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 29, 2021 by Berkley
The revealing story of Queen Elizabeth II's beloved governess, Marion Crawford, who spent more than sixteen years of her life in loyal service to the royal family and was later shunned by those she has loved and served.
Marion Crawford can remember each of the wonderful years when she was governess to the little Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose: included in their lives, confided in, needed, trusted, and loved. These memories will never dim, ever. In Marion's mind, she will always be their Crawfie.
But things become increasingly complicated as the young royals navigate adulthood. It is May 1945 and Princess Elizabeth--the heiress presumptive to the British throne--has fallen in love, and the only member of her family who is happy for her is her governess. No one in the young princess's life thinks that Prince Philip of Greece would be a suitable husband for the future Queen of England. No one that is, except for Marion Crawford.
Crawfie wholeheartedly supports Elizabeth in her determination to marry Philip. She too has fallen in love--and has convinced her fiance, George, that they must wait for Elizabeth and Philip to receive the King's blessing before she can leave her service to the Crown.
Over the next two years Crawfie is caught between loyalty to Princess Elizabeth; running the risk of alienating her royal employer, Queen Elizabeth; and losing the man she loves. But as Crawfie prevails to marry George and stands with him in Westminster Abbey on Elizabeth and Philip's wedding day, she is unaware that her troubled relationship with Queen Elizabeth is far from over. And just around the corner is a betrayal that will sever her bond with the royal family forever. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have enjoyed Tessa Arlen's historical mysteries and would like to give her historical fiction about Elizabeth and Margaret's nanny a try. The royal family, betrayal, and love . . . It sounds very promising.
Release Date: June 30, 2021 by Subterranean Press
From the bestselling author of Mexican Gothic comes a magical journey of revenge and redemption.
Yalxi, the deposed Supreme Mistress of the Guild of Sorcerers, is on a desperate mission. Her lover and confidant seized her throne and stole the precious diamond heart, the jewel that is the engine of her power. Yalxi sets out to regain her magic and find a weapon capable of destroying the usurper. But this will mean turning to unlikely allies and opening herself up to unpleasant memories that have been suppressed for many years. For Yalxi is no great hero, but a cunning sorceress who once forged her path in blood – and must reckon with the consequences.
Set in a fantastical land where jewels and blood provide symbiotic magical powers to their wearers, The Return of the Sorceress evokes the energy of classic sword and sorcery, while building a thoroughly fresh and exciting adventure ripe for our era. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: Another novel in which the author alone was enough to make me stop and take a closer look at this one. And doesn't it sound good? I can't wait to read this one.
Does either of these books interest you? What upcoming releases are you looking forward to reading?
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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!
Skinner founded his career in "asset protection" on fear. To touch anyone under his protection was to invite destruction. A savagely effective methodology, until Skinner's CIA handlers began to fear him as much as his enemies did and banished him to the hinterlands of the intelligence community.
Now, an ornate and evolving cyber-terrorist attack is about to end that long exile. His asset is Jae, a roboticist with a gift for seeing the underlying systems violently shaping a new era of global guerrilla warfare.
At the root of it all is a young boy, the innocent seed of a plot grown in the slums of Mumbai. Brought to flower, that plot will tip the balance of world power in a perilous new direction.
A combination of Le Carre spycraft with Stephenson techno-philosophy from the novelist hailed by the Washington Post as "the voice of twenty-first century crime fiction," Skinner is Charlie Huston's masterpiece -- a new kind of thriller for a new kind of world. [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: It has been a long while since I read a novel like this, but, boy, does it sound like a page turner, doesn't it? I added this one to my TBR shelf in 2013.
Have you read Skinner? Does this book sound like something you would like to read?
