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Joined September 2020

“It's a sweet, sweet life livin' by the salty sea.“ -“Knee Deep“ by the Zac Brown Band
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The Light of Luna Park | Addison Armstrong
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The Light of Luna Park is a gorgeous, deeply rendered, emotional novel recommended for book clubs, historical fiction lovers, and those who just appreciate a layered story they can soak down into.

Get your copy today at https://bookshop.org/a/13638/9780593328040 - the online bookshop that gives 75% of the book‘s profit margin back to independent bookstores.

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Fun, fresh, and historical too – The Turncoat‘s Widow is the perfect relaxing read!
https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3841735973?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Olive | Emma Gannon
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed listening to the lovely, British-toned voice of Sian Clifford as she narrated the story of Olive. With her clipped vowels, and tony modulation, it was easy to pay attention to the story – and even learn some new slang words and UK-ish phrases!

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Band of Sisters | Lauren Willig
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Band of Sisters stands out in the crowd of 20th Century-based, historical war fiction. Excellently researched and solidly told, Sisters is chock-full of believable characters, each with their own personality, and from varying backgrounds.

For the full review, please pop on over to https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3795668010?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Call Me Elizabeth Lark | Melissa Colasanti
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This one should be popular with those suspense-thriller-mystery lovers out there, and I know there are lots of you! And it should especially appeal to fans of female leads as well as moody settings. Drop me a Comment below and let me know what you yourself thought of this review and of the novel Call Me Elizabeth Lark!

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A charming tale of love, the love of baseball, and the heretofore unnamed and temperamental gods of the game. A story so richly told, you‘ll frequently forget its fiction.

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Forget Me Not: A Novel | Alexandra Oliva
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I really liked this story! The near-future setting in a world post-election and post-COVID is fascinating – not too “out there” as it‘s not too far in the future, but definitely different than the world we‘re living in today. I very much enjoyed exploring that reality for a few days while I savored Forget Me Not.

See full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3697421101?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

#ForgetMeNot

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The Night Olivia Fell | Christina McDonald
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“Sometimes the truth hurts. So do lies.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Get your copy of The Night Olivia Fell, along with other Once Upon a Book Club favorites, at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections - BookShop.org - the online bookstore that contributes 75% of the book's profit margin to indie bookshops! :D

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In a Holidaze | Christina Lauren
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What an adorable book this is! I sat down on a Saturday afternoon before Christmas and read the whole thing in one sitting! A cross between A Christmas Carol and Groundhog Day, this one is sure to keep you smiling!

Get your copy at https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder - BookShop.org – the online bookstore that donates 75% of the book‘s profit margin to indie bookstores!

#InAHolidaze
#ChristinaLauren
#GalleryBooks
#BookShop

BooksNBowls Reading this tomorrow ❤️ 2y
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Nice! Enjoy! I thought it was pretty good. If you like, feel free to see my whole review, and follow my others, at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3704269645?book_show_action=false&from_rev...
I'd love to know what you thought of it, so drop me a line when you finish! :)
And Merry Christmas! :D
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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“Kindness is as kindness does.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Get your copy of the amazing suspense novel The Turn of the Key at BookShop.org - the online bookseller that donates 75% of the book's profit margin to indie bookstores. Click here for The Turn of the Key (August 2019) and other Once Upon a Book Club selections: https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections

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Thousand Roads Home | Carmel Harrington
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“Home isn't a place it's a feeling“

Thinking many of us are feeling this way this time of year - especially this year.

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Get your copy of A Thousand Roads Home at https://bookshop.org/a/13638/9780008276614. BookShop.org - the online book shops that gives back 75% of the book's profit to indie bookstores - and you can even choose your favorite local shop as the recipient!

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“May we all grow up to be strong like her“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/.

Buy Today We Go Home at BookShop.org - the online bookseller that has donated over $10 million in 2020 to indie bookstores. See Today We Go Home, and other Once Upon a Book Club selections at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections.

