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As Bright as Heaven
As Bright as Heaven | Susan Meissner
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From the acclaimed author of Secrets of a Charmed Life and A Bridge Across the Ocean comes a new novel set in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic of 1918, which tells the story of a family reborn through loss and love. In 1918, Philadelphia was a city teeming with promise. Even as its young men went off to fight in the Great War, there were opportunities for a fresh start on its cobblestone streets. Into this bustling town, came Pauline Bright and her husband, filled with hope that they could now give their three daughters--Evelyn, Maggie, and Willa--a chance at a better life. But just months after they arrive, the Spanish Flu reaches the shores of America. As the pandemic claims more than twelve thousand victims in their adopted city, they find their lives left with a world that looks nothing like the one they knew. But even as they lose loved ones, they take in a baby orphaned by the disease who becomes their single source of hope. Amidst the tragedy and challenges, they learn what they cannot live without--and what they are willing to do about it. As Bright as Heaven is the compelling story of a mother and her daughters who find themselves in a harsh world not of their making, which will either crush their resolve to survive or purify it.
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Laughterhp
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#Bookmail

Tammy - I received the next #LMPBC book today! Thanks so much for the goodies. The envelope was a little bit open just so you know. But I can‘t wait to use this gorgeous journal! And the hat looks so warm and I love that it‘s hand knit.

Kristen - I received your book as well! I appreciate you sending it! 😊

Can‘t wait to dive into both these books!

#newyearwhodis

SilversReviews I have read AS BRIGHT AS HEAVEN and really enjoyed it. 3w
Butterfinger You are welcome!! 3w
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Butterfinger
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A new favorite author. Thank you @megnews . @Laughterhp , I am sort of scared to mail it. I will let you know when I do send it. Merry Christmas to all @Chrissyreadit

Laughterhp When I mailed my other book priority, it made it there safely! 😂 Hopefully we have no more mailing issues! 1mo
Andrew65 Loved this book. 1mo
megnews Glad you liked it! I really love her writing. 1mo
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled I just discovered her too and want to read more! 1mo
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megnews
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This book will break your 💔 again & again. Still, one of my best reads this year and glad I picked it for #LMPBC. Can‘t wait to hear what the rest of you think. @Butterfinger will be on its way to you early next week.
Book 12 for #20booksby2020
Book 288 11/16/19

megnews @Butterfinger mailed As Bright as Heaven to you yesterday 2mo
Butterfinger I can't wait to read it. 2mo
Butterfinger @megnews 😭 Bawling my eyes out. You can't help but to love this family. Thank you for such a good read. I'm not rushing (1/2 way) because I want time to grieve and process. I'm not tagging the others so they shouldn't be able to see it. 1mo
megnews @Butterfinger I know! I love them too and they keep coming back to mind since I finished. I think it‘s one of my favorite this year. I would speed up because I wanted to see what happened to them and then slow back down through the difficult parts. 1mo
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What a comforting thought.

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For me it‘s my grandfather. Every time I listen to Patsy Cline, I hear his warbly voice.

Texreader Awwww! 🥰 2mo
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Texreader Truth even if only for a day, or even an hour (edited) 2mo
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Texreader Ha! Sounds about right! 2mo
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This is so true.

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I really enjoyed this book about the war & the Spanish flu epidemic. When the opportunity arises for the Bright family to move to Philadelphia and join an uncle in his undertaker business it seems like the perfect plan for a better life! But the war and the Spanish flu epidemic change all of that, change their lives and their future. Love and loss, challenges & gifts, & few unexpected surprises kept me moving through this lovely book. ☺️

megnews Currently reading for #LMPBC. Glad to see a good review. 3mo
TheHeartlandBookFairy @megnews I hope you enjoy it 😁 3mo
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TheHeartlandBookFairy
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Just started this beautiful book last night and wanted to get in an extra couple of chapters with breakfast 😊. Gluten-free pumpkin pancakes with real maple syrup and turkey sausage plus apple cider in a book for the win 😁 Happy fall! #mugshot #happyfallyall #whatareyoureadingtoday

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megnews
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I think these are Group H #HistoricalFiction picks for #LMPBC ROUND 7! I‘m excited to read these with all of you!

Chrissyreadit Yes!!! 4mo
Butterfinger Awesome!!! 4mo
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Serenity_Within86
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⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Serenity_Within86
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Loving!!!!

