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Once Upon a River
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
A dark midwinters night in an ancient inn on the Thames. The regulars are entertaining themselves by telling stories when the door bursts open on an injured stranger. In his arms is the drowned corpse of a little child. Hours later the dead girl stirs, takes a breath and returns to life. Is it a miracle? Is it magic? Or can it be explained by science? Replete with folklore, suspense and romance, as well as with the urgent scientific curiosity of the Darwinian age, Once Upon a River is as richly atmospheric as Setterfields bestseller The Thirteenth Tale.
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Kimberlone
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Next holiday movie is up!

Watching this in the background while I read the tagged book.

#HolidayMovie #WinterGames #TeamFozziwig @Clwojick @StayCurious @BarkingMadRun

BarkingMadRun Cute! 5d
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Kimberlone
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Determined to finish this book today!

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Kimberlone
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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First time cracking open a book since leaving for vacation! Really need to finish this book so I can move onto some of my newer acquisitions.

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janeycanuck
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Mixed reviews from the Guelph chapter of #GirlyBookClub - several women couldn‘t even get through it and for others, it was one of their fav reads this year. The conversation is always more fun when we have such different opinions!

Tamra I enjoyed it! 👍🏾 2w
janeycanuck @Tamra me too! 2w
TheEllieMo It‘s in my top 5 of the year 2w
janeycanuck @TheEllieMo it‘s right up there for me, too. We had two women say it was probably their favourite of the year. 2w
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Lexicon1982
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Warning: Not a popular opinion ahead! Ok... I tried to get into this book I really really did! I got about 25% in at 125 pages and I just found myself harrumphing everytime I went to go read this book.. books should make you feel joy, not feel like a chore.. I just found I really didn‘t care about the story,this just wasn‘t my cup of tea, but as usual; if it looks interesting to you go ahead and read it...it‘s just lil old me‘s opinion 🤷🏼‍♀️

TrishB We all have different opinions and it‘s all part of the fun! 3w
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ferskner
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Diane Setterfield, I love you and I will read anything you deign to put in front of me.

Tamra I really enjoy her writing too! 4w
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Kimberlone
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DebReads4fun Currently reading this book and really enjoying it! 1mo
Andrew65 I need to read this, I do own it. 1mo
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Kimberlone
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I am really trying to finish this before I leave for vacation on Friday. I have 250 pages to go, so that might not be possible...

Andrew65 Have a great vacation! 1mo
Kimberlone @Andrew65 thanks! 1mo
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Kimberlone
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Monday night reading 🌸🌺🌷

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Emilymdxn
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Ultimately a pick though it took me a long time to get into properly. The characters really breathed once I got to know them and it had a very Victorian feel to it, like apart from a few stylistic things it could have been written in the 1870s. The writing about the river was so beautiful, and the drama of the ending got me very involved even if I didn‘t love all of it to begin with.

DebReads4fun Currently reading this. 1mo
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Vulpixen
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What a cute cover 🥰 excited for this month‘s book club pick!

TheEllieMo I loved this one! 1mo
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Kimberlone
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Friday night reading 🌸

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Emilymdxn
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Greetings from rainy london! I‘m audiowalking at around 2 hours today for #mrbook1inamillion readathon. Got held up at work and out this eve so I think I‘ll only get to around ten hours but still a pleasure to be reading with you all. I love seeing Americans‘ daytime posts when it‘s night now for me

#litsypartyofone #24b4monday @MrBook @Alisnazzy @Lynnsoprano @Clwojick @TheReadingMermaid @TheReadingMermaid @Andrew65 @Rachel.Rencher @jb72

