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The Bride Test
The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
From the critically acclaimed author of The Kiss Quotient comes a romantic novel about love that crosses international borders and all boundaries of the heart... Khai Diep has no feelings. Well, he feels irritation when people move his things or contentment when ledgers balance down to the penny, but not big, important emotions--like grief. And love. He thinks he's defective. His family knows better--that his autism means he just processes emotions differently. When he steadfastly avoids relationships, his mother takes matters into her own hands and returns to Vietnam to find him the perfect bride. As a mixed-race girl living in the slums of Ho Chi Minh City, Esme Tran has always felt out of place. When the opportunity arises to come to America and meet a potential husband, she can't turn it down, thinking this could be the break her family needs. Seducing Khai, however, doesn't go as planned. Esme's lessons in love seem to be working...but only on herself. She's hopelessly smitten with a man who's convinced he can never return her affection. With Esme's time in the United States dwindling, Khai is forced to understand he's been wrong all along. And there's more than one way to love.
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Book_yogi
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Now that I have read this, I have to go back and read The Kiss Quotient.

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sonrisa00
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I was so excited to read the follow up tot the Kiss Quotient and it did not disappoint!! To be able to see how the characters grow towards and away from each other throughout their story allows the reader to better understand the inner workings of how these relationships unfold.

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phatsallylee
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A fast and entertaining read. I feel like some important plot developments were skipped over but overall it put a smile on my face! I haven't read kiss quotient but will get there eventually.

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phatsallylee
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Enjoyed some family time but i'm ready to get back home. Starting the tagged book on my flight this morning.

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Readinginfairyland
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Mehso-so

A solid contemporary romance, but missed the zing of the first book.

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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Another fun romance from Helen Hoang. This one felt a bit rushed to me, there were certain plot points teased repeatedly but never really addressed (like the state of Khai's house vs how much $$ his family references him having) so I wondered if she was struggling to meet her deadline lol. Likewise the characters we a bit flat in the first half of the book but by the end they had filled out and become more nuanced.

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Mrsgarrisonreads
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I absolutely adored this book. I think I like it better than the kiss quotient. Bride test was just perfect and steamy. I will say if you don‘t like graphic sex scenes then don‘t read this because some get descriptive. Khai was absolutely cute and that fact that he believed he didn‘t feel broke my heart. This is my favorite book for September and I‘m so happy I finally read it. #bookreview #botm #romanceread

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Gryffleclaw95
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I got approximately 66 pages in and I couldn‘t get myself to read more. From what I had read so far, I wasn‘t a huge fan of the author‘s writing style and how she described her characters. I‘ll have to attempt this read at some other time.

Blaire I‘ve liked her books on audio. 2mo
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Tanisha_A
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Fun and fast paced. A romantic novel which takes a country girl from Vietnam to the US and makes her a stronger, confident person amidst all the matters of the heart. There is depth to the characters and the plot ends its journey smoothly. A total palate cleanser and has great potential for getting one out of a reading slump.

I could totally see a movie being made out of it.

I picked it up after your review, @readordierachel. Thankee! 😀

readordierachel Yay! I'm glad you enjoyed it! 2mo
kspenmoll Nice review! 2mo
Tanisha_A @readordierachel I just got The Kiss Quotient on my Kindle. 😆 2mo
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Tanisha_A @kspenmoll It was good fun! 😀 2mo
ValerieAndBooks I read this as a library e-book— I liked it! 2mo
readordierachel Ha! Awesome 😊 2mo
ValerieAndBooks Oops— I read Kiss Quotient 💖 — still waiting in line for The Bride Test from the library. 2mo
Tanisha_A @ValerieAndBooks If you liked TKQ, i think you'll like TBT too. Enjoy! 😄 2mo
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Julsmarshall
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Charming, though they first book in series remains my favorite. An unusual love story, told well, that offers an interesting perspective of people who are different and long to find their other half. Sweet and funny, a good read!

