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robinb

Joined October 2016

LibraryThing member RWBrock

Fiction fan, ❤️ hist. romance/mystery/suspense, fantasy. GR: www.goodreads.com/rwbrock ; Litsy Birthday fairy :)
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My Daughter's Wedding | Gretel Killeen
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#notbookrelated but our daughter (our oldest) got married on Saturday. Now, with all of the wedding expenses, her dad and I need a vacation from all the mental and physical exhaustion but can‘t afford one. 😳😳😂😂😂😩🥱🥱

dabbe Congrats! Lovely photos! 🤩🤩🤩 24h
Meshell1313 Congrats!!!! 🍾🎉😍 24h
Tamra Gorgeous couple! 24h
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Librarybelle Congratulations! 24h
willaful Aren't they adorable! 22h
Bookzombie Congratulations! Hope you can at least do a staycation. 🙂 22h
Deblovestoread Congrats to the beautiful couple and well done mom and dad! 🥂 22h
mabell Congratulations! 21h
LeahBergen Aww, how lovely! Congratulations! ❤️❤️ 21h
Cupcake12 Congratulations! 🥂 lovely photos xx 21h
bookandbedandtea Beautiful pictures! Congrats, Robin, and I hope you get a chance to relax now! 21h
TheBookgeekFrau Beautiful couple! Congratulations!! 🎊🍾 20h
mrp27 Congratulations! 🍾🎊 20h
maich Congratulations🎉🍾 19h
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 🥂❤️ 19h
marleed Congratulations! 18h
julesG Congratulations!!! ❤️🍾 16h
RaeLovesToRead 💕💕💕 13h
Gissy Congratulations! She is beautiful! Lovely photos! Well, maybe you and your hubby can go to a place just for a weekend, it‘s not much but it could be an adventure even if it is only to be away from daily chores/activities.😃👍🏽For me be always from “humans” is a plus🤣🤣🤣 11h
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎈🎉🎊🍾🥂 11h
MaureenMc Congratulations! 🍾 1h
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There‘s a wonderful lineup of fabulous folks gearing up to party in the month of May!!! 🎉🎉🎉The #birthdayfairies can‘t wait to celebrate each and every one. 🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️🧚‍♀️
If you‘d like to be included on the Litsy birthday calendar, please send your Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com. Only your info, please.

Get ready May babies…you‘re up next!

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TheBookHippie 🎈🎉🎈 1d
squirrelbrain 🎉🍰🎉🍰🎉🍰 19h
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Darling Girls: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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DNF. This is NOT a review per se other than to say after 47% in, this book was not holding my attention and felt way too slow. I found myself putting it down way too often for another book (and I‘m a one-book-at-a-time person). Goodreads has it at a 4.2 so l guess I‘m in the #unpopularopinion boat.
I‘m sure that it picked up at 48% 😂😂, but I gave up.

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The Typo | Emily Kerr
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Very soft pick.
Amy has settled in a job that she really doesn't enjoy because her musical dream was dashed two years before by a disastrous attack of nerves. She receives a missent email and is able to track down the intended recipient, who happens to be on an expedition in Antarctica. What begins as a simple email exchange develops into a friendship which in turn leads them both to move forward with their individual dreams. But there's also 🔻

robinb some conflict added in as far as honesty and trust are concerned.
This story was just an average read for me. It was sweet, and I liked the message of "be brave", believe in yourself and step out of your comfort zone, but I also found it lacking in depth and not very different from other "email relationship" books that I've read. While I did learn some about Amy's background, I finished the story not really feeling like I knew much about ?
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robinb Cameron.
So overall, well-written with some sweet characters (including co-stars), but just not a lot of originality or spark for me. 3/5⭐️
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This is third in the Lady Helena Investigates series. Lots of family drama in this installment with Helena trying to help her nephew out of a scandalous situation as well as a potential death sentence for murder. Helena also is surprised by a visit from her first love‘s brother while she is wondering about her tenuous future relationship with Armand Fortier who has his own obstacles to overcome. I had a couple of issues with this book. First, 🔻

robinb the mystery felt like it was almost completely forgotten in the middle of the story to exclusively focus on introducing new characters and working out personal relationships (both romantic and familial). My other pet peeve, that has run throughout the series, is Helena‘s relationship with her siblings which feature prominently in the stories. While on one hand, she seems like a strong, take-charge heroine, she invariably lets her family run 🔻 (edited) 1w
robinb roughshod over her, especially her overbearing older sisters. It‘s very
irritating and contradictory to the rest of her character, and while, yes, it does provide some conflicts to resolve and hurdles to overcome, it just seems too much. However, the ending left some cliffhanger moments that I‘m sure will provide some future drama to Helena‘s life, so I plan be along to see where that drama takes her. 4/5 ⭐️
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Ok, I love this series. But the last couple of books have been rather ho-hum for me. This one felt very slow (pretty much throughout) and even the mystery did not hold my interest all that much. The whole book just felt a bit “off” to me. However, there was a teaser of a cliffhanger that is keeping me hoping for a return to better things. I do wonder if the death of one of this writing duo could be the cause of the “off feel” of the past couple🔻

