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Winter Games
Winter Games | Rachel Johnson
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Winter Games is a dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, and the perfect novel for fans of The Bolter by Frances Osborne, and all those fascinated by the Mitford sisters.Munich, 1936. She doesn't know it, but eighteen-year old Daphne Linden has a seat in the front row of history. Along with her best friend, Betsy Barton-Hill, and a whole bevy of other young English upper-class girls, Daphne is in Bavaria to improve her German, to go to the Opera, to be 'finished'. It may be the Third Reich, but another war is unthinkable, and the girls are having the time of their lives. Aren't they?London, 2006. Seventy years later and Daphne's granddaughter, Francie Fitzsimon has all the boxes ticked: large flat, successful husband, cushy job writing up holistic spas . . . The hardest decision she has to make is where to go for brunch - until, that is, the discovery of a photograph of Daphne sends her on a quest to discover what really happened to her grandmother in Germany, all those years ago.A dazzling tale of secrets and betrayal, Winter Games is powerful novel of innocent lives caught up in the march of history.'Johnson has a brilliant eye for the telling specifics . . . She is a natural comic writer and has a breezy, Mitfordian tone that makes you laugh at the same time as wincing in recognition . . . To write an entertaining romp set against the backdrop of Nazi Germany is a tricky feat to pull off. Yet Johnson has done it - and done it in style' Observer'A rip-roaring read' Evening Standard'There's never a dreary moment in this blast of a book . . . Johnson's descriptions are irresistibly exuberant . . . As addictively, fizzily invigorating as the Alpine air itself' Daily Mail'Johnson delivers a genuine sense of time and place . . . there isn't a dull sentence in this sure-footed novel' Jenny Colgan, Telegraph'An excellent romp. Full of 'tally-ho' Mitfordian charm . . . a witty, fast read' Red'Excellent on period detail, the blundering innocent abroad and young heartbreak' Sunday Times'The Jane Austen of W11' ScotsmanRachel Johnson is a journalist who has written two previous novels and two volumes of diaries. The Mummy Diaries, Notting Hell, Shire Hell and A Diary of The Lady are all available now from Penguin.
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• January 1st, 2020 ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Not a good picture but here's one more for #TeamFestivus ☃️ •

#happyholidays #holidays #games #HolidayMovie

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• January 1st, 2020 ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Last bit of holiday movies for #TeamFestivus
I'm going to miss this great group of people •

#happyholidays #games #HolidayMovie

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• December 31st ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

"I decided to break all my resolutions early, so I can start enjoying the rest of the year." ? •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #games #funnies #HolidayLaughs

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
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• December 31st ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

"I'm trying to gain 10 lbs before midnight so I can keep my resolution to lose 10 lbs next year!" ? •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #games #funnies #HolidayLaughs

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
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• December 31st ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
HOW WILL YOU BRING IN THE NEW YEAR?

My answer: Take a selfie with a stranger •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #games

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• Wishing all the happiness in the world to my wonderful Litsy Lovelies 🎉🎉🎉 Here's to great health and great reading in the New Year and new decade!! •

#happyholidays #LitsyLove #friends #readers

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy New Year 🎆🎊🎈 2mo
Readage @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks HNY to you!! 🎉 2mo
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Readage @NeedsMoreBooks HNY my friend!! 🎉 2mo
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Readage @Cupcake12 HNY to you!! 🎉 2mo
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• December 31st ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

It says: "You chewed up my list of New Year's resolutions! Good boy!" ? HAPPY NEW YEAR •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #games #HolidayLaughs #funnies

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
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• December 31st ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

HAPPY NEW YEAR'S!! A new decade is coming up 😱 it's hard to believe •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #games #funnies #HolidayLaughs

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
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• December 30th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
NEW YEAR'S EVE / NEW YEAR'S DAY 😂 •

#happyholidays #holidays #tistheseason #funnies #TeamFestivus #games #HolidayLaughs

wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 2mo
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• December 30th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Watched "Frosty the Snowman" tonight •

#happyholidays #holidays #TeamFestivus #games #HolidayShows

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• December 30th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Read and watched: "A Christmas Carol" •

#happyholidays #holidays #tistheseason #TeamFestivus #games #HolidayMovie #HolidayReads

Trashcanman A brave soul 2mo
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• December 30th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
WHO GETS WHAT? •

1. Q - bigger ♥️
2. J - maple syrup
3. R - hair combs
4. M - $8k / new lease on life
5. T - joy
6. B - family reunion
7. C - gold, frankincense and myrrh
8. P - a day off from work
9. F - Santa's team
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11.
12.
13. K - 4 spectral visits
14. G - non-commercialized
15. O - RR air rifle
16. S - snow?
17. N - plane / hula hoop
18. L - river crossing
19. I - watch chain
20. D - top hat

wanderinglynn Here‘s some help: No. 19 is the same story as 3. 10, 11, & 12 are all characters from movies. 16 & 17 are songs. 2mo
Readage @wanderinglynn Thanks!! That helps with more points, I think 😉 2mo
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• December 30th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
WHAT'S YOUR DRUNKEN ELF NAME?

