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Hostage
Hostage | Clare Mackintosh
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The atmosphere on board the inaugural non-stop flight from London to Sydney is electric. Numerous celebrities are rumoured to be among the passengers in business class and journalists will be waiting on the ground to greet the plane.
Mina is one of a hand-picked team of flight attendants chosen for the landmark journey. She's trying to focus on the task in hand, and not worry about her troubled five-year-old daughter back at home with her husband. Or the cataclysmic problems in her marriage.
But the plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling note from an anonymous passenger, someone intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination. Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply.
It's twenty hours to landing.
A lot can happen in twenty hours . . .
A contemporary twist on the claustrophobic, locked-room setting of classic Agatha Christie novels, with the heart-stopping emotional intensity of ROOM - this is the explosive new thriller from number one Sunday Times bestselling author, Clare Mackintosh.
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mollyrotondo
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ So this starts off sooo well! Super intriguing and great detail of characters and scenarios. Loved that we got different perspectives from different passengers on the plane. But the reason for the hostage situation just totally fell flat to me. The reason did not justify such high stakes. I recommend this one for the thriller writing but just be prepared that the reasoning is a little weak.

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VRM1975
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Roxy26
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Clare Mackintosh never disappoints! Just what a good thriller should be - gripping and claustrophobia inducing with plenty of twists and turns.

I was hooked until the very end and raced through the last few chapters. Just when I thought I had it figured out, another shock was thrown in! 5*

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Sha0102
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emmaturi
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I really enjoyed this gripping thriller set on a non stop flight to Sydney from London. Mina has some hard choices to make as she is one of the flight attendants and back in London, her husband Adam is keeping secrets from her. Not one to read on a flight!

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Clwojick
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Although I don‘t have any specific books that I need to read for this weekends #20in4, here are some that are currently on my radar.

Have you read any of these? Any thoughts or suggestions?

KristiAhlers Oh I LOVED the One Night with Audrey Hepburn. In fact the whole series is super cute! 6mo
Andrew65 Not read any, but plenty I‘d like to read. 6mo
Clwojick @KristiAhlers ❤️Good to know! I have the whole series saved, but AH is my favourite so I wanted to start with this one. 6mo
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Birdsong28 @KristiAhlers I second that. It is such a good series. 📚📖 6mo
KristiAhlers @Clwojick she my favorite too. And I think that‘s actually the first one in the series followed by Marilyn and then Grace. 6mo
PageShifter I have not read anything from this list but oh boy how intrigued they made me!! One of these has already been on my TBR pile but the rest is looking sooo inviting too! 👍 6mo
Clwojick Which ones on your list? @PageShifter (edited) 6mo
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MelKelsey
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Hostage is an engaging suspense novel about a hostage airplane situation. The novel is compulsivly readable from beginning to end, with a sympathetic protagonist and layered storylines. I'll read more of Mackintosh's work. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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SimoneFroelich
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I really enjoyed this one! It‘s been a while since I last read a thriller so it might have been a good idea to take a break from reading this genre 😅
The only negative thing about the book is the last few chapters… I understood the idea but it wasn‘t as well written as the rest of the book 😊
5/6 📚

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Eggs 🖤✈️💙 8mo
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Itchyfeetreader
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You always know you‘ll get a good yarn with a Clare Mackintosh and this was no exception. Well paced it was an interesting and slightly creepy story about the hijacking of an airlines first none stop London —> Sydney. Skip the super over the top ending and I really enjoyed.

LeeRHarry I‘m flying Melbourne to London direct soonish - may not be the best pick for me 😆 9mo
Itchyfeetreader @LeeRHarry that‘s quite a flight! Enjoy! And yes would recommend holding on this book until travel has finished. 9mo
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Itchyfeetreader Thank you @BiblioLitten I am an unashamed taker of clouds from plane windows photographer. Loved this one from somewhere over the Atlantic ! 9mo
BiblioLitten There‘s something about taking the pics from above rather than below😊 9mo
DivineDiana It is a mesmerizing photograph. ❤️ 8mo
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eanderson
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Kindle deal alert!!!

