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Bitter Orange
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
From the author of the prize-winning Our Endless Numbered Days comes a suspenseful story about deception, sexual obsession and atonement From the attic of a dilapidated English country house, she sees them - Cara first: dark and beautiful, clinging to a marble fountain of Cupid, and Peter, an Apollo. It is 1969 and they are spending the summer in the rooms below hers while Frances writes a report on the follies in the garden for the absent American owner. But she is distracted. Beneath a floorboard in her bathroom, she discovers a peephole which gives her access to her neighbours' private lives. To Frances' surprise, Cara and Peter are keen to spend time with her. It is the first occasion that she has had anybody to call a friend, and before long they are spending every day together: eating lavish dinners, drinking bottle after bottle of wine, and smoking cigarettes till the ash piles up on the crumbling furniture. Frances is dazzled. But as the hot summer rolls lazily on, it becomes clear that not everything is right between Cara and Peter. The stories that Cara tells don't quite add up - and as Frances becomes increasingly entangled in the lives of the glamorous, hedonistic couple, the boundaries between truth and lies, right and wrong, begin to blur. Amid the decadence of that summer, a small crime brings on a bigger one: a crime so terrible that it will brand all their lives forever. Praise for Swimming Lessons 'Thrilling, captivating, sophisticated suspense' Sunday Times 'Bewitching and page-turning. An extraordinarily smart and satisfying read' Paula Mclain, author of The Paris Wife 'A compelling portrait of flawed humanity, with all its secrets, silences and deceits. Excellent.' Mail on Sunday
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Nute
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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#NamasteNovember - Orange Covers: Confession - I am absolutely lackadaisical when it comes to searching my bookshelves for books to fit photo prompts. I am overjoyed when the answer is on the first shelf that I look at. And when there is no fitting choice instead of searching further and deeper, I fall back on creativity that works in any small way - like my choice for this prompt...Orange Cover became Oranges ON Cover.🍊Yay, prompt covered!🧡😊

Eggs Love that cover 🍊💗👏🏻 2w
UwannaPublishme 😁👍🏻 2w
readordierachel Perfect! 2w
BarbaraBB Your edition has a gorgeous cover! 🧡 (edited) 2w
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BarbaraBB
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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#BookReport 47/19

I finished three books I had forecasted last week: the wonderful Lonely Passion, the okay Bitter Orange and the not-for-me Doctor Moreau.
I also was able to fit in one more: the heartbreakingly beautiful Waiting for Eden.

All in all, another good week!

tpixie great job!!!🥳🥳🥳 2w
JennyM A great week. I must try the Ackerman. 😘 2w
BarbaraBB @JennyM I just reviewed it. It‘s great 💔 2w
Cinfhen Looks like a very good week with some mixed results 2w
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BarbaraBB
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

I loved Swimming Lessons and had been looking forward to another novel by Claire Fuller. Unfortunately Bitter Orange is promising in its set-up, scenery and characters, but in the end it didn‘t deliver.
It's the story about a complicated friendship between three people (a couple and a single woman) taking care of an old mansion. Add a vicar, some ghosts, some lies, a few timelines and you have the ingredients of an amusing read, no more no less.

TrishB Pretty much what I thought! 3w
Kalalalatja Agreed! 3w
Liz_M Nice Mitford mug. 2w
BarbaraBB @Liz_M I should have taken the picture before it was empty of course ☺️ 2w
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scowler1
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

It's a pretty good read, a bit dark I suppose but I wish the house has been a bigger part of the book. The characters were all good, but not as interesting as the house. Too many unrevealed secrets.

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readordierachel
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

The audiobook is beautifully read by Bianca Amato, but the story and characters left me cold. A lonely woman becomes entangled with a seemingly golden couple. There are secrets and lies. It felt too familiar. A pleasant enough way to pass the time, but I don't think it will stay with me. That cover tho 😍

Cathythoughts Yes great cover 👍🏻I have it a pick at the time , but looking back I‘d give it a ‘so-so‘ too 2mo
Redwritinghood Agree! I expected more from this book. 2mo
readordierachel @Cathythoughts Certainly not a bad book. Just not wonderful 🤷‍♀️ 2mo
readordierachel @Redwritinghood Me too. She's a good writer but it felt kind of pointless in the end. 2mo
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WhatWouldJaneDo
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

This one had serious Daphne DuMaurier/Shirley Jackson vibes. Much like The Haunting's Nell, MC Frances responds to an unusual job opportunity at a remote country house soon after her mother dies. She becomes involved in a tangled relationship with the couple living there, and eventually the skeletons start to come out of the closets.

