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Moonglotexas

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After coming to love historical novels, I discovered a large gap in my knowledge of the development of the United States. The historical fiction series The Daughters of the Mayflower began the journey raising so many interesting questions and giving me a snapshot of what really transpired at the close of each novel. Dreams of El Dorado by H.W. Brands is the continuation of that journey for me and it‘s been a great education!

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In “A Girl‘s Guide to the Outback” by Jessica Kate Writing, our leading lady, Kimberly, has the reader hooked with her wit and sass! She‘s balanced by our leading man, Samual, who is full of practicality and Australian humour. Whilst the story begins in America, it swiftly moves to the Australian outback, the perfect setting for this romantic comedy with a beautiful heart...[read more]

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Deadly Deceit | Natalie Walters
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Being in #SouthAfrica, I don‘t often get #booklaunch team swag - @revellbooks and @nataliewalters_writer, I don‘t know how you did it but thank you so much!
If you haven‘t discovered the #HarboredSecrets series yet or read #deadlydeceit, this is one to get! It‘s brilliant!
#bookstagram #amreading #currentlyreading #greatfiction

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Deadly Deceit | Natalie Walters
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“All creativity left Vivian DeMarco in the face of small-town news.” - Opening line of Deadly Deceit by Natalie Walters, Writer

The second in Natalie Walter‘s Harbored Secrets‘ series, Deadly Deceit focuses on Vivian DeMarco and Ryan Frost‘s stories. We met them in the first story, Living Lies, and all the delightful townspeople return to this one as well.

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In the Cradle Lies | Olivia Newport
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Genealogist, Jillian and family lawyer, Nolan are the narrators and the delightful father-daughter duo who, once again, lead us through the story.

Having received a piece of the historical puzzle of his family, Tucker‘s world shatters. Disengaging with his world, he escapes to Canyon Mines and the locals befriend him.

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Hereafter | Jody Hedlund
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It is a wonderful conclusion to a great young adult (but enjoyable to any adult) series. These characters are so interesting, I would happily spend more book-time with all of them! Christian principles are gently instilled and the importance of love, sacrifice and kindness highlighted. I thoroughly enjoyed it, it‘s five out of five on the en-JOY-ment scale!

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Wild about Weeds | Jack Wallington
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“For the purpose of this book, I have defined a garden weed as ‘a plant that reproduces seemingly uncontrollably‘.” I loved this definition and swiftly warmed to Jack Wallington‘s theme in Wild about Weeds! He goes on to speak of plants which, in South Africa, would be considered prized, sold in nurseries and shared amongst friends. I chuckled at the idea of them being considered a weed in a far more moist country like England.

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❤️ Hilton, South Africa
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💛 #netgalley and as a brand strategist in my own business
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Always Look Twice | Elizabeth Goddard
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A is a continuation of the Uncommon Justice series following on from book one, I sat down to enjoy reconnecting with characters of which I was already fond. Heath McKade is our leading man in this one and he reconnects with his childhood friend, Harper, as she flees the scene of witnessing a murder.

Whilst the sheriff doubts Harper‘s story, there is no supporting evidence, Heath comes to her aid and they continue to investigate... [read more]

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“If the opening sentences of what you write are just right, they can be a balm to readers and a joy to you.”

Andrew T. Le Peau sets out in #WriteBetter to share his wisdom and experience gained through years of writing and editing. He creates an extensive book which offers inspiration and guidance whilst also being a reference.

https://moonglotexas.com/2019/10/18/book-review-write-better-by-andrew-t-le-peau...

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“If the opening sentences of what you write are just right, they can be a balm to readers and a joy to you.”

Andrew T. Le Peau sets out in #WriteBetter to share his wisdom and experience gained through years of writing and editing. He creates an extensive book which offers inspiration and guidance whilst also being a reference.

https://moonglotexas.com/2019/10/18/book-review-write-better-by-andrew-t-le-peau...

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Foremost | Jody Hedlund
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The next in the Lost Princesses series, Jody Hedlund‘s Foremost connects us with the second princess, the eldest twin, Maribel, just as she‘s about to turn 18. Unlike her sister Adelaide who has been raised in a family, Maribel has been raised by nuns in a hidden abbey far away from the outside world. Unaware of her royal status, she believes she is destined to join the abbey and become a nun to use her healing gifts.

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This is more of a practice than a book, more meditation than reading. This is one you will want to muse over, journal and spend time soaking in, I loved it! Making time in the day to chew over life questions is so important and drawing closer to God is so restorative. Through eight key questions, Gem and Alan guide the reader on a journey to clarify one‘s role in God‘s kingdom, one‘s value and how one can glorify God further.

