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jlhammar

jlhammar

Joined January 2018

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A Line to Kill by Anthony Horowitz
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They Knew Mr. Knight by Dorothy Whipple
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The Nun by Simonetta Agnello Hornby
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Suitable Boy by Vikram Seth
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Zipped through this audiobook. I‘ve always had a bad feeling about MLMs and avoid those “parties” we‘ve all been invited to like the plague. Really good exposé!

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The One | John Marrs
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Entertaining, over-the-top listen. Twists galore. I can see this being a good book club choice. Intriguing premise that gets you thinking. The dialogue was a bit cheesy at times and characters somewhat flat and unlikable, but it‘s a fun ride if you aren‘t feeling too critical. My first Marrs. Interested in giving one of his other books a try. Maybe The Passengers next? Looks like he has a new one coming soon, The Family Experiment.

BarbaraBB I preordered The Family Experiment, I love his speculative fiction. The Passengers is great!! 13h
Cathythoughts Nice review! I enjoyed this one and will try Passengers soon too 👍🏻❤️ 4h
Cathythoughts Family Experiment tagged now too 👍🏻 4h
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The Nun | Simonetta Agnello Hornby
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“she prayed and worked on a paperole that was meant to have a gleaming white consecrated host at its center.”

The art of paperole has been mentioned a few times. Had to go searching for some images. Found this beautiful example.

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Deblovestoread Beautiful 💜 11h
Centique Isnt that gorgeous! 6h
batsy Wow! 1h
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The Nun | Simonetta Agnello Hornby
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“She opened the package—it was another novel, The Monk. The title made her smile…She leafed through it, as she always did. Every book has its own identity and characteristics, and Agata had a ritual that she followed in order to get to know and love a book…and only then did she pick up the paper knife. She put the little uneven tabs of paper that ripped off as she cut the pages into her mouth, as if they were communion wafers.”

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jlhammar I thought this was a great passage. Love that Agata has such a passion for books and reading. 14h
batsy Nice quote. Especially the shoutout to The Monk, which I've been meaning to read! I haven't started yet and might not be able to this month, but I'll try to squeeze it in early May 🤞🏾 1h
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The Mighty Red: A Novel | Louise Erdrich
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So excited to learn that we‘re getting a new novel from Louise this October!

Prairiegirl_reading ❤️❤️ 1d
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Where They Lie: A Novel | Claire Coughlan
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#bookmail Part 3 Mystery/Crime

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#bookmail Part 2 Nonfiction

ElizaMarie OOo that Graphic Memoir has such a beautiful cover! 3d
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Clear: A Novel | Carys Davies
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#bookmail Part 1 Fiction

batsy Great stuff! I loved Independent People 💙 2d
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Sleeping Giants | Rene Denfeld
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Loved it. Denfeld is one of my favorite authors. She writes about dark, heavy things with such care and sensitivity. Totally gripping, great characters—highly recommend!

BarbaraBB Oow, sounds great! 4d
Hooked_on_books Gorgeous cover 3d
Lesliereadsalot You sold me! 3d
jlhammar @Hooked_on_books Isn‘t it? 3d
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Enjoyed this more than the last one. Nancy‘s genius idea at the end to sell admission to see the cave/counterfeit operation to help save the farm was pretty great. 💵

I don‘t have books 7-10 so will be sitting out the next few. Might jump back in for later books. It‘s been so fun to revisit these with you all! #NancyDrewBR

Librarybelle So glad you could join us! Would you like to still be tagged, in case you‘re able to join us later? 1w
jlhammar @Librarybelle Sure, you can keep me tagged just in case. Thanks! 1w
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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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I always assumed Sally Hepworth wasn‘t an author for me (based on the covers, I guess?), but I actually really enjoyed this. Now I‘ll have to give her backlist a try. #BOTM

BarbaraBB I have preordered this one, I was so intrigued by the blurb! It will be published in Europe next month! 1w
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Fascinating. Makes me want to read more about archaeology and ancient Egypt.

