Tuesday, 26 June 2012

'Waiting On' Wednesday!


"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're salivating for.

My "Waiting On" Wednesday selection this week  is...

Title: The Twelve Rooms of the Nile
Author: Enid Shomer
Release Date: August 21st, 2012

Why I'm excited about it

I have been in the mood for some luscious historical fiction lately and this looks perfect to me. I love books set on the Nile as well for some reason so I'm looking forward to that aspect!

What it's about... 

A captivating debut that imagines a passionate friendship between Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert, when they were young and exploring the Nile in 1850.

Before she became the nineteenth century's greatest heroine, before he had written a word of Madame Bovary, Florence Nightingale and Gustave Flaubert traveled down the Nile at the same time. In the imaginative leap taken by award-winning writer Enid Shomer's The Twelve Rooms of the Nile, the two ignite a passionate friendship marked by intelligence, humor, and a ravishing tenderness that will alter both their destinies.

In 1850, Florence, daughter of a prominent English family, sets sail on the Nile chaperoned by longtime family friends and her maid, Trout. To her family's chagrin-and in spite of her wealth, charm, and beauty-she is, at twenty-nine and of her own volition, well on her way to spinsterhood. Meanwhile, Gustave and his good friend Maxime Du Camp embark on an expedition to document the then largely unexplored monuments of ancient Egypt. Traumatized by the deaths of his father and sister, and plagued by mysterious seizures, Flaubert has dropped out of law school and writ-ten his first novel, an effort promptly deemed unpublishable by his closest friends. At twenty-eight, he is an unproven writer with a failing body.

Florence is a woman with radical ideas about society and God, naive in the ways of men. Gustave is a notorious womanizer and patron of innumerable prostitutes. But both burn with unfulfilled ambition, and in the deft hands of Shomer, whose writing The New York Times Book Review has praised as "beautifully cadenced, and surprising in its imaginative reach," the unlikely soul mates come together to share their darkest torments and most fervent hopes. Brimming with adventure and the sparkling sensibilities of the two travelers, this mesmerizing novel offers a luminous combination of gorgeous prose and wild imagination, all of it colored by the opulent tapestry of mid-nineteenth-century Egypt.

Let me know which books you're looking forward to!


  1. This sounds interesting and I like the cover! I never mind girls in dresses covers if they're historical fiction, they make much more sense!

  2. I LOVE historical fiction! And I've never heard of The Twelve Rooms of the Nile - thanks for remedying that and bringing it to my attention! I can't wait for August. Love your blog header, by the way :)

    Tara @ Hobbitsies

  3. This one sounds awesome! I love Historical novels.

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  4. Wow, this really DOES sound good! I love historical spins and heady romances. Sounds like this is a book for me! Thanks for the heads-up on this book :-)

    My WoW

    PS: I love your blog! :-)

  5. This looks beyond fabulous! I just added to my TBR. Thank you for the heads up.

  6. Nice pick. This is gorgeous. iLife do occasionally love a good historical fiction. Thanks for sharing!

  7. I can certainly see why you're waiting on this one! I'm adding it to my list as well :)

  8. This looks awesome!

    Love the blog! I followed on NB and Linky

    my WOW

  9. This does look like a fantastic new historical read...love the cover! Great pick :)

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