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My Way To You

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This book was so good.  I read it in one sitting, stopping only to fix dinner.  Parker was a young woman that really didn't know what she wanted to be when she grew up.  She was in her early 20's and couldn't decide.  After her parents told her it was time to settle down, she buckled down and said she would .  Then she got a call that changed her life forever. She found she was strong and brave.   I loved all the characters except the principal of the school that she worked at.  That woman had no sympathy for what she was going through!.  The love story in the book grew slowly, but steadily.  It was very sweet.   I would love a sequel maybe 5 years down the road to see what everyone is doing.  Austin has turned out to be a good kid and has a great personaility.  

I got this book from NetGalley for an honest review.  This book is very worth reading.  I highly recommend.
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Two years ago, Parker Sinclair was enjoying a privileged life, attending college, and still trying to decide what course her future should take.  The sudden death of her parents changed everything.  She had to become the adult to take care of her two younger siblings, one of them still in high school.  With a tight financial situation, Parker dropped out of college so that there would be sufficient funds for her brother and sister to attend.  Now, as they are finally starting to recover, disaster strikes again, this time in the form of a wildfire in their area.  Though their home is spared, all around them is dead vegetation, ash, and no plant growth to keep the land in place.  If the drought ends, and there is sufficient rain, they are now in danger of becoming a victim of a mudslide.

Colin Hudson is a supervisor at LA County Public Works, and one of his new assignments will be to shore up the fire devastated area in order to prevent another catastrophe when the rains start.  As he surveys the area, he realizes that he’s going to need access to Parker’s land.  It’s going to be for a substantial amount of time, and it’s not going to be pretty.  Colin spies Parker during his initial assessment, and decides to approach her unofficially before she’s called in to the office by the bigwigs.

In the past two years, and especially since the fire, Parker has grown very cautious about her somewhat secluded location.  She has a security fence, and a gun, and is not afraid to warn trespassers away from her property.  While initially suspicious of Colin, she soon realizes that he’s on the level, and potentially agrees to allow the crew onto her land, with some specific conditions.  Colin is impressed with the way she holds her ground at the office meeting, and later by the way she treats his crew, and how she’s managed to take care of her home and siblings.

Parker and Colin see a lot of each other, and it’s obvious that they’re very attracted.  Soon Parker goes out on her first date in what seems like forever.  Colin is so smitten with Parker, and he’s constantly coming up with ways to try to help her.  While Parker accepts some help, she stubbornly refuses on certain things, determined to handle them by herself.  Otherwise, this couple seems ideally suited for each other, and they begin a genuine relationship with plenty of steam and fun.

MY WAY TO YOU is a contemporary love story with two strong, caring, but determined people.  Aside from the romance and the family issues, there is a lot of detail involving what actually happens in California with the fires, droughts, rains, and mudslides – some of it technical.  (This is a true part of the author’s life, so I understand her passionate interest.)  While Parker and Colin appear about to embark on a truly committed relationship, it seems that they have a difference of opinion in what they want for their own futures, and it’s a significant goal, one with the potential to tear them apart.  I truly liked this couple, as well as admired them, and I was rooting for them to find a way to make a future together.  MY WAY TO YOU makes for a compelling read.  The great characters and their strength in continually battling the setbacks they encounter makes it a hard book to put down.
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Parker Sinclair was a happy-go-lucky college student turned into a parental figure overnight. Caring for her 2 younger siblings as their guardian while taking care of her parents' property is no small task. The story is set in California where wildfires can cause catastrophic damage to people's homes and the basis behind all of that is derived from facts and true experiences. Colin Hudson is the supervisor who is overseeing the work being done on Parker's property in hopes of preventing future damage for the neighboring homes. Colin has his job cut out for him in terms of capturing Parker's attention. This girl is so independent and resourceful, she can handle just about anything on her own and I loved that about her. She comes off as fearless and strong because she has no other choice. But that doesn't dissuade Colin because he wants to be a shoulder for her to lean on and he really does step it up to prove it to her. The romance aspect was a slow build with a lot of the story's focus on the relationship and their character growth as a couple together and not so much steam and heat. I did enjoy reading this and getting to know both Colin's and Parker's families because it was a great introduction to a series of more characters to become familiar with in future books. I also wouldn't mind reading more about Parker and Colin, too.
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I adore Catherine Bybee’s writing style. Her storytelling flows and all the countless character details feel effortless. My Way to You, the first in an all new Creek Canyon series is no exception. It is beautifully written. I adored these characters, each one moving the plot along and playing with my emotions. 

