Wednesday, August 31, 2022

Can't-Wait Wednesday: Leech by Hiron Ennes & The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell

Can't-Wait is a weekly meme hosted by Wishful Endings that spotlights exciting upcoming releases that we can't wait to be released! This meme is based off of Jill @ Breaking the Spine's Waiting on Wednesday meme.
This week's upcoming book spotlights are: 
LeechLeech by Hiron Ennes
Publication: September 27th, 2022
Hardcover. 336 pages.

Pre-order: Amazon |

From Goodreads:

In an isolated chateau, as far north as north goes, the baron’s doctor has died. The doctor’s replacement has a mystery to solve: discovering how the Institute lost track of one of its many bodies. 

For hundreds of years the Interprovincial Medical Institute has grown by taking root in young minds and shaping them into doctors, replacing every human practitioner of medicine. The Institute is here to help humanity, to cure and to cut, to cradle and protect the species from the apocalyptic horrors their ancestors unleashed. 

In the frozen north, the Institute's body will discover a competitor for its rung at the top of the evolutionary ladder. A parasite is spreading through the baron's castle, already a dark pit of secrets, lies, violence, and fear. The two will make war on the battlefield of the body. Whichever wins, humanity will lose again."
This sounds intense and a little weird and I'm 100% here for it. 


The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O'Farrell
Publication: September 6th, 2022
Knopf Publishing
Hardcover. 448 pages.

Amazon |

From Goodreads:
"Florence, the 1550s. Lucrezia, third daughter of the grand duke, is comfortable with her obscure place in the palazzo: free to wonder at its treasures, observe its clandestine workings, and to devote herself to her own artistic pursuits. But when her older sister dies on the eve of her wedding to the ruler of Ferrara, Moderna and Regio, Lucrezia is thrust unwittingly into the limelight: the duke is quick to request her hand in marriage, and her father just as quick to accept on her behalf. 

Having barely left girlhood behind, Lucrezia must now make her way in a troubled court whose customs are opaque and where her arrival is not universally welcomed. Perhaps most mystifying of all is her new husband himself, Alfonso. Is he the playful sophisticate he appeared to be before their wedding, the aesthete happiest in the company of artists and musicians, or the ruthless politician before whom even his formidable sisters seem to tremble? 

As Lucrezia sits in constricting finery for a painting intended to preserve her image for centuries to come, one thing becomes worryingly clear. In the court’s eyes, she has one duty: to provide the heir who will shore up the future of the Ferranese dynasty. Until then, for all of her rank and nobility, the new duchess’s future hangs entirely in the balance."
I have been needing some incredible new historical fiction and I have pretty strong reason to believe that this upcoming release from Maggie O'Farrell will fit that criteria!

What do you think about these upcoming releases? What are your anticipated upcoming releases?


  1. I love historical fiction, so thank you for putting The Marriage Portrait on my radar!

  2. I can't wait to read Leech, it does sound weird! And I have never heard of The Marriage Portrait, but now I need it , lol. Thanks for sharing:-)

  3. Leech does sound pretty eerie, I'm looking forward to that one too! :)