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!
Jennifer Thompson was raped at knifepoint by a man who broke into her apartment while she slept. She was able to escape, and eventually positively identified Ronald Cotton as her attacker. Ronald insisted that she was mistaken-- but Jennifer's positive identification was the compelling evidence that put him behind bars. After eleven years, Ronald was allowed to take a DNA test that proved his innocence. He was released, after serving more than a decade in prison for a crime he never committed. Two years later, Jennifer and Ronald met face to face-- and forged an unlikely friendship that changed both of their lives.In their own words, Jennifer and Ronald unfold the harrowing details of their tragedy, and challenge our ideas of memory and judgment while demonstrating the profound nature of human grace and the healing power of forgiveness. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I added this to my TBR pile soon after it came out. I have always been interested in memory and crime, but there is also a racial aspect to this particular incident that is important to note as well. I am curious to see how that is addressed by the authors. I am glad Jennifer and Ronald were able to become friends, and Ronald was able to forgive Jennifer. That truly is amazing given all he had lost.
Have you read Picking Cotton? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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.
Release Date: June 30, A 2020 by Kensington
Fairy garden store owner Courtney Kelly believes in inviting magic into your life. But when uninvited trouble enters her shop, she'll need more than a sprinkling of her imagination to solve a murder . . .
Since childhood, Courtney has loved fairies. After her mother died when Courtney was ten, she lost touch with that feeling of magic. A year ago, at age twenty-nine, she rediscovered it when she left her father's landscaping business to spread her wings and start a fairy garden business and teashop in beautiful Carmel, California. At Open Your Imagination, she teaches garden design and sells everything from fairy figurines to tinkling wind chimes. Now she's starting a book club tea.
But the light of the magical world she's created inside her shop is darkened one night when she discovers neighboring dog-grooming business owner Mick Watkins dead beside her patio fountain. To make matters worse, the police suspect Courtney of the crime. To clear her name and find the real killer, Courtney will have to wing it. But she's about to get a little help from an unexpected source . . . [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Did I see mention of a book club? This cozy promises a bit of magic mixed in with the mystery, a combination I cannot resist.
Release Date: June 30, 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Release Date: June 30, 2020 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
A woman in search of a fresh start is about to get more than she bargained for in this twisty and addictive domestic thriller for fans of The Couple Next Door.
Lucy King is desperate for escape: from a dangerous relationship, a city she can no longer call home, and a past she just wants to forget. Fleeing Brooklyn with little more than a suitcase and her trusty dog, she heads to rustic, charming Woodstock, New York, eager to lose herself in a quiet, anonymous life where her ex can never find her. But when she meets Vera and John, the alluring couple next door, their friendship proves impossible to resist. Just as Lucy starts to think the worst is behind her, the couple delivers a staggering bombshell: they, too, need to escape their troubles--and the only way they can begin their new life is if Lucy helps them fake John's death.
Afraid to lose her newfound support system--and still panicked about her ex--Lucy reluctantly conspires with them to stage an "accidental" death on a hike nearby. It's just one little lie to the police, after all, and she knows a thing or two about the importance of fresh starts. But what begins as an elaborate ruse turns all too real when John turns up dead in the woods the morning after their hike. Now, Lucy must figure out who she can trust and who's pulling the strings of her tenuous new life . . . before she takes the fall for murder. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Lucy cannot seem to catch a break, can she? Running from her past and now to find herself in the middle of a con gone wrong. This sounds like it will be a page turner.
Release Date: June 30, 2020 by Kensington
In life, as in gaming, there’s a way around every obstacle . . .
To pitch her new role-playing game at a European conference, developer Sierra Reid needs to overcome her terror of public speaking. What better practice than competing in a local bar’s diary slam, regaling an audience with old journal entries about her completely humiliating college crush on gorgeous Tristan Spencer?
Until the moderator says, “Next up, Tristan Spencer . . .”
Sierra is mortified, but Tristan is flattered. Caught up in memories of her decade-old obsession as they reconnect, Sierra tries to dismiss her growing qualms about him. But it’s not so easy to ignore her deepening friendship with Alfie, the cute, supportive bar owner. She and Alfie were college classmates too, and little by little, Sierra is starting to wonder if she’s been focusing her moves on the wrong target all along, misreading every player’s motivations.
Maybe the only winning strategy is to start playing by her heart . . . [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Sometimes a romance novel is just what I need and this one came onto my radar because the main character is a role-playing game developer.