robinb of books. I‘m also thinking this series will be coming to an end soon as the war storyline has wrapped up. If so, it‘s been a great run. 😊 3.75/5⭐️ 1w
TheAromaofBooks These two characters need to GET THEIR ACT TOGETHER!!!! 😂 1w
robinb @TheAromaofBooks Amen, sister! 🙌 1w
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I‘m loving this series! Set during WW2, this 4th outing finds Ellie called on to aid Major Ramsey with a series of robberies that may be connected to a bigger German threat. She‘s also decided to investigate shocking allegations that her father may have been a spy. There are also developments on the personal side between Ellie and Ramsey (good and bad) which led to some frustration for me with some choices Ellie made. Great characters, great 🔻

robinb stories! Bonus…seriously beautiful cover. Recommended for Lady Darby and Verity Kent mysteries fans. 4.5/5⭐️ #coverlove (edited) 1w
kspenmoll I will definitely check this series out- loved the other 2 series your mentioned! 1w
robinb @kspenmoll Great! This series is currently one of my top favorites. Hope to hear what you think. Here‘s the first in series. 1w
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Frenchman's Creek | Dame Daphne Du Maurier

Hey, Paula! I think that you sent me a book from another of your #LMPBC groups? No sweat, just wanted to let you know. 😊

If you‘d like me to forward it, drop me an email (robinb@litsy.com) with the recipient‘s name/address. 👍

bookandbedandtea Oh no!! @ElizaMarie Apparently I screwed up. If I emailed both of you the other's address, would you send each other the correct books? I'll be happy to venmo you both the postage. I can't believe I did that! I'm so sorry! 😳😖 1w
robinb @bookandbedandtea it‘s no biggie, Paula…no Venmo necessary for me. And yes, happy to forward to @ElizaMarie on Monday. 1w
ElizaMarie @bookandbedandtea No problem! (Also no Vemo needed - these things happen). I haven't gotten the book you meant to send to @RobinB though. When did you send it? (edited) 1w
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TheAromaofBooks Oh @bookandbedandtea I FINALLY got your books in the mail today!! I sent you back Celine from the last round, and The Only Survivors for this round. Sorry it took so long - part of it was me not getting to reading the book and then this week has just been absolute pandemonium in my family lol But you should get them soon!!!! @Jerdencon @robinb 1w
bookandbedandtea @ElizaMarie I mailed both books last Monday. If it didn't get to you by today I'd assume it will arrive Monday. I'm away from home right now but I can track it when I get back home tomorrow night. I'll email both you and @robinb with each other's addresses. 1w
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks I hope it's been good family pandemonium, or at least nothing too bad! You're timing for sending those is actually pretty good! I'll probably be just about ready to read TOS when it arrives. 😊 1w
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - Why do phones want to autocorrect words into other words?! If mine changes we're to were one more time, I'm going to lose it! 😂 1w
bookandbedandtea @robinb I just tried sending an email to you and Eliza but I got a failure message for you. Can you email me at ps.harp@comcast.net? 1w
robinb @bookandbedandtea hi Paula! Just sent an email. Let me know if you don‘t receive it. 😊 1w
robinb Hi Paula! @bookandbedandtea Just got my #LMPBC today. I‘ll get started on it as soon as I can…got a busy week unfortunately. 😩 Thanks for sending @ElizaMarie ! 🤗 Did you receive yours, Eliza? According to tracking number it should reach you today. 🤞🏼🤞🏼 (edited) 1d
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This was my #BookSpin for the month. I picked it up because I enjoyed her Sunshine Vicram series recently. This was a supernatural woman-discovers-she‘s-a-witch story with some villains and romance thrown in. I might come back to this series as I love Jones‘ snarky humor (in this one especially the sidekick best friend), but for now I‘ve got too many others calling my name. 😆

