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Vanessa’s 2021 Reads

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Vanessa
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

Vanessa’s 2021 Reads

Post by Vanessa » Fri January 8th, 2021, 11:05 pm

Here’s my list for January:

The Coffin Maker’s Garden by Stuart MacBride
This is the third in the Ash Henderson series. I haven’t read the previous two books but can confirm that the Coffin Maker’s Garden can be read as a stand-alone. It took a little while to work out who was who and what was what, but I gradually got into the swing of things. There are two killers on the loose in this story. Human remains are found in a house which is teetering on the edge of a cliff whilst elsewhere there are children being kidnapped and later found dead. Although I enjoyed this on the whole, I did find it a little too gruesome and violent for my tastes. Having said that, it’s quite gripping and kept me on the edge of my seat/hiding behind a cushion at times. It’s vividly written - perhaps too many metaphors, though - and the dark humour does make up for the grisly bits somewhat. There are some larger than life characters, a little too large at times. Ash has more lives than a cat! He really is the Six Million Dollar Man. 😆. If you enjoy chiller thrillers, this one will definitely float your boat. Thanks to Pigeonhole for the opportunity to read this book.

Highland Lioness by Kristin Gleeson
Morag McGregor is sent to the Scottish court of 1559 after instigating a spot of cattle rustling and purloining Rory Campbell's horse. She sets out on a journey of revenge and finds herself involved in the world of spies, politics and royal intrigue. I enjoyed this historical romp come adventure story. It’s beautifully written with some great imagery of life at court. I liked that it combined historical fact with fiction. I felt I learned a little more about the machinations of the era. The main character is a very determined and courageous young lady, she has a sharp edge to her. She’s no shrinking violet! There is a love interest in the form of a nobleman who is not as he seems, he put me in mind of the Scarlet Pimpernel. All great ingredients for an entertaining and intriguing novel. An easy to read, well paced and plotted tale which should appeal to historical romantic suspense fans. It does form part of a series but can be read as a stand alone.

33 Women by Isabel Ashdown
When Celine and Pip’s dysfunctional mother dies, they meet up to organise her funeral and deal with the estate, bringing back memories of their sister, Vanessa, who died in mysterious circumstances 15 years previously. Another girl is found dead which seems to echo Vanessa’s death and both women have a connection to a nearby commune led by the enigmatic Seed. This is an intriguing and absorbing tale. It’s not a fast paced read. It’s a slow burner, gradually drawing the reader in, revealing little clues along the way. It’s told via two voices, that of Celine, who is desperate to find out what happened to her sister all those years ago, and that of Bramble, one of the founders of the commune. It also goes backwards and forwards in time, interweaving the strands, and then travelling towards the big reveal at the end. And what a reveal it is! It could be deemed slightly incredulous but all I can say is please read the book and make your own mind up! It’s well worth the effort.

The City of Tears by Kate Mosse
Second in the Burning Chambers series. The story begins in Puivert in 1572 where Minou and Piet are preparing to travel to Paris to attend a royal wedding. There is still unrest between the Huguenots and the Catholics. The visit all ends in disaster in the form of the St Bartholomew Day’s Massacre, the reappearance of an old enemy and the disappearance of a family member. This is a fabulous sequel to the first book, The Burning Chambers. The story really draws you in and is rich in historical detail. There are some wonderful, well drawn characters who I really cared about and the odd one or two villains who I wanted to stick with the pointy end! It’s a beautifully written and researched tale of adventure and suspense. There’s danger and excitement on every corner. I read this book via the Pigeonhole app and was gripped from start to finish, eagerly awaiting each stave every day. I’m so looking forward to the next instalment in this superb series.

A Crooked Tree by Una Mannion
A coming of age family drama set in the suburbs of Pennsylvania during the early 1980s. It begins with an argument in a car, resulting in disastrous consequences and opening up quite a few cans of worms within the neighbourhood. This is a slow burning story with some well drawn characters. The narrator is 15 year old Libby who I thought was particularly realistically described and scripted. Beautifully and evocatively written, it’s a tale of secrets, how they unravel and then affect those peoples around them. There is a certain amount of suspense and also a couple of dark and disturbing scenes, as well as some life affirming moments. It took me a little while to get into the flow of the writing, but once I did I enjoyed it. An engaging and thought provoking debut.

