Tuesday, April 30, 2019

Waiting to Read Wednesday: A Mix of This and That, From Historical to Suspense to Family Drama & Romance



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 Tide Watchers by Lisa Chaplin (2015)
In the winter of 1803, one woman stands between Napoleon and the fall of Great Britain

The free-spirited daughter of an English baronet, Lisbeth defies convention by eloping to France. When her husband abandons her, she must find a way to survive and be reunited with her young son, who is in the care of her mother-in-law.

A seasoned spy known as Tidewatcher, Duncan apprenticed under Lisbeth's father and pledged to keep his mentor's pretty daughter safe—a promise complicated by the wily Napoleon Bonaparte. The British believe he is planning an attack, and Duncan is sent to search for signs of invasion on the French coast—where he draws dangerously close to adventurous and unpredictable Lisbeth.

A sensational new invention may shift the tide of a French victory. A brilliant and eccentric American inventor named Robert Fulton has devised a deadly weapon that can decimate an enemy's fleet. To protect English ships, Tidewatcher must gain control of Fulton's invention and cross enemy lines . . . but he cannot do it alone. Left with no other options, he enlists Lisbeth's help in outwitting the American inventor and uncovering Bonaparte's secret plans.

Going undercover for the handsome and duty-bound spy, Lisbeth risks her freedom and her life as she navigates double agents and submarine warfare to outwit the greatest military tactician in history. The only question is . . . who can she trust? [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I was so excited when this first came out and couldn't wait to read it. Like so many other books on my TBR pile though, there it remains unread. I still very much want to read this. Historical fiction featuring a female spy? I really need to move this up on my TBR list.


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.


The Favorite Daughter by Kaira Rouda
Release Date: May 21, 2019
From the author of the page-turning domestic suspense Best Day Ever, comes another gripping novel of psychological suspense set in an upscale Southern California community, for fans of B.A. Paris and Shari Lapena.
The perfect home. The perfect family. The perfect lie.

Jane Harris lives in a sparkling home in an oceanfront gated community in Orange County. It’s a place that seems too beautiful to be touched by sadness. But exactly one year ago, Jane’s oldest daughter, Mary, died in a tragic accident and Jane has been grief-stricken ever since. Lost in a haze of anti-depressants, she’s barely even left the house. Now that’s all about to change.

It’s time for Jane to reclaim her life and her family. Jane’s husband, David, has planned a memorial service for Mary and three days later, their youngest daughter, Betsy, graduates high school. Yet as Jane reemerges into the world, it’s clear her family has changed without her. Her husband has been working long days—and nights—at the office. Her daughter seems distant, even secretive. And her beloved Mary was always such a good girl—dutiful and loving. But does someone know more about Mary, and about her last day, than they’ve revealed?

The bonds between mothers and daughters, and husbands and wives should never be broken. But you never know how far someone will go to keep a family together… [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I like novels that delve in the realm of family dynamics, add in secrets and suspense, and I cannot help but be even more intrigued. The Southern California setting is also appealing. 


Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune by Roselle Lim
Release Date: June 11, 2019
Lush and visual, chock-full of delicious recipes, Roselle Lim’s magical debut novel is about food, heritage, and finding family in the most unexpected places.

At the news of her mother’s death, Natalie Tan returns home. The two women hadn’t spoken since Natalie left in anger seven years ago, when her mother refused to support her chosen career as a chef. Natalie is shocked to discover the vibrant neighborhood of San Francisco’s Chinatown that she remembers from her childhood is fading, with businesses failing and families moving out. She’s even more surprised to learn she has inherited her grandmother’s restaurant.

The neighborhood seer reads the restaurant’s fortune in the leaves: Natalie must cook three recipes from her grandmother’s cookbook to aid her struggling neighbors before the restaurant will succeed. Unfortunately, Natalie has no desire to help them try to turn things around—she resents the local shopkeepers for leaving her alone to take care of her agoraphobic mother when she was growing up. But with the support of a surprising new friend and a budding romance, Natalie starts to realize that maybe her neighbors really have been there for her all along. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Although I am not much of a foodie, I do love books about tradition and community. I also want to know more about Natalie and her mother's relationship, especially given her mother's mental illness. I imagine this will be a heartwarming novel in the end.


Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors by Dev Sonali
Release Date: May 7, 2019
Award-winning author Sonali Dev launches a new series about the Rajes, an immigrant Indian family descended from royalty, who have built their lives in San Francisco...

It is a truth universally acknowledged that only in an overachieving Indian American family can a genius daughter be considered a black sheep.

Dr. Trisha Raje is San Francisco’s most acclaimed neurosurgeon. But that’s not enough for the Rajes, her influential immigrant family who’s achieved power by making its own non-negotiable rules:
· Never trust an outsider · Never do anything to jeopardize your brother’s political aspirations · And never, ever, defy your family

Trisha is guilty of breaking all three rules. But now she has a chance to redeem herself. So long as she doesn’t repeat old mistakes.

Up-and-coming chef DJ Caine has known people like Trisha before, people who judge him by his rough beginnings and place pedigree above character. He needs the lucrative job the Rajes offer, but he values his pride too much to indulge Trisha’s arrogance. And then he discovers that she’s the only surgeon who can save his sister’s life.

As the two clash, their assumptions crumble like the spun sugar on one of DJ’s stunning desserts. But before a future can be savored there’s a past to be reckoned with...

