W…W…W… Wednesday

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W… W… W… Wednesday, hosted by Should be Reading is a weekly meme showcasing what you just finished reading, what you are currently reading, and what you plan to start reading next.

 

what did you recently finish reading

 

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Before I Go by Colleen Oakley
Daisy never asks you to feel sorry for her.

Daisy is 27-years-old and has only months to live. And, each day, she’s finding her way through what needs to be done.

Her major worry is what her wonderful, charming husband, Jack, will do without her. She knows that he won’t take care of himself so Daisy has to do it for him. As she searches for Jack’s next wife, she begins to realise that her plan to ensure Jack’s happiness is much more complicated than she expected.

Life-affirming, authentic, funny and heartbreakingly beautiful, Before I Go is all about love.

This was a wonderful debut novel. The writing was stunning. You can see my review here. More joint reviews with Rachel @ Confessions of a Book Geek to come!

 

 what are you currently reading

 

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The Prince by Sylvain Reynard

The unveiling of a set of priceless illustrations of Dante’s Divine Comedy at the Uffizi Gallery exposes the unsuspecting Professor Gabriel Emerson and his beloved wife, Julianne, to a mysterious and dangerous enemy.

Unbeknownst to the Professor, the illustrations he secretly acquired years ago were stolen a century earlier from the ruler of Florence’s underworld. Now one of the most dangerous beings in Italy is determined to reclaim his prized artwork and exact revenge on the Emersons, but not before he uncovers something disturbing about Julianne …

Set in the city of Florence, “The Prince” is a prequel novella to “The Raven,” which is the first book in the new Florentine Series Trilogy by Sylvain Reynard.

“The Prince” can be read as a standalone but readers of The Gabriel Series may be curious about the connection between The Professor’s world and the dark, secret underworld of “The Prince.”

 I have been looking forward to this series release for a very long time. Made me pretty happy to wake up and have this gem on my Kindle!

 

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The Violets of March by Sarah Jio

A heartbroken woman stumbled upon a diary and steps into the life of its anonymous author.

In her twenties, Emily Wilson was on top of the world: she had a bestselling novel, a husband plucked from the pages of GQ, and a one-way ticket to happily ever after.

Ten years later, the tide has turned on Emily’s good fortune. So when her great-aunt Bee invites her to spend the month of March on Bainbridge Island in Washington State, Emily accepts, longing to be healed by the sea. Researching her next book, Emily discovers a red velvet diary, dated 1943, whose contents reveal startling connections to her own life.

I’m really enjoying this one, and I’m over halfway through it. Had to put it aside to start The Prince!

what will you read next

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The Raven by Sylvain Reynard
From the New York Times bestselling author of the Gabriel Series comes a dark, sensual tale of romance in a city shrouded in mystery…

Raven Wood spends her days at Florence’s Uffizi Gallery restoring fine works of Renaissance art. But an innocent walk home after an evening with friends changes her life forever. When she intervenes in the senseless beating of a homeless man, his attackers turn on her, dragging her into an alley. Raven is only semi-conscious when their assault is interrupted by a cacophony of growls followed by her attacker’s screams. Mercifully, she blacks out, but not before catching a glimpse of a shadowy figure who whispers to her…

Cassita vulneratus.

When Raven awakes, she is inexplicably changed. She returns to the Uffizi, but no one recognizes her and more disturbingly, she discovers that she’s been absent an entire week. With no recollection of the events leading up to her disappearance, Raven also learns that her absence coincides with one of the largest robberies in Uffizi history – the theft of a set of priceless Botticelli illustrations. When the baffled police force identifies her as its prime suspect, Raven is desperate to clear her name. She seeks out one of Florence’s wealthiest and elusive men in an attempt to uncover the truth about her disappearance. Their encounter leads Raven to a dark underworld whose inhabitants kill to keep their secrets…

This is a rare case of what I KNOW I’m going to be reading next. I was so excited to receive an ARC of this book, and I can’t wait to start it. Sylvain Reynard is one of the few authors I will read his series books, knowing there will be cliffhangers and I normally hate cliffhangers. But it’s so worth it, because his writing is beautiful.

 

*Subject to change due to the fact I’m an extremely moody reader!

 

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4 thoughts on “W…W…W… Wednesday

  1. abibliophobictendencies says:

    Before I Go looks really good. I have a hard time with sad books, but I think I will definitely add this one to my TBR. I’ve also been wanting to read the Violets of March, I really need to get to it I hear nothing but good things.

  2. Rachel @The Readers Den says:

    Looks like you have a wonderful list of reads, Brandie. Not sure I could read Before I Go, it sounds so heartbreaking! The Violets of March sounds wonderful, but I’d hope for a romance and I’m not sure there is one. Enjoy all your books! 🙂

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