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Garden of Small Beginnings
Garden of Small Beginnings | Abbi Waxman
In the spirit of A Man Called Ove and Good Grief--a poignant, funny, and utterly believable novel about life and loss. Give grief a chance . . . Lilian Girvan has been a single mother for three years--ever since her husband died in a car accident. One mental breakdown and some random suicidal thoughts later, she's just starting to get the hang of this widow thing. She can now get her two girls to school, show up to work, and watch TV like a pro. The only problem is she's becoming overwhelmed with being underwhelmed. At least her textbook illustrating job has some perks--like actually being called upon to draw whale genitalia. Oh, and there's that vegetable-gardening class her boss signed her up for. Apparently, being the chosen illustrator for a series of boutique vegetable guides means getting your hands dirty, literally. Wallowing around in compost on a Saturday morning can't be much worse than wallowing around in pajamas and self-pity. After recruiting her kids and insanely supportive sister to join her, Lilian shows up at the Los Angeles botanical garden feeling out of her element. But what she'll soon discover--with the help of a patient instructor and a quirky group of gardeners--is that into every life a little sun must shine, whether you want it to or not... READERS GUIDE INCLUDED
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Blackink_WhitePaper
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This is a perfect book to end #September as it is light hearted & fast read. My mom is a good gardener ( those pics are from my mom‘s garden) I love gardening so I enjoyed the tips of gardening mentioned in this book. This book is about heartbreak, love, friendship, motherhood & work life. Has spectrum of emotions. A good read. But I wish author could‘ve given little more emphasis to the other characters such as Edward. 4.5⭐️ #free #bookspinbingo

kspenmoll I enjoyed this book as well when I read it.🌻🌺🌸 2mo
Blackink_WhitePaper @kspenmoll yeah 💐🌱💚😍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 2mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I didn‘t know that this author has a backlist and a new book belong released this year!! I loved Nina Hill 💛💛

#TBR

JamieArc I really liked this book. It made me want to garden 🪴 7mo
LiteraryinLawrence I loved Nina Hill. I hope her new book is good! 7mo
SheReadsAndWrites I really liked this one. I hope you do too. 😊 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @JamieArc I just told William that I need to plant my zinnias! 7mo
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LeslieO
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I ❤️ this story of family, friendship and grief. Waxman creates great characters and is so funny. One minor complaint: the constant blushing. Every character blushes all the time. I was blushing at all the blushing. Needed some editing there. #DoubleSpin done and dusted.

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LeslieO
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Very excited about these two, especially the tagged book. I love the other two Waxman books I‘ve read. #BookSpinBingo #BookSpin #DoubleSpin

TheAromaofBooks I've had Garden of Small Beginnings on my TBR for a while as well. 8mo
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Amoon
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Mehso-so

I didn‘t hate the book, but when it ended I felt like I could have lived without it. In her thirties with two adorable daughters, Lilian suddenly becomes a widow. I think the author does a good job describing Lilian‘s grief. For her work as an illustrator, Lilian has to take a group gardening class. Every chapter begins with a rather snarky explanation about how to plant certain vegetables. Sometimes funny, Lilian prevails

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Jemmygem
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Great read, The loss of her husband has her dealing with grief in her own way. This is a story of how a good support network can help you through tough times. Good pick @michellelav

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smalldogs_bigbooks2419
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These are the only souvenirs I‘ve purchased on this trip so far. Not sorry at all. I loved The Bookish Life of Nina Hill and have been searching for more books by Abi Waxman. I think I read Water for Elephants when I was a senior in high school back in ‘06 and LOVED it. My mom tried to dissuade me from buying a book I‘ve already read. It‘s not something I do often, but I‘m excited about this one 😊

Ruthiella If it‘s a favorite book, then there is real pleasure in owning a copy, even if you never re-read it, IMO. 📚 1y
smalldogs_bigbooks2419 There are definitely a few other books I‘ve read that I might buy copies of, just in case I decide to reread them, but also simply because I love them. 1y
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AmyK1
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I loved this story about grief, family, healing and what happens when you open yourself up to friendship and love. It had me laughing and crying more than once.

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Kelly326
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Another good month for my #bookspinbingo. I finished 15 books with 1 DNF and 2 classics for my challenge. #bookspin. #doublespin

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fantastic month!!! 1y
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SheReadsAndWrites
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I love Abbi Waxman's writing and her characters. This was a realistic look at Lilian's life as a single mom after her husband dies in a car accident. With her sister to help her and some new friends at a gardening class, she learns how to grieve, live, and move forward.
I loved it. I will read everything she writes.