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Kappadeemom
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Loved this book!!!

jewright The beach looks so nice. We have 7 inches of snow on the ground right now!😭 9mo
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Beatlefan129
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Mina is a flight attendant working on the first ever nonstop flight from London to Sydney when she receives a note that says “The following instructions will save your daughter‘s life.” Although it requires a bit of suspension of belief, the ensuing ride is wild enough to keep the story interesting. The perspectives move from Mina to her police detective husband Adam to their adopted daughter Sophia to the various other passengers on the plane.

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Jhullie
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Not edge of your seat drama but intense in places and an interesting take on a topical subject. There were a couple of twists that I didn‘t see coming and the main characters were well developed. I would have liked to read more about the guided descent and landing as that is what the entire book was leading up to but it just wasn‘t there. All in all though it was an enjoyable read.

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Acoleman
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This was a page turner. Gripping all the way through. At the end I was wondering why it wasn‘t over until the last little twist that summed it all up.

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Cinfhen
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This book was good. If you‘re going to compare to Falling, both involve a hijacked plane with a flight attendant‘s family being held as collateral, this one was definitely better, however audio narration was HORRIBLE. I did switch to print for some of it, but I was too engrossed in the story to stop, so I went back to audio while I was busy doing chores. Parts were hard to believe & the hijacker‘s motives were a bit extreme but…👇🏽

Cinfhen there was at least one plot twist I absolutely did not see coming!!!! And that made this book a winner!!!! I definitely would recommend PRINT!!! Another book from @MallenNC #NYWD list and works for #PoP22 #SetOnPlaneTrainOrCruiseShip
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MallenNC I read this one in print so I didn‘t know about the narrator. I agree with your review. Didn‘t see the last twist coming at all. 11mo
MallenNC Also I haven‘t read Falling but I‘m curious about it. I enjoy Clare MacIntosh so I knew hers would be good. 11mo
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Cinfhen The narrator did nothing to change her tone @MallenNC so it was difficult to know who‘s POV I was listening to as there was Mina, Adam, and the passengers!! I think 11 different pov‘s and just one lousy reader. This needed to be a multi cast narration!!!! But the story was SUPER fun even if some parts were implausible. And yes, I adored the ending 11mo
Cinfhen My FAVORITE thriller is still this one by Clare Macintosh @MallenNC 11mo
MallenNC @Cinfhen I love that one! 11mo
Cinfhen It‘s THE BEST @MallenNC 11mo
Laughterhp Yes, I really enjoyed this one. The twist at the end was good. And yes, the hijackers reasoning was a bit silly. 11mo
monalyisha Ha! Too funny. A narrator can really make or break and audiobook. 11mo
Cinfhen This was the first time I was really disappointed by an awful narration @monalyisha usually they add to the story not distract 😖 11mo
Cinfhen It seemed like the author wanted to be relevant or current going that route with her hijackers @Laughterhp 🙄 11mo
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Cinfhen
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Starting book 3 from @MallenNC #NYWD list
In the mood for something light…
Works for #pop22 #SetOnPlaneTrainOrCruiseShip

Itchyfeetreader Oh I missed interest that she had a new one out - onto the epic tbr it goes 11mo
TrishB I enjoyed this one as a quick light read 👍🏻 11mo
MallenNC This one was a page turner for me. I read it when I was also in the mood for a thriller after reading a lot of heavy nonfiction. 11mo
BarbaraBB I am always in the mood for a good thriller. Looking forward to your review! 11mo
Cinfhen I‘m liking the action so far but the audio narration is HORRIBLE!!!! I think I‘m gonna switch to print @Itchyfeetreader @TrishB @MallenNC @BarbaraBB 11mo
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LKK526
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A flight attendant‘s family is threatened by eco-terrorists on a non-stop voyage from London to Sydney, Australia. The book switches among various passengers, and the flight attendant‘s husband, and the terrorists who are identified by pseudonyms. Also at stake is the flight attendant‘s five-year old daughter.

This is an engaging book if you are looking for light reading during the holidays.

