Category: Waiting on Wednesday

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson

Posted May 4, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 3 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Love in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia ThompsonLove in the Time of Serial Killers by Alicia Thompson
Published by Berkley Books on August 16, 2022
Pages: 352
Genres: True Crime, Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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Turns out that reading nothing but true crime isn't exactly conducive to modern dating--and one woman is going to have to learn how to give love a chance when she's used to suspecting the worst.

PhD candidate Phoebe Walsh has always been obsessed with true crime. She's even analyzing the genre in her dissertation--if she can manage to finish writing it. It's hard to find the time while she spends the summer in Florida, cleaning out her childhood home, dealing with her obnoxiously good-natured younger brother, and grappling with the complicated feelings of mourning a father she hadn't had a relationship with for years.

It doesn't help that she's low-key convinced that her new neighbor, Sam Dennings, is a serial killer (he may dress business casual by day, but at night he's clearly up to something). But it's not long before Phoebe realizes that Sam might be something much scarier--a genuinely nice guy who can pierce her armor to reach her vulnerable heart.

About Alicia Thompson

Alicia Thompson is the author of the forthcoming romcom LOVE IN THE TIME OF SERIAL KILLERS (Berkley/2022). She has also written a YA novel, PSYCH MAJOR SYNDROME (Disney Hyperion/2009), and a four-book middle-grade series co-authored with Dominique Moceanu (Disney Hyperion/2012). She lives in Riverview, FL with her husband and two kids.

I didn’t know that I was waiting for a book that properly mixes romance and true crime without making it weird.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlane

Posted April 27, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Mad About You by Mhairi McFarlaneMad About You by Mhairi McFarlane
Published by Avon Books on August 9, 2022
Pages: 432
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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International bestseller Mhairi McFarlane delivers a sharp, emotional new novel about a woman who calls off her engagement to "the perfect man" and moves in with a charming stranger who makes her question everything about her life, her past, and the secrets she's kept for far too long...

Harriet Hatley is the most in-demand wedding photographer in town, but she doesn’t believe in romance, loathes the idea of marriage, and thinks chocolate fountains are an abomination. Which is why, when her long-time partner proposes, she panics. Suddenly Harriet is single… and living down the hall from her ex. She needs a new apartment, like, yesterday.

Enter Cal Clarke, a hopeless romantic who just experienced his own wedding-related disaster. Harriet and Cal are like chalk and cheese, but as they go from strangers to roommates to friends, it becomes clear they’re both running from something. When Harriet’s most heavily guarded secret comes to light, her world implodes. And Cal, with his witty humor and gentle advice, is a surprising source of calm at the center of the storm.

With her career, friendships, and reputation on the line, Harriet must finally face her past in order to take control of her future. Because if she’s willing to stop playing it safe and risk everything to share her truth, real love and happiness may be waiting on the other side...

About Mhairi McFarlane

Mhairi was born in Scotland in 1976 and her unnecessarily confusing name is pronounced Vah-Ree.

After some efforts at journalism, she started writing novels. It’s Not Me, It’s You is her third book. She lives in Nottingham, with a man and a cat.

I’ve now read Don’t You Forget About Me and Just Last Night and I’m so eager to get to the rest of McFarlane’s stories. There’s something that I just adore about the humor and realism of her stories.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden

Posted April 13, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 5 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel LindenThe Magic of Lemon Drop Pie by Rachel Linden
Published by Berkley Books on August 2, 2022
Pages: 352
Genres: Foodie Fiction, Magical Realism
Format: Paperback
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"Heartfelt, heartwarming, joyful, and uplifting. You can't go wrong with a Rachel Linden book."--#1 New York Times bestselling author Debbie Macomber

An uplifting novel about a heartbroken young pie maker who is granted a magical second chance to live the life she didn't choose. . . . from the bestselling author of The Enlightenment of Bees.

Lolly Blanchard's life only seems to give her lemons. Ten years ago, after her mother's tragic death, she broke up with her first love and abandoned her dream of opening a restaurant in order to keep her family's struggling Seattle diner afloat and care for her younger sister and grieving father. Now, a decade later, she dutifully whips up the diner's famous lemon meringue pies each morning while still pining for all she's lost.