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1w
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Disturbing the Dead | Kelley Armstrong
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This third installment in a time travel series (from modern day to 1890s) finds our heroine (a modern-day homicide detective in the body of a Victorian Scotland housemaid), settling into her new position as assistant to an undertaker/medical examiner. After attending the unwrapping of an ancient mummy, in which something goes horribly wrong, they become involved in unraveling the hows/whys. There‘s also a surprise twist towards the end that 🔻

robinb tests Mallory‘s resolve about how she‘s envisioned her future.
I love seeing the evolution of Mallory as she navigates her new life and how those around her perceive/accept her. Also there‘s an abundance of humor which is always a plus.
Really enjoying Armstrong‘s books. 4.5/5⭐️
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Deadly Deception | Carla Simpson
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This 7th book finds the newlyweds (Mikaela and Brodie) trying to settle in and find ways to blend their lives. They each have their own cases…a missing surgeon for her, an assassin/anarchist for him, but discover their cases might be connected. There‘s a code to break, ancient surgical procedures resurrected and dastardly deeds to thwart. Exciting times. I enjoyed this one as we see the new dynamics between our mains and we begin to anticipate 🔻

robinb how they‘ll handle this new reality. Really enjoying this series. 4.25/5⭐️ 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Is this series comparable to Anna Lee Huber‘s Lady Darby series? 2w
robinb @CoverToCoverGirl Yes, but I wouldn‘t say quite as good. I really love the characters in this series…quirky and interesting. And the mains are wonderful. Mikaela is headstrong and independent, and Brodie is constantly challenged by Mikaela‘s headstrongness (?) and independence 😂😂😂. I just fell for them both. I‘d love to hear if you give it a try! Here‘s the first in series. 2w
CoverToCoverGirl Thanks so much! I believe I will give the first one a try. The Darby series is a big favourite of mine. I‘ve been searching for something as good or similar for a long time. Do you have any other recommendations along that line? 2w
robinb @CoverToCoverGirl I just realized I‘ve probably got way too many to list here…obviously I read too many series! 😂 If you‘d like a list, drop me an email at robinb.litsy@gmail.com , and I‘m happy to send you some of my favorites. 1w
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Number 13 in series this one finds Mercy and gang going up against an ancient and powerful artifact known as the Soul Taker who is taking prisoners and leaving victims in its wake. There‘s also still an issue with Adam‘s personal demons, Wulfe and the entire local vampire seethe has gone missing and a mysterious pack member‘s identity is discovered. As usual lots going on. My only disappointment is that we haven‘t seen more of Stefan in either 🔻

robinb of the last two books. He is such a complex and interesting character (not to mention always bringing the humor), and his very brief appearance here does not even feel like the character I‘ve come to expect. The past two books have centered around Mercy and Adam‘s relationship which is fine, but I‘m definitely missing more of the beloved side characters that I‘ve come to appreciate over the course of the series. 🔻 2w
robinb But this book was still an exciting addition, and I was glad to get more background on some of the vampires in the series. 4.25/5⭐️ 2w
Liatrek I love this series so much ❤️❤️ 2w
robinb @Liatrek it‘s just so great, isn‘t it?! I‘ve been meaning to try something else from her but haven‘t yet. Have you? 2w
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Smoke Bitten | Patricia Briggs
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I was two behind in this series and am ALWAYS excited to dive back into Mercy‘s adventures. This 12th book in the series involves a “smoke dragon”, who with a single bite, can control a person and have them do anything it likes. There‘s also a bond issue between Mercy and Adam (her mate) and a rogue group is trying to take over their pack. There‘s always multiple problems going on in the Mercyverse, so it always keeps me entertained and on the 🔻

robinb edge of my seat. This one is no exception. So happy to have escaped into this world once again. Think I‘ll go ahead and extend my visit by jumping into the next one. 4.5/5⭐️ 2w
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Third in the Fiona Mahoney mystery series, I was a little disappointed in this one as it compares to the previous two. It‘s 100+ pages shorter, and the story felt its brevity. While the characters were as great as they‘ve ever been, the plot line was a bit odd to me with parts that were confusing like I had missed something. This felt more like a novella filler. But I plan to continue on and hope for a return to more excitement. 3.75/5⭐️

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I‘m a big Clayborn fan from her beginning. But while I did enjoy this book, it was not a favorite for me. And to be honest I‘m not sure why. This revolves around two sisters who were abandoned by their flighty mom (who took up with a grifter). The older sister Jess raised Tegan, her half sister. Now Tegan wants to find their mother and enlists the aid of a podcaster who interviewed the man 10 years before. Thus begins a cross-country adventure 🔻

robinb with the sisters, Salem (the podcaster) and Adam (her assistant). Adam also has a personal story that he‘d like to produce (with Salem‘s approval) about his best friend‘s mental struggles and subsequent suicide. While this was a good story about what family means, what courage means and what strength means, I just didn‘t connect with these characters as well as I wanted to. But still, a good book. 4/5⭐️ 3w
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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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Here‘s my #BookSpin / #DoubleSpin list for next month. 😊

Thanks, Sarah! 💙

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!!! 3w
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Just a reminder all, April is fast approaching, and the #birthdayfairies are excited to celebrate these wonderful Littens next month! 🥳🥳🥳

If you‘d like to be included on the Litsy birthday calendar for your own celebration and #birthdaylove, just send your Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com .

🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉

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The Recovery Agent: A Novel | Janet Evanovich
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My #LMPBC book is coming your way @Jerdencon with delivery estimate of next Monday (4/1). Please forgive the awful wrapping/taping! 😩😆

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!! I still have to read my book this week 😝 3w
Jerdencon Just letting you know the book showed up today! 3w
robinb @Jerdencon thanks!😊 2w
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A Murder Most French | Colleen Cambridge
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This second outing in this Tabitha Knight/Julia Child mystery series set in post WW2 Paris was even better than the debut. It centers around valuable bottles of wine showing up as gifts but containing something other than just grapes. As Tabitha investigates against Inspector Merveille‘s wishes, she finds herself in danger from a surprising source. Great historical research including trips into the Catacombs and fun cooking lessons from Child. 🔻

robinb Am really enjoying this unique series. 4.25/5⭐️ 4w
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Dreams Lie Beneath | Rebecca Ross
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My first Ross book but definitely won‘t be my last. Beautiful and unique fantasy world-building, characters to root for and love and a story that is absorbing and gorgeously written…unfortunately for me, it‘s a standalone. 😂😂😔 Happy to have discovered this author. 4.5/5⭐️
#coverlove

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A Fatal Thaw | Dana Stabenow
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I read this as a result of enjoying the first in series from my LMPBC group, and I enjoyed it even more than the first one. It‘s very dark and shocking with a crime within a crime and 2 different perpetrators…always a neat concept.
Continue to like and be intrigued by Kate‘s character as I learn more about her heritage and the isolated Alaskan community around her. Definitely will continue with the series. 4.5/5⭐️

Jerdencon I‘m hoping to get to this one too. 4w
bookandbedandtea I liked the first one enough to be interested in reading on so I'm glad to hear you think the next one is even better. 3w
robinb @Jerdencon @bookandbedandtea I‘m really enjoying Kate‘s character more and more. And this one is really dark and has an interesting plotline. 3w
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This is a short story/novella following the 4th in the Raven and Fisher mysteries. Raven and Fisher race to solve the mysterious death of one of their mentor‘s patients before his detractors can find a way to destroy his career with it.
This was a fine (very short) story to fill in until the next full-length novel (which is already out). I‘m so behind. 😩 4/5⭐️

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I enjoyed this mystery series starter. Set in Victorian London, Gemma Tate, who lives with her journalist brother (her only living relative) is a nurse working for the son of an invalid woman that she takes care of. When her brother is killed in a horrific accident she begins to wonder if it was a more sinister act when she reads a cryptic message from his notebook. Meanwhile Police Inspector Sebastian Bell is busy trying to save his job by 🔻

robinb solving the vicious rape and murder of a young heiress who was left “crucified” on a cemetery tombstone with a mysterious heart hung around her neck. When Gemma shares her clue, the two warily work toward the same end as they come to believe the two deaths are connected. This story is disturbing, and its villain(s) are very dark, so reader beware. I liked the dynamic between Tate and Bell and thought they worked well together, 🔻 4w
robinb and I am happily adding this to my ever-growing favorite series list. 4.25/5⭐️ 4w
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Empire of Shadows | Jacquelyn Benson
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So. Much. Fun. 💙

Think Indiana Jones, Romancing the Stone and The Mummy.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6362949627

BookmarkTavern Sounds fun! 4w
robinb @BookmarkTavern Loved it, and I don‘t normally read a lot of these derring-do adventures. Loved it! 4w
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How to Plot a Payback | Melissa Ferguson
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British Booksellers | Kristy Cambron
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Loved, loved, loved! Great characters, story and research. 5/5⭐️

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363459127

Princess-Kingofkings I am excited for my pre-order to arrive! 4w
robinb @Princess-Kingofkings I hope you'll love it! 🙂 4w
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A very soft pick and bit of a mixed bag for me unfortunately. A generous 3.5/5⭐️ from me.

Here‘s my GR link if you‘re interested:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363519245

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Great continuation of a series (2nd). This rated a 4.5/5⭐️.

Here‘s my GR link:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363802231

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Lots to say on this one from a favorite author (though I HATE that cover 😩). It rated a 5⭐️.

