Waiting on Wednesday – Family Pictures by Jane Green

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Family Pictures
Jane Green
To be released March 19,2013

Family PicturesGoodreads says: From the author of Another Piece of My Heart comes the gripping story of two women who live on opposite coasts but whose lives are connected in ways they never could have imagined. Both women are wives and mothers to children who are about to leave the nest for school. They’re both in their forties and have husbands who travel more than either of them would like. They are both feeling an emptiness neither had expected. But when a shocking secret is exposed, their lives are blown apart. As dark truths from the past reveal themselves, will these two women be able to learn to forgive, for the sake of their children, if not for themselves?

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Waiting on Wednesday – The Promise of Stardust by Priscille Sibley

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

 

The Promise of Stardust
Priscille Sibley
To be released February 5, 2013

Amazon says: Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they’ve always wanted. When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support. The Promise of Stardust: A NovelBut Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle’s pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt’s mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle’s living will. Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family…and one single life.

Waiting on Wednesday – Calling Me Home by Julie Kibler

“Waiting on Wednesday” is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re really excited about.

Calling Me Home
Julie Kibler
To be released February 12, 2013

Amazon says:Eighty-nine-year-old Isabelle McAllister has a favor to ask her hairdresser Dorrie Curtis. It’s a big one. Isabelle wants Dorrie, a black single mom in her thirties, to drop everything to drive her from her home in Arlington, Texas, to a funeral in Cincinnati. With no clear explanation why. Tomorrow.

Calling Me Home: A NovelDorrie, fleeing problems of her own and curious whether she can unlock the secrets of Isabelle’s guarded past, scarcely hesitates before agreeing, not knowing it will be a journey that changes both their lives.

Over the years, Dorrie and Isabelle have developed more than just a business relationship. They are friends. But Dorrie, fretting over the new man in her life and her teenage son’s irresponsible choices, still wonders why Isabelle chose her.

Isabelle confesses that, as a willful teen in 1930s Kentucky, she fell deeply in love with Robert Prewitt, a would-be doctor and the black son of her family’s housekeeper–in a town where blacks weren’t allowed after dark. The tale of their forbidden relationship and its tragic consequences makes it clear Dorrie and Isabelle are headed for a gathering of the utmost importance and that the history of Isabelle’s first and greatest love just might help Dorrie find her own way.

What are you waiting for?

The Black God’s War – Moses Siregar III

The Black God’s War (Splendor and Ruin Book 1)
Moses Siregar III
Published by Cup of Gold
Released August 19, 2012

Amazon says:
Against the backdrop of epic warfare and the powers of ten mysterious gods, Lucia struggles to understand The Black One.
Her father-king wants war.
Her messianic brother wants peace.
The black god wants his due.
She suffers all the consequences.
King Vieri is losing his war against the lands of Pawelon. Feeling abandoned by his god, he forces his son Caio, the kingdom’s holy savior, to lead his army. Victory ought to come soon.
To counter Caio’s powers, Pawelon’s prince enters the war. Rao is a gifted sage, a master of spiritual laws. He joins the rajah to defend their citadel against the invaders. But Rao’s ideals soon clash with his army’s general.
The Black One tortures Lucia nightly with visions promising another ten years of bloodshed. She can no longer tell the difference between the waking world and her nightmares. Lucia knows the black god too well. He entered her bed and dreams when she was ten.

The Black One watches, waiting to see Lucia confront an impossible decision over the fates of two men–and two lands.

Adrienne says:
What? That description wasn’t enough to hook you? I loved this book!! I can’t wait for the next one! This book has a Middle Eastern/Indian feel to it (There’s a Rajah! And LIONS. Who doesn’t like lions?!). The writing was beautiful and I was sucked in immediately. Just ask my poor husband who begged me to shut off the light so he could sleep. The characters were well-developed and even if you didn’t like them, you understood them and why they were the way they were. It was one of the few books that I’ve read lately that didn’t make me want to kill the main character. Lucia is a strong, intelligent person, not whiny and helpless and annoying like so many other female characters. There isn’t a clear side to root for, you want both of them to win. Main themes include revenge, faith, loyalty and karma. I’m interested in seeing how relationships between the countries/characters develop (and how the gods meddle!) in the next book. Highly recommended!!

