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Book revew + Giveaway: Coco Pinchard, The Consequences Of Love And Sex by Robert Bryndza

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Since Coco Pinchard found first husband Daniel in bed with another woman, she hasn’t just picked up the pieces: she’s now a best-selling author married to her hunky soul-mate Adam. She feels stronger and wiser and surely the second time round she’ll have learnt from her mistakes?

But things aren’t going quite according to plan… Adam has lost his job, Coco’s grown-up son Rosencrantz seems to have derailed his life in spectacular fashion, and ex-mother-in-law Ethel keeps letting herself into the house thanks to an endless supply of spare keys. When literary agent Angie takes on Coco’s arch rival, the indomitable Regina Battenberg, it looks as though things can’t get any worse. And then Coco discovers she’s pregnant; at 44.

Can she really go through it all again? Sleepless nights, stretch marks on top of stretch marks, and poo as a normal topic of conversation?

The third and final book in Robert Bryndza’s bestselling series is a hilarious diary with Coco’s trademark wit and honesty, tracing the raging hormones and extraordinary twists that take her to motherhood for the second time.

 

MY REVIEW

*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

‘Coco Pinchard, The Consequences Of Love And Sex’ is the third book in the Coco Pinchard series, but funnily, it’s the first one I’ve read. However, after reading this book, I’m definitely going to bump up the other two parts to the top of my TBR pile.

Coco is a wonderful character, she’s 44, recently married (for the second time) & is a successful writer. Or at least she tries to be. We all know publishing is not easy, so a good part of this book is focused on all the things an author goes through to publish and market their book. Add loads of humor to it, and you’ll see what Coco Pinchard #3 is about. However, that’s not all. This book is written in the form of Coco’s diary entries and you can see how things develop and all the stuff Coco goes trough in her life in just a year.

Coco is the coolest mother ever, her twenty-something son is homosexual and she’s so supportive of him. She loves him for who he is and doesn’t give a damn what other say. She’s not the type that wants to please everyone, there’s her husband Adam and her son she’d do anything for, but also there are few more characters who appear in this book (like her ex mother-in-law) who just add to the story and make this book even more hilarious.

This is definitely a nice feel good read, perfect for fans of humorous books and those heading for the beach. It’s the only book I’ve read while on holidays (don’t ask, I was around two small kids who were trying to strangle each other every free sec they got) and I can say it’s the perfect beach read. I laughed out loud on couple of occasions and even managed to get the odd stare from those around me, thinking I must be loco or something.

Overall, this was a great, easy, summery read and I strongly advise you to check it out. It’s light, easy to follow, with fresh humor that will make you pick up Robert’s other books. I’m kind of sad there won’t be any other books in the series, because Coco is one of these epic rom com characters that will never seize to be funny or interesting. Who knows, Robert might change his mind and write more parts of it in the future…I sure hope.

My rating: 4/5

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GIVEAWAY

Thanks to Robert Bryndza we’re offering you guys a change to win one of 3 signed copies of Coco Pinchard, The Consequences of Love and Sex plus Coco Pinchard bookmarks. Just click on the link bellow and good luck!

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Book review: Suddenly Last Summer by Sarah Morgan

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

MAMA MIA! I have only two words for this book – SCORCHING HOT! Seriously, what is it about Sarah Morgan and her writing that makes my pulse race like crazy? There are just SO MANY things I love about her writing I honestly don’t know where to start. She’s got this super power to draw you in her books, with her wonderful description of mesmerizing, romantic places such as Snow Crystal in this case. Then, she serves you the most delicious, gorgeous, kindest men you could only dream about. And finally, there’s always such a strong chemistry between her characters, you can’t help but feel all fuzzy inside.

I’m not sure if any of this makes sense to you, but to me it does perfectly, as I assume it does to all others who have read Sarah Morgan’s books before. If you haven’t read at least one book by Ms Morgan, oh man… you’re missing out on so much. Why? Because there are contemporary romance authors, and then there’s Sarah Morgan, high on the pedestal governing the kingdom of contemporary romance.

