Book Review | “Hubble Bubble” (Book Two: Yorkshire Romances) by Jane Lovering #ChocLitSaturdays

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Why I feature #ChocLitSaturdays (book reviews & guest author features)
and I feature Romance & Women’s Fiction authors during @SatBookChat:

I wanted to create a bit of a niche on Jorie Loves A Story to showcase romance fiction steeped in relationships, courtships, and the breadth of marriage enveloped by characters written honestly whose lives not only endear you to them but they nestle into your heart as their story is being read!

I am always seeking relationship-based romance which strikes a chord within my mind’s eye as well as my heart! I’m a romantic optimist, and I love curling into a romance where I can be swept inside the past, as history becomes lit alive in the fullness of the narrative and I can wander amongst the supporting cast observing the principal characters fall in love and sort out if they are a proper match for each other!

I love how an Indie Publisher like ChocLitUK is such a positive alternative for those of us who do not identify ourselves as girls and women who read ‘chick-lit’. I appreciate the stories which alight in my hands from ChocLit as much as I appreciate the inspirational romances I gravitate towards because there is a certain level of depth to both outlets in romance which encourage my spirits and gives me a beautiful story to absorb! Whilst sorting out how to promote my book reviews on behalf of ChocLit, I coined the phrase “ChocLitSaturdays”, which is a nod to the fact my ChocLit reviews & features debut on ‘a Saturday’ but further to the point that on the ‘weekend’ we want to dip into a world wholly ideal and romantic during our hours off from the work week!

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Acquired Book By: I am a regular reviewer for ChocLitUK, where I hand select which books in either their backlist and/or current releases I would like to read next for my #ChocLitSaturdays blog feature. As of June 2016, I became a member of the ChocLit Stars Team in tandem with being on the Cover Reveal Team which I joined in May 2016. I reference the Stars as this is a lovely new reader contribution team of sending feedback to the publisher ahead of new book releases. As always, even if I’m involved with a publisher in this sort of fashion, each review is never influenced by that participation and will always be my honest impression as I read the story. Whether the author is one I have previously read or never had the pleasure to read until the book greets my shelf.

I received a complimentary copy of “Hubble Bubble” from ChocLit in exchange for an honest review! I did not receive compensation for my opinions or thoughts shared herein.

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a bit of back-history on this sequence of roms:

I started reading the Yorkshire Romances with the sixth installment of the series: Can’t Buy Me Love as I have been wanting to start reading the stories by Ms Lovering for quite an age at that point. I felt it was a good place to start – to get familiar with her quirky humour & become acquainted with her style! I had intended to read more stories within this series and am thankful I can pick up where I left off this Spring through my readings of Hubble Bubble and Please Don’t Stop the Music.

I have been wanting to keep seeking out stories of non-traditional families, foster care and/or adoptive families this New Year – I asked the authors I regularly interact with during @SatBookChat if they knew of any story-lines which would ‘fit’ this niche of interest wherein happily Ms Lovering felt Hubble Bubble might be one of the ones I’d enjoy reading! For me, it offered me the chance to see how the theme I was seeking was incorporated but on a personal note, it was a lovely transition back into the Yorkshire Romances!

As you’ll notice, these are all one-off stories which can be read out of sequences as it is not a series where each story conjoins into the new one – the setting is what unites the stories together, therefore, despite my preference of reading ‘series’ in order of sequence, in this particular instance I get to have the happy folly of moving in and out of the series per each story which feels it ought to be ‘read’ next vs having to stick to the order of publication!

The Yorkshire Romances in sequence:

{please note: all of these are stand-alone; only the setting unites them}

To properly recap my ruminative pre-reading thoughts about the series,

kindly visit my Spotlight w/ Notes!

