Author: Coleen Paratore
US Release date: September 17, 2009
Summary (from Amazon.com): Gracepearl Coal is the cook’s daughter on Miramore, the island all princes visit for their summer program in the Charming Arts. Each year, the princes-in-training arrive on gallant seacraft, guided by captains trained to navigate the island’s treacherous waters. Passage on one of these boats is the only method to leave the island—thus betrothal to a royal is the only way for Pearl to find her far-off destiny, the one that’s started haunting her dreams. Luckily, this year’s crop of princes include some promising prospects, but how will Pearl leave behind her ailing father or—hardest of all—marry a boy other than her long-time beloved, Mackree . . . who now finds it too painful to even speak to her?
Why I'm interested: First the cover caught my eye. Then, as someone who loves fantasy and romance, I got completely hooked by the summary. And I mean, a summer program in the CHARMING ARTS? What an awesome, clever idea. I'm not sure whether this is going to be a stand alone title or the first in the series, but it sounds like it could be the latter and I think I'd love to read more stories about Miramore.
This Wednesday what are you waiting on?