Here‘s my GR review link:

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363577612

Julsmarshall His eyes are a little creepy- 4w
willaful @Julsmarshall definitely creepy! 4w
robinb @Julsmarshall @willaful And unfortunately he doesn‘t have a very sexy “smirk” either. 😂😂 And she has her own issues as well. 🤷🏻‍♀️ I probably wouldn‘t have picked it up based on the cover, but I‘m glad I KNEW (by the author) it would be well worth it. 4w
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willaful The more I look at that cover, the more I think it's “AI.“ 🤢 4w
robinb @willaful I know, right?! I had that thought myself! 4w
Julsmarshall I find that often you really can‘t judge a book by its cover. Sounds like this is one of those times! 4w
robinb @Julsmarshall Exactly! I‘m sometimes bad about that, but in this instance I knew there would be an excellent book behind that cover. 😂👍 4w
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Here‘s another link to a long-winded review from this historical mystery that I really enjoyed. It rated a 4.5/5⭐️

If you‘re interested…https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363560481

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Molly is an up-and-coming fashion and beauty influencer. Her manager/boyfriend suggests she gain experience for the chance to host a new makeover show for underprivileged youth by volunteering at a local transitional program for aged-out foster kids. While she is initially met with mistrust/suspicion concerning her motives, she eventually wins over the program‘s director, Silas, and begins to bond and care deeply about the young adults she works🔻

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I loved this story. Molly is such an upbeat, positive person that I fell in love with her right away, and as she works to better others‘ lives, she comes to realize even more about herself. And Silas, as a strict but caring authority figure, is softened by the sheer determination and sunny disposition of his newest volunteer.
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robinb romantic love but also love of self and others. I love Ms. Deese‘s writing and have enjoyed other books by her. She never disappoints. 4.25/5⭐️ #BookSpin 4w
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 4w
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Taken to the Grave | Cara Devlin
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This was the conclusion of the seven-part Bow Street Duchess mystery series.

I‘ve really enjoyed this series and am very happy that I stumbled across it. The books are well-written, fun, sweetly romantic and engrossing in their various mysteries.
This particular addition was especially dark and featured multiple evil villains, but the ending was so very satisfying for the series overall with a bonus look into the near future for the two 🔻

robinb mains (as I love to see in a book). I felt both happy and sad for the reading and the ending of this one, as the closing of a door on a favorite series is always poignant and bittersweet, but I‘ll look forward to more books from Devlin. 4.5/5⭐️ 4w
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Weekends with You: A Novel | Alexandra Paige
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This book was really frustrating for me as I really disliked one of the main‘s treatment of the other main.

My review is long-winded (imagine that! 😳😂) so I‘m leaving a link to it on GR if anyone is interested. I rated it a “so-so” at 2.5/5⭐️ rounded to a 3.

https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/6363410390

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This was an intriguing dual timeline mystery (1965 and present day), apparently the first in a new series, that revolves around a wealthy woman, Frances Adams, who beginning as a teenager, spends her entire life trying to escape her foretold death (by an English country fair fortune-teller) only to be murdered at her estate almost 60 years later.
Annie Adams, Frances‘ great-niece, is summoned to the village of Castle Knoll to meet her reclusive 🔻

robinb aunt, only to arrive to find Frances dead. As Frances left a bit of a challenge in her will (if she is murdered, the heir will be the one who successfully interprets the fortune-teller‘s riddle and exposes the killer), Annie begins her search and discovers more about the woman (both good and bad) and regrets never having met her. There are other characters competing for the wealthy estate as well as a whole host of 🔻 1mo
robinb villagers/childhood friends who may be hiding something.
I loved this book. As her first adult debut, Perrin has written a wonderfully complex and entertaining murder mystery set around a murder victim that we only get to see through flashbacks in her past…wish I had more of Frances, although Annie brilliantly takes up the helm of strength and determination that her great-aunt first steered. While the entire book was a treat, I especially 🔻
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robinb enjoyed the flashbacks which introduced Frances‘ friend group with all their secrets and jealousies. Excellent character development.
Thoroughly enjoyed and will be looking for more from Perrin. 5/5⭐️
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Crazeedi Robin-a great review! Makes me want to definitely read!! Adding 1mo
Tamra Sounds fun! 1mo
robinb @Crazeedi thanks, Diane, I really enjoyed it. 😊 1mo
robinb @Tamra Very entertaining! 😊 1mo
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The Trail of Lost Hearts | Tracey Garvis Graves
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This is my second Graves book, and I must say that I‘m enjoying her writing. Wren Waters, at 34 and living in Dayton, OH, receives back-to-back life-changing blows that she didn‘t see coming and falls into a mind-numbing depression. When her best friend succeeds in getting her out for a hike, she discovers geocaching and re-enters the world. On a trail of a week-long geocaching trip in Oregon, she meets Marshall Hendricks, a psychologist on a 🔻