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Serenity_Within86
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Can't put down!!!

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Eggs
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Solid HF. If you like Ruta Sepetys, Kristin Hannah, or Fiona Davis, place this lovingly on your TBR. Rich characterizations

@Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @SarahBradley

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 6mo
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“I no longer fear Death, though I know that I should. I'm strangely at peace with what I used to think of as my enemy. Living seems more the taskmaster of the two, doesn't it? Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be. Dying, by contrast, is easy and simple, almost gentle. But who can I tell such a thing to? No one. I am troubled by how remarkable this feeling is.”

#HurtsLikeHeaven
#JulyColdPlay

This book. I cried like a baby!

Eggs Ohhhhh myyyy that is so lovely 😥🥰😘 6mo
Eggs I MUST READ 6mo
LapReader So true. 6mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yes!!!!! ❤️ 6mo
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tammysue
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This was such a heart-wrenching story it had me tearing up. I had no idea the Spanish flu pandemic was so devastating. Highly recommending.

#24B4Monday #readathon @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @jb72

Time: 6hr 6m

TheReadingMermaid I loved this book!! Such a wonderful story. You're making great time sweetheart keep it up! 6mo
tammysue @TheReadingMermaid Happy to see you loved it too! 💖 6mo
Andrew65 Totally agree with your thoughts about the book, 😢 I wasn‘t aware the extent of the Spanish Flu either. 6mo
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Andrew65 A great time. 👏👏👏 6mo
tammysue @Andrew65 Sad but great story 😍 6mo
ValerieAndBooks Stacking as I live near Philadelphia! Recognized the City Hall building in the cover photo. 6mo
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sprainedbrain
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My 4th book finished during #24in48 🙌🏻

Another one that ticks a lot of the boxes for me (historical fiction, WWI, multiple POVs and timelines), and perfect for a readathon because I found that I couldn‘t stop reading... so much so that I did the book/audio combo so that I wouldn‘t have to. 😃

It made me cry more than once (there‘s a LOT of sad here), but it was beautiful and I loved the Bright family.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cconnolly I own this one, sounds like I need to read it! 6mo
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“I came through the crucible, and it did not reduce me to ashes. I survived.”

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“It‘s not how short or long an experience is; it‘s the depth to which it touches the core of who you are that matters.”

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I'm so torn on how I felt about this book. So depressing at times, yet I couldn't stop reading...

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“We only see a little bit of our stories at a time, and the hard parts remind us too harshly that we‘re fragile and flawed. But it isn‘t all hard. Your story isn‘t all hard parts. Some of it is incredibly beautiful.” ❤️

One of the saddest, yet best books I‘ve read...

#thehardestpart
##JulyColdPlay

Jee_HookedOnBookz Gosh that quote...😢 7mo
LoverofLit 💔❤ 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Wow!! Beautiful🌞 7mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Jee_HookedOnBookz 💔💔 this book broke my heart!! So many quotes in this one!! 7mo
DeleteAcct So good! 7mo
AmyG I loved this book, too. 💕 7mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 Stacking! 7mo
JenReadsAlot My IRL book club read for August! 7mo
Crazeedi Great book 7mo
Eggs 💗💗💗💗💗 must read this! 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG great book and discussion ❤️❤️ 7mo
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These challenges have me finding things in my tbr I‘d forgotten about. This is about the 1918 flu epidemic. Maybe I can squeeze this in soon?

#BrighterThanTheSun #SongsofSummer

OriginalCyn620 😎📚🎶❤️ 7mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one is so good!!! 7mo
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Listened as an audiobook and the narrators were good. I really wanted to like this since I love historical fiction, and this book is so heartbreaking but also quite frankly very depressing! The story was a bit slow in certain points, but the parts I did love were the author‘s poetic characterizations of Death. Overall 3.5 stars!

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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 3.5 Stars. Some parts I absolutely loved and I cried at least a couple times. A few parts I felt missed the mark, or didn‘t really added to the story, especially in the second half. I really did enjoy it and thought it was beautiful.