#OUABC

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Wildland: A Novel | Rebecca Hodge
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The best safety lies in fear
-Shakespeare

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Get your copy of Wildland (March 2020 book club selection), and check out other Once Upon a Book Club picks at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections

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“The only way to learn is to live.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

Support indie bookstores and buy The Midnight Library, and Desiree Reads's other Top Books of 2020, at https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder

#MattHaig
#TheMidnightLibrary
#Viking
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H_SQUARED Thank you for posting the link. I want to stay away from Amazon and didn‘t know where to start with finding local book stores. 2y
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You're most welcome - I hope you find it helpful! I've been ordering all my books there!
I quit Amazon a while back too. I'm originally from the Seattle area, so was an early adopter when they were just a bookseller. But I got tired of seeing business close down.
BookShop.org is great - they donate 75% of the book's profit margin to indie bookstores. You can even choose which bookstore you want the funds to go to, using the map!
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The Skylark's Secret | Fiona Valpy
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Enjoyable enough to finish, but that‘s about it. There were a couple of “surprises” in the novel, but they fell a bit flat. And somehow, rather than foreshadowing leading to a satisfying turn of events, I was often left wondering why something wasn‘t resolved, only later to have the t‘s crossed and i‘s dotted.

See full review and Follow me at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3660225631?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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The Skylark's Secret | Fiona Valpy
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“'I'm not trying to rescue you, Lexie,' he says. 'I'm trying to love you.'“

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Flowers of Darkness: A Novel | Tatiana de Rosnay
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A fascinating tale in near-future Paris, de Rosnay brings the sense of place and atmosphere that she‘s known for in spades. I was utterly fascinated with this Paris of the future and in unraveling the multiple mysteries layered throughout the novel.

A big thank you to Tatiana de Rosnay, St. Martin‘s Press, and NetGalley for providing an advanced reader copy in exchange for this honest review.

Desiree.Reads Flowers of Darkness is available February 23, 2021 in Hardcover, Audio CD, Audible Audiobook, and for Kindle. Please consider buying from BookShop.org, the online bookstore that has donated over $8 million to independent bookstores since starting operation in early 2020.

#FlowersOfDarkness
#TatianaDeRosnay
#StMartinsPress
#NetGalley
#GeneralFiction
#WomensFiction
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The perfect light read when you need a lift of spirits, or a great gift for that friend or sister who needs a loving reminder that being overwhelmed in life is normal and that‘s perfectly okay.
The Peculiar Fate of Holly Banks released Tuesday, November 26th, 2020 and is available in paperback, audio CD & for Kindle. Get your copy at BookShop.org – the online book store that has donated $8 million to indie bookstores since opening 10 months ago.

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Midnight Library | Matt Haig
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Absolutely one of the best books I've read all year!

See the full review and Follow me at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3643048450?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Pick up a copy of The Midnight Library, and see The Bookish Birder's other Top Books of 2020 at https://bookshop.org/lists/top-books-of-2020-83ed7285-1fa6-44e8-b1d5-d25c6a903b5...

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Hadley and Grace | Suzanne Redfearn
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A pleasant read, if a bit unrealistic.

Hadley & Grace, an unlikely duo, with a tag-along family consisting of a baby, an autistic grade-schooler, and a sullen teenager, cross the country in a Trains, Planes, and Automobiles-like adventure, on the run from the FBI, Hadley‘s criminal husband Frank, and other local authorities.

See full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3655310007?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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“Don't worry what other people think, be who you want to be“.

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/

To purchase The Daughters of Foxcote Manor, or peruse other Once Upon a Book Club selections, check out The Bookish Birder's list at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections

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“It's a very long time since I've had an adventure.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/.

For more Once Upon a Book Club recommendations, take a look at The Bookish Birder's Once Upon a Book Club list at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections. Bookshop.org is a great online bookstore that donates 75% of the book's profit margin to independent bookstores. (Note: Desiree does earn a small commission.)

