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Sills

Joined September 2017

Lover of all things french! ELA Middle school teacher who loves historical fiction, and any good reads that take place on an island. ❤️
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The Christmas Pearl | Dorothea Benton Frank
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Octogenarian Theodora, matriarch of the long-held Charlestonian mansion, believes this to be her last Christmas and she needs a miracle to save her family from their nastiness, greed, bullying, spending and carousing. She has a devoted daughter who desperately needs to step up and take control of this dysfunctional family. It's going to take an intervention of a "Christmas Pearl" to perform this miracle before the fate of the family is destroyed?

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For those who yearn to find meaning and their place in this world. For those who already have a passion, but fall short of a vision for the possibility of making a difference with their gift. For those who want their eyes and hearts opened to recreating themselves. This could be a book for you-your heart-your creative mind-or just a really good read🙂

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The Island House | Nancy Thayer
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Although it wasn't my favorite, I've always liked this author for summer reads. I love a good story that takes place on any New England island. The story has connections to Emporia and Kansas City, KS through the young professor Courtney. It kept my interest because I'm from Kansas🌻

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The Winemaker's Wife | Kristin Harmel
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A history of survival, anguish, love, secrets, and heroism-during WWII in the beautiful french wine country. Germany had invaded France and demanded champagne/wine at an unrealistic pace. One winemaker will produce, hide and work for the resistance against the Nazis, but his passion for another and betrayal of his wife will begin a chain reaction of doom, mistaken identity, regret and forgiveness. Two generations later the whole story is revealed.

tpixie Sounds great! 2mo
Sills @Tpixie I thought so-kept me speculating in several parts about the winemakers wife. 2mo
tpixie @Sills interesting!! 2mo
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A Single Thread | Tracy Chevalier
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Has anyone read this? I love historical fiction but would like to hear from my Litsy
friends? "A Single Thread"
#friendsopinions
#callinglitsyreaders
#historicalfictionlovers

Follow.my.read Just picked it up at the library! 2mo
Sills @Follow.my.read please post when you read🙂 2mo
Sapphire Listening on audible and enjoying. I have enjoyed Chevalier before, especially lady and the unicorn and impossible creatures. Wasn't going to read this one until I heard her speak at DMA. 1mo
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The Last Book Party | Karen Dukess
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Henry and Tillie Grey, famous writer/poet, host an annual costume book party every Labor Day. But 1987 will be the one to remember! The characters: Henry's assistant Eve, Henry's son Frannie and delicate girlfriend Lil, Frannie's best bud Jeremy, Tilie and her assistant Lane. Setting: Cape Cod. Conflict: MANY. Resolution: possibly???

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A chilling account of a young Jewish man (Lale) forced to brand prisoners with a number that defines them at camp and in life if they are lucky enough to survive the end of the war. He is deeply enthralled with one young lady (Gita) barely 19 with piercing deep eyes. Hope & love is the only salvation to survive the bitter, bloody camp. The story told through Lale's memories and his son's recollection of his parents story is an admirable tribute.

tpixie This was so great! I can‘t wait to read the next book in the series! And I can‘t wait to discuss this book tonight with you! And @JoanehSmith 3mo
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Educated | Tara Westover
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Just two words-Blown Away
I'm nearly finished with this non-fiction book. It is a must read😳 You won't be disappointed!

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Quote: "One of the greatest lessons I learned during these years is that whenever you're thinking of binging, it's usually because some part of you or your life feels like it's lacking- and nothing you eat, drink, or but can fix it."

catiewithac I probably should read this. I've been super bad this year probably buying 2 books a week! 4mo
Sills @catiewithac I hear you-I'm a book hoarder🤪 4mo
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If you are looking for inspiration to create a new mindset about spending less, shopping less, adopting a healthier lifestyle with family, friends and relationships- then check this out for a quick summer read. You can also follow this young woman's blog🙂

