Tuesday, June 01, 2021

Waiting to Read Wednesday The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels / Dream Girl / Where You Can Find Me


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 Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels
(Dangerous Damsels #1) by India Holton

Release Date: June 15, 2021 by Berkley
A prim and proper lady thief must save her aunt from a crazed pirate and his dangerously charming henchman in this fantastical historical romance.

Cecilia Bassingwaite is the ideal Victorian lady. She's also a thief. Like the other members of the Wisteria Society crime sorority, she flies around England drinking tea, blackmailing friends, and acquiring treasure by interesting means. Sure, she has a dark and traumatic past and an overbearing aunt, but all things considered, it's a pleasant existence. Until the men show up.

Ned Lightbourne is a sometimes assassin who is smitten with Cecilia from the moment they meet. Unfortunately, that happens to be while he's under direct orders to kill her. His employer, Captain Morvath, who possesses a gothic abbey bristling with cannons and an unbridled hate for the world, intends to rid England of all its presumptuous women, starting with the Wisteria Society. Ned has plans of his own. But both men have made one grave mistake. Never underestimate a woman.

When Morvath imperils the Wisteria Society, Cecilia is forced to team up with her handsome would-be assassin to save the women who raised her--hopefully proving, once and for all, that she's as much of a scoundrel as the rest of them.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: This historical romance sounds like just plain fun. 


Dream Girl 
by Laura Lippman

Release Date: June 22, 2021 by William Morrow
Following up on her acclaimed and wildly successful New York Times bestseller Lady in the Lake, Laura Lippman returns with a dark, complex tale of psychological suspense with echoes of Misery involving a novelist, incapacitated by injury, who is plagued by mysterious phone calls.

After being injured in a freak accident, novelist Gerry Andersen lies in a hospital bed in his glamorous but sterile apartment, isolated from the busy world he can see through his windows, utterly dependent on two women he barely knows: his young assistant and a night nurse whose competency he questions.

But Gerry is also beginning to question his own competency. As he moves in and out of dreamlike memories and seemingly random appearances of a persistent ex-girlfriend at his bedside, he fears he may be losing his grip on reality, much like his mother who recently passed away from dementia.

Most distressing, he believes he’s being plagued by strange telephone calls, in which a woman claiming to be the titular character of his hit novel Dream Girl swears she will be coming to see him soon. The character is completely fictitious, but no one has ever believed Gerry when he makes that claim. Is he the victim of a cruel prank—or is he actually losing his mind. There is no record of the calls according to the log on his phone. Could there be someone he has wronged. Is someone coming to do him harm as he lies helplessly in bed.

Then comes the morning he wakes up next to a dead body—and realizes his nightmare is just beginning... [Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: I have read couple of Laura Lippman books and have been stockpiling her others because they always sound SO good. This one is no exception, and as a result, it's landed a spot on my wish list. It helps that this one has been compared to Misery, one of my favorite Stephen King novels. 


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


Where You Can Find Me
by Sheri Joseph
(Thomas Dunne, 2013)
A searing exploration of a family's struggle to heal in the wake of unthinkable tragedy.

A week after his eleventh birthday, Caleb Vincent vanishes with hardly a trace. After a three-year search, he is found living a seemingly normal life under a new name with a man he calls his father.

While outwardly stunned with joy at his safe recovery, Caleb's parents and sister are privately scrambling to gather together the pieces of a shattered family. To escape the relentless media attention surrounding her son’s return, Caleb's mother, Marlene, decides to flee the country and seek refuge in Costa Rica with Caleb and his younger sister, against her estranged husband's wishes. There Marlene forms a makeshift household with her husband’s expat mother and his charming, aimless older brother, all residing in a broken-down hotel perched at the blustery apex of the continental divide. In the clouds of their new home, the mystery of Caleb's time gone unfolds while new dangers threaten to pull him back toward his former life.

Where You Can Find Me, a darkly incandescent novel that progresses with page-turning suspense, is sure to establish award-winning author Sheri Joseph as a household name.
[Goodreads Summary]
Why I want to read this: A missing child returned home, a mother trying to put together her broken family, and new and old threats surfacing . . . It is no wonder I added this book to my TBR pile a few years ago. It sounds like an emotional rollercoaster. Now I just need to read it. 


Have you read Where You Can Find Me?  Does this book sound like something you would like to read? 


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28 comments:

  1. I'm not a romance reader but The Wisteria Society of Lady Scoundrels sounds like a very fun read!

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    1. Eustacia - I have heard it is hilarious. I can't wait to read it.

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  2. A crime sorority? Oh that sounds brilliant! As does Laura Lippman's book - she's sooo good!

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  3. Laura Lippman used to be an auto buy for me, since I enjoyed her Baltimore series, well've read most of that series. Her stand-alone suspense have been hit or miss for me, but that one, Dream Girl, sounds so good! And I'd never heard of Where You Can Find Me but I've read similar plots and I really like the theme of family member returns home but is changed (whether the spouse or the child). I love stories that showcase character growth-- I just like to discover what makes people tick!

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    1. Rita - I've only read one of her Baltimore books, which I enjoyed. I always meant to go back and read the rest of the series--which I say about most of the series I start. I'm so terrible. Haha!

      I am the same way--I like to know what makes people do and think the way they do.

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  4. My 'backlog' of unread books counts up past five hundred. I don't find it embarrassing, I think of it as a wealth to enjoy at leisure!

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    1. Jeane - Mine is up there too. I tell myself something similar. At least we know we won't get bored when we retire. :-)

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  5. A prim and proper lady thief and a crazed pirate ... sounds like my kind of characters.

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    1. Felicity - Doesn't it sound fun? I can't wait to read it.

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  6. I'm going to be reading The Wisteria Society very soon, it sounds like fun:-)

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    1. Tammy - I hope you enjoy it! I am hoping to read it soon.

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  7. ALL of these sound really good! But especially the Wisteria Society one.

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    1. Lark - It's probably the one I am most looking forward to of the three. ;-)

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  8. I LOVE the sound of The Wisteria Society:))). I hope you manage to slot it into your reading schedule, Wendy!

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    1. Sarah - I am really looking forward to it. It sounds too fun to pass up. And it would be a good way to unwind.

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  9. I think that I would enjoy all of the books that you featured this week but I have always wanted to try Laura Lippman's books.

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    1. Carole - I hope you will get a chance to read her books someday. I think you would enjoy them. :-)

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  10. I like the sound of all the books. This last week though very "heavy" Idid get a surprising amount of reading done. I think Iused it as an escape route from the mundane and troubling!

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  11. The Laura Lippman book is definitely going on my TBR list. Sounds like a great thriller. I don't recall Where You Can Find Me but the premise makes me think this is going to be quite an emotional read.

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    1. Iliana - I really like the sound of Dream Girl too.

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  12. I hadn't heard of these before but they sound really good. Hope you enjoy them!

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