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Lori Benton has written an amazing novel which takes the reader into the midst of the tensions rising in 1774 Ohio-Kentucky frontier between Native American and Colonists. The characters are so well-constructed, there are no bad guys but rather complex emotions and dilemmas, broken hearts and homes. Many Sparrows begins with massacre of a Native American‘s family presumably at the hands of the Colonists and sets in motion the events of the novel.

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“My objective is to challenge, encourage, and inspire you...to view your work as a calling or vocation.” The quote above outlines what Shundrawn Thomas sets out to do in Discover Joy In Work and he does just that. He established joy as the measure for work, rather than engagement, and places it within the Christian construct.

Read more: https://moonglotexas.com/2019/09/13/book-review-discover-joy-in-work-by-shundraw...

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Strands of Truth | Colleen Coble
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From the cover, I knew this book would be fast-paced and suspenseful, I wasn‘t wrong. In true Colleen Coble style, Strands of Truth had me enraptured from the prologue to the final page. Though this is a stand-alone novel, I grew so attached to the characters‘ journey, I‘d have loved it to go on.

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A delight from start to finish! As in her previous novels, Jen‘s leading lady, Poppy Garrison, is full of surprises, gusto and independence! Set in the 1880s, these characteristics make her remarkable amongst the New York High Society. Reginald Blackburn, our leading man, is a English aristocrat unaccustomed to a woman like Poppy. He relishes the challenged given by her grandmother to teach her the ways of society.

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A delight from start to finish! As in her previous novels, Jen‘s leading lady, Poppy Garrison, is full of surprises, gusto and independence! Set in the 1880s, these characteristics make her remarkable amongst the New York High Society. Reginald Blackburn, our leading man, is a English aristocrat unaccustomed to a woman like Poppy. He relishes the challenged given by her grandmother to teach her the ways of society.

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Shadow among Sheaves | Naomi Stephens
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“The sun was the same, but that was all. Blindingly hot, it hung low on the horizon as if dangled there by an invisible string.”

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Shadow among Sheaves | Naomi Stephens
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A brilliant allegory of the book of Ruth, it captures the reader from its opening lines with vivid and emotive writing. Knowing the narrative, I didn‘t anticipate the suspense created, it is a page-turner! Set in the 1860s, shortly after the revolt in India to British rule, the historical landscape is perfect for unpacking much of the trauma and healing the four short chapters in the Bible leave out whilst creating an amazing parallel.

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Evermore | Jody Hedlund
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Lady Adelaide, riding into a jousting championship dressed as a man, begins the novel as she means to go on, turning paradigms upside down and fighting for what she believes in! She‘s lived unaware of her royal status in the Langley‘s country home growing up with their two sons, Christopher and Mitchell, as friends. They come to her defense as the king begins his pursuit to capture her.

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Set in 1813, #MidnightontheRiverGrey by Abigail Wilson emphasizes the struggle single, young women faced. Rebecca, having lost her parents and brother, is forced to be under the guardianship of the unknown Mr Browning, the inheritor of their wealth. Independent in spirit and mind, Rebecca bucks against the traces but, along with Aunt Jo, she has no alternative to moving to Greybourne Hall and live with Mr Browning.

#reviewathon #netgalley

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At the end of Mind Games, I couldn‘t wait to start the next one and Fire Storm doesn‘t disappoint! Kaely has driven to care for her ill mother with whom her relationship has been strained for years. To this, a recent spate of home fires is added and Kaely immediately sees its more than just coincidence. She determines she has to help the small town find out what‘s really going on.

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Always | Jody Hedlund
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Fast-paced and action-packed, I read it straight through.

As a war closes, the losing royals struggle to protect their infant children and thrust them into the arms of Lance, a highly trained knight, and Felicia, a friend of the Queen and the race to safety begins. [read more]

https://moonglotexas.com/2019/08/09/book-review-always-by-jody-hedlund/

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From the first page, #TheKillingTide by Dani Pettrey keeps a cracking, action-packed, pace full of tension and suspense. The ”good guys” are all awesome and I loved seeing the investigations unfold from their multiple viewpoints, and without repetition, it‘s been beautifully done!

Our leading ladies are feisty, intelligent and determined. The gents are equally well-rounded and the team gels together fabulously.

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The Inn at Hidden Run | Olivia Newport
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From the first line, I was hooked (as anyone with a favourite mug would be), the writing is so comforting and warm, conversational but interesting. Curious, I had to keep going!