KarenUK I loved this one! Love Claire Fuller... 💕 3mo
WhatWouldJaneDo @KarenUK this is the first time I've read her, I'm definitely going to keep an eye out for her other books! Do you have a fave? 3mo
jhod Swimming Lessons is my favourite of hers! 3mo
Cathythoughts Yes I loved Swimming Lessons ... this one not as much 3mo
KarenUK Swimming lessons 💕💕💕 3mo
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Jwagstaffe
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Pickpick

This one will sit with me for a long time.. atmospheric, slow burn best read on hot summer days. Artfully written.

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Jbakesmcgee3
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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This cover is everything 🥵😱🙋🏼‍♀️💕🎉

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Kalalalatja
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

This was okay, but not as compelling as Fuller‘s other books. It took too long to get going and the end felt a bit rushed. Fuller‘s writing is beautiful and atmospheric as always, but the story lacked something.

#Booked2019 #FoodorBeverageontheCover

Cinfhen Yup, exactly how I felt and @Simona did too! It was a bit disappointing after 6mo
ShyBookOwl Love the cover 6mo
BarbaraBB What a pity! I‘m in no hurry to read it now! 6mo
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Cathythoughts I gave it a pick at the time ... but looking back , So-So is the best description 6mo
Kalalalatja @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB @Cathythoughts definitely a pity, because Fuller can write! But where her first two books were page turners for me, this was a bit of a slog to get through. Maybe expectations were too high 🤷‍♀️ @ShyBookOwl it is really pretty, and there‘s a kind of foiling in the oranges, but I couldn‘t capture it in a pic 👌 6mo
Simona @Cinfhen Swimming Lessons is still in my TBR pile, but after Bitter Orange I don‘t feel any rush to read it ... 6mo
Cinfhen Swimming lessons was good @Simona much better than Bitter 🍊, but I don‘t think you need to rush to read it... 6mo
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Kalalalatja
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Reading and eating 👌

I had my last day at the center for rape victims, and I‘m ready for a long weekend before I start my new job on Monday. My colleagues gave me a gift certificate to books as a goodbye gift, which I‘m so excited to use! I haven‘t bought books since January, and I‘m feeling the pain 😅

squirrelbrain What great colleagues! Good luck for Monday! 6mo
TrishB Best of luck for the new job 👍🏻 6mo
youneverarrived Enjoy your weekend and good luck for Monday ♥️ 6mo
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LeahBergen Yayyy for your new job! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
JennyM Have a great weekend break before you start the next chapter! So excited for you 😘 6mo
BarbaraBB Exciting times! Enjoy & take care of yourself 💜 6mo
minkyb Enjoy it all! 6mo
erzascarletbookgasm Enjoy your weekend 💕 6mo
Kalalalatja @squirrelbrain @TrishB @youneverarrived @LeahBergen @JennyM @BarbaraBB @minkyb @erzascarletbookgasm thank you all 💕 it feels a bit bitter sweet, since I loved my job and my colleagues, but there just wasn‘t money for a paid position. Hopefully, the new job will be just as interesting and my new colleagues will be just as kind 🤞 6mo
ephemeralwaltz Congrats on the new job!! I'm glad you're meeting so many new people - you're probably taking a lot from this experience with you. PS. I'm going to spam-like your posts now. 6mo
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Kappadeemom
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Just finished this today and not sure if I like it or not. Very dark but one I‘ll probably be thinking about the next few days.

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Cinfhen
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

While the writing is crisp, clear and evocative the story was (intentionally) numbing. I WANTED to know what the big secret was even though I didn‘t have any care for all the characters involved. Fran,a woman on her deathbed is looking back at an event that altered her life. Potential was there but I agree @Simona not even close to what Penelope Lively created with Moon Tiger. Thanks for sharing book with me 🧡

