Comment: Got your package today. My favorite is the Jar. Oh I love that and want to make copies of it..or laminate it and use it for great ideas. I don't know what I love about it but it feels like home. Thanks so much!!
Comment: Thanks for the lovely swap ….we sound a lot alike...I am always working on my swaps in the middle of the night when I cant sleep...sleep is hard to come by these days for me and I also work on very little hours to get me through the day...Everything you sent was great =)
Comment: WoW! WoW! WoW! What an amaziing swap! First, I love your handmade envelope. I would love to learn to make envelopes! Thank you for the large burlap flower, the Family sticker, the food stickers, the tag with an old map, the ticket, the notesheets, the memo sheets, the two small papers, the heart stickers, the shell notecard and the 2 patterned postcards!
Comment: Thank you so so so much for a beautiful swap, the envelopes were so PRETTY! And also everything inside, I just can’t wait to use all the cute scraps in my journals. I just love everything! Thank you so much! You ROCK for hosting this fantastic swap and also for sending exciting, cute, lovely happy mail that definitely is the furthest thing from a bill! :)
Comment: Thank you for the goodies, and thank you for joining my swap! I recant my previous statement about postage due, it was another swapper with the same first name but a different swap, I'm so sorry!
Comment: Thank you for the delightful variety of treats, Tia! I especially adore the pretty washi tapes (all 4 new to me!) and the big red jar die cut and the sweet aqua heart--it's all lovely. Have a nice day and a happy May!
Comment: I am so sorry. I got your swap on the 30th of March. I know I rated this since I crossed it off my list. As I was looking thru I realized, my rating did not "stick". Not sure what happened here. Thank you for the nice assortment of stickers, doilies, memo sheets and such.
Comment: Truth be told, I think it's kind of rare to get something from SB where you love basically everything--I didn't even think I could get a swap where that would happen, but it DID happen with yours!! Thank you SO much! In a way I'm disappointed because these past few days I was hoping to collect things to pass on for the upcoming destash swap, but I don't want to give any of this away! Lol, thank you SO much!!
Comment: Super cute envelope! Thank you for sharing your favorite list pad sheets with me. I'm particularly loving the Bee Joyful one. I watched a bee documentary a while ago and now I want to save the bees! haha.
Comment: Yay! What great happy mail! Thank you, Tia! I especially love the card that says "Life is full of great and grand adventures!" I'm putting that right in my journal! Hope to swap with you again soon!
Comment: You wrote PC #3 on the postcard, but I think you meant #4? Let me know if I need to rate you for #3 as well, but I'm not seeing it in my list of swaps. Good job on getting your fit bit steps in.
Comment: Hello Tia,
Thank you for the 2 cards, the washi tape samples, and handful of stickers you sent me for this swap. They are all very nice and I will be able to use all of what you sent in the near future. You were very thoughtful in what you sent to me.
Comment: Hi Tia. Thanks so much for the most beautiful napkins! I like to separate the layers and iron the top layer on the waxed side of butcher paper - great for crafts. I also enjoyed your nice letter. Happy swapping and mess making! Ha! - Carolyn
Response: Oh, that sounds like a great idea! I will have to see if I can find a YouTube video for it! I'm glad you like the napkins, thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks so much for the items Tia....they were all adorable and have inspired me to get busy on scrapbooking..lol..my co-worker took my butterfly for she loves butterflies...I was like..."Hello":)
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful swap-I already have plans for the brown post card-i have a brown themed swap coming up. The note card is very pretty and I love anything cut out like the butterfly. nice handmade envie-maybe I can use it as a pattern as I am not handy at making them.
Comment: Omgoodness, I loved the bird set you set.... That will make a pretty letter... Thank you for sending them all to me. P.s. I loved the envie as well and soon as I seen it in my box I knew it was from you and skipped all the way back home... Thank you!
Comment: Thank you for the lovely "Lacy Garden" card (it reminds me of the screentones for the Sailor Moon manga that I loved as a kid and still do now :), fuchsia triangle sticker, smiley face stamped image, and funny quote!
