Tuesday, December 08, 2020

Waiting to Read Wednesday: The Wife Upstairs / A Glimmer of Death / Language Arts


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 Wife Upstairs
by Rachel Hawkins

Release Date: January 5, 2021 by St. Martin's Press
A delicious twist on a Gothic classic, The Wife Upstairs pairs Southern charm with atmospheric domestic suspense, perfect for fans of B.A. Paris and Megan Miranda.

Meet Jane. Newly arrived to Birmingham, Alabama, Jane is a broke dog-walker in Thornfield Estates––a gated community full of McMansions, shiny SUVs, and bored housewives. The kind of place where no one will notice if Jane lifts the discarded tchotchkes and jewelry off the side tables of her well-heeled clients. Where no one will think to ask if Jane is her real name.

But her luck changes when she meets Eddie­ Rochester. Recently widowed, Eddie is Thornfield Estates’ most mysterious resident. His wife, Bea, drowned in a boating accident with her best friend, their bodies lost to the deep. Jane can’t help but see an opportunity in Eddie––not only is he rich, brooding, and handsome, he could also offer her the kind of protection she’s always yearned for.

Yet as Jane and Eddie fall for each other, Jane is increasingly haunted by the legend of Bea, an ambitious beauty with a rags-to-riches origin story, who launched a wildly successful southern lifestyle brand. How can she, plain Jane, ever measure up? And can she win Eddie’s heart before her past––or his––catches up to her?

With delicious suspense, incisive wit, and a fresh, feminist sensibility,
The Wife Upstairs flips the script on a timeless tale of forbidden romance, ill-advised attraction, and a wife who just won’t stay buried. In this vivid reimagining of one of literature’s most twisted love triangles, which Mrs. Rochester will get her happy ending? [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have shied away from this type of suspense/thriller most of the year, finding them too intense and dark for my mood. I have not lost interest in them though! The Wife Upstairs particularly caught my eye because of the Jane Eyre tie-in (Jane Eyre being one of my favorite classic novels). 


A Glimmer of Death
 (#1) by Valerie Wilson Wesley

Release Date: January 26, 2021 by Kensington
Award-winning author Valerie Wilson Wesley launches a thrilling new mystery series set in New Jersey, featuring a multicultural cast, and starring a caterer-turned-realtor with the gift of second sight...

In the first of a thrilling new series, one woman's extraordinary psychic gift plunges her already-troubled present into chaos--and puts her future in someone's deadly sights...

Until now, Odessa Jones' inherited ability to read emotions and foretell danger has protected her. But second sight didn't warn her she would soon be a widow--and about to lose her home and the catering business she's worked so hard to build. The only things keeping Dessa going are her love for baking and her sometimes-mellow cat, Juniper. Unfortunately, putting her life back together means taking a gig at an all-kinds-of-shady real estate firm run by volatile owner Charlie Risko...

Until Charlie is brutally killed--and Dessa's bullied co-worker is arrested for murder. Dessa can't be sure who's guilty. But it doesn't take a psychic to discover that everyone from Charlie's much-abused staff to his long-suffering younger wife had multiple reasons to want him dead. And as Dessa follows a trail of lies through blackmail, dead-end clues, and corruption, she needs to see the truth fast--or a killer will bury her deep down with it.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: When I come across a paranormal cozy mystery series, I know I cannot resist the call. Throw in a multicultural cast and I definitely know this is a series I need to try. 


Do The Wife Upstairs and A Glimmer of Death interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
 

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!


Language Arts by Stephanie Kallos (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015) 
The new novel from the best-selling author of Broken for You spins the stories of a dedicated teacher, his enigmatic son, and a wartime survivor into an affecting tale of love, loss, and handwriting. 

Charles Marlow teaches his high school English students that language will expand their worlds. But linguistic precision cannot help him connect with his autistic son, or with his ex-wife, who abandoned their shared life years before, or even with his college-bound daughter who has just flown the nest. He’s at the end of a road he’s traveled on autopilot for years when a series of events forces him to think back on the lifetime of decisions and indecisions that have brought him to this point. With the help of an ambitious art student, an Italian-speaking nun, and the memory of a boy in a white suit who inscribed his childhood with both solace and sorrow, Charles may finally be able to rewrite the script of his life. 

Sometimes the most powerful words are the ones you’re still searching for. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read thisBroken for You is one of my all time favorite novels, and I remember being so excited with the author came out with another book. Not to mention it sounds interesting too. I do want to read this one. Sometimes it is hard to pick up to read another book by an author who has so impressed you before . . .