Carleneishere I can‘t wait until her book about Quan comes out! 3mo
Tanisha_A I just read it too. Good fun! 3mo
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Julsmarshall
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Marni
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5
Fantastic follow up to Hoang‘s first book! Could not put it down!
#read2019
#booked2019
#booked2019fall
#NewIn2019

Cinfhen I bought this for $1 at a library sale ❣️ 3mo
Cinfhen Glad to hear it‘s a winner 😁 3mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage Looks like a page turner! Great job. 3mo
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Book_ish
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Last but not least, Day 7: #7days7covers #7covers7days #covercrush. This has been fun!!! 📚

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AlizaApp
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Sweet romance between a neuro-diverse main protagonist and a Vietnamese immigrant/ mail-order bride. Not sure it was really any more nuanced than her first book, but I had fun reading.

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MEGR
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I never knew I liked romance until I read this! I guess I have to read The Kiss Quotient now???!!! I don‘t know what is happening to me. 🤷🏻‍♀️

Reggie Romance can definitely be a light in the dark sometimes. 3mo
Carleneishere I kind of fell into the romance nadwagin by accident last year. After Helen Hoangs books, try Red White and Royal Blue! 3mo
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mngraham
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I'm not one that's into romances, but this one completely grabbed my attention. I read this in about one day. It was cute and had me laughing the whole time. I was completely drawn into the characters life and I felt like I was their friend.

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RealLifeReading
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Last night‘s book and dinner. The drumsticks were marinated in a black bean-soy sauce-brown sugar concoction I made up. Asparagus and potatoes grilled in the oven.

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Sarz
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5 ⭐
This is so much fun. I'm not usually into Romances, but this was really good. So sweet.
It's apparently a sequel to The Kiss Quotient, but I haven't read that one yet and I didn't feel like I was missing anything here. That being said, there may have been many things that I didn't even know I was missing!

Molly_the_mezzo I don‘t do romance much either, but I loved this one! 3mo
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Tanisha_A
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Y'all, i got this for Rs.15 (21 Cents) on Kindle. I am in a mood to read a light one right after I finish Between the World and Me.

My Monday is made. Thanks to the author. 🙂

ShelfRighteous Wow that's a steal! 3mo
baes Great deal. Loved this book! 3mo
batsy Nice! 3mo
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Tanisha_A @BiblioLitten No! Do they have to be read in order? 3mo
BiblioLitten I don‘t think so. I read somewhere that it starts off from where TKQ left but this can be read as a stand-alone as well. 3mo
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mdm139
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Found this in a little free library today. Came the same day as my BOTM.

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ReadingMidwife
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Need a happy distraction tonight.

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khooliha
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I am currently A Sad so I read A Book and just let myself feel some emotions. I'd love this one even without using it as an emotion valve!

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khooliha
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I've been in a bad mood for a week plus, so I'm a ticking time bomb, but that was always going to ake me burst into tears.

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khooliha
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Decided I probably shouldn't just read horror books until the day after Halloween, I guess.

khooliha I could, though. I could! (I still probably mostly will.) 3mo
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DivineDiana
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The photo is of the author, Helen Hoang. I did not read The Kiss Quotient, and quite frankly was not interested in the steamy scenes that everyone seemed to enjoy. This book was just right for me. Quick read. Likeable characters particularly Esme. Strong, intelligent, kind, young woman. Rooting for her to succeed in life and love. #booked2019 #newin2019

zezeki I enjoyed this one a lot more than The Kiss Quotient. And those steamy scenes that everyone enjoyed where a bit too much for me. 3mo
DivineDiana @zezeki Thank you. Sounds like I chose the right one for me! 🙂 3mo
rubyslippersreads Thanks for the warning. I think this would be more my style than The Kiss Quotient. 😏 3mo
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Melissa_J I‘m glad to see this review. I have no interest in The Kiss Quotient for the exact same reason as you. I thought this book was similar but am happy it‘s not! 3mo
marleed I compare those scenes to comedy routines where profanity is what‘s getting the laugh. It quickly becomes just not funny anymore. I also wonder if 50 Shades is the turning point for over described scenes and thoughts of sexual interlude. 3mo
JamieArc Interesting. I thought the steamy scenes were comparable in these books. And honestly, almost stopped reading The Bride Test because of the way sex was used to prove love - it bothered me. 3mo
Cinfhen Great review!!! Glad you enjoyed your pick for this prompt 😁 3mo
DivineDiana @Melissa_J There are some sex scenes, but not overly descriptive. 😉 3mo
DivineDiana @marleed Good comparison! And yes, you could be right about 50 Shades! 3mo
DivineDiana @JamieArc You gave me something to think about! Since I didn‘t read The Kiss Quotient, I based my feelings on reviews. Didn‘t remember anything about sex proving love, but I am a proponent of pairing love with sex. 💗 3mo
DivineDiana @Cinfhen Thank you! 💗 3mo
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HOTPock3tt
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📚 Tagged because of the accommodations at times... 🤣
🎥 Baywatch- not sure WHY this came to mind... 😂 the water maybe ?!
🎵 Waterfalls- TLC
#ManicMonday @JoScho