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Julsmarshall
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I loved this sweet, quiet book about love, grief gardening and life. All the hard stuff and but with a strong underpinning of love and support from family and friends to get you through. CW for death of a spouse and suicidal thoughts. I understand why this book has loyal fans, I read it in a day. I loved the quirky kids that kept me laughing through the sad bits, just like kids do. And the gardening? Awesome! #BookspinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

JamieArc I really loved this one too. I read it two years ago, and still think about it. 1y
booksaremyfavorite I loved it too. 1y
TheAromaofBooks This one is on my TBR!! 1y
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Julsmarshall
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Thanks for the tag @Eggs !

1. I‘m killing my goal, I‘m at 135 books read of 150. So, 90%. I‘ve done a lot of self care by reading this year!
2. I‘m going to read some of the #Chunkers on my shelf and up my goal to 200.

#twofortuesday @TheSpineView I‘m tagging @Ireadkidlit and @Soubhiville

TheSpineView You are killing it! Thanks for playing! 👍📖 1y
Soubhiville Wow, good for you! 1y
Suet624 Yowzer! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 1y
Eggs 🙌🏻🙌🏻 1y
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GinaKButler
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April wrap-up: 1 bingo and 8 books, and 4 of them were over 400 pages. Also made it past the halfway point in Roots, which I‘m reading for the #chunksterchallenge2021

Great reading month, and I‘m looking forward to May! #bookspin #bookspinbingo #doublespin @TheAromaofBooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🙌🏻 great job!! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! Fabulous month!!! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl I‘ll be starting Roots this week... 2y
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GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl I‘m about 500 pages in...there‘s a very real possibility that it will be one if my favorite books of all time. 2y
GinaKButler @CoverToCoverGirl And, I have Helter Skelter on my list for June! 2y
CoverToCoverGirl Me too! Oh wow! That‘s high praise indeed! I do genealogy and love it. I‘m not quite sure why I‘ve never read Roots. 2y
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GinaKButler
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Starting my #bookspin
We just planted some tomatoes, jalapeños, herbs, and banana peppers and I‘m hoping for a little garden inspo in this book!
@TheAromaofBooks

JamieArc I am not a gardener but was definitely inspired after reading this book! 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oooo I'll be interested to hear what you think!! I'm always interested in gardening books. Still a little early here, but I work at a greenhouse so I'm up to my elbows in dirt most days this time of year 😂 2y
GinaKButler @JamieArc @TheAromaofBooks This is the type of book I usually drop into a Little Free Library when I‘m done, but I love the gardening tips between chapters! 🍅 🥦 2y
GinaKButler @TheAromaofBooks I LOVED this book! I‘m passing it to @Kelly326 next. It may be my new favorite by this author...and is definitely inspiring me to plant a veggie garden (I set up my compost bin last week). 2y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I will have to check it out!! 2y
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GinaKButler
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Woo-hoo! My #bookspin and #doublespin for April. The Garden of Small Beginnings was gifted to me recently and I‘m using The Fault In Our Stars for the “Book Everyone Else Has Read But Me” prompt in the Modern Mrs Darcy Reading Challenge. Looking forward to a great month. Thank you for hosting, @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! 2y
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Centique
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Look what came in the mail @Cinfhen Such a treat to come home to after the holiday away. This book sounds wonderful and I am just in love with that cat bookmark. Where did you get the Litsy sticker? It‘s so SO cool! And your lovely book filled card is gorgeous - the words inside even more so! Most exciting of all is a seperate package for #hiselderliness 🥰 I‘ll take it up to him tomorrow! I‘m so thankful for your friendship Cindy ⬇️

Centique Youve been a constant bright spot in difficult times. Much love to you and - please postal gods - get my package safely to Cindy! 🙏💕💕 2y
britt_brooke Wow, so nice! 💚 Btw, I read this book recently and it‘s just wonderful. 2y
Megabooks How wonderful!! 2y
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Cinfhen Oh wow!!! It arrived (yay) I‘m super excited!! I mailed out 6 packages before Christmas and only yours and @TrishB have arrived. The Litsy stickers are from @squirrelbrain and they are truly FABULOUS!!!!! My favorite Litsy gift 💕💕💕I‘m so happy to share a book with #HisElderliness I enjoy his reviews SO MUCH 2y
TrishB Aw lovely ♥️ the post seems a bit pandemic bonkers! 2y
Reggie How nice! 2y
Cathythoughts So lovely ✨ 2y
CarolynM 💕 2y
squirrelbrain Hi Paula, I can send you some stickers if you‘d like?! 2y
Centique @squirrelbrain hi Helen! That is so lovely of you. I‘d be happy to buy them though - also postage to NZ is pretty awful 🥴 I‘ll send you another comment with my email address and you can email me? 2y
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I so enjoyed this! Waxman writes thoughtful stories that are emotional yet also incredibly funny. These characters felt real, as if I could picture myself along side them, sharing highs and lows. Textbook illustrator Lilian, a young window, finds an eclectic group of friends at a work-related (for her) gardening class. There are clever little gardening tips at the start of each chapter. Just so heartwarming! Waxman is a must-read for me.

