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Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Waiting on Wednesday #87

 
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking The Spine and is where we can talk about books we are looking forward to being released.
 
Josephine: Desire, Ambition, Napoleon
 
Summary:
 
This is the incredible rise and unbelievable fall of a woman whose energy and ambition is often overshadowed by Napoleon's military might. In this triumphant biography, Kate Williams tells Josephine's searing story, of sexual obsession, politics and surviving as a woman in a man's world.

Abandoned in Paris by her aristocratic husband, Josephine's future did not look promising. But while her friends and contemporaries were sent to the guillotine during the Terror that followed the Revolution, she survived prison and emerged as the doyenne of a wildly debauched party scene, surprising everybody when she encouraged the advances of a short, marginalised Corsican soldier, six years her junior.

Josephine, the fabulous hostess and skilled diplomat, was the perfect consort to the ambitious but obnoxious Napoleon. With her by his side, he became the greatest man in Europe, the Supreme Emperor; and she amassed a jewellery box with more diamonds than Marie Antoinette's. But as his fame grew, Napoleon became increasingly obsessed with his need for an heir and irritated with Josephine's extravagant spending. The woman who had enchanted France became desperate and jealous. Until, a divorcee aged forty-seven, she was forced to watch from the sidelines as Napoleon and his young bride produced a child.
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length: 416 pages (Paperback)
Expected Publication Date: June 5th 2014 by Arrow
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I love novels like this and I haven't read a book about Josephine before and I'm really looking forward to giving this one a try.
 
The Midnight Rose: A Novel
 
Summary:
 
From the #1 international bestselling author of The Orchid House—an epic saga of two remarkable women and two love stories spanning the years from 1920s India to modern-day England.

For American actress Rebecca Bradley, it is the role of a lifetime: She will star as a 1920s debutante in a film shot entirely on location at a magnificent English country house. The remote setting and high walls of Astbury Hall will provide a much needed refuge from the media glare that surrounds her every move. When Lord Anthony Astbury sees Rebecca in costume, he is stunned by her uncanny resemblance to his grandmother Violet, a famous 1920s society beauty. And when Rebecca discovers a manuscript written by a young Indian woman who visited Astbury Hall in the 1920s, she learns of a love affair so passionate and forbidden it nearly destroyed the Astbury family—a secret Lord Astbury himself does not know. As Rebecca is increasingly cut off from the modern world, Violet’s presence starts to make itself felt in unsettling ways.

In the gilded years before World War I, Anahita is a bright and curious Indian girl who never thought she would come to England. But as the companion to a royal princess, she is given rare access to a world of privilege and is sent to an English boarding school. When she meets young Lord Donald Astbury, they share a special bond that is only made stronger by their harrowing wartime experiences. Pressured by his family to marry Violet, an American heiress, Lord Astbury must say good-bye to a love that will haunt him for the rest of his life—and inspire a romance for the ages.

As Rebecca tries to understand her connection to a tragic love affair sixty years in the past, the story of Donald, Anahita, and Violet unspools to its own shocking conclusion. For Rebecca to find a way back to the life she was meant to lead, she will have to put to rest the ghosts of Lord Anthony’s ancestors or risk repeating their downfall herself.             
Summary & Cover taken from Goodreads.com
Length:  496 pages (Paperback)
Publication Date: March 18th 2014 by Atria Books
 
Why I'm Waiting:
 
I love historical fiction and I love sagas so when I saw this one it was a no brainer that I would be adding it to this week's WoW post :)
 
What are YOU waiting for this Wednesday?

 
 

18 comments:

  1. Josephine sounds great! I'm gonna have to look for that one :)

    Here's my WOW pick.

    Kimberly
    Wit and Sin

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    1. I'm torn between requesting an ARC of it or waiting until its published so I can hold a finished copy in my hands since it's got such a great looking cover :)

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  2. The Midnight Rose sounds great. I've always been eager to find out more about Josephine as well though.

    Take a look at my WoW post to see what books I'm waiting for.

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    1. Me too, I've always thought Josephine was an interesting woman.

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  3. Great picks, new one for me, so thanks for sharing.

    Happy reading!
    Glass @ Way Too Hot Books

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  4. I can't say those are my kinds of reads, but I do hope you get to enjoy them! Thanks for sharing!

    Here's my WOW

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  5. The Midnight Rose sounds good. Actually, so does the book on Josephine; I've always felt a bit sorry for her.

    I'm waiting on the sequel to Rachel Hartman's Seraphina, 'Shadow Scale', which was finally announced for next spring.

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    1. Gah! I still haven't read Seraphina! Looks like I have enough time to read it though before book two. Thanks for stopping by Lark!

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  6. Awesome picks. Thanks for sharing :)

    Happy Wednesday!

    My WoW

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  7. Midnight Rose looks interesting
    Great pick!

    My WoW post!

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    1. Mignight Rose is the one I'm most looking forward to. Thanks for stopping by Ellie!

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  8. I just stumbled across Midnight Rose yesterday, and thought it sounded really great. (Plus, gorgeous cover!) Nice choices!

    Lisa
    My Wednesday Post

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    1. I know! Isn't the cover just stunning? I love the way it sounds as well.

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  9. Both sound like a great picks. I love the cover of Midnight Rose.

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    1. Me too, I'd love to have it framed and put up. Thanks for stopping by Pamela.

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