Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Waiting to Read Wednesday (#25)

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!

Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea (2009, Little, Brown & Company)
Nineteen-year-old Nayeli works at a taco shop in her Mexican village and dreams about her father, who journeyed to the United States to find work. Recently, it has dawned on her that he isn't the only man who has left town. In fact, there are almost no men in the village--they've all gone north. While watching The Magnificent Seven, Nayeli decides to go north herself and recruit seven men--her own "Siete Magníficos"--to repopulate her hometown and protect it from the bandidos who plan on taking it over.

Filled with unforgettable characters and prose as radiant as the Sinaloan sun, Into the Beautiful North is the story of an irresistible young woman's quest to find herself on both sides of the fence. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read it: I met the author a few years ago at the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books and purchased an autographed copy of this book to read. I still haven't managed to get to it. I am still intrigued by the premise, and know I need to make time for this one soon.


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.

The Gown by Jennifer Robson
Release Date: December 31, 2018 by William Morrow
From the internationally bestselling author of Somewhere in France comes an enthralling historical novel about one of the most famous wedding dresses of the twentieth century—Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown—and the fascinating women who made it.

“Millions will welcome this joyous event as a flash of color on the long road we have to travel.”—Sir Winston Churchill on the news of Princess Elizabeth’s forthcoming wedding

London, 1947: Besieged by the harshest winter in living memory, burdened by onerous shortages and rationing, the people of postwar Britain are enduring lives of quiet desperation despite their nation’s recent victory. Among them are Ann Hughes and Miriam Dassin, embroiderers at the famed Mayfair fashion house of Norman Hartnell. Together they forge an unlikely friendship, but their nascent hopes for a brighter future are tested when they are chosen for a once-in-a-lifetime honor: taking part in the creation of Princess Elizabeth’s wedding gown.

Toronto, 2016: More than half a century later, Heather Mackenzie seeks to unravel the mystery of a set of embroidered flowers, a legacy from her late grandmother. How did her beloved Nan, a woman who never spoke of her old life in Britain, come to possess the priceless embroideries that so closely resemble the motifs on the stunning gown worn by Queen Elizabeth II at her wedding almost seventy years before? And what was her Nan’s connection to the celebrated textile artist and holocaust survivor Miriam Dassin?

With The Gown, Jennifer Robson takes us inside the workrooms where one of the most famous wedding gowns in history was created. Balancing behind-the-scenes details with a sweeping portrait of a society left reeling by the calamitous costs of victory, she introduces readers to three unforgettable heroines, their points of view alternating and intersecting throughout its pages, whose lives are woven together by the pain of survival, the bonds of friendship, and the redemptive power of love. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Historical fiction, with dual timelines about ordinary people doing great things has always been a draw for me. Plus, I have read other books by Jennifer Robson and enjoyed them quite a bit.

Nightchaser (Endeavor, #1) by Amanda Bouchet
Release Date: January 1, 2019 by Sourcebooks/Casablanca
Captain Tess Bailey and her crew of Robin Hood-like thieves are desperate and on the run. Pursued by a vicious military general who wants them dead or alive, Tess has to decide if she can trust Shade Ganavan, a tall, dark and arrogant stranger with ambiguous motivations.

Shade Ganavan had oodles of arrogance, oodles of charm, and oodles of something that made me want to kick him in the nuts.

What Tess and Shade don’t know about each other might get them killed…unless they can set aside their differences and learn to trust each other—while ignoring their off-the-charts chemistry. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: There's just something about science fiction novels featuring a group of do good thieves . . . I am looking forward to giving this one a try.

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

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  1. Into the Beautiful North may be a few years old but it's still very timely.

  2. I have a couple of Bouchet books I got on sale but admit that I've not read any yet. This series by her sounds good too!

  3. I read a book by Luis Alberto Urrea earlier this year and LOVED it, so that choice definitely sounds good, and I’ve requested The Gown the other day! I hope you love all you amazing choices!

  4. I wish I could track down the Robson book. It sounds so intriguing.

  5. I LOVED Into the Beautiful North, and it would be a timely read. I read it in 2015, and it still stands out as a favorite.

  6. Oh, I'm going to have to find 'The Gown'. I'm an Anglophile, a historical fiction fan, and a needleworker, so it's right up my alley.

  7. This is some lineup. The first books sounds amazing. I would like to see how her journey north goes. Great picks!


  8. How lovely you met the author of Into the Beautiful North - it definitely looks good. Here is my Wednesday post. Have a good day!

  9. Oooh! I've seen the Amanda Bouchet book around! I need to check it out! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  10. These all sound like fun. How will you ever choose between them? :D

  11. I do have a copy of Nightchaser that I am looking forward to reading. All of these books sound interesting to me. Nice that your copy of Into the Beautiful North is signed.


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