I remember it like it was yesterday, that warm feeling after reading her first book. It was definitely love at first sight, or at first word. I simply knew I gotta read all her books, and though she’s published so many books I’m slowly working my way through them. As you see, I’m a huge fan of Ms Morgan and of course, I had high expectations for this book too. And once again, Ms Morgan proved me right, she simply can not disappoint!

Suddenly Last Summer is the second novel in what will be a trilogy and is centered around the O’Neils, mainly the three adorable, gorgeous, stunning, HOT HOT HOT brothers Jackson, Sean and Tyler. While the first part of this trilogy, ‘Snow Bells in The Snow’ is actually more about Jackson, in the second part we get to know Sean better. Sean is a successful doctor and a big workaholic. Unlike his 2 brothers who would rather be in Snow Crystal, running the family business and taking care of their property, Sean is not really keen on that place. When his grandfather, the big Walter O’Neil gets ill, he’s forced to go back to Snow Crystal and he dreads it. Ever since his father died, his relationship with his family, especially his grandfather, changed for worse. But family is the most important thing, right? However, would it feel weird to see Elise, the adorable Chef working for O’Neils, again after their fling last summer?

What I loved the most about this book (as with the first part) is the fact that it’s a book about family as much as its a romance book. The setting is perfect and the descriptions are so vivid, you will be immediately transported to this beautiful place, far from the city madness. As for the protagonists, Elisa and Sean, they are both such strong and independent characters, yet each of them has demons from the past haunting them. The fact they’re both so strong and very stubborn, made their romance absolutely electrifying. And once again, Ms Morgan takes things step by step, pulling you into their turbulent romance, keeping you guessing how things will turn up for them at the end.

I really enjoyed this part, however I must say it took me some time to warm up to Elise. She seemed very very stubborn at the beginning, but once I found out the reasons for her attitude, some things started to make more sense. Still, if I compare it to the first part, I must say Kayla (the MC in the first part) left a bigger impression on me and even got under my skin.

The third (and unfortunately the last) part in this series is coming out in October and I can’t wait to read it and be back to Snow Crystal once again. I don’t know what Ms Morgan has in store for us next, but I’m damn sure it’s gonna be brilliant.

My rating: 4/5

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Book Review: This Family Life by Jon Rance

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

Last year I accidentally ran into This Twentysomething Life, a short story that I totally enjoyed. The story was about a guy in his twenties and his point of view on life, job, dating, relationships, family, everything. It was such a fun and humorous read, it took me less than an hour to finish it and I didn’t stop giggling while reading it.
One year later, I received an ARC for This Family Life, and was thrilled to get the opportunity to read more from Mr Rance. This time, Harry and Emily have a baby, William. The story follows their first year of parenthood. They have a normal family life, well sort of when his or her parents are not around, with best friends moving next door, and noisy neighbours on the other side of the house. William is growing up, learning his first words (in Japanese, according to Harry) and waving goodbye (Nazi salute). Harry and Emily’s marriage is a little bit shaken and Harry is doing his best to make things better. With his mother fighting the cancer and his best friend living across the globe, Harry is doing his best to keep his family together. And imagine all that spiced with a lot of humor.
What a guy thinks has always been such an enigma for us, women. Reading Harry’s diary you can solve that enigma, or at least take a glimpse at guy’s thoughts. Harry is a decent, normal guy, married, with a child. Being a father is something new for him. He loves his boy so much, but this new role scares him to death. He is so afraid that he won’t be the best father in the world.
Between This Twentysomething Life and This Family Life, there is This Thirtysomething Life. I haven’t read it yet, but it’s on my TBR list, and I’m very excited to read more from this series. I definitely recommend these humorous books to anyone who wants a good laugh or just a peek into a guy’s mind.