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MicheleinPhilly
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For me Abbi Waxman‘s books are the equivalent of curling up on the couch in the baggiest, rattiest sweats I own (that J keeps threatening to throw away) and binging a marathon of Notting Hill, Bridget Jones, and You‘ve Got Mail. I‘m sure I‘ll get back to more substantive fare soon enough, but I‘m still feeling a bit scatter brained.

saresmoore Um, that sounds WONDERFUL. 2y
AvidReader25 This does sound wonderful right now. I feel like my reading as leaned towards the light stuff this year because everything else is so stressful. 2y
TrishB Sounds great right now 😁 2y
Megabooks This is the best review of Abbi Waxman I‘ve ever read! 💙💙 2y
Reviewsbylola Sometimes these are the very best kind of books! 2y
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slategreyskies
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This was my second Abbi Waxman book. I like her writing style. It‘s quirky and fun, and I laughed so often reading this.

Another book checked off for August‘s #BookSpinBingo. That makes 6/25. :)

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Awesome progress!! 2y
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peaknit
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I think I‘ll just park right here for a bit. I‘m wearing pants, shorts, it looks like I might not be...I may be working from home but I still wear pants. Lol!

JenReadsAlot Yoga pants? That's how I roll 😂 2y
peaknit @JenReadsAlot yoga pants work, I am in shorts mostly. I have leggings, but not nuts about those to sit around in. I‘m old 😂 2y
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Kelsyereadsbooks
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 I am a huge fan of The Bookish Life of Nina Hill, so reading this one brought me to such a happy place. Really lovely and sweet.

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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

This was just what I needed - a little bit of ‘fluffiness‘ but still not afraid of tackling difficult topics, and also a bit of a giggle.

I liked that not everything was tied up in a perfect bow at the end but that it still all had a positive slant.

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Readswithcoffee
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A cozy read about Lili, a widow and mother of two young girls, who takes a gardening class as part of a work assignment. The story takes place several years after the death of her husband, Dan. Lili is still struggling with Dan‘s death. Author Abbi Waxman throws in enough snarky comments to keep it from being too dark. The audiobook narrator, Emily Rankin, is really good.

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webhau1
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This book was just what the doctor ordered for me. It is the first of this author‘s work that I have read, and I liked her voice. I enjoyed meeting the characters in this book. I liked how between each chapter there was a short description on gardening, it was different and I liked it.

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Jas16
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I actually sat and read this entire book yesterday which was such a relief. This is a breezy,uplifting read filled with dry humor about a widow who starts taking a weekend gardening class with her sister and two daughters. My second book by Waxman and I will continue to seek her out when I need something lighter.

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sophierayton
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Pickpick

This was fun and smart with nice characters and a nice story.

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LMJenkins
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I really liked “The bookish life of Nina Hill,” so I was happy to see that the author had another book. I‘m liking this one a lot so far.

Chelleo I loved this book. Enjoy! 3y
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JacintaMCarter
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Mehso-so

#2019Book87
The characters in this romance were quirky and fun, but also kind of interchangeable. It was difficult to remember who was who for most of the book, especially since there were so many characters. The story itself was pretty cute, if predictable, and I'll likely read more of Waxman's books in the future.

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Rachel.Rencher
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Mehso-so

I went a little extra with the fake plants, but I can't keep anything alive (ironic since this book is full of gardening tips). I don't know why, but something is stopping me from giving this book a "pick". It was cute, but a lot of the plot felt contrived. The protag, Lili, almost broke the 4th wall a couple times when she said things like, "How perfect that the situation worked out like this!" over and over. Other than that, it was charming.

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Rachel.Rencher
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I didn't fully realize that this book was going to be a about a widow when I grabbed it today, but ugh. 😭 I couldn't do life without my husband. This story is all about moving on in a healthy way, but I'd be like the girl in P.S. I Love You, except I'd never get out of bed.

