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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Waiting on Wednesday #151

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.


Daughter of a Thousand Years
Greenland, AD 1000

More than her fiery hair marks Freydís as the daughter of Erik the Red; her hot temper and fierce pride are as formidable as her Viking father’s. And so, too, is her devotion to the great god Thor, which puts her at odds with those in power—including her own brother, the zealous Leif Eriksson. Determined to forge her own path, she defies her family’s fury and clings to her dream of sailing away to live on her own terms, with or without the support of her husband.

New Hampshire, 2016

Like her Icelandic ancestors, history professor Emma Moretti is a passionate defender of Norse mythology. But in a small town steeped in traditional values, her cultural beliefs could jeopardize both her academic career and her congressman father’s reelection. Torn between public expectation and personal identity, family and faith, she must choose which to honor and which to abandon.

In a dramatic, sweeping dual narrative that spans a millennium, two women struggle against communities determined to silence them, but neither Freydís nor Emma intends to give up without a fight.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 432 pages (Paperback)
Genre: Historical fiction
Expected Publication Date:February 21st 2017 by Lake Union Publishing

Why I'm Waiting:

A story told in two perspectives? Count me in. 

The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence: A Story of Botticelli   Summary:

A girl as beautiful as Simonetta Cattaneo never wants for marriage proposals in 15th Century Italy, but she jumps at the chance to marry Marco Vespucci. Marco is young, handsome and well-educated. Not to mention he is one of the powerful Medici family’s favored circle.

Even before her marriage with Marco is set, Simonetta is swept up into Lorenzo and Giuliano de’ Medici’s glittering circle of politicians, poets, artists, and philosophers. The men of Florence―most notably the rakish Giuliano de’ Medici―become enthralled with her beauty. That she is educated and an ardent reader of poetry makes her more desirable and fashionable still. But it is her acquaintance with a young painter, Sandro Botticelli, which strikes her heart most. Botticelli immediately invites Simonetta, newly proclaimed the most beautiful woman in Florence, to pose for him. As Simonetta learns to navigate her marriage, her place in Florentine society, and the politics of beauty and desire, she and Botticelli develop a passionate intimacy, one that leads to her immortalization in his masterpiece, The Birth of Venus.

Summary & Cover taken from
Length: 320 pages (Hardcover)
Genre: Historical Fiction
Expected Publication Date:  April 25th 2017 by St. Martin's Griffin

Why I'm Waiting:

A book about the woman who inspired one of the most beautiful paintings in the world? Set in Florence? You had me at hello.


  1. Like the sound of the Florence book so very much.

  2. I'm not huge on historical type books myself but I do like the Norse mythology aspect. Hope you enjoy! My WoW

  3. Ooh nice picks! Totally new to me ones. Not really big on historical fiction either, but I do love a good mythology twist!

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    Old Follower :)

  4. Daughter Of A Thousand Years sounds amazing! The cover's gorgeous, too, the premise sounds incredible :) Thanks for sharing, great pick!
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    Amy @ A Magical World Of Words

  5. I've had The Most Beautiful Woman in Florence on my TBR for a bit but now I'm super curious about Daughter of A Thousand Years as well! Both look amazing!

  6. Oooh! Both books soound really interesting!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  7. Sweet historical fiction. One of your favorite Genres.I think your going to really enjoy them. Let us know how they are


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