My Way to You made me heart melt. It centers around family, love, loss and sacrifice. Parker and Colin are magic together. Their chemistry is undeniable. I cannot wait to read the next in the series.
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More like 4.5 stars. This was my first book from this author and it won't be the last. One thing what I liked about this book are characters. Both Parker and Colin were great and I really liked both of them. I especially liked Colin's family because they were so great. I liked Parker because she was strong and she knew what to do on their situation.
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Thanks goes to the publisher and Net-Galley for providing me an advance reader copy. I appreciate the chance to read and review Catherine Bybee’s newest novel, My Way to You. My opinions are my own and are not influenced by the complimentary copy.

My Way to You is an emotional novel set in southern California in the aftermath of a horrific wildfire that almost takes the heroine’s family home. To add insult to injury, she is now in danger of losing her house to mudslides from the torrential rains. As I always expect with Ms. Bybee, the writing is stellar, the pacing is perfect, and her flawed characters are realistic.

Parker Sinclair’s character is under a tremendous amount of stress. She’s not only dealing with her parent’s deaths, but she’s raising her siblings on top of dealing with wildfires and mudslides. She has an indominable spirit and is determined to succeed against all odds. While at times, she frustrated me with her insecurities, I did really like her character. She loves deeply, but she has lots of fear which keeps her closed off.

Colin Hudson is a fantastic hero with all the characteristics I most admire. He’s willing to go way above and beyond to help the stressed Parker when he meets her while trying to save her neighborhood. His attraction to her is instantaneous, and he doesn’t allow Parker’s insecurities to push him away. He is determined to win her heart.

The Chemistry between Parker and Colin is combustible. He is perfect for her because he refuses to let her push him away. I truly wanted them to find their happy ending. Parker doesn’t make it easy for him.

If you enjoy contemporary romance with plenty of heart and a bit of angst, then you’ll love My Way to You as much as I did. This is the first book in MS. Bybee’s new series, and I can’t wait to read the next one. Happy reading!
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CONTENT WARNING: Lots and lots of gushing ahead about this amazing, amazing, amazing story!

Since losing her parents two years ago, 26 year old Parker Sinclair has been doing a damn good job juggling all the flaming swords in her life: a 20 year old sister in college, her 17 year old brother who’s finishing up high school, a lousy part-time job that barely helps pay the bills, and an aging home on a large piece of property in the valley of Santa Clarita, California. When wildfires destroy the valley one July day, they survive with their lives and the destroyed property, however the main house, along with a small guesthouse, is intact and mostly unscathed.

But just because the house is still there doesn’t mean their worries are over. Without all the plants and trees in the valley to absorb rainfall and hold soil in place, the coming months of rain in the late fall and winter are a grave concern - not just for the Sinclairs, but for everyone in the valley below them.

Colin Hudson’s job with the LA County Public Works Department is to minimize the destruction of mudslides - it’s not a matter of if they’ll come, it’s when, how often, and how bad. From his initial interaction with Parker, he’s impressed with her grasp of the gravity of her situation and her can-do attitude about doing whatever it takes to care for and protect the home her parents left her and her siblings. He’s also impressed with her selflessness, willing to inconvenience herself and her family for the sake of helping everyone who lives downhill from her property. It doesn’t take long for Colin to fall in love with the woman who is kind and strong and resilient.

Now let the gushing commence...

