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    Dead Jealous – Sharon Jones

    “It was a good place, a peaceful place. The kind of place where the past could lie, forever.  At the foot of the hill the lake was frozen in a dead calm, a dark mirror reflecting the clouds that rolled in above. Not that those weirdos down at the festival would be turning in any time soon.” A year ago Poppy Sinclair nearly died. She fell unconscious into Lake Windermere and was pulled to safety by her best friend. Now she tries to face her fear of the water every chance she gets, but at Scariswater, a trip into the water to paddle ends with her pulling a girl out…

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    In The Shadow of Blackbirds – Cat Winters

    “The day before my father’s arrest. I read an article about a mother who cured her daughter of the Spanish flu by burying her in raw onions for three days.  ‘It’s like the Gypsies hanging garlic above their doors to ward off evil,’ my father remarked over supper, ‘relying on folk remedies out of desperation.’ He shook his head at the state of the world and scratched his white whiskers.” When Mary Shelley’s father is arrested for rallying against America’s involvement in the First World War she escapes Portland in order to seek refuge with her Aunt in San Diego. For years she has been conversing with an old friend…