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A Curious Beginning
A Curious Beginning: A Veronica Speedwell Mystery | Deanna Raybourn
In her thrilling new series, the New York Times bestselling author of the Lady Julia Grey mysteries, returns once more to Victorian Englandand introduces intrepid adventuress Veronica Speedwell.London, 1887. As the city prepares to celebrate Queen Victorias golden jubilee, Veronica Speedwell is marking a milestone of her own. After burying her spinster aunt, the orphaned Veronica is free to resume her world travels in pursuit of scientific inquiryand the occasional romantic dalliance. As familiar with hunting butterflies as she is fending off admirers, Veronica wields her butterfly net and a sharpened hatpin with equal aplomb, and with her last connection to England now gone, she intends to embark upon the journey of a lifetime.But fate has other plans, as Veronica discovers when she thwarts her own abduction with the help of an enigmatic German baron with ties to her mysterious past. Promising to reveal in time what he knows of the plot against her, the baron offers her temporary sanctuary in the care of his friend Stokera reclusive natural historian as intriguing as he is bad-tempered. But before the baron can deliver on his tantalizing vow to reveal the secrets he has concealed for decades, he is found murdered. Suddenly Veronica and Stoker are forced to go on the run from an elusive assailant, wary partners in search of the villainous truth.
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mom2bugnbee
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Once again, I forgot to post my stats at the end of last month!

Bury Your Dead ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Curious Beginning ⭐⭐⭐⭐
A Perilous Undertaking ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I'd Rather Be Reading ⭐⭐⭐⭐

The Specialist's Hat, Jump, The Water Museum (all Levar Burton Reads)

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Julsmarshall
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1. I love the word empathy. What it means and how it sounds 😍
2. If I love the series, as many as possible! Hard to pick a a favorite, I ❤️ the Veronica Speedwell series, the Cormoran Strike series and the Barenuckle Bastards series. And Harry Potter 😍
3. I write a little, short stories for myself. @Lifeisasnap

#wondrouswednesday (late) @Eggs

Eggs How awesome that you write stories 💕❤️💗 1mo
Lifeisasnap That so cool! Anything we can read? 1mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Reread a favourite time

FlowerFairy Love your nails! 1mo
lost.in.a.book That cover 😍 1mo
Just_reading Can't wait to read the newest one in this series! 1mo
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mom2bugnbee
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"Now, do shut up and stop interrupting whilst I'm being interesting."

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mom2bugnbee

"He insisted upon extracting a promise from me that I would go straight to bed & not tax my strength further. I gave it to him because, in my experience, it is far better to tell a man what he wants to hear & then do as you please than attempt to reason with him."

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mom2bugnbee
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Well, I've discovered my latest favorite female protagonist. I love Veronica Speedwell!

⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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wen4blu
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Check out my score from the library book sale! It wasn‘t until I got home that I realized everything I bought is blue. Strange.

DebReads4fun 💙📚 2mo
Soubhiville I find myself drawn to blue spines too. I never realized it until I arranged my TBR shelf by color. I have the most blue, then black, then red spines. I wonder if this has more to do with publishing trends or subconscious preference. 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
Jas16 That is a great haul! 2mo
Sace What a soothing stack of blue. 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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Mehso-so

I came close to bailing on this book because the first third was ABSURD! But I listened to the litsy love for it and persevered. It frequently made me laugh so I ended up enjoying it but I don't feel particularly drawn to the rest of the series. I do have the next book on kindle so perhaps sometime I'll give it a chance.

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BibliophileLibrarian
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Reading in between jobs. I work as a Reference Associate at a university one night a week. I come early so I can read a chapter or two before my shift starts 😍

Crazeedi Hi there fellow western PA friend! I'll bet you travel Rte 51 correct? Welcome to litsy!! 2mo
BibliophileLibrarian I sure do! 2mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I've just started this and already Veronica and Stoker strongly remind me of Amelia Peabody and her Dear Emerson. Am I off base or do others see that too?

