(If anyone noticed, huge apologies for the long absence! Things got chaotic in my real life job, leaving no time for the pleasures of blogging. Fingers crossed things will calm down now...)
"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted at Breaking The Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.
This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:
Butterfly Summer by Anne Marie Conway
Some secrets last a lifetime. When Becky and her mum move to the tiny village of Oakbridge, Mum is hoping for a new beginning. But when Becky discovers an old photo of her mum in hospital clutching a baby, twelve years before Becky was born, Becky becomes haunted by the thought that her mum is keeping something from her. Stifled by her mum's over-protectiveness and depressive moods, Becky feels more alone than ever. The only place she finds comfort is at the beautiful local Butterfly Garden with her new friend, the wild-spirited and impulsive Rosa May. But Becky can't shake off the unanswered questions. Why can't she swim? Where is her dad? Who is the baby in the photo? And why is her mum lying to her? As the two girls spend more time together however, Rosa May's unpredictable temper and possessive streak suggests that she is hiding something as well...and in the heat of the sun-drenched summer, it seems that Becky is the only one in the dark.
Why I can't wait to read it
Conway's Star Makers Club series is just lovely - perfect comfort reading, or for a lazy day getting to know some wonderfully well-written characters. This sounds altogether darker, and extremely intriguing. I was fairly confident after reading the sypnosis that I could anticipate what would happen - but then remembered that reading the second of the Star Makers books, I'd been 100% sure I knew what was going on there and had been incredibly wrong, so I'll avoid making the same mistake again here.