Along the Endless River by Rose Alexander
A wonderful historical family drama, spanning 20 years, set in Brazil and London. In 1890 Katharine and her husband, Anselmo, set off for the Amazon to build their rubber plantation business. Meanwhile Katharine’s sister, Mabel, is growing up in London and then becomes a ladies’ maid to the daughter of a rubber baron. As in all great stories, things don’t always go smoothly and there is quite the bumpy ride for them both! I thoroughly enjoyed this well written and book. The author brought the Amazon and the characters to life for me. It’s vividly described and it was all so easy to visualise in my mind. I loved Katharine, she’s a strong and resourceful woman. It’s well researched and the era is depicted superbly. I almost felt like I was there! A fabulous tale and easy to read, it will effortlessly transport you to another time and another place. It’s just right for reading in these uncertain times. Highly recommended.
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

February

Post by Vanessa » Mon March 1st, 2021, 10:08 pm

Here’s my list for February:

The Sanatorium by Sarah Pearse
Elin and her boyfriend, Will, have been invited to her brother, Isaac’s engagement party at a newly refurbished hotel in the Swiss Alps. Isaac’s fiancée goes missing and then one of the hotel’s employees is kidnapped, later found dead. An avalanche occurs and staff and residents alike find themselves snowed in and stranded with a killer on the loose. Overall I very much enjoyed this book. It’s quite the page turner. There are plenty of twists and turns and the odd red herring. It’s atmospheric and creepy. At first I was wondering if it was going to be some sort of sci fi/fantasy thriller but as the tale moves on, it becomes quite different to that and really quite sinister. I think it does become obvious who the killer is towards the conclusion. I wasn’t convinced by the ending and found it a tad far fetched, if I’m going to be honest. Having said that, if you enjoy fast paced thrillers in an interesting setting, you won’t go far wrong reading this one.

The Favour by Laura Vaughan
Ada Howell is desperate to fit in with the ‘in’ crowd, the dilettantes. When her godmother offers her the money to go on an art history excursion to Italy, she jumps at the chance. As Ada’s aspirations and predilections mount, one of the group dies in suspicious circumstances and she finds herself embroiled in a peculiar turn of events of her own making. I really enjoyed the style of writing, it’s beautifully and eloquently scripted. The story itself, however, is a slow burner and quite unusual. I loved the beginning, it really drew me in and then I started to find it a tad tedious. It could be that it was a little too arty for me. The characters were well drawn but so shallow, I didn’t take to any of them. I loved the descriptions of Italy, especially Venice as it took me back to when I visited there some years ago now. It does have vibes of The Secret History by Donna Tartt, which I absolutely loved, but ultimately The Favour didn’t quite hit the spot for me.

A Net for Small Fishes by Lucy Jago
Set in the 17thC, this tells the story of a scandal which rocked the Jacobean court. It centres around two women, Lady Frances Howard and Mistress Anne Turner, and also involves the King’s favourite, Robert Carr, and the suspicious death of Sir Thomas Overbury. It’s narrated by Anne which gives an interesting aspect on the events related in this book, the title of which is very apt. I thought this was a fabulous read and a wonderful piece of historical fiction based on a true story. It’s well researched and atmospherically written. The descriptions of court life and life on the streets of London are very vivid. The characters are well depicted and seemed realistic. I loved the bond between Frances and Anne, they were both strong and courageous women. I did shed a tear or two towards the end but the epilogue does leave the tale on a note of hope. A powerful and heart wrenching story of the importance of female friendship when trying to survive in a very male world. I loved it!

