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The Lost Apothecary
The Lost Apothecary: A Novel | Sarah Penner
In this addictive and spectacularly imagined debut, a female apothecary secretly dispenses poisons to liberate women from the men who have wronged themsetting three lives across centuries on a dangerous collision course Rule #1: The poison must never be used to harm another woman. Rule #2: The names of the murderer and her victim must be recorded in the apothecarys register. One cold February evening in 1791, at the back of a dark London alley in a hidden apothecary shop, Nella awaits her newest customer. Once a respected healer, Nella now uses her knowledge for a darker purposeselling well-disguised poisons to desperate women who would kill to be free of the men in their lives. But when her new patron turns out to be a precocious twelve-year-old named Eliza Fanning, an unexpected friendship sets in motion a string of events that jeopardizes Nellas world and threatens to expose the many women whose names are written in her register. In present-day London, aspiring historian Caroline Parcewell spends her tenth wedding anniversary alone, reeling from the discovery of her husbands infidelity. When she finds an old apothecary vial near the river Thames, she cant resist investigating, only to realize shes found a link to the unsolved apothecary murders that haunted London over two centuries ago. As she deepens her search, Carolines life collides with Nellas and Elizas in a stunning twist of fateand not everyone will survive. With crackling suspense, unforgettable characters and searing insight, The Lost Apothecary is a subversive and intoxicating exploration of women rebelling against a mans world, the destructive force of revenge and the remarkable ways that women can save each other despite the barrier of time.
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ShyBookOwl
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Appointment this morning and forgot my kindle at home 😬 Luckily, they let you wait in your car, so I'm audiobooking instead 😌 📚📚📚
Really enjoying this one. Multi-POV across timeliness and I really feel for all the protagonists.

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Bookwormjillk
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Mehso-so

Meh. I thought this was okay but too predictable.

BkClubCare Yay! I have been reading TOO MANY over the top gushing on this one and my reaction is shock. NO! It was way over the top melodramatic. 1d
5feet.of.fury Agreeeee 1d
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ShyBookOwl
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She would come at daybreak, the woman whose letter I held in my hands, the woman whose name I did not yet know.

#firstlinefridays

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momx3nak
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Different from other books I've read. But a page turner for sure!!

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mcctrish
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I liked this book, but I didn‘t love it

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amma-keep-reading
Pickpick

The historical characters were more interesting than the modern ones.

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SheilaChew
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Pickpick

I really enjoyed reading this book about a modern woman at a crossroads in her life and an apothecary who specializes in poison.

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mcctrish
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Started this last night

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Bklover
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I would have liked to know more about the characters in this book but still enjoyed this dual timeline about an apothecary who provides poison to her customers and the woman who discovers her secrets. Would definitely read another by this author. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

BethM Pretty cover! 1mo
KristiAhlers I thought it was a pretty good read but like I would‘ve liked the characters to be fleshed out just a bit more. 4w
Bklover @BethM I agree! Hope you‘re all doing well! 4w
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Bklover @KristiAhlers I think youre right. I liked the plot a lot though. Maybe her next book!? 4w
KristiAhlers @Bklover I will totally pick up her next book. 4w
KristiAhlers @Bklover I‘m doing well! Haven‘t seen you in what seems like forever. Hope to run into you soon. 4w
Bklover @KristiAhlers I haven‘t been to BN in a while. It would be fun to all meet up sometime (with Beverly too)! 3w
BethM @Bklover busy but ok! Hope you‘re well too 3w
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Zephsomething
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Y‘all this book was so good, I adored every minute of it and am left with still more questions yet unanswered despite the fact that the story feels finished. Truly the mark of a wonderful book. I highly recommend it 💜💙💚

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Nik_reads
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Pickpick

Loved all three points of view and the past and present timelines. I think the author did an excellent job of leaving you wanting to read just one more chapter.

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Bibliophile_22
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Panpan

Disappointing read. The synopsis sounded captivating yet I found the novel slow, dull, and somewhat predictable.