My rating: 5/5

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Book News: This Family Life by Jon Rance

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Blurb:

Things that might happen during your first year of parenthood:

1. You’ll get covered in a ‘nuclear’ poo.

2. You’ll be convinced your son is talking with a Japanese accent.

3. You’ll worry that when your son waves, it looks like a Nazi salute.

Of course, this might just be Harry Spencer.

 

Taking up where This Thirtysomething Life left off, Harry Spencer and is wife Emily are back and trying to survive their first year of parenthood. It has its ups and downs (and a few bits in the middle), but along the way they begin to understand the true meaning of family and what it takes to be a parent.

 

Featuring a hilarious cast of extras including Harry’s father-in-law Derek, who has a unique problem with Scotch, Steve and Fiona, the parents from children’s entertainment hell, and a yoga instructor with a prominent camel-toe, This Family Life is the ultimate comedy for anyone who is a parent, has a parent, or is thinking about becoming one.

‘This Family Life’ will be released on June 30th. Also, we’ll be reviewing it soon so stay tuned!:)

Blog Tour: Fall From India Place by Samantha Young – Review

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Yo people! It’s been a while since our last review, but please bare with us as both Marina and I have had quite soooo many things happening in our lives. Sometimes 24 hours are way too little for us to be able to do everything done, right? RIGHT? But today we’re back, and we’re part of Samantha Young’s Blog Tour YAY! We’re way too excited and so grateful to lovely Clara for the invitation to take part in this epic tour. Read on our review and make sure you read Fall From India Place, I can promise you you won’t be disappointed. See ya cupcakes!

 

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Blurb:

When Hannah Nichols last saw Marco D’Alessandro, five long years ago, he broke her heart. The bad boy with a hidden sweet side was the only guy Hannah ever loved—and the only man she’s ever been with. After one intense night of giving into temptation, Marco took off, leaving Scotland and Hannah behind. Shattered by the consequences of their night together, Hannah has never truly moved on.

Leaving Hannah was the biggest mistake of Marco’s life, something he has deeply regretted for years. So when fate reunites them, he refuses to let her go without a fight. Determined to make her his, Marco pursues Hannah, reminding her of all the reasons they’re meant to be together.…

But just when Marco thinks they’re committed to a future together, Hannah makes a discovery that unearths the secret pain she’s been hiding from him, a secret that could tear them apart before they have a real chance to start over again.

 

Our review:

Fall From India Place is the latest from Samantha Young and the 4th installment in her ‘On Dublin Street’ series, which I know many of you read and loved. Though I have read only the first book in the series, I pretty much could understand why everyone was going gaga over this series and what is it about Samantha’s writing that appeals to everyone.

But before I share my thoughts with you on this book I have a confession to make. I have this strange love-hate relationship with New Adult. I’ve read quite some New Adult titles, but some of them have disappointed me so much, I decided to take a break from it. My dear friend and blogger, Victoria, recently told me I need just ONE book to fall in love at a certain genre. Only one book that will cover for all the disappointments and attempts before…well, I guess I found THAT book and I’m soooo thrilled and relieved I can go back to reading NA. Now I know, every book can’t be the right for me, however Samantha and her beautiful book made me fall in love with the NA once again.

If I have read all the books in the series, I guess I would pretty much remember all of the characters mentioned in this part..but I haven’t. So, it felt a bit overwhelming getting to know so many characters in such a short time span. There were too many of them to remember, though the book follows Hannah’s story.

But, fear not my friends, for if you have read the other parts in the series you’d already be familiar with this characters. And for you who haven’t, don’t worry..if I could find my way around it, you will too.

The story follows Hannah, who got hear heart broken by Marco 5 years before. So, the author goes back and forth in time, telling us their love story and all the reasons why they are not together. Hannah is a teacher (I teach too) and I must say the bond was there pretty much at the beginning. I totally connected to her, despite not having a Marco of my own in my life. She’s kind and ambitious, she really tries to make a difference and help the kids she teaches. I absolutely LOVE the fact how Samantha brought back Marco on the scene, it wasn’t over rushed or anything like that.

