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The Marsh Queen
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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For fans of Where the Crawdads Sing, this powerful debut novel, set amid the lush landscape of the Florida wetlands, delves into past crimes, old memories, and the eloquent, limitless expanse of parental love. Loni Mae Murrows life as a bird artist at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC, is tidy, if a trifle constraineduntil shes abruptly summoned back home to the wetlands of northern Florida, where she grew up. Her mother, critical and difficult, has grown frail and been resentfully consigned to assisted living, and her younger brother, Phil, juggling a job, a wife, and two young children, needs her help. Loni may not be her mothers only child, but there are some things only a daughter can do. Going through her mothers things when she returns, Loni finds a cryptic note from a woman whose name she doesnt recognize: There are some things I have to tell you about Boyds death, it reads. Boyd is her father, a man who drowned in a boating accident out on the marsh when Loni was twelve and Phil just a baby. The circumstances of his death, long presumed a suicide, turn out to be murkier than anyone thought. Against her better judgment, she finds herself drawn into a dangerous quest to discover the truth about how he died, struggling all the while to reconnect with her mother through the remnants of their past and to reconcile with her brother and his pushy, provincial wife. At last moved to avenge the wrongs done to her family, Loni has to decide whether to join the violence or end it.
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FelinesAndFelonies
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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How is this a debut?! Virginia Hartman is giving me total Barbara Kingsolver vibes. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel about a young woman living her dream in DC before family duties call her home. This novel explores loyalty, the role of a daughter, relationships, & legacies. It was beautifully detailed & I was blown away. I can't wait to read more from this author. ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫

LeeRHarry Barbara Kingsolver you say? Stacked! Plus the blurb mentions Where the Crawdads Sing so sounds like a winner! 😊 3w
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Breanne1
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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I really loved this October #aardvark pick. A debut novel for this author that left me wanting to read more of what she writes. A great novel about accepting the past; I personally loved how her nature drawings helped her with her acceptance. My husband paints birds (his work is in the background) and I felt a kinship with the MC.

ICantImReading Your husband‘s painting is beautiful! 1w
Breanne1 Thanks so much @ICantImReading ❤️ 1w
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swishandflick
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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Mehso-so

As my first #Aardvark pick, I wanted to like this a lot more than I did unfortunately. There was a solid mystery in there somewhere, but it was hidden under a lot of random information that felt more like unnecessary clutter than red herrings that added to the story. I see potential in this author, but other than the marshy setting and an mc that makes a living drawing wildlife, any comparisons to Where the Crawdads Sing are way too generous⭐️⭐️⭐️

swishandflick Side note: this doesn't lessen my excitement for Aardvark! It isn't like BOTM has missed the mark plenty of times, and they have a lot more pull. 2mo
DogMomIrene Ohhh dang! I chose this book too. It delivers tomorrow. Glad they gave us a second book for free. Maybe I‘ll start with Ithaca instead. 2mo
swishandflick @DogMomIrene it very well could be a personal preference type thing! I did enjoy the writing, it just felt like a lot of stuff was added that didn't necessarily keep the plot moving. 2mo
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swishandflick
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Got my first #Aardvark box and I'm very pleased! The quality is good, and I personally like that they only have their logo on the front (not the spine). Also kind of digging the bookmarks and that they left the promo blurbs on the back of the sleeves. I picked 3 of their choices, but ended up being sent all 4 since they threw in a freebie due to some shipping delays while they were getting on their feet ❤️

A+ for quality and customer service!

TheBookHippie Nice!!!! I‘ll have to check it out! 2mo
jlhammar Looks really nice! I agree that no logo on the spine is a plus. 2mo
Megabooks Agreed!! 2mo
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angel1
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Excited to finally add my Aardvark books to my shelf!
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BrittanyReads 🤩🤩me too!!! 2mo
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nitalibrarian
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I received the first books of the Aardvark Book Club. I had only picked one, but they were having shipping delays, so they added a free book. The bookmarks are cute and I like that the Aardvark logo is only on the front of the book. #aardvark

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Breanne1
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I kept debating if I wanted to join this monthly book subscription or not and then started to REALLY want to join the Aardvark club. I‘m excited! Now I can enjoy this and #botm

swishandflick Woop! Welcome 🤗 2mo
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NikkiKey94
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I subscribed to Aardvark Book Club and I‘m so excited to see what‘s coming! They released the October books and I picked The Marsh Queen. The subscription is $17.99 a month with up to two add ons for $9.99 each. It‘s very similar to Book Of The Month which is one of my favorite subscriptions!

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nitalibrarian
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I'm giving the Aardvark Book Club a shot and now that it's available on iOS, I was able to set up my account and pick October's book. I went with The Marsh Queen. #aardvark

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angel1
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The Aardvark book club app is up and here was my first pick!! I'm so excited to have another book box subscription!😁😁
What did everyone pick??

KristiAhlers I have to wait since I have the iPhone. I‘m super excited though! 3mo
angel1 @KristiAhlers I hate the app hasn't happened yet for iPhone users..hopefully soon!🤞🏻 3mo
swishandflick This is gonna be my pick once the iPhone app is up and running! 3mo
angel1 @swishandflick I hope it's up soon for ya'll!! And I can't wait for this book since it has where the Crawdads Sing feel to it😁 3mo
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swishandflick
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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Following up on my last #Aardvark post, apparently the Android app has been accessible for some folks so we have confirmed spoilers for their inaugural box! The Marsh Queen speaks to me, personally, so I'll probably sign up and give them a go once the iPhone app is finally live! What do you think?

eanderson I‘ve been following your posts… I‘m intrigued and kind of want to try it out. 3mo
swishandflick @eanderson I'm so excited to give them a go! 3mo
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Addison_Reads
The Marsh Queen | Virginia Hartman
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Mehso-so

#NetGalley #ARC

Loni Mae returns to her hometown when her mother is moved into a nursing home to help her brother go through their mother's belongings. While doing this she comes across a note that brings up questions about her father's death.

I wasn't that impressed with this book. I liked the descriptions of the birds and plants, but the story itself was lackluster and the characters bland.

#BookSpin @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Great progress!!! 10mo
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