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What does an English journalist and ex-Russian female bomber pilot have in common in post WWII? Vengeance, escape and pursuit evolve in this gripping novel in search of Nazi war criminals. The hunt is sought with great passion and becomes complicated when young J McBride, budding Boston photographer becomes entangled in a very personal aspect of "the hunt"! How far would one go to keep a secret? If you're The Huntress-VERY FAR?

thegirlwiththelibrarybag I loved this book! 5mo
Sills @thegirlwiththelibrarybag I know, I ended up listening on audio and loved the different dialect and pronunciation of words and names👍 5mo
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Nina Hill enjoys a perfectly scheduled life working at a bookstore, competing on a local trivia team, and catering to Phil-her cat. Nina, an anxious introvert‘s world is turned upside down when her deceased father, who she never knew, includes her in his eccentric will. Suddenly she has a crazy new family intertwined with complications at her bookstore job and hopeful new romance. An absolutely delightful, laugh out loud novel to warm your heart!

mrozzz Lucky you with the advance copy!! Can't wait for this one. 6mo
KatieDid927 Ah I loved this book. Enjoy! 6mo
Sills @mrozzz it will be released July 19🙂 delightful read! 6mo
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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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A Good Read-but then I'm a huge Jackie O fan-I named my first born after her☺️ Great for Mother's day-James writes a kind of fictional book about mothers and sons aka James and his estranged mother. The editor, Jackie O, draws the whole story out of James, not to shame his mother, but to honor her. James book evolves through family secrets and discoveries. Jackie imparts her wisdom to bring his book to fruition. Spoiler-you might need Kleenex!

Sills @JoanehSmith @tpixie The Editor-a good read. 6mo
LiteraryinLititz I just started it and I like it so far! 6mo
OriginalCyn620 I can‘t wait to read this one! 6mo
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tpixie Awesomeness. When I found out she was an editor, I thought What a Great Job!! 6mo
Sills @tpixie I know-she is beautifully portrayed in this novel-strong, well read, private of course, and masterful🙂 6mo
tpixie @Sills ♥️♥️♥️ 6mo
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A delicious novel about past lives and memories, regrets and possibilities. And oh yes chocolate making and recipes to make your mouth drool😋

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Nine Perfect Strangers | Liane Moriarty
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After a near death experience, Masha leaves her high profile job and opens a health resort, Tranquillum House. Her latest group of 9 people come from all walks of life to begin a 10 day journey of luxury, mindfulness and cleansing. The guests begin to question her unusual treatment and plot to escape the unethical techniques. Moriarty writes with her trademark style of intrigue, suspense, and unexpected twists!

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We Were the Lucky Ones | Georgia Hunter
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Hunter bravely tells a gripping recount of the treacherous ordeals of her family, the Kurtz( Polish Jews)before and during WWII. Their instincts, cleverness, survival, determination, and faith through the most horrific of times encompassing five different countries by the end of the war, will astound you as a reader. Must read the afterward😢

ReadingisMyPassion I really liked this book. I read it when it first came out 8mo
tpixie Will miss you at book club!!! 8mo
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Need a short story-read Fredrik Backman"The Deal of a Lifetime"! Great short story plus nostalgic pictures artistically done to compliment the book? @JoanehSmith @ReadingisMyPassion

tpixie Yes!!! I‘m behind on Bachman! I need to catch up!! 8mo
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The Lost Girls of Paris will tug at your heart with depth and endearment for those who battled with honor. Grace discovers an abandoned suitcase at Grand Central in NYC and determinedly unravels the truth behind the women in the Vesper unit surrounding Paris in 1943. These women were recruited, trained, and loyal. Unfortunately the loyalty was one-sided and they became pawns in a plot to win the war against all cost, and some paid the price!

