Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: The Paying Guests

There’s nothing like a Wednesday for thinking about the books we want to read! My Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday post is linking up with two fabulous book memes, Wishlist Wednesday (hosted by Pen to Paper) and Waiting on Wednesday (hosted by Breaking the Spine).

My most wished-for book this week is:

The Paying Guests

The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters
(expected publication date: August 28, 2014)

Synopsis via Goodreads:

It is 1922, and London is tense. Ex-servicemen are disillusioned, the out-of-work and the hungry are demanding change. And in South London, in a genteel Camberwell villa, a large silent house now bereft of brothers, husband and even servants, life is about to be transformed, as impoverished widow Mrs Wray and her spinster daughter, Frances, are obliged to take in lodgers.

For with the arrival of Lilian and Leonard Barber, a modern young couple of the ‘clerk class’, the routines of the house will be shaken up in unexpected ways. And as passions mount and frustration gathers, no one can foresee just how far-reaching, and how devastating, the disturbances will be.

This is vintage Sarah Waters: beautifully described with excruciating tension, real tenderness, believable characters, and surprises. It is above all a wonderful, compelling story.

Fingersmith by Sarah Waters is one of my all-time favorite, most recommended, you’ve-absolutely-got-to-read-this books… so I’m pretty much willing to read whatever new book she comes up with. Granted, it seems like there are a ton of books out right now set in 1920s London — but no matter. I’m sure, in the hands of Sarah Waters, it will be genius! And meanwhile, maybe between now and the end of summer I can catch up on the two of her previous novels I’ve yet to read.

What are you wishing for this Wednesday?

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13 thoughts on “Wishing & Waiting on Wednesday: The Paying Guests

  1. YESSSS. I was so excited to find out that there is more Sarah Waters to come! I’ve been holding off on reading her last few books because I didn’t want there to be anymore. Lol Which is dumb. I want to read them so badly. So maybe now I can. 🙂 Great pick!

    • I’ll be honest and admit that the latest one wasn’t (for me) as great as the other two I’ve read… but I’ve heard amazing things about Affinity as well, so maybe I’ll try to squeeze in that one before the new book comes out. Nice to know you’re a Sarah Waters fan too!

  2. I have yet to read anything of this author, but this book does sound compelling. I love it when different kinds of people are forced together, it always ends in something funny or interesting, and living in the same house? I’m sure it sounds like the recipe to something good.

    My WW

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