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The Keeper of Lost Things
The Keeper of Lost Things: A Novel | Ruth Hogan
A charming, clever, and quietly moving debut novel of of endless possibilities and joyful discoveries that explores the promises we make and break, losing and finding ourselves, the objects that hold magic and meaning for our lives, and the surprising connections that bind us. Lime green plastic flower-shaped hair bobblesFound, on the playing field, Derrywood Park, 2nd September. Bone china cup and saucerFound, on a bench in Riveria Public Gardens, 31st October. Anthony Peardew is the keeper of lost things. Forty years ago, he carelessly lost a keepsake from his beloved fiance, Therese. That very same day, she died unexpectedly. Brokenhearted, Anthony sought consolation in rescuing lost objectsthe things others have dropped, misplaced, or accidently left behindand writing stories about them. Now, in the twilight of his life, Anthony worries that he has not fully discharged his duty to reconcile all the lost things with their owners. As the end nears, he bequeaths his secret lifes mission to his unsuspecting assistant, Laura, leaving her his house and and all its lost treasures, including an irritable ghost. Recovering from a bad divorce, Laura, in some ways, is one of Anthonys lost things. But when the lonely woman moves into his mansion, her life begins to change. She finds a new friend in the neighbors quirky daughter, Sunshine, and a welcome distraction in Freddy, the rugged gardener. As the dark cloud engulfing her lifts, Laura, accompanied by her new companions, sets out to realize Anthonys last wish: reuniting his cherished lost objects with their owners. Long ago, Eunice found a trinket on the London pavement and kept it through the years. Now, with her own end drawing near, she has lost something preciousa tragic twist of fate that forces her to break a promise she once made. As the Keeper of Lost Objects, Laura holds the key to Anthony and Eunices redemption. But can she unlock the past and make the connections that will lay their spirits to rest? Full of character, wit, and wisdom, The Keeper of Lost Things is heartwarming tale that will enchant fans of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake, Garden Spells, Mrs Queen Takes the Train, and The Silver Linings Playbook.
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Heatherfeather
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I really loved the gorgeous, lyrical writing. At times I felt like the story didn't know what it wanted to be, but overall a beautiful, uplifting experience.

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jillrhudy
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I‘m not as good as I once was at keeping track of multiple story lines set in numerous times. The wonderful dogs portrayed in this book are what make it a Pick for me. I guess you‘d call it somewhere between a cozy and literary fiction. The last book I read was good enough to put this one in the shade, except for the dogs and a very special girl named Sunshine.

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jillrhudy
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I was listening to the audio and speaking of lost, I was. Totally. I went to the library to get the book and now am reading while my color processes at the salon. It‘s very cute and sweet.

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RachelO
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#fallisbooked #leaves @OriginalCyn620 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

And yes, that might actually be a Snoopy colouring book underneath!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🧡🍁🍂😊 2w
OriginalCyn620 👌🏻📚🍁🍂 2w
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squirrelbrain
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The hero of this story collects a lot of #thingummybobs that people have lost...
#thethingummybob
#redroseseptember

Cinfhen Hi 👋 missed you these past few days!! #BonusCoverCrush 3w
squirrelbrain Sometimes life (for that read ‘work‘) gets in the way of Litsy doesn‘t it @Cinfhen ?! How dare it? 3w
arlenefinnigan Love the cover! 3w
AmyRebecca Yes, beautiful colors on the cover 3w
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Ddzmini
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I just love this cover #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush #day5

gradcat Oh, I loved this book! 🥰 1mo
tpixie Gorgeous!!! 1mo
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JoyBlue
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Fairly predictable and occasionally unreasonably convenient, and yet I really enjoyed it. There are a few nice relationships, and we get to hear some of the stories from different times and perspectives.

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Jerdencon
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#7days7covers #covercrush #day1

Post 7 books covers that you love over 7 days, no explanations. Tag someone new each day to play along.

Thanks for the tag @AsYouWish
Tagging @Coleen_Nieto to play!

Jerdencon @Coleen_Nieto just saw you were already nominated! 1mo
Jerdencon Tagging @Shakespearience if you want to play! 1mo
Coleen_Nieto @Jerdencon I always appreciate the thought!! 1mo
Coleen_Nieto Have you read this book? It's on my tbr 1mo
Jerdencon @Coleen_Nieto yes - I really liked it! 1mo
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rambiepaige
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Only a few chapters in, but definitely enjoying it!

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AmyLarge
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Some books are like sinking into a warm bath. They just make you go 'Ahhhhh' and all of the tension unwinds from your body and mind. This, for me, was one of those.

Adorable characters with delicious connections, bringing together this collection of lost people and helping them to heal. A bit of magic, a sprinkling of a ghost story, lots of respect for writing. And love that just leaps off the page.