As Lolly's thirty-third birthday approaches, her quirky great-aunt gives her a mysterious gift--three lemon drops, each of which allows her to live a single day in a life that might have been hers. What if her mom hadn't passed away? What if she had opened her own restaurant in England? What if she hadn't broken up with the only man she's ever loved? Surprising and empowering, each experience helps Lolly let go of her regrets and realize the key to transforming her life lies not in redoing her past but in having the courage to embrace her present.

About Rachel Linden

Rachel Linden is a novelist and international aid worker whose adventures in over fifty countries around the world provide excellent grist for her writing. She is the author of The Magic of Lemon Drop Pie, The Enlightenment of Bees, Becoming the Talbot Sisters, and Ascension of Larks. Currently Rachel lives with her family on a sweet little island near Seattle, WA where she enjoys creating stories about strong women facing big challenges, travel, food, and second chances at love. She promises her readers a happy, or at least very hopeful, ending and infuses each of her stories with a touch of magical realism.

Is there anything better than foodie fiction with a dose of magical realism mixed in? I think not.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Bartender’s Cure by Wesley Straton

Posted March 16, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Bartender’s Cure by Wesley StratonThe Bartender's Cure by Wesley Straton
Published by Flatiron Books on June 28, 2022
Pages: 272
Genres: Contemporary
Format: Hardcover
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Samantha Fisher definitely does not want to be a bartender. But after a breakup and breakdown in San Francisco, she decides to defer law school for a year to move to New York, crashing on her best friend’s couch. When she is offered a job at Joe’s Apothecary, a beloved neighborhood bar in Brooklyn, she tells herself it’s only temporary.

As Sam learns more about bartending and gets to know the service industry lifers and loyal regulars at Joe’s, she is increasingly seduced by her new job. She finds acceptance in her tight-knit community and even begins a new relationship. But as the year draws to a close, Sam is increasingly pulled between the life she thought she wanted and the possibility of a different kind of future. When destructive cycles from her past threaten to consume her again, Sam must decide how much she’s willing to let go of to finally belong.

About Wesley Straton

Wesley Straton is a writer and bartender based in Brooklyn. She studied fiction at Brooklyn College, where she received the Himan Brown Creative Writing Award and served as an editor for the Brooklyn Review. Her fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train and has been shortlisted for the Disquiet Literary Prize, and she has written about international bar culture for Roads & KingdomsGQ, and Difford’s GuideThe Bartender's Cure is her debut.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston

Posted March 9, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | The Dead Romantics by Ashley PostonThe Dead Romantics by Ashley Poston
Published by Berkley on July 5, 2022
Pages: 368
Genres: Paranormal, Ghosties, Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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A disillusioned millennial ghostwriter who, quite literally, has some ghosts of her own, has to find her way back home in this sparkling adult debut from national bestselling author Ashley Poston.

Florence Day is the ghostwriter for one of the most prolific romance authors in the industry, and she has a problem—after a terrible breakup, she no longer believes in love. It’s as good as dead.

When her new editor, a too-handsome mountain of a man, won’t give her an extension on her book deadline, Florence prepares to kiss her career goodbye. But then she gets a phone call she never wanted to receive, and she must return home for the first time in a decade to help her family bury her beloved father.

For ten years, she’s run from the town that never understood her, and even though she misses the sound of a warm Southern night and her eccentric, loving family and their funeral parlor, she can’t bring herself to stay. Even with her father gone, it feels like nothing in this town has changed. And she hates it.

Until she finds a ghost standing at the funeral parlor’s front door, just as broad and infuriatingly handsome as ever, and he’s just as confused about why he’s there as she is.

Romance is most certainly dead . . . but so is her new editor, and his unfinished business will have her second-guessing everything she’s ever known about love stories.

About Ashley Poston

Ashley Poston graduated from the University of South Carolina and has spent the last ten years in the publishing industry as a social media coordinator, a marketing designer, and finally as an author. Her novels have been featured on the Indie Next List, as well as Teen Vogue, Seventeen, EW, Hypable, and Buzzfeed, and her novel Geekerella was a Goodreads Choice Awards finalist in 2017.

When not writing, she plays Dungeons and Dragons and takes long walks as an excuse to listen to true crime podcasts. She lives in South Carolina with her bossy cat, Paprika, and they are firm believers that we’re all a bunch of weirdos looking for other weirdos, asking for their AO3 username.