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Why I enjoyed my introduction into Ms Lovering’s writing style:

I had a sneaky feeling going into a Lovering novel, I might love her smart wit and wicked sense of humour; I wasn’t entirely sure, mind you as I only have seen her charming wit lace itself through #ChocLitSaturday in the past, but there was always a noddle of a wink towards what I might find inside her fiction! Oy vie. I nearly think I’ve waited a bit too long to dig into her stories – as one thing is for certain – I do love writers who make analogies into their own one liners of comedic relief! I do love clean stand-up comedy and improv; mostly as I come from a family of jokers and comedians; if there is a way to spin-off a connection between pop culture and life; we’re your family! We also love finding the cheekiness of ordinary life and imparting a bubble of a laugh out of anything that can be spun into a slice of comedic joy! We’re crackers I guess half the time, laughing at our own jokes but what makes us endearing is how we approach life with the light of joy even when times turn dearly turbulent. Without humour, where would any of us be anyway?

Some of the genius of Lovering’s pop cultural wit and humour was so innate you had to understand it was a reference when you stumbled across it such as the cheeky reference to the Daleks (ie. Doctor Who!). I found these instances and passages were my absolute favourites – which also goes to prove I have had such a hearty appetite of British tv and movies alongside my own country’s offerings (and Canada’s) that it would appear I have dual understanding of the insertions one can make on everyday life by lending wisdom from what we watch on either the small or large screen! lol

Truly Lovering has great wit and her best strength is how she augments her humour into the streamline of the conversational plot; as I liked how this didn’t read like a traditional RomCom on that level. No, it reminded me a bit when Ferris Bueller turns back to the camera and starts to talk to the audience? So, too does Willow speak to the reader rather than the writer whose narrating her story. It’s a tongue in cheek method of the craft but also, when you overlay and insert the pop culture one liners, zingers and over the top wicked inclusions only those of us ‘tuned in’ would understand becomes a wicked romp of a Rom to read; minus the overtly vulgar words which at one point felt ‘eh’ too much.

The ending Lovering conceived was ‘just desserts’ for a bloke who deserved understanding you cannot do what he did and not have consequences. There was a story-line similar to this one on Law and Order: SVU but with a different twist to it, but the outcome of course was the same; too many women were betrayed by the callus actions of one man who only did what he did to satisfy his own needs. In both instances, the ending was the best because neither man ever thought they’d have to ‘face the music’ so to speak in such a collective way in which they did. I loved Lovering for ending it like this as it was fitting to have the women re-take their power over a rat of a man.

-quoted from my review of Can’t Buy Me Love

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On my connection to the author:

I happily have had the pleasure of interacting with Ms Lovering through #ChocLitSaturday the chat off/on for two years; up until when she had to take a hiatus from joining us in the Autumn of 2015 or thereabouts. I am always thankful when the ChocLit authors can find a niche where they feel comfortable chattering with fellow ChocLit authors, Romance novelists, book bloggers, readers, and other bookishly chatty spirits who alight on Saturdays! Ms Lovering always knows how best to give us a heap of laughter, a wicked good smile and happily make #ChocLitSaturday (now #SatBookChat) a lovely place to be!

I am disclosing this, to assure you that I can formulate an honest opinion, even though I have interacted with her ahead of reading her novels. I treat each book as a ‘new experience’, whether I personally know the author OR whether I am reading a book by them for the first time. This is also true when I follow-up with them on future releases and celebrate the book birthdays that come after their initial publication.

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Notation about the Cover Art: Loads of readers talk about what they love about the textural feel of novels & how such inclusions from raised lettering to special fringed papers (those are my favourites, too!) are what give them a little ‘extra’ lift of joy to be reading the novels they choose to pick up. I can’t let it go unnoticed – the ‘Hubble Bubble’ on this novel are *raised!* lettering whilst the graphics below the title are partially raised, too! I even love the *burnt!* pages illusion on the cover & back-cover respectively as I love using this technique in mixed media collages myself. In essence, I am madly in *love!* with the aesthetic of this cover! It’s wicked brilliant!

Book Review | “Hubble Bubble” (Book Two: Yorkshire Romances) by Jane Lovering #ChocLitSaturdaysHubble Bubble
Subtitle: Be careful what you wish for!

Be careful what you wish for…

Holly Grey joined the women’s group to keep her friend out of trouble – and now she’s knee-deep in hassle, in the form of apocalyptic weather, armed men, midwifery and a sarcastic Welsh journalist.

Kai has been drawn to darkest Yorkshire by his desire to find out who he really is. What he hadn’t bargained on was getting caught up in amateur magic and dealing with a bunch of women who are trying really hard to make their dreams come true.