robinb break who is also recovering from a past tragedy. When Wren encounters a threat along the trail, the two decide for safety's sake to buddy up for the remainder of their trail trips. As Wren begins to trust Marshall more, she opens up about her heartbreaks, but unfortunately, he shuts down about his instead. As the two grow intimately closer, the clock is ticking for them to return to their respective worlds…could 🔻 1mo
robinb there be a future in a long-distance relationship when they both have issues to work through?
This was a well-written, insightful look at two struggling people who find a like-soul in the other. Toward the end of the book, there is a twist, and the way it is approached/handled by both Wren and Marshall shows a growth and maturity that this reader had been rooting for all along.
Very well done. 4.25/5⭐️
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Crazeedi Great summary! 1mo
robinb @Crazeedi Thank you! 😘 1mo
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Expiration Dates | Rebecca Serle
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My first Serle book, it definitely won‘t be my last. It‘s a bit romantic comedy, friend fest, introspective deep dive, all tied up with a paranormal twist…wow, never thought I‘d put those descriptives together.
Daphne Bell, for over 20 years, has been living her romantic life through a series of slips of paper that mysteriously come her way. With each slip comes a first name and a timeframe…the exact period of time they will be together. As 🔻

robinb she‘s grown older, she yearns for the slip with a name…but no time limit. Enter Jake. As Daphne and Jake grow closer and begin to discuss future plans, Daphne wrestles with the dilemma of being both committed to a relationship and also being truthful about the paper slips and parts of her own life.
I really enjoyed this one! It was all over the place with emotions…humorous and light, deeply felt, heart wrenching. But ultimately it struck me 🔻
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robinb for its growth arc of Daphne‘s character. She learns some very tough but valuable lessons as she sticks with a long-lasting relationship, and by the denouement, those lessons are fully realized by a wonderfully satisfying ending.
Whole-heartedly recommended. 5/5⭐️
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Julsmarshall Ooh, sounds good. Great review! 1mo
robinb @Julsmarshall Thank you! I really loved it. 1mo
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My #DoubleBookSpin and a softer pick.
I enjoyed this mystery set in a remote English village during the WWII era but which doesn‘t center around the war per se but more with it serving as a backdrop. It has a bit of a Gothic feel with a mysterious wraith that our heroine, Ruth, a literary student who wants to write the next great novel, feels needs investigating. Ruth finds herself drawn to Malcolm, a wounded soldier, with a wife who has 🔻

robinb suffered a tragic accident that left her with brain damage (she is mute and seemingly unaware of what goes on around her).
I won‘t go into more specifics except to say there are several side stories other than the wraith-plot, and I didn‘t feel all of those were necessary or added much to the book. Otherwise, a decent read. 3.5/5⭐️
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Who Cries for the Lost | C. S. Harris
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Eighteenth in the Sebastian St. Cyr historical mystery series finds Sebastian (on the eve of Napoleon‘s second wave of forces) drawn into the murder investigation of a major with a long list of enemies…his mistress, his wife, and their governess, a fellow officer and a list of Napoleon‘s spies that he is transporting to the Regent. This one also adds in the intriguing side interests of old English folklore and the occult.
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robinb in this one, turns and twists, and I enjoyed every moment. Harris is a pro at her historical research and at continuing to develop her characters who have never become static or boring during this enduring series. Her books are always auto-buys for me. 4.5/5 #BookSpin (edited) 1mo
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 1mo
Crazeedi Oh my goodness, I'm not sure where I left off on this series, I need to check because it's a great one!! Thanks for thecreminder, I think maybe book 8 or 9? I'm so behind!! 1mo
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Crazeedi Crap I am at book 7, finished book 6. Got to look for these!! 1mo
robinb @Crazeedi 😂😂😂 I‘ve fallen behind before as well. Just look at it this way…lots of great enjoyment catching up. I kind of envy you! 😆😆😆 1mo
Crazeedi I just checked and I have the next 2!! 1mo
robinb @Crazeedi Enjoy!! 1mo
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A Cold Day for Murder | Dana Stabenow
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A new author for me, this first in the Kate Shugak series, is centered around Kate, a native Aleut who works as a PI in Alaska. As an expert in her local Alaskan environs, she is asked to search for a park ranger who has been missing for 6 weeks and the FBI investigator who was sent to look for him.
I really enjoyed this book which is high on character development, a tight storyline, a suspense-filled plot, 🔻