A family trying to build home in a new land.

A man who has never felt at home anywhere.

And a choice to be made between the two. [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: Dev Sonali is on my must read author list--one I haven't managed to get to yet. All her books sound good to me, but this one especially caught my attention because of the title and its tie-in to one of my favorite classics, Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice.


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


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43 comments:

  1. All of your book picks look wonderful, but I am especially drawn to the bottom two. I enjoy multicultural literature, and how the different generations struggle with seeing eye to eye. Thanks for sharing!

    Lindy@ A Bookish Escape

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    1. Lindy - I hope they will both be good. I enjoy multi-generational stories too. Thank you for visiting!

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  2. They all sound good. Hope you get to enjoy them soon! I too have "a few" books on my to read list sitting on the shelf. This week I'm aiming to get to Death Masks by Jim Butcher - part of the Dresden Files series.

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    1. Laura - I hope so too. I love the Dresden Files series. I am a bit behind in it though and need to make time to catch up. Thank you for stopping by!

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  3. Nice mix of genres. I am pulling towards the Napoleon one though!

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    1. Mystica - Thank you! I really need to fit The Tide Watchers in. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  4. I haven't read any of these, but The Tide Watchers caught my attention. Good luck on the Backlog!

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    1. Jenclair - I was just thinking about War and Peace and Napoleon. I know Tide Watchers isn't related to War and Peace in any way, but it gave me a different side to Napoleon. It'll be interesting to see how he is portrayed. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I love all the summaries of the books, especially Pride, Prejudice and other Flavours because I love Austen! That reminds me, have you watched the bollywood version of P&P?

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    1. Eustacia - I love Austen too. :-) I have seen the Bollywood version of Pride and Prejudice--it is a lot of fun. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  6. They all look good, but The Favorite Daughter is the one that appeals to me the most.

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    1. Kathy - Doesn't that sound good? I can't wait to read it. :-) Thank you for stopping by, Kathy!

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  7. All of these sound like books I could delve into though I could see some of them lying on the shelves for longer than others.

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    1. Tracy - That seems to be the way of things for me, I know. I get excited about a book and then once I have it, I am distracted by the next one . . .One of these days! I keep telling myself that, and now I just have to make it happen. Thank you for visiting!

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  8. I love books with water on the covers. All of these look pretty interesting but I am seeing the Pride and Prejudice one EVERYWHERE!

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    1. Barb - I do too. There's just something about a cover featuring a water scene. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. All of your picks sound so good! I especially like the sound of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - Thank you! I am really looking forward to Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors too. :-) Thank you for visiting!

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  10. I'm really looking forward to Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors. There are so many interesting P&P retellings coming out this year.

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    1. Alicia - I hope we both will enjoy it! Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. Sounds like you've got a lot of good books sitting on your shelves waiting to be read. How will you ever choose between them? ;D

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    1. Lark - Too many good sounding books. LOL I am not sure I will get through all the books I want to read, but one can dream . . . Thank you for visiting!

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  12. Wow! Lots of great books here! Hope you enjoy them all!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  13. So much goodness, Wendy! I think the Natalie Tan book, and the P&P retelling are top of the pops for me though. Can't wait -- no, too long to wait for them!

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    1. Verushka - Don't these all sound good?! I can't wait to read them. Thank you for stopping by!

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  14. I really like the sound of Natalie Tan’s Book of Luck and Fortune, adding it to my wishlist!

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    1. Shellyrae - I hope you enjoy it too! Thank you for visiting!

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  15. All new to me. Hopefully you get a chance to read The Tide Watchers. The Favorite Daughter sounds good. Sounds like it would be a good movie.

    JoLee @ Wickedly Delicious Book Blog
    My BFTB

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    1. JoLee - I hope so too! One of these days . . . I always have the best intentions, but there are so many great sounding books out there. Thank you for stopping by!

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  16. The Tide Watchers does sound fab. I've got the Natalie Tan one for review and yes, I want to read the P&P modern, too.

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    1. Sophia Rose -I hope we both love the Natalie Tan book! Thank you for visiting!

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  17. The Tide Watchers sounds really good. I would have kept it on my TBR, too! ๐Ÿ‘✨

    Natalie Tan's Book of Luck and Fortune looks wonderful! Thanks for the heads up. I love the cover, too. I'm adding it to Goodreads. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

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    1. La La - I hope I can get to The Tide Watchers soon! And the Natalie Tan book does sound good, doesn't it? I hope you get a chance to read it. Thank you for stopping by!

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  18. Those books look great. I love the sound of Pride, Prejudice, and Other Flavors! I'll have to check that one out when it publishes. :)

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    1. Maureen - I am very eager to read that one! Thank you for visiting!

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  19. I need to join in on this meme because my shelves are filled with unread books that have been waiting for me for a long time. Of all of these the Roselle Lim book is the one that captures my attention the most!

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    1. Iliana - I could probably keep this meme up for years! LOL Thank you for stopping by!

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  20. The Tide Watchers sounds amazing! How have I not heard of this book before? I hope you love all of these when you get the chance to read them.

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    1. Carole - I hope so too! Thank you for visiting, Carole.

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  21. All the books sound good to me! I hope you'll enjoy them all when you get to them.

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  22. Of all these, the most appealing one (to me) is THE TIDE WATCHERS :D :D :D

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