Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Waiting on Wednesday #198: A Pho Love Story by Loan Le and Amelia Unabridged by Ashley Schumacher

 Hello everyone! "Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, that is hosted by Breaking the Spine and the purpose of this event is that we spotlight upcoming releases of books that we are excited for!  This will also tie into Wishful Ending's Can't Wait Wednesday post!

This week's pre-publication "can't-wait-to-read" selections are:


A Pho Love Story

By: Loan Le

Expected Publication Date: February 9th, 2021

Buy on:   Amazon

When Dimple Met Rishi meets Ugly Delicious in this funny, smart romantic comedy, in which two Vietnamese-American teens fall in love and must navigate their newfound relationship amid their families’ age-old feud about their competing, neighboring restaurants.

If Bao Nguyen had to describe himself, he’d say he was a rock. Steady and strong, but not particularly interesting. His grades are average, his social status unremarkable. He works at his parents’ pho restaurant, and even there, he is his parents’ fifth favorite employee. Not ideal.

If Linh Mai had to describe herself, she’d say she was a firecracker. Stable when unlit, but full of potential for joy and spark and fire. She loves art and dreams pursuing a career in it. The only problem? Her parents rely on her in ways they’re not willing to admit, including working practically full-time at her family’s pho restaurant.

For years, the Mais and the Nguyens have been at odds, having owned competing, neighboring phở restaurants. Bao and Linh, who’ve avoided each other for most of their lives, both suspect that the feud stems from feelings much deeper than friendly competition.

But then a chance encounter brings Linh and Bao together despite their best efforts and sparks fly, leading them both to wonder what took so long for them to connect. But then, of course, they immediately remember.

Can Linh and Bao find love in the midst of feuding families and complicated histories?

It's great that there's more Asian romance literature being released, so I'm definitely giving this book a shot!

Amelia Unabridged

By: Ashley Schumacher

Expected Publication Date: February 16th, 2021

Buy on:  Amazon

Sparks fly between two teens as they grapple with grief, love, and the future in this unforgettable debut novel sure to entice fans of Jandy Nelson and Jennifer E. Smith

Eighteen-year-old Amelia Griffin is obsessed with the famous Orman Chronicles, written by the young and reclusive prodigy N. E. Endsley. They’re the books that brought her and her best friend Jenna together after Amelia’s father left and her family imploded. So when Amelia and Jenna get the opportunity to attend a book festival with Endsley in attendance, Amelia is ecstatic. It’s the perfect way to start off their last summer before college.

In a heartbeat, everything goes horribly wrong. When Jenna gets a chance to meet the author and Amelia doesn’t, the two have a blowout fight like they’ve never experienced. And before Amelia has a chance to mend things, Jenna is killed in a freak car accident. Grief-stricken, and without her best friend to guide her, Amelia questions everything she had planned for the future.

When a mysterious, rare edition of the Orman Chronicles arrives, Amelia is convinced that it somehow came from Jenna. Tracking the book to an obscure but enchanting bookstore in Michigan, Amelia is shocked to find herself face-to-face with the enigmatic and handsome N. E. Endsley himself, the reason for Amelia’s and Jenna’s fight and perhaps the clue to what Jenna wanted to tell her all along.

Ashley Schumacher's devastating and beautiful debut, Amelia Unabridged, is about finding hope and strength within yourself, and maybe, just maybe, falling in love while you do it.

Oooh!  It's rare that I read a young adult book that's all about losing your friend and discovering your favorite author all at once!  Definitely looking forward to this book!

So, what upcoming books are you looking forward to?  Please respond below!





  1. These both sound good! I've already read some good reviews of A Pho Love Story:-)

  2. A Pho Love Story sounds awesome! I've gotta add it to my wishlist. Thanks for sharing! :)

  3. I've seen these two a lot this week. Hope you love them both!

  4. Amelia Unabridged sounds like one emotional rollercoaster with lots of ups and downs. I may have to give that one a try. I am looking forward to A Pho Love Story too!

  5. Ooh nice picks! Those are new to me ones! Hope you enjoy them both!

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  6. I love the look of that first one especially haha!

  7. I'm excited for both of these books. I hope you enjoy them!

  8. I just started A Pho Love Story today and am really enjoying it so far.

  9. A Pho Love Story is super popular this week, but both are good picks. I hope you love them!

    Tressa @ Wishful Endings

  10. I love the sound of A Pho Love Story. The competing business angle is really fun!

  11. Oh I like the sound of Amelia unabridged! Will definitely have to check that one out!

  12. A Pho Love Story sounds good! Amelia Unabridged is on my TBR too

  13. These both sound good. I'll have to add them to my TBR. Hope you enjoy them!