LiteraryinLititz I will be visiting there soon! Packing my raincoat and umbrella for sure! 😋 1mo
Clwojick I'd love to visit there! looks beautiful - even at night. 1mo
Emilymdxn @Clwojick I‘ll try to post some actual pretty bits for you sometime then! This is just Vauxhall bus station (which I don‘t think many visitors spend a lot of time at) 1mo
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Scochrane26 I‘ve been wanting to see London since I was a child. 1mo
Andrew65 Seen plenty of rain over the last two days, now flooding all round us in South Yorkshire. Don‘t think I‘ve seen it worse. 1mo
Hooked_on_books I don‘t know if you follow @LiteraryinLititz , but she is looking for London bookshop recommendations for her honeymoon. Check out her post from today if you have suggestions. 1mo
MrBook I love seeing all things London! I was there in 2000. I need to get back to your peerless city in the worst way. ☺️ 1mo
Emilymdxn @Andrew65 I‘ve been reading about it it‘s appalling. That mall in Sheffield! Hope where you‘re at is okay. The weather is so messed up (edited) 1mo
Emilymdxn @Scochrane26 @LiteraryinLititz @mrbook thank you! It‘s a lovely city. I‘ll post some more pics this weekend 1mo
Andrew65 @Emilymdxn Yes missed flooding for us, but loads of flooding in nearby villages. Second time Meadowhall and Doncaster flooded in recent years. 1mo
Emilymdxn @Hooked_on_books I do and I‘m always happy to offer my services 🥰 1mo
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Kimberlone
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I got roped into playing two games of Super Smash Bros. but now I am free to read my book while my bf keeps playing with our roommate.

Reading > video games

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Kimberlone
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Tonight‘s #bookanddinner! Chicken coconut curry and hibiscus rosé hard cider :)

Rachel.Rencher Yummy! I just discovered Inclind Cider through their Marionberry hopped cider. It was really good! 1mo
WorldsOkayestStepMom I had chickpea coconut curry tonight for dinner! Next time, I'm planning on adding chicken to it. 1mo
Daisey That all looks and sounds delicious! 1mo
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Kimberlone @Rachel.Rencher first time trying this flavor but I really like it! 1mo
Bookwormjillk Yum! 1mo
4thhouseontheleft Rose cider has become my new favorite 🍺 drink this year. 1mo
youneverarrived Looks nice 😋 1mo
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Kimberlone
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I‘ve got Sunday breakfast started, now starting a new book while the potatoes cook. #SundayFunday

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brilliantglow
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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.... #bookhaul again lol

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Looks great! 2mo
TheEllieMo Great haul. Once Upon A River is one of my favourite reads of this years❤️ 2mo
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Hufflepuffle
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This book centres around story telling with the theme of the river flowing strongly through it. A tale of discovery and loss, love and cruelty and the mystery of life. I thought it was enchanting. The depth of the characters drew me in and I was kept guessing until the threads of the story started to come together as one. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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bookshapedheart
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I liked this book. Setterfield again wrote a compelling turn of the century mystery testing and questioning what makes a family. She takes on the role of story and why humans tell stories and how we tell stories in this wonderful book. She rubs folklore up again science winding you deeper and deeper into the story until like the characters, truth and fiction is hard to place.

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Bookishwoo
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I can honestly say that to begin with I really struggled with this. Once I got past the half way mark it was a whole different ball game! I started to enjoy it a lot more. There are a lot of characters and multi faceted stories all intertwined so at times it is hard to keep up if not focused. All in all it turned out to be an enjoyable read and I am definitely pleased I saw this through to the end. #onceuponariver #justfinished #threestars

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Bookishwoo
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Lazy chilly Sunday Morning in bed trying to finish this book! I have been so unfocused this past week! #sundayreads #lazymorning #chilling #gottofinishthis #onceuponariver

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KimM
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UK cover as seen at Waterstones in Westminster

Well-ReadNeck I love this cover! 3mo
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candc320
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I was FINALLY able to finish this one! When I started it I was really enjoying it but set it aside for something else...and didn‘t go back for months 😱. I finished it as an audiobook and it was so touching. I loved how the story mixed the supernatural with the realistic and how so many of the characters connected to each other in unexpected ways. Definitely recommend! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Hufflepuffle
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LauraAndTaraAndBooks
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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The perfect (purr-fect?) evening 🧡 #catsoflitsy

Catsandbooks Definitely Purrfect! 😍🐱 3mo
Leftcoastzen Awwww!😻 3mo
Dragon 😻 3mo
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TheEllieMo
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MrsMarks88
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Looking forward to getting stuck into this one!

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Slajaunie
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This was a decent book but a little slow in the middle. I liked the ending. A young child is rescued from the river and there are numerous people who would claim her for their own. The family with the kidnapped child, the grandfather whose missing a granddaughter, the woman missing a sister, and a nurse who would just like to have the child. Who is the child? Where did she come from?

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Slajaunie
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This was a decent book but a little slow in the middle. I liked the ending. A young child is rescued from the river and there are numerous people who would claim her for their own. The family with the kidnapped child, the grandfather whose missing a granddaughter, the woman missing a sister, and a nurse who would just like to have the child. Who is the child? Where did she come from?