Together they realise that getting what you wish for is sometimes just a matter of knowing what it is you want…

Places to find the book:

Borrow from a Public Library

Add to LibraryThing

Book Page on World Weaver Press

ISBN: 9781781890127

on 7th of June, 2013

Pages: 290

Published by: ChocLitUK (@ChocLitUK)

Formats Available: Trade Paperback, Ebook, Audiobook (CD & Digital) and Large Print

Converse via: #JaneLovering, #YorkshireRomances + #ChocLit

About Jane Lovering

Jane Lovering

Jane was born in Devon and now lives in Yorkshire. She has five children, four cats and two dogs! She works in a local school and also teaches creative writing.

Jane is a member of the Romantic Novelists’ Association and has a first class honours degree in creative writing. Jane writes romantic comedies which are often described as ‘quirky’.

Her debut Please Don’t Stop the Music won the 2012 Romantic Novel of the Year and the Best Romantic Comedy Novel Award from the Romantic Novelists’ Association.

Novels: Please Don’t Stop the Music, Star Struck, Vampire State of Mind, Hubble Bubble, Falling Apart, How I Wonder What You Are and I Don’t Want to Talk About It.

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My review of hubble bubble:

The fridge had definitely exploded. The small squat box, now minus a corner, leaned slightly forward into a green patch of ooze, sides bulging and it’s front flapping from one impotent hinge. It looked like R2-D2 after a really hard night on the Creme de Menthe.

I shook my head as I left the flat. Megan was about as grounded as dandelion fluff on a good day. Today, the winds of romantic disappointment whistling through her life, she’d probably left Planet Sensible for geostationary orbit.

-quoted from Hubble Bubble by Jane Lovering, with permission from the publisher

As I first tucked into Hubble Bubble, with the projected emergence of witchery being concocted somewhere in the story-line, I half imagined after reading the fridge had *exploded!* this was the by-product of attempting witchcraft and spells! Imagine how I roared in laughter over the remark about R2D2 and his drinking habits whilst realising this was a mere mortal issue rather than a paranormal one! Ha! It was a wicked brill way to start the novel, as it tucks your toes into realising if magic is inside, Ms Lovering is going to make you wait for it!

On the opposite end, part of me wondered why Holly felt the need to out Megan for keeping her innocence close to her heart and not feeling as jaded as so many do by the time they reach her age. Unless, part of me mused, what if Holly wasn’t as fond of feeling innocence anymore herself and thereby, saw something in Megan she can’t connect with herself?

What I said in my tweet rung further true as I found myself giggling over the nod towards rain sticks! Honestly, I ought to seek out more lighter faire – either that, or just stick to reading Ms Lovering – she sure does know how to itch my funnybone in all the right places! Plus, too, her pop cultural humour is a proper match to my own interests, so for me, it always feels like the comedic bits are custom-fitting my own sense of satire & humour!

I had a feeling there is more to the back-history on Holly’s brother and Kai – barely ‘on camera’ long enough to gain a proper perspective on his character has intrigued me, too. Sneaking back into the pursuit of witchy adventures felt right – as I had a sneaking feeling Megan wouldn’t drop her keen interest in seeking out Vivienne (the adverted witch) for very long! Seemed like her mind was set on the experience right after her fridge exploded its contents and Holly had reminded her of her broken heart.

Remember the scene in Practical Magic where the only coven they could assemble at the last minute to save Nicole Kidman’s character were the housewives? I oft smiled at the quirkiness of that collection of women but Ms Lovering has outshined them by half with her small ragtag group of women who are sitting in the company of Vivienne as if they don’t honestly want to reveal why they answered an advert about ‘wishes’ from a witch! I haven’t stopped smirking nor laughing either – as she tucks in these quick quips that just get you rolling into a happy mood!

Megan is one of those sorts who is game for nearly anything – if it had excitement or the allure of the unknown, she’d like to gamble on a chance to experience something new rather than take Holly’s approach which is to debunk it all before she even knew what that ‘something’ entailed. They truly are polar opposites – even if they understand each other rather well and get on as friends. Kai has a distance about him at first, but what is more interesting to note is how Holly makes her living as a location scout. The way she describes it is quite true to how I felt it might be – loads of roaming through potential locations and having to convince people the paperwork was worth it even if it feels a bit wrong-sided (as far as who fixes the mistakes & mishaps).