Comment: Hi, Tia! Thank you for the fun variety of goodies you included and for the cute note. I adore the tiny envie and the library pocket. I need to find myself some of the washi you used on the envelope! Possibly the best washi ever! Lol
Comment: Two f*cking hearts for this swap! You had laughing so hard. LOL, thank you. You included some wonderful things that I am looking forward to using. I seriously hope I swap with you again. I'm open to private swaps if you're interested. I'm sure we can find something in common to swap. You are a bad ass. Thanks again!!!
Comment: Thank you so much for my List pad sheets. I love them all and I do not have any of them which makes them even better. And thank for the extras. Yeah, I have to limit myself on the notepads too. They can be addticting.
Comment: Ohhh thank you so much for the absolutely gorgeous package you sent me, Tia! I truly appreciate all the effort you've put into this, wow. Everything is so fairy-like and beautiful, i wish i could give you more than just one heart ðŸ’Œ Thank you for making me smile today.
Comment: Just went through the bunch of Christmas mail that arrived during my little winter holiday - sorry for rating so late! Thank you so much for the beautiful Christmas card & the nice extras! Happy 2017 :)
Comment: Thanks for all the washi tape. This has to be the best assortment I've ever gotten. I love the kitty cat tape.
I have not heard of the The Librarian but it sounds interesting. I'll have to check it out.
Comment: Thank you for the darling Santa and fox in snowglobe Christmas card and pretty stickers and polka dotted pocket. I love that blackboard sticker and will be hoarding it, lol. Merry Christmas to you and yours, from me and mine!
Comment: Thank you for the snappy mid-century Chalmers avian textile card, Tia :) I also have a love/hate relationship with this time of year, as it can be bittersweet with fond memories of traditions and people past and present; I want to savor and enjoy it, to slow down, but it seems like the world accelerates at a feverish pitch until the 25th... Hope we can both enjoy it in stride â™¥
Comment: Thank you. I really enjoy the color pages people have sent me. I bought myself some gel pens but not a book to color even though I have bought 5 books for other people. I can't wait to start coloring. Merry Christmas!
Comment: OMG! Thanks so much for the movie! ! I was beyond thrilled to get this since it was sold out in my store. I love it so much I watched it last night as I received and I already downloaded on my portable devices so I can watch it always. Thanks so much! I hope you have a merry ChristmasðŸ˜
Comment: Greetings from Illinois,
Thank you for the glittery card and beautiful stickers.
Glad we were partners again. Getting to be pretty familiar--I like!
Wishing you a Merry Christmas and a happy new year of swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the cute card and the extra goodies. Our frigid weather has arrived. With the wind chill this morning it was minus 32 degrees. And my silly kitty is meowing, wanting to go outside. Thanks again.
Comment: Hi Tia! OMG, Thank you very very much, for the beautiful card & flat gift! I so love snowmen & I definitely love these Christmas stickers! I did expect there to be 4 sheets in this package.As stickers like these, are a rare find, at least they are around here. So, Thank you again! Have a wonderful Christmas & New Years! Debbie
Comment: Frosty greetings from Illinois where it is 41 degrees and expected to drop down in the 20s tonight. Brrrrrr!!!!
Thank you for the card and extras! And good luck with your tree.
have a merry Christmas and a very happy year of swapping,
Comment: I'm behind on the season too, I am working on our Christmas lights this weekend. At the moment I've let the kids place the bigger lights and don't have the heart to move them as they tried so hard to help. I think they were thinking we might go for a Gingerbread house theme with all the candy lights and decorations. We still don't have our tree up but maybe next week :D
How did you go?
Comment: No traveling for me either. My family all lives within a few blocks of each other about a 30 minute drive from my home and my husband's family is all in town here. Its nice that way though since the weather can get so bad up here sometimes. Have a very Merry Christmas!
Comment: Thank you for the awesome washi! I've only seen one of them before (the blue and white chevrons). Also, thank you so much for leaving a space for me to open the letter. It made getting into it so much easier.
Comment: Hi Tia. I love watching the leaves change, too. We actually have a ton of trees in our neighborhood that haven't turned yet. It's kinda weird, because it's getting late into the year. Happy holidays to you!
Comment: Thanks for writing to explain your wills and probably won'ts. Without knowing much, I'd remark that it seems hubby might help with cooking, dishes, doing things with kids, especially if 3:00 AM is your get up time.