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candority
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It is hard to review Hostage without spoiling it. My full review has spoilers: https://bit.ly/3miTs0p

Generally speaking though, this book lacked the tension that I expected it to have. Mackinstosh tried to tackle too many topics and one of the storylines felt unnecessary. I didn‘t like the motivation behind the hostage situation itself, and while I think Mackintosh had good intentions, the way the story was written sends the wrong message.

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EadieB
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#Hostage #ClareMackintosh #20in4 #Readathon #BookSpinBingo

Mina is trying to focus on her job as a flight attendant and not the problems of her five-year-old daughter back home or the problems with her marriage. The inaugural nonstop flight between London and Sydney will take 20 hours. The plane has barely taken off when Mina receives a chilling threat from an anonymous passenger who is intent on ensuring the plane never reaches its destination.

EadieB Someone who needs Mina's assistance and who knows exactly how to make her comply. A lot can happen in 20 hours. You can save hundreds of lives, or the one that matters most. This is a page-turner with a surprise ending that I didn't see coming. It was a slow-start but once it took off the suspense began to build. 12mo
EadieB The chapters switch between 3 points of view, Mina, Adam (her husband) and a passenger. If you like books that feel like roller coaster rides, then you will like this one. 12mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 12mo
Andrew65 Another author I am yet to get to. 12mo
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janeycanuck
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Oh man - this hit the sweet spot of what I needed in a thriller with sort of the slow, steady unravelling. Mackintosh created such a layered story that just played everything so well and I loved interjecting the passenger stories in between Mina & Adam's narratives. I'll definitely need to start in on Mackintosh's back list soon.

Book 2/4 for #OutstandingOctober

Andrew65 Sounds good. Well done 👏👏👏 13mo
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MallenNC
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I finished this yesterday for #OutstandingOctober readathon. It‘s a great thriller that‘s really well paced with good twists. A couple of them I saw coming but others completely surprised me. I have not read Falling, but I‘m anxious to compare them soon. I‘m glad I read this when I have no flights planned!

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Laughterhp
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A very cramped #BookReport this week

Finished 4 books, 1 audiobook

#CurrentlyReading - have 4 books in progress, #ADOWRTR, an audiobook (so upset they changed narrators in Dresden Files), an ebook and physical book

#WeeklyForecast - Finish 3 of the books and get started on more fantasy!

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Laughterhp
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Wow! I could not stop listening to this one. I was late for meetings because I was so absorbed in this book! I don‘t really want to say anything because I wasn‘t 100% the storyline and I thoroughly enjoyed it!

It may make me hesitate to get on a plane in the future.

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kstadt929
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✈️ Loved the twists and suspense in this one ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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kplovesbooks
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I snagged this one for $1.99 on Kindle yesterday. I've seen so much hype about it on bookstagram. Hoping it's as good as they say! Any thoughts??

BookDragonNotWorm I couldn't resist and grabbed it too! 🤞 1y
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BooksCoffeeNurse
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This was an enjoyable, fast-paced read. Five stars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️📚❤️

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guinsgirlreads
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Holy thriller!! This book never stops!

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candc320
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I really enjoyed this one! Each chapter was so exhilarating and even though it took me forever to finish (no fault of the story) it was really hard to put it down when I did pick it up to read. I will say, I kind of knew the big twists before they were revealed so wasn‘t all that shocked. However it didn‘t deter from my overall enjoyment. Perfect for a tense, thrilling read! 🌟🌟🌟🌟 1/2

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BooksCoffeeNurse
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This will be my next read. Just as soon as my head stops spinning from Rock Paper Scissors. 😁 I can‘t wait to start this one. 📚❤️

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guinsgirlreads
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Started this one this morning! Good so far… 👍🏻🥳

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ClairesReads
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Hostage had its moments. At times it was relatively compelling, but in the end it just had too much going on for me. The accumulated clutter of plot concepts made each of the elements less convincing. An okay read but not one I‘d rush to.

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131 of 2021. This was a quick read for me. It was fast paced and had good twists. I enjoyed it. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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TrishB
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Enjoyed this one. Fast paced, twisty thriller with a very subtle twist at the end.