Crow Court by Andy Charman
Set in Dorset during the Victorian era, this tale centres around the murder of a choirmaster. It chronicles the lives of those connected to this event in fourteen different interlinked chapters. These chapters are almost short stories in themselves. I thought this was a very clever book. It’s beautifully written in different styles throughout, for example, it begins with a section written in short, choppy sentences and there’s another section written in the local Dorset dialect. This in no way detracts from the story, but rather adds to the whole ambience. It’s a very absorbing tale and I was completely immersed in the lives of all the characters. And what an array of colourful and believable characters there are! The amount of research that has gone into this novel is admirable. The author has done a great job in creating the wonderful world of Crow Court. I’ll never look at a corvid in quite the same way again! A fabulous piece of historical fiction. It was a joy to read it!

Mythos by Stephen Fry
The Greek myths retold. I enjoyed this one and found it very interesting. I didn’t really know a lot about the Greeks myths apart from the well known ones like Pandora, Medusa etc, and reading a few retellings like Circe by Madeline Miller. Consequently, I really liked finding out about the others. Stephen Fry’s sense of humour shows through making it an entertaining read.

Dishonour and Obey by Graham Brack
The third in the Master Mercurius mysteries set in the 17thC. This one is set in England during the reign of King Charles II. William of Orange has decided upon marriage to Princess Mary, Charles’ niece, and so Mercurius has been sent as an ambassador to secure the match. However, not everyone approves and murder is afoot. Yet another well written and entertaining mystery. Master Mercurius is as brilliant as ever with his dry sense of humour. There’s always a great combination of historical fiction and fact in this series and Dishonour & Obey is no exception. All three books I’ve read so far have kept me turning the pages with their cleverly hatched plots. An easy, engaging and enjoyable addition to a great seriesx.
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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

March

Post by Vanessa » Sat April 3rd, 2021, 5:01 pm

Here’s my list for March:

The Salt Path by Raynor Winn
Autobiographical account of Raynor and Moth Winn’s decision to walk the 630 mile South West Coastal Path of England from Somerset to Dorset by way of Devon and Cornwall after they lose their home and Moth becomes terminally ill with cancer. I thought this was quite interesting, especially the fact that Moth‘s health seemed to improve as they went along. I did, however, find it a little repetitive and I started to lose interest half way. Although I did feel for their plight, some of their thoughts and actions seemed a little bizarre to say the least. At times they didn’t seem to have a clue. Hats off to Moth and Ray, though. When the going gets tough, the tough get going.

The Castaways by Lucy Clarke
A compelling mystery about two sisters called Lori and Erin who have a very strong bond. After Lori’s relationship breakup with her partner, the sisters decide to take a holiday on a luxury island resort in Fiji. An argument the night before flying sends things awry and Lori ends up on the plane alone. The plane crashes and the nightmare begins. This is such a page turner. I was gripped from beginning to end. I read it via the Pigeonhole app and couldn’t wait to receive each stave every day. There are plenty of twists and turns and it’s full of suspenseful and tense moments. I always wondered what was going to happen next. If you enjoy stories which keep you on the edge of your seat and also with surprise endings, you’ll love this one although it might give you a fear of flying! This is the first book I’ve read by Lucy Clarke and it certainly won’t be my last.

Dog Days by Ericka Waller
This is a delightful story revolving around three very different people, Lizzie, Dan and George, and their various friends and dogs. Lizzie is autistic and living in a shelter for abused women, Dan is a psychotherapist and hiding a secret of his own, and George is just a grumpy and angry man who has recently lost his wife. All their lives interconnect in some way. The characters are wonderfully depicted. The author has done a great job with the way she has created them and making them feel so realistic. I’m sure we all have a Lizzie, Dan and George living near us in some form or another. The story itself is beautifully written, it’s quite an emotional read as well as having humorous moments which did make me chuckle. It’s not all sweetness and light as there is quite a dark side to the tale, some of which is heart wrenching. The dogs play a small but significant part in the story and they add a big note of hope. A dog truly is man’s best friend. Their intuitiveness, loyalty and joy for life really shines through,. All in all a fabulous read which I would have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys a character based, optimistic and feel good read. I loved it - I was so sad to turn the last page.

