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Winter Solstice
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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In Winter Solstice Rosamunde Pilcher brings her readers into the lives of five very different people.... Elfrida Phipps, once of London's stage, moved to the English village of Dibton in hopes of making a new life for herself. Gradually she settled into the comfortable familiarity of village life -- shopkeepers knowing her tastes, neighbors calling her by name -- still she finds herself lonely. Oscar Blundell gave up his life as a musician in order to marry Gloria. They have a beautiful daughter, Francesca, and it is only because of their little girl that Oscar views his sacrificed career as worthwhile. Carrie returns from Australia at the end of an ill-fated affair with a married man to find her mother and aunt sharing a home and squabbling endlessly. With Christmas approaching, Carrie agrees to look after her aunt's awkward and quiet teenage daughter, Lucy, so that her mother might enjoy a romantic fling in America. Sam Howard is trying to pull his life back together after his wife has left him for another. He is without home and without roots, all he has is his job. Business takes him to northern Scotland, where he falls in love with the lush, craggy landscape and set his sights on a house. It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring these five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people will come together and be forever changed. Rosamunde Pilcher's long-awaited return to the page will warm the hearts of readers both old and new. Winter Solstice is a novel of love, loyalty and rebirth.
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It is the strange rippling effects of a tragedy that will bring five characters together in a large, neglected estate house near the Scottish fishing town of Creagan. It is in this house, on the shortest day of the year, that the lives of five people be forever changed. Winter Solstice is a novel of love, loyalty and rebirth.

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Lights in the glasshouse look particularly festive on long winter nights.

Winter Solstice by Rosamunde Pilcher from my #forevershelf seems appropriate this evening. Story actually starts in the fall with Winter Solstice beginning on page 318. Even if I don't reread every year I often revist the Holiday ending.

#rosamundepilcherforeveryseason.

Happy Winter Solstice!

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It‘s a cold longest night, but the stars and moon are gorgeous and I have a very hot chocolate with some warming rum, so I‘m cozily finishing an awesome audiobook outside.

Thank you to all who participated in the swap—I know it wasn‘t an ideal opening day, but Chrissy and I appreciate you all so much.

To those celebrating with us tonight, I wish you a happy Solstice and a blessed Yule. ❤️

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BookwormAHN Happy Solstice 🤍❄🤍 1mo
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LitStephanie Happy Solstice! I can't wait for longer days. 1mo
inthegreensandblues Happy solstice! 1mo
MeganAnn Happy solstice!! ❤️❄️✨🌲🔥 This looks like a delightful way to spend it 1mo
erank58 Blessed Solstice everyone! 💙❄️ 1mo
Soubhiville Happy Solstice! Joi on this longest night. 1mo
MittenGirlPeach How lovely! Happy Solstice to you and yours! 1mo
MoonWitch94 What a beautiful way to celebrate! Blessed Winter Solstice to you, too! 💙❄️🤍🌲🕯 1mo
AmyG Happy Solstice! Thank you for a wonderful swap..as always. Sh** happens (edited) 1mo
Kshakal Happy solstice!! ❄️❄️❄️ 1mo
StaceGhost Love your fire 🔥 happy solstice ❤️ 1mo
kspenmoll Looks wonderful! Enjoy! 1mo
Insightsintobooks Happy solstice 1mo
DebinHawaii Beautiful fire! A blessed & happy solstice. We appreciate all you do.💙❄️💙 1mo
Bookwormjillk Beautiful 🔥 Tomorrow we have more sunlight to look forward to. 1mo
Kdgordon88 Happy Solstice to you! 1mo
Crazeedi And thank you for hosting! Your lovely fire is delightful, here's to the days getting longer once again!🥂 1mo
Branwen Happy Solstice! ❤❤❤ 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Blessing to you this season!! I love this turning point in the year... in many ways it's more New Year-y to me than the official New Year's! I apparently missed some drama along the way, but know that I appreciate all that you do to make Litsy a happy & welcoming place. You & @Chrissyreadit did a wonderful job hosting this lovely swap!! ❤ 4w
bridge12 Best Yule yet! I hope you enjoyed ❤️ 4w
Mitch You both did a Stirling job - of now only hosting the exchange of gifts - which is always a joyful thing - but also in opening up lots of us to new traditions and activities off Litsy. I definitely marked the season in new ways because of you and @Chrissyreadit and that is a powerful thing for you both to have achieved. I‘m deeply grateful. Thank you 🙏 4w
Avanders (I know I‘m late here.. I seem to have entered a worm hole that shot me a week into the future…) ♥️♥️♥️ 3w
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Happy Winter Solstice!! ❄️ 🕯 ✨