Hollie Great review! I loved this book. 8mo
ReadingisMyPassion Great book! 8mo
Booknerd2 💜💜💜 this one. 8mo
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tpixie Great review! I want to read this!! I'll have to get the audio!! 8mo
tammysue Lovely review! 💜 I‘m reading this now. 8mo
Sills @whatshesreadingnow I will await your thoughts-hope you like it as much as I did. 8mo
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How far would you go for the perfect life? Would you pick the perfect man, with the perfect bank account, and perfect social life? Too bad the perfect man is already married, but then that didn't stop Amber Patterson! Moral of the story"Be careful what you wish for."

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Valentines Day | Julie Murray
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Thank you thank you Katie I love the package❤️❤️❤️ the book was a perfect choice for me and the canvas pouch with book plates, button, bookmark and all the yummy chocolate and tea WOW😍😍😍 you are officially my fave galentine❤️
#lonelyheartsclubswab
#litsyswaps

KatieDid927 Yaaay! So glad you like everything!!! 🥰 9mo
bookish_wookish ❤️❤️❤️ 9mo
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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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1. Marie Benedict
2. Jojo Moyes
3. Beatriz Williams
4. Elin Hildebrand
5. Paula MacLain

Would love to know your top 5 tag me @Sills ❤️📚
@tpixie
@JoanehSmith
@ReadingisMyPassion
@bookish_wookish

tpixie 1. Kathy Reichs. 2. Patricia Cornwell. 3. JD Robb. 4. Fredrik Backman. 5. James Patterson- only the Alex Cross series 🥳🥳📚🥳♥️ (edited) 9mo
Sills @tpixie ❤️Backman too 9mo
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Untitled | Unknown

@LitsyBirthdays Many thanks to my thoughtful Littens❤️ I love my Litsy group because we are kindred spirits in books. These posts brought many smiles, however it is not my birthday.😕I'm so sorry for the confusion. My birthday is August 2🎂🎂@LitsyBirthdays

robinb 🤣🤣🤣 Hope you had a wonderful day anyway! 👍😊 9mo
CouronneDhiver Ha!!!!!! Awesome 👏🏽 9mo
LitsyBirthdays Too funny🤪🤪🤪 sometimes #BirthdayFairies mess up @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Robothugs 🤭 9mo
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Robothugs Eheheheh 😳😳☺️ It has been fixed!! See you for birthday love in the summer... double the love this year! 😆 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Cinfhen 9mo
Cinfhen That was fast @Robothugs ❤️❤️❤️👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Oh no!!! So sorry!! 9mo
Sills Thank you @Robothugs 9mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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It's here-my #lonelyheartsclubswap Please Thursday come soon❤️❤️❤️

bookish_wookish Yay!! ❤️❤️ 9mo
KatieDid927 Yay! Hope you like it!! (edited) 9mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Feel free to follow me also:
#hellothursday

I love Litsy @Sills
Instagram Sills59
Pinterest Chris Sillin
GoodReads-just my name I think🤔

@wanderinglynn
@tpixie
@JoanehSmith
@ReadingisMyPassion
@bookish_wookish

wanderinglynn Thanks for sharing! 💜 I followed, but I couldn‘t find your GR. 🤔 9mo
Sills I'll check on it sorry about that @wanderinglynn 9mo
Sills Hmmm looks like Chris maybe not my full name Chris Sillin. I may have to change that on GR🤔 @wanderinglynn 9mo
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Hedy (Keisler) Lamarr, successful actress and intelligent inventor was determined to thwart the Third Reich's mass destruction and death. She worked tirelessly for the war effort because she was deeply guilt ridden of the knowledge she kept to herself when she fled her powerful armament husband in Austria. Although her invention was successful the Navy refused to use it because she was a beautiful woman. A future Lamarr movie night for sure!

Heideschrampf I love hedy lamarr! What a woman. I wish the generation instagram girls knew about her: JUST pretty need never be enough. 9mo
Sills Totally agree @Heideschrampf 9mo
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A man who believes his time on Earth is finished but not before he organizes a final dinner to toast five individuals that shaped him or loved him. A curmudgeon of a man that despite his many faults, just might melt your heart.

