fleshing out ALL of the characters and leading you to care and root for them. ⬇️ 2mo
robinb And can I just say that Rainey‘s sister Maverick almost steals the show?!
The humor is infectious, the tears are unavoidable and the story is both heartbreaking and hopeful. A powerhouse. And if this is a first from this author, sign me up for all that follow. 5/5⭐️
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All That We Have Lost | Suzanne Fortin
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Told from dual timelines between WW2 (1944) and 2019. This centers around two strong heroines who strive to move forward toward independence following personal losses (freedom/love). Their physical focal point is a French chateau that has seen cruelty and evil but also love and heartbreak. I loved this one with my only complaint being a little bit of naïveté on the part of the modern heroine. Well written but keep the hankies handy. 4.5/5⭐️ ⬇️

robinb This is only the author‘s second novel, and I‘d definitely like to go back to read the first. 2mo
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OK, this might be the funniest card I‘ve ever received! 😂😂😆😂 Elizabeth, how did you know that “While You Were Sleeping” is one of my favorite movies ever??!! And Joe Jr.? Well, he practically stole the show from Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman! ❤️❤️❤️👏👏👏

Thanks so much for thinking of me and for giving me a nice walk down memory lane, sweet friend. 😘😘

Lynnsoprano OMG, I love that movie!! 2mo
robinb @Lynnsoprano So great, right??! 2mo
Catsandbooks Great movie! ❤️ 2mo
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HeyT lol It looks like he's 'leaning' kills me every time 2mo
robinb @HeyT LOL! That and his asking if she‘s wearing “underwears”…😂😂😂 2mo
EvieBee “Know her?! I‘m dating her!.” 2mo
robinb @EvieBee OMGosh, YES!!! 😆😆 Sooo many good lines!!! Would probably not be popular though in today‘s PC world. 😳😳 2mo
mabell Yay! I‘m glad it arrived! My memory is fuzzy, but I remember YEARS ago we bonded over Joe Jr. 🤣🤣🤣 Happy Birthday, Friend! 🥰 2mo
robinb @mabell 😊 Yes!! Joe Jr. is definitely someone to bond over…what a guy! ❤️❤️ 2mo
wanderinglynn Joe Jr! ❤️ I just rewatched this movie a couple of weeks ago. 2mo
robinb @wanderinglynn I want to watch it with my 25 yo daughter. Although I recently watched another fave (You‘ve Got Mail) with her, and she wasn‘t overly impressed. 😂 Must be a generational thing. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2mo
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All That We Have Lost | Suzanne Fortin
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Up next, a dual timeline historical fiction due out later this month. Love that cover! ❤️

#coverlove

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Riverbend Gap | Denise Hunter
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Hunter is an author of contemporary Christian romance books. I‘ve read several of hers, and this is the beginning of a new series. Cooper is a sheriff‘s deputy running for sheriff in the small Appalachian town of Riverbend Gap, NC. While out riding in the mountains he rescues Katelyn (a new local nurse) from a dangerous situation. They have an instant connection. But neither knows that she is his brother‘s new girlfriend…until they meet at a 🔻

robinb family dinner. I enjoyed this one. Other than the obvious complication, he has commitment issues and she has abandonment issues growing up in foster homes. They are both well drawn characters, and even with the forbidden attraction, they strive to do the right thing. 🔻 2mo
robinb This is a story of family (both real and those wished for), of courage in the face of persecution and of ultimately trusting in your faith to see you through the tough times. Lots going on here, and I loved it just as I have her previous books. 4.25/5⭐️ 2mo
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This was my #LMPBC for September, and I'm happy to have read it as I really enjoyed it.

Well-written with lots of historical background, it centers around the events of one of the most powerful hurricanes (in 1935) to hit the Florida Keys and is told from three women's experiences and how they overlap. I was invested in all three (Helen, Mirta and Elizabeth), but I think Helen was my favorite. The women were all very different in their past 🔻

robinb experiences and their present circumstances, but they all shared an indomitable strength that lead them through and beyond the devastation.

Very well done and recommended.

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robinb @Susanita I've been out of town but will get this one back to its rightful owner tomorrow. :) Good pick for our #LMPBC ! (edited) 2mo
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A Corruption of Blood | Ambrose Parry
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While I was invested in the mysteries within this third in series, I wasn‘t quite as happy with the progression of relationships. There are actually two cases that are interconnected, one involves the death of a wealthy but unscrupulous man, the other, missing babies. Warning, there are very dark issues here, I‘ll mention in spoiler below. The connection between Dr. Raven and Sarah becomes a bit convoluted and takes an unexpected turn 🔻

robinb that dismayed me. Otherwise a good read. 4/5⭐️ 2mo
robinb TW: gruesome infant deaths, incest 2mo
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The Art of Dying | Ambrose Parry
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I enjoyed the first in series so decided to continue with this one and am glad I did. Set in 1849 Edinburgh this one follows Will Raven (a young medical student) and Sarah Fisher (a housemaid/doctor‘s assistant) as they investigate a series of random seemingly unconnected deaths throughout the city. Just a word of caution, this series is dark, gritty and unflinching in its depiction of medical maladies/treatments during this time. 4.25/5⭐️

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October, October | Katya Balen
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“He loved October. Had always loved it. There was something sad and beautiful about it — the ending and beginning of things.”

—Jacqueline Woodson,
If You Come Softly

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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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Can‘t believe October is basically here!

Here‘s my #BookSpin / #DoubleSpin list. 😊📚

Thanks Sarah! 🤗

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2mo
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