Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Waiting to Read Wednesday (#24)



The Old(er) 
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!


The Impersonator (Roaring Twenties, #1) by Mary Miley (2013, Minotaur Books)
In 1917, Jessie Carr, fourteen years old and sole heiress to her family's vast fortune, disappeared without a trace. Now, years later, her uncle Oliver Beckett thinks he's found her: a young actress in a vaudeville playhouse is a dead ringer for his missing niece. But when Oliver confronts the girl, he learns he's wrong. Orphaned young, Leah's been acting since she was a toddler.

Oliver, never one to miss an opportunity, makes a proposition—with his coaching, Leah can impersonate Jessie, claim the fortune, and split it with him. The role of a lifetime, he says. A one-way ticket to Sing Sing, she hears. But when she's let go from her job, Oliver's offer looks a lot more appealing. Leah agrees to the con, but secretly promises herself to try and find out what happened to the real Jessie. There's only one problem: Leah's act won't fool the one person who knows the truth about Jessie's disappearance.

Set against a Prohibition-era backdrop of speakeasies and vaudeville houses, Mary Miley's Minotaur Books/Mystery Writers of America First Crime Novel Competition winner The Impersonator will delight readers with its elaborate mystery and lively prose. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I love a good mystery involving an impersonator, and this likely landed on h shelf for that very reason. Vaudeville, bootleggers and gangsters? Sounds like a lot of fun! 

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The New
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.


Wine and Punishment by Sarah Fox
Release Date: December 18, 218 by Kensington Books
In the first in an engaging new mystery series from USA Today bestselling author Sarah Fox, the owner of a charming literary pub finds her fresh start on the rocks thanks to a case of murder.

Booklover Sadie Coleman knows that in life, as in fiction, the right setting can make a world of difference. The small town of Shady Creek, Vermont, seems like the perfect place to start over after losing her Boston job to a merger and her relationship to her ex’s gambling addiction. She’s bought and redecorated the old grist mill pub, transforming the Inkwell into a cozy spot where tourists and regulars alike can enjoy a pint or a literary-themed cocktail, or join one of several book clubs.

Little by little, Sadie is adjusting to the rhythms of her new home. Fall in Shady Creek is bookmarked by the much-anticipated Autumn Festival, complete with a pumpkin catapult competition and pie bake-off. Unfortunately, the season also brings an unwelcome visitor—Sadie’s ex, Eric, who’s angling for a second chance . . .

Before Sadie can tell Eric to leave, he’s found dead near the Inkwell. When the local antique shop catches fire on the same night, it’s clear the town is harboring at least one unsavory character. Now, with her Aunt Gilda, her friend Shontelle, and the pub’s patrons all in the mix, Sadie must uncover the truth . . . before a killer declares last call. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: As you know, I cannot resist a cozy featuring a fellow booklover--and a literary pub to boot? I cannot wait to give this series a try!



Strawberry Hill by Catherine Anderson
Release Date: December 31, 2018 by Berkley
Newcomer to the sheriff's department Erin De Laney knows next to nothing about wilderness patrols, but she's also never been one to back down from a challenge. So when a rude and stubborn cowboy takes her by surprise on her first day patrolling the mountain trails as a part-time ranger, she lets him have it.

Wyatt Fitzgerald doesn't consider his deafness a disability and he doesn't want special consideration from anyone--least of all, a spoiled city girl like Erin. He prides himself on his ability to read lips and when she confronts him, Wyatt sees no reason to volunteer to her that he's deaf.

But there's no escaping each other in the small Oregon town, especially once Erin seeks him out to make amends. Wyatt gave up on dating long ago, but the written correspondence he and Erin begin to share speak to him like nothing else ever has. Out of their tentative truce blossoms a chance for a once-in-a-lifetime love if he's willing to give her his heart and make her his. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Sometimes I am in the mood for a little romance, and I have enjoyed one of Catherine Anderson's novels before. I like that this one features a deaf hero--something you do not see often enough in romance fiction today. 