The romance part left me speechless. I honestly, thoroughly enjoyed the chemistry between Hannah and Marco, and though I found him a bit too overprotective for my taste, he seemed like a great guy I would love to be friends with.

However, despite the romance parts, there’s a lot of pages dedicated to Hannah’s family and the characters from the previous parts in the series, and I loved the fact Hannah loves her friends and family and is so strongly connected to them.

Finally, it’s a fantastic book you won’t be able to put down. As for me, I’m definitely gonna read the two parts of the series I haven’t so far, they seem like the perfect books I need to take on my summer holidays. Oh, and also another mental note to myself – read everything Samantha Young writes in the future! Yep, I enjoyed this book THAT MUCH.

My rating: 4/5

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Book review: Right click by Lisa Becker

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*Copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*

So, ladies and gents, the last installment in the Click series by L. Becker is finally here. I must say I’m so sad, because I really REALLY got so connected to her characters and their LOL e-mails.

To those of you who are not familiar with Lisa’s series, let me tell you, you’re missing out on so much! Just like watching a re-run from Friends, this is truly a series you’re gonna love THAT much! So if you decide to give this series a chance (and I’m strongly recommending that), then make sure you read the books in order because there are many things in book 3 that are considered spoilers. Just thought I’d get it all out before you start reading my review.

I was more than thrilled to see these guys again, Renee, Shel, Ashley, Mark and thank god cassidy (see what I did there;)) is out of the picture. Their lives have changed, though they sure didn’t. Renee is still madly in love and ready to marry, Shel is nutty and sassy as always and Ashley has just welcomed the birth of her baby girl. As you see, they all have so much going on in their life, however what hasn’t been changed is their friendship, growing stronger each day despite years and distance. I honestly think friendships like this are really hard to find, and couldn’t help but be jealous of their strong bonding, of the fact they support each other on everything and are always there for each other. Life is really miserable without supporters or people who’d make this journey more fun, because life IS supposed to be fun, right?

Although I haven’t had the chance to read that many novels written in the form of e-mail correspondence, I must say I think Lisa did an amazing job. Her writing is easy to follow and once you meet the characters it’s going to be easy to distinguish their e-mails. So Shel is the naughty one always trying to make sex jokes and boy, she’s hilarious. Ashley is the motherly type, one who always worries and is a bit of a prude. Mark is a sweet, honest guy, and I wish there were more of his e-mails in this part. While Renee is the strong connection between them all, updating friends on everything, keeping the ball down in case some of them get into a silly row, especially Shel and Ashley.

Though it’s a LOL read full of fresh humor, there were some parts that really were sad and emotional, but I would really hate pointing them out because I don’t want to spoil it for you. 

Overall, this was (as expected) very enjoyable and funny book. I know many people will love it and relate to the characters, so as I said, I’m really sad there won’t be more stories about them. But I do hope Lisa will decide, at some point, to continue this series. I mean, Sophie Kinsella announced recently a 7th part of her Shopaholic series, so I don’t see a reason why Lisa shouldn’t change her mind. I genuinely care for these characters and one day, I wish Lisa decides to get them back, maybe once they get older. Now that would truly be funny, Shel at 50 or 60!!! Can’t help but giggle at the thought! 

Ok, wrapping up, though I could talk for hours when it comes to this series. I seriously think you should check it out.

My rating: 4/5

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Buy ‘Right Click’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Find Lisa Becker on her site and twitter

Book review: Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Cathy’s debut ‘Conditional Love’ became a HUGE hit after being released in October last year and it was just a matter of time before she snatched a deal with a great publisher. Needless to say, I was over the moon to hear she got a deal with Transworld and she’s about to publish her new novel in 4 parts. Tricky you may say, well I thought so too. But, you’re NOT to doubt Cathy’s writing skills, so publishing her novel in 4 parts (each for every season) proved to be very wise.

