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Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice | Elin Hilderbrand
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Raise one last glass with the Quinn Family at the Winter Street Inn. It's been too long since the entire Quinn family has been able to celebrate the holidays under the same roof, but that's about to change. With Bart back safe and sound from Afghanistan, the Quinns are preparing for a holiday more joyous than any they've experienced in years. And Bart's safe return isn't the family's only good news: Kevin is enjoying married life with Isabelle; Patrick is getting back on his feet after paying his debt to society; Ava thinks she's finally found the love of her life; and Kelly is thrilled to see his family reunited at last. But it just wouldn't be a Quinn family gathering if things went smoothly. A celebration of everything we love--and some of the things we endure--about the holidays, WINTER SOLSTICE is Elin Hilderbrand at her festive best.
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GypsyKat
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This is my December reading wrap up. 20 books total, and most of them were holiday themed reads. 🎄📚

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GypsyKat
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This was the fourth in the series, although you could almost count The Rumor as part of this series too because of the crossover in characters. A good read, but definitely bittersweet. I‘ve liked following this family of flawed and interesting characters throughout their holidays. I really ended up liking this series so much more than I thought I would. Three and a half stars. ⭐️⭐️⭐️✨

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Coleen_Nieto
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I loved this series! The entire Quinn family are charming and flawed characters. This is a relatively light read and was perfect for me during the hectic Christmas season.

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Meaw_catlady
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Happy winter Solstice!! Blessed Yule! Sending love and light to all of you! Hope the holiday brings an abundance of blessings to you all! Know that you are not alone I have your back and am here to talk if this season hits you hard. “The Universe is for me and so is everything else” Good things are coming in 2020! I know it ❤️❤️❤️
My hearts desire is for everyone to feel the love I have felt this year from the friendships I‘ve made here!

julesG Happy Yule! 4w
Meaw_catlady @julesG happy Yule!!! 4w
LauraJ Happy Winter Solstice! 4w
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MoonWitch94 Merry Solstice!!! 💙🌲 4w
sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Branwen Happy Solstice! 💕🕊🌲 4w
Meaw_catlady @LauraJ happy winter solstice!! Blessed Yule!! 🖤❤️ 4w
Meaw_catlady @MoonWitch94 Merry Solstice!! 🖤 4w
Meaw_catlady @sprainedbrain ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ 4w
Meaw_catlady @Branwen happy solstice! Blessed Yule! ❤️ 4w
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ReadingDownUnder
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Love this series at Christmas time! #CurrentlyReading

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caitlin.reads.books
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This was my first holiday themed read this month and my 4th Elin Hilderbrand read. The plot of this ‘Winter‘ one seemed most interesting to me of those available at my local library. It was still good as a stand alone book, but I think the characters and themes would have meant more had I read the others first. Hilderbrand explores family, love and loss in an easy to read, heartfelt and entertaining way all set on the island of Nantucket. 4/5 ⭐️

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caitlin.reads.books
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My current holiday read ❄️🎄

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MicrobeMom
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#booked2019 #happyplace just finish my six for winter. This one reminded me of my happy place which is reading Elin Hilderbrand in the summer in the beach. This was fitting ending to this series and bittersweet. If you a fan of Hilderbrand or of this series you will enjoy. I would start with the first in the series.

Cinfhen Congrats on completing #winter #Booked2019🍾🎈🎉 11mo
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MicrobeMom
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My buddy has joined me a little reading! #gusthepug #dogsoflitsy

Reecaspieces Hey Gus! Peanut, the fat pug, says hey! (edited) 11mo
MicrobeMom @Reecaspieces ♥️♥️ 11mo
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MicrobeMom
Winter Solstice | Elin Hilderbrand
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Spent this morning reading the last installment of this series. I guess I need to break and go to karate class. Black belt testing in June. #readvskarate #ratherbereading

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intothehallofbooks
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I finished this one crying buckets. Honestly I cried at multiple points throughout. Not only because I didn‘t want to see the series end again (this was a reread for me!) but because I felt so connected with the family. Having lost my Dad a few months ago, I connected with patriarch Kelley Quinn so much throughout the series reread-especially his POV in THIS story. Also: I ADORE the way Bart‘s story line came full circle since the beginning.