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writethelettervy
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One of my favorite book covers.i paired it with bookish candles. All from #bookofthemonthclub

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keys_on_fire
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Pickpick

Finished this last night, just in time for the end of the month! I enjoyed the dual timelines and finding the parallels between the modern story and the historical ones. I certainly could relate to the relationship issues that Caroline was experiencing, although my ex was not quite so manipulative. Love the artwork of the cover too!
#bookspin March 2022 @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2mo
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keys_on_fire
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“In a city so grand, even a poor girl can transform into whatever she desires to be.” - referring to London.

Just getting started with this one, but when I came across the paragraph at the bottom of the picture, the scene from A Knight‘s Tale where William‘s father tells him he could change his stars immediately flashed through my brain! 😂

peanutnine Love that movie! 2mo
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ozma.of.oz
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Mehso-so

In the past, an apothecary makes poisons for women to use on the men that have abused them. In the now, a woman finds an empty bottle & a mystery.

It felt like Penner wanted to write 2 different stories, a historical thriller & a modern treasure hunt, & ended up splicing them together. I didn‘t really care about any of the characters, & I actively disliked Caroline. And Caroline‘s search & solve of the mystery were just too damn easy. 🌕🌕🌗🌑🌑

Laughterhp The most annoying part about this book was her boyfriend. He was so dumb. 2mo
ozma.of.oz @Laughterhp Right?! He was awful! 2mo
Kenyazero I thought it felt a little like two separate stories the author wanted to tell too! Somehow I enjoyed this awkward element, though. Had its own weird charm! 2mo
ozma.of.oz @Kenyazero I‘m glad you enjoyed it! The rest of my book club really liked it too. But we all enjoyed trashing the husband! 😂 2mo
Kenyazero @ozma.of.oz he‘s extremely trashable! 2mo
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Kenyazero
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Pickpick

Excellent! I loved the dual timeline. In the present, a woman recovering from a painful life shock stumbles upon an unexpected history mystery. In the past, a woman dealing in poisons to help women lives out said history mystery. Definitely not my usual kind of book, but I‘m glad I read it. Content warnings for infidelity, poisoning, miscarriage, sexual assault, suicide, and death. #Fiction #Poison #HistoricalFiction #Feminist

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BkClubCare
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Mehso-so

Points for Beautiful Cover. Points for inspiring a rather scathing but entertaining 1⭐️ review on gr that I happened to mostly agree with and points for making me want to finish and not DNF. But otherwise: eye-rolly melodrama. Would this be a Pan or a So-So? I am dreading my #bookclub ➡️ hoping somebody else will share my feelings. If everyone else loves it, I might need to find a new club.
#BookSpinBingo @TheAromaofBooks

KellyK I‘m going to go check out that entertaining GR review… 😬 2mo
sprainedbrain I felt similarly about this one. 😬 2mo
Leelee.reads I just looked up the Goodreads review you mentioned though and it was 10/10. 😂 (I bailed on Lost Apothecary about 1/4 in. I wanted to like it, but couldn‘t stick with it until I gave up.) 2mo
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BkClubCare @KellyK - Let me know f you can‘t find it, but should be easy (I appreciate how gr provides quick access to the 1 star reviews.) 2mo
BkClubCare @sprainedbrain - Had to check on the definition of melodrama to make sure! 🤣 2mo
BkClubCare @Leelee.reads - I couldn‘t quit - it is my #BookSpinBingo! 🤣 2mo
TheAromaofBooks Oh dear... at least you made it through!! 2mo
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kimmypete1
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Pickpick

This was quite a surprise for me. Not my usual type of read but I really enjoyed this. The audio was well done and I easily got lost in the story.

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Lollymya
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Pickpick

⭐️⭐️⭐️.5 ◼️https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/49083252 #litsylove #march

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover 💜🖤 2mo
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zezeki
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Pickpick

Another book finished! I must admit, it took me a while to get into it, but overall, I've found it interesting. I enjoyed the themes of female friendships, finding yourself and your own path, and overall mysterious aspect of secret apothecary. 📚📚📚

EvieBee Cute matching mani! 💅 3mo
zezeki @EvieBee Thanks! 😊 3mo
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kimmypete1
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Did some yard work today and got a good amount of listening in. Really enjoying this so far!