Do any of these books appeal to you? Have you read them?


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31 comments:

  1. Wine and Punishment does sound fun- I'd love to have (or go to) a literary pub haha! Plus the Vermont setting... I can definitely see getting this one.

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    1. Greg - I would too! Someday I would love to visit Vermont--maybe in the fall. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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    1. Kathy - Hopefully they will be good! Thanks for stopping by.

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  3. I'm presuming that's a white bear on the cover of Strawberry Hill and not a polar bear as I'd first thought.

    Sounds like you have some promising books vying for your attention, enjoy.

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    1. Tracy - Yeah, I don't think it is a polar bear. He's a cutie though. Thank you for visiting!

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  4. Oh, Wendy....I'm SO far behind on my commenting.... I'm sorry I haven't been by in a while! I've gotten very busy with my ESOL classes... But I wanted to stop by to say "hello", as I definitely haven't forgotten you!! <3 <3

    I'll be back later to comment further. For now, I just wanted to say that I'm VERY interested in "Wine and Punishment"! VERY interesting take on the title "Crime and Punishment"! And when I read "Booklover Sadie Coleman...", well, that was enough! :)

    Well, I hope that you and your family have a LOVELY Thanksgiving!! HUGS TO YOU AND MOUSE!! <3 <3 <3 :) :) :)

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    1. Maria - I hope you have time off for Thanksgiving at least, and get to enjoy the holiday. Wine and Punishment sounds like it will be a fun one. I love the setting. I hope you have a great Thanksgiving as well! Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. I love a good mystery, too, and one with an impersonator sounds especially intriguing. I hope you enjoy all of these!

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    1. Jennifer - Doesn't The Impersonator sound good? I can't believe I haven't read it yet. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. Oh, I loved The Impersonator! Very fun read. :)

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    1. Lark - I am glad to hear it! I look forward to reading it. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. All of the books on your list look wonderful. I hope you get to read them and enjoy them. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Yvonne - I hope I do too! Thank you for visiting and have a great Thanksgiving!

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  8. Ooh, I like the sound of The Impersonator. That's always a fun time period to read as a setting.

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    1. Jordan - I really like reading books set in that time period too. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. The Impersonator sounds like such an intriguing concept! I think that the time period will play nicely with the theme of this one. I hope that you enjoy it. :)

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    1. Candid Cover - I think so too! I look forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. Strawberry Hill has such a cute cover! It sounds like a great romance and I love the fact that there's a deaf hero. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - I agree! I hope it will be good. It's nice to see someone with a disability featured in a romance novel. We don't see that often enough. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Just a quick, Happy Thanksgiving wish to you and your family Wendy. We'll be busy tomorrow but didn't want to miss a chance to send our wished.

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    1. Diane - I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving too, Diane!

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  12. I think I would love to read Strawberry Hill. I'm a huge sucker for romance. Also the cover is so cute!!

    Elle Inked @ Keep on Reading

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    1. Elle - It sounds really good, doesn't it? I look forward to reading it. Thanks for visiting!

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  13. Wow! Lots of great books here! I hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  14. Ooooh, The Impersonator sounds fascinating! I hope you can read it soon!

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  15. The Impersonator sounds sooo compelling! I am so curious about the one person that won't believe her now

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  16. Wow, the cover The Impersonator looks stunning! Haven´t heard of it or the author, but I will definitely check it out. Thanks for sharing.

    Best wishes
    Vi

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  17. Wine and Punishment really appeals to me. I love the title and that it's set in a literary pub.

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  18. I try not to think of all the books I have still waiting to be read on my shelves...so many. These all look good especially The Impersonator. Enjoy them when you get to them!

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  19. Oh these all sound really fun! I love the sound of The Impersonator. That's one of my favorite time periods. Wine and Punishment sounds good too! I love a good cozy title pun.

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