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Be the Gift

Be the Gift

On 10/30 Victoria wrote: Ann Voskamp's new book Be the Gift is not an easy read, I think, however, it is one with an important message for those who are able to read it. Ann's style appears to be a collaboration of story and parable, honest vulnerability and hard truth. It's this hard truth that makes this book so very valuable. ... Be the Gift by Ann Voskamp

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4 Stars

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Indescribable

Indescribable

On 10/15 Victoria wrote: As a fair warning, I did not run this book by my kids, so this review is all from my perspective this time. Not that they won't love this book. Giglio has done a wonderful job which I'll explain as we go on, but, this book is probably most strongly suited for kiddos in grades 1-4 (with obvious wiggle ... Indescribable 100 devotions about God and Science by Louie Giglio

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Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

Really Woolly Christmas Blessings

On 10/3 Victoria wrote: As those of us in Canada are getting ready for Thanksgiving this weekend, it seems the perfect time to start exploring this year's Christmas books. In all honesty, Christmas is my favourite holiday so it doesn't take much encouragement for me to start breaking out the music and books, especially now ... Really Woolly Christmas Blessing by Bonnie Rickner Jensen

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4 Stars

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Mercy Never Sleeps

Mercy Never Sleeps

On 9/22 Victoria wrote: Jaimie's books are filled with things you don't typically find in Christian literature: mental health crisis, spiritual doubts, sad stories with unknown endings and yet the presence of these topics adds a layer of truth and honesty that allows Jaimie to connect with his readers in a way that is so much ... Mercy Never Sleeps by Jamie Blaine

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4 Stars

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Unseen

Unseen

On 8/29 Victoria wrote: I have been a fan of Sara Hagerty's blog for as long as I can remember. Her writing style, so full of honesty, story, and truth often appeared on my computer screen at opportune times with messages I couldn't help but ponder in subsequent days. When I heard Sara had released a new full length book I ... Unseen by Sara Hagerty

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5 Stars

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Night Night, Train

Night Night, Train

On 7/14 Victoria wrote: Night Night, Train is a unique children's tale following a family of dogs taking a trip to Sleepytown and all the things they see and do along the way. At first, I was a little confused by the structure of the page. Each set of pages has two sections of text. One is in simple rhyming pairs of to the ... Night Night, Train by Amy Parker

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4 Stars

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The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book

The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book

On 6/30 Victoria wrote: The Beautiful Word is one of the latest offerings in Zondervan's line of colouring books. Combining the more intricate pictures customary of adult colouring books with scripture verses for a fuller and more versatile experience. As far as colouring books go, The Beautiful Word is a solid option ... The Beautiful Word Adult Coloring Book

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4 Stars

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Indescribable Adult Coloring Book

Indescribable Adult Coloring Book

On 5/26 Victoria wrote: Confession time, I'm a life long fan of colouring books. Whether it was at Grandma's house as a child or curled up with dormmates in college, there is something relaxing and inspiring at bringing pictures to life with vibrant colours. This also means I'm always on the hunt for a good colouring book ... Indescribable By Laura Story and Jesse Reeves

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5 Stars

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A Stranger at Fellsworth

A Stranger at Fellsworth

On 5/5 Victoria wrote: A Stranger at Fellsworth is the third installment of Sarah E. Ladd's Treasures of Surrey series. As one unfamiliar with Ladd's work, I can safely state that reading the previous two novels are not a requirement for full enjoyment of this book but if they are of the same quality they are definitely worth ... A Stranger at Fellsworth by Sarah E. Ladd

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4 Stars

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The Lucky Few

The Lucky Few

On 4/13 Victoria wrote: So, my husband probably rolled his eyes a little when I said I was reading another book on adoption. Every few months one slips onto the nightstand and usually sparks some wonderfully interesting discussions. This time, though, I was curious to see how Heather and Josh Avis had been taken on their own ... The Lucky Few by Heather Avis

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Thank  You, God, for Grandpa

Thank You, God, for Grandpa

On 3/20 Victoria wrote: In our house we talk a lot about family and for good reason. 1. Family is important to us. 2. Our family is very spread out so it's harder to reinforce this importance through getting together. That's why I'm always on the lookout for solid books about family to help our two little ones better understand ... Thank You God for Grandpa by Amy Parker