LeahBergen @rubyslippersreads I already have that one added to an online shopping cart 😆 1w
LeahBergen Try this one; I really enjoyed it! 1w
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jlhammar @rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen Oooh, thank you! Those sound great. 1w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen You‘re reminding me I need to read that one too. 😁 (edited) 1w
CaramelLunacy I have this one on my TBR because it just sounds brilliant 6d
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The spoils of today‘s bookshop visit!

squirrelbrain Ooh, good haul! ❤️ 2w
Tamra 👏🏾👏🏾 2w
batsy Nice! 2w
sarahbarnes Reading Enter Ghost right now. It‘s very good. 2w
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Just okay for me. My least favorite Finlay so far.

BarbaraBB Mine too but the competition was tough since I loved both others! 2w
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Western Lane: A Novel | Chetna Maroo
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Moving one-sitting read. I liked it, but not nearly as much as the other two #WomensPrize titles I‘ve read (Ordinary Human Failings and Brotherless Night).

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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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“They are not for cider” and don‘t you forget it! 🍎

What a brilliant book! So unique and layered (not to mention beautifully written).

Discussed with my book club last night. Everyone loved it and we had lots to talk about.

Suet624 So unique and creative!! 2w
Tamra To have the house/property be the central character was a brilliant way to tie the stories together. The end is “haunting.” 2w
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Grief Is for People | Sloane Crosley
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Wonderful grief memoir—smart, funny, heart-wrenching. Just a pleasure to read. #BOTM

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Fun listen. I wasn‘t really a doll girl, but I was very into the Kirsten, Samantha and Molly books—the original three that were out when I was prime American Girl age.

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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Blue box delivery day! #BOTM

AmyG I am waiting for someone to tell us how wonderful the Towles book is. 🤞🏻 3w
Lesliereadsalot Me too. Really looking forward to it! 3w
Chelsea.Poole Curious about Husbands! 3w
Cathythoughts These three look enticing 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 3w
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These audiobooks are great! Book three in the Sparks & Bainbridge series was another fun, pleasant listen. Glad I‘ve still got a couple left to look forward to.

Aimeesue I love this series! Anxiously awaiting the next release 3w
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Brotherless Night: A Novel | V. V. Ganeshananthan
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This is one heartbreaking read, but so well done. I found the intimate voice of the novel very moving and came away with a greater understanding of Sri Lanka‘s civil war. #WomensPrize

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Almost Paradise | Corabel Shofner
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Delightful middle grade novel filled with endearing characters. #NunLit

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North Woods | Daniel Mason
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“They had come to the spot in the freshness of June, chased from the village by its people, following deer path through the forest, the valleys, the fern groves, and the quaking bogs.”

#FirstLineFridays

Librarybelle I hope you enjoy this! I loved it! 4w
Cathythoughts I loved this one. Look forward to your thoughts. Enjoy ♥️ 4w
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Truly excellent. I couldn‘t stop listening!

Winner of the Truman Capote Prize for Literary Non-Fiction and 2024 Edgar Award Nominee in the Best Fact Crime category.

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“There is no secret, Tom, or else there are hundreds of them, and none of them interesting enough for you. The secret is that we‘re a family, we‘re just an ordinary family, with ordinary unhappiness like yours.”

Propulsive and poignant family drama. Insightful, impactful writing. An impressive work of literary fiction. Great start to my #WomensPrize reading!

BarbaraBB I started the longlist too with this one and what a great start it was! 4w
Cathythoughts Great review 👏🏻❤️ I have it stacked already X 4w
Centique I have this stacked but that quote is so fantastic - i have to move this up! 3w
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Essential and enlightening history. Great read for Women‘s History Month.

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Wow, this was so good! Smart, relevant, thought-provoking.

#WomensPrizeNF

ChaoticMissAdventures This was the one book I had read before the long list came out and I was really glad to see it on there, I thought it was so well done. 4w
Cathythoughts Nice review 👍🏻❤️ I‘d like to give it a go. 4w
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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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Not my favorite St. James (I think I enjoyed her last few a bit more), but still a fun read. Solid supernatural thriller.

CaramelLunacy This reminded me a lot of Seanan McGuire and her Ghostroads books 4w
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Fantastic graphic memoir. Dorrance shares the story of her mother‘s dementia with creativity, humor and heart. If you liked Roz Chast‘s Can‘t We Talk About Something More Pleasant? (I loved it), I think you‘d appreciate this one.

