Wednesday, November 8, 2023

Can't Wait Wednesday!

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Tressa at Wishful Endings that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

I am combining CWW with Books From the Backlog hosted by Carole at Carole's Random Life in Books. This will allow me to feature some newly "rediscovered" books, which I plan on reading, alongside a new release.

This week I can't wait for

Every Time You Go Away
 by Abigail Johnson
Published by Inkyard Press on December 5, 2023
Age/Genres: Young adult, Contemporary, Romance

Perfect for fans of Jennifer Niven, Abigail Johnson draws a searing and lyrical portrait of grief, forgiveness, and the kind of love that blooms in the aftermath.

Eight years ago, Ethan and Rebecca met, two trouble-making kids sharing secrets and first kisses in a treehouse, until Ethan’s mom returned to take him away. Each and every visit, his only goodbye was a flower on Rebecca’s windowsill.

Three years ago, Ethan left for the last time to take care of his mother, who’s struggled with addiction his whole life.

Two years ago, Rebecca was in a car accident that killed her father. She’s been learning to navigate life as a wheelchair user ever since.

Now, they discover if their hardships have torn them apart…or will bring them closer than ever.

I am not reading much YA these days, but I won't hesitate to pick up a book by Johnson. She always crafts these wonderful and deeply emotional stories that never fail to work for me. I had tears in my eyes as I read the synopsis for this book. If I can be this invested in these characters after simply reading a few sentences, I am sure the book will bowl me over. 

The Bloom Girls
 by Amy Pine
Published by Forever on August 3, 2021
Age/Genres: Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Gilmore Girls meets My Big Fat Greek Wedding in this humorous, multi-generational story about a mother and daughter who discover that life happens when you least expect it.

Gabi Bloom doesn't believe in signs. She believes in photographic evidence, the view through her camera lens, and the snap of the shutter. It's why she traveled to Europe—to satisfy her wanderlust and to kick off her photography career. But in Ireland, all of that changed when Gabi gazed into the impossibly blue eyes of an American bartender. She wasn’t prepared for their intense and immediate attraction, or the fact that she’d be bringing Ethan home with her . . . as her fiancé.

Gabi's upcoming marriage is the cherry on top of her mother's current predicament. Stumbling toward forty, Alissa is a pastry chef who raised her daughter single-handedly while Gabi’s father traveled the globe. Now her baby girl is getting married after a whirlwind romance and Alissa—well, Alissa is pregnant. Again. And not only is her ex the father, he wants her back. For good. Until she can figure out that part of the puzzle, Alissa is hiding her big little secret even as she helps Gabi plan a happily-ever-after wedding. But somewhere between disaster and hope, life might just bloom in a way that is breathtakingly unexpected . . .

I was instantly drawn to the book when I saw it on Netgalley last year, so I bought the book. Shocking, I know, but what isn't shocking it that a year later, it is still unread. I am happily picking this one up this week because I love multigenerational stories, and oh, boy! Do these characters sound somewhat complicated. I am curious to get all the details, and you know the wedding will be fun. 

What are you waiting on?
Let us know in the comments!


  1. Both of these sound good. I don't read as much YA either and I've never read Johnson, but I am still excited to hear your thoughs.

    1. Johnson writes great books. I didn't read the last one. It was not contemporary, but all the others were fabulous.

  2. The Bloom Girls does sound like it will have a lot of complicated dynamics!

    1. The Bloom Girls was great! I am a sucker for second chance love, and to reunite with your first love 20+ years later. I was rooting for those two. The ending was odd though. It was almost as if she were setting up for a second book. I have to look into that.

  3. Every Time You Go Away does sound compelling... and puts me in mind of the song too.

  4. I really like the sound of The Bloom Girls. I am also a fan of multi-generational/family stories. I hope you enjoy both of these books, Sam.

    1. It was excellent. I didn't realize there was a companion book, but it's obvious from the very end of Bloom Girls.

  5. And the cover of Every Tim You Go Away is so pretty!!