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A 2022 Carol Awards Finalist - Debut Novel! Time. Solomon is running out of it. A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived. When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-ru A 2022 Carol Awards Finalist - Debut Novel! Time. Solomon is running out of it. A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived. When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-run accident in a faraway city. With nothing to keep him going but flashbacks of relationships from his past, Solomon has no idea what a difference he will make on the future. Who will come to his rescue, and what secrets will they uncover along the way? If you're a fan of friendship novels like A Man Called Ove and Tuesdays with Morrie, then you will absolutely love this heartwarming tale of life, love, and loss. Solomon’s Porch and its unforgettable characters will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.


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A 2022 Carol Awards Finalist - Debut Novel! Time. Solomon is running out of it. A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived. When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-ru A 2022 Carol Awards Finalist - Debut Novel! Time. Solomon is running out of it. A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived. When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-run accident in a faraway city. With nothing to keep him going but flashbacks of relationships from his past, Solomon has no idea what a difference he will make on the future. Who will come to his rescue, and what secrets will they uncover along the way? If you're a fan of friendship novels like A Man Called Ove and Tuesdays with Morrie, then you will absolutely love this heartwarming tale of life, love, and loss. Solomon’s Porch and its unforgettable characters will stay with you long after the last page has been turned.

30 review for Solomon’s Porch: A Southern Fiction Novel

  1. 4 out of 5

    Janet Morris Grimes

    I'm honored that readers are choosing to spend time within these pages. I wanted to explore this idea that one man could truly make a difference. He can. He does. And this crazy world needs more people like Solomon. I'm honored that readers are choosing to spend time within these pages. I wanted to explore this idea that one man could truly make a difference. He can. He does. And this crazy world needs more people like Solomon.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christina Sinisi

    First, while there is a romance in this book, the thread is so thin you don't even notice it until the end. Instead, this is a book about the people in our communities who reach out to the needy. Growing up as I did on the top of a mountain in the Blue Ridge, I might have been too isolated to experience such a mentorship, but that wasn't the case. Sunday School teachers and the neighbors down the hill, over the mountain, so many people took the time to help a curious child learn and find support First, while there is a romance in this book, the thread is so thin you don't even notice it until the end. Instead, this is a book about the people in our communities who reach out to the needy. Growing up as I did on the top of a mountain in the Blue Ridge, I might have been too isolated to experience such a mentorship, but that wasn't the case. Sunday School teachers and the neighbors down the hill, over the mountain, so many people took the time to help a curious child learn and find support. Solomon in this book was that person for so many (maybe past the point of reality, but it is fiction). Since the book was fiction, all the ties came together neatly but again, that is God at work. Those people need our awe and respect. God works through each of us, if we allow him to do so. PS If anyone wonders how I read this book in one day, I was flying from London to home, a 9 hour flight plus another 43 minutes. This book helped me survive!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Joan

    It has been a while since I have read a novel this touching. Part of it had to do with the plot structure. Grimes did well in revealing the right information at the right time. And as for the resolutions to the two major issues, I like how Grimes inserted a welcome twist just when I thought all was lost. Part of the novel's impact had to do with the character construction. Solomon is the kind of man every young person would like to have as a close neighbor. As the novel progresses, we find out j It has been a while since I have read a novel this touching. Part of it had to do with the plot structure. Grimes did well in revealing the right information at the right time. And as for the resolutions to the two major issues, I like how Grimes inserted a welcome twist just when I thought all was lost. Part of the novel's impact had to do with the character construction. Solomon is the kind of man every young person would like to have as a close neighbor. As the novel progresses, we find out just how important Solomon's life has been. And Harper is such a compassionate person. We find out why she is so helpful as her story is revealed. I did find Raphael a hard man to like through much of the novel, having such anger issues. I appreciate how more of the positive side of his inner character was eventually revealed and I did like him better at the end. This novel explores how our benevolent actions have an influence far beyond our expected reach. It's a feel good story. It reminds us there are wonderful people having powerful impacts on lives every day. It is also an encouraging story, reminding us we can be one of those people too. I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Dawn

    This is a very touching book. It has a depth that I wasn't really expecting and that I really appreciated. Solomon is a good story teller and while some might believe someone his age and with his issues has no wisdom to share, it is quite the opposite here. I really liked the way the author wrote these characters. They are relatable. The author's writing style was great. It pulls you in and is 'comfortable' to read. I liked his stories and the overall story. There are all the feels in this book a This is a very touching book. It has a depth that I wasn't really expecting and that I really appreciated. Solomon is a good story teller and while some might believe someone his age and with his issues has no wisdom to share, it is quite the opposite here. I really liked the way the author wrote these characters. They are relatable. The author's writing style was great. It pulls you in and is 'comfortable' to read. I liked his stories and the overall story. There are all the feels in this book and while that isn't my normal thing, I have to say that I love what the author did. 4/5 Thank you to the author/publisher for the review copy of this book via Celebrate Lit. I received this book in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Trishita Das

