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The Animals at Lockwood Manor
The Animals at Lockwood Manor | Jane Healey
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A debut novel for fans of Sarah Perry and Kate Morton: when a young woman is tasked with safeguarding a natural history collection as it is spirited out of London during World War II, she discovers her new manor home is a place of secrets and terror instead of protection. In August 1939, thirty-year-old Hetty Cartwright arrives at Lockwood Manor to oversee a natural history museum collection, whose contents have been taken out of London for safekeeping. She is unprepared for the scale of protecting her charges from party guests, wild animals, the elements, the tyrannical Major Lockwood and Luftwaffe bombs. Most of all, she is unprepared for the beautiful and haunted Lucy Lockwood. For Lucy, who has spent much of her life cloistered at Lockwood suffering from bad nerves, the arrival of the museum brings with it new freedoms. But it also resurfaces memories of her late mother, and nightmares in which Lucy roams Lockwood hunting for something she has lost. When the animals appear to move of their own accord, and exhibits go missing, they begin to wonder what exactly it is that they might need protection from. And as the disasters mount up, it is not only Hettys future employment that is in danger, but her own sanity too. Theres something, or someone, in the house. Someone stalking her through its darkened corridors . . .
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Mrs_B
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Mehso-so

This is an intriguing gothic-esque book, it‘s almost a horror but also a romance. It‘s a clever concept, but didn‘t quite work for me.

ShyBookOwl I felt the exact same way about it 4mo
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Breanne1
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Panpan

I felt pretty indifferent to the plot and ultimate conclusion of this book. The gothic horror and the sinister conclusion fell flat. Just not at all what I was hoping for with such a promising premise.

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booksandbellyrubs
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Pickpick

I'm still getting used to writing a review in so little words! Not that I write entire volumes as a review usually, but still, 451 characters is very little and I like to get a little deeper into why I did or didn't like a book. There are after all so many grey areas in-between 'pick' and 'pan', right?
Anyway, this was a good book 😊 Not outstanding, but good!

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emmaturi
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Pickpick

A very enjoyable story set in 1939, Hetty works at the Natural History museum and she along with the exhibits head to Lockwood Manor for the duration of the war. But things are not what they seem, animals go missing, Lord Lockwood isn't so helpful and the servants don't want to help with the up keep of the animals. Only Lucy, the daughter of Lord Lockwood is helpful, but clearly haunted about something. Fantastic atmosphere, gothic feeling.

MadelineMcCrae Such a gorgeous cover and interesting plot! 1y
emmaturi Yes the cover is fabulous. It's also a love story too! @MadelineMcCrae 1y
MadelineMcCrae @emmaturi I can‘t wait to read it! 1y
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MarshmallowAdventures
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Pickpick

The novel winds through a maze of a mansion darkened with secrets and the unknown. The disquieting atmosphere was brilliantly woven into every word and wall.

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TracyReadsBooks
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Tonight‘s reading is another recommendation from a friend.

Jennaree3 Looks interesting! Let us know how you like it 2y
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Booknerd222
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Booknerd222
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rubyslippersreads 😍😍😍 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm
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Mehso-so

Seems like this novel is inspired by Jane Eyre & Rebecca, with a touch of Sarah Water‘s trademark. From the blurb, it sounds right in my wheelhouse but I was sadly disappointed. Started off quite eerie, then it fizzles out. It dragged on, at some point became tedious. The outcome seems an easy way out & not entirely satisfactory. Overall, a bit meh, I didn‘t pan and the cover is gorgeous. Many enjoyed the book, so mine is an #unpopularopinion .

scripturient I felt the same way about this one. 2y
LeahBergen Oh, too bad. It really is a lovely cover! 2y
batsy That's a bummer! Sounds right up my alley too just based on the description and influences. 2y
erzascarletbookgasm Such a letdown I thought I‘d like it. 😕 @scripturient @LeahBergen @batsy The UK hardback edition is really gorgeous with sprayed edges. 2y
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ShyBookOwl
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Well that was fun. Made good headway on my audiobook too. 😌🎧

mdm139 What a lovely picture that puzzle makes 2y
wanderinglynn Love that puzzle! 🧩💜 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 That‘s beautiful! 2y
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Sugarshawny
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Took a day to deep clean my room. A nice bit of afternoon reading sounds like a good reward doesn‘t it?