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Butterflyamore
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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I love that fall means semi-annual library book sales, although some area libraries only do them once a year around here l. At any rate, there are plenty of book sales to be found and we went to our first of the season yesterday! I‘m happy with the books I found but there was one in particular that caused me to audibly gasp in excitement. Can you guess which one? I think I‘ve made this very easy for you. 😉

Have you read any of these?

EadieB I‘ve read and enjoyed The Bonesetter‘s Daughter and Once Upon a River. I own One Thousand White Women but haven‘t read it yet. (edited) 3mo
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ShelfRighteous
Once Upon a River | Diane Setterfield
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Thankyou so much for the tag @Tanisha_A

@batsy I tag you to post 7 covers you love for 7 days. No explanation needed. And also use the tags. You up for it? 🙂

#covercrush #7days7covers #day1

Cinfhen Love this one too!!!!! 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen Isnt it pretty?❤ 3mo
Cinfhen We all posted water themed covers today @BarbaraBB @Kalalalatja @KarenUK 💙 3mo
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ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen Wow that's a brilliant observation 🤩 3mo
Cinfhen I‘ve always been drawn to the ocean 🌊 I found it very calming and peaceful 🙏🏻 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Cinfhen That's true for me too! Any natural water body makes me feel calm😊 3mo
batsy It's very pretty! And thank you for the tag ☺️ 3mo
ShelfRighteous @batsy 🤩🙌 3mo
Tanisha_A 😍 like a painting! 3mo
ShelfRighteous @Tanisha_A Yessss! The vibrant colors against the black background🤩 3mo
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Slajaunie
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Started this one as well.

Julsmarshall I loved this!!! 3mo
Slajaunie Hope I do as well. @Julsmarshall 3mo
Joanielovesbooks I loved it too 3mo
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JHSiess
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📖 𝐆𝐈𝐕𝐄𝐀𝗪𝐀𝐘 📖⁣

𝐎𝐧𝐜𝐞 𝐔𝐩𝐨𝐧 𝐚 𝐑𝐢𝐯𝐞𝐫 by 𝐃𝐢𝐚𝐧𝐞 𝐒𝐞𝐭𝐭𝐞𝐫𝐟𝐢𝐞𝐥𝐝 combines folklore, science, magic, and myth. It sweeps readers along on a current of charmingly eloquent storytelling as powerful as the flow of a river. 🌟🌟🌟🌟⁣

The generous folks at Simon & Shuster have provided a copy for me to give to a lucky U.S. resident.⁣

Enter by midnight PDT tomorrow night, Sunday, September 8: https://tinyurl.com/y6og4n2q

CBee Entered! I think 😂 3mo
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Quirkybookworm
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Reading so I can fall asleep....

PurpleyPumpkin Sweet dreams😴 3mo
brit91 Awwww 😍🐶 3mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow
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So good. It's been awhile since I've read a book that has sucked me in like this one! Kind of dark fairy tale, kind of mystery, all kinds of amazing prose. With limited time to read, I rarely want to reread books, but as soon as I finished this I wanted to start it over.

TrishB It is a lovely read 👍🏻 3mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @TrishB yes! So lovely!! 3mo
Crazeedi I enjoyed 3mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow @Crazeedi me too! Have you read anything else by the author? 3mo
Crazeedi @Reading_in_the_meadow yes this one, I actually liked it better 3mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @Crazeedi I just added it to my tbr! 3mo
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Reading_in_the_meadow
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1. Loving it so far! Can't wait to finish but don't want it to end!
2. Sleep??
3. Chocolate Chip cookie dough
4. Used to play piano but haven't in years
5. Will do 😉

#friyayintro
@howjessreads

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Reading_in_the_meadow
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Slow vendor events are great places to catch up on some reading. Still loving this book! #ireadanywhere

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Reading_in_the_meadow
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I'm about halfway through this book and loving it! It's been awhile since I've read anything that has me as hooked as this book does! Who is the little girl who came back from the dead? Why has she lost the ability to speak? So many questions I can't wait to find out the answers! #unputdownable

LitsyWelcomeWagon Welcome to Litsy! Hope these #Litsytips by @RaimeyGallant http://bit.ly/litsytips and #LitsyHowTo videos: goo.gl/UrCpoU are helpful. There‘s so many fun things to do: book exchanges, buddy reads, photo challenges and more! #LitsyWelcomeWagon 4mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 4mo
Reading_in_the_meadow @LitsyWelcomeWagon Fabulous! Thank you!! 4mo
Nute Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a warm and friendly community. I know that you will enjoy yourself here. I‘m looking forward to getting to know you!🙂 2mo
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SheilaChew
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Audio-puzzling 💕

TheSpineView Pretty! 💜 4mo
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BritanyA
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️: such dreamy, beautiful writing.

