I have an embarrassing number of unread books sitting on the shelves in my personal library. Carole of Carole's Random Life in Books has given me the perfect excuse to spotlight and discuss those neglected books in her Books from the Backlog feature. After all, even those older books need a bit of love! Not to mention it is reminding me what great books I have waiting for me under my own roof still to read!
When Martin Grace enters the hip Philadelphia coffee shop Cornelia Brown manages, her life changes forever. But little does she know that her newfound love is only the harbinger of greater changes to come. Meanwhile, across town, Clare Hobbs--eleven years old and abandoned by her erratic mother--goes looking for her lost father. She crosses paths with Cornelia while meeting with him at the café, and the two women form an improbable friendship that carries them through the unpredictable currents of love and life. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have had this one my shelf since 2008, when the second book in the series came out (I have that one too). I have heard wonderful things about this book and author.
Can't-Wait Wednesday is a weekly feature hosted by the marvelous Tressa at Wishful Endings to spotlight and discuss upcoming release we are excited about that we have yet to read.
Josephine Baker's Last Dance by Sherry Jones
Release Date: December 4, 2018 by Gallery Books
Discover the fascinating and singular life story of Josephine Baker—actress, singer, dancer, Civil Rights activist, member of the French Resistance during WWII, and a woman dedicated to erasing prejudice and creating a more equitable world—in Josephine Baker’s Last Dance.
In this illuminating biographical novel, Sherry Jones brings to life Josephine's early years in servitude and poverty in America, her rise to fame as a showgirl in her famous banana skirt, her activism against discrimination, and her many loves and losses. From 1920s Paris to 1960s Washington, to her final, triumphant performance, one of the most extraordinary lives of the twentieth century comes to stunning life on the page.
With intimate prose and comprehensive research, Sherry Jones brings this remarkable and compelling public figure into focus for the first time in a joyous celebration of a life lived in technicolor, a powerful woman who continues to inspire today. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: The name Josephine Baker is enough to draw me in. What an amazing woman! I am looking forward to reading this one quite a bit.
Release Date: December 11, 2018 by MIRA
Till death do us part.
When they fell in love back in law school, Natalie and Will Clarke joked that they were so brilliant, together they could plan the perfect murder. After fifteen rocky years of marriage, they had better hope they’re right.
Their young son Jacob’s principal is accused of molesting a troubled student. It’s a horrifying situation—and the poison spreads rapidly. One night before bed, Jacob tells Natalie he is a victim, too. In that moment, her concept of justice changes forever. Natalie decides the predator must die.
To shelter Jacob from the trauma of a trial, Natalie concocts an elaborate murder plot and Will becomes her unwilling partner. The Clarkes are about to find out what happens when your life partner becomes your accomplice—and your alibi. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I cannot even imagine what Natalie must be feeling when she learns what happened to her son. Murder wouldn't be far from my mind either (although I don't think I could carry it out).
Release Date: December 11, 2018 by Kensington Books
Its power is legendary. It can fulfill every impossible magical desire. But for one young witch seeking redemption, the Northern Circle coven will challenge her skills—and her heart—beyond measure.Why I want to read this: A witch, a coven, fighting an ancient evil . . . I want to be a part of this!
One tragic impulsive mistake made Chloe Winslow an outcast to her influential magic family. As a medical student, she wants to combine science with sorcery to heal those she hurt and right her wrongs. But brilliant, charismatic Devlin Marsh re-routes her plans with a once-in-eternity offer: membership in the exclusive Northern Circle, a mysterious Vermont coven known for pushing the limits.
Enthralled by Devlin and their mesmerizing mutual attraction, Chloe makes a dangerous sacrifice to help the Circle’s high priestess awaken Merlin himself—and learn his timeless cures. But a foreshadowing soon causes Chloe to doubt the Circle's real motives, as well as Devlin’s . . .
Now Merlin's demonic shade is loose in the human world, while Chloe and Devlin's uneasy alliance will pit them against ancient enemies, malevolent illusions, and shattering betrayal. And with the fate of two realms in the balance, Chloe must risk her untried power against a force she can't defeat—and a passion that could destroy her. [Goodreads Summary]
Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?
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Love Walked In sounds really nice- you have some nice variety here with these four!ReplyDelete
Greg - Thank you! I would like to read it sooner than later. But we'll see!Delete
For Better or Worse is one I have been waiting for for AGES! It sounds brilliant!ReplyDelete
Verushka - I think so too! I hope it's as good as it sounds!Delete
You MUST read Love Walked In!ReplyDelete
Kathy - I know! I will. I should have read it a long time ago.Delete
Sign me up for the witch novel. Sounds awesome. For Better or Worse sounds intense as well.ReplyDelete
Barb - Doesn't His Dark Magic sound good? I am not a huge fan of the cover, but it sure does sound good.Delete
I read Love Walked In a long time ago and also the book that followed. Not sure I've read anything much by that author since. My non-reader (but audio lover) daughter told me to read Love Walked In. She rarely makes a recommendation, so I took her up on it. Sweet book.ReplyDelete
Kay - I hope I will love Love Walked In. I keep hearing good things about it.Delete
For Better and Worse was my Book of the Month Club selection this month--and my copy arrived last week. I hope it's as good as it sounds.ReplyDelete
Catherine - I hope it is too! Let me know what you think of For Better and Worse, please.Delete
Hmm! I can't say any of these books appeal to me in a way that makes me want to rush out and buy it. Despite the fact the cover does nothing for me at all and the book is part one in a series it is never the less His Dark Magic that appeals to me most.ReplyDelete
Tracy - I am not a fan of the His Dark Magic cover either, but I think the book sounds good.Delete
All 3 of your new titles sound good to me. Have to add them to my ever growing TBR list. My WoWReplyDelete
Laura - Anything to support a fellow book lover. :-)Delete
I just got another book by Marisa de los Santos! I hadn't come across her before so I hope you get to yours soon! Josephine Baker's Last Dance sounds really good too!ReplyDelete
Katherine - I had heard the author had a new book out. I am looking forward to Love Walked In. I think I'm probably more ready for it now than I was when I first got it-reading mood wise. I can't wait to read Josephine's Last Dance. What an amazing woman!Delete
I'd love to read the Josephine Baker one.ReplyDelete
Lark - Me too! I hope it turns out to be really good.Delete
His Dark Magic sounds like a good read.ReplyDelete
Michelle - I hope it will be!Delete
I like biographies and fiction based on real people so the Josephine Baker book is appealing. Like you I have more books than I need, I read them and give them away but buy more.ReplyDelete
Terra - I seem to collect books faster than I can read them.Delete
All of these books are new to me. I do think that Josephine Baker was a very interesting figure so that book is the one jumping out at me right now.ReplyDelete
Carole - I am eager to read that one. :-)Delete
That Josephine Baker book sounds like it's going to be such an interesting read. I will definitely be on the lookout for your review of that one!ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I think so too!Delete