My drunken elf name is: Yappy Drinkerton 🤪 That's pretty cute •

#happyholidays #holidays #tistheseason #TeamFestivus #games

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️😂 2mo
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• December 28th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
SELFIE WITH A FRIEND OR FAMILY MEMBER

This is the most special holiday I've ever experienced, as I had my first child in early September and am enjoying the holidays with this little man. Here's a picture of us reading "Frosty the Snowman" a few weeks ago. It's not technically a selfie but I hope it works ?☃️? •

#happyholidays #tistheseason #TeamFestivus #games #SelfieScavengerHunt

Texreader ❤️❤️❤️ Those were the best days and I love that you‘re reading to him so young. I was reading to mine almost from the moment they were born. It has paid off! You two are adorable. 2mo
Readage @Texreader Thank you ❤️ We spend so much time together, we might as well be reading if we can!! 2mo
wanderinglynn So beautiful! ❤️ Thank you for sharing. 2mo
Readage @wanderinglynn My pleasure ♥️ 2mo
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swatreads Seasonal Snowy Santa😸😸 2mo
Texreader @swatreads I like yours better! 2mo
Crimson613 6pts!! 12-26 Ohh nice one 😍 2mo
swatreads @Texreader Haha yes! it kinda rhymes😬 2mo
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• December 25th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
WHAT'S YOUR CHRISTMAS NAME?

My Christmas name is: Adorable Jovial Bell Ringer; I like it 😁 •

#happyholidays #tistheseason #TeamFestivus #games #Christmas2019

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• December 25th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Watched "The Christmas Chronicles" tonight on Netflix; pretty good movie for #WinterGames #TeamFestivus #HolidayMovies

#happyholidays #tistheseason #TeamFestivus #Christmas2019

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• So proud of our awesome team!! Great job #TeamFestivus ☃️ #WinterGames

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• Merry Christmas, everyone!! Hope your day is filled with wonderful people and festivities 😉and maybe some reading too!! •

#happyholidays #tistheseason #friends #LitsyLove

Bklover Merry Christmas!!🎄 2mo
Readage @Bklover Merry Christmas to you!! 2mo
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• December 24th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
FAVORITE CHRISTMAS EVE TRADITION

Family is always a big part of our holidays. Our favorite Christmas Eve tradition is going to my aunt's house for good times: family, friends, food and fellowship ♥️ Sometimes we play games and that's always a hoot. We'll be heading over there this morning for our annual Christmas Eve cinnamon rolls and coffee! Lunch as well 😉 •

#TeamFestivus #HolidayTradition

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄🎅🏼 2mo
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• It's a rainy Christmas Eve here. Wishing all my Litsy Lovelies a very Merry day. See you tomorrow for the 25th 🎄♥️ •

#happyholidays #tistheseason #WinterGames #friends #LitsyLove

AmyG Merry Christmas!🎄 2mo
Readage @AmyG Merry Christmas to you!! 2mo
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• December 24th ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames
HOW MANY WORDS IN WINTER GAMES?

Let's see...it's a little early in the morning. Need coffee!! •

WINTER / GAMES / SAME / GAM / MAG / WIN / RAM / RENT / TEN / EAT / TRAM / TRIM / MEGA / SIRE / GRAM / GRAMS / STIR / IRE / SEEM / TIN / RAIN / RINE / IN / ENTER / SAG / GAS / ERA / ERAS / WANE / WANES / TRAIN / TRAINS / NAME / NAMES / SEEN / SEE / SEER / MARE / STARE / STAIR / STAIRS / SMEAR / EAR ⬇️

Readage EARS / TIME / TIMES / GEAR / GEARS / TINE / MINE / MINES / SEA / SEAT / SEAR 2mo
wanderinglynn I count 54 words. 🙌🏻 Tag me again if you get any more. 😉 2mo
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Trees, Same, Rams, Ring, Enter, Rent, Tears, Tame, Tiger, Net, Mint, Water, Wag, Eats, Wings, Ten, Tin, Name, Sang, Manger, Mister, Wig, Win, Raw, Rag, Master, Saw, Sew, West, Gas, Gin, Sat, Sit, Tear, Set, Rat, Seam, Stream, Ring, Tag, Grin, Sing, Gas, Arms, Ear, Sag, Mist, Tan, Ant, Eater, Sent, Singer, Waste, Easter, East Mines, Mine, Rain, Neat.
#WinterGames, #elfies, @Clwojick @StayCurious @Bookwormjillk