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thebookishtype15
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Crying at the ending because I'm invested in these characters. I enjoyed this book and this series. They're fun easy reads and this one brought everything full circle.

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AmberWB
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Well, I am a mess after finishing this series. I started the books on Wednesday and just finished. I had to know how the Quinn family saga ended.

Are these books great works of literature? Not really. Are there ANY characters from underrepresented groups? Not a one. Do most of the problems usually end up miraculously fixed? Yep.

But- was I totally addicted and full on ugly crying for the last 20 pages? You know it.

Texreader Love your description!! 12mo
kstadt929 Well I might have to check out the first one in this series 12mo
Theshadedbuffalo I loved this series as well! She just gets better and better! 12mo
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MeganAnnabell
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Perfect ending novel in the series. I loved how she intertwined some of the characters from her other books into this novel.

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KathyWheeler
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I finished the #24B42019 readathon because today counts! Yay! Started and ended with Elin Hilderbrand. I liked Winter Solstice so much more than Winter Storms even though it was much sadder. Even Ava, while still irritating, wasn‘t as bad as she was in the other books. Of these books, My Sister the Serial Killer was my favorite; The Witches Tree was my least favorite.

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melissajayne
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A satisfying conclusion to the series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ last book completed for #2018

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melissajayne
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Doing a little #christmas reading this fine day, as I catch up on Big Bang Theory and Modern Family #christmas episodes (am trying to, but the system is busy w/ a lot of ppl wanting to watch as well).

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Jee_HookedOnBookz
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One of my fav desserts, eaten especially during winter solstice! Yummm 😋

`Falling around December 22nd, the Winter Solstice is one of the traditional Chinese festivals and also one of the 24 solar terms. People usually eat dumplings or tangyuan (a kind of stuffed ball made of glutinous rice flour) to celebrate the day.` (yourchineseastrology.com)

jenniferajanes Oh! One of my students showed me these tiny dumplings today, but he couldn‘t explain what they are. Thank you! 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @jenniferajanes You're so welcome! That's what I love so much about Litsy! I learned so much about other cultures from here too! If you love anything sweet, do try it! And it's really easy to make too! 😊 13mo
jenniferajanes @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thanks! He said his weren‘t sweet. Are there other kinds? 13mo
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Jee_HookedOnBookz @jenniferajanes You can adjust the sweetness according to your taste.. Boil water, sugar and two thin slices of ginger... As for the tang yuan (the tiny balls) mix glutinous rice with water until it's soft and a little gooey then roll it into little balls. You can put some fillings in them too but I prefer them plain :) I wish I can make some for you to try!! 13mo
jenniferajanes @Jee_HookedOnBookz Thank you for explaining! They sound delicious! 13mo
Dragon The day before yesterday my friend made yuan and served them in a savoury turkey soup base with daikon and Chinese sausage. It was a big hit. She makes them like her mom used to. 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @jenniferajanes You're welcome😊 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Dragon oooh! I didn't know it can be served that way! Thank you for sharing! 13mo
jenniferajanes @Dragon That sounds delicious! 13mo
Dragon My friend‘s family love the “balls” and the tradition @Jee_HookedOnBookz @jenniferajanes 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @Dragon same here! 😊 13mo
jenniferajanes @Dragon 😊 The Chinese culture is full of tradition and delicious foods! I love learning history and culture from my students. 13mo
Dragon I totally agree @jenniferajanes my friend was born in China and moved to Canada as a child. 13mo
BooknerdsLife @Jee_HookedOnBookz Awww didn't know you celebrate Winter Solstice too 😊💕 I love the sweet tang yuan with sesame fillings 😋😋 but my mom is from Taiwan so she used to make the ones served in savoury soup for us 🤗 13mo
Jee_HookedOnBookz @BooknerdsLife I lurrrrrve tang yuen! How does your mom Make the soup? 13mo
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SW-T
Winter Solstice | Elin Hilderbrand
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Happy Winter Solstice! ❄️ ⛄️