‘Ivy Lane: Spring’ is the first part and it’s absolutely charming. It’s the right length for a novella, so even those who have trouble reading long books can devour in less than an hour. It’s also the perfect opportunity for those who’re not familiar with Cathy’s writing, to check her out and get addicted to her (just like many of us already is).

‘Ivy Lane’ tells the story of Tilly Parker who settles in Ivy Lane discovering the beauty of not only her new allotment but of life once again. She’s been through quite a rough period (though Cathy shares very few details of Tilly’s past) and is all set to start anew. I must admit, I can’t wait to read the other parts in this novel because I so want to know what are the reasons Tilly decided to move and make such a drastic change in her life. So, a warning to those that will read this one – do not get frustrated if you don’t know all the answers to Tilly’s story, I’m sure they will be revealed ‘when the time is right’, maybe even in the next part.

I really enjoyed Ivy Lane, it’s short yet charming because I really could see Tilly transforming in front of my eyes. I’ve never been one for drastic changes, like moving after a heartbreak etc, but I get the whole idea of starting afresh. Tilly is a lovable character you’ll connect to from the first page, and even if you don’t like gardening and know zilch about potatoes/tomatoes/carrots/flowers etc, you’re going to enjoy this book. Because it’s not about gardening, it’s about new beginnings, making new friends, believing in life once again though you were burned before.

As you see, I’m really excited about ‘Ivy Lane:Summer’ and can’t wait to see what Cathy and Tilly have in store for us. I assume there will be some twists or huge revelations, which I AM anticipating. Short, sweet read perfect for these spring days.

My rating: 5/5

 

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Book review: Love and Liability by Katie Oliver

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*Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*

Holly James wants to be on her own. Coming from a wealthy family, she decides to leave and get a job. But being independent is not that easy at all. Chasing her dream to be a journalist, Holly gets a job at BritTEEN, a teeange magazine for celebrities. It’s a very low paid journalist job, but bills need to be paid. Interviewing the financial solicitor, she meets  the man behind the suite. Henry Barrington is very down-to-earth young man and the sparkles are in the air.

Making her dream come true, Holly writes a report for homeless people. She meets Zoe, girl at same age as hers, who lives on the street. What Holly doesn’t know, is that Zoe is running away from someone, in order to save her own life. She is on the streets for a reason.

I enjoyed reading this book. On one side, there is Holly’s story, her struggles with adult life, finding the love, chasing her dreams, coping with lousy coworkers who sabotage her work. But she always has her family who loves her and supports her. On the other side is Zoe, or Poppy, who runs for her life and has to deal with much bigger problems. Two very different characters who start a beautiful friendship.

I must say I didn’t like Henry, or Alex, much as a male character. This book is part of  Dating Mr.Darcy Series, and he is far away from Mr.Darcy (according to me). He doesn’t seem like a very strong person to me. He looks gorgeous, does some amazing things, but some are quite annoying. But that’s just me.

Overall, I enjoyed this read full of romance and action. There is so much love in the air, but also mixed with mystery, action, hiding and lots of chasing after the bad guys. It’s also very emotional at times. It’s a chick lit story with a dark side. Pink mixed with blue. Totally recommended.

My rating: 4/5

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Book news: Ivy Lane: Spring: Part 1 by Cathy Bramley

Couple of days ago we found out one of our favorite authors, Cathy Bramley has signed a deal with Transworld for publishing her new work/s. We absolutely loved her debut, ‘Conditional Love’ and were over the moon to find out about such a big news! The new novel ‘Ivy Lane’ is a serialized novel told in four parts – spring, summer, autumn  and winter. The first part Spring, is already available to request on NetGalley and yessss, we got it and will be reviewing it just in time for publication. The release day is April 3rd and we’re already looking forward to next part, Summer.