Andrew65 ❤️❤️❤️ Love that the nights will start getting lighter again. Spring and Summer is on its way 🥳😂 1mo
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Mskt6891
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Happy Solstice from the highest point in Leicestershire at sunrise (shame it was too cloudy to see the sun!)

TheSpineView Beautiful view! 1mo
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sprainedbrain
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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And this perfect, gorgeous bookmark, with Jane and my name on it! 😍

Gissy 😍❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
LeahBergen I love it! 1mo
Chrissyreadit 😍😍😍🙌 1mo
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Crazeedi Perfect!!!❤ 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Cool! 1mo
Jemgirl2014 One of the best bookmarks I've ever seen. So original! 1mo
DebinHawaii I LOVE this bookmark! 😍 1mo
Jensol77 Same…Jenni it‘s beautiful 1mo
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AmyG
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Deb. This is all fabulous. Where to begin…I love the books (great choices). The book sleeve (gorgeous), adorable pouch (for my purse as I have so much necessary crap), the candy (my husband will be thrilled-he gets the dark chocolate bar), pad and the washi tape (love) etc.,the great ornaments, coffee! I just can‘t thank you enough. Wishing you a wonderful holiday! 😘🎄🎁🎅🏻❄️
@DebinHawaii

AmyG And I got so excited I forgot to tag… #WSS #WinterSolsticeSwap @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain (thank you both. Your swaps are 🙌🏻) 1mo
AmyG And….the postcards by Davin Zinn. I have actually seen a couple of these in Ann Arbor as wr travel there alot. The penguin bag is adorable and will get so used. 1mo
Chrissyreadit This is a great package!!! 1mo
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DebinHawaii I am so glad you enjoyed it! I had fun putting it together & I am happy it all made it OK. 🤗 I have not opened mine yet. I am in the parking lot of the emergency vet as my baby 🐱 is having issues. I am hoping to open it when I get back home & can relax & enjoy. 1mo
AmyG @DebinHawaii Oh no. I hope Max is ok. 🙏🏻 1mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG Thanks. He is basically an almost 18-year old diabetic cat who can‘t poop frequently, but I should hopefully be able to bring him home today & he should be feeling much better. 🙀❤️ (edited) 1mo
CBee Good book choices 😃😃 1mo
Gissy That booksleeve😱😍💙💙💙Beautiful. Agree, everything is beautiful. That pouch is so pretty! 😍 1mo
Crazeedi A lovely collection! Where the forest meets the stars is a beautiful book 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely! 1mo
TheBookHippie Oooo the yellow wife, that‘s supposed to be good! Love the book sleeve! 3w
AmyG I will pass The Yellow Wife on to you when I am finished. @TheBookHippie 3w
TheBookHippie @AmyG OOOO YAY! 😘🥰😘 3w
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TheBookHippie
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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#WINTERSOLSTICESWAP

Thank you @Chrissyreadit and @sprainedbrain for hosting this SWAP. It is such a beautiful alternative for those who feel they don‘t quite fit in a traditional holiday place. 🤍❄️🤍

