Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wishing for Wednesday: A Little Bit of Everything



Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme, hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss the books we're excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they're books that have yet to be released. (Based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.)


The Room on Rue Amélie by Kristin Hamel
Release Date: March 27, 2018 by Gallery Books
For fans of Kristin Hannah’s The Nightingale and Martha Hall Kelly’s Lilac Girls, this powerful novel of fate, resistance, and family—by the international bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and When We Meet Again—tells the tale of an American woman, a British RAF pilot, and a young Jewish teenager whose lives intersect in occupied Paris during the tumultuous days of World War II.

When newlywed Ruby Henderson Benoit arrives in Paris in 1939 with her French husband Marcel, she imagines strolling arm in arm along the grand boulevards, awash in the golden afternoon light. But war is looming on the horizon, and as France falls to the Nazis, her marriage begins to splinter, too.

Charlotte Dacher is eleven when the Germans roll into the French capital, their sinister swastika flags snapping in the breeze. After the Jewish restrictions take effect and Jews are ordered to wear the yellow star, Charlotte can’t imagine things getting much worse. But then the mass deportations begin, and her life is ripped forever apart.

Thomas Clarke joins the British Royal Air Force to protect his country, but when his beloved mother dies in a German bombing during the waning days of the Blitz, he wonders if he’s really making a difference. Then he finds himself in Paris, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower, and he discovers a new reason to keep fighting—and an unexpected road home.

When fate brings them together, Ruby, Charlotte, and Thomas must summon the courage to defy the Nazis—and to open their own broken hearts—as they fight to survive. Rich with historical drama and emotional depth, this is an unforgettable story that will stay with you long after the final page is turned.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this one: Paris during World War II, what more do I need to say than that? I am eager to read The Room on Rue Amélie.
 
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Death of a Dumpling by Vivien Chien
Release Date: March 27, 2018 by St. Martin Press
Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . . 
The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables is her best option for putting her life back together. Even if that means having to put up with her mother, who is dead-set on finding her a husband. 
Lana’s love life soon becomes yesterday’s news once the restaurant’s property manager, Mr. Feng, turns up dead―after a delivery of shrimp dumplings from Ho-Lee. But how could this have happened when everyone on staff knew about Mr. Feng’s severe, life-threatening shellfish allergy? Now, with the whole restaurant under suspicion for murder and the local media in a feeding frenzy―to say nothing of the gorgeous police detective who keeps turning up for take-out―it’s up to Lana to find out who is behind Feng’s killer order. . . before her own number is up. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this one: As if I need another cozy series. Who am I to fight fate? I really am curious about this new one and look forward to getting to know Lana and helping her solve crimes.

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The Tea Master and the Detective by Aliette de Bodard
Release Date: March 31, 2018 by Subterranean Press
Welcome to the Scattered Pearls Belt, a collection of ring habitats and orbitals ruled by exiled human scholars and powerful families, and held together by living mindships who carry people and freight between the stars. In this fluid society, human and mindship avatars mingle in corridors and in function rooms, and physical and virtual realities overlap, the appearance of environments easily modified and adapted to interlocutors or current mood.

A transport ship discharged from military service after a traumatic injury, The Shadow's Child now ekes out a precarious living as a brewer of mind-altering drugs for the comfort of space-travellers. Meanwhile, abrasive and eccentric scholar Long Chau wants to find a corpse for a scientific study. When Long Chau walks into her office, The Shadow's Child expects an unpleasant but easy assignment. When the corpse turns out to have been murdered, Long Chau feels compelled to investigate, dragging The Shadow's Child with her.

As they dig deep into the victim's past, The Shadow's Child realises that the investigation points to Long Chau's own murky past--and, ultimately, to the dark and unbearable void that lies between the stars...
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this one:  This may be a novella and I may end up longing for more, but, oh my gosh, do I want to read this one! In my quest to read more science fiction (which I have been failing at miserably this year), I definitely plan to read this one!


Do any of these sound like something you would like to read too?
What upcoming releases are you looking forward to? 


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46 comments:

  1. Death by Dumpling looks great! A cozy mystery and a chinese restaurant? I'm there!!

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    1. Greg - I think so too! It sounds like it will be a fun new series. :-)

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  2. These all look interesting and I'm finding that I need to change it up a little these days. I recently finished Eowyn Ivey's To The Bright Edge of the World. Discussed it with a book group yesterday. Completely different for me. Loved it.

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    1. Kay - I really want to read To the Bright Edge of the World and am glad to hear you loved it! I like to mix up my reading from time to time--it keeps me from burning out on any one type of book.

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  3. These are some great picks. I have a copy of The Room on Rue Amelie, but haven’t had a chance to read it. I’m really hoping it it just as good as it sounds.

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    1. Jenea - Thank you! Hopefully we will both enjoy The Room on Rue Amelie!

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  4. I'm a sucker for books set in France so the Harmel book looks good to me.

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    1. Kathy - Me too. I can't resist a French setting.

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  5. The Room on Rue Amélie is the one that I really want to read. It sounds so good and I love historical books. <3

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    1. Stephanie - Me too! Especially when the historical novel makes me want to do some research. :-)

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  6. The Room on Rue Amélie and Death of a Dumpling look especially good!