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“The pain. It's worth it. The more you love, the more it hurts. But it's worth it. It's the only thing that is.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/.

For a link to purchase, and for a full list of the Club's offerings, please see The Bookish Birder's shop at https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections. Bookshop.org is an amazing online book company that donates 75% of the book's profit to indie bookstores.

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Her Final Words | Brianna Labuskes
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An excellent choice for crime fiction enthusiasts. This one kept up my steady attention, but as the tale approached the climax of the book, I was hooked. I literally raced through the last 30 pages and had one of those moments that are just great in books like this – you know the ones where you find yourself saying to yourself, “Nuh uh! That didn‘t just happen.” For me, a great ending just “makes” a book.

#HerFinalWords
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Desiree.Reads Published August 1, 2020, Her Final Words is available now. Please consider purchasing through Bookshop.org – the online bookstore that donates 75% of the book‘s profit margin to independent bookstores. Desiree does receive a small commission should you purchase through this link; however, she shares this out of her enduring love for corner, indie bookshops everywhere.
https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder
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“LIfe is about change. If you don't change, you'll never grow.“

Quote card from https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/.

To read more about Holly Banks Full of Angst, check out https://bookshop.org/a/13638/9781542014069 - the online bookstore that donates 75% of the book's profit margin to indie bookstores. (Desiree does receive a small commission if purchase through this link, however, she shares this out of her enduring love for indie bookshops.

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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A delightful rom com, this one had me smiling from start to finish! It was the perfect pick-me-up after a couple of heavy reads.

A joyful tale of mishaps and misunderstandings, This Time Next Year is sure to put you in a feel-good mood.

A big thank you to Sophie Cousens, G.P. Putnam's Sons, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#ThisTimeNextYear
#SophieCousens
#GPPutnamsSons

Desiree.Reads This Time Next Year is releasing December 1, 2020 in paperback, audiobook, and for Kindle. Please consider purchasing from https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder, the online bookstore that donates 75% of the book‘s profit margin to support independent bookstores. (Note that Desiree does receive a small commission if you purchase through this link, however, she shares it out of her enduring love for those corner, indie bookstores everywhere.) (edited) 2y
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Clover Blue | Eldonna Edwards
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“The soul cannot be stopped for searching for what it desires.“

Quote card from Once Upon a Book Club at:
https://www.onceuponabookclub.com/shop/product/2336304941.

To learn more about Clover Blue, and other Once Upon a Book Club elections, see the handy list on BookShop.org - the online book store that gives 75% of the book's profit to support indie bookstores:
https://bookshop.org/lists/once-upon-a-book-club-selections

Lsmoore43 I loved this book. 2y
Desiree.Reads @Lsmoore43 , It was good, wasn' it! :) 2y
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Bad Habits | Amy Gentry
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A smart mystery thriller of economic class, ambition, personality, and to what lengths a person will go to fight, and keep, their hard-won position in life.
A big thank you to Amy Gentry, Mariner Books, and NetGalley for providing a free Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.
Bad Habits is available February 2, 2021 in Hardcover, Paperback, Audio CD, and for Kindle.
#BadHabits
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#NetGalley

Desiree.Reads For full review, please Follow Desiree Reads on Goodreads at https://www.goodreads.com/desireehreads
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Desiree.Reads For a copy of Bad Habits, please consider purchasing from https://bookshop.org/shop/TheBookishBirder, the online bookstore that donates 75% of the book‘s profit margin to independent bookstores. Desiree does receive a small commission if you purchase through this link, however, she shares this out of her enduring love for corner, indie book stores everywhere. 2y
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“It wasn't a miracle. You believed. And made it happen“.

Quote card from www.onceuponabookclub.com

For a great .org to purchase from (I do receive a small commission), I would be thrilled if you checked out https://bookshop.org/books/the-long-flight-home/9781496721679?aid=13638

For a full review, please see and Follow at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3544042432?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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A fabulously original twist on the Sherlock Holmes-style mystery, Murder on Bombay takes you a on a magic carpet ride to British Colonial India of the late 1800‘s.

