Weekly meme hosted by Breaking The Spine.Spotlighting upcoming releases that readers and review bloggers are eagerly anticipating.
My last WOW was a "typical" YA anticipating book, but this week I'm going more adult novels.
The House I Loved by Tatiana de Rosnay
Release Date: February 14, 2012
Publisher: St. Martin's Press
Synopsis: (Custody of Goodreads)
From the New York Times bestselling author of Sarah’s Key and A Secret Kept comes an absorbing new novel about one woman’s resistance during an époque that shook Paris to its very core. Paris, France: 1860’s. Hundreds of houses are being razed, whole neighborhoods reduced to ashes. By order of Emperor Napoleon III, Baron Haussman has set into motion a series of large-scale renovations that will permanently alter the face of old Paris, moulding it into a “modern city.” The reforms will erase generations of history—but in the midst of the tumult, one woman will take a stand.
Rose Bazelet is determined to fight against the destruction of her family home until the very end; as others flee, she stakes her claim in the basement of the old house on rue Childebert, ignoring the sounds of change that come closer and closer each day. Attempting to overcome the loneliness of her daily life, she begins to write letters to Armand, her beloved late husband. And as she delves into the ritual of remembering, Rose is forced to come to terms with a secret that has been buried deep in her heart for thirty years. The House I Loved is both a poignant story of one woman’s indelible strength, and an ode to Paris, where houses harbor the joys and sorrows of their inhabitants, and secrets endure in the very walls...
The second book is
The Flight of Gemma Hardy by Margot Livesey
Release Date: January 24, 2012
Synopsis: (Custody of Goodreads)
Acclaimed, award-winning author Margot Livesey delivers her breakout novel: a captivating tale, set in Scotland in the early 1960s, that is both an homage and a modern variation on the enduring classic, Jane Eyre.
Fate has not been kind to Gemma Hardy. Orphaned by the age of ten, neglected by a bitter and cruel aunt, sent to a boarding school where she is both servant and student, young Gemma seems destined for a life of hardship and loneliness. Yet her bright spirit burns strong. Fiercely intelligent, singularly determined, Gemma overcomes each challenge and setback, growing stronger and more certain of her path. Now an independent young woman with dreams of the future, she accepts a position as an au pair on the remote and beautiful Orkney Islands.
But Gemma's biggest trial is about to begin . . . a journey of passion and betrayal, secrets and lies, redemption and discovery that will lead her to a life she's never dreamed.
I chose these two books because I ADORE historical fictions! Plus Tatiana de Rosnay is the author of Sarah's Key which my friends at school just fell in love with. And then there's a retelling of Jane Eyre, which I just always enjoy. Taking a classic and manipulated and mould it to what each interpreted. I also enjoy a strong female character, fighting what she believes, which both books have. Therefore, these two books are in this week's WOW.
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