The Highland Hens by Judy Leigh

I’m so delighted to tell you about this marvellous book today. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

In the imposing Glen Carrick House overlooking Scotland’s famous Loch Ness, lives eighty-eight-year-old Mimi McKinlay, cared for by her three adult sons. Hamish has inherited his mother’s musical talents, Fin is the responsible brother, and Angus has the complicated and brooding personality to match his dashing good looks.

But what all the brothers share is a concern that their beloved mother is living in her memories of her days on stage, while letting her present days pass her by.

Jess Oliver is at a turning point. Amicably divorced after years of being married, this trip to the Highlands is a first taste of independence. It isn’t long before the beauty and hospitality of Scotland captures her heart.

When Mimi and Jess’s paths cross, a friendship is formed that will change both women’s lives.  And as together they find ways to look forward instead of to the past, long forgotten dreams are within reach, and every new day is fresh with possibilities.

Take a trip to the Highlands with Judy Leigh for an unforgettable story of glorious pasts and fabulous futures, of love, friendship, family and fun. The perfect feel-good novel for all fans of Dawn French, Dee Macdonald and Cathy Hopkins.

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It’s always good news when a new Judy Leigh book comes out. You are guaranteed a cracking read, a good laugh, possibly a few tears and just an all-round superb story.

I loved Mimi right from the start. She’s not letting her age get her down, even though she sometimes despairs at the things that she can no longer do. She’s a woman after my own heart in fact, her favourite things are wine and dancing, a wonderful combination! She is quite eccentric of course, but this just made me love her even more. Her family all have their own lives, but they love her to bits and they’re very supportive.

Jess is also a lovely character, kind and caring, and I took to her straight away also.

This book is just a joy to read with sparkling wit, wonderful characters, stunning settings and a story that’s emotional but also very insightful and sensitive.

Another triumph from Judy Leigh, and I know I say this every time, but this one really is the best yet. Can’t recommend it highly enough, just treat yourself and buy it, you’ll be glad that you did.

My Rating –

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio –

Judy Leigh is the USA Today bestselling author of The Old Girls’ Network and Five French Hens and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.

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The Lodger by Valerie Keogh

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this chilling book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

She’s in your home…

Leigh Simons can’t say for sure what made her do it. A moment of madness, perhaps, but when the young, loud and gorgeous waitress at her favorite coffee shop reveals she is homeless, Leigh offers her the empty room in her house.

In your head…

Gina is the perfect lodger; Leigh, lonely and frustrated with her life, becomes infatuated with the woman – her boldness, her zeal. If only Leigh could be more like Gina…

And missing without trace.

So when Leigh returns from a work trip she’s shocked to find Gina missing. Where could the young woman have gone…and why?

Leigh fears that something terrible has happened – why else would Gina leave her?

But as she sets out to find her missing lodger, what Leigh discovers changes everything she knows about Gina….and her own life, too.

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This is a real spine-tingler of a book, it’s a slow and chilling tale.

I wasn’t too sure about Leigh as a character. She seemed to be someone who acts first and thinks later and her behaviour was a bit erratic and paranoid. But as it turns out, she does have reason to be worried.

It’s very hard to know who to trust in this book, and there are quite a few twists and revelations along the way.

There is something about this book that just drew me in, and crept up on me, and I soon found myself addicted. A series of seemingly small events all add up to really increase the tension and it’s very hard to put down once you get into it.

A very intriguing and compelling book, I would recommend this to anyone who loves a good mysterious and suspenseful story.

My Rating –

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author Bio –

Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now lives in Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.

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The Locked Away Life by Drew Davies

I’m delighted to tell you about this beautiful book today. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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At the grand old age of eighty-two, Esther Saul has just one regret in life. Today, she’s going to change that.

For decades, Esther has barricaded herself in her vine-covered manor house. She spends her days tending to her rose-filled garden, glued to the pages of her favourite books, and listening to her beloved records. But, one spring morning, Esther wakes up and realises that time is running out.

Forty years ago, the love of her life betrayed her – the only man she allowed herself to trust. Where is Thackeray, the handsome Scot with a devilish smile and piercing blue eyes? Will she ever learn the truth? Will she ever understand why he lied to her? Esther has to find out. If she doesn’t act soon, her one regret will haunt her forever…

But she’ll need some assistance. That’s where Bruno comes in. After Esther places an advert in the local library, seeking internet lessons, the eighteen-year-old knocks on her door. Esther can see how out of place Bruno is in their sleepy village, and that the paid position could be his one-way ticket out of there.