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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

Not my usual type of mystery, but a fun read, and after The Great Believers, I needed fluff. Veronica Speedwell is an Interesting new (to me) character. And what a secret!

I‘ve already requested the next from the Library.

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JenFowler
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Fun and unexpectedly witty! I loved the strong female main character. She is seriously smart, self sufficient, knows exactly who she is and you can take it or leave it. Great role model material! I have heard great things about this series. Glad I tried it out!

Sharpeipup Weren‘t they great?! 3mo
tpixie Cool cover!!! 3mo
JenFowler @tpixie I love these covers! Partly the reason I was drawn to them. 3mo
tpixie ♥️♥️♥️ 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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So good! Delightful, charming and so much fun! Mistaken identity, a brilliant scientist, a dark and complicated hero, and the Queen‘s Jubilee make for an entertaining read! I can‘t wait to read the next one! #MountTBR

Tamra Every time I see a pic of your dog, I see my dogs face. 😄 Retrieving dogs just have that melty look. 3mo
Julsmarshall Aww, @tamra they are soul siblings! I do love the melty, droopy look! 3mo
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#7Days7Covers #CoverCrush Day 1. Thanks @robinb for the tag. I tag @Nevermore88 if she'd like to participate.

Nevermore88 I don‘t mind but what am I doing actually?! Lol 3mo
litenthusiast @Nevermore88 Sorry about that. 😎 You are supposed to post 7 book covers that you love for 7 days with no explanation. Tag a fellow Litten each day and invite them to play along. 3mo
Nevermore88 Ahhh ok yeah I can do that! Thanks for the tag. 3mo
robinb Love this series and all of the covers! 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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3rd hotel in 4 days. A quiet moment to read while Hurricane Imelda rolls into Houston. #travellingreader

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Julsmarshall
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When your book matches the hotel furniture! Really enjoying this book!

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Lauren.Archer
Mehso-so

As I suspected this was just meh for me.

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Lauren.Archer
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Going to dive into for the MMDBookClub. These types are not typically my jam, but going to give it a shot.

bookandbedandtea I've been meaning to read this for ages. I keep hearing really good things about it. 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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So enjoying this fun, surprising story! Cuddled up in my hotel room, reading away! #travellingreader

raeintheworld I just read this and loved it! I‘ve got the second and third on my hold list at the library. 3mo
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Leftik
Curious Beginning | Deanna Raybourn
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A yummy weekend read! And such a gorgeous cover.

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suvata
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A Curious Beginning is a cozy mystery/romance set in Victorian era England. I was particularly fond of the main characters, Veronica and Stoker‘s, humorous banter. In fact, I liked the vivid writing style throughout and the mystery is, indeed, “curious”. I will definitely be seeking out more from this author.

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ModernMrsDarcy.com #MMD pick for September 2019

Same book but two totally different covers. I like the first (blue) one best.

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jenniferajanes
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This was fun! I doubt I would have read it if it wasn‘t the #mmdbookclub September pick. The mystery was interesting, with a twist I didn‘t see coming. The relationship between the lepidopterist and the natural historian was interesting and made me smile. I also admire Veronica‘s independence and desire for an adventure. She‘s pretty unflappable! #ModernMrsDarcy

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juliegumdrop I loved Jane Steele. Enjoy! 3mo
suvata @juliegumdrop Good to hear 3mo
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Suelizbeth
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I never had the least intention of reading a Veronica Speedwell mystery, but when it‘s a Modern Mrs Darcy book club pick, well, what choice do you have? I was pleasantly surprised by how much I liked it, although it was a bit corny in places. I guessed Veronica‘s secret before the reveal, and kind of knew what the resolution would be, but it was a fun read. #mmdbookclub @annebogel ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I ❤️ this series! If you haven‘t started it yet, this sale today for the ebook version of book 1 should be hard to resist.

