Waiting on Wednesday (45): The House of New Beginnings by Lucy Diamond

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming books whose releases are being eagerly awaited. Bloggers are encouraged to join in and post about the book they’re looking forward to reading.

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Pan Macmillan | February 24, 2017

From the bestselling author of The Secrets of Happiness and Summer at Shell Cottage, this is a story about love, loss and starting over.

Number 11 Princes Square looks just like the other houses on the Brighton seafront: a Regency terrace with elegant sash windows, a winding staircase and post piled up in the hall for its tenants. It might be part of the city’s history, but it’s also a place of brand new beginnings.

Georgie has followed her childhood sweetheart to Brighton but is determined to carve out a career in journalism for herself. Throwing herself into the city’s delights is fun and exciting, but before she knows it, she’s sliding into all kinds of trouble…

Charlotte’s in the city for a new start, hoping to keep her head down and somehow get over the heartbreaking loss she’s suffered in the past. But Margot, the stylish old lady on the top floor, has other ideas. Like it or not, Charlotte must confront the outside world, and the possibilities it still holds.

A terrible revelation sent Rosa running from London to start again as a sous chef. The work is gruelling and thankless but it’s a distraction at least… until she comes up against the stroppy teenager next door who challenges her on her lifestyle choices. What if Rosa’s passion for food could lead her to more interesting places?

As the three tenants find each other, it’s as if a whole new chapter of their lives has begun. The House of New Beginnings is a moving and uplifting novel from bestselling author Lucy Diamond.

After reading Lucy Diamond’s book The Beach Cafe, I am in love! Not only are her books adorable from the outside, but she writes such great stories and great characters that I really can’t wait to read this one! I’m a little sad that this one doesn’t have the same cutesy cover as her other books (though maybe that will come), but it sound SO good!

What are you waiting for? 

Waiting on Wednesday (44): Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

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W. W. Norton & Company | February 7, 2017

Introducing an instant classic—master storyteller Neil Gaiman presents a dazzling version of the great Norse myths.

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales.

In Norse Mythology, Gaiman stays true to the myths in envisioning the major Norse pantheon: Odin, the highest of the high, wise, daring, and cunning; Thor, Odin’s son, incredibly strong yet not the wisest of gods; and Loki, son of a giant, blood brother to Odin and a trickster and unsurpassable manipulator.

Gaiman fashions these primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine worlds and delves into the exploits of deities, dwarfs, and giants. Once, when Thor’s hammer is stolen, Thor must disguise himself as a woman, difficult with his beard and huge appetite, to steal it back. More poignant is the tale in which the blood of Kvasir, the most sagacious of gods, is turned into a mead that infuses drinkers with poetry. The work culminates in Ragnarok, the twilight of the gods and rebirth of a new time and people.

Through Gaiman’s deft and witty prose emerge these gods with their fiercely competitive natures, their susceptibility to being duped and to duping others, and their tendency to let passion ignite their actions, making these long-ago myths breathe pungent life again.

Okay, I’ll admit that I’m well behind on my Neil Gaiman readings, since I have a TON of books on my shelf that I still haven’t read! That being said, I’ve read 18 of his books so far and this looks interesting! I love retellings and from the reviews, this one looks good. I saw on Twitter that Neil is narrating this one, so I might have to get the audiobook version of it!

What are you waiting for? 

Waiting on Wednesday (42): Into the Fire (Night Prince, #4) by Jeaniene Frost

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Avon Books | February 28, 2017

In the explosive finale to New York Times bestselling author Jeaniene Frost’s Night Prince series, Vlad is in danger of losing his bride to an enemy whose powers might prove greater than the Prince of Vampire’s….

In the wrong hands, love can be a deadly weapon.

For nearly six hundred years, Vlad Tepesh cared for nothing, so he had nothing to lose. His brutal reputation ensured that all but the most foolhardy stayed away. Now falling in love with Leila has put him at the mercy of his passions. And one adversary has found a devastating way to use Vlad’s new bride against him.

A powerful spell links Leila to the necromancer Mircea. If he suffers or dies, so does she. Magic is forbidden to vampires, so Vlad and Leila enlist an unlikely guide as they search for a way to break the spell. But an ancient enemy lies in wait, capable of turning Vlad and Leila’s closest friends against them…and finally tearing the lovers apart forever.

Oh man, this is going to be SO good! I loved Jeaniene Frost’s Night Huntress series, but I kind of love Vlad’s series even more! I’m so sad that this is the last book in the whole Night Huntress World, but I know it’ll be a good ending!

What are you waiting for?