Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday (304)


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: As the age of the photograph dawns in Victorian Bath, silhouette artist Agnes is struggling to keep her business afloat. Still recovering from a serious illness herself, making enough money to support her elderly mother and her orphaned nephew Cedric has never been easy, but then one of her clients is murdered shortly after sitting for Agnes, and then another, and another... Why is the killer seemingly targeting her business?

Desperately seeking an answer, Agnes approaches Pearl, a child spirit medium lodging in Bath with her older half-sister and her ailing father, hoping that if Pearl can make contact with those who died, they might reveal who killed them.

But Agnes and Pearl quickly discover that instead they may have opened the door to something that they can never put back...

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I own a few books by this author but haven't picked them up yet. However a lot of my favorite bloggers love Purcell so I have high hopes I will too.  This one sound so Gothic and I want to know what they opened the door to!


FROM GOODREADS: A heartwarming—and heart-tugging—middle grade novel about love, loyalty, and what to means to be part of a family, featuring a motley pack of rescue dogs—from author Carolyn Crimi, with adorable illustrations by Melissa Manwill. Perfect for fans of A Dog’s Life and Because of Winn-Dixie.

Miss Lottie’s home was for second chances.

When she adopted Gus, Roo, Tank, and Moon Pie, Miss Lottie rescued each member of the pack—including herself, her helper, Quinn, and her reclusive cat, Ghost—and turned them into a family. But when a new dog, Decker, arrives and tries to hoard Miss Lottie’s heart and home for himself, the pack’s future is threatened.

At first, Gus, the insecure pack leader, only notices little things, like tiny Moon Pie being kicked out of the bed and Ghost acting spooked (then again…Ghost is a cat). But things soon go from bad to worse as Decker’s presence causes disharmony in the group.

When Decker convinces Moon Pie to embark on an impossible journey, it’s up to Gus to gather his courage, rally his splintered pack, and bring Moon Pie home. And with coyotes and cars on the loose, the pack must push through obstacles and dangers to reunite with Moon Pie before he can get hurt—or nearly as bad, get his heart broken. 

WHY CASS CAN'T WAIT:  I'm crying puppy dog tears right now.  Doesn't that big dog on the cover look like my brother Booker T?  I miss him so much and wish Apollo had a chance to meet him.  The book sounds really cute too and I hope Mom reads it with me and the brat... oops, I mean Apollo.


  1. I haven't tried anything by Purcell, but I'm intrigued by the description (and cover) of The Shape of Darkness. I will have to give that one a try too! Secondhand Dog sounds so cute! I hope you enjoy these when you read them, Barb!

  2. The Shape of Darkness sounds exactly like the kind of book I'd like! It's that whole Gothic vibe and the Victorian setting, too. :D

  3. I especially like the sound of Secondhand Dogs. Good choices!

  4. Oooh! Both of these sound like interesting reads! Great picks!

    Here’s my WoW!

    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  5. Both books look awesome - I have The Shape of Darkness on my own reading list for the month and am hoping to get to it later this week:)). I hope you enjoy it, too.

  6. I've only read one Laura Purcell book but I loved it! Definitely want to read this one😁 And Secondhand Dogs sounds adorable!

  7. I can't wait for the new Laura Purcell either! I'll probably wait for the US edition when it hits in June, but thank goodness that's not too much longer to wait!

  8. Both of these sound really good!

  9. The Shape of Darkness sounds really good! And the Secondhand dogs makes me think it will be a tear jerker, but hopefully with a happy ending!
    Lisa Loves Literature's Wednesday Post

  10. Oh Cass! I know how much you and your family miss Booker T. I never got to meet him but I was so sad when you all lost him. Sending you a big hug!

  11. Booker ❤️❤️ What a lovely reminder the cover for Secondhand Books turned out to be. And you’re so right abt The shape of Darkness! What did they let out??

  12. Ooh! The Shape of Darkness sounds like my kind of mystery. I'm curious why she's being targeted.

    Second Hand Dogs sound so cute! I am always looking for some animal oriented middle grade so I can order it for my library.

  13. Oh, Cass, thanks for the heads up! I am participating in a Middle Grade challenge this year and Secondhand Dogs sounds perfect! 🐾

  14. I'm hoping to start the Shape of Darkness soon. And Cass has chosen a lovely book with a great cover.
    Lynn :D