Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Can't Wait Wednesday (290)


Can't Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings to spotlight highly anticipated books.  It is based on the Waiting on Wednesday meme which used to be hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine.

FROM GOODREADS: Ava, 14 years old and totally on her own, has still not fully processed her mother’s death when she finds herself on a train heading to New Orleans, going to stay with Lane, her grandmother whom she’s never met.

Lane is a well-known artist in the New Orleans art scene. She spends most of her days in a pot-smoke haze, sipping iced coffee, and working on the mural that has been her singular focus for years. Her grip on reality is shaky at best, but her work provides a comfort.

Ava’s arrival unsettles Lane. The girl bears an uncanny resemblance to her daughter, whom she was estranged from before her death. Now her presence is dredging up painful and disturbing memories, which forces Lane to retreat even further into her own mind. Ava, meanwhile, is entranced and frightened by her grandmother. She wants to be included in her eccentric life, but can’t quite navigate Lane’s tempestuous moods.

Attempting to keep the peace is Oliver, Lane’s assistant and confidant. As this unlikely trio attempts to find their way and form a bond, the oppressive heat and history of New Orleans bears down on them, forcing them to a reckoning none of them is ready for. 

WHY I CAN'T WAIT: I've been reading some good thrillers this year and I love the New Orleans setting on this one.  Lane sounds like quite a character!


Bertie the pug had an unlucky start in life.

Diagnosed with hemivertebrae and unable to walk, his owner decided to open up a dog-friendly cafe where he could meet friends and have fun.

The Pug Cafe quickly became a very special place for all dog owners to meet and have a drink.

But when the cafe faced closure, it was brave Bertie the pug and his friends who came to the rescue.

Inspired by true events, Happy Days at the Pug Cafe tells the heartwarming story of one little pug and his beloved cafe.

Help yourself to a Puguccino, put up your paws and get your nose into the heartwarming tale of Bertie and friends.

WHY CASS CAN'T WAIT: I think Mom needs to read this one and that cover would make anyone smile!!!




  1. OMG, I want a pugacino! does that place actually exist? And the House Uptown sounds sooo good -- estranged family, New Orleans and an ominous reckoning sound like a brilliant mix!

  2. Yep, the setting of the House Uptown definitely appeals.
    Lynn :D

  3. Great choices, Barb😁 I love anything with a New Orleans setting, and I definitely want to read a story about a dog cafe!

  4. Oooh, I love New Orleans! The setting alone makes me interested in that first one. And I adore the cover on the second one.
    Lisa Loves Literature

  5. I've always wanted to go to New Orleans, so that setting really appeals to me!

  6. I love a New Orleans setting too. The House Uptown sounds like a lot of fun, Barb. Aw, and look at that adorable pug on the cover of At the Pug Cafe. I'd read it just for that. :-) I hope you have a great week!

  7. Oooh! That dog book looks so cute! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  8. "She spends most of her days in a pot-smoke haze" Ha this made me laugh! I like the New Orleans setting too...

  9. You're always introducing me to the best dark thrillers and horrors. The first one is new to me, but I love the sound of it and I'm probably going to add it to my tbr.

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

  10. The House Uptown sounds really good. The grandmother sounds like an interesting eccentric character. And I'm wondering about that reckoning. Hope you enjoy both your picks!

  11. Happy Days at the Pug Cafe sounds like such a sweet story. Thanks for sharing! :)

  12. Your pick is a great cover Cass and it did make me smile! Sorry I haven't been around much this week to say hello but I am working flat out on blog posts, Goodreads groups and home improvements!

  13. I haven't heard of either of these before but they sound good :)

  14. New Orleans sounds very intriguing and with all the magic going on there, this could be a book for me. Thanks for sharing and happy reading!

  15. I'm all for a Pug Cafe, Cass! I could go there, have a nice chai tea and some free puppy therapy, but I guess I'll just have to settle for reading about it. 🐾

  16. The House Uptown sounds fantastic. I especially love that New Orleans setting. I hope both of these are great reads for you.