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Small Angels
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
32 posts | 20 read | 25 to read
Nobody knew how old the woods were, or how big. The outside had been mapped and measured but once you were in there it seemed to stretch much further... Chloe has been planning her dream wedding for months - well, perhaps since she was a little girl. And now she has the perfect venue, Small Angels, a picturesque little church right up against the edge of Mockbeggar Woods, in the village her husband-to-be grew up in. So why are the villagers telling her such unsettling stories about the place? Why is she beginning to see, hear, and even smell things that couldn't possibly be real? Kate hasn't been back to the village since the death of a childhood friend ten years ago. As a teenager she would flee the soundtrack of her parents' constant fighting for the notorious Blanch Farm, where the four Gonne sisters lived with their strict grandparents and their eccentric father. Drawn to the girls for reasons she didn't entirely understand, Kate eventually learned the family's secret: that Mockbeggar woods is home to a capricious, menacing ghost. A ghost who's not too happy about Kate. Now the woods are beginning to stir with their old magic, and Kate knows there's only one person who can help her avert catastrophe: Lucia, the most troubled of the Gonne sisters. Lucia, to whom she lost her heart so dangerously, all those years ago. From the acclaimed author of The Quick comes a hypnotic tale of sisterhood and first love, wonder and terror, the stories that tether us to the past, and the stories that offer a way forward. Enter Small Angels, if you dare.
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Chrissyreadit
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I am 100%excited about this list! I have not read any of them and 4 of them are on my bookshelf waiting to be read- 3 more on my wishlist/TBR- and the rest sound great as well!! As always this was a spectacular job matching and I am beyond excited! #auldlangspine

DGRachel Yay!! I‘m so excited that some are already on your TBR! 💖 3d
DGRachel I also want to say there‘s a big caveat/TW on Black Water Lilies, which if you want to read that one and want the warning, let me know and I‘ll toss it under a spoiler tag. 3d
peaknit Oh Small Angels, loved it, it was on my list for my partner also! 3d
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CBee @Chrissyreadit do you have a copy of Darling Girl? If not, I‘d love to send you mine! It‘s brand new, unread, and could use a new home 😊 3d
Cinfhen I‘m loving all these lists and matches!! 3d
TheKidUpstairs @Cinfhen I've been loving all the lists, too. It's always fun to see which books appear the most often! 3d
Cinfhen It‘s true a few titles are definitely popping up often @TheKidUpstairs @Chelsea.Poole 3d
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booksandsympathy
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I adored the blend of folklore and disquiet. The horror creeping slowly like vines in the dark forest as the story unfolded.

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Cathyloves2read
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
Mehso-so

I‘m not sure how I feel about this book. Parts of the story are good, but it just didn‘t grab me. I love a good ghost story, but this one just didn‘t do it for me. I didn‘t find any of the characters likable. I got bored while reading, but I did manage to finish the book.

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CaitlinR
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Mehso-so

I don‘t generally enjoy stories where characters embrace their role as victim. However, Owen gives us a fairly well written, spooky tale and the plot kept me reading even when I wanted to throw the book across the room. The
Gonne family made a pact with a ghostly entity to serve him with rituals in exchange for the relative success of their winery. Lucia, fully believing herself evil, becomes his friend. Redemption is too little too late.

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Branwen
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Guys, I am seriously loving this one so much! I just hit the halfway point and I'm really in love! I started it thinking it was just going to be a regular run of the mill spooky story, and while it is unsettling, it's so much more than a spooky story. The lore is deep and fascinating, and the writing is absolutely beautiful! 💕📚