Meri‘s journey is the centre piece of the story but genealogist, Jillian and family lawyer, Nolan are the narrators and the delightful father-daughter duo who lead us through the story.

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Thinking about doing an online Bible study? Check out P31 OBS‘ “Hidden Joy in a Dark Corner”! It starts June 17. Here are just a few things you get when you sign up:
🌟A study that fits your busy schedule, any time and anywhere!
🌟Six videos to hear from author Wendy Blight and Proverbs 31 staff as we gather to set the tone for the week.
🌟A Bible Study Companion to help you get into God's Word and His promises for you.

wordslinger42 I've been wanting to read this one! 5mo
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More Than Words Can Say | Karen Witemeyer
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After thoroughly enjoying More Than Meets The Eye, I began its sequel by Karen Witemeyer, excited to see how Zach‘s tale would unfold. Abigail is a delight from the first page and a wonderful counterbalance to Zach. To keep control of her bakery she must marry a man who will respect her business savvy. Attracted to one another, the marriage between Zach and Abigail solves the problem and also offers the opportunity for love to grow.

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The Number of Love | Roseanna M. White
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“The numbers marched across the page in a glory all their own.” Opening line of The Number of Love by Roseanna M. White Being a lover of mathematics and, by extension, codebreaking, this book‘s plot appealed immediately! Spies, decryption and an intelligent female lead? Yes please! Add Roseanna White as the author and it‘s a winning formula! Margot, codebreaker extraordinaire, fast became one of my favourite fictional characters.

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The idea of bride ships piqued my interest when I read the back cover. Our leading lady, Mercy, is amongst the poorest of the poor in London and desperate to save her sister from the workhouse. The opportunity to travel to British Columbia, where jobs are available aplenty, is one she can‘t pass up. Unbeknownst to her, she joins a bride ship full of women from across the economic scale seeking husbands. {read more}

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I‘m not sure what I was expecting when I picked up Around the World in 80 Trees by Jonathan Drori but it has far exceeded my expectations and I have every intention of rereading it! It‘s a fantastic combination of information, anecdotes, humour and environmental concerns. Each tree has it‘s own profile highlighting its key aspects, history and impact on the world. [ 414 more words ]

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The Noble Guardian | Michelle Griep
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From the back cover copy I anticipated disliking Abigail, the leading lady, at least in beginning, as she‘s framed as someone who is living a privileged life. However, from the opening lines of Michelle Griep‘s The Noble Guardian I immediately felt empathy for Abigail instead. Experiencing a Cinderella-like situation at home, Abigail is excited her marriage and starting a new life in which she hopes she will be loved… [ 438 more words ]

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The first book from Natalie Walters and what a great start! I shall be enjoying more of this author in the future.
Lane returns to her small hometown after a family tragedy which continues to haunt her. She is a complex and realistic portrayal of struggling with guilt and #depression. Natalie does an expert job of challenging her character to work through the pain with the murder mystery storyline integrating Christianity gently throughout.

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Summer by the Tides | Denise Hunter
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“Mandy Monroe was cowering behind a ficus tree near the hostess station when her cell phone rang. Her hands shook as she silenced the phone before it drew the attention of the staff.”

A new Denise Hunter is always a treat and Summer by the Tides doesn‘t disappoint! Our leading lady, Maddy, begins the book distraught about a break up with her boyfriend and her week gets worse when her dear grandmother goes missing! [ 400 more words ]

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Sick of me by Whitney Capps Thoroughly impressed by Whitney Capps‘ writing for the First 5 app, I jumped at the opportunity to enjoy an entire book! In my eagerness, I didn‘t read the back cover description for Sick of Me. However, I still thoroughly enjoyed it, it is packed with Biblical wisdom and well-written.

#amreading #currentlyreading #netgalley #christianity

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As with many good fantasy series, the story hits it‘s stride in the second book as the beautiful world created is known to the reader and the author can focus on the action. Such is the case with Flight of the Raven, I thoroughly enjoyed the first but the second book by Morgan L Busse is even better. Similarly, in these sorts of series, the end comes too quickly and the next is eagerly anticipated!

#currentlyreading #netgalley #fantasy

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There was nothing for it. Verity had to set aside her misgivings and do what she felt she ought. She dug her booted heels into Fiona‘s flanks, and the big chestnut mare resumed their climb up the steep, rocky path. She wished her resolve could be as steady and sure as her mount‘s gait. Because what was to come…well, the mere thought of it left her feeling quite ill.