    The creator worked hard on character improvement! I felt like I knew each character and turned out to be essential for the story. We as a whole need a Solomon in our lives. What extraordinary messages-pardoning, acknowledgment, love, variety, and then some. This story kept me transforming the pages way into the evening. It's an account of a tight obligation of companionship that traverses ages and time. I can hardly wait to peruse more from this skilled creator. Pour a tall glass of tea, and get The creator worked hard on character improvement! I felt like I knew each character and turned out to be essential for the story. We as a whole need a Solomon in our lives. What extraordinary messages-pardoning, acknowledgment, love, variety, and then some. This story kept me transforming the pages way into the evening. It's an account of a tight obligation of companionship that traverses ages and time. I can hardly wait to peruse more from this skilled creator. Pour a tall glass of tea, and get comfortable to peruse this novel, you'll love it.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Carol Keen

    Solomon, like his porch, offers a great to place to sit a spell and gain wisdom, insight and to watch people grow. This is an moving story of how time changes us all, but it's also hopeful and faith is included. All the characters have depth and bring something to the story. Tracking the impact one life has had on many lives, and many things, this story unfolds with so much emotion. This is a "Hallmark" worthy story, and topping that off it is a debut novel. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for my copy o Solomon, like his porch, offers a great to place to sit a spell and gain wisdom, insight and to watch people grow. This is an moving story of how time changes us all, but it's also hopeful and faith is included. All the characters have depth and bring something to the story. Tracking the impact one life has had on many lives, and many things, this story unfolds with so much emotion. This is a "Hallmark" worthy story, and topping that off it is a debut novel. Thanks to Celebrate Lit for my copy of this book. A positive review is never required and this review is my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Penny

    I thoroughly enjoyed, this debut by Janet Morris Grimes. Solomon’s Porch holds so many stories woven together like a warm blanket. From beginning to end, the book brought emotion—from laughter—to aww moments—tears. If you enjoy thoughtfully told stories with wonderful characters, you’ll want to read Solomon’s Porch. By the time I finished the book, I wished I had known Solomon like the characters did. Check out this heartwarming, uplifting story. You’ll be glad you did. I purchased a copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Juliette

    Gripping and memorable from the start, this story will stay with you and the characters will visit you in your thoughts often. One of the best books I have read in a long time, I can’t recommend it highly enough. An award worthy and superbly written, imagined and expressed story is Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    In Janet Morris Grimes' debut novel, she crafts a story of an elderly gentleman, Solomon, who has invaluable lessons for his friends to learn. This story kept me turning the pages way into the night. Its a story of a tight bond of friendship which spans generations and time. I can't wait to read more from this gifted author. Pour a tall glass of tea, and settle in to read this novel, you'll love it. I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review In Janet Morris Grimes' debut novel, she crafts a story of an elderly gentleman, Solomon, who has invaluable lessons for his friends to learn. This story kept me turning the pages way into the night. Its a story of a tight bond of friendship which spans generations and time. I can't wait to read more from this gifted author. Pour a tall glass of tea, and settle in to read this novel, you'll love it. I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review

  10. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    One, I love this cover. It’s amazing. I love it. It has the overlay and it’s amazing. And the storyline. I’m all for showing people what dementia is and how it affects people but also I love sharing about it because I’ve worked in a nursing home and seen and worked with people with dementia. There is so much that most people don’t see and know. This is a wonderfully written book. I could lose myself in it and I think you will too. It is my recommendation that you read this book and take a trip t One, I love this cover. It’s amazing. I love it. It has the overlay and it’s amazing. And the storyline. I’m all for showing people what dementia is and how it affects people but also I love sharing about it because I’ve worked in a nursing home and seen and worked with people with dementia. There is so much that most people don’t see and know. This is a wonderfully written book. I could lose myself in it and I think you will too. It is my recommendation that you read this book and take a trip to a town much like the ones you may know and a man who is like many you know as well. I have voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from Celebrate Lit. All views expressed are only my honest opinion. I was not required to write a positive review nor was I compensated in any other way. All opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the FTC regulations.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lori Krieg

    Solomon’s Porch a must read! I purchased this book 8/16 and after finishing a couple chapters late last night, I woke up early this morning and could not put it down! When I encounter a book with a compelling story and well-drawn out and relatable characters, I lose myself (in a good way!) and my family knows they are on their own until I finish it. This is just such a book! Highly recommended!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Phil Eddings