See the full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3455322056?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Thank you to #NevMarch, #MinotaurBooks, and #NetGalley for providing a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#MurderInOldBombay

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Cobble Hill: A Novel | Cecily von Ziegesar
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I personally didn't care for this one. The characters, and their concerns, did not interest me at all.

See the full review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3507543181?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

Thank you to Cecily von Ziegesar, Atria Books, and NetGalley.com for providing this Advance Reader/Review Copy in exchange for an honest review.

#CobbleHill
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This spunky who-dunnit is a serious page turner with a lively and fun heroine.

See the full review at https://withabookinourhands.com/?p=616.

A big thank you to #ElizabethBreck, #CrookedLaneBooks, and #NetGalley for providing a free Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

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Last Letter from Juliet | Melanie Hudson
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“The most beautiful woman in any room is the woman with the most joy in her heart.“

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See more collectible quote from Desiree Reads at https://www.goodreads.com/desireehreads

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The Girl They Left Behind | Roxanne Veletzos
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It is a bit of a dream. And so we'll dream it. With a little courage, we can dream it for the rest of our lives.

#RoxanneVeletzos
#TheGirlTheyLeftBehind
#AtriaBooks
#OnceUponABookClub

See review at https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3423050059?book_show_action=false&from_rev...

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Monarch Butterflies is an absolutely fabulous book that the whole family will love! Written by Ann Hobbie, and beautifully illustrated by Olga Baumert, Monarch Butterflies simply explains all you need to know about these wonderful creatures.
Highly recommended – you won‘t be disappointed!

https://www.netgalley.com/catalog/book/204288

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Even though discouraged by this tough-going text, I continued to forge ahead, as I was still enthused about learning more about Egypt through the fun of fiction. Yet, I found I could only make it to page 96 before my discouragement was finally done in by about the third forced-in social issue that had nothing to do with the plot line.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/50265329-the-book-of-two-ways

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An enjoyable read with a strong sense of time via author Denise Heinze‘s language choices and colorful imagery.

A big thank you to Denise Heinze, Blackstone Publishing, and NetGalley for providing a free Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#DeniseHeinze
#TheBriefAndTrueReportOfTemperanceFlowerdew
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Desiree.Reads Published September 29, 2020 and is available from Blackstone Publishing in Hardback, Kindle, and Audible Audio. Please consider purchasing from https://bookshop.org/a/13638/9781 – the online bookstore that gives away 75% of the book‘s profit margin to support indie bookstores. (Note: Desiree does receive a small commission should you purchase through this link, however, she shares this out of her enduring love for corner bookstores everywhere.) 2y
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The Butterfly Effect | Rachel Mans-McKenny
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I absolutely love The Butterfly Effect‘s quirky heroine, Greta Oto. She‘s socially awkward, loves the Star Trek spin-off The Next Generation, and just wants to spend time with her butterflies and bugs – because they‘re so much easier to understand than people.

Thank you to Rachel Mans McKenney, Alcove Press, and NetGalley for providing a free copy in exchange for an honest review

#TheButterflyEffect
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What's Worth Keeping | Kaya McLaren
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I do recommend the novel. I especially loved traveling across the country with Amy from Oklahoma City to the Pacific NW, sharing with her the novelty and beauty of each of the National Parks along the way (I have some new places on my bucket list!).
Thank you to Kaya McLaren, St. Martin‘s Griffin, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy in exchange for this honest review.
#WhatsWorthKeeping
#KayaMcLaren
#StMartinsGriffin
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The perfect cookbook for those wanting to try fondue for the first time, or who are looking for some great, new, creative fondue ideas.