Ahhhh.... Perfect.

Crazeedi Yep!❤ 2mo
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HoneyBeeLee
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Have to say this book was really cute and a really good read. If you are looking for a simple story that will tug on your heart strings with a satisfying ending, this is the book for you. I defiantly recommend this book.

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BooknerdsLife
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Life With Books Is Just Better!
My favourite colour?? It‘s like asking for my favourite book...I Can‘t just pick one! I love them all! (Except for the tagged book which I haven‘t read yet)
So here are some of my favourite books in my favorite colour : #RainbowColor 🌈for #ColorMePretty #FavoriteColor
Sorry I‘m late as usual 😅🙈
#booknerd #bookish #bibliophile #readerslife #AussieReader #bookworm #bookwormsproblem 🤷🏻‍♀️📚

brit91 Love this!💖💖 3mo
BooknerdsLife @brit91 Thank you! 🙏🏼❤️🌈 3mo
janeycanuck Fantastic pillow! 3mo
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caitlin.reads.books
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I finished my #bookclub book today and it‘s the first one I finished in the #24in48 readathon this weekend! I liked it until about halfway and then it just got too cheesy for me. It was an easy read overall, but not one I cared for in the end.

kaz2019 I agree with you, there are elements of the book I enjoyed when I read this, but I was expecting it to be better. 3mo
caitlin.reads.books @kaz2019 Exactly. Some of it just felt pointless. I love the cover though haha! 3mo
kaz2019 The cover is very pretty! There's supposed to be a film version of this book being made. I'm not sure how you can do that, with all of the strands of plot happening throughout the book. 3mo
caitlin.reads.books @kaz2019 Oh that‘s interesting! Yeah, they would have to cut out some of the side stories to fit this plot into a movie. I almost think focusing on the main story in movie format would be better than the book! And I don‘t say that often lol 🙊 3mo
kaz2019 Yes, you might be right! Or just doing the back stories of the objects would be good. Some of them are quite creepy! 3mo
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caitlin.reads.books
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My #tbr stack for the #24in48 readathon this weekend! I also have an audiobook I recently started as well so I can still get in reading time when I am driving or doing weekend chores. 😃 Looking forward to a weekend of reading to hopefully finish a few of these that I‘ve been working on for a while!

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hummingbird1945
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This is a quaint, heartfelt book, I think, much like my own storytelling style. Lots of intertwining stories and rich peeks into windows if lives.
This is a good book for travel!

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caitlin.reads.books
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Starting this one tonight along with some hot tea 😊

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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The last one I finished this weekend...this one I did as an audiobook and it was really well narrated...all in all a cute story.

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Andorsey
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Slow start but multiple story lines with plots that converge at the end. Heart warmingly sad. Worth the read

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Seshat

"Her grandmother had once told her that one could blame ugliness on one‘s genes and ignorance on one‘s education, but there was absolutely no excuse whatsoever for being dull."

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CharleaFinley
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“But she was wonderfully striking, with a presence that still reached out from all those years ago and captivated him. She had been dead for forty years, but she was still his life, and her death had given him his purpose. It had made Andrew Peardew the Keeper of Lost Things.”

The writing... 💜💜 #thekeeperoflostthings

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Tashreads
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Now for something a little lighter 🌸

Jerdencon I really liked this! 5mo
Louise This is such a lovely book! 💕 5mo
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kspenmoll
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Finished listening to The Keeper of Lost Things- Best in the cast of characters were Eunice & Bomber & his narcissistic sister. An easy read. Just beginning to listen to The Strange Journey of Alice Pendelbury- so far, it also has a little magic. I am intrigued. Also, I love the cover! #audiowalking #audiocleaning #Litsywalkers

Jenken1998 I adored The Keeper of lost Things❤❤❤ 6mo
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MommyOfTwo
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Forgot to post yesterday 🤦‍♀️ we don‘t have flowers yet here but they are coming. #Flowers

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julesG
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#friyayintro @howjessreads

1) done
2) not in a fancy way. I just fold the duvet and spread a cat-friendly blanket across it.
3) 18°C/48°F
4) can't think of anything
5) consider it done 😘

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Allthebookclubs
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This is a charming story however it took me more than half of the book to figure out the connection between Eunice and Laura; I kept thinking that Bomber and Antony were the same person until one finally spoke about the other. The love story was cute and I really liked Sunshine‘s character a lot. Book 15 of 2019

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Jeg
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Really enjoyed this read. Right book at the right time. Just delightful. @MrsMalaprop

Louise Yes, this is such a lovely book! 👍 7mo
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Nelle1
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About to start this book - so excited!