Bookwormjillk +296 2mo
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• December 22nd ❄️ ❄️ of the #WinterGames

Selfie with a Candy Cane •

#TeamFestivus #SelfieScavengerHunt #games

wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻 2mo
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• Shout-out to the members of #TeamFestivus ☃️ You guys are doing a great job with this weekend's #WGGuessTheBook game. Wish I had more time to participate -- but you're doing just fine without me!! Keep up the good work •

#WinterGames #games #happyholidays

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Hey #TeamNutcracker or anyone playing #WinterGames! Can you guess my #WGGuessTheBook

25 points to whoever guesses correctly first!

#WinterGames

@clwojick
@staycurious

MidnightBookGirl The Corrections? 2mo
LMJenkins @MidnightBookGirl Yes! 25 points. 2mo
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#WinterGames Week 2 Report: GREAT JOB #TeamFestivus!! 2nd place again and trying for 1st!! •

#happyholidays #TeamFestivus #challenges #LitsyLove #friends

wanderinglynn 🙌🏻❤️🎄💚⛄️ 2mo
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Holiday tradition with my mom we pick a book we love and make a little wreath out of the pages and save them. This year was her all time favorite pride and prejudice for the second year in a row. Lol
#wintergames #tmskellington #holidaytradition. @Crimson613 @StayCurious @Clwojick
21 pts

BlameJennyJane 😍😍😍 2mo
Crimson613 21pts!! that looks awesome!! 👏 2mo
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I love watching Garfield cartoon when I was a kid especially the Christmas Speicial!

#WinterGames, #elfies, #HolidayLaughs

@Clwojick, @StayCurious, @Bookwormjillk

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• December 2nd ❄️❄️ of the #WinterGames
PREDICTIVE TEXT GAME •

"This year for Christmas I really want...to talk to you later today or tomorrow morning..." ?

#TeamFestivus

Meghan1 This year for Christmas I really want ya back. 3mo
wanderinglynn 😂😂😂 (6pts) (edited) 3mo
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• Posting again to let my team members know that I've mailed their holiday cards and to please be on the lookout for them! 11 cards sent; 10 in the States and 1 to Canada. I hope I have the addresses correct and they get to their destination!! I'll see if I can DM each person on Litsy or Slack to keep in touch. Hey @chaoticgoodhufflepuff, can you get in touch with me to clarify an address? Thanks •

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #holidaycardswap

samanthagutt Yay! Thank you I‘m so excited! I have to get a move on and send mine out now ☺️🎄 3mo
Readage @samanthagutt You are welcome!! ❄️🥳 3mo
ads0123 @Readage just wanted to let you know that my address is slightly wrong on the spreadsheet! 3mo
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ads0123 @Readage @wanderinglynn I sent both of you an email letting you know the change! 3mo
Readage @ads0123 Ok. I'll check it; I'll send another one if need be!! No biggie 😉 3mo
ads0123 @Readage hopefully my neighbors know my name! We‘ve lived almost next door for a long time! 😂 3mo
Readage @ads0123 Ok Lol do you want to wait about a week and see if it arrives? 3mo
ads0123 @Readage yep that works! I‘ll let you know if I don‘t get it by next Monday. 3mo
Readage @ads0123 Sounds good 3mo
ozma.of.oz I‘ll drop you a message on Slack! 3mo
ChasingOm Aw, thank you!! ❤️ 3mo
Readage @ChasingOm You are welcome!! ❄️ 🥳 3mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves Yay! Hoping to get mine out by the end of the week. 3mo
ads0123 @Readage I got your card! Thanks so much!! 2mo
Readage @ads0123 You are so welcome. Thanks for letting me know!! 🎉 2mo
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• I think I missed out on the amazing points on this post because it's a little late (I completely forgot about it yesterday) but I still want to do it •

1. 18 (several children's books have helped me with this goal)
2. 25 but I recently upped it to 30; hopefully I make it (tbh, I usually don't)
3. "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens (it's a classic I "should" have read by now)
4. Christmas, of course!!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus

wanderinglynn ⛄️ I say it still counts! 26 pts (1 for participation). 👍🏻 3mo
Readage @wanderinglynn Yay!! Thank you ❤️ 3mo
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❄️ 66 so far!
❄️ Goal was 52- one a week
❄️One Week ‘Til Christmas by Belinda Missen
❄️ Not having to make excuses for wanting to stay inside and read!