Please know that we all (99.9 percent of us) love and appreciate you. 😘😘

*.01 percent will NOT destroy our peace

Much love~~~~ Christine 🤍

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GingerAntics I would say that the winter solstice is the real traditional holiday. Christmas is much newer by comparison… intact it‘s a bit of a poser/misappropriation. 1mo
GingerAntics I‘m excited to see the books that come out of this swap. I‘m poised and ready to make a reading list. 🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I‘ve followed the hashtag today and made lists!!! 1mo
KatieDid927 Preach! 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍😘 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh good!!! I haven‘t checked in with the hashtag yet. I thought I would wait until tomorrow so everyone has opened. 1mo
staci.reads @TheBookHippie Please don't tell me someone was complaining?! @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain thanks for bringing diversity to the winter swaps, so that there is something for everyone ❤ 1mo
TheBookHippie @staci.reads someone had sour grapes. OY. I totally agree with you. I feel bad that someone chose to try to ruin this wonderful thing. It is unfortunate. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @staci.reads @GingerAntics and Christine we are so excited to celebrate Yule and the Winter Solstice with our Litsy Family ❤️ 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 🙄 please tell me it wasn‘t the “I‘m boycotting Starbucks because their cups don‘t say Merry Christmas” set. I didn‘t think we had those around here. Maybe I‘ve just insulated myself well. 🤷🏼‍♀️ 1mo
GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit I am so happy to know other people who celebrate the solstice instead of christmas. The number of people who celebrate Christmas even though they‘re not Christians, just so their kids will get presents like everyone else in their class (or other similar excuses) is truly disheartening. Are these people celebrating consumerism? I‘m not even sure. I suppose there is a strong tradition of that in America. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @GingerAntics consumerism is destroying us. I‘m very excited to have a fire and wassail on solstice. Do you celebrate? 1mo
GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit I observe. Celebrate is a bit pretty a stretch. My family doesn‘t accept that I‘m no longer Christian, even though they don‘t even go to church EVER. Everything is met with “yeah but you‘re still Catholic.” 🤦🏼‍♀️ I don‘t know anyone irl who celebrates, so I‘m kind of on my own. I would love to have a proper fire and actually celebrate though. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Oh they're around. Not too much though. Most of them have blocked me long ago.... 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie well that‘s helpful!!! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit I think someone needs a sage burning ......just saying.......

