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Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971603 by speedsquare
Feb 17, 2019 3:12pm
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I pick and choose what works for me. The thought of limiting my books to only 30 or so DOES NOT bring joy!!

But, my closet and drawers are wonderful!

We've enjoyed watching her Netflix series
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971658 by Mama Stork
Feb 17, 2019 5:01pm
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That woman is laughing all the way to the bank.

And you can go to one of her seminars for $2700 bucks. Yup, alllllll the way to the bank! lol!!
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971658 by Mama Stork
Feb 17, 2019 5:33pm
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30 books will not work for me either. What I like most about her style is to go through clutter by category. I enjoy the memes out there since we don’t have Netflix.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971665 by speedsquare
Feb 22, 2019 11:55am
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I really like her general philosophy. Sure, maybe "does it spark joy?" sounds silly, but I just moved house a few weeks ago, and I got rid of SO MUCH STUFF. I was packing it and thinking about this book, which made me ask myself, "why do I have this?"

Do I really need 7 boxes of crayons? Books I will never read again? A cookie press? No, I do not.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971957 by KatLikesPie
Feb 23, 2019 5:02am
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which made me ask myself, "why do I have this?"

Watching the NetFlix series really helped me with this concept--I'm learning to ask myself WHY I am holding on to certain things. If it is something with legitimate sentimental value, I am looking for unique ways to display it so that I get the most out of it rather than stuffing everything into boxes.

We're in a transitional stage of our life--kids are going to college, moving out, so we are doing some remodeling and major decluttering. Feels good to see my house become a comfortable home again. Wish I had done this about 20 years ago!
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #971957 by KatLikesPie
Feb 23, 2019 4:38pm
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I, too, appreciate her philosophy. I haven't blessed my cast-offs, because I generally look at the item(s) and say, "well you are fully depreciated; time to go!" I donated 5 bags of clothing (and we generally don't have too many to start with). I'm just about done with books. I met an author who wanted to see my cast-off cookbook collection the other day. He offered me $10 for half my bag. Win/Win! Our neighborhood has an annual yard sale. I regularly donate books to the library sale, but I might wait until after the yard sale to donate the remainder. I've set a new boundary - all our books have to fit in the living room cases. I have about 40% free space now. As I uncover books from other rooms, I am able to gather like items to future category sorts. This has been very motivating. If I can make some money from the yard sale this year I am purchasing a commercial vaccuum! I'm afraid my cast-offs that I store in the basement for the next few months will be so numerous, that I'll have to slow-down. Bonus ... DH is quoting KM and seems to be on board.
Re: Has anyone read about Konmari?
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Reply to: #972061 by speedsquare
Feb 23, 2019 6:44pm
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I have read her and I have seen the shows and I always need a nudge to not be on the next episode of HOARDERS......Books are always an issue. But I do get rid of most of them now. I only keep my series books (Nancy Drew etc) and the books I read on a daily basis, they are generally from the library, so they go in and out of the house anyway. I keep very few books just for me. Clothes, I have been getting more KonMari about....cause I used to keep stuff, just cause it was part of an outfit or I might need it for cold weather or camping or whatever, so now, ---oh it does not spark joy, great it goes out!! LOL
Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Jul 1, 2019 3:46am
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I haven't seen the movie.
Last week I found a copy of the book in an LFL.
Quick read, measured in minutes, not hours.

With all I had heard about the movie, beautiful love story, cherished friendship through the years, etc. I was expecting to like the book.
I find books to almost always be superior to the movie.

I disliked the two main characters. Was I missing something that the movie expanded upon?
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 6:22am
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I'll admit that it's been many years since I saw the movie. I saw two men who were troubled. They knew they shared something powerful but truly believed that it was wrong and disgusting, and that they should be ashamed of it, so they were scared and angry. I didn't find them unlikable at all, more pitiable, as we were viewing them at their lowest and most vunerable. I found it incredibly touching and heartbreaking. I've also been a fan of both actors ever since, because I was in awe of the raw emotions, the agony they made so palpable.

I too have always preferred the book versions over movie versions, but I haven't read this book so I can't compare on this one.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 7:02am
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It was originally a short story. That's what you read? I saw the movie but never read the original story or the expanded one. So it's hard to compare.

Ennis Del Mar to me, was portrayed as a very wounded person emotionally, closed up, father was very stoic. The relationship seemed to be very hard for him to accept yet he remained drawn to Jack Twist in spite of that and became angry because Twist had to continue to divide his time between Del Mar and his marriage, family and job.

Twist seemed to always be angry because as the years passed he wanted them to have an open relationship and Del Mar realized that in their world that could be dangerous.

I can't say I disliked their characters for any particular reason. Maybe I'll check out the story.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976852 by MissMoon
Jul 1, 2019 9:16am
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Yes, the book is only about 50 pages.
I'm sure it's not the topic that bothered me.
I think it probably stems from all of the hype the movie received.