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MommyOfTwo
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❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ @j9brown thank you so much! I love it all. The kitty spoons are so cute and coffee is always a good thing. And thanks to @BookishMarginalia for putting this swap together. #CupidGoesPostal ❤️💜❤️💜❤️

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Those spoons 😻 8mo
CouronneDhiver Fun 👍🏽 8mo
AmyG The cat spoons! ❤️ 8mo
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bullbunny Those cat spoons are cute! But is that an enamel pond I see!!? I love enamel pins! 8mo
j9brown Yay! Happy Valentine's Day! Shopping for this was a lot of fun 😊 Enjoy!! 8mo
kellyann28 Those cat spoons are EVERYTHING! 8mo
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Jerdencon
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1. Tagged
2. Going to a local pizza restaurant with my son and hubby - tradition started 10 years ago when I wanted low key and local since my scheduled c-section was 2 days later. We always say my son was with us that day too even if we didn‘t know he was a “he” 😂
3. Orange
4. I think my mother said George
5. ❤️❤️❤️
#friyayintro @howjessreads

RadicalReader @Jerdencon what a wonderful tradition some of the best traditions start when you least expect it but then you wonder how you could ever live without them 8mo
Jerdencon @RadicalReader I totally agree! 8mo
CouronneDhiver Aw, that‘s ok. I love my colour enough for the both of us 😉🧡 Lol 8mo
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Libby1
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Bailedbailed

I‘ve found a new trigger area for me: Magical Disabled People. This now joins “funny” portrayals of incest.

I used to work with adults with disabilities and I have a son with an invisible disability. People with disabilities are wonderful. But whimsical, telepathic “child” adults? Nope - I‘m outta there.

The story has been called cute, so I thought I‘d prove my cute loving credentials by including Lola cat & some throw cushions in the pic.

readingjedi Oh yuck! 😠 9mo
Naj "Magical disabled people" sounds horrible. I'd have bailed too. 9mo
Redwritinghood There are “funny” portrayal of incest? How? 9mo
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Libby1 @Redwritinghood - I‘ve read a couple of books that paint incest as exciting or amusing. Really. I felt sad and angry when I read them, and realised that this kind of portrayal of abuse would always be an instant Bail for me. I hope my comment didn‘t look like it was making light of the subject. I apologise if it did. 9mo
Libby1 @readingjedi , @Naj - I know a lot of people love this book and find this character endearing. Maybe my current situation as a parent means this is not the best book for me. 9mo
Redwritinghood @Libby1 No, I didn‘t take it as making light of the subject. I just couldn‘t imagine how anyone could make that funny. I can understand why you would bail on something like that. 9mo
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RachelO
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For #AlwaysLookOnTheBrightSideOfLife I thought I‘d go for one of the brightest book covers I own (thanks @TrishB 😘). Isn‘t it sunny-looking? One of many books that will DEFINITELY get read in the next few months! #positivethinking #justassoonasovefinishedthetaxreturn

#musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory

Cinfhen Wonderful cover!!!! And wonderful @TrishB 💕💕💕 9mo
TrishB I have on my kindle and not read yet! I‘ve read another one by the author and really enjoyed it! 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen 😘 9mo
vivastory Fantastic cover! 9mo
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sh333p
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New book day 🤓

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Chelleo
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@Louise ... thank you so much for this lovely read. I this story, the characters and their backstories. The author did a nice job developing each character‘s quirks and intertwining their stories. Definitely a 2019 fave!

Read 2019/01/22 📖🎧⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Crazeedi It was a sweet story, I really enjoyed it 9mo
CharleaFinley I‘ve just been admiring the cover of this one for quite some time. Your post makes me excited to actually take it off the shelf and get started reading! Thank you! ❤️ 9mo
Louise I‘m so glad you enjoyed it, Michelle! It was one of my favorite reads of 2018. I follow the author now on Instagram! 9mo
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Chelleo
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Starting this book and doing a little #audiocleaning (dishes). 🎧 It‘s off to a good start.

Gonna be a pajama kind of day. Too cold and icy to leave the house. Stay warm, Littens!

Texreader I‘m audio cleaning today too! 9mo
Crazeedi Aww you will love this book, it is great, I didn't do audio, I read it. I totally enjoyed, have fun! 9mo
Tamra Audio makes all the difference to cleaning! 9mo
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TK421 I'll be audio cleaning later. It really makes washing dishes bearable. 9mo
ApplesandSpindles I didn't kniw "audio cleaning" was a thing! I thought it was just me! 9mo
Chelleo @ApplesandSpindles you‘ll find that us Littens can create an “audio” version of just about any activity 😂 9mo
ApplesandSpindles @Chelleo Then I have found my people. 😄😄 9mo
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Chelleo
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1. Just finished Words in Deep Blue and about to begin the tagged book.