TrishB Same! I only gave it a so-so too! 7mo
Kalalalatja All the meh reviews are really making me hesitate to pick this up, even though I loved her other books 😕 7mo
Simona I liked atmosphere in the story and I wasn‘t hugely disappointed by the mystery side of the story, but the priest character was so unnecessary and clumsy plot device ... and the structure was so predictable and because of that - for me very boring 🤷‍♀️ 7mo
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Cinfhen Something was just off with this book and it hardly felt original @Simona @TrishB I was hoping for me since I loved 7mo
Cinfhen @Simona is it ok if I send this book to @Kalalalatja I‘d love to keep the sharing spirit alive 🧡 7mo
Simona Absolutely‼️ I hope that you will like it @Kalalalatja 😘 7mo
Kalalalatja You are both too sweet Cindy and @Simona, thank you! I‘ll love to give it a chance 😘 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ll send it out later this week @Kalalalatja @Simona 💕💕💕 7mo
emilyhaldi I just bought this for our next round of family mark-up book club....And see that you gave it a pretty bad rating 😬 but I'm hoping maybe this is one of those instances where we have opposite book tastes 😆🤞🏻 3w
Cinfhen It was disappointing and not very memorable @emilyhaldi I don‘t think @Kalalalatja liked it either 😬 3w
Kalalalatja It was okay for me, but I feel like Fuller has written better books. But in my drunken-birthday-haze atm, I can‘t remember why I didn‘t love it 😅 @emilyhaldi (edited) 3w
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Cinfhen
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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It‘s calling to me @Simona 😁

Crazeedi ❤ the photo! 7mo
Cathythoughts ♥️👍🏻 7mo
Kalalalatja Lovely photo! 7mo
Simona I hope that you will like it 😘 7mo
KarenUK I really love Claire Fuller‘s writing.... hope you enjoy! 🤞💕 7mo
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Nebklvr
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

I liked the writing, but the story just never really came together.

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TheLibrarian
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Surprise!! More #bookmail and the worst part is darn Amazon delivered it while my husband was still home. Whoops 😬

mjdowens I got mine delivered today also....of course my husband was home to receive it also-oops😳 8mo
Reviewsbylola Omg I always pray my packages come when my husband is gone. 😆 8mo
ravenlee Last time I got a Book Outlet box it was sitting open when my husband got home. I told him I did swap shopping. He said, “so this is all for swaps?” and I said, “well...most of it” and he just sighed and rolled his eyes. Like it was a surprise or something? 8mo
TheLibrarian @mjdowens @Reviewsbylola @ravenlee I love how we all want our husband‘s not be home when our book packages come 😂 8mo
Reviewsbylola Or really any packages. 😂😂😂 8mo
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Linda906
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

I‘m a thriller junkie and I love a setting as a character, so this story should have been my jam. I really appreciated the writing, but this story about three unusual people sharing a dilapidated English mansion just didn‘t pull me in. Although I finished it, I found myself not at all anxious to get back to reading it each day. This usually means I‘m not in the right head space at the time. I may try again in the future.

Book_Fairy_Mary Hmmm... This one's on my list as well, but maybe I won't rush to it. 8mo
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jhod
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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On the train back to London (with a stop to pick up forgotten suitcase from airport!) after a restful, relaxing and fun #readingretreat. So great to meet more Littens and see again old friends, in an amazing setting. Thanks so much again Mitch for organising... Am totally up for another one!

@Mitch @Oryx @squirrelbrain @julesG @scripturient @RachelO @Leniverse @eraderneely

Loving this book and the house in it has a library just like Gladstone's!

tpixie Great quote!! Gladstone 8mo
jhod Yes! Quite a man! @tpixie 8mo
tpixie I've just been stalking and scrolling through the wonderful weekend you had on your #readingretreat #LitsyMeetUp. Amazing effort you all made to do it! Amazing space!! Just wonderful all around!! 🥳📚🥳 8mo
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Oryx Really nice to see you again. Safe trip back 8mo
julesG Safe travels. Looking forward to seeing you next time, at the latest. 8mo
RachelO Lovely to see you! Hope you‘re almost home by now. 8mo
eraderneely Wonderful to see you again. Looking forward to next time. 8mo
Cathythoughts Sounds fab 💕💕💕 8mo
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Lidia
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book, it started slow but it soon started to pickup after the 3 main characters meet and start interacting with each other in this abandoned mansion where they will be working for the summer. There is just something mysterious and sinister in the house that starts penetrating their subconscious and you just know it‘s not going to end well.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders I find her books are like a slow burn. Their impact starts to settle in and stay on your mind well after you've finished. I haven't read this one yet, buy I do own it. 😊 8mo
Lidia I know what you mean @Penny_LiteraryHoarders . Just like Swimming Lessons 8mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders @Lidia yes! For sure! I still think about that one!! 8mo
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TrishB
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