On a lighter note, here's Winston. On the surface he looks very interested in what I'm doing, but I'm convinced there's a circus monkey in place of his brain. 🐒

Sleepswithbooks Winston ❤️🐶❤️ 3y
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Rachel.Rencher
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I'm facilitating a senior research symposium today, which means that I get to sit at my desk and read books while students write speeches. This is why I still substitute on my days off from teaching college prep. I'm getting paid to take attendance, read books and drink Red Bull. 😋

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Devyn
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Day 2: #7Days7Covers #CoverCrush

The Garden of Small Beginnings by Abbi Waxman 😍

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JoyBlue
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Having recently and thoroughly enjoyed The Bookish Life of Nina Hill *and* having received lovely mail from the author, I didn't hesitate to read Waxman's debut. Who knew that a story about a grieving young widow and her family could be so funny?! I especially enjoyed Lillian's relationships with her sister and her gardening teacher, as well as the antics of her 7- and 5-year-old daughters . Highly recommend.

LauraBeth I loved this book! I still need to read Nina Hill. 3y
JoyBlue @LauraBeth I hope you love Nina Hill, too! 💙 3y
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Come-read-with-me
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This a lovely, sad, sweet story about moving forward in your life after unthinkable loss. Waxman has an amazing ability to inject humour into complex stories that in the hands of a less talented author would feel one dimensional. Great story!

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Chelleo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️🎧2019.08.14
This book did the trick of getting me out of my reading rut. Loved the characters, the snark and the depiction of motherhood. A bit disappointed by the ending because I wanted to hear more about each character‘s next steps. The narration was nicely done too!

Come-read-with-me @Chelleo Good to know- just got it today and am looking forward to reading it! 📚 3y
Chelleo @Come-read-with-me Hope you like it! There are some sad parts but so many LOL moments too! 3y
kspenmoll I enjoyed this book as well- ❤️ 3y
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Louise Mailing a letter to you tomorrow! 📬 3y
Purrfectpages I enjoyed this one too! 3y
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Chelleo
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🎧 #currentlylistening to this #audiobook after a series of books that I #bailed on.

QuietlyLaura I want to read this! I thought The Bookish Life Of Nina Hill was so good! ☺️ 3y
marleed I hope you like this one! 3y
ShyBookOwl I bailed on a few recently too. I hope this one is a win for you! 3y
KMM I read this a couple months ago and let me tell you, I wanted to go out and create a garden, lol 3y
Chelleo @KMM Yassss! And I‘m not sure that‘s a good idea at all!! Would love to have my crew come and build a garden in my yard though! Welcome to Litsy! 3y
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Clwojick
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🔸#UglyLocationChallenge : Walmart‘s Cosmetic Department

alisiakae I love this! Great job on matching the book to the background. 😍 3y
Megabooks This is my fav so far! 3y
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squirrelbrain
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#letstraveljuly

#garden

Still on the TBR shelf but looks good....

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Such a pretty cover 🌺🌷🌼🌸 3y
mcctrish I love the cover 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Lovely cover 💐 3y
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Crazeedi I'm interested in how this is! The cover is nice!💕 3y
BarkingMadRead So pretty!! 3y
OriginalCyn620 Cute cover! 🌼 3y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Lovely and charming, I would categorize this one as women's fiction. Widowed, with two young girls, Lily is trying to navigate life without her husband. She comes to realize his death touched so many aspects of her life. Sounds like a sad book, but it's really very funny and at times uplifting. I liked the #audiobook
Also, practical gardening tips! 🥦🍅🥬🥕🌻

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Chelsea.Poole
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Work lunch 🥗 #readandeat

Purrfectpages Great book! 3y
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booksaremyfavorite
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This was a charming book. A quick easy read about a woman named Lillian who suddenly lost her husband and her life after. Raising two little girls alone, being grateful for her sister Rachel‘s help.

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BittersweetBooks
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There came a time when the risk to remain tight in the bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom 🥕🌷🍓🥬🍅🌻

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10MoreMin
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When you need to escape with a laugh for a bit ... but really can't leave home

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MelissaSue81
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I didn‘t love Other People‘s Houses but I liked it enough that I figured I would use Abbi waxman for my #mmdchallenge 3 books by the same by the same author, and this book was immediately available on Libby while I was searching. I LOVED this. I laughed and cried, and some parts were even a little sexy! I found Lili‘s take on motherhood so relatable (and hilarious). Didn‘t want to stop listening to this one.

