Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Waiting on Wednesdays: Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Waiting on Wednesday is a meme hosted by Jill of Breaking the Spine!

Bitter Greens by Kate Forsyth

Publish Date: September 23, 2014
Publisher: Thomas Dunne Books

This sounds fascinating and I love the cover. So beautiful.

The amazing power and truth of the Rapunzel fairy tale comes alive for the first time in this breathtaking tale of desire, black magic and the redemptive power of love

French novelist 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. At the convent, 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 parsley from the walled garden of the courtesan Selena Leonelli, he is threatened with having both hands cut off, unless he and his wife relinquish their precious 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. She 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.

Award-winning author Kate Forsyth braids together the stories of Margherita, Selena, and Charlotte-Rose, the woman who penned Rapunzel as we now know it, to create what is a sumptuous historical novel, an enchanting fairy tale retelling, and a loving tribute to the imagination of one remarkable woman.(less)


  1. The cover is simply beautiful, I love it!! I also love the synopsis for the story as well, I have always loved re-tellings of the old fairy tales. I am now going to add this on my to-read pile. ;)
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  2. And read this one! It was beautiful and well-done. Engrossing! Lovely pick.

  3. This really sounds interesting! And the cover is definitely beautiful :)

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  4. Seeing this one a lot today. Such a lovely cover and interesting blurb. Thanks for sharing.

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  6. I have been ogling this one for a while...that cover really captures my interest, and so does the blurb. Thanks for sharing...and here's mine: “THE GIRL NEXT DOOR”

  7. Oooo a Rapunzel retelling? YES ALISON!!!! I hadn't heard of this one before but it's going on my list for sure now. Thanks for putting it on my radar:)

  8. OOoh nice! I love a good fairy tale retelling!!

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  9. Is this really and truly, FINALLY publishing in the US??? Sweet!! I can't believe I'm finally going to get a chance to read it! Thanks so much for sharing!
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  10. OMG it does look good, and I love the cover as well! I have to add it to my wish list now

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  11. That cover is enough to pull me in! And sounds simply amazing..

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  13. This looks so good! Adding it to my TBR list! Here's my WOW

  14. Yesss so much yes. I love the cover too, but I think I love the original Aussie cover more and I wish they had used it.

  15. I've seen this book around and it really does sound amazing. It has some amazing ratings as well :). I love historical fiction, but I don't read it enough. Hope you get it soon, Alison!

  16. Yes! I cannot wait for this book (though it feels like I've been waiting forever for it to come out). Every cover I've seen for it is so pretty too.

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