28 September 2016

Waiting on Wednesday: Unblemished & Child of the River

Hosted weekly by Breaking the Spine 
to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

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Title: Unblemished
Author: Sara Ella
Publisher: Thomas Nelson/HarperCollins
Expected Publication Date: 11 October 2016

Eliyana has always recoiled from her own reflection in the mirror. But what if that were only one Reflection—one world? What if another world existed where her blemish could become her strength?

Eliyana is used to the shadows. With a hideous birthmark covering half her face, she just hopes to graduate high school unscathed. That is, until Joshua hops a fence and changes her perspective. No one, aside from her mother, has ever treated her as normal. Maybe even beautiful. Because of Joshua, Eliyana finally begins to believe she could be loved.

But one night her mother doesn’t come home, and that’s when everything gets weird.

Now Joshua is her new, and rather reluctant, legal Guardian. Add a hooded stalker and a Central Park battle to the mix and you’ve gone from weird to otherworldly.

Eliyana soon finds herself in a world much larger and more complicated than she’s ever known. A world enslaved by a powerful and vile man. And Eliyana holds the answer to defeating him. How can an ordinary girl, a blemished girl, become a savior when she can’t even save herself?

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Title: Child of the River
Author: Irma Joubert
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Expected Publication Date: 18 October 2016 

Persomi’s dreams are much bigger than the world of poverty and deprivation that surround her in the Bushveld of the 1940s and 1950s in South Africa.
 
Persomi is young, white and poor, born the middle child of illiterate sharecroppers on the prosperous Fourie farm. Persomi’s world is extraordinarily small. She has never been to the local village and spends her days absorbed in the rhythms of the natural world around her. Her older brother, Gerbrand, is her lifeline and her connection to the outside world. When he leaves the farm to seek work in Johannesburg, Persomi’s isolated world is blown wide open. But as her very small world falls apart, bigger dreams become open to her—dreams of an education, a profession, and of love. As Persomi navigates the changing world around her—the tragedies of WWII and the devastating racial strife of her homeland—she finally discovers who she truly is and where she belongs.
 
A compelling coming of age story with an unlikely and utterly memorable heroine, Persomi’s English language publication solidifies Irma Joubert’s important place in the canon of inspirational historical fiction.

4 comments:

  1. I've seen Unblemished around before and it piqued my curiosity then as it is doing now. It may be one I have to check out. Great choices this week and hope you love them!

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    1. Thanks!
      Glad you stopped by, Barb!

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  2. Both of these are new to me, but they both have beautiful covers. Hope you enjoy them both!

    WOW
    Sandy @ Somewhere Only We Know

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Sandy! I'll be sure to check out your post.

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