robinb a surprise denouement and surprisingly, lots of humor. Kate is a force to be reckoned with…tough, resourceful and strong-willed. Along with her half-wolf, half-husky dog Mutt, there are a colorful array of community and law officials introduced and along for the ride as well. And I‘m happy to join the journey. 4.25/5 #LMPBC 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Oh ho - this is my jam! Totally stacked. 1mo
robinb @ShelleyBooksie I liked it so much that I immediately went ahead and read the next one 😂. 1mo
CarolynM I have a friend who loves this series. I haven‘t tried it yet. Stacking this one as a reminder🙂 1mo
robinb @CarolynM 👍👍 Kate is definitely a unique character. 😊 1mo
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Second in the Lord Julian mysteries, this builds on a series that I‘m enjoying more and more.
Here Lord Julian is summoned by his ducal brother to the family seat to provide diversionary tactics from a marriage-minded neighbor. While visiting, said neighbor‘s (Lady Clarissa) artist brother goes missing, and he is asked to help locate him.
I really enjoy Lord Julian‘s character. As illegitimate, we see the prejudice and snubbing that he faces 🔽

robinb from Polite Society, but as a refreshing change from most other historicals centered around illegitimate heirs, we also see a very supportive and loving family. He‘s intelligent (and especially good at tracking from his stint during the war), straightforward and humorous, all of which I like in a leading character. I also very much enjoy the co-stars in his stories…his brother, his godmother and his former love interest from before the war. 🔽
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robinb Burrowes does an exceptional job with establishing and growing her characters, and I am continually onboard with reading anything she puts out. 4.25/5⭐️ 2mo
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Lord Julian finds himself delving deeper into his deceased younger brother‘s life to uncover the truth about a surprise revelation in this third installment of the Lord Julian mystery series. The reader learns even more here about Lord Julian‘s brother, Lord Harry, who was captured and killed by the French during the war. Lord Julian‘s feelings of guilt over his brother‘s death are further explored as he strives to find the truth behind an 🔽

robinb unexpected bombshell that could result in the exploitation of an innocent and an exclusion from the ton.
This was a good look at the relationship between Julian and his brother Arthur, the Duke of Waltham, as they work together to right a circumstance that they were unaware of and bring a bit of closure to their feelings over their younger brother‘s early demise. Another enjoyable addition to the series. 4.25/5⭐️
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4.5/5 stars

I think this 4th one is my favorite (so far) of the Lord Julian mystery series. Lord Julian is summoned to the home of a family friend to discover what happened to (and hopefully find) a prized foxhound. As he learns more about the family and nearby village, he unravels secrets, slander, blackmail and fraud, but how does everything tie into the missing dog? As he makes progress on his investigation, he is asked to disband it as 🔽

robinb his brother Arthur is threatened with exposure of a dangerous secret. But Julian is driven to expose the villain, and as Arthur shares his hidden self, the brothers are drawn even closer in their love and understanding of the other.
Satisfying and entertaining. 4.5/5⭐️
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I really enjoyed this debut historical romance/fantasy with a bit of a steampunk feel and a nice faith-filled atmosphere as well. Taking place in 1860 London, Clara Marie Stanton has always felt responsible for shielding/protecting her lovable but eccentric (some might say insane) family, and she has devoted herself to that end. Her beloved grandfather, a clockmaker and inventor of a flying owl machine, decides to take a flying adventure through🔽

robinb Europe in the hopes of encouraging Clara to step outside of her self-imposed familial duties and search for him via a scavenger hunt. Along with her grandfather‘s new apprentice Theodore and her mother, she sets off on a myriad of adventures and along the way learns more about herself and what she would like out of life. Of course there‘s a villain out to steal the machine to provide some suspense, but the real stars here are the Stanton family 🔽 2mo
robinb and their unique and tight-knit love for each other and all their idiosyncrasies.
Clara and Theodore are charming and lovely and the kind of feel-good characters that you just want to hug and hang out with.

Very well done, and I‘m looking forward to more from this author. 4.5/5⭐️
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julesG Happy Book Birthday! This goes onto #MountTBR right away. 2mo
robinb @julesG Oh good! I loved it. 2mo
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Rumor Game | Thomas Mullen
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This thriller set in WW2 Boston centers around Reporter Anne Lemire and FBI special agent Devon Mulvey as they are brought together to investigate murder, organized crime, espionage and domestic fascism. While the story‘s plot and writing were fine, and there were twists and turns, I just wasn‘t bowled over. I wanted to connect more with the characters, and I actually had some issues with Devon‘s character. Also a bit of an abrupt ending. 🔽

robinb I‘ll give it a soft pick. 3.75/5⭐️ 2mo
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The Spinster Book | MYRTLE REED
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Here‘s my #BookSpin / #DoubleSpin list for March.

One of these days I‘m going to scrap this list (which I‘ve recycled forever!), and surprise everyone (including myself! 😂🙄) with a completely new line-up.

Goals…🤔

Thanks, Sarah!