I should have known better than to pick up a Catherine Bybee book right before bed (I had to wait for the heated mattress pad to get my side of the sheets warm!). But the last two books I’d read were not good and it hadn’t been a problem to just read a chapter or two before turning in. However, next thing I knew I had finished eight chapters and was in danger of reading through most of the night. And that’s because...

She is back!

I became a fan of Catherine Bybee while reading her Not Quite series, which currently has six books and is filled with sweet, mostly lighthearted stories that are heartwarming and fun to read. So when her latest First Wives series was a bit cynical and edgy, I wasn’t sure what to think at first. I ended up really liking all five books, but had to face the possibility that, due to circumstances in Ms. Bybee’s personal life (she and her husband recently divorced), maybe that’s what she would write now.

Except apparently it isn’t! Because in My Way to You we get a gripping tale about the California wildfires and the aftermath, wrapped around the sweetest, most tender-hearted love story I’ve read in ages. I knew I’d love Colin when he pulled his sister (who is an engineer for the city of Santa Clarita) into a meeting so Parker would feel more comfortable. (You know a guy is going to be great when he has a close relationship with his sister.) Watching Colin and Parker fall for each other was such a delight and warmed my heart, over and over!

”I appreciate you checking on me. I’m pretty sure that’s not in your job description.”
“It could be.”
She paused, not really sure what he meant by that. “I’m not following you.”
“You’re right. As the supervisor on the project, it’s not necessary that I check on you unless it’s raining or something is wrong with the project. But as a man who doesn’t have a wife, checking on a woman who doesn’t have a husband…”

The art of subtle flirting just makes my heart swoon! I can’t even think of the last time a book had me swooning so many times.

“I’m going to leave you to your girls’ night and dream about you when I go to bed.”
She moved closer, enjoyed the feeling of his arms as they circled her back. “All of me, or just my knees?” She lifted her lips.
He bent close, spoke over them. “I haven’t seen all of you.”
“We could probably arrange that.”
“One body part at a time.” He kissed her and stopped her brain from functioning.

These days it seems all we get is insta-love and couples that fall into bed at the snap of their fingers. I love, love, love a relationship that develops slowly and naturally. I love when the heroine is reluctant, but the hero is patient and determined. I loved that Parker was hesitant but didn’t ever push Colin away. Sure, they had some conflict - because all relationships do - but they both dealt with them head on and maturely, without trumped up drama or angst and it was lovely. I loved Colin and Parker SO MUCH and would have loved more of them. Yes, I wish this book had been 800 pages long just so we could get more of Parker doing what needs to be done and Colin being all swoony!

I also loved Parker as a heroine. It is so great to read about a strong, capable young woman. I loved that Parker was willing to do whatever it took to keep her sister and brother on the right path and hold her family together as best she can. But I also loved her vulnerable side, knowing she wants more for her life - yet not sure what that “more” is. I frequently tell people I don’t know what I want to be when I grow up...and I’m an almost 50 year old married woman with three children (two of whom are adults). I could totally relate to Parker doing what needs to be done, but not knowing what is next when she starts the next stage of her life.

As much as I loved the romance in this book, I was enthralled with the Humankind vs Mother Nature storyline. Some readers may find all the details about mud control tedious, but for me it was fascinating. My family has vacationed in California for years, we have family there, we’ve driven through parts of the state with a similar landscape as the location of this story. In the summer of 2017, we were driving through the hills above Malibu and I distinctly remember thinking how awful it would be if there was a fire - it would be hard to get out since there’s only a single, narrow, twisty two-lane road, it would be impossible to defend all the homes, and they would all be destroyed...and a year later that’s exactly what happened. So it wasn’t hard for me to “put myself” into this story. Reading this fictionalized tale about the California wildfires was heart pounding and heart breaking. And I loved every page.