Lesliereadsalot Roz Chast rocks! I even have two of her cartoons framed on my wall. 4w
Caryl That Roz Chast book was fantastic. Stacking this one. 3w
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The Nun | Simonetta Agnello Hornby
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#NunLitQuarterly 🔔 April 2024 reminder 🔔

Ciao Sisters!

Our next selection, The Nun by Simonetta Agnello Hornby, takes us to 19th century Italy. Read the book sometime in April, post your review &/or any thoughts along the way and be sure to tag the group.

All are welcome!

Librarybelle I was just thinking about this today! Getting my copy now! 1mo
batsy Thanks for the reminder! 1mo
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quietjenn FYI, looks like the Kindle version is on sale at the moment! 1mo
Cathythoughts Every time I see these Nun lit posts , I have to smile to myself 😁 1mo
Suet624 Thank you for reminding us! 1mo
rubyslippersreads It‘s also available on Hoopla, if anyone one has that through their library. 1mo
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Forever Home | Graham Norton
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I‘m a big fan of Graham Norton‘s novels and this was no exception. Compelling, darkly funny family drama/mystery.

Mary Lawson (an author I love) says this book is “truly unputdownable” and “has real heart.” Yes and yes.

Cathythoughts A new book from him ! I‘m loving this cover ♥️ 1mo
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I‘m so enjoying this series. Gwen and Iris are such a great duo. I‘ve already checked-out book three!

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Sweet and charming middle grade graphic memoir. Santat writes about a life-changing trip to Europe in 1989, just before starting high school. He really manages to capture what being thirteen was like in all its awkward glory.

TieDyeDude So good! 1mo
Caryl I thought this was a wonderful book. I love Dan Santat! 3w
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The Women: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Sad to report Hannah‘s latest, already so beloved by so many, was just okay for me. I appreciated the story she was trying to tell, but it felt a bit choppy and rushed and soap opera-esque. I was very disappointed by the heavy focus on romance. #BOTM

Suet624 Same 😔 1mo
Lesliereadsalot Didn‘t do it for me either. 1mo
JuniperWilde I love unpopular opinions 1mo
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Hooked_on_books Hannah has never appealed to me for those very reasons, so I‘m glad I‘m staying away from this one. 1mo
marleed The double romance was almost an insult to bad-ass Frankie doing a double-tour. I prefer to think she was too busy and focused for that! 1mo
Kitta Oh this is probably not for me then, I don‘t like books focused on romance. I‘ll give it a pass. Thanks and good review! 1mo
ReadingisMyPassion I loved it. I know what it is like to be overlooked as a veteran because I am female. Not a popular choice when I was 18. 1mo
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So much kidnapping in these books! 😆 Probably my least favorite in the series so far. We go from an inn being sabotaged in the last book to a ranch being sabotaged in this one. Seems like they could have been a bit more creative. Fun setting though. I kind of missed Carson Drew and Hannah.

#NancyDrewBR

Librarybelle It was weird to read one without any Carson Drew and very minimal Hannah interactions! 1mo
Ruthiella And dognapping! 🐶 1mo
Cathythoughts Great cover 👏🏻 1mo
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Incredible and important story well told.

Aimeesue I have this one on Kindle. I should get to it! 1mo
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I can see why this book has made (and won) so many prize lists—complex and affecting. Audiobook was very well done, but it was nice to have the print edition handy for the photos.

#WomensPrizeNF

ChaoticMissAdventures Agreed! I am finishing this today and I get both audio and physical from the library the photos added a lot to the whole picture. 1mo
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Approachable and absorbing social and cultural history. I pulled this off the shelf while reading The Postcard and it turned out to be a great companion read. I went with a combination of audio (good narration) and print (black and white photos throughout).

tpixie Thanks! #europiacollective The Postcard was a moving read! 1mo
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Anna and Her Daughters | D.E. Stevenson
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Quick, charming read. I found myself wishing it would have ended before Jane‘s trip to Kenya and all that followed. Sharing a cottage with Margaret and pups, writing and traveling seems the happier ending (for Jane) to this particular reader. Still really enjoyed and look forward to reading more Stevenson.