#catsoflitsy #littenkitten #rumpel

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 1mo
sarahbellum Looks like you‘ve got a small angel of your own 😻 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Rumpel, my baby!!! 🥰🥰🥰 1mo
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ravenlee So happy to see Rumpel! Kiddo loves her pictures so much. 😍😻 1mo
bibliobliss Beautiful cat 1mo
Leftcoastzen Rumpel! Hi 👋 kitty! 1mo
Livyer Beautiful 😍 1mo
Branwen @Livyer @bibliobliss Thank you! 😄💕 @rubyslippersreads 😽❤️ @Leftcoastzen @RaeLovesToRead She says hello and sends many kitty hugs! 😽💕 @sarahbellum I sure do! 😻 @ravenlee Awww yay! I'm so so glad to hear that! 😄😻💕 1mo
Bren912 What a beautiful kitty! 2w
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Branwen
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Chaplin and I are wishing everyone a very happy Sunday filled with lots of great books! 😹 I am surprised by how much I'm loving this book so far! The writing is really beautiful! 💕📚 #catsoflitsy #chaplin

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Happy Sunday!! 💛📚 2mo
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Branwen
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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The wedding was in a really cute little town! I did sneak out with my book for a few minutes during the reception to visit an adorable tea store a few buildings down! 📚💕🫖

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Branwen
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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When you have to go to a wedding and you don't know anyone....a book is a great friend to rely on! 😂💕📚

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sprainedbrain
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A BOTM win!

I really enjoyed this slow, atmospheric, beautifully written story—a little bit fantasy, horror, ghost story, and romance, it all comes together beautifully. I loved Lucia and Kate, all of the side characters, and the fact that Mockbeggar Woods is a whole character itself.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

JamieArc Sold! I‘ll add it to my next box. 2mo
Megabooks This was a great choice! 2mo
NovelGirl82 Oh this looks good!!! 2mo
Bookzombie I really enjoyed The Quick so I‘m looking forward to this one. 2mo
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Palimpsest
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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Mehso-so

Started off loving this slow burn of a novel with secrets of a small town‘s past and its woods, Mockbegger, and the guardians that keep the nearby village safe with their quirky ways, but it became a bit long and repetitive for me in the end. I liked Lucia, she sort of reminded me of a more lucid Merricat, & I like the author‘s nod to Little Women and Wind in the Willows. Atmospheric and some beautiful descriptions, but longer isn‘t always better

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kbibliophilific
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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October‘s pick for my newly formed ladies‘ work book club! 😃

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Laughterhp
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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#SeptemberWrapUp #SeptemberStats

Finished 23 books this month - thanks to audiobooks
If you couldn‘t tell, I‘ve been in the fall/Halloween mood since September 1st!

Now to figure out which was my favorite read!

kspenmoll Yippee! 2mo
Gissy Great!!!! 📚📚📚📚👏👏👏👏 2mo
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DGRachel
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Small Angels is a novel about the importance of stories. It‘s a ghost story, a tale of a small village and sentient trees, and a story of 3 sisters who grow up isolated from the neighborhood because of the misdeeds of an ancestor. While at times the story is creepy, it‘s beautifully written. Enter the realm of Mockbeggar Woods, if you‘re brave enough, and be sure to come with stories to share.

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emily_roamswild
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Gothic, fairytale vibes with surprise gays. A couple is fixing up the small church in the groom‘s hometown, only something sinister has been kept—secrets a whole village chose not to know, to look the other way. A family has kept their own vigilance, although it went wrong long ago. It‘s a story about narrative, our own and what others give us. It‘s beautifully written! Characters are brave and powerful. Ending is too tidy but not terrible.

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peaknit
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#grateful for a 5 ⭐️ listen. This is my favorite kind of book, lit tinged in magic. The story was dark at times but well told. The accents were perfection for the story and the verbiage. It was so much, I feel like I may have a book hangover and need to revisit some high points. @Eggs

Megabooks I agree! This was excellent! 3mo
Eggs Sounds so good 🌳🌳 3mo
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peaknit
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#grateful for #audioknitting a scrappy hat with the tagged book. #knittersoflitsy @Eggs

AmyG Love the colors! 3mo
Eggs That is so pretty and amazing! 3mo
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Laughterhp
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I loved this book! It took me a bit to get into it (like 70 pages) but I enjoyed it. It was so atmospheric, had creepy woods, and ghosts. I loved the way the story unfolded, flipping perspectives. It‘s definitely a great autumn read.

