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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Waiting on Wednesday #160





Come from Away by Genevieve Graham


Come from Away
From the bestselling author of Tides of Honour and Promises to Keep comes a poignant novel about a young couple caught on opposite sides of the Second World War.


In the fall of 1939, Grace Baker’s three brothers, sharp and proud in their uniforms, board Canadian ships headed for a faraway war. Grace stays behind, tending to the homefront and the general store that helps keep her small Nova Scotian community running. The war, everyone says, will be over before it starts. But three years later, the fighting rages on and rumours swirl about “wolf packs” of German U-Boats lurking in the deep waters along the shores of East Jeddore, a stone’s throw from Grace’s window. As the harsh realities of war come closer to home, Grace buries herself in her work at the store.

Then, one day, a handsome stranger ventures into the store. He claims to be a trapper come from away, and as Grace gets to know him, she becomes enamoured by his gentle smile and thoughtful ways. But after a several weeks, she discovers that Rudi, her mysterious visitor, is not the lonely outsider he appears to be, but someone else entirely—someone not to be trusted. When a shocking truth about her family forces Grace to question everything she has so strongly believed, she realizes that she and Rudi have more in common than she had thought. And if Grace is to have a chance at love, she must not only choose a side, but take a stand.

Come from Away is a mesmerizing story of love, shifting allegiances, and second chances, set against the tumultuous years of the Second World War. 


Why I'm Waiting: 

I've reviewed Genevieve Graham's books here and there over the past several years and every time there's a new book coming out I know it has to be on my WoW post. I still have to review her last novel Tides of Honor (LOVED IT) and cannot wait until Come From Away is released. Fun fact: I've me Genevieve Graham and she's super nice and hilarious!

Publication Date: 

April 24th 2018 by Simon & Schuster Canada


Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting Forever by Peter Rader


Playing to the Gods: Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse, and the Rivalry that Changed Acting ForeverThe riveting story of the rivalry between the two most renowned actresses of the nineteenth century: legendary Sarah Bernhardt, whose eccentricity on and off the stage made her the original diva, and mystical Eleonora Duse, who broke all the rules to popularize the natural style of acting we celebrate today.


Audiences across Europe and the Americas clamored to see the divine Sarah Bernhardt swoon—and she gave them their money’s worth. The world’s first superstar, she traveled with a chimpanzee named Darwin and a pet alligator that drank champagne, shamelessly supplementing her income by endorsing everything from aperitifs to beef bouillon, and spreading rumors that she slept in a coffin to better understand the macabre heroines she played.

Eleonora Duse shied away from the spotlight. Born to a penniless family of itinerant troubadours, she disappeared into the characters she portrayed—channeling their spirits, she claimed. Her new, empathetic style of acting revolutionized the theater—and earned her the ire of Sarah Bernhardt in what would become the most tumultuous theatrical showdown of the nineteenth century. Bernhardt and Duse seduced each other’s lovers, stole one another’s favorite playwrights, and took to the world’s stages to outperform their rival in her most iconic roles.

A scandalous, enormously entertaining history full of high drama and low blows, Playing to the Gods is the page-turning account of the feud that changed theater forever. 


Why I'm Waiting:

I love reading about the beginnings of Hollywood and I think both these women were ahead of their time. I've read a little bit about them both and have always been fascinated by their feud so I'm looking forward to reading a book that the author has specifically done research on the topic.

Publication Date: 

August 21st 2018 by Simon and Schuster

What are you waiting on? 



28 comments:

  1. Come From Away sounds really good! I love the World War II tie-in and add to that the mysterious stranger . . . I definitely want to know more about that book. I will have to give the author a try since you enjoy her books! I'm less drawn to Hollywood stories, but Playing To The Gods does sound intriguing. Thank you for sharing!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! I hope you try Genevieve's books soon :)

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  2. I like both WWI and WWII settings for stories. Each one similar and so different. This sounds like another excellent book.

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    1. Thank you Mystica, I hope you get a chance to read it.

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  3. I am so curious about Bernhardt and Duse — they sound like intense amazing talents but so opposite in how they acted. Also an alligator?!?

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    1. Yeah the alligator definitely piqued my interest as well lol.

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  4. Come From Away does sound good, and I like the sound of the Nova Scotian setting. And Playing to the Gods sounds really interesting too!

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    1. You aren't Canadian now are you Greg? Most folks I know from south of the boarder don't even know where Nova Scotia is.

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  5. Hmmm...I've never heard of either books, but they both sound interesting! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

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  6. Come from Away was unknown before I saw it here but oh my gosh I just need to get my hands on it when it releases. If I could I would start reading it right now. Can you fall in love with a book without having read it? Haha :D
    And Playing to the Gods sounds amazing as well. I love books about real historical figures. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. I've fallen for every one of Genevieve's books before reading them!

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  7. Both of these books sound good. It's fun to get to meet the author, isn't it?

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  8. I'll have to check the top one out!!

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  9. Come From Away sounds really good! I've never heard of either of these before so thanks for introducing them to me!

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  10. Both books are new to me but they sound pretty interesting. Hope you love them!

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  11. I don't know which one I love the sounds of more! They both sound Amazing! Great picks!!!

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  12. Both of these sound great. The authors are new to me.

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  13. A couple of good books to look forward too. Especially Genevieve Grahams book. I know how big a fan you are

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  14. Your first book is intriguing. I want to know the secret as I'm hypothesizing it has to do with German roots.

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