A big thank you to Adams Media and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#TheNewFondueCookbook
#AdamsMedia
#CookingFoodAndWine
#NetGalley

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/3608634360#_=_

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The 30-Minute Cooking from Frozen Cookbook is an excellent choice for busy families who don‘t mind traditional, high-carb, American dishes, or for those who would love to use it as a stepping-off point for learning how to cook from frozen.

A big thank you to Carole Jones, Adams Media, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#CaroleJones
#AdamsMedia
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An absorbing and captivating story that transports the reader deep into the gritty, seedier side of 18th Century London.

Thank you to Caraline Brown, Skyhorse Publishing, and NetGalley for providing an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review.
See full review at https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/48590126-the-candlelit-menagerie.

#TheCandlelitMenagerie
#CaralineBrown
#SkyhorsePublishing
#NetGalley
#GoodReeads

Desiree.Reads Please consider purchasing through BookShop.org – the online bookstore that gives away 75% of its profit to support local indie bookstores.
https://bookshop.org/a/13638/9781950691555
Desiree does receive a small commission if you buy through this link, however, she shares this solely out of her love for corner bookshops everywhere.

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In short, The Daughters of Foxcote Manor has it all – it has romance, it has heartbreak, it has… humanity. I read it in just over a day and it only took me that long because I still had laundry and dishes to do too.

#TheDaughtersOfFoxcoteManor
#EveChase
#Putnam
#OnceUponABookClub
#OUABC

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November of the Heart | Lavyrle Spencer
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I was a total sucker for this one right from the start – a forbidden romance, a boating theme, a Norwegian male lead character – not to mention that historical fiction is my absolute fave. (This one set during the Victorian era.) I still clearly remember reading this during my lunch hours at work. I was 10 pages away from finishing it one lunch break when I had to go back into the office. Total torture!

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Neighbors: A Novel | Danielle Steel
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Decently written, pleasant and enjoyable, and had a nice theme of learning what‘s really important in life. Daniel Steel lovers, or those who like a light read, will love this one.
Publishing January 5, 2021.
#Neighbors
#DanielleSteel
#DelacortePress
#Ballantine
#RandomHousePublishingGroup

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Olive Abernathy is a spitfire of girl who just turned 13 in the summer of 1979. She‘s feisty, cantankerous, and not afraid to speak what‘s on her mind. The one thing she longs for most is to get away from her hometown of Lafayette, Louisiana where to be an Abernathy means to be shunned, spit upon, and avoided at all costs.
https://withabookinourhand.blogspot.com/
#KKibbee
#AllTheLittleGirlsKeepQuiet
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Mermaid from Jeju | Sumi Hahn
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A down-right magical book. Set part in present day America and part in postwar Korea, it is equal parts history lesson and fairy tale. Beautifully rendered, with language that sweeps you away to the little island of Jeju.

Thank you to Sumi Hahn, Alcove Press & NetGalley for providing a free ARC in exchange for this review.

#TheMermaidFromJeju
#AlcovePress
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Siri, Who Am I? is laugh-out-loud funny – as in splitting-your-sides, tears-running-down-your-face, can‘t-even-talk-you‘re-cracking-up-so-hard kind of funny!

A big thank you to Sam Tschida, Quirk Books, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#SiriWhoAmIMia4Realz
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Minus Me | Mameve Medwed
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A poignant tale of love and loss, reconciliation, and appreciating what is truly important in life. This is one of those unique stories that is such a joy to read and would make an excellent choice for book club fans
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A big thank you to Mameve Medwed, Alcove Press, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary Advance Reader Copy in exchange for this honest review.

#MinusMe
#MameveMedwed
#AlcovePress
#CrookedLaneBooks
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With 240 pages, numerous full-color, full-page illustrations, and even maps of the park marked with the location of each of the tasty treats, this is sure to be a treasured volume in your kitchen cookbook library for years to come.

Releases Nov 10 from Adams Media, a division of Simon & Schuster. A big thank you to Ashley Craft, Adams Media, and NetGalley for providing a complimentary copy of this publication in exchange for this honest review.