Wednesday, September 21, 2011

"Waiting On" Wednesday: The Underside of Joy

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted here, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selection is:

The Underside of Joy
By Seré Prince Halverson
Publication Date: January 17

From Amazon:


To Ella Beene, happiness means living in the northern California river town of Elbow with her husband, Joe, and his two young children. Yet one summer day Joe breaks his own rule--never turn your back on the ocean--and a sleeper wave strikes him down, drowning not only the man but his many secrets.

For three years, Ella has been the only mother the kids have known and has believed that their biological mother, Paige, abandoned them. But when Paige shows up at the funeral, intent on reclaiming the children, Ella soon realizes there may be more to Paige and Joe's story. 

The Underside of Joy is not a fairy-tale version of stepmotherhood pitting good Ella against evil Paige, but an exploration of the complex relationship of two mothers.


What's your "waiting on" pick this week?

Want to participate? Grab the logo, post your own WoW entry on your blog, and leave your link below!


59 comments:

Mocha ღ Latte said...

The cover for Underside of Joy is beautiful!

Natalia Belikov @ DazzlingReads said...
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Petra @ Safari Poet said...

Pretty cover and it sounds like an emotional read. Great choice!

fivealarmbookreviews.com said...

Such a beautiful cover. I haven't heard of this until now. Thanks for the introduction.

Penelope Lolohea said...

Wow, this book sounds like a great family drama. And I love that title. I'm adding it to my list!

June G said...

I love the title and it sounds really good!

Natalia Belikov @ DazzlingReads said...

this one sounds intense!!

Michael/Bookshelf Reviewer said...

Interesting book choice, sounds like a really good book. =]
Here is my WoW this week.
http://thebookshelfreview.blogspot.com/2011/09/waiting-on-wednesday10-insurgent-by.html

mfay2 said...

I thought it will be like a dramatic book, but it sounds more like a sad one, doesn't it?

Debra's Book Cafe said...

Fantastic WoW this week, I am definately adding this to my wish list... My wow for this week is here -

Debra's Book Cafe

Best wishes

Emma said...

This sounds like a great book, probably really emotional. Great choice.

Check out my WOW here.

Emma @ LostinaYAbook

Jan von Harz said...

Based on the title and then the summary it sounds as if perhaps the MC has been raising her dead husbands children with another women. Could be interesting.

Tina's Blog said...

This one sounds good - and maybe a little suspenseful.

Dea (IvaliceAlliance) said...

Eeek. I accidentally put the title of my post instead of my name/blog!! I'm sorry, my brain's kinda fried already from too much school work.

Mimi Valentine said...

That book sounds so sweet and touching! I love that it contrasts step-mothers against fairy tales (because step-parents aren't evil at all!) and I just adore the cover! It's so simple and pretty! :)

Here's my WOW! And you can enter my 300 Followers Giveaway if you haven't already!

Another amazing pick for another amazing Wednesday, Jill! :)

(Diane) Bibliophile By the Sea said...

This one is on my wish list as well Jill; it sounds like a winner.

Sagacity Quest said...

I haven't heard about it but like Mimi said, it sounds like it's sweet and touching story! Also pretty cover!

The Book Sisterhood said...

Underside joy looks good sounds great as well! i picked fever by lauren de stefano http://thebooksisterhood.blogspot.com/

Aeicha @ Word Spelunking said...

This sounds like a really emotional book. The synopsis definitely has me intrigued!
Thanks for sharing.

Forever a book Fanatic said...

I can't wait to post my first waiting for Wednesday!

Creations by Laurel-Rain Snow said...

Oh, another good one, Jill! Thanks for sharing....

Books4Juliet said...

Seems like an interesting read. I love the title and the cover!

bermudaonion said...

I love explorations of relationships! This sounds good to me!

apple blossom said...

thanks for the linky your book that you are waiting on sounds good

Becca said...

Wow, that book sounds really intriguing. I like that they said it was more complex than it seemed. It definitely sounds like I'll cry if I read it.

melissa said...

Thanks for the intro sounds like one to look out for :)

Shari said...

This sounds potentially heartbreaking. It's not what I usually read but I think I might add it to my tbr anyway.

Anna said...

This sounds like a pretty interesting read. The cover is definitely really nice :)

Amy said...

This book sounds interesting!

Peggy said...

I haven't heard of this one, but it looks good! Nice pick.

Crystal said...

You always manage to come up with the most amazing books for WoW! This one is definitely going on my list, though it sounds like a tough read in a heart-rending way. I like those type of books though. Thanks for sharing.

ashelynn hetland said...

what a gorgeous cover. great pick!

Maria said...

The Underside of Joy sounds interesting and is probably going to be a tearjerker....thanks for highlighting it.

Lydia said...

This looks like an amazing book!

Susan said...

Beautiful choice. Sounds like a tear-jerker for us moms!

Tribute Books Mama said...

This sounds captivating.

http://tributebooksmama.blogspot.com/2011/09/waiting-on-wednesday_21.html

Kristen said...

This sounds like a really interesting book! Great pick!

nomadreader said...

I'm eagerly awaiting this one too!

Anki said...

Intersting :)....love the cover of the book!

Tampa BookWorm said...

Wow that sounds like a tear-jerker!

TG said...

I like the sound of this. I tend to enjoy those 'secret person you thought you'd never see again turns up' stories.

Maya said...

Wow, love the cover! I'll have to keep an eye out for that book. :)

Ruby said...

A wonderful cover! It sounds like a very good book and it's definitely going on my list.

Ren said...

I've never heard of this one. It's sounds like an emotional read. The cover is really pretty, though.

Rina said...

I love intricate family-relationship stories. Your WoW sounds exciting.

Mine has no families, as far as I know - at least the protagonist doesn't have one.

http://justbookingaround.blogspot.com/2011/09/waiting-on-wednesday-liars-moon-by.html

SexxyBlogger said...

Jill I'm going have to try one of these books you're always posting...the covers are amazing!

Rockee said...

The cover is indeed beautiful. The premise seems promising as well. Lovely choice!

Becky said...

The cover is so beautiful! It sounds very emotional.

Amy said...

Great pick! I haven't heard of this one yet, but it's totally being added to my TBR list. Thank you for sharing! :)

Jenna and Ashley said...

The Underside of Joy sounds really deep, like it will leave readers with an untapped emotional connection. Great pick.
-Jenna @ Fans of Fiction

Emma said...

sound interesting

Jaiden said...

like alot of them have said..pretty cover! :)

Julianna Helms said...

The cover of THE UNDERSIDE OF JOY is definitely eye-catching. Waiting On Wednesday is such an amazing meme!

Here's my WoW: http://thereviewsnews.blogspot.com/2011/09/waiting-on-wednesday_21.html

Paige said...

I left a link!!! love the WOW!!

Jennifer_After_Dark said...

Its been awhile, and Im sorry Im so late this evening but I did get my post up thanks,,

lsl_scrapper said...

That is such a pretty cover and the story sounds good. I'm adding it to my TBR!

Amy N said...

The story sounds wonderful! The cover art is beautiful and I love the title of the book.

celine.olivia said...

The books sounds great! And thank you so much for stopping by my blog! I can't wait for wednesday to come and actually post a waiting on wednesday again!

Celine
http://forget8me8not.blogspot.com

Cristina said...

Wow. This sounds like a really emotional read. I am putting it on my wishlist.

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