The only thing that wasn’t perfection about this story is that it ended with so much of Colin and Parker’s story remaining. I want to know about their trip to Cabo, I want to be there when Colin proposes and the wedding, I want to see them have more deep discussions about their future, I want to see what Parker does next. I just want more. I can barely wait to get my hands on the next books in this series. I absolutely LOVED My Way to You and am SO looking forward to reading more about the people in Canyon Creek!

* a HUGE thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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**I voluntarily read an early copy of this book courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher**

I always get excited when I hear Catherine Bybee has a new book/series. The first in the Creek Canyon series was worth the wait!

Due to her parents untimely death, Parker Sinclair was thrust into the role of caregiver for her younger siblings. She's also been managing the family home and land. Things get worse when a wildfire sweeps through the land. It causes major damage brings along the threat of possible destruction from mudslides and floods.

Enter Colin Hudson. He's the guy every girl dreams of: hardworking, caring, and of course handsome. He along with his crew have been assigned to work on the project to try save the Sinclair land as well as their neighbors.

It's clear early on that these two are perfect for his other but will the stress of their situation pull them apart or have them growing closer?

While Colin and Parker were terrific main characters, the supporting cast was just was great. I can't wait to see what's in store with them through this series!
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It’s been awhile since I picked up a book by Catherine Bybee and I have forgotten how much I have enjoyed her novels! My way to you is the start to a new series and is beautifully written.  Parker has been raising her siblings after her parents die, and wildfire destroyed their home.  Now a mudslide threatens her property. Colin’s job as a public works supervisor is to protect Parker’s property and the neighbourhood from more damage. Parker is making it hard for him to do his job, but he finds himself attracted to her, but can Parker trust her heart to Colin? I loved the characters of Parker and Colin. Parker is a fierce and tough woman, and Colin is strong and is protective towards Parker. I loved the chemistry between the two. The book had some great scenes and great secondary characters (can’t wait to read the next book!) This book was enhanced by the author’s personal experience.  Thank you Netgalley and Montlake Romance for this advanced copy.
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Stunning. Bybee here uses her real life situation over the last few years to craft a story that is a testament to those who helped her most - the firemen and the flood control guys and the various repairmen - while also sticking to her bread and butter of romance novels. This one has some fun elements, such as when the lead guy comes out of the shower and, seeing his brother and sister in addition to our lead gal, says that he is glad he came out covered. His brother responds along the lines of "yeah, no one wants to see that", and our lead gal raises her hand "I do!" (Seriously, I'm still cracking up about that particular scene. :) But overall, the tone here is much more serious. For our lead gal in particular, life isn't exactly easy. But she has an AR, an AK, a shotgun, a 911, and a .40 cal Glock and she's a good shot - as she tells another character who thinks he can just come on her property any time he needs to. Not as light as I remember the Not Quite series being, but absolutely a strong story, and with such a cast that it isn't clear (as it usually tends to be) where this series is going next. (I have suspicions, but even that is only a somewhat educated guess.) Very much recommended.
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As much as this story was about Parker, Colin and her family, I think the biggest part of the story was the wildfire and the aftermath. My information concerning these issues come from news reports or articles I’ve read online. So while I was fascinated, I was also at times confused by much of the terminology and had trouble visualizing the layout of the ranch and Creek Canyon as a whole. It was almost too much information to take in.
Parker was a tough nut to like. I admired her for taking care of her family and home, but her stubbornness also made her a bit frustrating. She grew on me, but I can’t say I loved her, even by the end of the book. By contrast, Colin was immediately likeable. He seemed a bit too perfect, but was a perfect balance for Parker.
Great intro to the new Creek Canyon series. I’m looking forward to our next couple...that looks to be an intense storyline as well!
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In My Way to You we meet Parker, who has had a rough go in life over the last 4 years since tragedy struck her family. To add insult to injury a devastating fire burns almost destroys her home, then there is the risk of a flood destroying everything that the fire managed to leave alone. Enter Colin, he is in charge of making sure that rain, floods, mudslides etc don't destroy what is left of these homes and properties. 

