Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Waiting on Wednesday (55) Bitter Greens

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:54 AM with 16 comments
Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event hosted by Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases we are eagerly anticipating. Click the link to see the original post plus a whole slew of links to other blogs. After you read this one, of course.

19286545 Bitter Greens

Author: Kate Forsyth
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books
Release Date: September 23, 2014

Link to

Charlotte-Rose de la Force has been banished from the court of Versailles by the Sun King, Louis XIV, after a series of scandalous love affairs. She is comforted by an old nun, Sœur Seraphina, who tells her the tale of a young girl who, a hundred years earlier, is sold by her parents for a handful of bitter greens...

After Margherita's father steals from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife give away their little girl. Selena is the famous red-haired muse of the artist Tiziano, first painted by him in 1512 and still inspiring him at the time of his death. Selena is at the center of Renaissance life in Venice, a world of beauty and danger, seduction and betrayal, love and superstition.

Locked away in a tower, Margherita sings in the hope that someone will hear her. One day, a young man does.

This sumptuous novel holds the stories of three women, braided together to create a compelling tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love. Kate Forsyth's Bitter Greens is an impressive feat of storytelling.
 Because Gena’s life is unhappening around her.

Why I'm Excited:

I've been wanting to read this retelling of Rapunzel for FOREVER. I'm so psyched it is finally being released in the US. I cannot wait to get my hands on this. I prefer the gorgeously illustrated Aussie cover, but whatever. Want. And yay! 

16595208 13101761 
You might recognize the book from these covers

What are you waiting for on this Wednesday? Link me up! 

Hey lovely GFC and new followers, please follow me by Bloglovin as we all know Google Reader has gone/is going by the wayside. (I like to follow back, so please let me know if you're a new follower--and leave a link!) Thank you!!!


  1. I've been wanting to read this book for ages - it looks so good! I hope you get it soon. :)

  2. I really need to read this! Rapunzel used to be one of my favorite princesses. Also your blog is soo cute :)

  3. I've never heard of this one before. What a beautiful cover!

  4. Retellings can sometimes be hit or miss with me, but this one sounds so very promising. I will have to check it out. Great pick and I absolutely love that cover.

  5. Gahhh! I have been waiting for this one too! I cannot wait to get my hands on it! I love retellings, and it sounds amazing. I agree about the cover, but I'll take it. Great pick! :D Here's my WoW

  6. I have and prefer that amazing yellow cover from the UK and it has pride of place amongst my Kate Forsyth books, the UK version of her book, The Wild Girl, has a very similar cover but in purple! I loved Bitter Greens, it was one of my favorite books of last year! Hope you get to read it soon :)

    1. Oh, is that the UK cover. That's the one I meant. I love it. I love the purple cover for the Wild Girl, too.

  7. Sounds really good. Thanks for sharing.

  8. I instantly got grabby hands when I read what this was about! Great pick!
    My WoW

  9. Ooh! Retellings are always fun, but this one sounds fantastic.

    Great choice!

  10. I haven't heard of this one before, but it sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy reading it!
    My WoW

  11. I am so excited for this book! Like you, I feel like I've been anticipating it for forever. I'm jealous that there were ARCs being distributed at BEA, but I guess September isn't too far away.

  12. I hadn't heard of this one, but it sounds really good. Great pick! ~Pam

  13. I only just discovered this book's existence this week, but it immediately went on my TBR. I kind of love when we finally get those Aussie books over here, like the Rephaim series by Paula Weston. And yes! We've needed a Rapunzel retelling forever! (Oh, and if you're desperate for this one, you can get it from Fishpond. I'm pretty impatient, so I might do that myself. :P)

  14. YAY! I too love our cover, but I also like the yellow illustrated version, too

    Mands @ The Bookish Manicurist


Hello, there! Thanks for taking the time to comment. I read each and every one and will do my best to respond--usually on your blog instead of on mine. I will, however, always answer direct questions. Due to serious time restraints, this blog is now an award free zone, but I appreciate the thought!