Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine. It’s a feature where we show off one of our most anticipated reads of the year. Where we tend to add more books to your never-ending TBR.
madalyn’s waiting on…
Set in a near-future world where the British Empire never fell and the United States never rose, That Inevitable Victorian Thing is a novel of love, duty, and the small moments that can change people and the world.
Victoria-Margaret is the crown princess of the empire, a direct descendent of Victoria I, the queen who changed the course of history two centuries earlier. The imperial practice of genetically arranged matchmaking will soon guide Margaret into a politically advantageous marriage like her mother before her, but before she does her duty, she'll have one summer incognito in a far corner of empire. In Toronto, she meets Helena Marcus, daughter of one of the empire's greatest placement geneticists, and August Callaghan, the heir apparent to a powerful shipping firm currently besieged by American pirates. In a summer of high-society debutante balls, politically charged tea parties, and romantic country dances, Margaret, Helena, and August discover they share an unusual bond and maybe a one in a million chance to have what they want and to change the world in the process —just like the first Queen Victoria.
why i’m waiting
Okay, does this premise not sound incredible?! I’m not normally a fan of novels set in the future, but this one sounds too good to pass up. Victorian-era vibes, an alternate history, royals, and a plot that seems like it’ll focus heavily on friendship? Sign me up. I’ve never read a book by E. K. Johnston, but I’ve heard fantastic things about Exit, Pursued by a Bear, so I’m hoping That Inevitable Victorian Thing (also, what a cool, original title) will be just as excellent!
Are you as excited for this one as I am? What book are you waiting on this week?