Your analysis seems closer to the book than what was said about the movie.

I'll stop by the LFL tomorrow morning to see if the book is still there.
I just dropped it off this morning.
I'll send it to you (or meet you on the LG trail) if I can get it back.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976863 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 9:31am
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I think it probably stems from all of the hype the movie received.

As is unfortunately often the case.
Re: Brokeback Mountain - the book vs movie
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Reply to: #976848 by Grrly Girl
Jul 1, 2019 9:21pm
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This movie came out 14 years ago and the response to the subject matter was quite different than what it would be today. I thought the movie was extraordinarily beautiful and was so pleased that this story not only made it to the screen but was distributed so widely.

When I found out it had come from a short story from one of my favorite writers, Annie Proulx, I read it. I was amazed that the screenplay brought the story to life so well.

I own the DVD and will have to watch it again to see how it sounds/looks in this day and age.

DoubleSaj
In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Oct 15, 2019 1:48pm
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For my vacation, I decided to bring a book. With reviews like "Who pulls a gun at a bachelorette party? The answers are unveiled with Gillian Flynn-style trickery" and "Read it on a dark and stormy night-with the lights on", I choose In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware.

The story is told between flash backs and present day.

The premise is as followed:

Lenora Shaw is a reclusive crime mystery novelist and she gets invited to a friend's hen's party. But not the wedding. The friend, Clare, is someone she had not spoken to in at least 10 years and Nora, Lee, Leo (depending on who is talking to her) can't fathom why she would be invited since they stopped talking but more importantly they stopped talking after some mysterious "incident" that occurred 10 years prior.

Here I have to pause in my review for some personal insight and critiquing. One, I am totally over the main female character being a novelist. Almost every female protagonist is a novelist. I get the fact that it gives them the flexibility to be a character doing whatever the character is doing, but I am over it. And two, I am completely over the "mysterious incident" authors use as means of a hook to get the reader curious to read further to discover the "mysterious incident". Like the character being a novelist, I am over this method of hooking readers. It's old. Try something new. Now back to the review.

Naturally, after several pages of "hawing and hemming", Nora, Lee, Leo agrees to go with another old chum from the old school days, Nina. Nina is a sassy doctor with gunshot issues of her own.

Together they venture to a country house, with little to no cell phone reception for a weekend of the HEN party, in a place no one has ever been. There they meet the other attendees, Tom, who is gay but cool, Melanie, who also did not know why she was invited, and Flo, who is in short, mentally unstable and SINGLE WHITE FEMALE for Clare.

Then comes the bride, aka the Hen: Clare. As Clare is driving up to the strange glass house, she bumps in to Nora, Lee, Leo. Together they drive up the drive and Clare comes clean about why she did not invite Nora, Lee, Leo to the wedding . . . Clare is marrying Nora's, Lee's, Leo's first love, James.

The weekend goes on and they do stuff, but on the final night, after believing someone has broken into the house, the group bands together and the gun in Flo's hand goes off and sadly it was James, the groom, who was in the house and gets shot.

And that's what Nora, Lee, Leo remembers. What happens next is what she doesn't but needs to because she is the police's main suspect.
Having provided the premise, I'd like to share a brief glimpse into my thought as I was reading it.

Pages 1 to 100: Okay, I always give a book a good fifty pages before I decide to continue. But I stretched it out to 100, hoping to get into it.

Pages 101 to 200: Well, it's either read this or stare out in the Pacific Ocean, as I was on a cruise vacation.

Pages 201 to 308: Well, supposedly there this "Gillian Flynn-style trickery" to this so again, it's either read or stare out in the Pacific Ocean.

So, if you can't already tell, I did not care for this book. And whereas, I would normally give my Kitty Paws at this time, I am going to list just a few of the reasons why I think this book sucked.

Yep, sucked.

  1. 1 With the minor exception of Nina and Tom, I did not give a damn about anyone. They were obnoxious people, who were rude to each other and I, for one, would not stay anywhere dealing with rude, crazy people.

  1. 2 The book was boring. Over 2/3rds is about the hen party and the hen party was boring.

  1. 3 There was no "Gillian Flynn-style trickery". The "mystery" was crap. The suspense was crap. The whole story was crap. Even the "mysterious hook" of why they hadn't spoken in ten years was crap. Foot steps in the snow and an occasional missing phone does not build suspense. The supposed "set up" of Nora, Lee, Leo was crap. It was all crap.

  1. 4 The writer herself irritated me. Well, her writing style. She had a bit of a habit of talking about things that you do not know about. Conversations or car accidents. I guess maybe this was another way to cut down on typing more boring pages or "a hook" for you to keep reading, it's actually confusing because I kept looking back and seeing if I missed something.

