Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Can't Wait Wednesday (309)


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 GOODREADSIn 1911 New York City, seventeen-year-old Frances Hallowell spends her days as a seamstress, mourning the mysterious death of her brother months prior. Everything changes when she’s attacked and a man ends up dead at her feet—her scissors in his neck, and she can’t explain how they got there.

Before she can be condemned as a murderess, two cape-wearing nurses arrive to inform her she is deathly ill and ordered to report to Haxahaven Sanitarium. But Frances finds Haxahaven isn’t a sanitarium at all: it’s a school for witches. Within Haxahaven’s glittering walls, Frances finds the sisterhood she craves, but the headmistress warns Frances that magic is dangerous. Frances has no interest in the small, safe magic of her school, and is instead enchanted by Finn, a boy with magic himself who appears in her dreams and tells her he can teach her all she’s been craving to learn, lessons that may bring her closer to discovering what truly happened to her brother.

Frances’s newfound power attracts the attention of the leader of an ancient order who yearns for magical control of Manhattan. And who will stop at nothing to have Frances by his side. Frances must ultimately choose what matters more, justice for her murdered brother and her growing feelings for Finn, or the safety of her city and fellow witches. What price would she pay for power, and what if the truth is more terrible than she ever imagined?

WHY I CAN'T WAIT:  I love the historical elements of this one and I want to know how the scissors got into the brother's neck.  I also love the cover and hope it doesn't change.


FROM GOODREADS: Opposites attract when a straitlaced lawyer and whimsical party planner must fake-date as co-parents of a rambunctious Irish wolfhound in the second book of this im-paw-ssibly charming small-town romance series.

Connor Wyeth has a plan for everything. But when he adopts Maximus, an unruly Irish wolfhound mix, he gets more than he bargained for. If he doesn't act fast, the big dopey mutt is going to destroy his house. The only person Max ever listens to is the volunteer who used to walk him at the shelter—a perennially upbeat woman whose day job is planning princess parties for little kids. Connor couldn't ever imagine that she'd be able to tame such a beast as Max, but he's desperate enough to try anything.

Deenie Mitchell isn't looking forward to spending more time with uptight, rules-oriented Connor—no matter how attractive he is. But when her sister announces her engagement, Deenie realizes he's the perfect person to impress her type-A family. When she learns he needs a plus-one for his law firm's work events, an unlikely alliance is formed. But as they play the perfect couple, the friendship—and the feelings—that are forming start to feel all too real. Opposites may attract, but can the man with a plan for everything and the misfit who makes her own rules ever find common ground?

WHY CASSIUS CAN'T WAIT:  First of all, how great is the name Maximus?  I love it and I think he and I would definitely be friends.  This book sounds like it will have all the small town charm Mom likes.  However, she didn't get the first one, The Twelve Dogs of Christmas, during the holidays which means she going to have to read a Christmas book in the Spring - tee hee!


  1. The Witch Haven is new to me and I love the sounds of it! I hope that you love these. :)

  2. The Witch Haven sounds really good and I'm definitely curious about the scissors too.

  3. Where do you find these?! The Witch Haven sounds so good! I need to add that to my wish list right now. Once Upon a Puppy looks so cute. That cover is adorable. I hope you enjoy both of these when you read them, Barb. Enjoy the rest of your week!

  4. Cute picks! Feel free to check out my WoW:

  5. Oooh! I love the cover to Witch Haven! Great picks!

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    Ronyell @ Rabbit Ears Book Blog

  6. Love the sound of the first one -and what a killer cover :)

  7. The first one does sound good! I'm guessing YA based on the synopsis, but I'll still probably keep an eye on it.

  8. Cass, tell your mum that I read winter books all year round so she can certainly read one in spring! If you like Irish wolfhounds, tell her to get reading the Kevin Hearne series!

  9. Both of these sound really good! I'm always on the lookout for a good witch centric story, and omg a story with an Irish Wolfhound? I need to check that out😁