I was quite taken by Kai’s house – even if it was done a bit over the top, you couldn’t claim it didn’t have character in spades! It was outfitted to re-humour your sense of what could be Gothic whilst it had a homey feel inside. What was more interesting was the fact the pregnant girl inside was his daughter – carrying twins and how happy he was to have her staying with him ahead of her delivery. He might not feel as comfortable in his own skin (per the journalled notes we’re becoming privy to about his own sense of identity) but it is lovely he’s giving his daughter a sense of security by welcoming her home.

Holly meanwhile made such a gaffe of an exit from Kai’s company in the Jeep, it couldn’t have been scripted or lived any funnier if you tried to reenact it yourself! The fact she had to trudge back into the woods so soon after feeling as if the woods had become congealed into her clothing was smarting! I mean, none of the women who were following Vivienne’s quest into the Pagan arts was even tempted to intervene and see if she needed something before marching out single-file into the woods you’d already grown suspicious of yourself for being a bit unsafe at night!

Between her duties as a caregiver for her brother – as despite the fact he is predominately independent, she had to check-in with him routinely and balancing her work life; if she hadn’t taken up with Megan and her newfound coven of wish-seekers, she might not have found new reasons to visit with Kai. She was as complicated as he was on the relationship scale. Neither of them wanted full commitment – her reasons although given immediately and openly still felt as if she were holding back a bit towards her real reasons why she wanted to remain a singleton. In regards to Kai he was more glib on the details which secured his heart away. You can tell he likes to keep his privacy and he’s not the kind to mince words – yet in his journals he reveals almost too much about what ails him and what has afflicted his heart with a cold distrust of women. His greatest issue truly is learning the word ‘forgiveness’.

The most interesting bit – in regards to the women who were wish seekers – is how much weight the leader, Vivienne put on Holly’s shoulders! It was almost as if Holly was the person everyone turnt to find their compass heading. You could observe this with her brother, as by all rights, she really was the only person he could lean on and find understanding. Then, as the women in the group tried to strengthen their personal sense of self through their experiments in witchcraft, you saw them seeking her approval and her thoughts about what they should be ‘experiencing’ rather than seeing if she was having any effects at all by their gatherings. Sure, they asked that much of her, but it felt more like she was the barometer and not merely one of people who were bumping along and hoping for a good result.

Then, Kai finally opens up the floodgates on his past – in such a rather side-stepping manner of approach. He wants to be the kind of bloke who shares his feelings and allows himself to be ‘connected’ to whomever he’s dating but he’s stuck in the classic patterns of ‘disconnection’. Kai is quite literally his own worst enemy as he’s spent loads of years seething in anger at his biological Mum rather than focusing on the life he was given to live. I do respect his origin story is a difficult one but the way in which his character was developed… Kai has a lot of selfish tendencies in him and he doesn’t even seem like the kind of person who’d feel remorse for his short-comings (as Holly herself hinted at) which made liking him even in the smallest sense of the word quite difficult.

On the other way, Holly was disconnected emotionally herself but not as far gone as Kai if you can believe it!? She was still re-considering her thoughts on life, relationships and the reasons why she tried to ‘push’ everyone away – from trying to keep the distance in line of sight and not stumble into a close relationship with anyone.

I think the hardest part about seeking out your biological parents after you’ve been adopted or if they are seeking you first – is sorting out your emotions. Of understanding where you are right now in your life, why they (or you) are trying to reconnect and if it is even possible to find reconciliation after the time which has passed between you. Ms Lovering takes you straight into the heart of that predicament when she looks at the crossroads both Kai and his Mum are facing – the Mum wants to acknowledge Kai but is Kai ready for her to re-step back into his life even if for a short moment to give him the peace of mind he never had?