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5 Stars

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The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition

On 2/24 Victoria wrote: As hard as it is to admit, babies grow up. In our house, we're always on the hunt for books that will educate, entertain, and challenge our little ones as they grow. While we love our Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz, our oldest kiddo has reached the point where he's ready to listen to longer and more ... The Jesus Storybook Bible Gift Edition By Sally Lloyd-Jones

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4 Stars

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Good Good Father for Little Ones

Good Good Father for Little Ones

On 1/22 Victoria wrote: Some songs really click with their audience and in 2016, Chris Tomlin's "Good, Good Father" did just that reaching number 1 on the charts. However, the song spends the majority of the song affirming God's role as a good father rather than explaining the aspects that make this true. In the book Good, ... Good Good Father by Chris Tomlin and Pat Barrett

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4 Stars

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God Made You Nose to Toes

God Made You Nose to Toes

On 12/15 Victoria wrote: Alright, after lots of heavy reading it's so refreshing to jump back into children's books again and refreshing definitely describes this new offering from author Leslie Parrott. I adore this book and know my kids will too. The book itself is a solid board book construction which is perfect for any ... God Made You Nose to Toes by Leslie Parrott

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5 Stars

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Riley Unlikely

Riley Unlikely

On 10/23 Victoria wrote: Take one teenage girl, add a dream to go to Africa, stir in a lot of faith, and what do you get? Riley Unlikely. Riley Unlikely is the story of Riley Banks Snyder teenage founder of Generation Next and teenage missionary who has a heart for the children of Africa and a passion for partnering with ... Riley Unlikely by Riley Banks Snyder

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4 Stars

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A Mile Wide

A Mile Wide

On 10/13 Victoria wrote: Confession time! I totally and completely only noticed this book due to the HGTV in the title. However, even though my motives for choosing this book were a little hazy and magpieish, Brandon Hatmaker's A Mile Wide stands to be one of the most impacting and powerful books of 2016 for this reader. Brandon's ... A Mile Wide Trading A Shallow Religion For A Deeper Faith By Brandon Hatmaker

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5 Stars

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One Small Donkey

One Small Donkey

On 9/23 Victoria wrote: Christmas stories come in many forms. Some follow Mary and Joseph, others look through the eyes of a human storyteller, while still others explore the animals point of view. In One Small Donkey, Dandi Mackall chooses a humble donkey to be her storyteller. I really enjoyed the narrative itself. ... One Small Donkey by Dandi Daisy Mackall Illustrated by Marta Alvarez Miguens

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4 Stars

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Itsy Bitsy Christmas

Itsy Bitsy Christmas

On 8/30 Victoria wrote: My first introduction to Max Lucado was through his book You are Special. Though a teenager at the time, I was thoroughly enchanted and, thanks to those awkward teen years, deeply touched by the simple yet true message. Lucado continues his theme of simple and true messages in his latest children's ... Itsy Bitsy Christmas by Max Lucado Illustrated by Bruno Merz

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4 Stars

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Uninvited

Uninvited

On 8/20 Victoria wrote: My first week of college I had a professor during orientation who declared his wish to hold a class for overcoming loneliness. He then went on to declare he'd tell all the attendees to simply talk to each other. It was a simplistic formula but showed a lot of wisdom. In that first week we were all lonely ... Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst

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4 Stars

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Precious Moments: Happy Harvest

Precious Moments: Happy Harvest

On 8/5 Victoria wrote: As a child, I remember being enchanted by the distinct images which summed up Precious Moments in my young mind. The whimsical characters never ceased to bring me delight and any time I stumbled across them I was memorized. I was so excited to see Jean Fischer's new addition to the Precious Moments ... Happy Harvest by Jean Fischer

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The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury

On 6/29 Victoria wrote: The Berenstain Bears are one of those series that brings up happy memories of bedtime stories with my own parents. Adventures with Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister Bear throughout Bear Country was a standard part of my childhood and one I eagerly looked forward too.With that in mind, I was excited to introduce ... The Berenstain Bears' Caring and Sharing Treasury by Jan and Mike Berenstain

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4 Stars

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Unstuffed

Unstuffed

On 4/30 Victoria wrote: Stuff has become a part of our culture. Lives revolve around the accumulation and/or removing of stuff from our lives. Tv Shows have popped up on both extremes from Hoarders to Tiny House Hunters thriving of our fascination with things. But for many people, there would be contentment just to find some ... Unstuffed by Ruth Soukup