TheAromaofBooks Someday you'll actually get to read The Cliff's Edge 😂 2mo
robinb @TheAromaofBooks I know, right??! I think some of these series already have several more additions since they were originally added. 😉😉 I‘m still holding out hope for Cliff‘s Edge. 😂 2mo
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A Surprise in the Mail! | Amye Rosenberg
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She‘s on her way home to you, @Jerdencon , with arrival by next Wednesday (2/28). 🤞🏼

Forgot to mark it as #LMPBC…🤭

TheAromaofBooks Yay!! I just finished Celine yesterday, so I'll hopefully get it in the mail next week!! @bookandbedandtea 2mo
Jerdencon Mine was put in the mail today @TheAromaofBooks 2mo
bookandbedandtea @TheAromaofBooks Cool! I can't wait to read everyone's comments! @robinb I *think* I'll be able to get yours sent out tomorrow. 🤞🏻 @Jerdencon 2mo
robinb @bookandbedandtea Paula, my book arrived today. 😊 Thank you! 👍 2mo
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March is coming fast, folks, and we have a wonderful line-up of friends celebrating their BIG DAYS next month. 😊🥳🥳🥳

If you‘d like to be included on the Litsy birthday calendar and receive some extra special #birthdaylove from the #birthdayfairies and your Litsy family, please send your Litsy handle and birthdate to litsybirthdays@gmail.com.

Looking forward to the celebrations!

🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈🎈

booklover3258 @Megabooks we share a birthday!! 2mo
Megabooks @booklover3258 awesome!! 🎉🎉😁😁 2mo
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Book Clubbed | Lorna Barrett
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Hey all! Three of these are “leftovers” from this round, three are new. Do any of these catch your eye? 👀😊

I‘m including page counts FYI. I think all have decent reviews.

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bookandbedandtea @robinb Dangerous Duet, Recovery Agent, and Death Below Stairs all sound great to me. 2mo
robinb @bookandbedandtea 😊👍👍👍 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'm good with any of these. I think I'd give an edge to Recovery Agent and Wrong Place, Wrong Time. 2mo
Jerdencon All sound good - my favorites would be a dangerous duet and blind justice. 2mo
robinb OK, these two seem to be most popular. It really doesn‘t matter to me so cast your vote. 🎉😊 @TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea @Jerdencon 2mo
Jerdencon I‘ll vote for dangerous duet but the other one is fine too 2mo
TheAromaofBooks I'll vote for Recovery Agent and let @bookandbedandtea cast the deciding vote 😂 I'm fine with Dangerous Duet as well. I don't usually read historical mysteries, but maybe that would make this one a good change of pace haha 2mo
robinb OK, @bookandbedandtea looks like you‘re the deciding vote…no pressure! 😂😂😂 2mo
bookandbedandtea @robinb @Jerdencon @TheAromaofBooks Y'all are giving me anxiety! Since Sarah isn't fond of historical, and I'm going the Evanovich will be funny, I'll vote for Recovery Agent. 😬 2mo
robinb @bookandbedandtea Evanovich it is! And yes, I assume some humor is on the horizon with her. 😉😉 2mo
TheAromaofBooks @bookandbedandtea - you did great under pressure! 😂 I'll post a few options for my pick this weekend!! 2mo
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In the Orbit of You | Ashley Schumacher
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This author never disappoints me. This is her 4th book, and I‘ve loved each one in different ways and for different reasons. This Teen/YA novel centers around high schoolers Nova and Sam who serendipitously meet back up 12 years after being neighbors and best friends as 5-year-olds. They have never forgotten each other as they each served a purpose in the other‘s childhood…Nova gave Sam a safe place and friendship as he struggled with abuse and 🔻

robinb Sam was a safe stabilizer in Nova‘s constantly changing world (her mom moved repeatedly for jobs). As they begin to reconnect, there are still challenges and unknowns to face. Nova will be moving again in 2 months and feels lost and unsure about who she is and what she wants for her future, and Sam doesn‘t want to face conflict and change in his current relationships/future plans. This was such a sweet story about friendship, family and fate. 🔻 2mo
robinb I did get a bit peeved with Sam on his handling of one relationship, but he grew and gained courage/confidence to figure it out. The ending was the cutest…loved it. It would appear that Schumacher is now an auto-buy for me now. 4.5/5⭐️ 2mo
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Murder, I Spy | Morrison
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I‘ve had this one on my Kindle for a year now and decided to give it a go. I did enjoy the female protagonist Dora as a strong, intelligent and independent undercover spy, but I wasn‘t really fond of her partner Rex or their relationship. And unfortunately, since I‘m very much a character-driven reader, it just didn‘t entertain me like I was hoping for. Probably won‘t continue on with the series. 3/5⭐️