Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly event that is hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine and spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.
This week I’m looking forward to The Pearl Thief by Elizabeth Wein. Elizabeth Wein is one of my favourite historical fiction writers. Her WWII novels Code Name Verity and Rose Under Fire are some of the best written about the time period. What I really liked about these books was that they featured female leads and explored what it was like to be a woman during the war. I’m beyond excited about The Pearl Thief because its a prequel Code Name Verity! I can’t wait to find out more about Julie. I seriously squealed when I saw this book listed on Goodreads. Yay! It’s set to be released on May 2nd by Disney-Hyperion.
Before Verity . . . there was Julie.
When fifteen-year-old Julia Beaufort-Stuart wakes up in the hospital, she knows the lazy summer break she’d imagined won’t be exactly like she anticipated. And once she returns to her grandfather’s estate, a bit banged up but alive, she begins to realize that her injury might not have been an accident. One of her family’s employees is missing, and he disappeared on the very same day she landed in the hospital.
Desperate to figure out what happened, she befriends Euan McEwen, the Scots Traveller boy who found her when she was injured, and his standoffish sister Ellen. As Julie grows closer to this family, she experiences some of the prejudices they’ve grown used to firsthand, a stark contrast to her own upbringing, and finds herself exploring thrilling new experiences that have nothing to do with a missing-person investigation.
Her memory of that day returns to her in pieces, and when a body is discovered, her new friends are caught in the crosshairs of long-held biases about Travellers. Julie must get to the bottom of the mystery in order to keep them from being framed for the crime.