Can't-Wait Wednesday, New Releases

Can’t Wait Wednesday: The Great Mrs. Elias by Barbara Chase-Riboud

Can’t Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings based on the meme Waiting on Wednesday by Breaking the Spine. In this weekly post people share a book that they’re excited about being released.

The book was posted in TBR and Beyond Book Club group and I thought the cover and story was something that I would like to read so I had to pre-order it.


The author of the award-winning Sally Hemings now brings to life Hannah Elias, one of the richest black women in America in the early 1900s, in this mesmerizing novel swirling with atmosphere and steeped in history.

The death of her lover at the hands of an old paramour brings the police to Hannah Elias’ glitzy, five-story, twenty-room mansion on Central Park West. It is beginning of an odyssey that moves back and forth in time and reveals the dangerous secrets of mysterious woman, the fortune she built, and her precipitous fall.

Born in Philadelphia in the late 1800s, light-skinned Hannah Elias has done things she’s not proud of to survive. Secretly married to a white man whom she divorces before relocating to New York, the ambitious woman dreams of becoming as rich as robber baron. Passing as a Southern European, she quietly invests her alimony in the stock market, and begins to grow her fortune with the help of white businessmen. As the money pours in, Hannah hides her millions in two merchant banks, spreading it across 129 private accounts. Finally attaining the life she’s always dreamed, she buys a mansion on the Upper West Side and decorates it in Egyptian designs, gold, and fine decor, inspired by her idol, Cleoparta.

But her lover’s murder turns Hannah’s world upside down and threatens to destroy everything she’s built. When the truth of her racial identity is uncovered, thousands of protestors gather in front of her stately home. Hounded by the salacious press, the very private Mrs. Elias finds herself alone, ensnared in a scandalous trial, and accused of stealing her fortunes from whites.

Packed with glamour, suspense, and drama, populated with real-life luminaries from the period, The Great Mrs. Elias brings a fascinating woman and the age she embodied to glorious tragic life.

Publication Date: August 24, 2021

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What upcoming book releases are you looking forward too?

Monthly TBR, Reading Rivlary, TBR and Beyond Book Club

April 2021 – TBR

April is here!!! Closer to warmer weather even though was a little snow falling yesterday afternoon here in Ohio.

This month I am going to be participating in two reading challenges, TBR and Beyond Book Club Egg Hunt challenge and Reading Rivalry Shadow and Bone theme challenge. Letting my mood guide me to what I will read this month, so far these are the books that I am in the mood to read in April and it might change throughout the month.

TBR Books

🌟 The Gilded Ones by Namina Forna: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and it is a re-read for me. I really loved this book.

🌟 Poison Priestess by Lana Popovic : Historical Fiction (book will be here on 6 April)

🌟 Tunnel of Bones by Victoria Schwab: Group reads for TBR and Beyond Book Club and middle grade paranormal books.

🌟 Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and getting ready for Shadow and Bone Netflix movie this month!

🌟 Ruin and Rising by Leigh Bardugo: YA Fantasy and hoping to get it finished before Netflix of Shadow and Bone comes out this month

🌟 A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas: YA Fantasy

🌟 The Midnight Library by Matt Haig: Group reads for TBA and Beyond Book Club and adult fantasy

🌟 The Lost Apothecary by Sarah Penner: Historical Fiction/Mystery Thriller

🌟 The Strange Case of the Alchemist’s Daughter by Theodora Goss: Going to try to read this month….it was on my TBR in March. YA Historical Fiction/Mystery

🌟 A Kingdom of Flesh and Fire by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Swoon Group Read in TBR and Beyond Book Club – New Adult Fantasy/Romance and second book of From Blood and Ash

🌟 Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley: YA Mystery/Thriller – I have heard great things about this book and really looking forward to reading it

I think my book list is doable this month. I have been cross stitching again and I have been listening to books while I am doing it so finger crossed that I do get all of these done this month.