And last be not least, I would just like to say, comparing this crap to "Gillian Flynn-style trickery" is a slap in the face of Gillian Flynn. Yeah, I said it.
And, honestly, who paid these "reviewers" for these damn, misleading quotes anyways!!!!

So, if you want to read a boring book, about obnoxious people, that really isn't that suspenseful or mysterious, then consider In a Dark, Dark Wood. And yes, you can read it with the lights on, during the sunlight cuz, it's not spooky either.

But to be fair, I would like to give ole Ruth another chance. I am going to try The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Well, the solid 50 first pages anyways. No more Pacific Ocean, so I will have better options to stare at. ;o)

csk
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980311 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 15, 2019 4:07pm
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I have been reading Paula Daly.....two of her books were just combined to create an ITV show called Deep Water. I like them, they are fast easy reads with enough twists and turns to keep me happy.

https://www.bustle.com/p/the-books-itvs-deep-water-is-based-on-are-by-paula-daly-well-worth-a-read-18655915

-Amanda from Seattle
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980311 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 16, 2019 6:00am
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I almost want to read this now, just because, lol.
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980347 by Mama Stork
Oct 16, 2019 10:45pm
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I recently read an older book by Daphne du Maurier (of which I love the 2 books of hers I have read).
Just a side note before continuing my blurb... I love old movies, especially old movies that were first a book. Also most newer mysteries just do not appeal to me.
So here you go. 1st book is Rebecca.. I love it. The movie is also good (but I like old movies). I love the twist she gives at the end of her books. The last 50-100 pages usually have me shouting "I knew it... I just knew it!"
The more recent book i read & also loved (however the beginning was a bit slow) was My Cousin Rachel. Both of these are by du Maurier.
Similar to her books is The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton. It is a good read also, similar style & mystery/suspense theme. Once again, the puzzle pieces take awhile to start coming together. But when they do, wow!
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980347 by Mama Stork
Oct 17, 2019 8:44am
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Well, I just listed my copy on ebay, albeit it is not the cheapest one listed. ;o)
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980387 by Mama Dee
Oct 17, 2019 4:19pm
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I got the movie Rebecca from the library a few weeks ago. Red Fox and I finally watched a few days ago. I have seen it several times (and read the book after the first time) but he had never seen it.

Have you seen the Carol Burnett spoof? Vickie Lawrence is a hoot!

Rebecky part 1
Rebecky part 2

KuKu
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980401 by KuKu
Oct 17, 2019 8:37pm
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Haven't seen them before now... haha! Those were so funny😂😂 thanks for sharing!
Re: In a Dark, Dark Wood by Ruth Ware
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Reply to: #980311 by Captain Slick Kitty
Oct 18, 2019 9:47am
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While I haven't read In a Dark, Dark Wood, I did read The Woman in Cabin 10 by the same author. And it was no better than your choice!
I gave it 2 stars on Goodreads, and that was being generous! I will not be reading anything more by her.
Had to laugh at your first sentence "I decided to bring a book". Often when I am planning a trip the first thing that comes to mind is "what book am I going to bring"

Bokmal
Werewolves, Fairies,Witches, OH MY! Book Launch Giveaway
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Oct 31, 2019 11:14am
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Hello fellow readers!

SO, I am very excited to announce the launching of my second book The Heart of the Queen's Men.

So excited in fact that I am willing to giveaway one free copy to one of you. It's simple: send me a post card by 2/1/2020, the same day as my LTC giveaway ends, and I will announce the winner on Atlas Quest. The pulls will happen at 6:00 pm California time. Please make sure you have your trail name on it.

If you don't have my address, simply send me a request for it. Any questions, please let me know!

csk
Re: Werewolves, Fairies,Witches, OH MY! Book Launch Giveaway
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Reply to: #980744 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 1, 2019 9:05pm
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Please send me your address, I would live to send a card! Thank you.. :)
Re: Werewolves, Fairies,Witches, OH MY! Book Launch Giveaway
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Reply to: #980744 by Captain Slick Kitty
Nov 2, 2019 4:59am
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Congratulations!!
The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
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Nov 21, 2019 10:10am
As I mentioned before, I was going to give this the “good 50 page try”. And I did.

The premise is as followed:

Poor Harriet Westaway, and I do mean literally and figuratively, one day, out the complete blue, receives a letter from a lawyer regarding the will of the matriarch of the Westaway family. Hal, as she prefers to be known as, owes the local loan shark 3,000 pounds (it’s a British book) and is barely scrapping by as an “honest” tarot card reader after the death of her beloved mother. Driven by the thought of getting out from under the loan shark and her heater bill getting paid, she hops on a train towards the funeral, while researching this family she is now going to try and hustle.