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    1. Naida - I think so too! I look forward to reading them one day. :-)

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  7. I love the cover and title of Death by Dumpling! 😁

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  8. I'd read The Room on Rue Amelie just for the Paris setting. :)

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  9. If you are looking for stories from WW11 - Under the Scarlet Sky - it is an amazing story for a man from Milan. Amazing read. This is one I also want to read!

    Mary my Can’t Wait Wednesday!

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    1. Mary - I have Under the Scarlet Sky on my TBR stack. Hopefully I can get to it soon. I am glad to hear you enjoyed it so much!

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  10. Death by Dumpling looks good. I try to avoid Holocaust stories, they give me nightmares.

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    1. Ellen - It was a terrible time in our world's history, to be sure.

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  11. I particularly love the sound of The Tea Master and the Detective, but they all look enjoyable, engrossing reads, Wendy. I hope you enjoy them all when you get hold of them:)

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    1. Sarah - Me too! It's short so hopefully I will be able to fit it in soon.

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  12. Death by Dumpling has such a cute cover. Some great choices this week!

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    1. Barb - I think so too! Hopefully it will be good.

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  13. These books sound interesting. I've not heard any of them so I'll have to check them out.

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  14. All of these sound awesome, especially the tea master and the detective! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - I can't wait to dive into The Tea Master and the Detective! Thank you.

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  15. I'm getting ready to read The Room on Rue Amélie now actually and I'm so excited for it. I love WWII books and books set in Paris, so I'm hoping this will be a good fit for me.

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    1. Suzanne - I can't wait to see what you think of The Room on Rue Amélie!

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  16. These are all new to me. The Room on Rue Amélie is the one on your list that really appeals to me the most. I hope you enjoy all three once you get the chance to read them.

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    1. Carole - Thank you! I am excited about all of them, but especially The Room on Rue Amélie.

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  17. The Room on Rue Amélie looks amazing! Hope you enjoy all of them!

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    1. Anna - I hope so too! I am looking forward to reading them.

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  18. Diverse bunch of picks! I am loving Death by Dumpling and Tea Master -- they look fantastic!

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    1. Verushka - Don't they? I think they sound good too. :-)

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  19. I read The Tea Master and the Detective recently, but it did not live up to my expectations. Anne McCaffrey's The Ship Who Sang makes the idea of a mind-ship feel real. This one, maybe because it was just a novella, didn't manage to make either "character" quite believable.

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    1. Jenclair - I am sorry to hear that about The Tea Master and the Detective. I haven't read Mccaffrey's book, so at least I won't have that to compare it to when I do read it. I was really impressed with Ann Leckie's book Ancillary Justice though, so we'll see. I know novellas can be lacking because they are so short.

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  20. I have heard of the Rue Amelie book which sounds good but that Death By Dumpling sounds like a really fun cozy!

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    1. Iliana - I can't wait to read Death By Dumpling!

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  21. The Room on Rue Amelie sounds great! I love Kristin Hannah!!

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    1. Eustacia - I hope it is as good as it sounds!

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  22. WOWZA!!! I LOVE your WWII and SF picks!!! "The Room on Rue Amélie" sounds like a movie!! I NEED to get this one and plunge right in! I have a thing for WWII, and need to read more historical fiction related to it. And the fact that the evil Nazis are involved, and the characters manage to throw a wrench in their works....OMG, I'm getting SO wound up!! :) And I LOVE that cover! I wish I could go to Paris....and I'm reminded of Rick in "Casablanca": "We'll always have Paris.: Sigh.....

    As for "The Tea Master and the Detective", man, it just sounds AMAZING. "Mindship avatars"? BEAM ME OVER!! And that cover is very weird-looking. Right up my alley, lol!

    Jenclair mentioned being disappointed by "Tea Master", but I'll try it out, anyway. She also referenced "The Ship Who Sang", by Anne McAffrey. This author was actually the creator of the concept of a mindship. I read that book years ago, and remember enjoying it immensely! I might read it again!

    I've already added both of these books to my Goodreads shelves, Wendy! However....I will be buying the Kindle edition of "The Tea Master and the Detective". When I went over to Amazon to take a look at the hardcover, I was SHOCKED to see that it costs $40.00!! FORTY DOLLARS for a 96-page novella?! Um, I don't think so! I thought I'd let you know, just in case you already didn't. WEIRD, I say, and not the "nice" kind of weird, either. Lol. The Kindle edition is only $4.99. Never thought I'd say this, but in this case, I DEFINITELY prefer the ebook to the printed book!! LOL.

    Thanks for featuring these books!! Thanks as well for commenting on my own CWW post!! HUGS TO YOU, YOUR MOM, AND MOUSE!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 :) :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - I really like World War II fiction as well, and am looking forward to spending some time in Paris via the novel. It does sound really good. Hopefully I will enjoy The Tea Master and the Detective more than Jenclair did. I'll keep my expectations down just in case. I do find novellas lacking sometimes--I always want more character development and more story.

      I read more e-books than I do physical copies these days, so won't be hampered by that price tag. $40 does seem like too much for a novella though . . . I wouldn't pay that for a full length novel.

      Thanks for stopping by!

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  23. The first two books are definitely ones I'm waiting on! Especially Rue Amelie. That cover alone is gorgeous. I wouldn't have thought the 3rd book was really for me but that blurb is really intriguing. Can't wait to see what you think!

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    1. Katherine - I really like that cover too! I hope all of these turn out to be as good as they sound. :-) Thanks for stopping by, Katherine!

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