    A MUST READ When I visit a new author, I ask myself is there a message or something I can take away from their work? Is this something I can recommend to others? Janet Grimes has given us a book replete with hope, perseverance, and forgiveness. I give it 5 stars. And I look forward to her next project.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett Ellis

    Janet Morris Grimes clearly has a noteworthy gift for storytelling. Her writing is impeccable, imaginative, smooth and emotive and there won’t be a reader who won’t long to sit on Solomon’s Porch and be healed of their anxieties. There’s a tender, most welcome hint of the meaning and importance of faith throughout, and one could imagine taking a trip to Ginger Ridge and becoming part of the wonderful story, sitting on that infamous porch and baring one’s soul. Solomon is an endearing character a Janet Morris Grimes clearly has a noteworthy gift for storytelling. Her writing is impeccable, imaginative, smooth and emotive and there won’t be a reader who won’t long to sit on Solomon’s Porch and be healed of their anxieties. There’s a tender, most welcome hint of the meaning and importance of faith throughout, and one could imagine taking a trip to Ginger Ridge and becoming part of the wonderful story, sitting on that infamous porch and baring one’s soul. Solomon is an endearing character and his deep compassion and love for others is clear and felt, even in the face of his own tragic past. The satisfying conclusion illuminates the earlier quote when all is finally revealed, but you will need a box of tissues.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kendra Neal

    WOW, this book is a definite Page Turner and "have your kleenex" ready story. Solomon's Porch by Janet Morris Grimes is a book that really tugs at your heart strings. I really like how the Author tells many stories through Solomon, an elderly gentleman with dementia. During this time of his life, one would think that his "story telling" days would be over, but he had a lot to say about life even at this point in his life. His "stories" are from Flashbacks from past relationships, but they seem a WOW, this book is a definite Page Turner and "have your kleenex" ready story. Solomon's Porch by Janet Morris Grimes is a book that really tugs at your heart strings. I really like how the Author tells many stories through Solomon, an elderly gentleman with dementia. During this time of his life, one would think that his "story telling" days would be over, but he had a lot to say about life even at this point in his life. His "stories" are from Flashbacks from past relationships, but they seem as they are being told in present day. The author has a WONDERFUL Writing style that connects the characters of the book together so seamlessly. The book is a roller coaster of emotions and is filled with some resounding messages. A book of Forgiveness and Hope! GREAT BOOK!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Stacy

    In Janet Morris Grimes' debut novel, she crafts a story of an elderly gentleman, Solomon, who has invaluable lessons for his friends to learn. This story kept me turning the pages way into the night. Its a story of a tight bond of friendship which spans generations and time. I can't wait to read more from this gifted author. Pour a tall glass of tea, and settle in to read this novel, you'll love it. I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review In Janet Morris Grimes' debut novel, she crafts a story of an elderly gentleman, Solomon, who has invaluable lessons for his friends to learn. This story kept me turning the pages way into the night. Its a story of a tight bond of friendship which spans generations and time. I can't wait to read more from this gifted author. Pour a tall glass of tea, and settle in to read this novel, you'll love it. I received this book from the publisher but was under no obligation to post nor write a review

  16. 5 out of 5

    Debbie

    I wish I could write a review for this book because I really think if I had read this book at a different time in my life I would say I loved it. I can say that now but I am in tears because of the subject ( hit and run). It just hits home to "real life" for me as my son son was killed three months ago tomorrow in a hit and run. "Solomon’s Porch" by Janet Morris Grimes isa story about forgiveness and how one man impacted some many lives. I will be rereading this book at a later time after I give I wish I could write a review for this book because I really think if I had read this book at a different time in my life I would say I loved it. I can say that now but I am in tears because of the subject ( hit and run). It just hits home to "real life" for me as my son son was killed three months ago tomorrow in a hit and run. "Solomon’s Porch" by Janet Morris Grimes isa story about forgiveness and how one man impacted some many lives. I will be rereading this book at a later time after I give myself some time to heal. I was given a complimentary copy from the author and Celebrate Lit and these opinions are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Literary Reviewer