I liked Colin and how determined he was to help Parker and protect her, while also giving her space to do it on her own, His family is amazing and I loved them,

Parker is a likable character, but that's just it. She just okay. And this is where it fell a little flat for me, Her and Colin are great together, there is obvious connection and pull towards each other, but their chemistry didn't jump off page for me like in Catherine's previous books. 

Honestly, I was more interested in Matt (Colin's brother) and Erin (Parker's tenant) than out Hero and Heroine - and I'm glad their story is next. I love Catherine Bybee's stories, her Weekday Brides and Not Quite series are some of my favorites, but this one just fell a little flat for me! 

Thank you to NetGalley and Montlake Romance for an Advanced Copy in Exchange for an honest review.
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My Way To You is my first book by this author but it won't be my last. I enjoyed this book especially the heroine's strength, that nothing seemed to really phase her. I loved that the hero complemented her. My Way To You is a sweet and wonderful read with awesome characters both main and secondary. I look forward to the next book in the series.
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From giving up her own dreams of finishing college and taking a job to make ends meet so she can finishing raising  her younger sister and brother after her parents died, Parker Sinclair has her hands full.  Add a wildfire to the mix with the added stress of winter and the possibility of mudslides through the canyon that threaten the only thing she has left of her parents and you'll have a young woman at the end of her rope.  
Enter Colin Hudson with the public works department.  He's been assigned the job of protecting Parker's property and  the surrounding neighborhood.  He has his hands full with the Parker - who is not used to having someone to help.  Will be be able to keep his promise to keep her property safe and win the trust and heart of Parker in the process?  It's definitely a risk he is willing to take!  
You will not be disappointed with the first book in the Canyon Creek series by Catherine Bybee.  This book is taken from her own experiences with wildfires in California in recent years.  Catherine gives you all the feels you expect from one of her romance books with the added emotions of protecting what's yours against mother nature.
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ARC received via Netgalley/Montlake for an honest review

I have been reading Catherine Bybee books for many years now, and I can remember a few years back, her stories/posts on social media about the fires and then the rains that hit her property.

This is also a reminder to me of what so many are going through here in Australia at the moment.

As I was reading My Way To You, I was remembering some of those stories. I remember thinking at the time everything was happening to her, how strong Ms Bybee was.

That strength carried through to Parker in this story. Sometimes she came across as a woman twice her age. Sometimes it felt a little OTT, then again the situation was OTT.

I adore Colin right from the get go. He could have been a pompous ar$e and treat Parker like she knows nothing, but he doesn't.

The relationship between Parker and Colin is sweet and tender and... easy. No stupid arguments, no miscommunications, it just... was.

This is book one in the series, and I look forward to seeing where it takes us next.
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Sometimes you read a book that reminds you how good people are. It allows you to believe in love and hope and kindness.  It seems Catherine Bybee knows how to write those books.  Her newest book My Way To You is one such book.  While the book highlights the difficulties in Southern California with both the wildfires and then the mudslides and floods, the focus is on Parker Sinclair and Colin Hudson.

Parker Sinclair’s parents died suddenly and she is left with raising her siblings and trying to keep things together.  She is struggling, but holding her own, until the fires came and then the knowledge that the rains would soon come.  Parker had some understanding of what would happen next and was concerned.   

Colin Hudson was the supervisor in charge of making some safety changes - huge changes to the drainage system in the valley.  They need to stage from Parker’s land and have been challenged to make things safer for the area.  Colin works with Parker to help things move forward, but finds himself being drawn to her more and more.  

I enjoy strong female characters and enjoyed Parker, even when she was being ‘too’ independent.  I loved Colin’s patience and attention.  The Hudson family was awesome as well.  I liked how the weather was another character, just unreliable.  I leave Catherine Bybee’s books feeling better about the world.  I love the feelings she manages to put into each book.  My Way to You by Catherine Bybee was an awesome read.
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Catherine Bybee is, for me, consistently an author that I can't wait for her next book to come out.  This book, the first in her new series (Yay!) reiterates just why I feel that way. 