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Bklover
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1. Pasta. Piles of it. In any form.
2. My weighted blanket. ❤️❤️❤️
3. Just started tagged book.
4. @Lovesbooks87

#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks for playing 💗👏🏻🤗 4mo
BiblioLitten I just cooked pasta! 😃 4mo
Bklover @BiblioLitten I‘ll be right over 💕 4mo
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imyril
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Quiet, cosy, meandering, sometimes melancholy, always charming. Another fine yarn from Diane Setterfield - a bit of a shaggy dog story, but the sort you can curl up with and enjoy on a wet afternoon by the fire.

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SheilaChew
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I was listening to this audio book and walking at the arboretum near my house when I passed 15,000 last week! 🤓🤓🤓

Megabooks 🥳🥳🎧🎉🎉 4mo
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squirrelbrain
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Loved this book, and it‘s really all about the river, and the tale involves quite a lot of crying as well.....

#crymeariver
#ayupaugust

*Joe Cocker was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, in 1944.

Cathythoughts Sounds good 👍🏻I still havnt read ... 4mo
RachelO Happy Yorkshire Day! 4mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @RachelO ! 👍😁 Personally I think we should have a special bank holiday, but I appear to be at work.... 🤣 4mo
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TrishB Love this book ❤️ 4mo
Cinfhen I thought this book was FANTASTIC 💙great pick 4mo
eraderneely Yes, Happy Yorkshire Day! 4mo
squirrelbrain Thanks @eraderneely - how are you doing? 😘 4mo
eraderneely I‘m about ready for this baby to be here already 😁 4mo
squirrelbrain I bet you are @eraderneely ! It seems such a long time since we saw you at Gladstone‘s - must feel like aeons to you! Are you due beginning, middle or end of August? (edited) 4mo
eraderneely I does feel like a really long time since reading retreat! I‘m due at the end of the month. 4mo
squirrelbrain @eraderneely - let‘s hope the heat stays away then! 🤞 4mo
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Ms.Story
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Honestly, I liked the premise of this book -- the role of storytelling and how it shapes us. But this was also a book that I could have put down and left unfinished (had I not been desperate to reach the midway point in my Goodreads challenge 🙈). I wish there had been more about the Quietly as well.

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RachelS89
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This book was sooo good. I loved the dreamlike atmosphere and the unique characters. Pick this up if you like magical realism or historical fiction.

The photo is of Henry Taunt, a Victorian photographer that inspired one of the characters.

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MamaGina
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Four months ago I had surgery to repair my broken leg. Yesterday I finally was able to move back into my own home. I‘ve still got more recovery ahead-I‘m walking with a cane and wearing a knee brace-and am told it will be another six months before my leg is back to ”normal”. Emotionally I‘m all over the place, but grateful to be back in my cozy environment with all my books again. This title is just what I‘m needing, a fairytale escape!

LiteraryinLititz Wow, what a journey. Congrats on being back in your space and I hope your recovery goes well. 💜 5mo
Lindy Best wishes for continued healing. 🌻 5mo
Bookwormjillk Sending healing vibes 5mo
Ruthiella So glad you‘re back home with your books!😍 5mo
mabell Home is the best place to be. I hope your recovery is exponential now! ❤️ 5mo
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jhod
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Nearly made my 70k steps target for the week, and we had Sports Day at work yesterday so had a bit of a run around there!

Only one book read this week. Lovely cover and it's beautifully written, though needed a bit of an edit!

#bfc @wanderinglynn

RachelO Your work has a sports day? Never heard of that before. And great job on the steps and book - sounds like you had loads on this week! 5mo
jhod @RachelO me neither and about 1000 people were there too!! A very nice way to start the weekend, am very lucky! 5mo
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌🏻 A great week and sports day sounds like a lot of fun! 👍🏻 5mo
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