I've always wanted to do a sock exchange at winter time BAHAHAHAHAHA.
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GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit I‘ve actually discovered that at least in 2019 there was a pagan community event at the park just down from my house. I wish they would have it again. I would definitely go. Maybe I could find some people. I‘m a bit cranky about proper history etc, so I might not get along with folks, though. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Something about having a relationship with the Divine and being an altruistic hippie ......I was raised Jewish Catholic/Christian and sent to parochial school that was protestant. So I took what I liked from each and threw the rest away. BAHAHAHAHA. THIS does not bode well with folks. (edited) 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics We have a humanist group here that is very welcoming to everyone at whatever level they are at. It is quite beautiful to watch. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @GingerAntics I‘m really enjoying my own version of this- feminist, intuitive and getting to know others with similar ideas and views on litsy. Unfortunately my protection candle got a little out of control last night- it may have been foreshadowing today 🤣 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie what is with the Jewish Catholic combo? I‘ve known a lot of people with that combo. I even knew one Jewish woman who was married to a Catholic guy (so they had Jewish Catholic children) and she said when she went to her MIL‘s funeral she thought Jewish people were good at guilt trips. I‘ve been entirely turned off of Christianity. I just can‘t even with it. It‘s just complete BS. 1mo
Chrissyreadit Christine do you do stuff with Unitarian Universalists? 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie The good elements can easily be traced back to other belief systems. I‘m not sure what I am, but I‘m more focused on a relationship with the divine and nature, and being a good person, in some sort of Celtic framework. I especially prefer the virtue ethics approach as opposed to the consequentialist/deontologist approach. (edited) 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh, a humanist group would be lovely I think. 1mo
GingerAntics @Chrissyreadit I always forget to add in feminism. Equality between everyone is always important. I don‘t necessarily mind not having any labels, but at the same time, it‘s hard to explain to people what you follow or practice without them. 1mo
bnp Wasn't part of the swap, but I'm excited to see solstice celebrators here. Solstice is my personal focus in December, though I do celebrate Christmas with extended family. 1mo
katy4peas @Chrissyreadit I‘m a UU! My congregation is big on humanism and have a lovely group of Pagans and Wiccans as well along with many Buddhists and atheists. 1mo
katy4peas Once in a while we read from the Bible or other religious text, but the big thing is to replace “god” with whichever name you use. 1mo
Chrissyreadit @katy4peas I have considered finding a UU church to have some type of fellowship, but they are close to an hour away. I love hearing how nice yours is ❤️ wishing you a blessed Yuletide and return of the light 🌞 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics lots of intermarrying but mostly Catholics rescued a ton of Jews during the war -some Jewish then kept parts of Catholicism in their traditions or never admitted the Jewish part due to their fear of another Holocaust . There were a lot, more than I ever knew. Jewish people thrive on guilt 😅 as in they feel guilty -but the older generation in some certainly use it🤣 to get their children. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I‘m definitely done with Christianity as a religion. No thank you. The evangelical folk have strayed so far from Jesus he wouldn‘t recognize them . It‘s all political religiosity now. Just gross. 1mo
TheBookHippie @katy4peas we have a wonderful tiny group here. They focus a ton on all the social justice things. 1mo
katy4peas @Chrissyreadit I would encourage you to go at least for the Christmas Eve service. That is how we found ours. Our favorite minister has left now, and our church is 30-40 minutes away, but for Christmas Eve at least it is worth it for fellowship and to see if you like it. 💕 wishing you a blessed Yuletide and happy holidays as well! 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I just tell folks I have a relationship with the Divine. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit OY! Foreshadowing!!! 1mo
katy4peas @TheBookHippie yes, my congregation is VERY social justice and earth focused as well. 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit yes. There‘s a tiny group I help with their homeschooling reading and writing since the groups here in my town are Protestant evangelicals and teach creationism etc . I also go with them to all the protest and social justice things. It‘s a lovely group. 1mo
TheBookHippie @katy4peas I just love that. 1mo
katy4peas @Chrissyreadit oh and you should check out Peter Mayer‘s music: petermayer.net. He sings about the solstice and earth. I love his song “God is A River” 😉 lots of humanist and pagan friendly songs that you can sing with or meditate too. 😘 He also has a great one about Mary, Cupid and Buddha all in the garden talking together about life. He‘s my favorite singer if you haven‘t caught on yet. 😊 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I didn‘t know that. I thought the Pope turned a blind eye for a while. I guess his people did better. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie 100%!!! I just can‘t do it anymore. I think my mother‘s reaction of “yeah but you‘re still Catholic” pretty much sums it up. There is no freedom, choice, or love left. Jesus would not be happy with what they‘re doing in his name. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie people always ask what the means… well, the few I tell anyway. People like their boxes. I was thinking about this the other day when we started this conversation. I think modern religion has made everyone comfortable with all these boxes and you have to fit into one. I don‘t think spirituality or religion were ever meant to be so neat and tidy. It complicated. It‘s messy. It‘s natural. Or at least it should be. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Like anything else, there are good people in places that don't listen to the 'powers that be'...thank goodness! 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie that is true… I just need to find these people. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I'm Jewish by blood. Can't change that. So much beauty in Judaism that I just love, no one can take that away. If people ask me what that means by having a relationship with the Divine I say “I have a relationship, not a religion. I'm sorry you don't understand. I'm so happy you have a religion you like. Give me the grace to have mine.“

BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA.
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GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh my god, I want to see their faces. I can just imagine. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Also My grandma always taught me -we don't know. Mystery is the higher power of the Divine. Question everything. That is part of Judaism that I just love. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie see, I think that‘s the natural thing. It is in our nature to question. If god made all of us and called it good, then he can‘t get pissed because we do what he made us to do. That‘s where I started getting lost, when I really started digging in. “The fall” is not answer to every question, but they sure try to make it one. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics Using a bit of their 'christianease' language helps. I remind them it isn't Hail Mary full of virtue it's Hail Mary full of GRACE. Grace the one thing you cannot EARN. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics The fall isn't anywhere other than white mens minds to lessen women. It is in NO original text as how they have translated it. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie THANK YOU!!! 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie most evangelicals don‘t believe in Hail Mary full of grace. They don‘t think Mary is special at all, besides being the ultimate poster girl for the virtue (?) of (magical, nonexistent) virginity. 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I meant for the Catholics 😂😂😂😅 I‘ve no clue what to say to evangelical peeps 😝 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie oh yeah, that should work for Catholics. I‘m not sure you can say anything to evangelicals. They‘re going to either dismiss you or come up with some kind of BS either way. 1mo
GingerAntics @TheBookHippie I‘VE HEARD THIS!!! I find it hilarious!!! 🤣😂🤣 1mo
TheBookHippie @GingerAntics I bring it up OFTEN 😂😂 1mo
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Wow @jenniferw88 what a lovely selection of gifts and books 🥰 I can't wait to show off my scarf and try out some of those Christmas cookie recipes. Thank you so much! 🧡