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Mailing my package today for the #LonelyHeartsClubSwap @bookish_wookish
Opening day February 14❤️❤️❤️❤️

bookish_wookish 🥰🥰 9mo
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This novel loosely based on the life of Consuelo Vanderbilt. Cora Cash is manipulated into marrying Ivo, the Duke of Wareham. Cora's inheritance will help the crumbling Lulworth Castle. She aims to please her husband, but scandal, betrayal, and distance threaten Cora's ability to run the Castle her way and come to terms with the secret all of England know about but her.

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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Listening to Unsheltered right now and am anxious to finish it hopefully this week. I admire Kingsolver and her artful writing. Has anyone read yet?

tpixie I don‘t think I have ever read this famous author 10mo
cathysaid Yes! I thought it was really good....though my fave by this author is 10mo
Sills @cathysaid I might have to add that book-she's a very good author. 10mo
Sills The printers Bible was on the short list for a Pulitzer! @tpixie @cathysaid (edited) 10mo
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This reading teacher is a firm believer in this stat- that's why my students have a reading contact of 20 minutes per day, but most surpass the goal🙂
#givethembooks
#readingtherightstuff
#loverofwords
#readingteachersrock

hermyknee 🙌🏽 I start each class period with my kids reading self-selected books for 10 minutes. It‘s always a struggle at the beginning, but once they learn they can‘t get out of it, it goes...well? It goes well-ish. Some days it goes well, some days it just goes 😅 #teachersoflitsy (edited) 10mo
Sills @hermyknee Any minutes you begin the day with us a good day🙂I miss teaching elementary sometimes😢 but I do love my 13 year olds and have the past ten years📚❤️ 10mo
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Finally I start another book by Marie Benedict-and Loving It, but then my fave is historical fiction. I've got to watch a Hedy Lamarr movie😍

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You won't be disappointed reading this gripping memoir-a National Book Award finalist. Sarah Smarsh's memoir of working hard and being broke in the richest country on Earth will shed light on the many challenges to break a cycle which devastates not just the Heartland but many areas in America. #Midwestpride
#personalmemoirs
#Breakthecycle
#whereyoucomefromshapesyou

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If you need a quick easy and a lil sappy holiday read you can check it out. I've read 20 of her sweet murder mysteries and this one ranks at the bottom for me, but I like holiday reads so I jumped on it. #Christmasread #sweetmurdermystery

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French Exit: A Novel | Patrick DeWitt
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Happy Christmas! My Souper box came today and I'm so excited to try the roasted butternut squash soup recipe😋 also a coffee and chocolate lover too! Thank you so much for the towel and reusable bag-I'm very ecofriendly about everything. The books are totally perfect for me ❤️(the bowl didn't make the trek to Kansas)😢 #FeedAReader @MinDea @TricksyTails Will be mailing you a proper thank you Megan👍

TheKidUpstairs Oh no! I'm soo sorry the bowl didn't survive. But I'm glad you like the books, it's always a gamble picking books that aren't on someone's TBR so I'm glad you are happy with them! 11mo
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What a sweet surprise from my Listsy pen pal🎄many many thanks you are the best Betty #litsypenpals #christmaspenpals

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Sharing information I read about a Harry Potter swap-check it out🙂📚

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The Noel Stranger | Richard Paul Evans
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My second holiday read of the season🎄 like only Richard Paul Evans could write-sorrow, intrigue, and love🎁 I love this time of year🎄

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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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Irene Steele's idyllic life in Iowa City is shattered over a phone call notifying her that her husband was killed in an accident. As if that news wasn't horrifying enough, the details reveal he went down in a helicopter in the Virgin Islands on New Year's Day-and he wasn't alone. Being out of the country away from his Midwestern family wasn't the only secret Russell Steele was keeping either..

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@Jilly6183 yes there was it's on my tree so sorry-it is so precious because it was made from pages of a book.