What are you planning to read for April? Are you planning to do any reading challenges?

Book Hauls, Monthly Wrap Up, Reviews

March 2021 – Wrap Up & Book Haul

Another month is over and a new one begins…I didn’t do to bad in reading for March. I have been a lot of audiobooks because I decided to get back into cross stitching and it is nice to listen to a book while I am stitching.

March 2021 Books Read Wrap Up

I read 5 books this month, compare to February I did better at reading. Below are the books that I read this month.

The Vanished Bride (Bronte Sisters Mystery #1) by Bella Ellis: I started this book at the end of February and finished it in March. It is a historical fiction/mystery where it has the three famous Bronte sisters solving crimes before they became legendary writers. This is the first book in the series and the sisters become involve in case of a missing wife and trying to figure out what happen to her. They also struggle with how women at the time were perceived by society on how they should be at home instead of trying to solving mystery. I enjoyed the book, you could tell the author did a lot of research on the sisters and intertwine a lot of it into the story. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

The Cousins by Karen M. McManus: This is a YA Mystery, it follows three young adults who are cousins and they are requested to come work at their grandma’s resort who they have never met since their parents were disown before they were born for a reason that they didn’t know why. I enjoyed the book, I thought it was fast paced story and it has a lot of twist and turns that kept you wondering what is going and I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end. This was the first time I read the author books and I am definitely going to read her other books. Rating: 💚💚💚💚

City of Ghosts by Victoria Schwab: Middle Grade Paranormal series, I read this book for TBR and Beyond Middle Grade Group Read, we are reading each book in the series each month. The story follows Cassidy Blake who after an accident, she can see/feel ghosts and she has a best friend Jacob who is a ghost. Her parents are paranormal investigators who start a new reality tv show about hunting and investigating paranormal activity in famous places over the summer. Their first investigation is in Edinburgh, Scotland, this is where Cassidy finds out more about her gift and how she can use it. I don’t usually read middle grade books, but I pleasantly surprised how much I like this book. It was fast paced and kept you reading to find out what was going to happen to Cassidy and it has a spooky feeling to it that draws in. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series. Rating: 👻👻👻👻👻

Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann: The book is based on the murders of Osage Indian Nation members back in 1920s. I read the book for TBR and Beyond Group Read and this is the only second non-fiction true crime that I have ever read. The book is based on the crimes committed against the Osage people and how the FBI after so many years finally solved the murders. I have really mix feelings about this book, I thought it was good and very informative. The author did his research and spoke to the Osage people to get the facts correct and not just going by the FBI reports. My mix feelings about the story is how hateful and privileged white people were and they didn’t think it was wronged that these crimes were being done against the Osage indigenous people. Unfortunately, crimes against indigenous people are still happening today and until actions are done to keep them safe, it will continue to happen. Rating: 💜💜💜💜

From Blood and Ash by Jennifer L. Armentrout: Another TBR and Beyond Group Read, this series is being read part of the Swoon group reads in the TBR and Beyond and we started with the first book in series FBAA. I didn’t know what to expect about this book and wasn’t expecting to like it. I was curious about it cause I was seeing a lot of people mentioning about it and I wanted to see what it was all about. I really really liked this book….it has vampires in it (I am a sucker (lol) for anything that has vampires in it). It does have some romance in it which didn’t bother me and didn’t distract from the story. The beginning was slow at first but it did build up throughout the book, the worldbuilding was done really good and the story itself was done nicely. I have to stay my favorite character as of right now is Hawke and I am interested to see what happens in the next two book in the series. We are reading the second one in April. Rating:❤❤❤❤❤

These are all of the books that I read in March…not bad…glad that I was able to read more than I thought I would. Hoping that I can keep the paced going in April.

Book Haul

Here are the books that I got in March.

Hope everyone had a good March in reading! Did you read anything of the books that I read in March? Which books did you read and which one was your favorite for the month? Did you get any books this month?