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All three of these are completely different, but they all sound really good! Thanks for linking up!ReplyDelete
Tressa @ Wishful Endings
Tressa - I am hoping they will all be good. :-) Thank you for visiting!Delete
I really enjoyed Mexican Gothic and Gods of Jade and Shadow so The Return of the Sorceress sounds really good too!!ReplyDelete
Eustacia - I still need to read Gods of Jade and Shadow. Hopefully this new one will be good too. I'm sure it will be. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
All of these books look and sound amazing. Especially In Royal Service to the Queen. I love historical fiction!ReplyDelete
Stephanie - Doesn't that sound good? I look forward to reading it! Thank you for visiting.Delete
That's a great variety of books you've there, Wendy. The Return of the Sorceress sounds good to me!ReplyDelete
Melody - I hope it will be! It sounds good. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
These are three very different books! I hope you get them all soon.ReplyDelete
Lisa Loves Literature
Lisa - I hope so too! Thank you for visiting.Delete
All of these sound great! I'm especially intrigued by In Royal Service to the Queen. I imagine that'll be quite a fascinating read. Thanks for sharing! :)ReplyDelete
Ashley - I hope so! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Skinner does sound like a page-turner! The other two sound good, too. :)ReplyDelete
Lark - I think so too! Thank you for visiting.Delete
Oooh! I love the cover to the Sorceress! Great picks!ReplyDelete
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Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog
Ronyell - I really like the cover too. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I'm going to be reading The Return of the Sorceress very soon, great choices this week!ReplyDelete
Tammy - I look forward to reading your thoughts on it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
All three are completely new to me. But I am glad that you brought them to my attention. I will definitely check them out and see which one of them will make it to my place. Happy reading!ReplyDelete
Vi - I hope you like whichever ones you try! Thank you for stopping by.Delete
In Service to the Queen book is the one I would like to read. I think with our colonial past, we always go back to reading stuff like this!ReplyDelete
Back home after a hospital stint with husband, trying to just clean up and recover!
Mystica - I've had good look with the author's mysteries and hope her historical fiction debut will be good too.Delete
I hope your husband is doing better. I think of you often.
Thank you for visiting!
All three sound good, but Return of the Sorceress draws me the most. Like you, the author is enough to make me look closer at the book. Hope you enjoy all three titles!ReplyDelete
Laura - Thank you!Delete
Oh wow, the Return of the Sorceress sounds AMAZING!! Great pick!!ReplyDelete
Verushka - Thank you!Delete
They all sound good but I'm really interested in In Royal Service to the Queen. I'm going to have to check that one out.ReplyDelete
Yvonne - I hope you like it if you do read it! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Wow I actually love the sound of all three of these! They're all new to me, great picks!! Hope you enjoy them as you get to them!ReplyDelete
Penelope - I hope I will too! Thank you for stopping by!Delete
The Return of the Sorceress sounds really good. It's also impressive how many books this author has come out with in such a short period of time.ReplyDelete
Suzanne - I think some of her older work is being re-published--at least that's what I've noticed. Still impressive! Thank you for visiting!Delete
Thanks for yet another wonderfully diverse selection. Of the books you feature this week it is most definitely The Return of the Sorceress that appeals to me.ReplyDelete
Felicity - If you try it, I hope you enjoy it. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
I haven't read any of those books.ReplyDelete
Mary - Me either. Yet. Hopefully they will be good. Thank you for visiting!Delete
Interesting... In Royal Service to the Queen sounded like a nonfiction book at first but it's not of course. I wonder if the nanny was shunned and if so why. Silvia Moreno-Garcia is coming out with like four books which is insane but good for her.ReplyDelete
Adriana - I'm wondering the same thing about the nanny. Thank you for stopping by!Delete
Hi Wendy, the upcoming releases both sound good especially In Royal Service to the Queen. I hope you enjoy them when you get to them.ReplyDelete
I have so many older unread books on my shelves, I try not to feel guilty about it lol. There's not enough hours in the day.
Hope you're enjoying your summer!
Naida - I hope I will too. I try not to feel guilty about the older titles too. They keep piling up though. . . LOL Thank you for visiting!Delete
I am sorry about not commenting on this post sooner! All of these books sound like really good reads. I hope that you enjoy them all when you get the chance to read them.ReplyDelete
Carole - I know you are busy. It's okay. :-) Thank you for stopping by!Delete