Something lacking in this book and I don‘t really know what 🤷‍♀️ it felt very predictable and like I‘d read a version many times. I love the authors writing but I didn‘t love this one.
Using for #foodorbeverageoncover #booked2019

Cathythoughts Yes I think I liked it , but was happy when it was over ... I agree , something lacking ... still I enjoyed well enough. I believe the other book Swimming Lessons is very good 9mo
TrishB @Cathythoughts I loved Swimming Lessons (but without wanting to spoil anything don‘t you run off and buy!) 9mo
Redwritinghood I felt similarly. There was nothing really wrong with it that I could point to, but overall it left me feeling blah. 9mo
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Cinfhen I‘ve seen so many similar reviews @Simona posted something similar☺️too bad it wasn‘t as good as Swimming Lessons but at least it worked for a prompt. 9mo
TrishB @Redwritinghood exactly 👍🏻 9mo
TrishB @Cinfhen true! 9mo
Cathythoughts Oh 🤔🤞🏻ok ... I‘m getting excited though ... just in case...😬😍 9mo
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Simona
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

Frances, a dying woman, reflects on her past - one summer that forever change her life. What I like about this novel is a very vivid setting. Old house with its own story, excessive easy-breezy life on a bright, hot summer in the countryside when dark past/secrets starts slowly creeping to the surface ... While I liked atmosphere, some parts of the story, and especially one character, felt very unconvincing and unnecessary plot device. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cinfhen Great photo and your review leaves me feeling curious....think I want to read it 🧡 9mo
Simona @Cinfhen If you want to read it, I can send you my copy. 9mo
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Cinfhen Yes, please!!! 😘😘 9mo
Simona @Cinfhen I was at post office today and the book is on its way. Expected delivery time is from 10 to 14 days 😘 9mo
Cinfhen You‘re so sweet xx thank you!! I‘m bring Dope Sick back for you ❤️ 9mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

I liked this one. A woman who seems to be close to death reflects back on one summer, hinting at something that might have happened. #foodintitle #foodoncover #halfbloodbingo

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Nitpickyabouttrains
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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I finished my spring list for #booked2019 today. Mostly because it had a huge crossover with #halfbloodbingo which I was determined to finish this month.

Cinfhen Nice!!! 10mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great picks! 10mo
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Cathythoughts
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Pickpick

#Booked2019 #FoodOrBeverageOnCover
Brilliantly woven page turner story. Loved the characters.. Francis, Cara, Peter, & The House... a nice touch of eeriness. I did get a bit impatient with the ending ( going on a bit ) ... but a great read. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.. only 3 ⭐️because I found myself thinking towards the end ... *what will I read next ?? *... I had left the building/ ( book) ... still ! A definite pick. And will read more of this writer 👍🏻

TrishB Cool 👍🏻 definitely using this one and I thoroughly recommend her other one! 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm Sounds good, and well done ✅ 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB yes! I‘ll definitely read Swimming Lessons & I‘ll look forward to your take on this one 👍🏻♥️ 10mo
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Cathythoughts Thanks Jessie ... it was really good ( I‘m also afraid of hyping books up 🤷🏻‍♀️) And Thanks ✅😊 10mo
Cinfhen I really loved Swimming Lessons but I‘ve seen to many 3 star reviews for this book. I‘m gonna wait for a #KindleDailDeal 🧡Thank for your honest review, Cathy!!! And congrats on another prompt!!!! 10mo
Tanisha_A Nice review! And, I love that cover! ☺️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @Tanisha_A thanks! I know !! This cover is even nicer than the other cover ... I felt very aware of the cover as I was reading this book & always admired it when the book was closed.... such a lovely cover indeed (edited) 10mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen thanks Cindy ! It really is good ... I‘m looking forward to Swimming Lessons ... ♥️👍🏻 10mo
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Lel2403
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@jenniferw88 @mania @Emilymdxn