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imyril
Pickpick

I enjoyed this far more than I expected: apparently I was in the mood for a gothic f/f wartime romance! Thematically it explores similar ground to The Little Stranger, but it‘s a bit unfair to set a debut up against a powerhouse like Sarah Waters. Still, this is well written (altho I have qualms about the final act), atmospheric and full of longing - with a side dish of stubborning out the patriarchy. Yay! #LitsyAtoZ #Abecedarian

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veritysalter
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️/⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ This book does well to sustain the tension and unease throughout. At the beginning of WWII, Hetty must take the mammal collection from the Natural History Museum to Lockwood Manor to save it from the impending attacks by the Luftwaffe; there she meets the tyrannical Lord Lockwood and his haunted daughter Lucy. Through moth and mice infestations, thefts and mysterious figures, we enter the living nightmare of Lockwood.

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ablachly
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Pickpick

I loved this the way I love a Sarah Waters novel. Gothic and tense and so tightly written, it unfolded precisely and beautifully. Perfection.

Soubhiville Your review‘s got me stacking this one! 2y
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veritysalter
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I‘m sorely missing museums, from the first chapter I can visualise The Natural History Museum, London. We have a tentative date of August 1st for being released from shielding, hoping to get a culture fix then.

TheAromaofBooks Isn't that the book with the gorgeous stenciled end pages? I NEED IT! 😂 2y
mhillis Ohh I‘m looking forward to reading this! What a beautiful cover 😍 2y
veritysalter @TheAromaofBooks I don‘t know if that the stencilled end pages was a special edition, my copy is hardback, but doesn‘t have them ☹️. 2y
TheAromaofBooks Oh no sadness! Still a lovely cover, but there's something about those page edges that gets me whenever I see a picture of them! I wish all hardbacks did something fun with the page edges like that. It's kind of my favorite thing! 2y
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GloVerdino
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I had a lot of trouble really getting into this book, but that could have just been me right now. I found the beginning to be very slow and then it really picked up in the last 20% where all the “mystery” was revealed, although most of what was “revealed” was not anything I picked up on in the beginning 80% of the book. 3.5 stars

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GloVerdino
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Between being an essential worker at a nursing home in NY and an adjunct professor at my local community college where we had to switch on a dime to online learning and also teaching summer classes, sometimes I just need an effing break

FlowerFairy Right there with you, friend! We both work in the medical field and once off worth, it‘s straight home to collapse with a book until falling asleep. Stay strong! You got this! 3y
GloVerdino @FlowerFairy thanks, you too! I‘ve been exhausted since March! 3y
FlowerFairy Same!!! 3y
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Palimpsest
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Pickpick

A curator from a natural history museum of London is sent to a manor house to oversee the collection and keep it safe during the start of WWll, but Hetty‘s stay at Lockwood Manor is strange and unsettling as the animals seem to be moved about, dark dreams start to occur, talk of ghosts abounds, and memories that have all but been forgotten take ahold of the manor. Perhaps slightly slow, but it fit the darker reading mood I was looking for. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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samantharoberts
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Mehso-so

This was a different genre for me as a gothic mystery mixed with historical fiction. It had all the makings for being a story that I loved (thrilling mystery, strong female lead, mean lord of the manor, etc), but I just couldn‘t get there. While I thought the beginning and the end of the story were gripping and fantastic, the middle was a little boring and too slow-paced for my liking. #Booked2020 pick for “animal on the cover”

Cinfhen I‘ve been on the fence about picking this book up. Your review was super helpful 🤓thanks for posting & sharing 💗 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Sorry it wasn‘t more fabulous...but good job! ♥️👊🏻📚 3y
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Gadgetgirl71
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Mehso-so

I felt quite disappointed in this book, even though the synopsis made it sound just my type of book, it wasn‘t really. I think it‘s the style of the writing and the way in which it has been written. It also felt very long winded too. Just because it wasn‘t to my liking though doesn‘t mean that it‘ll be the same for you.