Intertwined with Hal’s story is the story of Maggie. Who Maggie is a bit confusing at first but by the end of the book, a book raised to the status of a Agatha Christie novel, the “mystery” of Maggie, Hal and a few secrets of Westaway family comes to light.

Having given a premise, on to my Kitty Paws:
One Kitty Paw for a much better written story than In a Dark, Dark Wood. (Which I really feel is a complete waste of a great novel title.)

One Kitty Paw for her well defined characters. You do like Hal, at first and because you do, you want what happens to her. Mrs. Warren is nasty witch. Harding is the greedy one. Abel is the kind one. You even get a good sense of the cruel, but deceased Hester Westaway, the matriarch of the Westaway family.

But that is it.

No Agatha suspense. No Daphne shadows of doubt. Honestly, I really feel that comparing this book to any Agatha or Daphne is slap to old Ags and Daph. Ruth Ware is not a Gothic, mystery, thrilling novelist. In fact I would argue that story line is a bit of a knock off or rather an extension of an Agatha Christie novel.

In this book, one of the characters makes a reference to Hercule Poirot but the truth is, I really believe Ware takes a storyline from the Hercule Poirot novel’s The Peril at End House. The actual mystery novel, The Peril at End House, surrounds two cousins who have the exact same name, as does the two cousins in The Death of Mrs. Westaway, and what a co-winkie-dinkie, the cousins name in The Peril is extremely similar to the cousins’ name in The Death of Mrs. Westaway. Magdala for Christie and Margarida for Ware, with Ware using Maggie for one cousin and Maude for the other, as Margarida is a family name, as Magdala is a family name for Christie’s novel. Anyhoooo, this kinda knock off is a bit off putting.

There is no real suspense. There is a bit of curiosity of “who”. But there is no actual thrilling murder mystery or gripping ending of “oh, my god, that was great!”

Um, no. It’s just a story, with magpies trying to give a goth feel. But I did finish it because I was a little vested in Hal. I did like her.

And, while this book is much better written than In A Dark, Dark Wood, but Ruth is still repetitious, lacks foreboding, and needs to work on her sense of suspense. And I do have to add, as it gave me chuckle, in one of the reviews that I read, it said, “the heroine is (someone) . . . whose stomach is always clinched or churning and whose face is always flushed. There is so much repetition of her worries, thoughts and memories and not much suspense.” And I would have agree. Hal, who goes by a man’s name, much like one the Maggie’s did in The Peril with “Nick”, another coincidence I suppose, was always having stomach issues.

Anyhoooo….. as for me, I think a Ruth Ware-d out. Her supposed great novel, the Woman in Cabin 10 is about a drunk who witnesses a murder. Oh, gee. Where, recently, have we seen this before? Girl on a Train. Yeah. And then there’s the Lying Game, which does not strike my fancy at all, followed by The Turning of the Key, which apparently is based on Henry James’ novel the Turning of the Screw. Gee, with all of these great novelists before her, Ruth will never run out of other people’s story-lines.

And don’t get me wrong. I am cool with modern day twists on classic stories. Loved Bridget Jones’s Diary. Colin Firth being both Darcy’s—OMG! Classic! But you gotta do it right. And Ware just doesn’t.

So, Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware sits at Two Kitty Paws.

csk
Werewolves, Fairies,Witches Book Launch Giveaway Reminder
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Jan 7, 2020 8:58pm
Hello fellow readers!

Just a super quick reminder! In honor of my latest book release I am willing to giveaway one free copy to one of you. It's simple: send me a post card by 2/1/2020, the same day as my LTC giveaway ends, and I will announce the winner on Atlas Quest. The pulls will happen at 6:00 pm California time. Please make sure you have your trail name on it.

If you don't have my address, simply send me a request for it. Any questions, please let me know!

csk
Light Changes Everything
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Feb 5, 2020 5:07pm
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Light Changes Everything by Nancy Turner was definitely an improvement over the second book. Period fiction set in Late 19th early 20th century Arizona Territory. Scattered references are made and tied Into the journal she used to write book one.
Re: Light Changes Everything
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Reply to: #983199 by Baqash
Feb 5, 2020 6:31pm
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I love her book series from “These Is My Words”. Thanks for posting this! Downloaded it right onto my iPad!
Re: Light Changes Everything
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Reply to: #983200 by Yosemite MJD
Feb 5, 2020 7:47pm
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I loved These is my Words but felt the second book wasn’t nearly the same quality. I was pleased to read this one. While it has a definite ending there is still a springboard for another book if she chooses.
Nancy Turner Cross post.
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Feb 6, 2020 5:35am
Light Changes Everything by Nancy Turner was definitely an improvement over the second book. Period fiction set in Late 19th early 20th century Arizona Territory. Scattered references are made and tied Into the journal she used to write book one called These is My Words. These is my words based on an ancestors journey was very well done