Comment: Tia, I loved the stocking and the goodies! What a great selection! I couldn't wait to open them..... I'm naughty! Lol! You will make Santa's nice list for sure! May your Holidays be filled with good food good friends and family and many great memories!
Comment: Thank you Tia for the great selection of washi tape!!! I really love how you decorated the envie, as well.. I do have a question though,.. is the washi tape on the envie a pic of poop with different faces, or chocolate ice cream ??!! LMBO Any way, i LOVE it and I got a good laugh when I looked at it...
Thank you for such a pleasant mail run today :-)
Comment: Thanks for the notecard, stickers, and ephemera. I did search for the B52. I need to clean off my craft desk but keep putting it off. The dust bunnies are turning into dust kangaroos. Happy swapping!
Comment: Thank you for the spiffy, sassy Raspberry Lips textile card -- it reminds me of Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, and Betsey Johnson rolled into one :) I have been intrigued by Designated Survivor; glad you are enjoying it! Happy Tuesday <3
Comment: Wow. Thanks for the great samples.
This was my first washi tape swap so I wasn't sure what to expect. Your envelope was so pretty- I didn't add near as much. I def will next time. You most certainly have some awesome washi in your collection!!!!
Comment: OMG! What a great pen pal kit! You went above and beyond! I wish I could rate a hundred hearts! I can't pick a favorite thing because I really liked them all. The clothes pins were beautiful! The case very very cool! I'm enjoying the mints as I type...Thank you for making my already good day even better,you made my day fantastic!!!! I'm still grinning like a kid at Christmas!
Comment: Thank you so much for the beautiful book! I love that I can use it... I already have a plan for it! Thank you for hosting such a fun swap (x3) I have really enjoyed them! xo (and seriously, thank you for no extras!! I appreciate it!)
Response: I'm glad you like it. It was so hard not put extras in, ha ha!!! I stuffed some in the book instead ;) I make a journal like this one for myself and write in it everyday. It has so much washi tape in it I just love it!!!
Comment: Today I woke up feeling quite "blah". I almost didn't check the mail, because once in a while, it's empty and makes me sad.
Boy am I glad I did check. This swap totally brightened my day! I loved everything you sent and will have things to color for months to come! Thank you!
Comment: Belated, belated (I thought I was up-to-date in rating and just found a pile of mail that my family had mislaid) thank you for the fun patterned card from the Victoria & Albert Museum (both a favorite set of PCs and a museum I would love to visit :) and a now very relevant quote about writing! Hope you are having a good week <3
Comment: Thanks for the nice note card and all of the extras! They're awesome! I've never been a night owl, but in my younger days, I would go to bed around 11. Now, for much of the school year--especially once daylight savings time ends--I'm lucky if I can stay awake until 9! ðŸ˜‚
Comment: Thanks for the great tape. The envie was so nice but I could hardly open it! ðŸ˜‰
Response: sorry about that, I was trying to make sure the washi didn't snag in the mail and pull off. You can always cut a very thin line at the top, side or bottom of envies to open. That is usually what I do for the taped up envies I receive.
Comment: Sorry for the late rating I'm not sure what happened or why I haven't rated you on this swap mistake on my part sorry about that you always send the best and spoil me in your swap. Thanks again and sorry for rating late.
Comment: You are a wonderful person I get so excited when I see your name you spoil me I love everything you send your the best. Thank you for a great package. If I could give you a hundred hearts I would you deserve much more then one.
Comment: Belated thank you for the cheery zebra card and for sharing some of your wishes with me :) Good luck in honing both skills -- I especially believe in the latter; I didn't think running a marathon was possible, but I have run two and appreciated the experience (the discipline of training and the races themselves). Happy first day of Autumn -- my favorite season, in part because it makes running outside much better :)
Comment: You sent this super early, and it couldn't have come at a better time. I'm moving, and your package was actually the last piece of mail I received at my house. I absolutely LOVE everything...and girl--nail stickers ARE survival gear for me today! Thank you very very much. I hope you receive something just as awesome for your swap too.
5 hearts to you.
Comment: Cool spider card. I scared a coworker yesterday with a spider. She gave me a Snoopy candy jar she found at a garage sale and I found a spider inside I thought she would like back. She did NOT! LOL!