Thank you @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit for hosting this awesome swap

jenniferw88 🤗 Glad you liked everything (& opened the right package! 🤣🤣🤣) 1mo
AbigailJaneBlog @jenniferw88 I double AND triple checked beforehand lol 😂😂😂 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️😍❄️🤍lovely! 1mo
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Kshakal
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Omg!! I am so spoiled!!! Thank you so much for everything… I can‘t wait to read these books and I can‘t wait to decorate with the tinsel!! Happy #wintersolstice !!!

@TheAromaofBooks @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

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Chrissyreadit 🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍😍 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! So glad you enjoyed it. ❤ 1mo
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Kshakal
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This made me giggle!!! #wintersolstice @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks LOL I could NOT get that tinsel to stay in there while I was trying to tape the box! 😂 I thought I was so clever using it as packing material, but I was starting to doubt my genius at that point!! 😆 1mo
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TheBookHippie
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Jill OMG !!!!!! I‘ve wanted these books FOREVER! So excited! The candy is so yummmmmm. Can‘t wait to make tea and the #foodandlit spices and card are THE BEST THING EVER! Ornament is hanging! Thank you sooooo much! Also you poor thing you get me a lot in swaps 😂😂😂❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️#wintersolsticeswap

sprainedbrain So wonderful!! ❤️ 1mo
Bookwormjillk I‘m so glad you like it! I bought the spices before we knew what countries so I hope it works out. I know there‘s not a shortage of cooking going on in your house though! 1mo
TheBookHippie @Bookwormjillk No worries there 😂 all that happens is cooking here👩🏻‍🍳 1mo
TheBookHippie @sprainedbrain it‘s just like a hug! 1mo
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Soubhiville
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I‘m an early riser, and couldn‘t resist the temptation any longer! Look at the gorgeous wrapping @Readergrrl did for me! I love the green and silver theme 😁🎄! And the mystery of the noise in the box is solved: a giant jingle/ sleigh bell. 💚

Next post will be opened gifts. #wintersolsticeswap

sprainedbrain So pretty!! 1mo
Chrissyreadit I love the colors 😍😍😍 1mo
Readergrrl I had fun wrapping your gifts. The blankie and socks were a last minute find at Joann Fabrics and they inspired the ribbon colors. What a perfect match! 1mo
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Nessavamusic
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Excited to open my first of many book exchanges for this month! Thank you @BarkingMadRun for the amazing treats and books!

Thank you @sprainedbrain & @Chrissyreadit for organizing the #wintersolsticeswap #wss

Chrissyreadit Love this!!! ❄️🎉❄️🤍🎉😍 1mo
sprainedbrain Wonderful! ❤️ 1mo
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barzanna
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
Mehso-so

Too “wholesome”. The characters are very well presented.

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Soubhiville
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My #wintersolsticeswap package arrived! It makes an interesting sound when I tip it, I can‘t imagine what‘s in there! 🤔 thanks @Readergrrl !

Thank you hosts @sprainedbrain and @Chrissyreadit ❤️

Readergrrl Wow! That was fast! Hope you like it!! ❄️🌲🦊 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❄️🤍❄️🤍❄️🤍 1mo
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AmyG
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DebinHawaii 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 I‘m glad it made it intact. Now I just need to get the final item so I can send it out. 🙏🏼 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🎉🤍❄️🤍🎉 1mo
AmyG @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit FYI....I had sent something to each of you by media mail, just looked up tracking, and both packages have not been updated for about 2 weeks. So I apologize. I hope they even get to you. 😢 1mo
sprainedbrain @AmyG oh no! I will keep an eye out. 🥰 1mo
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#WinterSolsticeSwap 2021! I think everything arrived in one box. Thanks for sending it! I can‘t wait to open it on 12/18!! ❄️

TheBookHippie Oh YAY!!!!! ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️💙💙💙💙 1mo
Chrissyreadit ❄️🤍🎉🤍❄️❣️ 1mo
BarbaraBB That picture 🥰 1mo
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Blueberry
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Bailedbailed

Count me among the very few who didn't love this book. I'm bailing.