The heartier laughs came when during the epic snowstorm swirling round outside caused Cerys to go into labour! Mind you, her father Kai wasn’t too controlled in a crisis nor was Nicholas (Holly’s brother) but the two of them sorted out they could start boiling things to help after the hardest bits were done in the birthing room! I mean, you should have heard me half rolling in laughter as Cerys is going through the hellish bits of natural childbirth where she wants to bear down and start to push whilst Holly is so overwhelmed at that point she’s just ready to get it straight to rights as a midwife she never trained to be (outside of watching the PBS series of the same name!).

Honestly – I think this was my *favourite!* scene out of the whole story – because of how well they all came together in the end! There was such wicked spontaneity involved – plus, the joys of seeing your child for the first time and how aggrieved you are it took so long to meet them. The height of joy for a mother whose just delivered her child (or in Cerys case, children) is infinitely renewed each day she is raising them. There is a special bond which forms a bridge of love between them and in that sequence of a girl becoming a mother – for the other characters, it acted like a catalyst of truth.

The reasons I had issues with Kai is because he’s classically the kind of ‘bad boy’ I’d avoid – the whole time I was reading his journal and listening to how he talked about relationships – I was betwixt my feelings about him. Generally, the whole time I was reading his character’s thoughts and opinions, he came off like a brash prat. Someone I’d honestly have no time for him IRL and couldn’t fathom what Holly saw in him to be honest – outside of the fact they seemed to cancel each other out in regards to personality types. In a lot of ways, the other issues I had is I have been watching the first season of The Big Valley wherein I am getting to know the Barkley’s. Heath Barkley never knew his father (Mr Barkley) as he grew up hating him without ever knowing the reason why he was never acknowledged by his father; it ate at him as much as it did Kai – except one strong difference: Heath had a healthier relationship with women.

If I hadn’t been watching Heath on The Big Valley wherein I could cross-compare two different characters from two different back-histories of non-traditional families – I might have not resolved Kai’s character at all. Personally, to me, the better of the two is Heath – as just because you don’t have an easy road in life, both men had a strong parental influence in their lives; Heath had a devouted Mum, Kai had his adopted parents. The past as bad as it is to overcome, why did one choose to wreck women’s lives (Kai) and the other one was a gentleman who was genuinely seeking true love (Heath).

Whilst I had to leave Kai to heal himself and find whichever road led to his own well-being – I felt a stronger connection to both Megan and Eve. Eve out of all the women in the story had the hardest strife to overcome and Megan – she truly had the best surprise ending to the wish experiment, outside of Eve; but for Eve, I felt emotional on her behalf because of how complicated her wish had ultimately become. Megan on the other hand surprised everyone for realising what Diane Lane’s character found out in Under the Tuscan Sun: sometimes what you desire most in life has a way of arriving on your path but not entirely in sequence of how you dream it.

Fly in the Ointment:

Although, I knew Ms Lovering said her choices in language usage differs through the stories she’s written from the past to the present, I honestly wasn’t quite prepared for how inclusive it was in this novel. As I nearly think my first entry into her style within the pages of Can’t Buy Me Love would now be considered ‘tame’ as compared to the frequency of how many times they are repeatedly used within Hubble Bubble. It is one of the few times where I can say, I started to have to gloss through some of the pages of a character’s sections (ie. Kai’s journal entries) due to the fact I reached that point where the frequency was too over the top to excuse.

Extras at the end:

I found a lovely Q&A at the end of the novel, which of course, I read prior to reading Hubble Bubble as I love to look over the books I am readng – spying out any extra bits before I dig into the heart of the story itself! These are the lovely inclusions I’ve only just realised many readers omit or overlook or avoid completely – I find that highly irregular as I was talking to Mum about this quirk of others and realised she & I are birds of the same feather!

Each of us, unbeknownst to the other, love to sort out if an author or publisher has included such lovelies as Author’s Notes, Appendixes (we both equally grow giddy if those are included!), maps, Q&As, Author Essays, goodness, the list could continue – but I think you gather the gist! If it’s connected to the writer or the story, we’re wicked happy for those ‘extra bits’ – even the Dedications and other such pages are enjoyed by Mum and daughter!