Comment: Oh my gosh I love these!!! What a fun swap!! My husband said the bright ones look like something from the 80s! LOL I also love the galaxy ones! Thank you for being so quick to get the swap out I can't wait until it gets a little cooler to wear them! And I hope you get some awesome ones too!
Comment: Thanks so much for the washi, i really love the aqua print snd the pink/purple chevron print! Where did you find those note cards,black and white then a paisley print, i have to get some of those!
Comment: Such a lovely envelope and note card. Thank you. There is nothing like this on the island. So pretty once about 5 years ago I found some cheap (very thin) stationary. Nothing since then. I hope the mini vacation was relaxing.
Comment: Tia, THANK YOU for the great "Happy Mail" posting!!! Everything enclosed was fun and something I will use. My favorite piece is the Bigfoot Postcard. I can not decide who I will send it to.... AND the envelope you sent it in was fun! Thanks again!!!
Comment: Tia, I love swapping with you back and forth. Super cute washi and card. I'm afraid the high heels are a thing of the past. I prefer bare feet anyway, except when I step on one of those goat head seeds. Ouch!
Comment: Thank you so much for your letter, I really enjoyed reading it. Not many of the fall shows interest me so far, not sure which ones I will end up watching. I do watch a lot of TV though so I'm sure I will find some I like.
Comment: Belated thank you for the cool multi-patterned ruffled card, Tia! You're so lucky to have a workout buddy :) That is one thing I miss about college and grad school -- it wasn't unusual to get up early or work out during lunch or hit the gym after 9 PM. There was a running path new the apartments, and once I went running at 10 PM at night to vent some steam. (Probably not a good idea, but I was fast and wearing reflective clothing :) Hope you are having a good weekend! I am watching the medal ceremony for men's basketball and in denial that the Summer Games are almost complete.
Comment: Belated, belated thank you for the cool collage featuring White Christmas with a superhero slant :) I also dislike the noisy, dreary thunderstorms, but I sort of selfishly like that my kitties want to snuggle close because they are scared, too! Hope you and your family is well!
Comment: Belated thank you for the beautiful wintry view of Hida Takayama, Tia! I, too, also would love to be financially independent to be able to travel and become a philanthropist; I am all about "side hustles" that could become full-time :) Hope you are well!
Comment: Belated, belated thank you for the charming, colorful rainclouds card (with the bright wellie boot on reverse :), adorable Lisa Frank leopard on a cupcake and hearts, and for sharing that little bit of household work/exercise incentive :) Hope you are having a good weekend!
Comment: thank you for all the washi!
I only just started getting in to washi, so this swap was perfect for me :)
I love the washi you gave me, especially the bluieish-purpleish one, it looks like twilight!
Comment: Thank you! I just got this same set of cards. I was disappointed that the back didn't have a line between the message and address sections, but I love how you added one. Not sure why I haven't thought to do that before.
Comment: Hello Tia,
Thank you for the 12 samples of washi tape you sent me for this swap. They are all unique designs that I have not seen before in my Washi Collection. I look forward to using them in future projects.
Comment: Thank you for the nicely coloured tapes and even the geometric note card I like. It'll be a few bookmarks for me later on. The nicely decorated butterly decals on the envie was a beautiful touch with a matching stamp, Wow!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful stationary and the extra sheets . I love the colors of the butterfly against the white paper .I had just finished working on the same swap ( white paper, flowing dress stamp) I colored it and was thinking " I hope I will receive something nice for this swap I ( I had not seen that the sender was you lol I would not need to worry ) I was not disappointed ! Thank you :)
Response: ahhh! Thanks so much! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I love the postcard you sent! Adorable! I miss garage parking... my husband's race car is sitting smack dab in the middle of our 2 car garage and he refuses to move it over so I can park inside. (sigh) There is nothing like fresh sheets either... especially when they were hung outside to dry. Thank you!
Response: Men and their cars!!! Glad you like everything! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hey Girl, that postcard is freaking awesome. I love it and hung it up in my craft room. I love summer storms. Bring on the thunder and lightning and the rain. I love the smell of a summer rain storm. Any who, thanks bunches.