#wintersolstice solstice

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Bibliogeekery
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Happy Solstice!

julesG Lovely picture! Happy Solstice to you! 13mo
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melissajayne
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Since it is the winter solstice in the Northern Hemisphere, I thought I would read this today. #fridayreads #christmasreads

Elizabeth2 How perfect! I‘ve read a couple by her and enjoyed them. Enjoy your read! 📚 13mo
melissajayne @Elizabeth2 thank you 13mo
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JazzFeathers
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And so the longest night of the year falls. I'll see you on the other side.

GingerAntics See you when the sun comes up again!!! lol 13mo
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Graciouswarriorprincess
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Happy Winter Solstice!

TheSpineView I had forgotten all about it being the first day of winter. Thanks for reminding me!😊❤❄☃️ 13mo
Suet624 I wish it were that easy to just dream away the cold. 😂😂 13mo
BookBabe Love this! Happy Solstice! 💙❄️ 13mo
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cinann
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I thought I'd combine two challenges today, with the #wisemen from my nativity set who may go on a #sleighride. I probably should've put them in the sleigh, but I didn't think of it at picture taking time. 🤷‍♀️

#seasonsreadings
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
#winterwonderland
@TrishB @Cinfhen

TrishB They‘d have been cool in the sleigh😁 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful pic!! 13mo
Cinfhen It‘s still a lovely photo 💕 13mo
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JenlovesJT47
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I‘m still giving this a pick because I love the Quinn family, but this one is super depressing for a Christmas book. I also dislike the long portions dedicated to a minor character who had only been previously mentioned in passing in book one. Still love the first two books! 3⭐️

#Christmas

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cinann
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My TBR stack for December, except for The Great Alone, which I managed to finish last night.

#seasonsreadings
@vkois88 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks How was The Great Alone? Awesome stack!! 14mo
cinann @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I liked it and I learned a bit about Alaska. 14mo
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NatalieR
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I‘m feeling so nostalgic for home during the holidays after finishing this book. 😢 This is a sad, but good ending to the Quinn family traditions. (At least I think this is the last book.) 🎅🏻🎄

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SaraHasClass
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Panpan

To be fair, I was halfway through this book when I realized its s large series of stories. Perhaps I would be of a different opinion had I read them all, but I found this story lacked depth. It was a sugar coated tale of rich folks. Everything in it was so surface-y despite the looming death of the patriarch. The characters did not move me at all. I won't be popular for this review, but I like books with substance.

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h.madeline93
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knittedgnome
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I started this series well before Christmas and just now the last one was available from my library! So sorta off season!

I really loved this and was glad to have some loose ends tied up! I really came to know and love the Quinn family and will miss them!

This was the second day in a row that I finished over an extended cup of coffee. Hehe. Now time to get around and act like I'm not a lazy bum!

Theshadedbuffalo Loved this series!! It‘s sitting on my bookshelf for winter re-reads. 🤗 (edited) 2y
knittedgnome @Theshadedbuffalo do you have others of hers you can recommend? 2y
Theshadedbuffalo @knittedgnome this was the only series of hers that really is set in winter. All the rest are set in the summer on Nantucket. A lot of them have recurring characters, which makes it so fun for me! I really enjoyed The Rumor and The Matchmaker. I mean, I like all of her books, but if I had to choose between them, those two are my tops. :) 2y
knittedgnome @Theshadedbuffalo oh ya they don't have to be winter! I just liked her writing but didn't know what to choose! 2y
Theshadedbuffalo @knittedgnome she‘s so fun!! 2y
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Lola
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So one of the characters in the captioned book that I was reading today listens to Danielle Steele audiobooks because the narrator‘s voice is comforting and this is today‘s Audible Daily Deal....😱 #bookserendipity

