Tuesday, April 07, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears/Starbreaker/A Fatal Finale/He Started It



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 Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu (Riverhead, 2007)
Seventeen years ago, Sepha Stephanos fled the Ethiopian Revolution for a new start in the United States. Now he finds himself running a failing grocery store in a poor African-American section of Washington, D.C., his only companions two fellow African immigrants who share his bitter nostalgia and longing for his home continent. Years ago and worlds away Sepha could never have imagined a life of such isolation. As his environment begins to change, hope comes in the form of a friendship with new neighbors Judith and Naomi, a white woman and her biracial daughter. But when a series of racial incidents disturbs the community, Sepha may lose everything all over again.  [Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I bought a copy of this one in 2008 at my local Borders. I have long been drawn to immigration stories. I remember hearing wonderful things about this author--and I admit the title was a draw to me as well. I look forward to reading this one day. 


Have you read The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears? Does it sound like something you might enjoy? 


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.


Starbreaker (Endeavor #2) by Amanda Bouchet
Release Date: April 28, 2020 by Sourcebooks Casablanca
THEY NEVER WANTED TO BE HEROES

Captain Tess Bailey and Shade Ganavan are still the galaxy's Most Wanted, and with revolution in the wind and the universe on the brink of catastrophic war, the situation couldn't be more desperate. Despite the Dark Watch scouring the known sectors for them, rebel leaders have handed the crew of the Endeavor a delicate and dangerous mission: break into Starbase 12 and free renowned scientist Reena Ahern. She's the only one who stands a chance of tipping the odds in their favor for the first time in decades.

BUT PULLING OFF THE IMPOSSIBLE IS WHAT THEY DO BEST

The clock is ticking. But as their attraction builds and secrets are revealed, Tess and Shade must decide if they trust each other enough to execute this impossible prison break. They could change the course of history, but they'll be risking everything... They'll just have to tackle one crisis at a time.
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: I enjoyed the first book in the series--Captain Tess Bailey is an awesome character and Shade isn't so bad himself. I am guessing this will be as high in action and a fun read.


A Fatal Finale by Kathleen Marple Kalb
Release Date: April 28, 2020 by Kensington Books
On the cusp of the twentieth century, Manhattan is a lively metropolis buzzing with talent. But after a young soprano meets an untimely end on stage, can one go-getting leading lady hit the right notes in a case of murder?

New York City, 1899. When it comes to show business, Gilded Age opera singer Ella Shane wears the pants. The unconventional diva breaks the mold by assuming "trouser roles"--male characters played by women--and captivating audiences far and wide with her travelling theatre company. But Ella's flair for the dramatic takes a terrifying turn when an overacting Juliet to her Romeo drinks real poison during the final act of Bellini's I Capuleti e i Montecchi.

Weeks after the woman's death is ruled a tragic accident, a mysterious English duke arrives in Greenwich Village on a mission. He's certain someone is getting away with murder, and the refined aristocrat won't travel back across the Atlantic until Ella helps him expose the truth.

As Ella finds herself caught between her craft and a growing infatuation with her dashing new acquaintance, she's determined to decode the dark secrets surrounding her co-star's fatale finale--before the lights go dark and the culprit appears for an encore...  [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I do love a good cozy mystery and this sounds like it will be interesting! 


He Started It by Samantha Downing
Release Date: April 28, 2020 by Penguin
Beth, Portia, and Eddie Morgan haven't all been together in years. And for very good reasons—we'll get to those later. But when their wealthy grandfather dies and leaves a cryptic final message in his wake, the siblings and their respective partners must come together for a cross-country road trip to fulfill his final wish and—more importantly—secure their inheritance.

But time with your family can be tough. It is for everyone.

It's even harder when you're all keeping secrets and trying to forget a memory—a missing person, an act of revenge, the man in the black truck who won't stop following your car—and especially when at least one of you is a killer and there's a body in the trunk. Just to name a few reasons.

