Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Waiting On Wednesday (19)

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For those who don't know, Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly book meme where we get to let everyone know about what books we are eagerly anticipating the release of. WoW is hosted by Jill over at Breaking the Spine. Want to participate? Grab the logo on her page, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link on her blog!

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Author: Susanne Dunlap
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Release Date: April 10, 2012
Pages: 320

Summary: Eliza Monroe-daughter of the future president of the United States-is devastated when her mother decides to send her to boarding school outside of Paris. But the young American teen is quickly reconciled to the idea when-ooh, la-la!-she discovers who her fellow pupils will be: Hortense de Beauharnais, daughter of Josephine Bonaparte; and Caroline Bonaparte, youngest sister of the famous French general. It doesn't take long for Eliza to figure out that the two French girls are mortal enemies-and that she's about to get caught in the middle of their schemes.

Loosely drawn from history, Eliza Monroe's imagined coming of age provides a scintillating glimpse into the lives, loves, and hopes of three young women during one of the most volatile periods in French history.

So I just discovered this author, Susanne Dunlap, who writes historical fiction novels. Now normally, I'm a bit leery about historical fiction because I'm a history buff and don't like when it's changed around or the facts are skewed, but then sometimes I find something I really like!

Here is one book that caught my attention-- it's called The Academie, and it's about Eliza Kortright Monroe. Eliza was the daughter of our fifth president, James Monroe, who was in office from 1817-1825. Eliza herself was born in 1787 and lived until 1835. Not that Wikipedia is a reliable information source, but I thought it was interesting that it had this to say about her: "Eliza appeared to many a haughty, pompous socialite, quick to remind others of her good breeding and lofty station."

Haha, if that is one of the main things history remembers about her, I'm thinking she must have been QUITE the character! ;)

Anyways, I am really interested in reading this book now, to see how Eliza's character plays out. And because I am such a history nerd, I might even do some research into who Eliza really was, what her true personality was like, and how she spent her life. Intriguing, no?

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16 comments:

  1. Normally, I'm a paranormal and dystopia fanatic but lately I have been reading and really enjoying historical fiction. This looks really good, I think I will add it to my TBR pile!
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  2. Okay, so I just got interested in historical fition recently (although i havent read any books about it...the interest is still there). This book seems interesting. I hate history (it may be because I hated history class...all the memrizing of dates and people and places...yuck!) but stories that i'm not forced to remember are so great I may grow to like it someday!

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  3. Oh, my this one looks fantastic! I love all your icons and pictures. Your design is wonderful.

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  4. Great pick, I love historical fiction and this was sounds pretty interesting!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  5. Btw, Really cute blog! I like it.

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  6. I just saw this book for the first time the other day and was intrigued by the synopsis...and of course, the cover lol. Why do we have to wait until April?!

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  7. I love historical fiction too! Just keep it out of the Tudor period where I actually know things and will spend the whole book nitpicking. lol This looks fun - I love Paris, couldn't resist a story set near there.

    Add another fan of your blog design too - it's so pretty, I love the colors and your header is lovely (cupcake!). I'm a new follower. :)

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  8. OMIGOSH, this book comes out on my birthday!! It's fate, I'll have to read it :) Thanks for sharing, it sounds really good!

    My WoW

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  9. Never heard of this book nor Eliza Monroe, but her life sounds definitely interesting. She's also sent to boarding school outside of Paris? Hmm. Sounds familiar. Hehe. Thanks. I'll add this to my growing TBR list!:)

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  10. The synopsis sounds really interesting. I love historical fiction.I'll add it to my TBR. Thanks for sharing and stopping by my blog!:)

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  11. This sounds like it could be really good. I do enjoy historical fiction on occassion.

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  12. Love the layout of your blog! It is gorgeous.

    Thanks for coming by my blog for WOW

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  13. Sounds good! Great pick and thanks for sharing!

    WoW

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  14. I love historical fiction too! But I feel the same way about the "loose" interpretation of historical events. For example, the book The Secret Diaries of Elizabeth Tudor: Vampire Slayer. WTH?! I mean, really? Vampire Slayer? Of course I read it, but it was such a mess. There was a lot of good "facts" hidden in the story, but I just couldn't get passed the vampire slayer thing. So sad.

    This book does sound good. I'm picky about my historical fiction reads. I like certain time periods, but Bonaparte was an interesting fellow. Looks like this book might be worth the read.

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  15. New follower here!

    I don't read much historical fiction, but this looks like a fab read. I may just have to add it to my TBR list.

    Thanks for stopping by my blog :)

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  16. I love historical fiction when it's done well, and this one sounds like it's worth the read. It's definitely going on my TBR list :)

    And I like the idea of researching who Eliza really was:)

    <3
    Taylor

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