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Grace Hitchcock creates a world one doesn‘t want to leave in The White City. Set as the Chicago World Fair opens in 1893, our leading lady Winnifred sees before her a woman kidnapped and yet, aside from her word, she has no evidence so is brushed aside by the local police force. Her father, and inspector, knows better than to believe she‘ll let it slide and assigns her a detective.

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The Golden Bride | Kimberley Woodhouse
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#TheDaughtersoftheMayflower series has grown to be one of my favourites and The Golden Bride by @kimberleywoodhouse is a wonderful addition! In this novel, we head to #California at the time of the Gold Rush. When greed is at the heart of San Francisco, trouble abounds. Grieving and world-weary, Olivia arrives exhausted and desperate at her brother‘s restaurant.

#currentlyreading #bookreview #netgalley #bookstagram #amreading

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Anticipating a romanticised version of a time when Jerusalem has a queen…one of whom I have never heard…Jerusalem‘s Queen by Angela Hunt was a surprise! It is a phenomenally accurate historical journey through a very difficult time in lives of the Jews. Written from a first-person perspective, the story begins by switching between a Jewish girl Salome Alexandra and an Egyptian slave girl, and follows their journey and friendship into old age.

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I fell in love with this novel within minutes and the writing is so emotive, the pages flew past. Delia is an endearing, multi-layered character who endures so much in her journey, she has an air of Jane Eyre about her. Our leading man, Jac, is a grounded, country man who doesn‘t be have airs and graces. The two come together to raise the five children left in their care. This focus gives both new purpose and an appreciation for familial love.

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Between Two Shores | Jocelyn Green
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The back cover describes Jocelyn Green as inspiring faith and courage and that shines through her latest historical novel Between Two Shores. My shallow understanding of the war between the British and the French fought in Canada didn‘t prepare me for the brutality. As is often with wars, poverty, disease and the denial of human rights is rife and Jocelyn exposes all of these.

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Verity by Lisa Tawn Bergren is the second in the sugar baronnesses series and continues where Keturah leaves off. Whilst a story in and of itself, I highly recommend reading this series in order to fully appreciate the journey. Having loved the first, I have been anticipating this one ever since and it doesn‘t disappoint!

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https://moonglotexas.com/2019/03/24/book-review-verity-by-lisa-t-bergren/

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Cast in Oblivion | Michelle Sagara
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Michelle Sagara‘s 14th novel in this series is brilliant! I loved it! I can‘t believe Michelle can write so well as to make half a book about an upcoming dinner riveting! The history, the world building, the characters are all amazing but what strikes me over and over again is the way Michelle captures the struggles of humanity, which are so real, in a fantastical setting in such a way that it reframes them for me!

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A second in a series, A Return of Devotion is a return to a favourite cast of characters. Focusing on Daphne‘s journey, it picks up the threads from the previous novel and digs deeper into how Haven Manor came to be a safe place for the children of fallen women. William is introduced to the house believing it to be a deserted property in his newly inherited title of marquis but the details don‘t align and his curiousity is piqued.

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Brunch at Bittersweet Caf | Carla Laureano
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Rarely do I describe a book in food terms but this delicious Christian novel is deserving of being called comforting, rich and satisfying! If Brunch At Bittersweet Café was a physical café, it would go on my favourite spots list! Fortunately, this wholesome novel has a predecessor, The Saturday Night Supper Club which is fantastic, and there is another in the series coming - yay! [ 500 more words ]

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Flights of Fancy | Jen Turano
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From the outset I took a liking to our leading lady, Isadora, and, as with a Jen Turano novel, there is a playfulness in the writing style which I so enjoy! Her arrival on the farm is now one of my favourite scenes in a novel and the book just gets better from there. If you‘re thinking this is just a historical romance, you‘re selling this book short!
https://moonglotexas.com/2019/02/03/book-review-flights-of-fancy-by-jen-turano/

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by @JaimeJoWright opens with “Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.” Mary Coyle‘s death, in 1908, is explained away as melancholy and a family curse in action.

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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The Curse of Misty Wayfair by Jaime Jo Wright, Writer & Professional Coffee Drinker opens with “Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.” Mary Coyle‘s death, in 1908, is explained away as melancholy and a family curse in action.

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The Curse of Misty Wayfair | Jaime Jo Wright
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Melancholy was a condition of the spirit and the soul, but also of the mind. Still, she‘d never seen melancholy claim a life and be the cause of a body laid to rest in permanent sleep.

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