Here‘s my options for #LMPBC group V......I hope one feels right ❤️

@suvata

Emilymdxn Any of them look good to me!!! Maybe I‘d pick Cora Burns tho? 10mo
jenniferw88 Any of them are ok by me but maybe NOT the red sister if it's a zombie/horror book. 10mo
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Lel2403 @jenniferw88 lol....it‘s not, it‘s a fantasy novel.....young girls trained in magic and swords etc....not for everyone 💕 10mo
jenniferw88 @Lel2403 in that case I'm happy with any of them (it's just that the girl on the cover looked a bit zombie-ish to me!) But I'm leaning towards Cora or Underground Railroad. 10mo
Lel2403 I think it‘s going to be Cora......❤️ 10mo
mania I'm easily scared and tend to struggle a bit with psychological thrillers. I'd give Cora a go but I would maybe prefer the Underground Railroad? 10mo
Lel2403 Ok...I think it willThe Underground Railroad..... 10mo
jenniferw88 @Lel2403 hiya, I'm more than happy with The Underground Railroad! 10mo
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Cathythoughts
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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I‘m thinking of this one for #Booked2019 #foodorbeverageoncover ?? This works !?! Right ? ( if not I have other options )

TrishB Please let it work!! I have this one and have been struggling for this prompt too 🤞🏻 10mo
kamoorephoto I want to read this too! 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I hope it works too as I think it will be good ( an Orange is a food & a beverage 🤔) 🤞🏻🤞🏻🤞🏻 10mo
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TrishB Definitely 😁👍🏻 10mo
batsy I love this cover! And the book sounds so good 🍊 10mo
Tanisha_A Now I feel like eating an 🍊. 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @kamoorephoto @batsy @Tanisha_A we shall eagerly await the organizers decision 🤞🏻😬 10mo
JennyM @Tanisha_A lol 😂 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve got this stacked! Look forward to your thoughts! 10mo
Cinfhen 💯‼️‼️‼️‼️‼️ 10mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB @Cinfhen the decision has been made 💃🏾💃🏾💃🏾wooohoooo Bitter Orange we are coming for you 🧡🧡🧡 10mo
Cinfhen Can‘t wait to see your review!! I LOVED 10mo
Cathythoughts @Cinfhen great to hear 👍🏻🧡 10mo
TrishB Yay 😁😁 I loved Swimming Lessons too @Cinfhen 10mo
BarbaraBB Echoing @Cinfhen and @TrishB 💕 10mo
Tanisha_A @JennyM I have all these other fruits at home, but you know the heart wants what's difficult to fetch. 😂 10mo
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Mitch
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Yeah....I can open my packet.....Thank you @mcipher Happy Valentines ! #cupidgoespostal

LeahBergen Ooh, nice! I want to read Bitter Orange, too. 👏🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts Yes lovely gifts ! Stacking this one 👍🏻💕 10mo
erzascarletbookgasm 👍 I want to read the tagged book too! 10mo
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Crazeedi Happy Valentine's day!🌷❤ 10mo
mcipher I‘m so glad you didn‘t already have it! There was supposed to be some candy, too... 🤨 I have to check Amazon to see what happened to that! 10mo
Mitch @mcipher haven‘t read either book. 👏🏻 10mo
mcipher Yay! I hope you love Ruth‘s - I‘m not a memoir person but her writing is so good. The other I know was on your wish list. 10mo
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KarenUK
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“Beautiful on the surface, but look a little closer and everything is decaying, rotting, falling apart”

Frances is a sheltered and #lonelylonely woman, hired to research the unique arches at a crumbling mansion. She soon develops an obsession with an enchanting couple who are not quite as they appear.

I adore Claire Fuller‘s writing. She writes wonderfully complex women, and creates beautiful images and luscious detail. Love her!💕
#timbittunes

Cinfhen Forgot this book came out! Must look for it! Thanks for the reminder 🧡 10mo
TheKidUpstairs I've been wanting to read this one! I'm thinking I may present it to my book club. 10mo
Ashley85 Just checked this out from the library! 10mo
Crazeedi This looks really good! Adding! 10mo
TrishB Have this on tbr! Must read. 10mo
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BittersweetBooks
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And if we‘re unlucky we‘ll make it into a history book, but even then it won‘t be us, it‘ll be a made-up version, someone else‘s interpretation. It can‘t be the full story of who we are. That‘s only in our own heads and in the memories of the people who have loved us 🍊🐮🔑

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Jenken1998
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Bailedbailed

I just couldnt get into this one despite enjoying the authors previous work. It was dragging and dragging for me. I may try again later because i am curious what was up with at least one of the characters. Must not have been the right time for me and this book. But that cover tho 🧡