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zezeki
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Started this book today. Why is it so satisfying when a book has a map?! 😅📚📚📚
#mapsinbooks

Amiable Maps are the best! 3mo
Soubhiville I love book maps too! 3mo
PaperbackPirate 💙🗺😍 3mo
BiblioLitten I love bookish maps💛 3mo
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BkClubCare
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#BookSpinBingo for March2022 🌟
It‘s the battle of the pretty book covers! Which is a category in my #readICT challenge this year. I intend to read both, of course 😊

@TheAromaofBooks

Karons1 Think 🤔 id rather have your books 📚 😆 3mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 3mo
AFridayFriend I have read them both. Let me know what you think. 3mo
BkClubCare @AFridayFriend - I think I will audiobook the Apothecary. I should have the ebook of Wintering by Wednesday. (The ebook hold at the library for Lost Apothecary is 6 MONTHS!!!) 3mo
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Shemac77
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Mehso-so

The cover is the most interesting part of this book.

Cathythoughts Oh dear 😬 it is a nice cover though 3mo
BkClubCare It *IS* a pretty cover. My book club just pitched this for next month. Lots of holds at the library so maybe I won‘t get to it. 3mo
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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

#MummyDaughterBookClub! I think this is the second time in 2 years we‘ve been able to meet in person? We got delicious Greek takeout and talked about the book for approximately six minutes, as is our custom. This was the standout book of our book club year, with all of us enjoying it. Both stories moved quickly, keeping pages turning and I enjoyed how Caroline was searching for answers. What a debut for Penner!

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Shemac77
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Night shift reading

AlaMich 😻 So adorable! (edited) 3mo
LiteraryinLawrence What a fluffster! 3mo
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Crewgurl
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Panpan

I‘m baffled by how high this rates on Goodreads. The present day story was abysmal and the historic one could have been interesting, but was poorly told. Some brief shining moments, but definitely a pass for me.

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Ericalambbrown
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this one! I‘d read a lot of criticism regarding the modern timeline but I‘m really glad it didn‘t stop me from reading it. As one who has made decisions based on what I was brought up to believe was right (but it was all wrong for me), I actually identified with Caroline somewhat and her reevaluation of her life choices. Of course, the 18th century timeline is fantastic and I wanted more of that for sure! I will follow this author.

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BooksNBowls
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Pickpick

Caroline, while on a trip to London alone in order to find clarity about her life and marriage, happens upon a mysterious vial and fate brings 3 women together, woven through time. I loved this book! Both timelines were interesting and the ending was perfect.

lele1432 I‘m excited to read this one now! 3mo
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Lilmissinmsp
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Pickpick

Great read!

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janeycanuck
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Lots of #weekendreading ahead - I need to finish The Lost Apothecary in advance of #MummyDaughterBookClub and I‘d like to try to finish off The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh.

I should also get started (for the third time…) on The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire for #ChunksterChallenge2022.

And I should start The Violin Conspiracy since it‘s due back to the library first but I‘m dying to read The Christie Affair.

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JenReadsAlot
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Pickpick

I enjoyed this more than expected. I picked it for the book of the year finalist #botm. This was my #bookspin for February @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
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KCBee32
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Mehso-so

This book seems to get a lot of hate. One of the first reviews I read said ‘take this concept and give it to anyone other than Sarah Penner‘ I disagree. I thought it was okay. I wasn‘t rushing home to read it but it was interesting and a really great story idea. I wouldn‘t gush over it but I would recommend it. Does that make sense?

amb_morg I wasn't impressed with it the first time. But was willing to give it another chance at a later date. I am still OBSESSED with that cover 😍 4mo
KCBee32 @amb_morg that cover is SO gorgeous! I heard a true crime story about a real woman in that era who actually sold an elixir to women to kill their husbands. It was disguised as make up and put in food or drink. Having heard that story I was excited to read this but it just didn‘t quite live up. 4mo
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JacintaMCarter
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#2022Book12
I enjoyed most of this book. The apothecary from the title was definitely my favorite character, and I wish we'd gotten even more of her story. I also liked the protagonist from the "present day" chapters. The third narrator, though, wasn't as interesting and I would have preferred to have all of the focus on the other two narrators. The ending also seemed a bit rushed, especially considering how much buildup there was leading to it.