We are introduced to the Sinclair family in My Way to You. Parker Sinclair, the oldest of the 3 children, has been holding her family together after her parents died unexpectedly.  She has been taking care of the family home and the land it sits on, all while trying to keep her younger sister, Mallory, and brother, Austin, on the straight and narrow and holding down a job. Each of these alone is can be a full time job but she seems to manage all three in a day's time. A raging wildfire threatens to destroy all in it's path, including their home, and Parker and her family find themselves fleeing to safety and not knowing what will be left for them when they return. By some miracle their home was spared but the destruction from the wildfire brings a new set of worries for her. 

Colin Hudson, a supervisor for the LA County Public Works Department, has his work cut out for him trying to deal with the aftermath of the fire.  He knows what will come next...mudslides. His job is to try to control the amount of damage that will bring. Unfortunately for the Sinclair Family, this means he needs access to their property.  

What follows next is a story that weaves both fact and fiction together. Catherine was able to highlight the details from her experience with a devastating wildfire and embed them into this story of perseverance, romance, and family. We are also introduced to the other characters that will carry this series, hopefully for several books to come. 

It's another "must read" if you ask me!
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This was a powerful and emotional story. I FELT everything Parker was going through. And as a long-time follower of Catherine Bybee, she had to deal with a fire surrounding her home and major flooding afterwards. I saw her videos she posted during this time, so she poured her story into Parker's. (If you haven't seen her videos, search her facebook page) Like Catherine, Parker is a strong, independent woman and does whatever needs to be done because she can't wait on anyone else. She's had a rough hand in life and she's making the best of things. I adored her and admired her strength. Because of the potential flooding, Parker meets Colin and neither one was looking for anyone. I enjoyed watching their relationship develop and felt the pull between them. But Parker has A LOT going on! This was a great love story. I couldn't pull myself away from their world and was sad when it was over. Looking forward to the next book in the series!
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Parker is the oldest sibling and when her parents are killed in an auto accident it is up to her to keep their family together.   She drops out of college to raise her younger brother and sister and is struggling to keep their finances afloat when they and their neighborhood are facing a wildfire.  They manage to safe their home but when winter comes with a threat of mudslides, it's more than she can handle.  When Colin arrives to evaluate the best way to save their neighborhood from the possible mudslides they work together to save her home and their neighborhood.  This is a awe inspiring story.  I could definitely tell that the author had some experience with wildfires and mudslides.  This was well told and I was anxious for Parker and her family as they worked tirelessly to save their home.  But it's not all about wildfires and mudslides...When Collin crushes on  Parker you'll pull for much more than the family home.
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**I voluntarily read an early copy of this title courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher**

I have been excited by this new series from Catherine Bybee since I heard about it and it was definitely worth the wait! Bybee is one of my go-to authors and this is a powerful start to the Creek Canyon series!

Parker Sinclair is doing her best to hold it all together. She's been raising her brother and sister since the untimely death of their parents and managing the family home and land. When a wildfire sweeps through the land causing major damage and in turn increasing the possibility of destruction from mudslides and floods, things get a whole lot worse before there is a light at the end of the tunnel.

Colin Hudson is the guy every girl dreams of. He was raised to treat a woman right, he's hard working and he's always the first to offer assistance. As a public works supervisor, he's assigned to the project at Parker's house and he and his crew are tasked with doing what they can to save her property and that of her neighbors. 

While supervising the project, Colin and Parker are in one another's orbits and it's clear pretty quickly that feelings are forming on both sides. While Parker may be a self-proclaimed "hot mess", Colin is all about it and loves that about her. Will the stress of the situation pull these two apart or have them growing closer?

I did not want to put this book down once I started. I needed to know what happened to everyone involved. Not only were Colin and Parker strong and wonderful characters, the supporting characters were fantastic as well. I'm certain that the rest of the books in this series are going to be as awesome as this one was!
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