GingerAntics If you recommend it, I‘ll try it. Especially at this price. I fear if all books were $0.99 I‘d probably be broke because they would all seem so harmless. 3mo
Texreader @GingerAntics I struggle with not buying all the ebooks on sale! I like that there‘s always a free choice, which I get about 95% of the time. My ebook library, though, is now massive. 3mo
GingerAntics So is mine. I can‘t believe I ever sit here and think “I have nothing to read.” I think, to an extent, the size of my digital library is intimidating, so when I‘m not sure what to read it‘s not always helpful. 3mo
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VanessaCW
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5⭐️. I really enjoyed this fun and entertaining mystery. It‘s a first book in a series featuring a lepidopterist and a natural historian as amateur sleuths. In this one a big secret leads to an exciting cat and mouse chase involving murder and abduction, a secret which could change the course of history. It‘s humorous with some great characters and kept me turning the pages. I‘ve already downloaded the next book.

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esurient
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On sale! #pricedrop

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raeintheworld
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Pickpick

This was so good!! I can‘t wait to read the next one.

ladym30 This is a great series!!❤️ 4mo
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meganebcd
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This is absolutely enchanting and altogether delightful. Taking in as an audiobook and will now devour the whole series!

CaitZ It is a wonderful series. 4mo
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raeintheworld
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Library haul! I‘m already halfway through Reader, I Married Him—stories inspired by Jane Eyre. Yes, please!

SassenachTheBookWizard A CURIOUS BEGINNING! The Veronica Speedwell series is my ultimate favourite series! I hope you love it 4mo
raeintheworld @SassenachTheBookWizard I‘m super excited to start it! 4mo
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EmilyM
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This book was great fun! I loved the fiesty Veronica and the mysterious Stoker, and the tension and witty banter between them was perfect. I felt that the end was a tad anti climactic, but not enough for me to feel disappointed. The narration of this on Audible was also well done. I have the next one in the series already downloaded and ready to go! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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mom2bugnbee
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Seems that the back of ladies in period dress is the latest cover fad. But what a cover!

One chapter in & I already love the protagonist. And who isn't interested in a character named Baron Maximilian von Stauffenbach? 😉

#currentread #currentlyreading

wanderinglynn I like the colors on the cover. 👍🏻 5mo
mom2bugnbee @wanderinglynn That struck me as well. Wondering if there is any significance/symbolism there. Stay tuned. ☺ 5mo
britt_brooke Interesting! I‘m always intrigued by cover fads. 5mo
SaturnDoo I have been noticing that too on a lot of covers. I think there is some symbolism/significance 😁 The colors are gorgeous ❤💜 5mo
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SW-T
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Pickpick

Veronica is unashamedly herself throughout her interactions with others. She and Stoker made a good team. Plenty of humor and action kept the book moving along.

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SW-T
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Closing out the day with a cup of tea and a new book. 📚🍵😊

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phatsallylee
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Thank you @TorieStorieS for the audiobook birthday gift! I can't wait to start this series!

TorieStorieS Yay!! I hope you enjoy it!!!❤️❤️❤️ 5mo
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Mccartershanon
Pickpick

Really loved this! Took me a little while to get into the plot but I love love LOVED the characters!

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Annnnnnnnnnnnd for some reason I need to reread book one of my favourite series 🤷🤷🤷🤷🤷

julesG I've been circling the audiobook for some time now. I'll cave soon. 😀 5mo
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Sharanya
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Pickpick

This was awesome fun! There were times when I felt that Veronica was the archetypical Intrepid British Spinster that is so easily found in this genre. But her more obvious characteristics aside, I thoroughly enjoyed her interactions with the grumpy bear that was Stoker! The plot was more thriller than mystery, rolled into a playfully romantic romp. It was thoroughly enjoyable, written with a delightful sense of humor. A cute, summery read. ★★★★☆.

Texreader I just finished book 4 in the series. It‘s all very satisfying! 5mo
Sharanya @Texreader just started book 3 and loving it! This slow burn romance has me like 🔥 5mo
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Sharanya
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#currentlyreading | officially have nothing on my to do list for at least a month, so excited to fill it up with books!