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IndoorDame
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Clwojick I readily enjoyed this book, but it seems to be a hit or a hard miss with people. 4mo
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IndoorDame
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Clwojick 💖💖💖 4mo
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IndoorDame
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Pickpick

This was a little delightful story. In dual timeline stories I often find myself itching to get back to the thread I‘m more interested in, but I enjoyed both the present day and historical narratives here. And I definitely appreciated the quiet kind of women‘s empowerment seemingly put forth by the author.
#NewYearWhoDis #BBRC Yeah Baby Revenge @monalyisha @jen_the_scribe @LibrarianRyan

JenReadsAlot I am reading this now! 4mo
BrittanyReads I often find with dual timelines I much prefer the older time period's chapters over present day. I wish I could find a story where that wasn't so. I need to get around to this one especially since she's a local author! 4mo
jen_the_scribe Glad you liked this one! I also appreciated the female empowerment aspect ❤️ 4mo
LibrarianRyan I liked the historical story like. But wanted to throttle the modern woman in the modern story. 4mo
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JenReadsAlot
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TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4mo
BookLineNSinker Can some e please explain how to set up and play bingo and book spin? I'm dying to join the fun. 4mo
JenReadsAlot @BookLineNSinker look at my post with the January board - you were tagged with the instructions! 4mo
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LibrarianRyan
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Voted the Best Historical Fiction #LitsyAwards2021

Kimberlone I‘m actually surprised this one won over some of the other choices! 4mo
LibrarianRyan @Kimberlone so was I. It was not my fav of the year 4mo
Laughterhp Hmm, I‘m surprised this won.. 4mo
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Samary
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Panpan

Incredibly boring. I‘m sorry, the characters were not very bright, and events were excessively convenient. Just not for me. The writing is some of the most repetitive I‘ve ever seen, not only bored but annoyed.

swishandflick Glad I'm not the only one who was underwhelmed 😆 4mo
Samary @swishandflick 🥰 right!? So overhyped. I heard nothing but wonderful things! If you want some really in-depth thoughts check out the 1 star reviews on goodreads! Some are pretty funny. 4mo
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AliD73
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This was such a unique story. I enjoyed it so much, I read it in two days. I won‘t bother recapping the plot because it‘s been heavily publicized and promoted by numerous outlets, but I‘ll just say this book has earned the accolades it has received. Sarah Penner illustrated quite well the lack of options women had in the eighteenth century by contrasting the lives of the characters in 1791 with the life of Caroline in the present day.

PiperH I want this one!! It looks good 😊 3mo
AliD73 @PiperH You should read it! You‘d love it! 3mo
PiperH I will look for it. See if I can find it. 3mo
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AliD73 @PiperH Let me know what you think of it if you read it. It‘s a unique story. 3mo
PiperH I will 3mo
AliD73 @PiperH 👍 3mo
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Bibliophile004
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This books followed the lives of 3 remarkable women- taking place in the 1700s and modern day. Highly recommend.

Note: don‘t listed to the audio book on audible. The reader does different voices and it‘s super distracting 🙄

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thelastmabelcorn
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Mehso-so

I was honestly really disappointed by this. I just felt like the characters were very undeveloped; I felt no connection to them. The concept was really cool though.

Mrs_B Welcome to Litsy!!! 4mo
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Samary
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At least she makes a decent page holder 😄

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thelastmabelcorn
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#weekendreads

1.) Tagged
2.) Out of Love by Hazel Hayes
3.) Rivals (American Royals #3) by Katherine McGee

The American Royals series is so fun and I wasn‘t sure there was going to be a third one. I usually stick to standalones, but this series is one I will keep coming back to. 😝😝

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TheSpineView
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#BeginsWith @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @eggs
#Lost

I just read this book in December, so not surprising it is the first book that came to mind. One of my favorites from last month.

Eggs I liked this one too!! 5mo
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AngeG
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Absolutely loved this book