    While this is not your typical love story, there is certainly a lot of love to go around between the characters in Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes. Speaking of love, Grimes has a way of writing that leaves you feeling emotionally connected with each and every character-rooting for all of them despite their wrongdoings or shortcomings. We follow the characters through the aftermath of a traumatic event that weaves together the lives of people who didn’t know they needed each other, all con While this is not your typical love story, there is certainly a lot of love to go around between the characters in Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes. Speaking of love, Grimes has a way of writing that leaves you feeling emotionally connected with each and every character-rooting for all of them despite their wrongdoings or shortcomings. We follow the characters through the aftermath of a traumatic event that weaves together the lives of people who didn’t know they needed each other, all connected through one beloved man from Ginger Ridge, Georgia- Solomon Thomas. We meet the dramatis personae one by one, learning their story and that each is feeling the pressure of precious time-and a looming suspicion that they are running out of it. There is Raphael Henry- a Mexican immigrant who is suddenly facing deportation and attempting to prepare his young and growing family for a future without him. His run-in with Solomon creates even more chaos for him, and leads Solomon back into the life of single mom Harper Phillips. Unbeknownst to her at first, Harper was close to Solomon during her troubled childhood and is immediately drawn to helping him. With that task, she is surely not alone. Among many, there is newly single dad Brock Timberland, a soldier turned Pastor, who is trying to find his new way in life while restoring the faith in the Ginger Ridge community. Investigating the event is Detective Cameron Sterling-who despite his lackluster and burnt-out attitude, finds much-needed inspiration and a renewed sense of purpose through this particular case. All of their lives begin to intertwine in unexpected and interesting ways, leaving the reader in a dreamy state of surprise and suspense. I could not have loved this book more. It was my favorite kind- one that you don’t want to end, already missing the characters you have come to love long before you’ve even finished. I would absolutely recommend it to every reader who loves a good heartfelt story. The lessons of overcoming trauma, abandonment and grief, living with empathy and kindness, and putting yourself in other people’s shoes run deep throughout the narrative. It is near impossible not to resonate with the struggles that are faced and to find hope and reason in seemingly unanswered prayers. My favorite quote and greatest takeaway from Solomon’s Porch was from Solly himself: “You can only use the past to change the future, find a way to pay it forward.” Watching this lesson be brought to life over and over in this compelling story of human compassion will inspire any reader to live in alignment with these words of wisdom, releasing the chains of regret and focusing on the beauty in the hope of what is to come.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Tews

    Wow, what an emotional roller coaster. From the very start, this book throws in intense plot twists. And these curveballs and surprises continue page after page to the point I could not put the book down. I had to see what happened, and I genuinely got annoyed anytime somebody interrupted me while I was reading it. I highly recommend you have a box of tissues in your lap while you read, because you will probably need the entire box. My heart went out to every single character as I learned about t Wow, what an emotional roller coaster. From the very start, this book throws in intense plot twists. And these curveballs and surprises continue page after page to the point I could not put the book down. I had to see what happened, and I genuinely got annoyed anytime somebody interrupted me while I was reading it. I highly recommend you have a box of tissues in your lap while you read, because you will probably need the entire box. My heart went out to every single character as I learned about their backstories and the struggles that they went through. The author dealt with some real and hard issues, and she did not sugar coat. I love, however, the message that she sends. There are hardships in life, but everyone's hardship has a purpose. I easily give this book a 5/5 stars, and my only thing about it would be that I felt the ending was a bit rushed. I wish the author spent more time on resolving certain plot lines. Other than that, I highly recommend this book. I had received a copy of this book as part of the Celebrate Lit Blogging Team and was required to give an honest review.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Jewel Hart

    Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes enters the world of a few special, distinctive and memorable characters: a diligent hospital worker; a Pastor finding his way; a hardworking Immigrant; and an elderly man with a limp. All with their own stories, yet cleverly and thoughtfully joined together by an unbelievably miraculous hidden thread. Using a quote from the book –“You can only use the past to change the future…” Solomon’s Porch is an extraordinary story of faith, endurance, suffering and hop Solomon’s Porch by Janet Morris Grimes enters the world of a few special, distinctive and memorable characters: a diligent hospital worker; a Pastor finding his way; a hardworking Immigrant; and an elderly man with a limp. All with their own stories, yet cleverly and thoughtfully joined together by an unbelievably miraculous hidden thread. Using a quote from the book –“You can only use the past to change the future…” Solomon’s Porch is an extraordinary story of faith, endurance, suffering and hope. It weaves the main characters and each of their lives inextricably until at the very end when the threads untangle, and all becomes astonishingly clear. Each character is so well-developed, significant, relatable and authentic that they become like personal friends to the reader. This is truly an ingenious mystery that confounds, and one wonders how it will ever resolve, until of course the exceptional talent and skillful writing ability of the author neatly ties it all together in such a perfect, clear and amazing way.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Katie