My Rating: 3 ⭐ ⭐ ⭐

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Ms.Story
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Mehso-so

I wanted this book to be something that it wasn‘t. Some of the gothic elements were done well but there was so much that didn‘t move the plot along, which I found irritating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Laru79
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Pickpick

Back in the same early morning spot to finally finish this beauty. I‘ve really enjoyed reading about Lockwood Manor - this book had lots of creepy moments, a strong female lead and a nasty lord of the manor. I loved that the hummingbird case was a big feature, it‘s always my favourite piece when we visit the museum. My only criticism is that the ending was slightly rushed - maybe I read it quickly as I wanted to know the end, but still.

squirrelbrain I reviewed this yesterday - exactly the same thoughts as you re the ending! 👍 3y
Laru79 Great minds think alike!! 3y
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squirrelbrain
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Pickpick

Hetty and the stuffed mammals from the Natural History Museum are evacuated to Lockwood Manor during WWII, unearthing secrets in the old house.

I think it suffered slightly from over-hype but was still an enjoyable read. My main gripe was that the denouement was too sudden and too short.

#covercrush and love decorated edges!

#tripledippin‘ on this one...

#jennyis30 #gothic
#booked2020 #animaloncover
#readwithmrbook #recommendedbyabookseller

WhatWouldJaneDo That is one gorgeous book! 😍 3y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Oh my goodness - so gorgeous. Great job on the triple dip! 3y
ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Agree with your review - well put! Wish I had a physical copy. So beautiful! 😍 3y
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Hooked_on_books Completely gorgeous book 3y
diovival Wowza, that is a lovely cover design. 3y
Caroline2 Wow! What a beautiful looking book! 😍 3y
MsLeah8417 Those beautiful edges! 3y
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous edition! 😍 3y
TrishB That looks gorgeous ❤️ 3y
Cinfhen That book is just stunning!!! 3y
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Laru79
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Spending an early Sunday morning with this beauty. The peaceful tone while the rest of my house sleeps is just right to start on this creepy story - there are already strange noises and a missing jaguar at the manor!

Cinfhen That cover 💖💖💖 3y
Ms.Story That cover is breathtaking 😍 3y
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Clare_Riley
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Pickpick

I loved this creepy, gothic, slow-burner of a novel. It‘s set during WW2, and Hetty Cartwright is put in charge of moving and taking care of, the mammal collection from the Natural History Museum from London to Lockwood Manor. If it‘s not enough that the Manor House seems unwelcoming, Lord Lockwood is rude and condescending too. Lucy, his fragile adult daughter, and Hetty form a friendship,and try to preserve the collection. I really enjoyed this!

Booksnchill Listening to the audio on this now and enjoying the creepy gothic vibe of the natural history museum taxidermied (is that a word?) animals in an old manor house! 3y
Clare_Riley I can imagine that the audio could really add to the atmosphere! 3y
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RowReads1
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Now that I see it I would‘ve preferred the UK edition cover of “Lockwood Manor”.

Raffi is showing his real appreciation for books here.

Moray_Reads The UK cover is gorgeous. Hopefully the inside makes up for it 3y
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thegirlwiththelibrarybag
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I intended to bamboozle him with long words and flattery.

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Tashreads
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So, just like everyone else, my life has been disrupted and anxiety levels are rising - but thank goodness we have books to lose ourselves in other times and worlds. My most recent purchase is this beauty 😍. Stay safe and healthy everyone 💕💕

KarouBlue They did a beautiful job on this one‘s book design! ♥️ 3y
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Read_By_Red
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Pickpick

The plot had some twists and turns that I did not see coming, and others I did see coming but not their circumstances. I really like that the main character is a strong female during a time when they were viewed as the weaker sex. The descriptive language used by Healey throughout the novel is splendid, especially the descriptions of the animals and Hetty‘s feelings towards them, as well as the emotions brought about by the house.

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squirrelbrain
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Look at this beautiful book I just bought with a voucher.... it will have to wait until next month as it will fit #recommendedbyabookseller for @MrBook ‘s challenge.

The other books are hidden as they‘re all for Littens.... so as well as an #audiowalk I also did a spot of #bookweightlifting as I walked all the way back from town with the 6 of them! (and lots of wool for my Mum but that of course is nowhere near as heavy!)

Mitch Just been listening to Liberty on All The Books talking about this - just as your photo came up! Synergy! 3y
Soubhiville So pretty! 3y
squirrelbrain Hope it was well-reviewed @Mitch 😁🤞 3y
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Cinfhen Oh, that cover is stunning🤩hope it‘s just as fabulous inside❣️ 3y
JacqMac So pretty! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘m pumped to read this one! Sounds amazing! 3y
Butterfinger I've read the book, but the cover was nowhere as pretty. 3y
Caroline2 What a beautiful looking book!!! 😯 😍 3y
TrishB Looks lovely ❤️ 3y
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Laughterhp
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Happy Pub Day to the Animals at Lockwood Manor!