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TrishB
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Just had a lovely time opening gifts from my Litsy friends - sorry will be spamming thanks for a few posts
Thank you Deborah for the books - been wanting to read both and lovely copies 😘 Merry Christmas
Thank you Leah for the lovely gifts - OMG that bookmark ❤️❤️ and another book I haven‘t read have- a lovely Christmas 🎄

LeahBergen You‘re welcome! I knew you‘d love that bookmark as much as I do. 😂😂 Happy Holidays! 🎄🎄 12mo
TrishB @LeahBergen I‘m going to buy a new William Marshall book just for the bookmark. That‘s not weird at all is it! 12mo
LeahBergen @TrishB Not at all. 😆😆 12mo
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erzascarletbookgasm Great selection of books 👍😍 12mo
TrishB @erzascarletbookgasm very lucky 😁 12mo
LeahBergen On a side note: I just gave my husband volumes 2,3, and 4 of a historical fiction series he‘s reading about the War of the Roses. I then gave him my leather “White Rose of York” bookmark to use while he‘s reading them. 😆😆 Only you will truly appreciate this. 😆😆 11mo
TrishB @LeahBergen absolutely 😁❤️ I brought my son‘s bf 2 books for Christmas and appropriate book marks- he‘s a book nerd in training so will appreciate this. I got a Lord of the Rings special illustrated edition and a Tolkien bookmark to match. He‘s one of few people we can sit in silence and read - hoping he‘s here to stay! 11mo
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perfectlywinged
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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It‘s about a woman reflecting back on one summer when she was hired to research the architecture of an old country mansion and becomes friends with a beautiful young couple. They spend their days drinking champagne and picnicking in the English countryside but something just seems a touch off. I am normally disappointed by Claire Fuller‘s endings but right now am really intrigued by these characters.

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Owlizabeth
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Quick library trip for these two beauties. Mixed reviews for both, so I‘m interested to see where they take me. #libraryhaul

valeriegeary I've been eyeing these too. Let us know how you like them! 🤗 12mo
Trashcanman I like your new profile pic 12mo
Owlizabeth @Trashcanman thanks!! 12mo
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sumaiyya.books
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

This was a beautifully written book that didn‘t live up to my expectations. I wanted something more out of this book; the plot twists didn‘t work well for me and overall, I felt it was a bit repetitive and overwritten. It‘s character driven but also tries hard to have the effect of a fast paced plot towards the end.

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Redwritinghood
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Mehso-so

There were a few too many extraneous elements in this story that seemed unrelated to the plot for me to rate this a pick. The writing was good and the characters mostly well-drawn, but the story just didn‘t come together for me at the end. 3⭐️

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emmaturi
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I had seen this book on bookstagram loads of time and thought I would get it too! I am really enjoying it. The cover is stunning! #books

readordierachel It really is! 😍 13mo
Cathythoughts Leonard 💔💔💔 13mo
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ChasingOm
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Pickpick

Wow. I haven‘t read an adult literary novel in quite a few months — my attention span has only been long enough for YA or romance — so I wasn‘t sure if I was ready for this. It took me a few chapters, but the atmospheric writing found its way under my skin and I found myself unable to put it down. It‘s dark and moody, even when the sun is shining. A great re-entry into the land of adult fiction. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

readordierachel What a gorgeous cover! 13mo
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Jason7
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Pickpick

There's a lot to like about this book, but many readers wont like the characters. The protagonist of the story reminded me of Eleanor Oliphant at times, though this novel is not humorous or quirky like Eleanor Oliphant. Bitter Orange starts off with the protagonist on her death bed, reflecting on memories innocent enough at first, but these memories get incrementally darker as time progresses. It‘s a literary mystery. Overall rating: 4.17 stars

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ChasingOm
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Over the past two weeks, I‘ve wrapped up an election cycle (with good results for me!) and graduated from my Yoga Teacher Training program (I‘m now an RYT 200!). Now I‘ve got my wedding to pull off in 12 days, but FIRST...I‘m going to take an evening to relax and dive into this beautiful book. (Enjoy the bonus Bo in the background. 😄)

Mitch Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 13mo
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BlameJennyJane
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

Such a strange little book. I‘m still confused... but in a good way... I think.