2. Vanilla white mocha

3. Coffee with Bailey‘s Irish Cream

#weekendreads @rachelsbrittain

BeaG Coffee with hazelnut creamer. 9mo
rachelsbrittain Thanks for joining in ☕😊 9mo
Chelleo @BeaG yum! 9mo
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crouchnm
Mehso-so

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booklover984
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4/5
Now that I'm feeling better mentally, I've gone back to reading. I've finished this book in a day, after I picked up where I left off.
I really enjoyed this book and enjoyed watching the main characters growth.

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booklover984
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I'm still trying to read this. It's not that it sucks, it's just the holidays make me depressed and I already deal with depression so it's not fun.
But the holidays are over and the new year has style, so...I'm trying to feel better and get back into reading.
❤️

Cpg I can understand- I finished this book- on my second go! I had to get back on the waiting list of my library for the ebook. But when I picked it back up...I kept going! Really enjoyed it! 9mo
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RaimeyGallant
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Panpan

Fabulous overall premise (a man who loses the love of his life finds purpose collecting lost objects,) and in the words, a lot of brilliant imagery. The story is sound, but past the 1/4-way mark, I wasn't turning pages with as much gusto. The characters felt real but in a surreal way, real for the world the author created. There's a touch of paranormal, which guest-stars in the role of plot device, but I wouldn't say plot was governed by it.

readordierachel Pretty view though! 10mo
RaimeyGallant @readordierachel What you call pretty, I call life-sapping. It's -35 C. That's -31 F. Winnipeg is the place car batteries go to die. ;) 10mo
readordierachel @RaimeyGallant Yowzah! I stand corrected 😆 10mo
ericarobynreads This was definitely a slow one! If it wasn‘t my book clubs pick I probably would have dropped it. I hope your next read is better for you! 😁 10mo
batsy Oh.. Those Winnipeg winters 🤪 10mo
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Chelleo
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One of the smartest things I‘ve done lately is to sign up for #LitsyPenPals which introduced me to @Louise I truly enjoy our snail mail 💌📬(and Litsy and Fb) correspondence. Thank you you for these great goodies. I love the ornament made of lines from two of my favorite Maya Angelou poems (Still I Rise and Phenomenal Woman). Merry Christmas, Louise!

Louise So glad you are enjoying the package! I truly enjoy our correspondence too! Merry Christmas! ❤️🎄 10mo
CaliforniaCay That's such a thoughtful ornament! 10mo
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JulietBoydAuthor
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Audio version. This book was like a comforting cuddle of life and humour. Told by multiple narrators, it flits between two main stories and has a whole raft of loveable characters. Definitely a feel-good book.

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Allisontester
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Very sweet book with a touch of magic

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booklover984
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Nala may be sleeping, but she is still supervising me...

Crazeedi They always keep their eye on things, even if you think they're snoozing, 😉 10mo
booklover984 @Crazeedi that they do, especially if it's lap time lol 10mo
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Panpan

This one started out as so-so and ended more like a pan. I did not like jumping back and forth between two stories (it was hard to follow), I did not like that one of my favorite book series (Harry Potter) had a raunchy sex novel spoof in this book called “Harriet Hotter” (that‘s just dumb) and I feel like so much time was spent on the ghost of Therese that the description of the book wasn‘t even accurate. It was a neat concept, but a boring read.

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kstadt929
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🤣🤣🤣

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booklover984
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Currently reading, my cat kima approves

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Welcome to Litsy!! 10mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 10mo
thereadingowlvina Welcome to Litsy!!! 🎉👋💚 10mo
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MelissaSue81 Kitty!! So cute! 10mo
booklover984 @MelissaSue81 thank you, she's my second oldest, and all are spoiled 10mo
Crazeedi Sweet kitty, great book! 10mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💙 10mo
TheLibrarian How sweet!! 10mo
chriss68 Welcome to Litsy! 💜📚 10mo
Tadams4 Welcome to Litsy! Kima is beautiful! 10mo
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Arvena
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I didn't expect so much sadness with a cover like that!

But there also was hope, love and an undeniable sense of mystery and intrigue.

The story moved slowly, was mostly unbelievable, but unconventional characters, creativity and whimsical writing makes this book enchanting and engaging :)

Jerdencon I loved this book! 11mo
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kstadt929
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I‘ve read 2 whole books, finished 2 in progress books and read from 1 other in progress during this #24B4Monday ... So why not start 1 more?? 😁 I just love this cover 😍 7 hours and 7 minutes in

Andrew65 That‘s brilliant, well done. Good luck for the final day. 👍😊 11mo
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GirlWellRead
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The characters are rich and warm and are all lost objects in one way or another. Hogan weaves them together in a wonderful tale. I absolutely adored this book and felt like I had lost a friend when it was over.