Have you read Language Arts? Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 


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38 comments:

  1. When I saw the title of the first book I was like, wait is this a Jane Eyre reinmagining and then I read the synopsis so yesss! 😁

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    1. Stephanie - Right?! I had the same thought when I saw the title for The Wife Upstairs. I hope it will be good. Thank you for visiting!

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

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  3. A Glimmer of death sounds like it would be an interesting book.

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    1. Mary - I'm really looking forward to A Glimmer of Death. Not that I need to start another series, but why not? Haha. Thank you for visiting.

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  4. Language Arts looks and sounds amazing. I want to read that one!

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    1. Lark - I hope I can make time for it soon. It does sound good. Thank you for stopping by!

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  5. I'm waiting on The Wife Upstairs too. Hope we both enjoy it!

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    1. Laura - I hope we both enjoy it too! Thank you for visiting.

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  6. Oooh! I love the cover to Language Arts! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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    1. Ronyell - Isn't it a great cover? Thank you for stopping by!

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  7. I'm definitely intrigued by The Wife Upstairs! :)

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    1. Melody - Hopefully it will be as good as it sounds! Thank you for visiting.

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  8. I have a hard time resisting paranormal cozies too. A Glimmer of Death sounds awesome. Thanks for sharing! :)

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    1. Ashley - There's just something about a paranormal cozy--mystery and magic rolled into one. Thank you for stopping by!

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  9. I just finished A Necessary Blessing which I picked up from Netgalley which combined the paranormal, a touch of spiritual, mystery murder plus village myths all rolled into one package which was certainly out of the ordinary. You may like this one.

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    1. Mystica - A Necessary Blessing sounds like something I would enjoy too. Thank you for the recommendation! Thank you too for visiting. :-)

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  10. I haven't read Rachel Hawkins since Hex Hall (which I loved, btw.) And now a Jane Eyre retelling? I didn't know about this book before, but now I must read it!
    I hope you enjoy all of your picks this week. Thanks for stopping by My WoW earlier.

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    1. Sandra - I am excited about The Wife Upstairs! Thank you for stopping by!

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  11. The Wife Upstairs sounds brilliant! I'm definitely adding it to my TBR😁

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  12. Love paranormal cozies, too, and yes, a book that is flavored strongly by Jane Eyre would grab me, too. I like the life journey type stories so I hope Language Arts is as good as it looks for you.

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    1. Sophia Rose - Too many good books! I don't know why I'm hesitant to read Language Arts. I am not sure I am in the mood for it right now, but it does sound good and like one I would enjoy. Thank you for stopping by!

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  13. Language Arts sounds like another good one. Enjoy! Thanks for visiting my blog.

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    1. Laurel-Rain - I hope it will be! Thank you for visiting.

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  14. I think that all of these sound really good! A Glimmer of Death really appeals to me because this just feels like a cozy mystery time of year. I hope you enjoy all of these when you get the chance to read them!

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    1. Carole - It does feel like a cozy mystery time of year. All year has for me if I'm honest. Thank you for stopping by!

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  15. The Wife Upstairs sounds so interesting! The Rebecca references caught my eye!

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    1. Eustacia - I hope The Wife Upstairs will live up to all our expectations. :-) Thank you for visiting.

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  16. The Jane Eyre connection has me very curious about The Wife Upstairs. I've been shying away from dark reads these days but may have to make an exception for that one.

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    1. Suzanne - I have been shying away from the darker reads for the most part too, with a small few exceptions. I am still interested in reading them--just not right now. Thank you for stopping by!

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  17. The Wife Upstairs sounds really intriguing and I must admit to being madly curious about if the author gets Birmingham right. I read a book set in Memphis a few months ago and it was very clear that the author had never actually been here.

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    1. Katherine - I hope you do read The Wife Upstairs so you can tell me if the author does get Birmingham right. It can be annoying when an author doesn't capture the setting properly. And it's often very obvious they haven't actually been there when that happens. Thank you for visiting!

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  18. I'm intrigued by The Wife Upstairs. I read cozy mysteries but not my usual book. But I somewhat like the cover of A Glimmer of Death. Hope you enjoy these books when you get to them!

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  19. I've also stayed away from a lot of psychological thrillers this year. A bit of probably having read too many and these crazy times we are in but this book by Rachel Hawkins sound so good.

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    1. Iliana - They are just darker than I can take right now. Thank you for visiting!

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