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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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While I had mixed feelings about Jane Austen being a character, this was a delightful Christmasy read and almost a How-To for throwing a 12 day Regency Christmas - with a bit of murder, of course. Nice dose of history mixed with characters that felt straight out of her novels.
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LeahBergen This sounds so fun! I have the first in this series (still TBR 🙄). 11mo
Jess_Read_This Agree with your thoughts on it! And your tree in the background is lovely! 11mo
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This This one is mom‘s tree! With the straw stars ✨✨ 11mo
Jess_Read_This @elkeo Tell her I am still waiting for her Etsy shop. 11mo
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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A delightful Cinderella story set in the late 1930s where mousy down-on-her-luck Miss Pettigrew is mistakenly—and fortuitously—sent to the wrong address by an employment agency. The following 24-hour period is chock-full of adventures and various twisty plots with her new glamorous friends and their soap opera level romantic issues. She breaks out of her shell and finds she is quite spunky after all. #happyending #persephonebooks

emilyhaldi Nice review, this is on my list!! And I love that stack of persephones 😍 1y
writerlibrarian Such, lovely, lovely edition.💜 (edited) 1y
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Dragon So funny and quirky, a delightful read. 😀🐉 1y
Zelma I don‘t know how close it follows the book, but I thought the movie with Frances McDormand was delightful. 1y
LeahBergen This photo! 😍😍 1y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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This is not in my normal reading wheelhouse so take my opinion with a grain of salt. Privileged rich folk frolicking in their English country house in the 1930s exuberantly insulting one another with amusing banter & falling quickly into romantic crushes. Amusing peek into a bygone era & a class of people, but I was easily annoyed by these flighty folk.
Quick, light read. And I can‘t give anything less than a pick to a lovely Virago edition.

emilyhaldi Sounds right up my alley!! 1y
Jess_Read_This You always so eloquently sum up these books! 1y
minkyb 👍🏻 1y
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Jess_Read_This
Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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4⭐️ A gentle, relaxing treat of a read. It isn‘t at all a plot driven book; rather just immerse yourself in the delicious descriptions of 1930‘s big house life in the countryside. Lady Emily‘s dotty, scatter brained dialogue is amusing as she presides over the collected family members in her home. My first Thirkell and definitely not my last. An enjoyable light, perfect for summer read.

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LeahBergen Lovely photo! 🍓 1y
Jess_Read_This @LeahBergen Thank you so much! Summer strawberries are just the best. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Fantastic photo! Hungry for strawberries now... 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I figured since I spend so much on organic strawberries (#1 in the Dirty Dozen) I better photograph some too and get my money‘s worth! 😂 1y
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Wild Strawberries | Angela Thirkell
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“Henry, you mustn‘t mind. It is really a kindness to have him.‘ ‘Well, I do mind, Emily,‘ said Mr Leslie, getting up. ‘Kindness is one thing and your family is another.” 😂

🚙📖Road tripping with this gem has made for a few giggles along the way.

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SilversReviews Great photo...love the book cover. 1y
Weaponxgirl Yay! Virago 😍 1y
kspenmoll Yes, great photo! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @SilversReviews @kspenmoll Thank you so much! Virago makes the best books. 1y
Jess_Read_This @Weaponxgirl You know you can never go wrong with a Virago book! 🍏🍎🍏🍎 1y
CarolynM I love Angela Thirkell's books. It's great to see the re-releases at the moment. Have you read Summer Half? That's a good one🙂 1y
Jess_Read_This @CarolynM I haven‘t read that one- adding it to the TBR now! This is actually my first Thirkell though I have been buying the Virago editions of her books with confidence that I‘ll like them 😂 1y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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An interesting book in both plot & style: Mary Jekyll stumbles into intrigue with fellow daughters of dastardly scientists (Hyde, Moreau, Frankenstein) and even Sherlock & Watson join in. Murder & a secret society supply the action, but it‘s the backstories & bonding of the gals that is superb. Stylistically, we are listening to their tales 1st person—with interruptions by each voice along the way. It‘s a fun twist + strong, fascinating women 🙌🏻