Canopy of Stars by Stephen Taylor
A courtroom style drama set in London and Germany at the beginning of the 19thC. A young Jewish man is accused of stealing a sheep and a woman wishing to follow in her lawyer father’s footsteps, decides to try to overturn his conviction. I thought this story was quite interesting, it started off well and gave a good insight into the plight of the Jewish community during this particular era. The machinations of court life were brought to life quite well and I enjoyed the writing style. It beggars belief that we would hang someone for such a petty crime. I have to admit, though, that the parts about pugilism didn’t always grab my attention. The characters didn’t seem fleshed out enough for my liking, either, as I would have liked to have got to know them a little better. Hence my rating of 3.5⭐️. All in all, an easy and thought provoking read which should appeal to those who enjoy historical novels set in the world of the justice (or injustice!) system.

Girl in the Walls by A J Gnuse
Have you ever wondered what causes those peculiar noises you can sometimes hear in your house? Well, after reading this book, you might feel even more curious! Elise has secretly taken up residence within the walls of her former home after her parents are killed in a car crash. At first the current owners seem unaware of her existence but soon the sons become conscious of her presence and events take an unfortunate turn. I found this gothic style story very unusual and imaginative. It’s atmospherically and vividly written with some fascinating characters. The house itself is the main character, I think, and from the way the author describes it, I could picture it quite clearly in my mind. At first I was never quite sure who or what Elise was so I was eager to read on to find out. There are some nail biting moments and there is a fair amount of suspense. There is also an eerie ambiance to the whole tale which at times was a little unsettling. However, the ending is a nice touch and leaves it on a positive note. This is such a bizarre and different read but oddly gripping, a story about grief and survival. I can wholeheartedly (with a little trepidation!) recommend it. I promise you’ll never look at the walls in your house in the same way again. 👀

Good Eggs by Rebecca Hardiman
An entertaining story set in Ireland about the antics of three generations of the dysfunctional Gogarty family. It’s humorous with some wonderful well drawn characters. Aideen is my favourite, the rebellious and troubled teenage daughter of the house. My other favourite is the grandmother, Millie, who is larger than life and draws attention to the trials and tribulations of the elderly. In fact, the whole family are ‘good eggs’ as suggested by the title. It’s very much a romp, a farce even. It had me laughing out loud at times, although I did think it got a little far fetched towards the end. A fun, lighthearted and enjoyable debut. A great pick me up in these uncertain times.

Lost Property by Helen Paris
A wonderfully touching story set mainly in the Lost Property offices of London Transport. It may seem a strange setting for such a tale but sometimes it’s not always objects which are ‘lost’. The main character, Dot Watson, is more than a little misplaced herself. This is such a beautifully and thoughtfully written book. Dot is a fantastic and caring character. She is so well drawn and believable. The story itself takes one on quite the emotional journey. It’s a tale of love, loss, grief and guilt and how to find a way through. As well as having its serious moments, however, there is some humour too. I loved the little ‘dijon’ item labels (so called due to the mustard colour) at the beginning of each chapter indicating their content. And I loved how dedicated Dot was to her lost property items! I adored every minute of reading this fabulous book and was so sorry to turn the last page. I can’t recommend it enough!

The Legacy by Caroline Bond
A drama story about a man who, suffering from a terminal illness, plans for his own death, leaving a Will with a legacy to be disposed of as his three children wish. It may sound uncomplicated but it’s not as easy as that! I enjoyed this slow burner of a tale . It’s very much a character based story, none of them at first seeming particularly pleasant. But, of course, as it progresses, we see them evolving. Family dynamics are really well depicted and the siblings’ individual journeys and their interactions with each other make for an interesting and tense read. I loved how they all came together at the end as well as the separate concluding chapters for each character. It’s not an action packed tale, more of what I would class as a ‘slice of life’ story. It definitely gives food for thought!

Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone
When Cat’s twin sister, El, mysteriously disappears from her home in Edinburgh, Cat flies back from Los Angeles to try to discover what happened to her. This brings back memories of ‘Mirrorland’, the place the twins had invented as children, a dark place full of adventures with clowns, pirates and witches, an escape from the real world. But the games are not all they seem. This is such an unusual, original and strange story but gripping nevertheless. It has a very gothic feel about it and it’s quite a disturbing read as well. It’s cleverly written and planned out. I did feel as if I’d disappeared down the rabbit hole and gone on an adventure in Wonderland with Alice, the Mad Hatter and, of course, the White Rabbit! The fantasy world of Mirrorland is very bizarre and at first I couldn’t work out what was real and what wasn’t. It has a very complex plot, quite the brain sizzler! But I love a puzzle, so I stuck with it and ended up thoroughly enjoying it. The ending could be a seen as a little convenient and obvious, but I liked it as it ends on a note of hope. It’s fiction after all!

Vanessa

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Currently reading: The Farm at the Edge of the World by Sarah Vaughan
Interest in HF: The first historical novel I read was Katherine by Anya Seton and this sparked off my interest in this genre.
Favourite HF book: Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell!
Preferred HF: Any
Location: North Yorkshire, UK

April

Post by Vanessa » Mon May 3rd, 2021, 3:27 pm

Here’s my list for April:

The Crystal Cave by Mary Stewart
The first in the Arthurian Saga series about Merlin as a boy and the story of sling Arthur from his perspective. I’m a little disappointed with this book as I thought I would love it. Sadly, I thought it was quite tedious and a tad boring. It didn’t engage me, probably because it is a bit dated. It is well written, though, and I can see that some people would enjoy it. I enjoy Mary Stewart’s mystery suspense novels, but this one was not for me. We can’t all like the same books!

The Girls Inside by N J Mackay
Blue Sillitoe discovers she has been asked to looked after the young daughter of someone she grew up with in disturbing circumstances, and this brings back unwelcome memories. This is an enjoyable, if a little unsettling, psychological thriller. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep the reader entertained. It’s an exciting read, quite the page turner, with some interesting characters. I particularly like Isaac, Blue’s platonic knight in shining armour. He seems a great guy, a hero you could say. I don’t know what would’ve become of Blue if he hadn’t come along with his ‘’Planet Rock’’ music shop and his words of wisdom. Some of the story’s content is somewhat harrowing as it deals with life within a cult so watch out for that! The ending is quite a sinister and ambiguous one and, therefore, won’t suit everyone. I liked it, though, and thought it it was a fitting conclusion to a dark and gripping tale.

What Dreams We Had by Phil Featherstone
Four teenagers who have formed a band are invited to play at a celebrity’s wedding in Tuscany, staying in a luxury villa with all expenses paid. However, when they reach their destination, they find the villa empty and it’s in a remote location with no internet connection or mobile service. Drugs, booze and strange dreams follow as they try to work out what on earth they’re doing there. I don’t know quite what to say about this story. I thought it was YA at first, but there were some adult themes which dissuaded me from this idea as I progressed through the book. It was interesting to read how they all interacted with each other as tempers frayed and the tension grew. I thought it was going to be about satanic worship or a witches coven initially, but it isn’t, it’s about human behaviour and how we react to certain things. I found it quite a strange but thought provoking tale. The ending wasn’t quite dramatic enough for me, though.

The Summoner’s Sins by Keith Moray
Third in the Sandal Castle Mysteries, this one is set in Pontefract where there has been a series of murders, including the royal executioner. Are they connected to the curse of a traitor? It’s up to the Northern Circuit Judge, Sir Richard Lee, to find out. This is an exciting historical thriller and a great addition to the series. I enjoy books which combine historical fact with fiction and I also enjoy books which are set in my home county, being a Yorkshire lass myself! It’s an entertaining mystery, easy to read with some engaging characters and some great villains. It’s well written and vividly depicted. I look forward to the next instalment.