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ladym30
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Just starting this!🥰

Nafiza I loved this one. 6mo
Caffeinated_Reader Beautiful cover 6mo
ladym30 @Nafiza ❤️ 5mo
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BooknerdsLife Gorgeous cover! 😱❤️ 5mo
ladym30 @BooknerdsLife 👍🏻❤️ 5mo
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mamawray
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I absolutely LOVED everything about this book! The characters were fascinating, the mystery, the history, it was all splendid! On my way to find more by Deanna Raybourn.....😊

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Pickpick

Is this considered mystery? Cozy mystery? This is one of my sub genre comfort reads- whatever it falls in. I love the characters. I think more background and depth would have been good, but I still enjoyed the story as it was. Thank you @mabell for this book!

HOTPock3tt This is one of my absolute fave series!!! ♥️ 6mo
mabell Yay!! I‘m so glad you liked it! (As it was from your TBR, you have good taste 😉) It looks like a really fun series! 6mo
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Chrissyreadit
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My sweet daughter made us some tea courtesy of @cobwebmoth and @TK421 , in the lovely cup also from Laura, while reading my book from @mabell . Thank you friends for this moment of perfect self care.

Chrissyreadit @BethM I‘m enjoying the tea very much. 6mo
cobwebmoth 💞 6mo
IamIamIam Is that tea purple or is it a clever filter? That's spectacular! 6mo
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Hollie I‘ve never seen tea that color. That looks fun! 6mo
Chrissyreadit @IamIamIam it turns purple when you add lemon! @Hollie it has sweet pea flowers that I believe create the color. 6mo
IamIamIam Omigosh, I'm in love!!! 6mo
LeahBergen So pretty!! 6mo
mabell What pretty tea! 😍 6mo
Booknerd2 Oh my goodness!!! What flavor of tea is that. 💜💜💜 the color. 5mo
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Chelleo
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More reading time than I originally planned today. Oldest son broke 2 bones in his wrist on his first day of summer camp and we‘re at the 2nd of 2 hospitals. He‘s doing ok and the pain has subsided, we‘re both just ready to go home.

Update: He had a successful reduction (bone resetting) & surgery avoided. We got home about 3 am the next morning. As we checked out he told the nurses, “he had fun”. He‘s adjusting well. Pic taken upon discharge.

Amor4Libros Awww!! Hope he feels better soon!!! 7mo
SaturnDoo Sending lots of ❤ and well wishes for a speedy recovery 😊 7mo
stacybmartin Oh no - hope he is feeling better and you guys get to go home soon! 💙 7mo
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eri.reads Oh poor baby! I hope he feels better soon. Sending ♥️ and prayers 🙏. 7mo
Theaelizabet Sending hugs and good thoughts to all. 7mo
Ericalambbrown Awwww, what a bummer! Heal well, little man! 7mo
emtobiasz Oh, poor baby! I broke my arm roller skating at our last day of school party in 6th grade— it‘s a tough time of year to have a cast. Hope it feels better soon! 7mo
wanderinglynn Oh no! Sending healing vibes & good thoughts. 💚 7mo
RebL First day?! 7mo
Tamra Ouch!! 7mo
MallenNC Poor kid and Momma! I hope everything heals well and quickly. 7mo
TheWordJar Awww, poor guy! That‘s not the kind of reading time mamas hope for. Wishing him a speedy recovery! 7mo
tracey38 Oh no! Hope he heals quickly. 7mo
QuietlyLaura Poor kid! I hope you both can go home and get some healing rest soon. 💕 7mo
MicheleinPhilly Oh poor thing! Fingers crossed for a speedy recovery! 7mo
RealBooks4ever *hugs* 🤗💜 7mo
Cortg Yuck! My son broke 2 bones in his arm on the 1st day of kindergarten (many years ago.) He had to have pins put in. Oddly, he was 1 of 3 boys all in for the same reason. Darn monkey bars. I hope your son has a speedy recovery! 7mo
Megabooks I am so sorry!! I hope he feels better soon and can still have some fun this summer!! 💙💙 7mo
tammysue Oh no! Sending hugs! ❤️ 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Ouch!! Sending love and healing thoughts for a quick recovery❤️ 7mo
TheLibrarian Awww poor boy. Hoping for a speedy recovery. 7mo
Lcsmcat Oh no! I‘m so sorry. 7mo
xicanti Poor kid! And on the first day. 😧 7mo
Sharpeipup What a memorable start to summer! Hoping it heals properly... 7mo
rwmg Poor thing. Hope it heals soon. 7mo
Jas16 Oh no!! Poor little guy. Wishing him a speedy recovery 7mo
JSW Oh what a bummer. Hope he‘s doing better soon. ❤️ 7mo
cobwebmoth Aw! I hope he heals quickly.❤ 7mo
alanacristin Hope he's feeling better soon ❤ 7mo
MicheleinPhilly He had fun! 😂 Love his positive attitude! 6mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Me too! He‘s a trooper⭐️ 6mo
RealBooks4ever AND dinosaurs! What an adventure! 💜 Here's to quick healing. ⚕️ 6mo
Megabooks Fantastic! I‘m so glad he‘s in good spirits and doesn‘t need surgery! 6mo
Lcsmcat So glad to hear he won‘t need surgery! 6mo
TheWordJar Yay no surgery! He looks good for having such a long day! Hopefully he‘s back running around in no time. 6mo
tracey38 @Chelleo so glad he's staying positive. Hope you all were able to get some rest when you got home. 6mo
Cortg Yay! Glad he‘s feeling better! 6mo
alanacristin Thanks for the update! Glad he's doing well ❤ and posing for photos with dinosaurs even! 6mo
Catt What a pair of troopers! Hang in there you two! 6mo
Smrloomis Ugh, that sounds exhausting! Glad he‘s doing better and hope the recovery is smooth 🤞🏽 6mo
Centique All the best for his recovery 💕 6mo
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Chelleo
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#breakfastandabook Making headway this morning while I enjoy a personal day.