I made my #LMPBC group read this book and everyone seemed to like it! I just got it back today so perfect timing! 😊

Set with WWII in the background. A museum moves its collection to a 92 room manor in the England countryside. Creepy things start happening to the collection. Is it someone in the house or something more sinister? A ghost?

Butterfinger That is a cool coincidence. It was my first ARC read. 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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First order of business: Happy Pub Day to The Animals at Lockwood Manor by Jane Healey!

Now for the giveaway: I want to pass my ARC copy along to one lucky Instagrammer! To enter, click here: https://www.instagram.com/p/B9j-f95gdgc/?igshid=1d4f0gnjnvwwh

Open to USA only.

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SoManyBooksNotEnoughTime
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An interesting historical fiction novel about a creepy 92 room house in the English countryside. It takes place with WWII in the background, setting the scene. ⁣Healey does an excellent job channeling the women in this story, and how they were viewed by society at the time. The main character, Hetty, is named director of the museum, but knows she will be relegated back to volunteer or assistant as soon as the men are back from war.

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TorieStorieS
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Thank you, #BookishFirst!! This is actually the first raffle I won and I was immediately hooked by the premise of part of the London Natural History Museum being spirited away to the countryside to escape the Blitz! This book combines romance, history and mystery to create an engaging debut novel! It opens a bit slowly, but the plot includes some unexpected surprises and has lifelike characters and great visuals! I really enjoyed it!

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readingjedi
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How gorgeous is this? 😍

Mitch Their special editions are so nice - very clever marketing! (edited) 3y
Catherine_Willoughby Do you have the IBMI book number for this edition 3y
readingjedi @Catherine_Willoughby Sorry, I don't. I didn't actually buy, just admired it. 3y
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Butterfinger It is gorgeous! 3y
AnneCecilie Stunning 😍😍😍 3y
Moray_Reads I love an edge print, beautiful! 3y
bookishbitch Fantastic! 3y
diovival 😍 3y
humouress I‘ve never seen an edge print with so much detail. Gorgeous! 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘ve just started this as a library ebook - I‘ve I li 3y
thegirlwiththelibrarybag I‘ve just started this as a library ebook - if I love it I might need to buy this edition, it‘s stunning 3y
Ms.Story 😍 3y
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Liberty
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Afternoon reading: This novel is inspired by the stories of the museums in London who evacuated their collections to countryside estates during WWII. An employee of the museum would stay in the stately manor with the enormous exhibits to make sure they stayed safe. This novel is about a employee who goes to stay with a collection from the natural history museum - and discovers something unnatural may also be living in the home. 🐅🦓🦛

Cinfhen That sounds bloody brilliant ♥️ 3y
sheshedbooks 😍 the cover! 3y
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Butterfinger
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Very much reminded me of du Maurier's Rebecca. The atmosphere was creepy, the characters couldn't decide if it was the house or an unsettling spirit. @Chrissyreadit said it best. The title has dual meanings. @Laughterhp I know it wasn't your first choice, but I'm glad I got to read it. @megnews now on to Free Lunch.

Release date is March 5.

Butterfinger Booked2020 - New in 2020
#PopSugar20 - published in 2020
#MandMChallenge2020 - home/house @BarbaraTheBibliophage
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BarbaraTheBibliophage Perfect pick! 3y
Avanders I think a spoiler tag might be helpful with this review ☺️ 3y
Butterfinger @Avanders Thanks, I think I fixed it. 3y
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Butterfinger

@megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit have you realized that all 4 of our books were about independent women working in a man's world. I received The Spy and will finish The Animals today and will mail to Mikala Monday. I really enjoyed getting to know all of you. Thank you for a great round and great books. #lmpbc @suvata

Laughterhp Haha unintentional theme! @Chrissyreadit I‘m still working on The Wet Nurse! 3y
Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌 3y
megnews I hadn‘t realized that! 💪🏻 3y
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Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp @megnews @Butterfinger I‘m still reading As Bright As Heaven. I had a family emergency that needed to be focused on, so this week will be schoolwork I‘m making up and as much reading as I can. 3y
Butterfinger @Chrissyreadit hope everything is okay now. Will be thinking of you. 3y
Chrissyreadit @Butterfinger thank you. It will be a process, but I think we have good supports in place. 3y
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Butterfinger
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Spending time at this special bookstore in Black Mountain. I had to get this cute bookmark and journal. #SassafrasBookstore