An unexpected friendship forms between the two strangers, who have nothing in common except that they have spent most of their lives in hiding. It’s the beginning of a journey – featuring a secret motorcycle ride, an escape plan, and a garden party with whisky, apple pie, and dancing the jig. Along the way, can a locked-away life finally start living?

Just as heartbreaking as it is heartwarming, this utterly gripping page-turner is for anyone who has ever felt left behind, came close to giving up, or needed a friend. Perfect for fans of Sally Page, Ruth Hogan and Mike Gayle.

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Oh what a gorgeous book this is! I’ve been a fan Drew Davies’s books for a while now, and I was very much looking forward to reading this new one. I honestly think it’s his best yet, I just loved it so much.

There’s quite an arresting prologue, and then it settles into the story itself. I loved the unlikely friendship between Esther and Bruno, and I loved both of the characters.

There’s so much to this story, it touches on many topics such as loneliness, mental health, societal pressure, acceptance, aging and many more, but in a wonderfully sensitive and positive way. I won’t say too much about what Bruno is going through, for fear of spoiling the plot, but it’s heartbreaking that he feels the way he does. Esther is coming into her golden years, but she’s got so many regrets from the past that have prevented her from living in the present.

With some genuinely funny and light-hearted moments, this book manages to combine serious matters with some beautifully heart-warming elements.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, which I felt was perfect from start to finish. One of those books that you feel totally bereft when it has to come to an end. I’d really recommend this book, it’s just gorgeous.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio: 

Drew Davies was born in London and grew up in Whanganui, New Zealand. He attended the Unitec School of Performing Arts in Auckland and won a Playmarket New Zealand Young Playwright of the Year award in 2000. After a brief stint on a kiwi soap, he has worked in Search for the past 15 years. Drew’s other claim to fame is that Stephen Fry once called him droll. Either that, or he got his name wrong. He now lives in Wanstead, London.

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Marriage and Mayhem for the Tobacco Girls by Lizzie Lane

I’m so delighted to tell you about this gorgeous book today. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the blog tour.

War is fleeting, but true love last forever…

May 1944

Hope and excitement is in the air when news breaks of the allied forces landing in Normandy. D Day has arrived. However, the day-to-day struggles for the Tobacco Girls continue.

Carole Thomas wants her old life back. She is burdened with the guilt of being a young single mother and considers having baby Paula adopted, but Maisie Miles will do anything to stop her.

Phyllis Mason having found the love of her life is getting married in Malta to Mick Fairbrother, but will the dangerous legacies of war plague her happy day?

Bridget O’Neill finds herself posted to one of the hospitals receiving the injured from the D-Day landing beaches. Her most fervent hope is that her husband, Lyndon, does not become one of them.

Peace is on the horizon, but will their wishes and dreams win through and bring them a happy ever after?

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I just love this series and it was wonderful to be back with the Tobacco Girls again.

They have all been scattered at this stage, but their friendship remains strong and it was great to catch up with them and see how their lives are turning out.

There’s a real sense of optimism in this book, as the war is coming to an end. But as events show us, it’s not over yet, and there’s a long way to go. There’s always the fear that any happiness will be short-lived, and I was full of trepidation that something terrible could still go wrong.

I think I enjoyed this book the best of all the series so far, perhaps because the characters now feel like old friends, and I found it so easy to get back into their stories. I really hope that there’ll be another one left in this series, I feel that there’s still some unanswered questions at the end. I would love to follow their lives right up until peacetime.

An absolutely gorgeous page-turner of a book, one to entertain and to captivate, highly recommended.

My Rating –

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio –

Lizzie Lane is the author of over 50 books, a number of which have been bestsellers.  She was born and bred in Bristol where many of her family worked in the cigarette and cigar factories.  This has inspired her saga series for Boldwood The Tobacco Girls.

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The Family Remains by Lisa Jewell

I’m so delighted to be part of the blog tour today for this gripping book. Thanks so much to The Write Reads and Penguin Random House Ireland for the invitation to be part of the tour and the advance copy of the book.

Book Info

Genre: Adult Thriller

Length: 448 Pages

Publishing: 21st July 2022



LONDON. Early morning, June 2019: on the foreshore of the river Thames, a bag of bones is discovered. Human bones.

DCI Samuel Owusu is called to the scene and quickly sends the bag for forensic examination. The bones are those of a young woman, killed by a blow to the head many years ago.