MsMelissa I need more time in my day to read all of these great books! I have this one on my TBR mountain so I‘m glad that you liked it. 1y
ClairesReads Just picked this up from the library- looking forward to it 1y
ShelleyBooksie The end totally made this book for me 1y
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TrishB @MsMelissa definitely need more hours! 1y
TrishB @ClairesReads it‘s a good quick read 👍🏻 1y
TrishB @ShelleyBooksie yes, a good crafted ending 😁 1y
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Cazxxx
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This was a good one, I only started it last night and couldn‘t put it down. A really good thriller with an interesting plot and a great ending!
4 ⭐️

TrishB Just half way through this now! 1y
Cazxxx @TrishB I thought it was really good 👍🏻 1y
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candc320
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Dropping everything to start this one at lunch today!

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Traci1
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Having just read Falling last week, I couldn't help but compare the two books. This one was far better, in my opinion. The characters were better written, the plot had fewer (though not 0) holes, and it was just an overall better book. I do think it could have been a bit shorter, but it was an enjoyable read.

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4.5 STARS - Within these two vastly different settings, Mackintosh has created a hard-to-put-down, addictive read that has action, twists, familial angst, and important societal messages. Buckle up, my bookish friends and be prepared to be taken hostage by this gripping, heart-pounding read and its fantastic, twisty ending!

Review: https://bit.ly/HostageReview

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Bookboss
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Are two books a trend? This is the second book I have read in the last few weeks that has hijackers taking over a plane by threatening the crews‘ loved ones at home. I was interested enough to keep turning the pages, but the plot holes were hard to ignore. The characters were well-drawn, but not very sympathetic. The high point of the book is the epilogue. I preferred this author‘s previous books, but this one is worth it for the ending.

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candority
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I didn‘t post anything in July, so I‘ll be playing catch up over the next couple of days. But to start, here‘s my #BookSpinBingo list for August. @TheAromaofBooks

rabbitprincess Some great nonfiction there (Seven Fallen Feathers and Invisible Women)! 1y
candority @rabbitprincess I‘m about 1/3 of the way into Seven Fallen Feathers already and it is great! Looking forward to Invisible Women 😊 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
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ShelleyBooksie
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Save your child or a plane full of 300 people? The Hostage is a thriller based on this question. A bit hard to get into but overall a real page-turner. The ending was excellent!

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LeslieO
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Morning coffee on the deck with my book. I‘m going to remember this gloriousness in the midst of winter. Also, authors/publishers have to get more creative with titles. There are hundred of books titled Hostage. #summerreading #7daybook

mcctrish I sometimes wonder if anyone does a search before naming a book 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love your mug!! 1y
LeslieO @mcctrish I know! They should. 1y
LeslieO @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thanks! It‘s Pioneer Woman. I have 4 different ones and I love them all! 1y
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swishandflick
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The only thing that's hard about reviewing thrillers like this is that it's tough to explain what I didn't like without spoilers. It's a fast paced highjacking thriller with twists I didn't see coming (some that I thought were cheesy, others, like the ending, that I found highly effective). Overall a solid page turner, but not Mackintosh's best in my opinion ✈️ 3.5⭐️

LeslieO I next up on my library hold list for this one and 44th in line for Falling which is the airplane thriller I really want to read! But I‘ll give Hostage a try. 1y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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Another Clare Mackintosh success! Fast paced, great twist at the end. I really enjoy her thrillers.

Mina is a flight attendant with a little girl at home. Mina is plagued by the same feelings that most working moms face. Guilt for not being home, guilt for feeling fulfilled by her work. She volunteers to work the first 20 hour non-stop flight to Australia & realizes the sacrifices she will make to save her daughter. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Curvybookgirl
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I honestly think this is her best book yet. An absolute must read

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Traci1
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Today's library #bookhaul.

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yvo_about_books
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Happy #caturday ! 🐱❤ The temperatures have gone slightly up, so I was able to read for a bit outside today... Felix decided to join me too (and you can also spot our dog in the back). 😍

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UPDATE: I was able to finish varnishing the 'mate' set this morning and it's all done now! 🧉🎨😍

DivineDiana Love your work! ❤️ 2y
yvo_about_books @DivineDiana thank you! ❤ 2y
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FelinesAndFelonies
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I'm looking forward to this one. I've never read her books before. I wanted to ask if any of you know/like this author?