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MsRadioSilence
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Also this came in, but I‘m not sure when because my parents didn‘t tell me I had a package until yesterday. 🤪 But it‘s here safe and I can‘t wait to open it!!

#wss #wintersolsticeswap

BookwormAHN Great 😺 1mo
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DebinHawaii
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@AmyG I mailed out (most) of your #wintersolsticeswap box yesterday at lunch. It‘s supposed to arrive Tuesday 12/7. I‘m waiting on 2 items that were delayed & now both show they are arriving Tuesday, so I‘ll mail them out as soon as they get to me & keep my fingers crossed that you have everything by the 18th.🤞🏼🙏🏼🍀😅

I also seem to be incapable of taking a picture of the box you sent me & posting it but as I mentioned, I do have it! 🤗

AmyG How lovely. Thank you so much, Deb. Hahaha…I trust you have my box. 2mo
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TheBookHippie
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@catiewithac your #WINTERSOLSTICESWAP is arriving MONDAY via AMAZON. ❄️❄️❄️❄️

There are FOUR things so no clue how it‘s being delivered 💙💙💙💙

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Blueberry
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💙❄️📚 2mo
Eggs So pretty ❄️💙❄️ 2mo
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melissajayne
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Just got the box packed and it all just fit as well. Now I can breathe. Now it can be sent to the East Coast this afternoon… #wss #wintersolsticeswap

Chrissyreadit 🤍🙌🤍👏🤍🥳🤍🎉🤍 2mo
melissajayne @Chrissyreadit it‘s the only thing other than my blood appointment that went well. 2mo
Chrissyreadit @melissajayne I hope tomorrow is a better day 😘 2mo
melissajayne @Chrissyreadit as Miss Stacy said tomorrow is a new day with no mistakes in it…yet 2mo
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mcipher
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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It‘s here! Amelia says “do not open it yet, I‘m watching you…”. Thanks @Bookgoil ❄️ ❄️ ❄️
#wintersolsticeswap

Chrissyreadit 🙌🥳👏🎉🤍 2mo
Bookgoil I‘m so late posting it myself, glad it came safely! ❤️ 2mo
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TheBookHippie
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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This just arrived!!!! #WSS 🎉🎉🎉🎉❄️❄️❄️#wintersolsticeswap

sprainedbrain 🎉🎉🎉 2mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit ♥️ I did tag you when it arrived ❄️🤍 1mo
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Chrissyreadit You have no idea how many I‘ve missed checking off due to scattered brain 😘 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit 😂😂😂welcome to my world of brain fog 🤦🏻‍♀️😵‍💫 1mo
Chrissyreadit Im so glad we‘re in it together 💙 #thatswhatfriendsarefor 1mo
TheBookHippie @Chrissyreadit if it makes you feel better I was looking for my phone while talking on it. 1mo
Chrissyreadit 🤣🤣🤣🤣 1mo
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AmyG
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Chrissyreadit 💫⭐️💫❄️❄️❄️ 2mo
DebinHawaii Thank you @AmyG I‘m still waiting for a couple of items to arrive & I‘ll be sending out my box once they do. 🤗 (edited) 2mo
AmyG @DebinHawaii No problem. Thank you. Have a nice Thanksgiving! 2mo
DebinHawaii @AmyG You too! 🦃 🎉 2mo
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Kdgordon88
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Swap boxes are on their way. #WinterSolstice is due to arrive at its destination Saturday and #Bestof2021 is due to arrive on Monday.

Thank you to the wonderful hosts @Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain @candority I appreciate you and all you do!

Happy Thanksgiving!