Purrfectpages This one was a pleasant surprise! 4y
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Court7
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Cozy.

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LittlePixels
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K has *two* dance classes back-to-back, but I don't even care. I've got my Starbucks, complimentary pumpkin bread, and a new book. Gonna have a little "me time" while I wait. ? Has anyone who loved "Other People's Houses" read this one? Is it any good? #basicandiknowit #dontcare #homeschoollife

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BookNAround
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Argh! My son called to tell me track ended early today because of rain so I hopped in the car without my book to go collect him. I get to the school and find a “Nvmd, coach wants us to lift weights.” So now I‘m sitting at the school without my latest in progress book. Good thing I keep a spare book in the car so I‘m not entirely at the mercy of just my phone!

WorldsOkayestStepMom Sounds like something my kid would do too. Except the thought of keeping a spare book in the car never occurred to me! 5y
Zelma Smart having a spare book in the car! 👏 5y
ReadingEnvy Spare book = brilliant 🌟 5y
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BookNAround @WorldsOkayestCatMom @Zelma @ReadingEnvy I can‘t possibly be the only one with a spare book in the car. In my world, the spare book is more important than the spare tire! And now I have to remember to put a new spare in to replace what I‘m now officially reading! 5y
RebelReader No you are not! I have one too! 🤣 How is that one? I read her new one Other People‘s Houses and loved it, but haven‘t read that one yet! 5y
BookNAround @RebelReader So far it‘s sweet and funny. I‘m only 75 pages in but I think I want to be the main character‘s friend, or maybe the author‘s friend. One of the two. 5y
Purrfectpages I enjoyed this one! 5y
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reciprokate
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I had to take a break from the Tearling series; too heavy. This did the trick.

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laurieluna
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So to get out of my slump I decided to focus on just one book from my current read pile and set all the rest aside. I may come back to them, I may not.
This book was just what I needed. Cute, light hearted, with relatable characters and a 5 year old who reminded me of me. 😂
5🌟 for this slump buster.

LauraBeth I credit this book for breaking my reading slump 🙌 5y
laurieluna @LauraBeth can understand why, such an easy, relatable read! 5y
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BookaholicNatty
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This surprise showed up in my mailbox! It was a Goodreads giveaway I won! Say what??? Do you know how many I enter? I was shocked at the fact I won! Have you ever won anything from Goodreads? I wanna hear!

AllenTStClair I haven‘t yet. 😡🤣 5y
Cinfhen I have!!! But they recently changed their giveaway page...it‘s almost nonexistent 😫😫😫 (edited) 5y
CSeydel Never! 5y
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SaturnDoo I did once a couple of years ago...nothing since. Congrats to you 🎉🎉🎉 5y
PenguinInFlight I‘ve won a total of 17 books from them since I joined in 2011. I won my last one about 8 months ago. It was a book I REALLY wanted to read, but the ARC printing was messed up and every 3rd page was blank and I wasn‘t able to read it, let alone review it. 😭 5y
BookaholicNatty @Cinfhen are you serious? I didn‘t even realize that!!!!!! 5y
BookaholicNatty @PenguinInFlight that is crazy!!!!! Did you know before you won it that it was like that? 5y
AmyG I‘ve won a few. I just won, a month or so ago, the new Mary Kay Andrews book which I am excited to read. Congrats on your win! 5y
JamieArc I used to win a few every year, but the last one I won was about a year ago. 5y
jenmoody23 Congrats on your win. I have won once. @AmyG I won the same book. 🙂 5y
Purrfectpages I enjoyed this one! 5y
PenguinInFlight @BookaholicNatty no, not at all. And I‘m sure they didn‘t either...some mishap at the printing press, I think. 🤷🏻‍♀️Every other book I‘ve gotten has been fine. It was the weirdest thing. 5y
StephanieGeiser What a beautiful cover! Congrats on the win! I once won a book from Goodreads and then the following day my boss announced we would be reading the same book for work and we would all be given a copy to keep so now I own two copies! (different editions but still...) 😂 5y
AmyG @jenmoody23 Wow, the same book. Congrats to you, too! 5y
reciprokate This was in my current library stack; haven't started yet. Looking forward to hearing your thoughts. 5y
BookaholicNatty @AmyG that‘s an awesome book to win!!!!!! 5y
TNbookworm I have won several over the years but hardly any recently. And one In The Essex Serpent last year but never received it 😞 Bummer! 5y
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