Waiting on Wednesday: A Beauty So Rare & Stolen Songbird

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

Tamera Alexander is one of my favorite Christian authors and I'm really excited about her next book! Then the cover of Stolen Songbird alone caught me and the words "For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy..." basically cinched that I would be dying to read this one!

A Beauty So Rare (a Belmont Mansion novel, #2)A Beauty So Rare 
(Belmont Mansion #2)
by Tamera Alexander
Christian Historical Romance
March 23rd 2014 by Bethany House Publishers


From the USA Today bestselling author of To Whisper Her Name and A Lasting Impression comes a moving historical novel about a bold young woman drawn to a group of people forgotten by Nashville society--and to the one man with whom she has no business falling in love.

Eleanor Braddock, a spinster--plain, practical, no stunning Southern beauty--has long since dismissed any hope of marriage. But when a dying soldier whispers his final words, she believes her life can still have meaning and determines to find his widow. But this compassionate deed takes a harsh turn, and Eleanor finds herself dependent upon the richest woman in America and the most despised woman in Nashville--her aunt, Adelicia Acklen, mistress of Belmont Mansion. A clandestine act of kindness leads Eleanor to an unlikely path for her life--building a home for destitute widows and children from the Civil War. And while Eleanor knows her own heart, she also knows her aunt will never approve.

Gerhard Marcus Gottfried, Archduke of the House of Habsburg and fourth in line to the Austrian throne, arrives in Nashville in search of a life he determines, instead of one determined for him. Collaborating with botanist Luther Burbank, Marcus seeks to combine his own passion for nature with his expertise in architecture. But his plans to incorporate natural beauty into the design of the widow's and children's home run contrary to the wishes of practical, frugal Eleanor, who sees his ideas as costly nonsense.

Yet as the construction project continues, Marcus and Eleanor find common ground--and a love neither of them expected. But Marcus is not the man Adelicia has chosen for Eleanor to marry, and even if he were, someone who knows Marcus's secrets is about to reveal them all.

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Stolen Songbird (The Malediction Trilogy, #1)Stolen Songbird 
(The Malediction Trilogy #1)
by Danielle L. Jensen
YA Fantasy
April 1st 2014 by Strange Chemistry


For those who have loved Seraphina and Graceling comes another truly fabulous fantasy...

For five centuries, a witch’s curse has bound the trolls to their city beneath the ruins of Forsaken Mountain. Time enough for their dark and nefarious magic to fade from human memory and into myth. But a prophesy has been spoken of a union with the power to set the trolls free, and when Cécile de Troyes is kidnapped and taken beneath the mountain, she learns there is far more to the myth of the trolls than she could have imagined.

Cécile has only one thing on her mind after she is brought to Trollus: escape. Only the trolls are clever, fast, and inhumanly strong. She will have to bide her time, wait for the perfect opportunity.

But something unexpected happens while she’s waiting – she begins to fall for the enigmatic troll prince to whom she has been bonded and married. She begins to make friends. And she begins to see that she may be the only hope for the half-bloods – part troll, part human creatures who are slaves to the full-blooded trolls. There is a rebellion brewing. And her prince, Tristan, the future king, is its secret leader.

As Cécile becomes involved in the intricate political games of Trollus, she becomes more than a farmer’s daughter. She becomes a princess, the hope of a people, and a witch with magic powerful enough to change Trollus forever.

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What do you think? Will you be reading either of these?

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  1. I haven't heard of your first book, but I do love a good historical romance. Have you read any of the Kensington Chronicles by Lori Wick?

    As for Stolen Songbird I can not wait for that one! Beautiful cover, for fans of Graceling and about trolls - yes please!

    Great picks, happy reading!

    My WoW

    1. Her last book was really great, so I'm looking forward to it! I have read a few of Lori Wick's, but I don't know if I've read those. I'll have to look them up.

      I'm so with you about Stolen Songbird! :) I'll come check out your WOW.

  2. Great picks, I haven't heard of the first one but Stolen Songbird is amazing! I was lucky enough to get an ARC which I'm about halfway through and loving. Hope you get to read them both soon :)

    1. I have an ARC as well (*cheers*), but haven't started it yet. I'm so glad you are liking it!

  3. i have not heard of tamera alexander's book before but it sounds awesome! love the cover :)

    hope you can stop by my WoW Post.

    -michelle @ Michelle & Leslie's Book Picks

  4. A Beauty So Rare looks interesting. I do like the cover for it. Stolen Songbird I'm lusting after that cover, I managed to get an e-arc of it. Great WOW.

    Books of Love

    1. Yes! Isn't it a fabulous cover?! I'm glad you got the ARC. I've been hearing good things. Thanks for stopping by Grace!


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