Comment: Thanks for the notecards! I didn't hear about the dumping of mail...I always put my stuff in the mailbox at work (well we have a post office in the building) and haven't had any problems yet! (fingers crossed)
Stay cool this weekend...I hear the temperature may break some records.
Comment: Hello Tia,
Thank you for the 4 washi tapes you sent me for this swap. They are all nice washi tapes. I also enjoyed your pleasant note. I look forward to using your washi tapes in the future.
Response: Hi Barb, you are welcome, glad you like everything! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the fun, colorful duck doll card (it reminded me of Big Bird, Rainbow Brite, HONK!, and Care Bears all rolled into one :) and polka-dotted washi, Tia! Hope you're having a good Tuesday!
Comment: Thanks Tia - and welcome to the club of having kids taller than us! LOL - I predicted that my son would be taller than me by the time he was 13, and I was exactly right! I'm 5'8" so there you go!
Response: LOL! Yep, now I can call just about anybody in the house to reach for things that are too high up. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Hello Tia! First, your envelope was decorated beautifully--your butterfly theme was even matched by the postage stamp! I love the cards you sent; my absolute favorite is the Pixar Card--it's like a vintage travel poster! Thank you very much.
Response: You're welcome, glad you liked everything. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: I loved my washi! The selections were so pretty, and I can't wait to use them in my planner. :)
Today the girls received the washi you sent them, that was so sweet. Thank you so much, they loved it!
Comment: Thank you for the stunning Art Deco notecard (it reminded me of Miss Phryne Fisher -- I'm in the second series of her Murder Mysteries) and decorated envelope, stickers, and colorful washi samples!
Response: Glad you liked everything, thanks for the heart!
Comment: My hubby says that I can still be a block away but my cat knows I'm coming and runs to the door to wait for me. She likes to wake me up in the morning by licking the tip of my nose. It's quite surprising when you're sound asleep. LOL! Thank you for the darling card.
Response: Oh how cool is that! I'd heard about that kind of thing before. Your cat sounds adorable!! Your cat also lets your husband know to jump up and look productive because you will be there any minute! LOL!
Comment: Thanks Tia! Cute postcard of Wellie's!!
How was the 2nd aqua fitness class? I am dying to try that.. not sure if I could find time coz they are generally in the morning and that's hard! I will look into it though!!
Response: It was good! It is hard finding the time but it's so much fun playing in the water! I couldn't go last night because I had to cook dinner for the family, bummer! just kidding, kind of....If (when) you make it to one let me know how you like it. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Belated thank you for the great A Bug's Life card, Tia! That is a film I haven't seen in many years and need to rewatch. I remember mostly that it was one of Madeline Kahn's (rest in peace) last films and one of Hayden Pannettiere's first. I was also aware at the time that Atta was voiced by Julia Louis-Dreyfus, but I wasn't old enough to appreciate her comedy :) Hope your son's ear and throat are better now!
Response: Thank you he is all better. We go back for a check-up next week but I'm sure it will go good. He's been running around like his usual self. Thanks for swapping and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the beautiful kraft envelope and notecard and thoughtfully packaged wonderful washi selection, Tia! Looking forward to using it in future PC, letter, and other swaps :) Hope you are having a good week!
Response: So glad you are happy with everything! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the adorably-outfitted doll (I love vests, bows/bowties, plaid, books, and tea :D), colorful doodles, and warm words -- it's gotten a little better with my cats, and I am looking into a handful of new apartment/house leads this week. I was telling my sister I can't wait to spoil my cats when we move :) Hope you and your family have a good week!
Response: You're welcome! Thanks for the heart! I hope things are working out for you and your fur babies, Avi. Post an update with you can.
Comment: Thanks for the double set of found image ATCs. I love the puppy face, and the cookies were a favorite of mine when I was a kid. I also like the paper pockets you made for them. They will be added to one of my smash books.
Response: So glad you like them. I tried really hard on this swap, it was my first time. I will definitely do more of these in the future I think. Thanks for the heart!
Comment: thank you tia for the postcard of the lilies and of course the quote from Prince! Where were you when Purple Rain came out? Guess that dates me! Haha! I remember very well where i was! He was such a beautiful human being! Loved the artwork on the back of the postcard!