    I believe this book may become one of my all time favorite fictions to enjoy. I truly believe any fiction reader could enjoy this thought provoking, emotional, inspiring read. The way the author develops so many characters to bring them together through Solomon at different times and for different reasons was a masterful work of art. I connected with each character and really felt their struggles, hopes, and dreams. The way the author transitioned from past to present storyline was easy to follo I believe this book may become one of my all time favorite fictions to enjoy. I truly believe any fiction reader could enjoy this thought provoking, emotional, inspiring read. The way the author develops so many characters to bring them together through Solomon at different times and for different reasons was a masterful work of art. I connected with each character and really felt their struggles, hopes, and dreams. The way the author transitioned from past to present storyline was easy to follow and gave us a clear picture of the scars each character carried around. The naturally occurring gospel message was clear and reminded us how every interaction can have eternal impact. I really can’t recommend this book enough for any fiction reader. I received a complimentary copy of this book, and all opinions given are entirely my own.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Chrissy Scheiter

    I have read 100 books so far this year and this is BY FAR the BEST book I’ve read to date. Janet’s detailed characters made me feel as though I was a character amongst many. I felt as though I was right there in the thick of it all. I literally could not put this book down. I cannot wait to read more from my dear friend, Janet.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Delores Topliff

    Wonderfully developed and refreshing characters I'll remember for a long time with several good plot twists. This is a new-to-me author but I'll be looking for more of her books, so glad I discovered this and love the title which also has deeper meaning. Wonderfully developed and refreshing characters I'll remember for a long time with several good plot twists. This is a new-to-me author but I'll be looking for more of her books, so glad I discovered this and love the title which also has deeper meaning.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Mollie Bond

    as sweet as lemonade Solomon’s Porch is a story that is powerful, realistic, and has a few unexpected turns. Janet Morris Grimes wrote a story that is hard to put down. Take it with a glass of lemonade.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Wilani Wahl

    For a debut novel this author masterfully developed her character. She did a great job of weaving in different story lines. I found myself wanting to read to the very end just so I would know how the story ends.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Ramona A

    I loved this book. Skillfully interwoven stories of characters into one heartwarming story about Solomon and his porch.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Paige Quant

    It reads like sandpaper and is not believable. I don’t believe in the south.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Claire O'Sullivan

    Heart rendering Really well written, a tear jerker but in a good way. Make sure you have a box of Kleenex with you. Well done!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deena Adams

    I really enjoyed following Solomon's story through this debut novel by Janet Morris Grimes. Although several difficult topics are addressed, the characters find hope, which in turn gives me hope. Solomon's life touched so many people, I was inspired to become more like him. This book shows what a huge difference one person can make in this world. We could all use a bit more of that. I really enjoyed following Solomon's story through this debut novel by Janet Morris Grimes. Although several difficult topics are addressed, the characters find hope, which in turn gives me hope. Solomon's life touched so many people, I was inspired to become more like him. This book shows what a huge difference one person can make in this world. We could all use a bit more of that.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Tonya Matthews

    The unknowing impact of a man on many lives! Book with a good message!

  30. 5 out of 5

    Deana Dick

    This is one book that I think everyone should read. With an emotional and powerful story I couldn’t stop crying as the characters became real to me. The town where the story takes place is very small and little by little is becoming almost like a ghost town. It needs a breath of fresh air and people who care about each other to rebuild and help each other out. Solomon is a man with a heart filled with love, grace, wisdom and compassion. He reaches out to those who need help or perhaps a listenin This is one book that I think everyone should read. With an emotional and powerful story I couldn’t stop crying as the characters became real to me. The town where the story takes place is very small and little by little is becoming almost like a ghost town. It needs a breath of fresh air and people who care about each other to rebuild and help each other out. Solomon is a man with a heart filled with love, grace, wisdom and compassion. He reaches out to those who need help or perhaps a listening ear to guide them to forgiveness and find hope. His story is filled with loss but he never lets that hinder him from helping others. I adored Solomon and would love to sit with him on his front porch in the swing. He reminds me so much of my granddad. He was a quiet man who spoke softly and never had a harsh word for anyone. Each character in the book has a connection to Solomon in some way. Harper was especially touched by Solomon’s kindness and I loved how her story was shared with flash backs. The author addresses some difficult subjects with grace and shows how important it is to accept responsibility for your actions. The lessons are many in this moving story. I think it is important to understand how we can each make an impact on others if we take the time to really listen without judging. The ending is bittersweet and I loved how we witness a homecoming for two special people who are finally reunited. We never know what tomorrow will bring so take each day and make a difference. Never let a day go by without telling others how important they are to you. I close this review by honoring the Solomon’s of the world; “Well done thy good and faithful servant.” I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion .

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