Jilly6183 Oh good!!! ☺️ 11mo
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#SSS best swap ever! Loved everything Jill! Thank you for the many precious and thoughtful gifts. The personalized stocking and color was perfect for my new cottage home. The books-perrrrrffffeecccttt!📚 the aqua Christmas sign guess perfect👍I can't wait to share my hot cocoa with my family at Christmas either🥰 your thank you card is on its way🎄🎄🎄🦌🦌🦌

Jilly6183 Yay! So glad it arrived and you like everything! Merry Christmas! 11mo
Jilly6183 Oh! There was also an ornament in the first box. Did you get that? Just want to make sure nothing got lost ☺️ 11mo
Sills @Jilly6183 yes there was it's on my tree so sorry-it is so precious because it was made from pages of a book. 11mo
Avanders 😍🎄❄️🥰♥️ 11mo
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Alva Vanderbilt was a woman on a mission and purpose for her life. She married William Vanderbilt in the latter 19th century who was already wealthy and later inherited am additional 68 million. Truth: money can't buy happiness, but it sure makes life easier. Alva was a woman born too soon, with a vision of equality, tireless work for political reform, and efforts to change the mindset of women to expect a moral marital relationship.

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#StockingStufferSwap #SSS well I'm bursting with excitement-December 6 can't come soon enough🎄🦌🎄

Avanders 🤭❄️💙❄️💙❄️ 11mo
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Three and a half months in my new downsized home. So much accomplished with this fixer upper, but my new built in is by far my favorite👏👏👏 These are some of my favorites❤️ you don't want to see the other overflowing bookcases😳

tpixie Gorgeous!!!! I can‘t wait to come Thursday and see it all in person! 11mo
Avanders Ooooh so pretty!! 11mo
BookBabe Gorgeous! I love how you styled it. Joanna Gaines would be proud! 😁👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 11mo
ReadingisMyPassion Lovelt 11mo
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#stuffedStockingSwap #SSS @Avanders @biblio_ginger
Excited to mail my Rudolph🦌 package tomorrow for the Stocking Suffer Swap🎄

biblio_ginger Yay!!!! I can't wait! 😄😄😄 12mo
Avanders 🎄♥️❄️💙☃️ 11mo
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Just started listening on audio. The Vanderbilt story has always fascinated me🤓 sorry it's fuzzy😢

Ncostell I‘ll have to check this out! I just visited Marble House in Newport last weekend and learned a little bit about Alva. She sounds like she was a fascinating person. 13mo
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Any Christmas holiday swaps out for sign-up? I sure would like to sign up for one🙂🙂🙂

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On its way the 4th quarter #feedareader swap. Lived all the recipes, books and goodies📚❤️

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The Dinner List | Rebecca Serle
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Five dinner guests are invited to celebrate Sabrina's 30 birthday. It's no ordinary dinner though since some of the guests are dead, including the ever talented and gracious Audrey Hepburn. Sabrina should have life figured out by now but Revelations of her part keep her from moving forward. One evening, one enchanted dinner, one opportunity to begin anew. A whimsical story of friendship, lost love and how we remember the past❤️ Total thumbs up👍

tpixie I saw this today and thought the title sounded intriguing! The story does too! 14mo
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@bullbunny please email me the Litsy name of who had me. I searched for her but no one is listed. She didn't sign her Litsy name and I wanted to tag her and send the pic also. I will send her a snail mail thank you but wanted to thank her on Litsy❤️🙂

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Woohoo! #hellofrom package from New Jersey. Brings back such sweet memories of when I was an exchange student in New Jersey my senior year❤️I remember bringing my parents salt water Taffy🌊🍭 I love the books and shirt-can't wait to wear it. Thank you

bullbunny Wow what an interesting fact! 1y
tammysue Lovely package! 💕 1y
bullbunny @Crewgurl you did a great job!! 1y
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Crewgurl Glad you liked everything!!!! Thank you @bullbunny for organizing! 1y
Sills @Crewgurl yes loved it all. A proper thank you on the way😘😘😘 1y
Bookishthoughts Salt water taffy is so delicious💓 1y
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