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Picking Cotton feels very relevant for our times! I hope you get to read it soon!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - Yes, it does, doesn't it? Sadly so. Thank you for visiting!Delete
I am discovering many new to me books here. Could read them all after a look at the summaries and covers. Thank you for sharing them. Happy reading and stay safe and well.ReplyDelete
Vi - Thank you for stopping by!Delete
These are all new to me. Broken People really caught my attention!ReplyDelete
Jenea - I really like the sound of Broken People too! Thank you for visiting.Delete
I love the sound of A Sprinkling of Murder, Wendy - but they all sound like excellent reads - I hope you manage to get to at least a couple of them...ReplyDelete
Sarah - Me too! It sounds like a fun cozy mystery. I seem to be craving cozy mysteries with paranormal elements in them as of late. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
One of the positive things about Lockdown has been that I have actually made a vast whole in my TBR pile. Looking at the books you shared here, my eyes were straight away drawn to A Sprinkling of Murder so to then read it has a sprinkling of fairy magic ... Happy reading whichever of these books makes its way off your TBR pile.ReplyDelete
Felicity - I am glad you are finding more time to read! I am drawn to the fairy magic element of A Sprinkling of Murder too. I hope it will be a good one. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Picking Cotton sounds like the perfect book to read right now. Thanks for sharing!ReplyDelete
Tammy - It does, doesn't it? I was thinking that too. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Crushing It and Broken People both sound good to me. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - I hope they will be! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Broken People and Crushing it have my attention as well. You always featuring some of the best books!ReplyDelete
Barb - I am really looking forward to reading them! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
So many great books on your list. A Sprinkling of Murder is on my wishlist. I have to check out Crushing It, too. Sounds like a good one.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I am looking forward to reading them! Thank you for visiting!Delete
A Sprinkling of Murder is on my wishlist. It sounds like it'll be a great start to a new series. :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - Hopefully we will both enjoy A Sprinkling of Murder when we read it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Some interesting picks. Broken People draws me. Hope you get to read some of them and enjoy them!ReplyDelete
Laura - Doesn't Broken People sound good? I can't wait to read it. THank you for visiting!Delete
So many amazing books! I am really curious about Crushing It. The premise is perfect and I am always a sucker for a little gaming as well. Thanks for sharing these! :)ReplyDelete
Candid Cover - I am too! Crushing It sounds like it will be good. I hope you get a chance to read it! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Oooh! These all sound like interesting reads! Great picks!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell - Thank you!Delete
Picking Cotton seems relevant now and your other books look very interesting too.ReplyDelete
I like the cover of a Sprinkling of Murder and Broken People seems interesting too.
Mystica - It does seem relevant even today. Hopefully all of these will be good when I read them. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Crushing it sound so good! And fun! Picking Cotton sounds confronting and heartwrenching -- and unexpected. I read South of Forgiveness which is about a rape victim and her rapist writing a book about what happened between them. It was a hard read but good too.ReplyDelete
Verushka - I am looking forward to Crushing It. :-) I will have to look for South of Forgiveness. More power to the woman who can forgive her rapist. I don't know if I could. Thank you for stopping by.Delete
I was not expecting the title to go with the magical, cotton-candy fairytale cover of A Sprinkling of Murder. It's an intriguing contrast. Hope you enjoy it and the others!ReplyDelete
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Shell - Cozy mystery covers are always so innocent looking. LOL Thank you for visiting!Delete
Nice blend of genres. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Laura - Thank you!Delete
Picking Cotton sounds really intense. I'll be interested to see what you think when you read it. And Crushing It is on my TBR as well. Great picks! Thanks for stopping by my Wednesday post at Lisa Loves Literature earlier.ReplyDelete
Lisa - I hope we both end up loving Crushing It. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Picking Cotton sounds like an important story. I think that Ronald is a lot more forgiving than I would be. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the chance to read them.ReplyDelete
Carole - I think so too. I don't know if I would be so forgiving, to be honest. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Oh my goodness Picking Cotton sounds so devastating. That they were able to somehow get beyond what happened is amazing. Some good new books to look forward to as well!ReplyDelete
Iliana - I thought so too. I can't even imagine what it must have been like for him--and for her when she realized her mistake--but especially for him. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Picking Cotton is a great choice. It was interesting, moving, and informative.ReplyDelete
Helen - I am glad to hear you liked Picking Cotton. I hope I will too! Thank you for visiting!Delete
These are all new to me but sound fantastic. I never would have guessed by the cover of Crushing It that it featured gaming, lol.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I've not heard of these books so will have to check them out. Thanks for sharing, Wendy!ReplyDelete
Melody - I hope you like whichever ones you may read! Thank you for visiting!Delete