Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: Color of the Sea/Wild Country/The Lieutenant's Nurse



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!


Color of the Sea by John Hamamura (Anchor, 2006)
Raised in Japan and Hawaii, Sam Hamada has been trained in the ways of the samurai. After graduation Sam strikes out for California and falls in love for the first time, with a beautiful young woman named Keiko. But then the Japanese attack Peal Harbor, igniting the war and making Sam, Keiko, and their families enemies of the state.
Drafted into the U.S. Army, sent on a secret mission, Sam’s very identity both puts his life at risk and gives him the strength he needs to survive. Taking us from the lush Hawaiian Islands of the 1930s to the wartime world of madness in Hiroshima, Color of the Sea is the unforgettable story of one Japanese boy’s coming-of-age. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I met the author at the Los Angeles Festival of Books in 2008, and purchased a book, which he was kind enough to sign for my husband and I. I am not sure why it hasn't been read yet. Even now, reading the synopsis reminded me why I am interested in it. From Hawaii and Pearl Harbor to California and Hiroshima. This is definitely my kind of book.

Have you read this one? If so, what did you think? What book has been lingering on your shelf for a while that you want to read?

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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.


Wild Country (The World of the Others #2) by Anne Bishop
Release Date: March 5, 2019 by Ace
In this powerful and exciting fantasy set in the world of the New York Times bestselling Others series, humans and the shape-shifting Others will see whether they can live side by side...without destroying one another.

There are ghost towns in the world—places where the humans were annihilated in retaliation for the slaughter of the shape-shifting Others.

One of those places is Bennett, a town at the northern end of the Elder Hills—a town surrounded by the wild country. Now efforts are being made to resettle Bennett as a community where humans and Others live and work together. A young female police officer has been hired as the deputy to a Wolfgard sheriff. A deadly type of Other wants to run a human-style saloon. And a couple with four foster children—one of whom is a blood prophet—hope to find acceptance.

But as they reopen the stores and the professional offices and start to make lives for themselves, the town of Bennett attracts the attention of other humans looking for profit. And the arrival of the Blackstone Clan, outlaws and gamblers all, will uncover secrets…or bury them. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I think this one is obvious to anyone who follows my blog. How can I resist a book from my favorite series? The answer is I cannot.


The Lieutenant's Nurse by Sara Ackerman
Release Date: March 5, 2019 by Mira
November, 1941. She's never even seen the ocean before, but Eva Cassidy has her reasons for making the crossing to Hawaii, and they run a lot deeper than escaping a harsh Michigan winter. Newly enlisted as an Army Corps nurse, Eva is stunned by the splendor she experiences aboard the steamship SS Lurline; even more so by Lt. Clark Spencer, a man to whom she is drawn but who clearly has secrets of his own. Eva's past--and the future she's trying to create--means that she's not free to follow her heart. Clark is a navy intelligence officer, and he warns her that the United States won't be able to hold off joining the war for long, but nothing can prepare them for the surprise attack that will change the world they know. In the wake of the bombing of Pearl Harbor, Eva and her fellow nurses band together for the immense duty of keeping the American wounded alive. And the danger that finds her threatens everything she holds dear. Amid the chaos and heartbreak, Eva will have to decide whom to trust and how far she will go to protect those she loves. Set in the vibrant tropical surroundings of the Pacific, The Lieutenant's Nurse is an evocative, emotional WWII story of love, friendship and the resilient spirit of the heroic nurses of Pearl Harbor.  [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: Another World War II title that caught my attention, this one set in the Pacific. I look forward to reading this one!


Do either of these interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to getting your hands on and reading?


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33 comments:

  1. Two historicals set in the Pacific region - sounds like a theme, Wendy. I understand what you're saying about the 'signed book' on your shelf. I have a bunch of those too. I look at them and think 'I really need to read those'! LOL

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    1. Kay - I prepared several of these posts in advance and there seems to be a definite WWII theme over all. But yes, this one seemed to be on the Pacific side. :-) Thank you for stopping by!

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  2. Another great selection of books begging to be read. Of these three it's Wild Country that I'd bump to the top of the pile.

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  3. I love the covers on Anne Bishops books. And the Lieutenants Nurse looks really interesting.

    Here's our WOW: https://jennreneeread.blogspot.com/2019/02/waiting-on-wednesday-next-to-die-by.html

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    1. Ash - I like the covers too! I hope the Lieutenant's Nurse will be good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  4. I can't wait to get my hands on that Anne Bishop book as well. I love that series so much even if I do miss Simon and Meg.

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    1. Barb - I still have one more book to go with Simon and Meg. I know I will miss them too. :-( Thanks for visiting!

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  5. The Lieutenant's Nurse sounds great. I love reading books set during WWII. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - I really enjoy books set in and around WWII too as well. I'm looking forward to reading it. Thank you for visiting!

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  6. Great picks. Hope you enjoy them. I'm especially curious about the Anne Bishop series - I haven't started it yet.

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  7. These all sound and look interesting in different ways. I hope you enjoy them!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

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  8. I have heard all the good things about Anne Bishop's series and I really need to try those at some point, especially since I've been dabbling more into urban fantasy lately.

    Happy Wednesday!!

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    1. Greg - I hope you will give Bishop's series a try. It is very good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I still need to pick up some Anne Bishop, but her books always sound amazing.

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    1. Alicia - I've read some of her Black Jewel books and enjoyed them, but not nearly as much as I like her Others series. I highly recommend the Others series. Thank you for visiting!

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  10. I think Color of the Sea and its cover won me over with this threesome. IT sounds like a riveting, emotional read.

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    1. Verushka - Isn't that a great cover? It does sound like it will be good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Colour of the Sea sounds interesting - I hope you get to read it soon!

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  12. Wow! All three really grab me. I have Wild Country coming for review, but I love the WWII setting for the others.

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    1. Sophia Rose - I look forward to reading them all. :-) I hope you love Wild Country! Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. I love the sound of the Anne Bishop!

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  14. The Lieutenant's Nurse sounds very good. I love WWII fiction anyway but haven't read many set in the Pacific so you have me very curious about this one.

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    1. Suzanne - I haven't read too many set in the Pacific either. I am excited about this one. Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. I'm so far behind with Anne Bishop's books, sigh. And the other two books sound interesting too.

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    1. Melody - I am too. I really need to get caught up. Thank you for visiting, Melody.

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  16. I have a lot of books that I waited in line to get signed but never actually bothered to read. I hope you get the chance to read Color of the Sea soon. I had no idea Wild Country was coming up so soon. I need to get busy reading!

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    1. Carole - Me too! I feel bad about that, but I suppose it happens to the best of us. I hope I get to Color of the Sea soon. It sounds really good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. The Lieutenants Nurse is the one I'd love to get hold of.

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