I love the paranormal aspect of this normal-sounding contemporary romance. I’ve never read anything by Poston but I’m quite curious about her adult debut!

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Death by Bubble Tea (LA Night Market #1) by Jennifer J. Chow

Posted March 2, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 5 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Death by Bubble Tea (LA Night Market #1) by Jennifer J. ChowDeath by Bubble Tea by Jennifer J. Chow
Series: LA Night Market #1
Published by Berkley Books on July 5, 2022
Pages: 320
Genres: Mystery, Cozy
Format: Paperback
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Two cousins who start a food stall at their local night market get a serving of murder in this first novel of a delicious new cozy mystery series by Jennifer J. Chow, author of Mimi Lee Gets a Clue.

When Yale Yee discovers her cousin Celine is visiting from Hong Kong, she is obliged to play tour guide to a relative she hasn't seen in twenty years. Not only that, but her father thinks it's a wonderful idea for them to bond by running a food stall together at the Eastwood Village Night Market. Yale hasn't cooked in years, and she hardly considers Celine's career as a social media influencer as adequate experience, but because she's just lost her job at her local bookstore, she feels she has no choice.

Yale and Celine serve small dishes and refreshing drinks, and while business is slow, it eventually picks up thanks to Celine's surprisingly useful marketing ideas. They're quite shocked that their bubble tea, in particular, is a hit--literally--when one of their customers turns up dead. Yale and Celine are prime suspects due to the gold flakes that Celine added to the sweet drink as a garnish. Though the two cousins are polar opposites in every way, they must work together to find out what really happened to the victim or the only thing they'll be serving is time.

About Jennifer J. Chow

Jennifer J. Chow writes multicultural mysteries and fantastical young adult stories. She lives in Los Angeles, California. Latest: MIMI LEE CRACKS THE CODE (Berkley/Penguin Random House).

Besides the Lefty Award-nominated Sassy Cat mysteries, she writes the Winston Wong cozy series under J.J. Chow. Her other Asian-American novels include The 228 Legacy (2013 Finalist for Foreword Reviews' Book of the Year Award) and Dragonfly Dreams (a Teen Vogue pick).

I’ve found myself gravitating towards more cozy mysteries these days and this one caught my eye. Foodie fiction + Mysteries = I’m definitely reading this.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Ghost Lover: Stories by Lisa Taddeo

Posted February 23, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 1 Comment

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Ghost Lover: Stories by Lisa TaddeoGhost Lover: Stories by Lisa Taddeo
Published by Avid Reader Press on June 14, 2022
Pages: 240
Genres: Contemporary, Short Stories
Format: Hardcover
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From Lisa Taddeo, #1 New York Times bestselling and award-winning author of Three Women and “our most eloquent and faithful chronicler of human desire” (Esquire), Ghost Lover is an electrifying collection of fearless and ferocious short stories.

Behind anonymous screens, an army of cool and beautiful girls manage the dating service Ghost Lover, a forwarding system for text messages that promises to spare you the anguish of trying to stay composed while communicating with your crush. At a star-studded political fundraiser in a Los Angeles mansion, a trio of women compete to win the heart of the slick guest of honor. In a tense hospital waiting room, an inseparable pair of hard-partying friends crash into life’s responsibilities, but the magic of their glory days comes alive again at the moment they least expect it.

In these nine riveting stories—which include two Pushcart Prize winners and a finalist for the National Magazine Award—Lisa Taddeo brings to life the fever of obsession, the blindness of love, and the mania of grief. Featuring Taddeo’s arresting prose that continues to thrill her legions of fans, Ghost Lover dares you to look away.

About Lisa Taddeo

Lisa Taddeo is an American author, journalist and two-time recipient of the Pushcart Prize, for her short stories "42", published in the New England Review, and "Suburban Weekend", published in Granta. Her 2019 book, Three Women, became a #1 New York Times best seller.

I’ve never been a huge admirer of short story collections, but I’ve found a few I absolutely loved and I feel like I’m constantly in search of more. This one definitely sounds like it has potential.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | Other Birds by Sarah Addison Allen

Posted February 2, 2022 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 2 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | Other Birds by Sarah Addison AllenOther Birds by Sarah Addison Allen
Published by St. Martin's Press on September 13, 2022
Pages: 304
Genres: Magical Realism
Format: Hardcover
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Also by this author: Lost Lake, Garden Spells

From the New York Times bestselling author of Garden Spells comes an enchanting tale filled with magical realism and moments of pure love that won’t let you go.