So, imagine my delightful surprise in finding this Q&A – as I have been taking a rather quirky walkabout through the backlist of ChocLit novels – this time round I’m back inside *2013!* (the very year I started Jorie Loves A Story) and have found this inclusion in the end pages! The interesting bit to note is what Ms Lovering would like to take with her to the (supposedly) deserted island whilst a bit of insight into what inspired the story & her characters. Now that I’ve seen this, I wish it had caught on and the rest of the ChocLit novels had had this at the conclusion. Such a lovely gesture!!

on the comedic rom styling of Ms lovering:

Quite immediately I was charmed by Hubble Bubble – how you can grow lost in the humour and wit of Ms Lovering whilst trying to acquaint yourself with the current cast of characters. They’re blessedly flawed, genuinely open about their character traits and otherwise, have had the pleasure of random moments bridging them all together in a way that truly does feel believable.

There are some seriously lovely comedic moments sprinkled throughout this novel – such as the moment where Megan brought her newly beloved dog (Rufus) with her to the woman’s group and scared the ever-loving minds of the cats therein something crazy! Laughs. The wit and satire is peppered round the edges of the headier subjects being explored – such as Kai’s search for identity but really what he’s keen on finding most is emotional wellness, forgiveness and a proper sense of who wants to be rather than the bloke he’s become by default. Megan by far makes me giggle – she has the most outrageous adventures and yet, she lives a rather ordinary life! She just happens to have the luck of being in the midst of a particular drama and the outcomes of such is quite hilarious!

For all the levity of this Rom Com, it is more of a dramedy due to the journals of Kai’s self-examination of his soul and his emotional health. There are a lot of darker shades of relationship issues being explored including self-projecting pessimism and the ways in which people choose to self-destruct their connections before they allow themselves the joy of living in the moment of seeing a relationship develop organically. There are moments where I truly can say the context was difficult to read – as Kai truly pushed me a bit for what can be accepted for someone whose going through as much as he is – the hardest part truly is why he allowed himself to spiral into such a state of self-hate and loathing for a mother he never knew and for circumstances he never was explained. As this personally set-up a sequence of his patterns in life which were hard to read, as on one hand you can agree his past is hard to put to rights by heart and mind but why would that kind of past lead to his other behaviour issues is harder to reconcile.

Equality in Lit:

Nicholas, Holly’s brother has special needs – yet the compassion and the protectiveness of Holly’s presence in his life is refreshing. In some ways, I think her brother gave her purpose but also, an air of distrust of men as she didn’t want to complicate her life further than it had already become by being her brother’s keeper.

Kai shows the darker side of adoption – where due to different experiences and life moments within his after adoption care in foster homes, he truly had deep seeded emotional angst to where it affected his perspective on women and life in general. He had a lot of psychological issues – all of which are openly disclosed and discussed.

Holly on the other hand is one of the rare examples of how women can purposely disconnect their emotions from their rational mind. She had a hard road due to Nicholas but it’s how she approached living outside of having a special needs sibling which truly became the backbone of the story alongside Kai’s own journey towards self-healing. The two of them had dual purposes in the story-line and thereby expanded the depth of what Ms Lovering was trying to say and accomplish by showing their sides of how toxic you can live through your relationships.

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For my readers who are curious about my next #ChocLitSaturdays showcase – I am continuing my Spring ChocLit Reads this March & early April whilst hosting two more #SatBookChat’s at the end of March!

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My ChocLit reviews are resuming – I have four lovelies to share with you – as well as two *upcoming!* #SatBookChat’s – on the 24th & 31st!

Be sure to keep a keen eye on my readerly insights on the rest of my *Spring ChocLit Reads* which are:

Please Don’t Stop the Music by Jane Lovering (Yorkshire Romances)

♥ Follow A Star by Christine Stovell (Little Spitmarsh)

♥ Sugar & Spice by Angela Britnell

The 24th will feature a topic in #WomensFiction (*hint!*) it will be about non-traditional characters & women of a certain age,… inspired by “The Best Boomerville Hotel” as I truly LOVE! the premise of this story! (see also Interview I hosted with Ms Caroline James)

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On my 5th blogoversary for Jorie Loves A Story – we’ll be discussing #GeorgetteHeyer as I’m reading this author for the first time.

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