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4 Stars

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Night Night, Daddy

Night Night, Daddy

On 4/8 Victoria wrote: I love bedtime stories. They've always seemed the perfect way to end a day, cuddling up with a good book and a warm blanket, letting the story wash over you. I also like good stories, relatable kids stories because, lets face it, if you have a toddler you are going to be reading that book until both ... Night Night Daddy by Amy Parker

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5 Stars

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Pressing Pause

Pressing Pause

On 3/30 Victoria wrote: Pause. I remember my first year of college thinking "Life is so busy!" Only to reassure myself that studies were for a season and then life would settle down. I remember being a newly wed. Exploring the joys and realities of merging two into one, thinking that it's only a season and then life will ... Pressing Pause, 100 Quiet Moments for Moms to Meet Jesus by Karen Ehman and Ruth Schwenk

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5 Stars

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This Is Awkward

This Is Awkward

On 2/26 Victoria wrote: In his new book, This is Awkward, Sammy Rhodes takes readers on a journey using his own past, heavy use of pop culture references, and surprisingly simple wisdom (that leads to deeper insight) to explore issues that have traditionally made the church uncomfortable. Things I loved: I loved Rhodes honesty ... This is Awkward by Sammy Rhodes

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4 Stars

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Breaking Busy

Breaking Busy

On 2/6 Victoria wrote: Life can be busy. In fact, our culture prides itself on busyness, our ability to achieve, multitask, and finish items on our checklist. I'm no exception. If I'm truly honest I read Alli Worthington's new book Breaking Busy while holding my sleeping baby, encouraging my older son in quiet play, and ... Breaking Busy by Alli Worthington

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4 Stars

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Strong and Kind

Strong and Kind

On 1/26 Victoria wrote: So, confession time. I've never actually watched Duck Dynasty. My knowledge has been limited to the fact that they live in the Southern US, do something with hunting and ducks, and have a reality tv show. I do, however, have kids and have an eye open for any book that may help me better raise my ever ... Strong and Kind by Korie Robertson

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4 Stars

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Midnight Jesus

Midnight Jesus

On 1/14 Victoria wrote: I chose to read this book. I was drawn in by the author's blurb mentioning crisis intervention - a field I once pursued before prejudice kicked me out. I was drawn in by the lure of stories, of humanity in a nutshell and yet still more complex and vast for our labels to ever hold. I was drawn in by ... Midnight Jesus by Jamie Blaine

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5 Stars

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God Is With You Every Day

God Is With You Every Day

On 12/31 Victoria wrote: Confession time. I've actually only ever read children's books by Max Lucado. With the onslaught of college and my delightful diving into fiction since graduation I just never got around to him. The collection of children's books he has written though never fail to delight me, so when I had the chance ... God Is With You Every Day - Max Lucado

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3 Stars

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Good Night, Little Love

Good Night, Little Love

On 12/11 Victoria wrote: Looking for a new bedtime story to share with your little ones? Good Night Little Love may just be what you're looking for. Good Night Little Love follows the journey of two bunnies as they get ready for bed and explore all the adventures they plan on having the next day. This book has a lot of ... Good Night Little Love

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4 Stars

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The Plans I Have For You

The Plans I Have For You

On 10/3 Victoria wrote: The Plans I Have For You by Amy Parker takes kids through a colourful journey regarding what they can do with their lives. Presented with bright, fun, and engaging pictures Parker explores what kids can do with their lives seemingly anchoring the book on Jer. 29:11. At first glance I was excited by ... The Plans I Have For You

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3 Stars

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Goodnight, Manger

Goodnight, Manger

On 9/23 Victoria wrote: Every once in awhile I stumble across an author who becomes a "go-to" for our family bookshelves. Most recently, we've fallen in love with the stunning pairing of Laura Sassi and Jane Chapman. A few weeks ago, I had the joy of reviewing Goodnight Ark which has become a fast favourite in our home, so ... Goodnight Manger

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5 Stars

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Thank You, Lord, For Everything