The Dream Weavers by Barbara Erskine
A fabulous time slip story set in the present day and 775AD in Hereford near the English/Welsh border and Offa’s Dyke. Bea lives with her husband, Mark, who is Canon Treasurer of the local cathedral. When author Simon, who is writing a book about Anglo Saxon King Offa, hears a recurrent strange voice and has disturbing visions, he calls upon Bea for help. I’ve been a huge Barbara Erskine fan since I read Lady of Hay in the 1980s and when I saw that her latest book, The Dream Weavers, would be available via the Pigeonhole app, I was thrilled to bits. This is a wonderful dual timeframe story. As the title suggests, it beautifully weaves the two timelines together in a dreamlike style. I love the combination of historical fiction and fact with a little bit of fantasy and paranormal. It’s such a gripping tale and I was totally immersed in the lives of the characters, both modern and distant past. I particularly enjoyed following Elisedd and Eadburh’s journeys. I found myself completely transported to the time and place and was eager to find out what happened to them. An engrossing and thoroughly enjoyable read. A page turner. Highly recommended for historical fantasy fans.

The Wild Girls by Phoebe Morgan
Once there were four friends who called themselves the ‘wild girls’, all keeping their own secret, and then they became estranged. Two years later three of the wild girls are invited to the fourth’s birthday party at a luxury lodge in Botswana. But, as in all good thrillers, nothing is as it seems and murder is the name of the game. This is a brilliant, fast paced and creepy psychological thriller. It’s definitely a page turner. The name of the luxury resort is Deception Lodges and the clue really is in that name. It’s quite a tense story and there are a couple of great twists which I didn’t see coming. I was on tenterhooks throughout wondering what was going to happen next. It takes you on a real rollercoaster of a ride. Exhilarating!

The House of Hidden Secrets by C E Rose
I was drawn to this book by its glorious cover and also because I enjoy stories with a house as one of the characters. So a win win situation for me! It’s definitely a tale of secrets, too, and quite the family drama. I found this story a slow burner but at the same time intriguing and the action does hot up towards the end. Each character has a skeleton in their closet and each skeleton is gradually revealed. This gives the book an air of mystery and made me want to turn the pages. There are some little surprising twists and turns on the way and I liked the writing style. All in all an enjoyable and engaging read with an ending which I didn’t predict!

The Seven Sisters by Lucinda Riley
The first in the Seven Sisters series, loosely based on the Greek myth of the Pleiades and their constellations. Six adopted sisters are brought up in a castle called ‘Atlantis’ on the shores of Lake Geneva. When their father, affectionately known as Pa Salt, dies, he leaves each sister clues to their true heritage which takes each one on a journey. This first book is about Maia and her clue takes her across the world to delve into the life of her great grandmother, Izabela Bonifacio, in Rio de Janiero. I thoroughly enjoyed this dual timeframe story and was completely immersed in the characters’ lives. I found both timelines equally as engrossing but I did love the history behind the building of the famous monument, Christ the Redeemer. Historical fact and fiction are blended beautifully. The descriptions of Geneva and Rio are very vivid, it made me want to visit both places. Neither Maia’s or Bel’s journeys are always happy ones. There are trials and tribulations along the way. However, I’m glad that Maia found herself in the end and am hoping she will pop up again in subsequent books! A wonderfully engaging and absorbing read and I’m looking forward to reading The Storm Sister, the second book in the series which is about Alcyone or ‘Ally’ the next oldest sister. Double thumbs up from me!

Chasing the Italian Dream by Jo Thomas
Looking forward to news of a promotion at her law firm, Lucia decides to take her usual fortnightly holiday in Italy at her grandparents’ house. She discovers her grandfather is retiring and that he is thinking of handing over the family pizzeria business to her soon to be ex husband. This compels Lucia to rethink her own plans for the future but will they be realised? This is a lovely, lighthearted and well written read with some lovable and realistic characters. I loved the descriptions of Italy and the food. It made me feel hungry just reading it! I would love to visit ‘Nonno’s’ and try some of Nonna’s special tomato sauce. I could virtually smell the pizzas! It’s a charming story, one to get lost in. A great bit of escapism and very heartwarming - I always know I’m in for a treat when I read a Jo Thomas book.
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