But money is a powerful motivator. It is for everyone. 
[Goodreads Summary]

Why I want to read this: Dare I admit I haven't yet read the author's well known and loved My Lovely Wife? One of these days . . . I am adding this one to my wish list too. A road trip, a secret, and and a body in the trunk? I definitely want to read this. 


Do any of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?


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44 comments:

  1. All of the books look good but the one that is going on my TBR is A Fatal Finale by Kathleen Marple Kalb. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Cindy - Does't A Fatal Finale sound good? I hope it will be! Thank you or visiting.

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  2. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears sounds like a book I'd love.

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    1. Kathy - I hope you give it a try! Thank you for stopping by.

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  3. Starbreaker and A Fatal Finale are both going on my list. :)

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    1. Lark - I hope you enjoy them if you read them! Thank you for visiting.

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  4. I have the same problem as you! Too many books to read, and I'm always adding to my tbr. I hope you get the chance to read all of your books, both old and new.
    My WoW

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    1. Sandra - Thank you! I hope we both will get to all the books we want to read. :-) Thank you for stopping by.

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  5. A Fatal Finale looks so fun! I've been loving cozy mysteries lately and I hope you find something fantastic to read.

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    1. Katherine - Cozy mysteries make great stress relievers, don't they? Thank you for visiting.

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  6. These sound good! I love cozy mysteries and the Gilded Age so A Fatal Finale is very appealing to me. Thanks for sharing! Hope you're doing well! :D

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    1. Ashley - I hope they will be good. Thank you for stopping by.

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  7. I’m interested in immigration stories too, so I might have to pick that book up. I hope you enjoy all these!

    Aj @ Read All The Things!

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  8. some great looking books and that cover for he started it really caught my attention. i have been doing backlog books too and finding good ones i have completely forgotten about
    sherry @ fundinmental

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    1. Sherry - I have so many great sounding backlog books. I just need to make time to read them . . . Thank you for visiting.

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  9. These look great! I hope you'll enjoy them. I haven't read any books by Amanda Bouchet before but I really want to.

    Have a wonderful week and stay safe!

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    1. Lynn - I enjoyed the first book in Bouchet's science fiction series and do recommend it. I hope you have a wonderful and safe week too. Thank you for stopping by.

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  10. Those all look good, especially A Fatal Finale and He Started It. I hope you enjoy the books when you read them.

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  11. The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears sounds wonderful! I don't remember seeing it before but I really like the sound of it. I have a copy of Starbreaker to read very soon and He Started It sounds like it could be a lot of fun!

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    1. Carole - I am looking forward to all of these--hopefully sooner than later. Thank you for visiting.

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  12. I haven't read any of these. I have been having a hard time reading lately. Just can't concentrate.

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    1. Mary - I'm having a hard time concentrating on reading too. Thank you for stopping by.

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  13. Oh my goodness, all lovely titles, but a Fatal Finale and He started it are calling my name. Ella especially piques my interest!

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    1. Verushka - I am excited about giving these a try! Thank you for visiting.

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  14. A Fatal Finale looks really good. I'll have to add it to my list.

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  15. He Started It sounds delicious! I may have to look for it when it comes out - luckily that is soon!

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    1. Sarah - I think so too! I hope it will be as good as it sounds.

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  16. All the books sound good to me! I'll have to check out Starbreaker and He Started It!

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  17. wow..so many books to add to my TBR.

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  18. A Fatal Finale caught my eye right away. Now seems like a great time for cozy mystery reads. :)

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    1. Suzanne - It really does. I think I might read a cozy next.

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  19. You have some good picks! a Fatal Finale grabbed my attention. I've been reading cozies for escape. Thanks for sharing your picks and stay safe!

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    1. Laura - Cozies seem to be a good pick for right now. :-)

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  20. I hadn't heard of any of these but they all sound intriguing!

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  21. I do love a cozy mystery as well! Fatal Finale sounds like a book that I can get lost in for a little while. I hope that you enjoy these and that you are well! <3

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    1. Olivia - Doesn't it sound good? I can't wait to read it.

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