 

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Blurb:

Friendship blossoms at Ivy Lane…

Tilly Parker needs a fresh start, fresh air and a fresh attitude if she is ever to leave the past behind and move on with her life. As she settles in to a new town seeking peace and solitude, taking on her own plot at Ivy Lane allotments seems like the perfect solution. But the vibrant, friendly Ivy Lane community has other ideas and endeavour to entice Tilly into seedling swaps and Easter egg hunts. Can Tilly let new friends into her life, or will she stay a wallflower for good?

 

Buy ‘Ivy Lane: Spring Part 1’ on amazon.co.uk and amazon.com

Find Cathy Bramley on her site, facebook, and twitter

Book review: Honeymoon in Paris by Juliette Sobanet + INT Giveaway

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I’m a HUUUGEEE fan of Juliette Sobanet and she got on my list of favorite authors immediately after I read her debut ‘Sleeping with Paris’ (back in 2011). That book was just so much fun! Naturally, I was over the moon when I got the opportunity to read the sequel and see what Charlotte is up to now.

For those who haven’t read ‘Sleeping with Paris’, fear not my friends. There’s enough information in this sequel about the MC’s past, so it can be easily read as a stand-alone. Still, I advise you to read the first part too, mostly because of it’s awesomeness.

So, lovely Charlotte is back, now she’s a year older and more mature and she’s marrying the love of her life. The wild lady who started up a blog dedicated to how to date like a man, fell madly in love, stopped blogging and decided to dedicate herself to Luc and her stepdaughter.

And she’s gonna have the honeymoon every woman dreams of, except…of meeting Luc’s ex-wife. No, that part is definitely more like a worse nightmare, and could ruin her honeymoon. Things start to get complicated when Charlotte finds out Luc has been keeping many secrets from her. They are mostly family business and things connected with his dad. But what kind of life could she expect with a man who’s starting to build their mutual life on lies?

Without wanting to spoil this book for you, I’ll just say – be prepared for lots of drama and some mystery.
Recently I read Juliette’s book ‘Dancing with Paris’ which is not part of this series, and though I enjoyed it I realized Juliette’s writing has changed quite a bit during the years. Now, don’t get me wrong, she’s still a brilliant author, but unlike her debut and first part of this series, seems Juliette started experimenting with genres. ‘Honeymoon in Paris’ has less romance and more drama, action and mystery. I’d say it’s a mixture of chick lit and cozy mystery, which really is fine with me, still I kind of wanted more romance and humor.

Some of the things were bit over the top for me, and even for a chick lit (I don’t say this in a bad way) they somehow felt way too surreal. And yes, that’s what fiction is all about – make you escape reality, however, I do value a good dose of realism in my books (or in MCs).

That said, I have to admit I enjoyed this book less than ‘Sleeping with Paris’. Still I’m glad I read it and I’m so happy to get together with Charlotte once again. Though she’s matured, she’s still the lovely, cute, up-beat Charlotte I fell in love with years ago. I loved her friends, though I must say, they do end up in loads of trouble!

Overall, this was a quick, easy and enjoyable read. If you’re a fan of chick lit with strong cozy mystery elements, I do recommend you check this book out. I’m sure I’ll be reading everything Juliette writes in the future, and am really intrigued by all these transformations she’s going through as a writer.

My rating: 3.5/5

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GIVEAWAY:

Thanks to lovely Juliette, we have an 3 e-copies of ‘Honeymoon in Paris’ to give away. The giveaway is open internationally and closes on March 31th. The winners will be contacted by e-mail and will have 48 hours to claim their prize by responding to our e-mail. In case we don’t hear from them in 48 h, we’ll have to pick another winner. This Chick Reads is not responsible for the delivering of your prize. This giveaway is sponsored by Juliette Sobanet. Enter through rafflecopter and best of luck!

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