Waiting On Wednesday – A Desperate Fortune

22221136Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine to spotlight eagerly-anticipated upcoming releases.

This week Ashley is eagerly awaiting: A Desperate Fortune by Susanna Kearsley

Publication: April 7, 2015

Blurb: 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 I’m Waiting: I have a weakness for Susanna Kearsley books. I love the subtle mix of history and fiction and supernatural. Some reads have been better than others, but the one thing I can always rely on from a Kearsley book is an easy, comforting read. This is perfect for heading into summer.

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