#FurrowedMiddlebrowClub

LeahBergen I was thinking that, too, and I was kind of peeved that she had to end up with her sister‘s “sloppy seconds” (as we used to oh so prosaically call them 😂😂). I mean, Ronnie wasn‘t THAT much of a catch. 1mo
Aimeesue @LeahBergen @jlhammar Completely agree - the ending was so abrupt! 1mo
Ruthiella Yes, the second part was a such a different tone and Ronnie didn‘t deserve her. Ugh! 😂 1mo
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willaful I definitely found the ending disappointing from a romance standpoint. 1mo
CarolynM @LeahBergen @Aimeesue @Ruthiella @willaful I am totally with you. I got excited when Mrs Millard‘s son was mentioned, only to have my hopes dashed almost immediately. I wouldn‘t trust Ronnie not to take off with the next beauty who looked his way, after all, “he couldn‘t help it”🙄🤢😡 1mo
LeahBergen @CarolynM Well, he never did have a go at the third sister… yet. Give him time. 😆 1mo
elkeOriginal I totally agree with your vision of a better ending. 1mo
rubyslippersreads I found the whole trip to Kenya rather cringey, and you‘re right, @Ruthiella that Ronnie didn‘t deserve Jane. 4w
rubyslippersreads @LeahBergen @Carolyn I don‘t know; Rosalie seems pretty happy with her tiny-footed husband. 🤣 4w
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The Postcard | Anne Berest
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“I carry within me, inscribed in the very cells of my body, the memory of an experience of danger so violent that sometimes I think I really lived it myself, or that I‘ll be forced to relive it one day. To me, death always feels near…I am the daughter, and the granddaughter, of survivors.”

Powerful storytelling. All-consuming and profoundly moving. Wholeheartedly recommend.

#EuropaCollective

BarbaraBB Gorgeous quote. One of many 💔❤️ 2mo
Cathythoughts Great review 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
squirrelbrain Great review, and a terrible but beautiful quote. 2mo
tpixie This was a wonderful, moving quote! And yes! A fantastic book!!! 2mo
Aimeesue Powerful quote 💙 1mo
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The Fox Maidens | Robin Ha
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I enjoyed this graphic novel, a reimagining of the Korean folktale of Gumiho the nine-tailed fox.

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Moon of the Turning Leaves | Waubgeshig Rice
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Good follow-up! Can be read as a stand-alone, but definitely recommend reading Moon of the Crusted Snow first.

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Murder Road | Simone St. James
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March #BOTM box arrived today! Most excited for tagged.

Cathythoughts Looking good ❤️ 2mo
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Wandering Stars | Tommy Orange
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#bookmail part 2

Tamra Love Tommy Orange! Waiting for my audio hold to come in. 😬 2mo
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The Variations | Patrick Langley
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#bookmail part 1

Cathythoughts Prima Facie is making a name for itself. I must order it 👍🏻❤️ 2mo
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Newspaperwoman | Agness Underwood
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We still have a ways to go, but wow, we‘ve come a long way from 1949. I get the sense that this whole “I am no feminist” angle and “she does her own housework, cooking, shopping, washing and ironing” was to make this groundbreaking woman‘s memoir more palatable, less threatening. See my previous post for the great cover. She sounds like an interesting lady. Look forward to reading more.

Ruthiella Unfortunately you are probably right about the spin the publisher put on the blurb to make her seem less threatening and more “feminine”. 2mo
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Newspaperwoman | Agness Underwood
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A couple recent used finds that I thought might be good for Women‘s History Month. Tagged is the 1949 memoir of reporter and city editor of the Los Angeles Evening Herald & Express. There she covered news like the Black Dahlia murder, the Charles Chaplin paternity suit and the Long Beach earthquake. The author bio and opening made me laugh and cringe. I‘ll share in my next post.

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Courageous and heartfelt memoir. #BOTM

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When in Rome: A Novel | Liam Callanan
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Light, feel-good, heartwarming. Not my usual reading fare, but a nice change of pace. Made me want to plan a trip to Rome. #NunLit

kspenmoll Can you tell me author of Almost Paradise? I am having a hard time reading/ finding it. Thx! 2mo
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Great story collection. Glad Oliver is being rediscovered. So talented, such potential. To think what she could have written had she not died so young. #BOTM

marleed I loved this. I will always support BOTM printing anew a work from the past. It‘s the historical fiction from a contemporary perspective! 2mo
batsy This sounds great; I've not heard of it before. What an amazing cover. 2mo
Litsi Sounds great. Buying now. 2mo
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