AlaMich You are doing a weekday breakfast the right way! 😋 7mo
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Chelleo
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#BreakfastAndABook before a morning meeting. Finally starting this #secretsantagoespostal gift from @Bookcation74 #TreatYoself

HOTPock3tt Omg this is one of my fave series!! 😍♥️I‘m so curious what you will think of it!! Maybe you can tag me in your review?! It slows down a bit in the middle but is otherwise stellar!! I‘ve read and LOVED all 4 of them! 7mo
GypsyKat I love everything about this picture! 😍😋 7mo
Eggbeater I just finished this series on audio. I adored it! 💕 7mo
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Lisas.Library Now I‘m hungry and cereal isn‘t going to do!! 😂 7mo
therealoctober *adds to growing pile 7mo
alanacristin That looks like an excellent start to the day 😍 7mo
Gina Those first few pages are brutal so I put it down tor awhile. I have heard good things about this series. Is it worth it to push through that begining? 7mo
ChocolateBookmarks Wowwwww this looks great!!!!!! 7mo
catebutler Looks fabulous! I‘ve had this book on my list for a while, this makes me want to pick it up! 7mo
Sharpeipup Get book 2 ready...it‘s a great series! 7mo
Bookcation74 Enjoy!! 7mo
Larkken French toast? Yum! 7mo
Chelleo @HOTPock3tt I‘ll try to remember to tag you. Be warned...it takes me forever to read print books 😕 7mo
Chelleo @Eggbeater I‘ve requested the audio to help me read this in a decent timeframe. Plus I love to hear stories and pronunciations. 7mo
Chelleo @Lisas.Library @alanacristin @ChocolateBookmarks @Larkken This place makes the best French toast! 7mo
Chelleo @Gina I‘ll consider myself warned! I have made it past the first few pages. 7mo
Gina Thanks! **Deep breath** I shall forge on into the storm!! 😉😁😂 7mo
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Sharpeipup
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1. The entire Veronica Speedwell series
2. Yesterday on the lake
3. Tex Mex
4. Yes...no clue how many though which I find sad but we‘ve lost touch with my father‘s family.
5. ❤️
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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Slajaunie
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Starting this now! Hope it is good.

Texreader It is!!! A great series!! 7mo
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