Between the real and the imaginary, there are stories that take flight in the most extraordinary ways.

Right off the coast of South Carolina, on Mallow Island, The Dellawisp sits—a stunning old cobblestone building shaped like a horseshoe, and named after the tiny turquoise birds who, alongside its human tenants, inhabit an air of magical secrecy.

When Zoey comes to claim her deceased mother’s apartment on an island outside of Charleston she meets her quirky and secretive neighbors, including a girl on the run, two estranged middle-aged sisters, a lonely chef, a legendary writer, and three ghosts. Each with their own story. Each with their own longings. Each whose ending isn’t yet written.

About Sarah Addison Allen

New York Times bestselling novelist Sarah Addison Allen was born and raised in Asheville, North Carolina, in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Sarah grew up with a love of books and an appreciation of good food (she credits her journalist father for the former and her mother, a fabulous cook, for the latter). In college, she majored in literature.

It warms my heart to know a Sarah Addison Allen is upcoming. This one sounds wonderfully magical as always.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | What Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher

Posted October 6, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 4 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | What Moves the Dead by T. KingfisherWhat Moves the Dead by T. Kingfisher
Published by Tor Nightfire on July 12, 2022
Pages: 176
Genres: Horror
Format: Hardcover
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From the award-winning author of The Twisted Ones comes a gripping and atmospheric retelling of Edgar Allan Poe's classic "The Fall of the House of Usher."

When Alex Easton, a retired soldier, receives word that their childhood friend Madeline Usher is dying, they race to the ancestral home of the Ushers in the remote countryside of Ruritania.

What they find there is a nightmare of fungal growths and possessed wildlife, surrounding a dark, pulsing lake. Madeline sleepwalks and speaks in strange voices at night, and her brother Roderick is consumed with a mysterious malady of the nerves.

Aided by a redoubtable British mycologist and a baffled American doctor, Alex must unravel the secret of the House of Usher before it consumes them all.

I finally started my first T. Kingfisher novel 2 days ago (The Hollow Places) and holy shit, I’m gonna need everything this woman has written. Including this one. I’m not sure what beautiful monstrosity is going on on this cover but WOW 😳.

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Can’t Wait Wednesday | One Night on the Island by Josie Silver

Posted September 29, 2021 by Bonnie in Waiting on Wednesday / 6 Comments

Can’t Wait Wednesday | One Night on the Island by Josie SilverOne Night on the Island by Josie Silver
Published by Ballantine Books on February 15th 2022
Pages: 368
Genres: Contemporary Romance
Format: Paperback
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From the New York Times bestselling author of One Day in December...When a solitary one-bedroom cabin is accidentally double-booked, the two lodgers find that although company was the last thing either of them wanted, it may be just the thing they both needed.

Spending her thirtieth birthday alone is the last thing that dating columnist Cleo wanted, but she is going on a self-coupling quasi-sabbatical--at the insistence of her boss--in the name of re-energizing herself and adding a new perspective to her column. The remote Irish island she's booked is a far cry from London, but at least it's a chance to hunker down in a luxury cabin and indulge in some quiet, solitary self-care while she figures out her next steps in her love life and her career.

Mac is also looking forward to some time to himself. With his life in Boston deteriorating in ways he can't bring himself to acknowledge, his soul searching has brought him to the same Irish island in search of his roots and some clarity. Unfortunately, a mix-up with the bookings means both solitude seekers have reserved the same one-bedroom hideaway on exactly the same dates.

Instantly at odds with each other, Cleo and Mac don't know how they're going to manage until the next weekly ferry arrives. But as the days go by, they no longer seem to mind each other's company quite as much as they thought they would...

Written with Josie Silver's signature warmth, charm and insights into the human heart, One Night on the Island explores the meaning of home, the joys of escape and how the things we think we want are never the things we really need.

About Josie Silver

Josie Silver is an unashamed romantic who met her husband when she stepped on his foot on his twenty-first birthday. She lives with him, her two young sons, and their cats in a little midlands town in England.

After adoring One Day in December and The Two Lives of Lydia Bird (both got 5 stars from me and let me tell you, that’s RARE) Josie Silver is a definite a new favorite. Can’t wait for more of her lovely stories. <3

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