JoScho Thanks for playing Kenya 🧖🏽‍♀️💙🧖🏽‍♀️ 3mo
HOTPock3tt @JoScho No problem Jody!! ♥️ miss you!! 3mo
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Hoopiefoot
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This month has been insane. Vacation, work travel, death in the family, and more. I just got back from a conference and am so glad to be in my happy porch reading spot. Hoping the rest of the weekend is quiet so I can relax and get my head on straight.

Libby1 Take care 💕. 3mo
Tamra Good plan! 3mo
Crazeedi Hope your weekend is restful!! 3mo
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Jemgirl2014
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Even though this an adorable romance story, it just does not live up to "The Kiss Quotient". After Esme and Khai have their falling out, they spend quite a few chapters apart from each other; I did not like this. As a result, I sped through a good 10% of the book. I loved the beautiful ending. ❤

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JacqMac
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I am always a fan of awkward characters. Helen Hoang does awkward really well. She‘s also pretty good at romance. I loved this book!
#SummersEndReadathon
@Clwojick Time: 57:35

Clwojick 🙌🏻🙌🏻 3mo
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xxjenadanxx
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#summersendreadathon @Clwojick
Book #10

This was a quick and easy read. I enjoyed the premise of the story but I don't think it was done as well as it could have been. I definitely prefer The Kiss Quotient to this one. And I'm not sure the appropriate number of times one can mention an uncomfortable bulging at the zipper but it was definitely overused in this book.

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ScientistSam
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I loved Helen Hoang's second romance! It's funny and engaging, and there are valid reasons for the communication difficulties. I rooted for the heroine and loved that she gets along on her own two feet despite all the obstacles she encounters. The romance is something that enhances her life but does not define it. And it hurts my heart to see Khai's struggles so the HEA is all the sweeter.

#romantsy

robinb I‘m looking forward to getting to this one! 😊 4mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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A romance about a neurodiverse man and an immigrant woman. The man‘s mother brings the woman into the country so they can date. There are of course misunderstandings and lack of communication leading up muck ups.

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thea-block
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I have to say I enjoyed The Kiss Quotient more. Hoang does a good job writing about things that are usually more taboo (escorts, mail-order brides, etc) and includes an important and authentic angle on spectrum disorders. Yet, the storylines are just not always filled out, so this one gets just 3 stars.

⭐️⭐️⭐️

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SassenachTheBookWizard
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Omg I think in becoming trash for romances! WHAT IS HAPPENING?! What has Helen Hoang done to me?!

DGRachel I love a good rom-com. There‘s no shame in that AT ALL! 4mo
sprainedbrain She‘s awesome! 4mo
SamanthaMarie I never thought I'd like cozy mysteries but in this season of life they are hitting the spot!!! Never say never 😂🙌🏻 4mo
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SassenachTheBookWizard
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The Kiss Quotient went so well so I...

