Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's can't wait to read it selection is...
by Marie Landry
A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.
When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.
Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.
Some of you probably know that I am taking part in the tour for Blue Sky Days. But I see no reason that I shouldn't be able to give the book a bit of WoW love this week, when I feel it needs it most.
Why I Want It: Or more appropriately, perhaps, why I'm so excited to read it? A better question might be why wouldn't I be? ;) This is a love story. I'll admit the presence of cancer here makes me nervous, as it does whenever it rears its head in a novel. But it fits with the sort of things I've felt like reading lately. Plus Marie is a friend. Doesn't mean I won't be honest about the book, but it does make it rather neat to be reading it and taking part in her tour. Did I mention romance? *laughs*
I'm pretty confident that this is going to be great. I'm actually planning to start it the day it launches -- along with being around for the launch party -- provided we don't go out to dinner. (January 17th is my mother's birthday. We hope that will bring good luck to the book.)
Anyway, I've rambled enough I think. :) Are you excited for Blue Sky Days? What did you pick for your Waiting on Wednesday selection this week? I'd love to know!