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10/10 Gread read, couldn't put it down. One of those books you'll read in bed, telling yourself that you'll just finish this chapter and you'll go to sleep. Suddenly it's 3 hours and more than a couple chapters later, and you are still awake and still reading. Intriguing story based in the city of Philadelphia nearing the end of the WWI, and the great flu epidemic. An author worth reading, she handles tough subjects with grace and empathy

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BethM Welcome! 9mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 📖💖 9mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Clouds #SpringIntoReading

“I no longer fear Death, though I know that I should. I'm strangely at peace with what I used to think of as my enemy. Living seems more the taskmaster of the two, doesn't it? Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be. Dying, by contrast, is easy and simple, almost gentle. But who can I tell such a thing to? No one. I am troubled by how remarkable this feeling is.” Pauline

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks One of the best and most depressing books I‘ve ever read!! 😭😭😭 @thebookhippie 10mo
TheBookHippie 😭😭😭😭 10mo
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Storytime for Jasper and Frankie 😁. I‘ve had this on my TBR shelf for a while. Excited to start it today.

glitterkitty459 So cute! 😻 10mo
mcipher They look so ready to listen to the story. Adorable!! 🥰 10mo
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Smangela
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Thanks @SilversReviews and @penguinrandomhouse !

Elizabeth had a giveaway going on her blog for this beauty and I was SO LUCKY to win it! I love coming home to #bookmail, #amiright?

SilversReviews CONGRATULATIONS!!! ENJOY!! 11mo
Callemarie Ange I have this book so let me know when you read it and I'll read it with you. I have a feeling this will be "a tree grows in Brooklyn" for us 9mo
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Book: As Bright as Heaven, which is on my fiction TBR

Movie: National Lampoon‘s Christmas Vacation

Song: Jingle Bell Rock, which makes me think of Mean Girls (I think I can still quote half that movie.)

#ManicMonday

JoScho That‘s fetch! Thanks for playing 😊💙 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The book is so good!!! 12mo
Rubymontalvo The Shining 12mo
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Megabooks @JoScho 😁😁 “Gretchen, stop trying to make fetch happen!” 12mo
Megabooks @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s great! I‘ve been excited about it for a year! 👍🏻👍🏻 12mo
Megabooks @Rubymontalvo I‘ve never read that. 12mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Megabooks 🙌🏻🙌🏻 12mo
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SilversReviews
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CONTEST HAS ENDED, AND OUR WINNER IS:

ANGELA FROM OHIO.

CONGRATS, ANGELA!!

ANGELA FOUND THE GIVEAWAY ON “LITSY!!” YIPPEE!!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VISITED MY BLOG AND ENTERED THE CONTEST.

AmyG Good book! 12mo
Smangela Oh just entered! Sounds like one my book club would be into, too! 12mo
SilversReviews @AmyG Oh...it was very good. Thanks for commenting. 12mo
SilversReviews @Smangela 😊 Good Luck!! It was so good. Thanks for commenting. 12mo
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#alwayslookonthebrightsideoflife #musicalnewyear @Cinfhen @vivastory
I've been wanting to read this since I first heard about it

Cinfhen 👍🏻 I heard great things about this one...and the topic is fascinating 12mo
Cathythoughts Beautiful cover💙 12mo
Eggs @Cinfhen @cathythoughts yes! I'm all about pretty covers and HF 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so sad, but so good ❤️ 12mo
vivastory Sounds great! 12mo
Eggs @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vivastory Thank you, it just jumped higher on the Must Read list (edited) 12mo
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CONTEST HAS ENDED, AND OUR WINNER IS:

ANGELA FROM OHIO.

CONGRATS, ANGELA!!

ANGELA FOUND THE GIVEAWAY ON “LITSY!!” YIPPEE!!

THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO VISITED MY BLOG AND ENTERED THE CONTEST.

Eggs Entered 😉👍🏼 12mo
SilversReviews @Eggs 👍Good Luck!! 12mo
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DivineDiana
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Thank you so much @Cinfhen for your kindness! I have not read either of these books, and I love the Philadelphia connection in Bright As Heaven! Absolutely love trying new teas as much as reading new books! So very glad that I met you! 😘💗📚

TrishB Lovely 💕 13mo
LeahBergen 😍😍😍 13mo
Cinfhen Yay!!!! I wanted it to get there sooner...,oh well xx Happy New Year my dearest MainLine pal 😘😘 13mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Happy New Year! The timing was perfect! 💗🎉😘 13mo
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Good story. About a family who lived in Philadelphia during the Spanish flu epidemic. A story about how our choices affect our lives. The story is told through the eyes of the mother and each of the three daughters. I recommend if you just enjoy a beautifully told tale.