Response: Hi Kyra, I'm pretty sure I was in high school maybe even jr high It seems like he was always around. Prince and Michael Jackson, so sad they are both gone. Glad you like the pc and thanks for the heart!
Comment: WOW Tia! What a wonderful treat in my mailbox!! And overflowing with so many extras! And I don't own a single one of the beautiful selection of wide washi tapes!! Thanks so much for your kindness and generosity. Ten hearts!!!
Response: ;) so glad you like everything. I had a wonderful time putting it together! I couldn't seem to stop adding stuff ;) Thanks for the heart(s)
Comment: thank you for the beautiful envelope, you did a very good job of decorating it. i loved how everything was themed "butterfly" even the stamp :) i am glad you had a great memorial day weekend, ours was pretty laid back - stayed home for once. i hope that this week is going well for you!
Response: Thanks Dana! I'm so glad you are happy with everything. I appreciated the nice comments!
Comment: Hi Tia! I am so glad that you like kitties too! A kitty stamp goes out to you for saying that ! Baba gave me her approval today. She is a gem! She is quite the dominating cat! She sends her approval! thank you so much! She thanks you too!
Response: LOL - I'm glad to hear that! Give her chin rubs/scratches for me too! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the interesting postcard from the Royal Horticultural Society! LOVED the pc and it was painted in the 17th century! Awesome! Hope you get your wish with so much happy mail! Hehe! Thanks!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for your card Tia! It's strange how many similar things we like! :) I hope you love the tunnels series! I can't wait for the next season of Orphan Black too! Glad to have you here on swap bot, I hope you're enjoying it! :)
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Tia i LOVED the yoga cat and had a great laugh out of it but saw that there was truth in the card too! Aren't all cats yoga cats if they move much! I have seen some of those cats bend over and find places to reach that only advanced practitioners would be able to do! hahaha! Just LOVED everything about this card! This one is a keeper! Ok ill be looking out for your other card that is coming! Thank you!
Response: I love these cards too! They crack me up! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you so much Tia What a wonderful surprise ! Thank you for the butterflies.I was thinking of alter some boxes and I can use them I have never seen wooden ones before :) Thank you for the cards ( I have a friend in England who likes owls ) and the washi tape , the recipe cards and the washi tape .
Comment: Thank you for the great Jetoy card (which was new to me :) I always love a good neck ruff and anything celestial! It is going on my moodboard :) A good Zumba DVD, hmm... I think any of the ones officially licensed by the company should be good, since they are similar to the dances/music instructors can elect to receive each month to help put together a class. I will send you a message with some of my favorite fellow instructors' pages! Happy Wednesday!
Response: Thank you! Thanks for the heart! I look forward to your recommendations!
Comment: i received your lovely notecard on the same day i mailed out your pc...my week is usually pretty hectic and i wanted to make sure that i could have time to focus and write you a nice comment. you went above and beyond all expectations to make me feel special and i really wanted to thank you for all of the goodies and the incredibly sweet note. thank you again! :) have a great day!!
Response: It really makes me happy to know it brightened your day! Thanks for taking the time to write such a lovely response! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Very Groovy! Love the ed-white-blue theme w/the denim accents. And thanks for all the goodies you sent plus that cute letter about your son-tell him hi for me. Nice envelope and packaging too-thanks for sharing!
Response: I'm so glad you are happy with it! Thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the cool marquee-style Monsters, Inc. card, sunglasses emoji stamped image (one of my favorite emojis!), and for sharing your goals with me; I share your reading and Swap-Boat goals :) Happy weekend, Tia!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thanks for the great samples! When I was active in Postcrossing I mainly traded on the forum. There are some great groups there as well as tags and looking for posts, etc. It's fun and addicting!
Response: You're welcome and thanks for the heart!
Comment: Thank you for the wonderful A Bug's Life/Slim card (I love David Hyde Pierce :) and for the book recommendation! I am currently reading Chantal Thomas's The Exchange of Princesses -- touted by a critic as "Delicious like childhood and cruel like life" -- a fiction about the 1720s double arranged marriages between the children of the French and Spanish royal families (the reuniting of the two branches of the Bourbon family) and how nothing went according to plan. Thomas writes absorbingly with biting wit and vividness. Hope you have a good weekend!