BookNAround How cute is that?! 3y
Scochrane26 I loved that bookstore when I was down there last year. Hopefully, I can go by again in April, but I‘m not sure we will have time. Btw, I‘ll be there April 4-5. 3y
Butterfinger @Scochrane26 I am so excited. My first Litsy meetup. 3y
Butterfinger @BookNAround the ear pops up to show your place so you don't "DogEar" your page. It's so adorable. I bought 2 and I won't let my 9 year old have one. I got one that looks like my sweet Butterfinger and one that looks like my cuddly Oreo. Yeah, I name my dogs after food. LOL 3y
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Butterfinger
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Received some book mail - @megnews @Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit

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megnews
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this book despite the fact that there were a few characters who annoyed me and made me want to reach through the book & ask what was wrong with them or tell them to pull it together! @Butterfinger this will be on its way to you tomorrow. Hard to believe my last book for this round of #LMPBC will be coming up soon!

Butterfinger @laughterhp have you received The Wet Nurse's Tale? I mailed it last week. 3y
Laughterhp @Butterfinger Yes, I received this past weekend. I took a picture and then didn‘t have the motivation to post it to let you know 🤦‍♀️ Sorry! 3y
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lurkykitty
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The Animals at Lockwood Manor is a debut historical fiction novel. It takes place in England during the second world war. Hetty Cartwright is tasked with moving animal specimens from the Natural History Museum collection to a manor in the countryside to protect them. After moving the animals, she suspects all is not quite right within the Manor. The novel is well-written, tense, and atmospheric. It was highly readable and difficult to put down.

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megnews
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@Chrissyreadit I received your package today with my next #LMPBC read. Thank you! I adore this card with all the books on it. Hope to get started on the book this weekend.

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Chrissyreadit
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Pickpick

This was a gothic mystery that reminded me of Bronte, Rhys and du Maurier - I enjoyed it and am glad it was picked for #lmpbc- even though I was hesitant about the WW2 time it really was secondary to the story. #lgbtq positive also. I will mail on Monday.

Laughterhp Glad you liked it!! 3y
megnews Looking forward to it 3y
Tamra I really want to read it! 3y
readordierachel You had me at Bronte! 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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Anyone else simultaneously reading and listening to multiple books? I both ended the year and began the year with these three books. #lastfirst

LeahBergen How are you liking Lockwood Manor? 3y
CoverToCoverGirl I always have multiple books / audiobooks on the go. 📖📖📖 3y
Chrissyreadit @LeahBergen So far I like it! 3y
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Laughterhp I hope you‘re liking Lockwood Manor!! 3y
Chrissyreadit @Laughterhp so far! I‘m almost half way through, and i think it is a good story! 3y
Butterfinger I read multiple books at the same time. 3y
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Chrissyreadit
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@Laughterhp it‘s here!!! 🙌👏🙌👏 Thankyou for including some yummy tea flavors! I‘m going to try butter mint tonight. And super cute bookmarks ❤️🥰

Laughterhp Yay! I was so nervous it wasn‘t going to make it! 3y
Butterfinger Great 3y
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Laughterhp
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I enjoyed this book. It was dark, creepy and atmospheric. I sometimes thought an animal was going to jump at me in the dark 😂

Set at the beginning of WWII the government moves their natural museum exhibit to Lockwood Manor which is of course rumored to be haunted.

Won‘t say more because I ended up reading for #LMPBC (other book got lost in the mail 😔)

#TeamElectricSex Winter Games #TBRRead +16pts

Laughterhp Also, I would give this book a couple of trigger warnings. TW for child abuse. 3y
Laughterhp @Chrissyreadit I sent this USPS priority mail and it should be there by Thursday! Fingers crossed it makes it there safely and intact this time! If it doesn‘t, I give up! 3y
LibrarianRyan yeahh 3y
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Laughterhp
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1. Tagged, Hogfather, and The Man in the Brown Suit on Audio
2. How the Dukes Stole Christmas
3. Melmoth by Sarah Perry

#weekendreads

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Im reading the Animals at Lockwood right now too! It‘s quite engrossing! 3y
Laughterhp @ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled It really is! I‘m only about 50 pages in though. 3y
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abookishbutterfly
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