Also inside the bag is a trail of clues, in particular the seeds of a rare tree which lead DCI Owusu back to a mansion in Chelsea where, nearly thirty years previously, three people lay dead in a kitchen, and a baby waited upstairs for someone to pick her up.

The clues point forward too to a brother and sister in Chicago searching for the only person who can make sense of their pasts.

Four deaths. An unsolved mystery. A family whose secrets can’t stay buried for ever …

My Review

I decided to read the first book in this series, The Family Upstairs, before reading this one. It’s perfectly fine to read this book as a standalone, but it really enhances the reading experience if you’ve read the first, as you are totally immersed in the back stories of the characters.

What a journey I feel that I’ve been on with this book and its prequel! I read them both, one after the other and I was just totally engrossed in the lives of the characters. I almost needed to decompress and come back to real life after being so caught up in it all.

In this book there is a shocking discovery made of human bones in the Thames, and suddenly it all comes flooding back, all the events that the characters had thought were over and done with.

It’s told from multiple perspectives, and there is also a dual timeline. The voices of each character are so distinct that there’s no confusion and it flows beautifully between the chapters.

Having read the previous book, I found it particularly fascinating to see how the characters had developed, and knowing their back stories gave me greater insight into them. Henry, for example, is a complex and sometimes dark character, but knowing what he went through in his childhood helped me to understand him better.

I found myself totally hooked by this book. Each short chapter leaves you wanting to know more, it reels you in and then leaves you hanging while you get the next character’s perspective, or a snippet from the past.

Superbly crafted, addictive, dark and disturbing, this book is impossible to put down. Cancel everything and just read late into the night with this one. I’d recommend it to anyone who loves a thrilling and gripping read. If you can, read the first book also, you won’t regret it, but either way this book is a triumph of a psychological thriller from one of the best.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

About the Author

LISA JEWELL was born in London in 1968.

Her first novel, Ralph’s Party, was the best- selling debut novel of 1999. Since then she has written another eighteen novels, most recently a number of dark psychological thrillers, including The Girls, Then She Was Gone and The Family Upstairs (all of which were Richard & Judy Book Club picks).

Lisa is a New York Times and Sunday Times number one bestselling author who has been published worldwide in over twenty-five languages. She lives in north London with her husband, two teenage daughters, one cat, one guinea pig and the best dog in the world.

Unforgivable by Natalie Barelli

I’m so pleased to tell you about this fabulous book today as part of the tour. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Book: Unforgivable

Author: Natalie Barelli

Pub Day: July 26th 2022 

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Your ex-wife didn’t leave you because of me. She didn’t abandon her little girl because of a couple of love notes in your jeans pocket. She left because she’s twisted, and she wanted to punish you. And she’s not finished yet. You have to believe me. If you don’t, there’s no knowing what she’ll do next…

Becoming a stepmother is the best thing that ever happened to me. My favorite part of every day is picking Charlie up from school, watching her little rucksack bounce behind her as she skips over for a hug. I love the feel of those thin freckled arms around my waist. After a few rocky months of panic attacks when her mother deserted her, Charlie is flourishing. But the day Charlie’s mother Bronwyn returns without warning—showering Charlie with gifts and making promises she can’t keep—fear ripples through me.

When I raise my concerns, no one wants to listen. I know I sound like the jealous new wife, but nothing is more important to me than Charlie’s safety. Me and Bronwyn have history. We both have dark secrets in our past, and I know the dangerous lengths she will go to get what she wants.

But Bronwyn doesn’t know me as well as I know her.

She doesn’t know just how far I will go to protect that little girl…

A completely gripping and totally addictive psychological thriller that will send shivers down your spine. Fans of The Girl on the TrainThe Wife Between Us or The Other Wife will devour this twisty page-turner in one sitting!

My Review

What a rollercoaster ride of a book this is! It started off fairly straightforwardly, Jack’s ex-wife is back on the scene, and even staying in the house, and she’s pretty nasty in a very sneaky way. I felt so sorry for Laura, who was having to put up with a lot, and poor little Charlie, stuck in the middle of it all.

But in this book, none of the characters are as they seem, and there are many twists and turns. The intriguing and very authentic characters are what really makes this book such a page-turner. There is no telling what secret or twist is going to appear next.

I absolutely raced through this book, it’s a completely compelling read.

Tightly plotted, it’s a book that will completely hold you captive right up until the very dramatic end.

I really enjoyed this super twisty tale and would completely recommend it to others who love a gripping and entertaining book.

