Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well! Find out more here. This week, I’m waiting for ….

Ladies of the Lake by Cathy Gohlke

Expected Publication July 11th 2023 by Tyndale House Publishers

The beloved author ofSaving Amelie andNight Bird Calling returns with a transformative new historical novel about the wonder and complexities of friendship, love, and belonging, perfect for fans of L. M. Montgomery, Louisa May Alcott, and Lauren Willig’sBand of Sisters.

When she is forced to leave her beloved Prince Edward Island to attend Lakeside Ladies Academy after the death of her parents, the last thing Adelaide Rose MacNeill expects to find is three kindred spirits. The “Ladies of the Lake,” as the four girls call themselves, quickly bond like sisters, vowing that wherever life takes them, they will always be there for each other. But that is before Before love and jealousy come between Adelaide and Dorothy, the closest of the friends. Before the dawn of World War I upends their world and casts baseless suspicion onto the German American man they both love. Before a terrible explosion in Halifax Harbor rips the sisterhood irrevocably apart.

Seventeen years later, Rosaline Murray receives an unsuspecting telephone call from Dorothy, now headmistress of Lakeside, inviting her to attend the graduation of a new generation of girls, including Rosaline’s beloved daughter. With that call, Rosaline is drawn into a past she’d determined to put behind her. To memories of a man she once loved . . . of a sisterhood she abandoned . . . and of the day she stopped being Adelaide MacNeill.

Why Do I Want To Read This One: I have enjoyed other books by Cathy Gohlke and will read other books she writes. Parts of this book are set in Canada and that always appeals to me. My daughter moved to Nova Scotia in late 2022 and we toured the Halifax museum about the Titanic so that also interests me. As well, I have not read a lot of books set during or around WWI, so there are a lot of reasons that this book caught my attention.

What to you think? Does this book interest you?