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DivineDiana
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Beautiful,cool weather got me moving again this morning! #audiowalk #sunflowers

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DivineDiana
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Picked up a new Playaway at the Library today!

marleed So your post just made me google playaway. Cool! 4mo
DivineDiana @marleed I like them! 4mo
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bookandbedandtea
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I wanted to be charmed by this- and I was at times- but I just couldn't warn up to My/Esme. #unpopularopinion I liked Khai more and I'm glad they got their happy ending but I was happy to finish it and move on. On the plus side it was very funny at times and I ADORED Quan- I would be delighted to read a book about him!
(my keyboard doesn't have the correct accents for their names)

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The_Heeler_Booklife
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Rating: 4/5
Let me first say I absolutely hated The Kiss Quotient and had high hopes for it, but a lot of it felt forced and awkward. I gave that 2 stars. So, when the Bride Test came out, I thought meh, maybe not. However, last week I was in Flagstaff and was browsing a super cool bookstore (on vacation) and decided to pick this up. I have to say this one was way better and had more dimension. I‘m so glad I changed my mind. #botm #litsy #littens

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drmcscrewhammer
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My prizes from the library‘s summer reading program! 📚 #tbrstack

IvoryLunatic I have not read this book by Emezi but if you like her, you should try her new one Pet. It‘s different but it‘s interesting. 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess Great books to win. I really enjoyed the Bride Test. 4mo
drmcscrewhammer @IvoryLunatic thanks for the recommendation! :) 4mo
drmcscrewhammer @Graciouswarriorprincess The Bride Test is first up from this pile...as soon as get through my other stack 😅 4mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @drmscrewhammer Enjoy! Happy reading! 4mo
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Jennick2004
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Though I would not rate this as high as The Kiss Quotient, I did enjoy her second book. The second half of it captured my attention much better than the first (maybe because that‘s when the sex started? 🤣) It did bother the OCD in my that I wasn‘t sure how to pronounce some of the Vietnamese words 🤷‍♀️
🌟🌟🌟🌟

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essayareayaitch
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Another book that takes place in the Bay Area, and made me hungry. Luckily good from South East Asia is easier for me to obtain than South Asian. IMO, not as good as The Kiss Quotient. Felt like the author rushed out the book - it's alluded to quite often that Khai has money, but nothing really mentioned. Also, how does Esme afford an apt on month to month in Silicon Valley working as a waitress? Am I working in the wrong field?

essayareayaitch So many additional opinions about this, and how rushed it seemed. Still excited about Quan's book next 4mo
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BooknerdsLife
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Another book finished during #24B4Monday #readathon
A fun #RomCom written by another Asian author. The beginning of the book was a little too cringy for me when the "mail ordered bride" Esme was trying to seduce Khai, who is with autism (so his mom went back to Vietnam to find him a wife). The plot seems bit extreme yet predictable but overall, its a lighthearted fun #romance & smutty at times, with touch on subject like immigrant & autism. 3.5⭐️

Andrew65 Well done 👏👏👏 4mo
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Meghan1
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I think I liked this one even more than the first one! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Jennick2004
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This book is good, but IMO it doesn‘t compare to The Kiss Quotient 🤷‍♀️ Maybe it will get better soon!

Jas16 I preferred Kiss Quotient too. 4mo
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erinjohns
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Breathtakingly beautiful...sweet...funny...delightfully romantic and honest. Bawled my eyes out. Everyone should be known and loved this way.

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Riis_Books
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I never like steamy and smutty romance but The Kiss Quotient and The Bride Test are exceptions. I love the way the author describes the characters. Never thought that a book without antagonism will be fun to read but I was wrong. The steamy parts with Esme and Khai are awesome and funny. But the part we they interact with others... well prepare to laugh ALOT.
I love the ending, the best closure we could get. Can't wait for Quan's book.

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bookandbedandtea
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Current book in foreground, view from hotel in Palm Springs in background. This story is off to a good start but now we're heading out to look around. 😊

Aimeesue Sometimes I miss that area. Probably not so much in summer, though. But it's a dry heat! 😂 5mo
bookandbedandtea @Aimeesue I keep telling myself that! 😂 But it's supposed to be 112 here today. 😭🔥 5mo
Aimeesue @bookandbedandtea Have a date shake! 😂 5mo
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bookandbedandtea @Aimeesue ooooh that sounds yummy! Where can I find one? 5mo
bookandbedandtea Gotcha! Thanks much! 5mo
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currerbelle
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Here's a little treat I got myself with some store credit. 😍