My Rating

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio

Natalie lives with her family in Australia, where she is forever thinking about new ways of killing people and getting away with it. Before writing full time, Natalie was an IT consultant. Favorite past time? Reading fabulous thrillers, otherwise known as research. And when she’s not absorbed in the latest gripping page-turner, Natalie loves to cook, knits very badly and spends far too much time at her computer.

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Just One Day – Summer by Susan Buchanan

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this gorgeous book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and the invitation to be part of the tour.

‘Gorgeous, glorious and uplifting. A delight to read.’ (Christie Barlow)

List-juggling, business-owner mum-of-three Louisa is reeling after a tragedy, as well as learning how to cope after a life-changing revelation. With oil worker husband Ronnie possibly being able to move onshore, she hopes he can help her manage the burden.
But the secrets she keeps are causing her headaches and she’s unsure if her ability to make good decisions has deserted her. All she seems to do is upset those around her.
With Louisa’s to-do list gathering pace at an incredible speed, will she manage to provide a stable home for them all, embrace her new normal as well as rebuild their life from what’s left?
And if she gets what she has always wanted, will it match up to her expectations?

For fans of Milly Johnson, Sarah Morgan and Heidi Swain.

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Before reviewing this book I decided to read the other two books in the series first. This book is perfectly fine to read as a standalone, previous events are explained in it, but it’s such a joy to read the whole series and really enhances your experience.

I loved Louisa as a character. She’s so organised with her to do lists, but life has a way of putting a spanner in the works and she deals with it all so well

This book feels like meeting up with old friends, and it’s a delight to catch up with all the characters.

The author has a lovely style of writing that just allows you to be a fly on the wall of someone else’s life, and it flows so beautifully.

A gorgeous book, full of emotion and life, I thoroughly enjoyed every page of it, and I can’t wait for the next one in the series. Pure reading pleasure.

Author Bio – Susan Buchanan lives in Scotland with her husband, their two young children and a crazy Labrador called Benji. She has been reading since the age of four and had to get an adult library pass early as she had read the entire children’s section by the age of ten.
Susan writes contemporary fiction, often set in Scotland, usually featuring travel, food or Christmas. When not working, writing, or caring for her two delightful cherubs, Susan loves reading (obviously), the theatre, quiz shows and eating out – not necessarily in that order!

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The Sandycove Supper Club by Sian O’Gorman

I’m delighted to be part of the tour today for this gorgeous book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources and Boldwood Books for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

Do what you love. Love what you do…

After a whirlwind courtship, Roisin Kelly ignored the sceptics and objectors and married aspiring novelist Brody Brady.

Fast forward one year and Roisin’s honeymoon is well and truly over. Brody has become her reclusive, freeloading lodger whilst he pens his masterpiece and she walks on eggshells.

Working in the Council Planning office, Roisin dreams to escape the mundanity of her life. Her true passions are cooking and entertaining her family and friends but she lacks the confidence to take it any further. When a charity supper club is suggested by best friends Jools and Richard, Roisin has no choice and is reluctantly swept along to be head chef for the fundraiser.

With the help of her friends, Roisin starts to believe that there is more to life that moody writers, hamsters and poor hygiene and that maybe she has a few dreams of her own.

And that just when you think life has nothing left to give, your whole world can change.

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I’ve read all of Sian O’Gorman’s books, and I jumped at the chance to read and review this latest one.

What a gorgeous read it is! It’s like a breath of fresh air, full of wonderful characters, humour and warmth.

As a Dubliner myself, I am familiar with the area where this book is set, and it was easy to picture the lovely seaside village of Sandycove.

The characters are what really makes the book though, and these are so authentic and full of life. Roisin is really loveable. She has a wide circle of wonderful friends, and a really close family. She was perhaps a bit naïve to rush into her marriage to Brody, but it certainly makes for interesting and humorous reading, as Brody changes from a dashing and creative writer, into a bit of a slob, who is more like a tiresome housemate than a husband.

Roisin has a passion for cooking, but she doesn’t have much confidence in her abilities. She’s reluctantly persuaded into the idea of the supper club. She’s a very caring person, and will always try to help others.

There are a few tricky situations that she has to manage, particularly with her job, and I really enjoyed the office banter in the Planning Department. There are some genuinely laugh out loud moments throughout the book.

I can’t recommend this really enjoyable book highly enough. If you enjoy a refreshing, light-hearted, funny and heart-warming tale that makes you feel as if the characters are your friends, you will love this one.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Sian O’Gorman was born in Galway and now lives just along the coast from Dublin. She works as a radio producer alongside writing contemporary women’s fiction inspired by friend and family relationships.