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irre
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

3.5 ⭐️#NetGalley

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moarbookspleaze
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Mehso-so

I‘d love to talk about the characters with someone else who‘s read. But overall this book was pretty underwhelming.

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moarbookspleaze
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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My current audiobook.

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Emilymdxn
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

A fascinating novel - not 100% perfect but still a pick. The relationship between Franny, Cara and Peter felt like things I‘d read before, but the gorgeously complicated relationship with Victor, the memories and distortions, the themes of lying to yourself and misremembering, were absolutely perfect and beautifully written. I maybe wish they‘d been centred on a less melodramatic central plot, but the book was a 4/5 novel that I‘d recommend

gradcat Thanks for the review...I was trying to decide on this one...I‘ll add it to my stack now. 13mo
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Bookboss
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Stopped at the library today! The self-checkout told my to see a librarian because my account had a problem. Oh, no! Fortunately, the system just wanted me to update my contact information and renew my card. Whew! I have been going to the branch since I was a preschooler. I don‘t know what I would do without it!

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Emilymdxn
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Making a proper start on this one during my lunch hour

KarenUK Hope you enjoy it.... loved it! 💕 13mo
jhod Really want to read this, loved her first two! 13mo
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Emilymdxn
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Next up! I had to wait ages for this in the library and now someone else has it reserved so I bumped it up my tbr to read fast - I hate feeling I‘m keeping someone waiting! I‘ve been desperate to read this ever since i saw this beautiful cover in foyles months ago

gradcat This is one I have in my saved list on Amazon...let me know what you think—it seems like it will be good. 13mo
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KarenUK
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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1. Skippy, a blue Merle Aussie with blue eyes on a blue throw! 🐶
2. 7 😴
3. Milk with any kind of nuts and salt 🍫🌰
4. Every 3 months ✂️
5. Loved it! Claire Fuller is a favorite of mine.🍊
@MinDea #humpdaypost

Cinfhen 💙💙💙to all your answers 13mo
nu-bibliophile I love your dog's name, that's so cute. 13mo
KarenUK @cinfhen 😘💕 @nu-bibliophile He‘s named after an Aussie tv show that‘s like Lassie but with a kangaroo! As a puppy he was constantly bouncing around on his back legs! (edited) 13mo
Puredragonstar Aweeeee I should have taken a pic of mine for this all well! Yours is so handsome! Aussies rockkkkkk! 🤙🏻 13mo
KarenUK They are all so handsome! @Puredragonstar .... my favorite follow on instagram is @aussiesdoingthings just so I can ogle all the pretty faces! 13mo
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Well-ReadNeck
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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Pickpick

I loved Swimming Lessons by Claire Fuller and Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier is my favorite book of all time (this one has been compared to it), so I had to pick this up. It was a page-turner and did have that gothic ghostly feel. I was not 💯 with the ending, but overall a pick.

laurenlovesliterature Love this cover! 13mo
TheBookStacker I loved swimming lessons but somehow my brain didn‘t connect these two lol so silly it‘s been on my Tbr list 13mo
Emilymdxn This is my next read after my current library book! Excited! 13mo
doodlebug55 Just about to start this one! :) 13mo
irre I loved Swimming Lessons as well. Reading this one right now. Not loving it yet but sticking with it. 13mo
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KarenUK
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I made an odd discovery today..... Each of these books I love, had a couple of the other books recommended in reviews I found. 🤔
‘Bitter Orange‘ and The Strays‘ both had reviews saying “recommended for those who loved ‘Atonement‘ and ‘Rebecca‘” ...and an Atonement review mentioned ‘Rebecca ‘ too!
So I guess I can define my ‘wheelhouse‘ -
Crumbling manor houses, gothic themes, feverish summers, complicated female characters, set in mid 20th C!

Moray_Reads That is an excellent wheelhouse 13mo
HKGirl Hmmm....I loved Rebecca, so I'm thinking I need to check out these other books! 13mo
LeahBergen Well, I loved Rebecca and Atonement and own The Strays... I better get that last one. 😆 13mo
BarbaraBB I guess that means I‘ve got to check out The Strays! 13mo
Cathythoughts Just took a screenshot... I saw the Movie Rebecca... must read the book & will be looking at them all 👍🏻❤️ 13mo
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doodlebug55
Bitter Orange | Claire Fuller
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This cover is so beautiful! Looking forward to start this one - I really enjoyed the author‘s Swimming Lessons.

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