#WinterGames #TheFilthyAnimals

rather_be_reading 26 pts 🎄 3mo
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#wintergames #openingdayquestionnaire #thefilithyanimals. 📚 over 200 but I don‘t keep an accurate count. 📚 I don‘t set goals - I read as the spirit moves me! 📚 I really want to reread “A Christmas Carol” 📚 SNOW ❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️❄️

ElizaMarie Yay for re-reading the Christmas Carol!!! 3mo
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#wintergames #teamfestivus
1.53. I do not count schoolbooks. But if I added the children‘s books for #bbrc there would be an additional 40 or so 🤣
2. 52
3. Krampus
4. I‘m not a big Winter fan....

Clwojick 😂😂😂😂 when I first read your answers I thought Krampus was your response to favourite thing about the holidays. 3mo
Chrissyreadit @Clwojick there is that possibility! 3mo
wanderinglynn Yay! ⛄️ 3mo
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#wintergames #teamelectricsex 25pt

1. 47
2. 52 (only 5 left!)
3. One Day In December
4. Snow and Christmas/Christmas lights

Clwojick Oh, you‘ll definitely get in those last 5 books! 🙌🏻📚💪🏻 3mo
LibrarianRyan You can do it! +26 3mo
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• December 1st ❄️❄️
First game of the #WinterGames: THIS OR THAT •

1. Salted caramel
2. Secret Santa
3. COFFEE
4. Eggnog
5. The Grinch
6. Christmas lights
7. Neither
8. Cold weather
9. Wreaths
10. Eating cookies
11. Matching PJs

Oh what FUN!!

#WinterGames #TeamFestivus #thisorthat

wanderinglynn Yay! ⛄️ 3mo
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#WinterGames ¤ #TMSkellington ¤ @Crimson613
@Clwojick @StayCurious

☃️ 61 books read so far this year

☃️ Original reading goal was 50

☃️ Looking forward to our #BOTMbuddyread, One Day in December and The Stupidest Angel

☃️ Family time at Xmas

Crimson613 26pts, yeah!! It's always awesome when we pass those reading goals :D man I've been eyeing that reading club for a while now 👀 3mo
Karisa @Crimson613 It's fun just to talk about a book and slow down on a read. Even if the book is not what I'd normally chose it's nice to talk about why it's not working for you too. 3mo
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1. 165 so far.
2. 200
3. I haven‘t chosen any particular books as yet.
4. Staying in front of a warm fire with a good book.

#WinterGames. #TeamFozziwig

@BarkingMadRun @Clwojick @StayCurious

BarkingMadRun 26 points! 3mo
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rather_be_reading 6 pts🎄 3mo
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#festivephotochallenge #adventcalendar #wintergames #teamnutcracker @StayCurious @Bookworm54 @Clwojick Since I already shared my tea advent calendar here is my kids‘ calendar. 1 pt

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• First official TBR post for the #WinterGames (starting tomorrow) with #TeamFestivus. Hold on to your Jingle Berries...I've got more (detailed) posts a'coming. Are you ready to rock around the Christmas tree? 🎁🎉🎄❄️ •

✅ = in progress/currently reading

#holidays #happyholidays #December #friends #LitsyLove #challenges #TBR #books #currentlyreading #inprogress #goodreads #fiction #nonfiction #novels #essays #classics

wanderinglynn Go #TeamFestivus!!! 🙌🏻🎉🎄 3mo
Readage @wanderinglynn 😉👍 3mo
Clwojick Woohoo! What a great stack of books! I‘m hoping that I‘ll finally get around to reading Turtles this month too! 🧡 3mo
Readage @Clwojick Thanks 😉 All but 1 are in progress, so I'm pretty pleased with the stack. Also finalizing my Christmas selections in the next day or so!! All in for #TeamFestivus 3mo
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TheSpineView You have some good picks there! I plan to visit the library next week to stock up. 3mo
EadieB @TheSpineView Don't know if I'll get to read them all but got them ready in case I need to read them. 3mo
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EadieB @FantasyChick Thanks! 3mo
Clwojick great selection! 3mo
EadieB @Clwojick Thanks! 3mo
StayCurious These look great! 3mo
EadieB @StayCurious Thanks! 3mo
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• Thank you, various Litsy friends, for reminding me that I signed up for the #WinterGames next month. Thanks @wanderinglynn for the welcome post a few days ago; I need to knock out some serious reading before the end of the year!! It might not happen, but I'm going to try!! #TeamFestivus

Clwojick ❄woohoo!!! 💕 3mo
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• Who already has their tree(s) up?! This is just the kitchen tree...the rest have to wait until closer to Thanksgiving. I put it up so Baby Logan can look at it as long as possible this holiday season 🎄♥️ •

#tistheseason #holidays #weloveChristmas #Christmas2019

Eggs Lovely and festive 3mo
Readage @Eggs Thank you ❤️ 3mo
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