LeahBergen Lovely photo! 1y
Jess_Read_This Perfect review- you are so eloquent! Also, love the photo with the pretty flowers! 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This I like how the character limit here makes me choose words wisely! The flowers are in mom‘s yard🌼 1y
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Jess_Read_This
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4⭐️ An original plot involving the majority of the gothic novels‘ antihero/villains. Yet, this book is about their daughters. Mary Jekyll lost her father, then mother. Discovering her mother secretly paid for the care of a Diana Hyde leads Mary into a macabre world of alchemist experimentation and the secret society driving it. A great “girl power” read with strong female leads. 💕🔍⚗️🕵🏻‍♀️

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Mdargusch Great photo! 💙 1y
Aims42 Nice photo! I love your vintage camera in it. I collect a few too 🙂 1y
batsy Great review and picture! 1y
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Jess_Read_This @Mdargusch @Aims42 @batsy Thank you so much! I just started a small collection of vintage cameras and English advertising pots ☺️ 1y
rohit-sawant Awesome review and pic! Stacking! 1y
Jess_Read_This @rohit-sawant Thank you so much! I hope you enjoy the story as much as I did. 1y
elkeo_TheBookDragon Love the english pots! But especially that subtle ‘Ladies Night‘ on the wall - perfect for this book! 👏🏻👏🏻 1y
Jess_Read_This @elkeo I‘ll have to show you the full pic! I found it for $6 at an antique mall, it‘s a round tin tray with Queen Elizabeth and Phillip‘s pic on it. Someone engraved the Ladies Night 1953 on it! I had hang it on the wall in my office over the bar area. 1y
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Jess_Read_This
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Mehso-so

3⭐️ish..I struggled to like this one as much as I wanted to. The main character wasn‘t entirely likable for me. A reimagining of how the evil Queen came to be in the classic story of Snow White. The story is full of courtly intrigue, magic, murder, and character struggles between good and evil.

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elkeo_TheBookDragon Starting this today... 2y
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elkeo_TheBookDragon
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No spoilers because my pal @Jess_Read_This is about to start this - just to say I lost time and happily ignored the world reading this wonderful follow-up to Bear & the Nightingale. Immerse yourself in medieval Russia, dark fairy tale references, and dig deeper into Vasya‘s eventful lifestory. She‘s a tough cookie in a male-centric world and her spirit shines. Looking forward to book 3 this August!
And I am very happy with my gorgeous UK cover😁

Linsy That cover!! 💋💋💋 2y
LeahBergen Beautiful cover! 2y
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erzascarletbookgasm I love this edition! 2y
Kalalalatja I need this book! 2y
Jess_Read_This This is going to be the book that pulls me out of my book slump!!! 2y
KassKho You need to tell me where you get your UK covers because the need is real! 2y
underground_bks This UK cover got me so damn jealous 😭😍❤️ Loved this sequel and can‘t wait for the third! 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @KassKho I thought you often have UK covers in Canada? I get mine from book depository because of free international shipping. 2y
elkeo_TheBookDragon @Jess_Read_This I swear it will solve your slumpiness! 2y
emmaturi Love the cover! Still to read the first one! 2y
KassKho We do! But sometimes they chose the US cover instead. Often time I don‘t notice but then every now and then a cover comes along and steals my heart. I‘m also looking to get the Australian cover for 2y
Arbol Ugh #coverenvy I read this last month and it was wonderful. I may have to cave and order this version from Book Depository. 2y
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Jess_Read_This
Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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5⭐️ and a bajillion more stars. What an enchanting read. The writing was absolute magic itself and I was transported on a bridge between the lands of magic and real life. A story built on dark bloody fairy tales in which the heroine is required to make a choice...of perhaps change the course of a story or two. I was sad to see this one end and will eagerly look forward to the next by Melissa Albert.

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diovival One of the best books I read last year 😍 2y
Jess_Read_This @diovival My head is still reeling from it! I tried to slow my reading pace to make the book last longer. I just couldn‘t put it down. Just an amazing book. And the Hinterland stories!! I wish I could buy a copy of that book! 2y
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DeborahSmall I can‘t wait for this book ❤️ 2y
GondorGirl Okay, you guys sold me! I'm definitely going to pick this one up. 2y
rohit-sawant Sounds fascinating! 2y
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