Ruby’s Bookish Bundles is a new feature I’m starting here on the blog. In it, I’m going to post about three books:
- Want Now: One recently released or already published title I’m lusting after.
- Want Soon: One upcoming title I’m looking forward to, based on things I’ve heard, the cover, and the description.
- Want Someday: One upcoming title I’ve heard about that sounds like it could be interested but is so far off into the future it doesn’t even have a cover yet.
I love discovering new books, and I love sharing about the books I discover. However, I’ve been wanting to do something a little different from (and more involved than) a WoW post, so I created this new feature for myself. Anyone is welcome to participate, or to share their own wants. If you do so on your own blog, leave a link so I can visit!
I love Historicals! Maybe it’s all the dresses. Or the oh-so-polite manners. I don’t care. Straight up historicals or Historical fantasies…I love them all. Here are some gems I dug up:
No brainer. I loved Bewitching Season (a pre-blogging read), was so-so on the sequel, Betraying Season, and am currently waiting for the extra cash that will allow me my next hardcover purchase from Amazon. My pennies, nickels and dimes will start to add up eventually. Right? Right? Hello?
From the author of Bewitching Season and Betraying Season comes a brand new regency romance with plenty of intrigue–and magic!
Sophie’s entrance into London society isn’t what she thought it would be: Mama isn’t there to guide her. Papa is buried in his work fighting Napoleon. And worst of all, the illness that left her with a limp, unable to dance at the Season’s balls, also took away her magic. When the dashing Lord Woodbridge starts showing an interest in Sophie, she wants to believe it’s genuine, but she can’t be sure he’s feeling anything more than pity.
Sophie’s problems escalate when someone uses magic to attack Papa at the Whistons’ ball and it soon becomes clear that all the members of the War Office are being targeted. Can Sophie regain her own powers, find her balance, make a match–and save England?
Small finally talked me into watching Downton Abbey and, of course, I fell in love. I can’t wait to try this one, even if it is a rip-off. Also, my house totally looks just like this. And, yes, I post against stone walls in ridiculously long dresses all the freaking time.
Reminiscent of Downton Abbey, this first novel in a new series follows two sisters and their maid as they are suddenly separated by the rigid class divisions within a sprawling aristocratic estate and thrust into an uncertain world on the brink of WWI…Rowena and Victoria, daughters to the second son of the Earl of Summerset, have always treated their governess’s daughter, Prudence, like a sister. But when their father dies and they move in with their uncle’s family in a much more traditional household, Prudence is relegated to the maids’ quarters, much to the girls’ shock and dismay. The impending war offers each girl hope for a more modern future, but the ever-present specter of class expectations makes it difficult for Prudence to maintain a foot in both worlds.Vividly evoking both time and place and filled with authentic dialogue and richly detailed atmosphere, Summerset Abbey is a charming and timeless historical debut.
The title of this one caught my eye, first. Then, I saw that it was based in 1918 California, which happens to be my home state. Double score!
Cat Winters’s IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS, the story of a teen girl mourning the loss of her first love in 1918 California, where a flu has turned deadlier than a world war, and spirit communication has become a dark and dangerous obsession, illustrated with early-twentieth-century photographs.
As always, feel free to recommend any titles you’ve come across, are waiting on, or have just plain piqued your interested, Historicals or no!
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