Frozen – Mary Casanova

Frozen
Mary Casanova
Released September 1, 2012
University of Minnesota Press

Amazon says:
Sixteen-year-old Sadie Rose hasn’t said a word in eleven years—ever since the day she was found lying in a snowbank during a howling storm. Like her voice, her memories of her mother and what happened that night were frozen.

Set during the roaring 1920s in the beautiful, wild area on Rainy Lake where Minnesota meets Canada, Frozen tells the remarkable story of Sadie Rose, whose mother died under strange circumstances the same night that Sadie Rose was found, unable to speak, in a snowbank. Sadie Rose doesn’t know her last name and has only fleeting memories of her mother—and the conflicting knowledge that her mother had worked in a brothel. Taken in as a foster child by a corrupt senator, Sadie Rose spends every summer along the shores of Rainy Lake, where her silence is both a prison and a sanctuary.

One day, Sadie Rose stumbles on a half dozen faded, scandalous photographs—pictures, she realizes, of her mother. They release a flood of puzzling memories, and these wisps of the past send her at last into the heart of her own life’s great mystery: who was her mother, and how did she die? Why did her mother work in a brothel—did she have a choice? What really happened that night when a five-year-old girl was found shivering in a snowbank, her voice and identity abruptly shattered?

Sadie Rose’s search for her personal truth is laid against a swirling historical drama—a time of prohibition and women winning the right to vote, political corruption, and a fevered fight over the area’s wilderness between a charismatic, unyielding, powerful industrialist and a quiet man battling to save the wide, wild forests and waters of northernmost Minnesota. Frozen is a suspenseful, moving testimonial to the haves and the have-nots, to the power of family and memory, and to the extraordinary strength of a young woman who has lost her voice in nearly every way—but is utterly determined to find it again.

Adrienne says:
I’m a huge fan of unearthing family skeletons so this really appealed to me. The writing was well done but not OMGTHISISTHEBESTEVER and it had an American Girl feel for the last 1/3 of the book. I later found out that there’s a reason for this. The author has written American Girl books! This is definitely YA level literature but if the reader is much of a prude I wouldn’t suggest it to them. Sadie was an interesting character. She was damaged and then suddenly, she finds her voice. Huzzah! What a nice, Pollyanna-esque turn of events! And another thing. I know that 16 year old girls don’t always have a great track record, but I am Sick And Tired of every. single. teenage girl not being able to have any rational thoughts. Sadie just runs. She doesn’t really think. At all. She just says “Oh I think I’ll get on a boat. I have no idea where I’m going. I’ll get a job there even though I have no experience and no skills besides the piano! La dee da!” The ending bothered me the most though. Like I said, it felt like an American Girl book. You knew that people were going to say sorry (whether they meant it or not) and other people were going to forgive them (or at least continue to mooch off of them).

I know this makes it sound like I hated it, it was terrible, but really, I’d give it a 3.5 of 5. I feel like the end was wrapped up too quickly with everything in a nice little bow but with a lot of unanswered questions. It would have been nice to have more character building so we have a chance to care about all of the side characters. I’d recommend this but I suggest you get it from a library unless you know you’ll love it.

*I received this for free from NetGalley for review*

Waiting on Wednesday – The Ashford Affair by Lauren Willig

The Ashford Affair – Lauren Willig
To be release April 9, 2013The Ashford Affair

Amazon says: As a lawyer in a large Manhattan firm, just shy of making partner, Clementine Evans has finally achieved almost everything she’s been working towards—but now she’s not sure it’s enough. Her long hours have led to a broken engagement and, suddenly single at thirty-four, she feels her messy life crumbling around her. But when the family gathers for her grandmother Addie’s ninety-ninth birthday, a relative lets slip hints about a long-buried family secret, leading Clemmie on a journey into the past that could change everything. . . .

What follows is a potent story that spans generations and continents, bringing an Out of Africa feel to a Downton Abbey cast of unforgettable characters. From the inner circles of WWI-era British society to the skyscrapers of Manhattan and the red-dirt hills of Kenya, the never-told secrets of a woman and a family unfurl.

 

What are you waiting for?