Chrissyreadit 🎉🤍😘 2mo
candority Wonderful! 🎁👏 2mo
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kellyann28
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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My #WinterSolsticeSwap is going out today! ☃️❄

@Chrissyreadit @sprainedbrain

Chrissyreadit Yay!!! 2mo
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Readergrrl
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Look what came in the mail yesterday!!! I‘m very excited for this swap and I will have my package out in the mail soon! I‘m just waiting for a couple of deliveries. Yay, Winter!! ❄️🌞🌝
#WinterSolsticeSwap
#WSS

Chrissyreadit 😍🙌🤍😍 2mo
Soubhiville Yay! What a gorgeous painting! 2mo
Chrissyreadit Were you able to send your wss package? I‘m doing my check off marks today. 1mo
Readergrrl @Chrissyreadit I‘ve got one last package arriving by Wednesday. It was delayed but I have high hopes it will get here soon!! 1mo
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sprainedbrain
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Last chance to sign up for #WinterSolsticeSwap!

The form will close tonight so that we can start matching… so far, about 40 people have joined us!

More info or sign up here:

https://forms.gle/iTAwLzfqpSxYapUV8

MeganAnn So glad you posted a reminder! This week has been crazy at work so I almost missed out. All signed up now 😘✨❄️🌲 2mo
DebinHawaii @MeganAnn Just saw it too—also a crazy week at work but I am signed up now too. Thank you! 🤗💙❄️ 2mo
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TheBookKeepers 😩 I missed it 2mo
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers I can open it up again really quick if you want? 2mo
TheBookKeepers @sprainedbrain YES PLEASE!!!!! 2mo
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers lol. It‘s open! Please let me know when you‘re done so we can get matches done today. 💙 2mo
TheBookKeepers Done, thank you!!!!!!!!!! @sprainedbrain 2mo
sprainedbrain @TheBookKeepers of course! Thank you 💙 2mo
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Nessavamusic
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Another swap! #wintersolsticeswap
Head to @Chrissyreadit & @sprainedbrain to sign up!

Chrissyreadit 🙌🎉😘 3mo
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Julsmarshall
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Chrissyreadit 🥳🙌😘 3mo
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Kshakal
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Sign up for another holiday swap?? Sure why not!! This one looks fun!!! #wintersolsticeswap @sprainedbrain @Chrissyreadit

Chrissyreadit 😘🎉🙌 3mo
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Readergrrl
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Chrissyreadit 🖤❤️🖤 3mo
sprainedbrain Thank you for sharing! 💙 3mo
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CindiB
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I loved this for the first 2/3 and then it became predictable, formulaic, and everyone was happy and saved. Drudgery. Rosamunde Pilcher is a lovely and very warm writer. I enjoyed the northern Scottish setting. Elfrida and Oscar are wonderfully drawn and the kind of hosts everyone dreams of but could probably never be themselves. Especially at Christmas time when orphans and a stranded stranger wish for community and family. 4/5

LeahBergen I just read this one this Christmas and found it to be a nice cozy read. I think I gave it 4/5 stars, too. 🤔 12mo
CindiB It is cozy for sure @LeahBergen. I so loved it at first but was disappointed with last 1/3. Did you find that as well? 12mo
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LDavisMunro
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Pickpick

The last of my holiday books! I absolutely fell in love with this book. It is a slow story that meanders to the exact conclusion that you want it to reach. The Scottish country is the perfect setting for a Christmas read and the hesitancy of all the characters to actually celebrate the holidays makes for a nuanced celebration that feels honest and real

SilversReviews LOVE her books.....haven‘t read this one. 13mo
Cathythoughts Nice review! I‘ve never read her ... I see I this one stacked 👍🏻 13mo
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Grizzlan
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Mehso-so

I thought this book was okay. I didn't care for the redundancy and the predictable solutions that happen at just the right time. I couldn't get into the characters because following 5 different POVs made it difficult to feel connected to any of them.

What saved the book from being a pan was that the relationships and problems were at realistic. The authors ability to describe setting with such detail makes vacationing in Scotland a goal.