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The Waitress by Nina Manning

I’m so delighted to be part of the tour today for this thrilling book. Thanks so much to Rachel’s Random Resources for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

The Waitress

Nameless. Faceless. Deadly?

Waitress Kit Lowman knows that people look down on her and the job she does. But being anonymous offers Kit safety and security and allows her own terrible secrets to remain hidden.

And then Kit’s luck changes, and she suddenly faces a terrible dilemma: reveal her true identity and accept that life will never be the same. Or stay in the shadows…where she hopes she’ll be safe?

But secrets can’t stay hidden forever. And the more Kit tries to hide away, the more someone makes it clear that they are going to make her pay for what she did.

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Wow, this book was not what I expected at all!

Kit has a secret, and there are a few hints dropped as to what it might be, but nothing is as it seems in this completely intriguing book.

It seems as if everything is coming together for Kit when she comes into a bit of luck, but she can’t get away from the secret that haunts her, something that we don’t yet know about.

There is a feeling of something menacing, that someone means to harm her, and I had no idea who to trust in this book

As the suspense builds, my heart was in my mouth, and I couldn’t put the book down.

Finally the truth is revealed, in a series of twists and turns, and it makes for gripping reading.

A chilling and suspenseful novel, with some shocking twists, this book will have you reading late into the night. Superb

My Rating –

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio –

Nina Manning studied psychology and was a restaurant-owner and private chef (including to members of the royal family). She is the founder and co-host of Sniffing The Pages, a book review podcast. Her debut psychological thriller, The Daughter in Law, was a bestseller in the UK, US, Australia and Canada. She lives in Dorset.

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Do I Really Know You by Sheryl Browne

I’m so pleased to be part of the tour today for this gripping book. Thanks so much to Bookouture for the copy of the book and invitation to be part of the tour.

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She’s the friend you trust with your life. But can she trust you with hers?

When the police knock on my door to tell me that my best friend Kiara has taken her life, my world shatters.

Ever since we met at university along with my husband, Nathan and her ex-husband David, the four of us have been inseparable. I can’t believe that, suddenly, she’s not here.

The police say that Kiara fell from the balcony of her small, pristine apartment. But I refuse to accept that she jumped.

I thought I knew Kiara better than anyone. But I soon find out my friend was keeping some big secrets.

Talking to her ex-husband, David, I’m shocked. Was she really having an affair, like he claims?

Searching for evidence, I let myself into her apartment. My heart races as I find her diary and I read the name of her last appointment – Nathan. Why would she be meeting with my husband? And why didn’t he tell me?

It soon becomes clear that everyone around me has been hiding the truth, and when the police call again and ask me to look at security camera footage from the night Kiara died, fear floods through me as I recognise her final visitor. Can I trust anyone in my life? And if someone did push Kiara that night, could I be next?

Perfect for fans of The Girl on the TrainGone Girl and The WifeDo I Really Know You? is a gripping new psychological thriller from bestselling author Sheryl Browne. Once you start reading, you won’t be able to stop!

My Review:

Wow, this is a real get-in-your-head kind of book!

It’s very hard to know what has happened to Kiara. There’s a totally gripping prologue, which kept coming into my mind as the story progressed.

Told from multiple points of view and with a dual timeline, this book just keeps giving you a little snippet, and then taking it away again. Less than halfway through I had it all figured out, I knew what had happened and who had done it. But of course, I was totally wrong! There are many twists and turns until we finally get the truth, and it wasn’t who I expected at all in the end.

Creepy, suspenseful and totally gripping, this book will be impossible to put down, it’s just so good.

Word of warning for anyone with arachnophobia: there are some moments that will make your skin crawl!

Highly recommended, really superb psychological thriller.

My Rating:

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Author Bio:

Bestselling Author, Sheryl Browne, writes taut, twisty psychological thriller. A member of the Crime Writers’ Association and the Romantic Novelists’ Association, Sheryl has several books published and two short stories in Birmingham City University anthologies where she completed her MA in Creative Writing. Sheryl has also obtained a Certificate of Achievement in Forensic Science and – according to readers – she makes an excellent psychopath. Sheryl’s latest psychological thriller DO I REALLY KNOW YOU? comes to you from BOOKOUTURE. Her previous works include the DI Matthew Adams Crime Thriller series, along with contemporary fiction novels, The Rest of My Life and Learning to Love.To find out more about Sheryl. go to

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