Thank You, Lord, For Everything

On 9/12 Victoria wrote: It's hard to believe Thanksgiving is only a month away. Thanksgiving is one of those weird little holidays for us that is usually pretty laid back and ends up looking a lot like our regular extended family dinners.However, the central theme of thankfulness is one I certainly appreciate as well as the ... Thank you Lord for Everything by P.J. Lyons

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4 Stars

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Thankful

Thankful

On 8/27 Victoria wrote: One of the issues I spent many hours mulling over when I first became a mom was how to teach the intangibles, things like kindness, respect, patience, and thankfulness. While I recognized the value of making these life long lessons I was at a loss how to intentionally guide when language was a factor ... Thankful by Eileen Spinellii

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4 Stars

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Goodnight, Ark

Goodnight, Ark

On 8/15 Victoria wrote: Instilling a love a reading can be difficult when your family consists of very active little boys. Although we've worked hard to incorporate reading from day one - some days our oldest is content to cuddle and have story time while others he'd prefer to spin around, run, jump, and climb until he crashes ... Goodnight Ark

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5 Stars

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Say and Pray Bible

Say and Pray Bible

On 7/28 Victoria wrote: Finding books for our family is proving to be a bit more of a challenge than I counted on. With a 2 year old who wants to turn the pages himself (and shreds anything that looks shredded, goodbye pop-up books) and a 5 week old who we hope will eventually share the library books needs to be quality in ... The Say & Pray Bible by Diane Stortz

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5 Stars

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Women are Scary

Women are Scary

On 7/9 Victoria wrote: The title, Women are Scary is supposed to get your attention, make you question, make you laugh but like most of the relationships it's describing, at the core is something necessary that has a lot of heart. Women are Scary is a truth many moms can face with the so-called "mommy wars" and the general ... Refreshing insight into Friendships and Motherhood

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5 Stars

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The Crimson Path of Honor

The Crimson Path of Honor

On 6/10 Victoria wrote: I wanted to like this book. I've racked my brain thinking about this since I finished Tosi's book a few weeks ago and the premise was solid. I love historical pieces. I love strong female characters and the way that Luci/Morning Star wrestles with her faith and her heart in the midst of trying circumstances ... THE CRIMSON PATH OF HONOR

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2 Stars

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Fairy Tale Romance Collection

Fairy Tale Romance Collection

On 5/18 Victoria wrote: Last Christmas season I had the opportunity to read the last book in this collection and review it in this post . Overall, I enjoyed the book and found it held its own as a "read-alone" given the references to prior characters and books. However, I love stories that continue on well, giving insight ... The Fairy Tale Romance Collection by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Scary Close

Scary Close

On 4/30 Victoria wrote: This month I had the opportunity to explore Donald Miller’s latest offering Scary Close. Donald Miller is a name that came up time and again throughout my college years, acting as a polarizing force through his works such as Blue Like Jazz. However, even among all this buzz, this was my first actual ... Scary Close: Dropping the Act and Finding True Intimacy

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3 Stars

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Words to Dream On

Words to Dream On

On 3/22 Victoria wrote: I still remember when our son was born and we started to leave the hospital. There were pamphlets, how-to guides. nurses visits, home visits, everything to help us care for our child's physical and mental well being in those foundational and sleep deprived early days. Yet, as our little one grew I found ... Words to Dream On by Diane Stortz

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5 Stars

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Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers

Lucado Treasury of Bedtime Prayers

On 2/16 Victoria wrote: Every once in awhile you find a "library classic". It's the type of book that comes off the shelf with regularity as pictures and meanings resonate with family. The type of book that gets used with one sibling and the next, perhaps even on to the next generation. Thinking back on my own childhood, I ... amazing addition to any family library

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5 Stars

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52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

52 Little Lessons from Les Miserables

On 1/19 Victoria wrote: In 52 Life Lessons from Les Miserables, Bob Welch provides readers with a unique devotional/teaching resource. Over the course of 52, easy to read, and short chapters, Welch not only examines a well beloved tale recognized through print, stage, song, and film but challenges readers to think about themes ... 52 Life Lessons from Les Miserables

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4 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 12/11 Victoria wrote: As a noble daughter and elder sister, it is Margaretha’s duty to marry well. Surely it isn’t her fault that none of her suitors came close to being the husband she desires. Lord Claybrook seems her best option despite his high tastes and cold eyes, so why is her attention held fast by an injured, ... The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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5 Stars

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