Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Waiting on Wednesday #72 - A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

"Waiting on Wednesday" is a weekly event hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. 

Expected publication: April 7th 2015
by Sourcebooks Landmark
Synopsis from 

For nearly 300 years, the mysterious journal of Jacobite exile Mary Dundas has lain unread — its secrets safe from prying eyes. Now, amateur codebreaker Sara Thomas has been hired by a once-famous historian to crack the journal's cipher. But when she arrives in Paris, Sara finds herself besieged by complications from all sides: the journal's reclusive owner, her charming Parisian neighbor, and Mary, whose journal doesn't hold the secrets Sara expects.

It turns out that Mary Dundas wasn’t keeping a record of everyday life, but a first-hand account of her part in a dangerous intrigue. In the first wintry months of 1732, with a scandal gaining steam in London, driving many into bankruptcy and ruin, the man accused of being at its center is concealed among the Jacobites in Paris, with Mary posing as his sister to aid his disguise.

When their location is betrayed, they’re forced to put a desperate plan in action, heading south along the road to Rome, protected by the enigmatic Highlander Hugh MacPherson.

As Mary's tale grows more and more dire, Sara, too, must carefully choose which turning to take... to find the road that will lead her safely home.

Why am I waiting on this book? It sounds interesting. The synopsis reminds me of the Da Vinci Code. It sounds like there is adventure and romance both in the present and the past described by Mary's journal. I want to know more about what's up with Sara and what it means "to find the road that will lead her safely home."

What book are you waiting on this week? Share a link or the title in the comments and we'll check it out.
Happy reading!


  1. Replies
    1. Yours sounds great too. A world where books have become outlawed? Wonder how it will differ from Farenheit 451.

  2. OK, what's not to like about mysterious journals and ciphers. I keep meaning to read a book by Susanna Kearsley. She's been recommended to me several times.

    1. This will be my first book by her. I'm glad to hear that you've had other positive recommendations to her books though. Thanks for coming by!

  3. A secret life full of adventure and danger? Sounds cool!;) By the way I love the dog in your WoW picture!:) I like how it can tell two stories in different time periods!
    Here's my WoW:

    1. Your pick sounds like it has plenty of secrets and danger too. The dog in my WoW picture is my Basset. Thanks for coming by!