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Early this morning I finished my delightful reread. It's back on the Forever Shelf in the Winter/Scotland section. Story actually begins in late fall. Winter Solstice starts on page 318. Once I got there, I slowed down and read along with timeline. It ends on Christmas Eve. Author definitely knew how to set a scene. You feel like you are there. Enjoying tea by the fire in a big house in Scotland.
🫖🔥🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿 ❄📖 #timelinereadalong

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Crinoline_Laphroaig
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Timeline Readalongs of Winter Solstice and Mind the Gap, Dash and Lily end on Christmas Eve. And that's were Jane and the Twelve Days of Christmas begins. 📚
#janeandtheyear2020
#timelinereadalong
#holidayreads

Crinoline_Laphroaig I thought Dash and Lily ended on Christmas Eve but there is one chapter left on December 25. 13mo
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LeahBergen
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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It‘s snowing outside and I‘m tucked into bed to start this buddy read with my best friend. We read The Shell Seekers in May, September in September, and here we are at the Winter Solstice!

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Texreader Awesome bookmark 13mo
rockpools Perfect 😊❄️ 13mo
BarbaraBB Perfection! Enjoy! 13mo
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Cathythoughts Well that sounds perfect ✨ enjoy 13mo
TheNeverendingTBR Nice bookmark! 🥰 13mo
TrishB Lovely ❤️ and perfect bookmark. 13mo
batsy That's lovely! I was thinking of reading this next month 🙂 13mo
Amiable I remember loving “The Shell Seekers” when I read it years and years ago. 13mo
Blaire What a nice tradition! 13mo
QuietlyLaura Looks wonderfully cozy! I really enjoyed reading this book. 13mo
MsMelissa How lovely! I can‘t believe you even have a holiday leather bookmark 😊 13mo
LeahBergen @Texreader @TheNeverendingTBR @TrishB @Book_Fiend_Melissa Isn‘t it a fantastic bookmark? It‘s a much-loved gift from @rubyslippersreads ❤️😊❤️ 13mo
LeahBergen @Amiable I so enjoyed that one, too. 😊 13mo
LeslieO Oh enjoy! I read this one last December. So lovely. I read September in September and looking forward to Shell Seekers in the summer. All re-reads because I read them when they first came out. 13mo
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Crinoline_Laphroaig
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Inspiration - "It was a long time since he watched the sunrise. Today, the shortest day of the year, was perhaps as good a morning as any to repeat the experience."

35 degrees but beautiful. Yearly #HelloWinter tradition? When weather is colder I tend to wait until later to walk. But there's something to be said for having your exercise out of the way and coming back to have tea and porridge by the fire. #wintersolstice ?

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guinsgirlreads
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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My goals for this one are to get a #bookspinbingo and at least start In A Holidaze! Thanks @Bookgoil

#wintergames #merryreaders #wintersolsticereadathon

Bookgoil I can‘t wait to read In a Holidaze! It comes available on Xmas eve for me on Scribd! Thanks for joining in! 13mo
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TheBookHippie
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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It is time for my rest and recharge 🤍

I‘ll be back right before the new year.

Thank you all so much for being such a great community these past years. Especially this past one!

Peace.

I do check email occasionally so if you need me social@bookhippie.com

cozypunk Thank you for sharing Winter Solstice greetings! Blessed be. 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
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peaknit
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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I adored this book. I feel like it may be in the winter rotation going forward. I loved each and every character and I felt like I could imagine living in Scotland. I felt myself imagining what it would be like to move to Creagan live among this collective of eclectic people. So welcoming and kind but also some tragedy and sadness. I am thinking the audio could be a real charmer with the accents ❤️🎄

JenReadsAlot I added this to my list! 13mo
peaknit So good. 13mo
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Grizzlan
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Getting some reading in before bed!

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TorieStorieS
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Mehso-so

This is my IRL book club‘s pick for this month & I‘m definitely curious to see how the discussion goes via Zoom this Sunday! It‘s a cozy sort of listen with pleasant accents... but it‘s not really actually about much at all- which is a real feat with an audiobook clocking in at almost 18 hours!! Lots of unimportant details & a lot of redundant tellings of the same “off-page” action. I didn‘t hate it- but I certainly didn‘t like it! #AudioColoring

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Grizzlan
Winter Solstice | Rosamunde Pilcher
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Started this one this week. So far so good, it's a little boring starting off. Hopefully it gets better.