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Lola
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I saved this book for the December holidays and never got to it. I‘ve got loads of time waiting to pick up kids from Saturday activities that are too far to go back home between drop-off and pick-up so it‘s a good time to tear thru this in the few hours I have-also reading White Tears while I‘m here and need a break from the Quinns. They‘re both short enough that I may finish them while I wait. Oh, look....tear/Tears...kinda #booksrendipity 🙃

AceOnRoam 😂😂 2y
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BeckyandBooks
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1. Winter Solstice - just finished it today.
2. Plaid
3. Is this a thing?! Cheese sauce I guess...
4. Soda

#FridayFrigesDay
@SpeculativeFemale

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BeckyandBooks
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I liked that this book did t focus on quite so many of the characters. There were happy endings for some, but also sadness at the same time. Overall, a good ending to the series.

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BeckyandBooks
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1. Winter Solstice by Elin Hilderbrand
2. Peanut butter M&M‘s
3. Gen Y
4. Boppy
5. Basketball game and baby shower

#humpdaypost

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BornReadChicago
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These are certainly on the corny side, but I loved the Quinn family ❤️I‘m sad it‘s over, but I‘m looking forward to her new winter series!

Lola Is there going to be another winter series??! I‘ve been holding out on this one because I don‘t want the Quinn stories to end. Not my usual cuppa but I really enjoyed the previous three books in this series. (edited) 2y
BornReadChicago @Lola yes! Not about the Quinns, she‘s writing about people/set on the island of St. John USVI 🌴 for a new winter themed series 2y
Lola @BornReadChicago 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻Thanks for that info! It will make it a little easier to say goodbye to the Quinns et al. 2y
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Julsmarshall
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A lovely way to end the series but so sad! I wasn‘t prepared for all the tissues I‘d need. Hard to say goodbye to the Quinns.

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Julsmarshall
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Quiet morning. Will do a little baking this afternoon, otherwise I‘m ready. Chai tea latte in my mug from @inwhichHeikereadsharder Yum!

Christine Perfect! 2y
heikemarie That‘s awesome and sounds like a perfect plan - hope the mug is big enough to do the job 😂 2y
AceOnRoam Nice tree! 2y
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Julsmarshall
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Finally finishing up the series under my tree. I ❤️❤️ my new bookmark @inwhichHeikereadsharder #currentread

heikemarie Love love love!! Santa will keep a good eye on your page, he knows what he‘s doing! 2y
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Judybskt
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Nothing like a few tears in public!

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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My wish for all of you. 💚💫♥️⭐️💙💜🌟❤️💛

#wintersolstice #longestnight #moredaylighttomorrow

MicheleinPhilly Such a lovely sentiment. Back at ya toots. 😘 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 That was lovely!!! Thank you and to you as well!🌻🌞🌼🌸 2y
JoRead Beautiful 😍 2y
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Scurvygirl 💚💚💚So lovely!! 2y
ghosthost Thank you! I needed that tonight. Right back at you. Happy solstice! 2y
DrexEdit Beautiful! Thanks for sharing! 💜 2y
Jas16 💙💙💙 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage @ghosthost I‘m glad I posted it, then. 💚 2y
Lmstraubie 💕💕💕 2y
Leftcoastzen Very lovely!I love the Solstice and all the wonderful Littens who post such beautiful things! (edited) 2y
cobwebmoth 💖 2y
Sydsavvy That is lovely! 2y
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KassKho
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It is a good day for #secretsantagoespostal ! Thank you so much @TheEscapist ! I‘m excited to did into these during my little vacation! Also the picture doesn‘t do justice to how beautiful that mug is wow

GondorGirl I loved this one! 2y
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Jbakesmcgee3
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Thank you sooooo much @BookishBelle !!!! I can‘t believe you knew about my love of sloths! The socks are so cute and I can‘t wait to dive into these books! @Avanders @MrBook @BookBabe #wintersolsticebookexchange #secretsantagoespostal 🤩🤩🤩