Andrew65 Loved this! 1y
GenreMinxReviews I loved this story!! 😍😍😍 1y
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Thank you so much @TheLibrarian and congrats on your milestone!!! #70kgiveaway

The tagged book is one of my favorites of this year. A wonderful historical fiction novel.

TheLibrarian Thank you for entering. I‘ll need to check this book out. 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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I thought of these #sisters and this heartbreaking novel set in 1918 during the Spanish Flu epidemic... 💔💔

#OctoberPutaSpellOnYou

#BotmBuddyRead

Andrew65 Great book! 1y
Crazeedi Need to get this one moved up! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Crazeedi it‘s soooo sad, but soooo good!!! 1y
kspenmoll Loved reading this! 1y
vkois88 I can't remember if I have this 🤔🤔🤔 and if I do, whether I loaned it to my mom or not... 😂😂 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88 it‘s so good!! 1y
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Thanks to @Liatrek and @RebelReader for doing a book swap with me! Love adding new reads to my shelf 🤗. #bookmail

RebelReader The postman roughed it up pretty good. 😩 1y
carriepaige @RebelReader ha it‘s ok, it still looks decent! 1y
Liatrek So glad it made it ok 😊 Thanks for swapping! 1y
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This is not the kind of book I ever enjoy. I would much rather read a non fiction book than historical fiction. Like I need to know way more about the Spanish flu. The ending was too neat for me. I‘m going to put it in a little lending library and hope it finds a good home.

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This was a slow read for me. I didn‘t find myself compulsively propelled along. However, the character writing was what kept me coming back. The three daughters were beautifully written. Set during the epidemic of the Spanish flu, I loved the author‘s focus on loss and our capacity to love again in the face of that loss. It was definitely heart stirring.

Nute Are we sisters? Good books and bath bombs. I feel a kinship coming on!💜 1y
Copwithabook @Nute maybe so! Lol. Baths are my go to when I need to relax. That‘s my happy place! I got those bath bombs at a local place in Hot Springs, AR and they are the best bombs I‘ve had! 1y
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
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#Heaven Great book and awesome discussion! #BotmBuddyRead

“I no longer fear Death, though I know that I should. I'm strangely at peace with what I used to think of as my enemy. Living seems more the taskmaster of the two, doesn't it? Life is wonderful and beautiful but oh, how hard it can be. Dying, by contrast, is easy and simple, almost gentle. But who can I tell such a thing to? No one. I am troubled by how remarkable this feeling is.”

Andrew65 I did think about using this one too! 👍 (edited) 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 this was one of our best!! If not THE best!! 1y
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Andrew65 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This one and A Gentleman in Moscow for me. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Andrew65 yes! That one too!! 1y
vkois88 I love that quote... and the cover always catches my eye. It's gorgeous 1y
DeleteAcct Loved!!! 1y
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AmyG
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Thank you @BarbaraBB for your #Spotlightgiveaway and congrats on your milestone.

I have become quite a fan of historical fiction due to Litsy. This book was a favorote of this year. So if you are a historical fiction fan....check this out!

Cathythoughts Sounds great ! Stacking. We will find some great books this way 🎉🎉🎉 @BarbaraBB (edited) 1y
BarbaraBB Thanks for entering. Your book really sounds good. I didn‘t know about that part of history! 1y
BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts That‘s what I am hoping for 😘 1y
Andrew65 Totally agree Amy. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yes, soooo good!! 1y
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Copwithabook
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The kid is swimming, and I‘ll take reading time where I can get it. This one is slow to start. Anyone else feel that way? #slowread #vacationwithabook

TorieStorieS Cute bookmark!!!🦋🦋🦋 1y
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InnerSavvy
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Just read my 100th book of the year. I love tracking them on Goodreads too. @innersavvy on goodreads too.

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Enjoyed the 4 perspectives in this book during the Spanish flu, WWI And later. Grabbed my heart and had to keep listening. Interesting that the family lived in the house where the Father did his mortician work.

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Copwithabook
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We (as a triad) got our first official invite to an event! I‘m so excited for this milestone in our relationship. 😁

ReadingRover Congratulations! That‘s awesome! 2y
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