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Laughterhp
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The perfect book to be reading around the fire, with the woods right in front of you. 💚🔥📚🍷

Took the day off today, so just relaxing this afternoon.

Happy Friday!

RaeLovesToRead Wow! Incredible! 🔥🌲 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks very inviting 🔥 ❤️ 3mo
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Rissa1
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This was one of those books that I hated to put down. When I would pick it back up it would take me a bit to get back into the story, but I think that is the magic of the story. The magic that wraps itself around you just like the forest. #20in4 @Andrew65

Andrew65 Brilliant 👏👏👏 3mo
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Megabooks
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I‘m digging gothic fiction this summer, and this was a great #botm choice! High on the creep factor 👻

Only one family has been allowed to know the secrets of Mockbeggar Woods, and only that family can keep the town and Small Angels church safe. When Chloe and Sam decide to reopen Small Angels for their wedding, spirits in the woods become restless and the town and family will have a reckoning.

ferskner I just finished this and loved it too! 3mo
Cinfhen I love that word choice - reckoning!! It sounds so ominous 😁 3mo
batsy Nice review! I just read a positive review in the NYT, too, so that seems to be a sign to add it to the list 🙂 3mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen ominous is a great word for this book! 3mo
Megabooks @batsy oh great! I‘m glad it‘s getting good press! 3mo
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Sara_Planz
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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A small English village, scary woods that no one wants to enter into, a family that keeps to itself, and a church that's been closed up for years. This fantastical tale strikes the right balance of creepy, gothic horror, and suspense. This book also gave me serious Bronte vibes and I loved how the author created the perfect atmosphere for the setting and the story. Are the legends told simply folk tales or are they the truth?

ju.ca.no Sounds intriguing! 3mo
CaitlinR I‘m in! 3mo
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ferskner
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Brief moment of sun during a stormy day.

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booksandsympathy
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I got my first Book of the Month book today! My husband signed me up for my birthday. 💜

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Jemgirl2014
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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My BOTM box is here! And they gave me the wrong books! 🤦🏾‍♀️ I will be calling them first thing Monday morning. August has been a horror story with them!

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TheBookDream
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Insightsintobooks
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I did it, I joined #BOTM! I heard that their publishing of it is below what you would get at a normal retailer so I‘m hoping this isn‘t the case! I‘m excited to get my first book!

swishandflick The only notable difference that I've personally seen are the occasional books that have texture incorporated in the publishers version of the cover that isn't there for the BOTM version. 4mo
Insightsintobooks @swishandflick okay, thank you! 4mo
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Jess
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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Well this is a first. I filled my #botm box. Looking forward to these three. Hope everyone else found something this month.

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Kimberlone
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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I wasn‘t all that excited about any of the August picks, but this was the one I decided to to with. Came very close to skipping this month, though.

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Branwen
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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It's the best day of the month! 🎉🎉🎉 The August BOTM picks are live! What are you going to choose? 🤔 Here are my selections! 💕📚💕 #botm

vivastory I selected The Devil Takes You Home & Girl, Forgotten. Looking forward to both of them!! 4mo
Branwen @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oooh nice! 👍🏻💕 @vivastory Those are great choices! ❤️📚 4mo
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Laughterhp
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Super excited for this August book! Hadn‘t heard of it prior to today, but it sounds like a book I‘m really in the mood for.

I also added a book from June, because it seems like a fun, haunted beach read!

#BOTM

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love Elin Hilderbrand‘s books!! 4mo
BookBosomed1 I read Hotel Nantucket. It‘s a good summer read. 4mo
Laughterhp @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I think it might be my first read of hers! 4mo
Laughterhp @BookBosomed1 Oh good! That‘s what I‘m looking for! 😊 4mo
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erank58
Small Angels | Lauren Owen
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Idk about everyone else, but I'm absolutely in love with the selections this month 🤩🤩 I enjoyed Lauren Owen's The Quick, which got really dismal reviews--so I think that's a good indication this one will be a winner!

This is the first time in a while I have any desire to fill my box with three books...now I need to pick my other two! #botm

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