BookishBelle You‘re welcome! I‘m glad you like it! 😊 2y
MrBook Wow! 😁👍🏻👍🏻 2y
mrozzz Those socks though 😄 2y
OrangeMooseReads The Professor and the Mad Man is an interesting book 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 @OrangeMooseReads it looks so good! 2y
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Juli
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Thank you so much @Jbakesmcgee3 for this awesome box! I have really wanted to read Killers of the Flower Moon! All four books look amazing! Thank you for the bookmark and cup that I will be filling with peppermint mochas!
#wintersolsticebookexchange
#secretsantagoespostal

MrBook Oooh! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Jbakesmcgee3 So glad you enjoyed it!!! Merry Christmas!!! 🎁🎄🤩 2y
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Julsmarshall
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My library hold finally came in for this one! Got a nice haul of holds I‘ve been anticipating for my week and a half staycation. 😄❤️📚

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Judybskt
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Another feel good book...

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JenReadsAlot
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I'm sad to see this series end. This one was my favorite!! I was not expecting the tears....

JenlovesJT47 Me too! 😩I wish this one had been just a little bit longer, I thought it ended rather abruptly but it definitely made me cry! 😭 2y
JenReadsAlot @JenlovesJT47 I think she has more material to work with for another book 😊 2y
JenlovesJT47 Me too! I was just going to say that. I'm hoping for a book 5 next year. Fingers crossed! 2y
JenlovesJT47 Did you think Kelley dying was a necessary aspect of this series? He was one of my favorites and I thought it was so sad. 😭Usually Christmas books tend to be more lighthearted. But I still love this series, especially the first book! 2y
JenReadsAlot @JenlovesJT47 I don't know.... I do know if we don't get a book 5 I'll reread the series next year! 2y
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CandycaneBelle
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It‘s here! Can‘t wait for Thursday!! This sticker on the box from @Sfbeavers made me chuckle right out loud when I saw it!!

Sfbeavers Great news! I‘m glad it arrived (and that you liked the sticker-it‘s from Book of the Month)! 2y
CandycaneBelle I‘ve been having hard days at work so I saved my 📦 to open tonight-happy to have something to look forward to! 2y
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JenlovesJT47
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It's been a long journey with the crazy Quinn family, but I've really loved it. The first book in the series still remains my favorite. This one definitely has it's sad moments (it had me crying at the end!), but also it's happy moments. Most of the loose ends were tied up. I do feel it ended rather abruptly and could have used an extra 50 pages. That and the inclusion of a random non family member as a narrator keeps me from giving it 5 stars. 🔽

JenlovesJT47 Still, a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- and I would highly recommend this series as a whole. I have a feeling this will be a series I try to re-read every Christmas. So sad it's over but so happy I got to binge read it over this last month. Thank you again @Lauren.Archer for your generosity! 🤗#christmas #randomactsofkindness 🎄🎅🏻⛄️ 2y
robinb Nice @Lauren.Archer !!! Thanks for the rec @JenlovesJT47 , I‘m adding this series to my TBR! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @robinb I love this series, hope you enjoy it! 2y
robinb @JenlovesJT47 👍🙌 2y
Lauren.Archer So glad you liked it. If I could spread the love of books to everybody I would. Glad I could do it for you. Happy holidays! 2y
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jbhops
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@A_planNerd it's here! It's here! I love the little peek of wrapping paper or card that I can see! #SecretSantaGoesPostal @MrBook @BookBabe @Avanders #WinterSolsticeBookExchange

MrBook 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 2y
Avanders 🎉🎉🎉♥️🎄 2y
A_planNerd Yay. Glad it made it in one piece. Had to tape it down real to make sure the box wouldn't rip. Hope you enjoy it all. 🎄☃️ 2y
BookBabe 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻❤️🎄❄️ 2y
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