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A Reader of Fictions: Waiting on Wednesday (33): Thorn Abbey

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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Waiting on Wednesday (33): Thorn Abbey

Waiting on Wednesday is hosted by Breaking the Spine.

Okay, so this book definitely sounds exactly the same as New Girl by Paige Harbison, but it can't be right? Basically, this is a retelling of Rebecca by Daphne DuMaurier, which I really need to read before I read before I read another retelling of it. Anyway, retellings = automatic want. Plus, I liked New Girl a lot, so bring on another one! (Note: I'm really assuming this will be different. If it's exactly the same, I'm going to be ranty, but there's only one way to know.)

Thorn Abbey

Author: Nancy Ohlin
Expected Publication Date: May 7, 2013
Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis from Goodreads:
Gone but not forgotten ...

Becca was the perfect girlfriend: smart, gorgeous, and loved by everyone at New England’s premier boarding school, Thorn Abbey.

But Becca’s dead. And her boyfriend, Max, can’t get over his loss.

Then Tess transfers to Thorn Abbey. She’s shy and insecure—everything that Becca wasn’t. And despite her roommate’s warnings, she falls for brooding Max.

Now Max finally has a reason to move on. Except, it won’t be easy. Becca may be gone, but she’s not quite ready to let him go….



Blogger Bookworm1858 said...

This title makes me think of Downton Abbey but it looks like we actually have a boarding school so that's at least as exciting as historical!

November 14, 2012 at 1:29 AM  
Blogger Giselle said...

You liked New Girl? You actually liked a book? Teehee. I really should read Rebecca. I thought New Girl was good but I think I'd really love the original. I like this cover! Looks like a historical though for some reason.

November 14, 2012 at 7:41 AM  
Blogger Stephanie Sinclair said...

I haven't read Rebecca or New Girl, but this sounds really interesting and sad. It sounds like it will have a sad ending. I love retellings too, especially fairy tails!

November 14, 2012 at 8:50 AM  
Blogger Nori said...

It does sound a lot like New Girl...And I think you would totally love the original (which is so much better than New Girl). And this cover has beat the other remake, hands down.

November 14, 2012 at 8:51 AM  
Blogger Jenni @ Alluring Reads said...

I haven't heard of New Girl or Rebecca O.o I like the way this one sounds too and I know that you are a big fan of retellings so I hope this one is all that you hope and more!

November 14, 2012 at 9:37 AM  
Blogger Audra said...

Blogger ate my original comment, which was full of bossy all caps about reading Rebecca. I'm refrain from replicating all the yelling, but I must say: Read.Rebecca.Now! Seriously. SO GOOD. (Okay, so I lied abt refraining myself.)

November 14, 2012 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Alison Can Read said...

I'm way excited for this. I love the cover. And I'm a sucker for boarding schools.

November 14, 2012 at 1:36 PM  
Blogger Kat Balcombe said...

I liked New Girl too - and I also have not read Rebecca *hides from other commenters throwing rotten tomatoes*, so I'm definitely going to have to check this one out. Like the cover too!

November 14, 2012 at 3:53 PM  
Blogger Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

This sounds interesting, Hope you get to read it soon!
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

November 14, 2012 at 4:13 PM  
Blogger kimbacaffeinate said...

This sounds good and I do like a re-telling. Hehehe is Giselle picking on you? My WoW

November 14, 2012 at 4:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah(Sarahandherbookshelves) said...

Great Pick :) The cover looks mysterious! Ill be excited to hear your thoughts when you do read this.

November 14, 2012 at 5:15 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Let's be honest: what doesn't make me think of Downton Abbey?

November 15, 2012 at 10:51 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

I know, right?? I expect to love Rebecca as well!

November 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Fairy tails. *snorts* Ahem, yeah fairy tales are the best ones! Especially A Long, Long Sleep and Cinder.

November 15, 2012 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


November 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

We will make this happen.

Also, BAD blogger.

November 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM  
Blogger Christina said...


November 15, 2012 at 10:54 AM  
Anonymous Nancy Ohlin said...

I'm the author of THORN ABBEY. First of all, thank you for the "Waiting on Wednesday" write-up! REBECCA is probably my #1 favorite book ever, and I've read it about twelve times. The Alfred Hitchcock movie is amazing, too, although he changed some stuff from the book. I tried to make THORN ABBEY a contemporary/paranormal/super-romantic retelling of the original. Hope you guys like it. (p.s. Definitely read REBECCA! It's incredible!)

November 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM  
Blogger Christina said...

Awww, thanks so much for stopping by, Nancy! I feel that way about Pride & Prejudice, which I've read about that many times, but I couldn't rewrite because that's been done to death. :(

I do plan to read Rebecca. Audra of Unabridged Chick is going to hold me to it!

November 15, 2012 at 11:51 AM  
Anonymous Nancy Ohlin said...

Pride & Prejudice :))))) I wanted to do a retelling of Wuthering Heights, too, but that's been done a lot also. Of course, it's kind of cool to read multiple retellings of a classic, kind of like seeing different movie versions of a book. There is a Great Gatsby retelling coming out in the future which I'm looking forward to!

November 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Good call. There's always space for another retelling if it can manage to do something unique I think, which is why I'm excited for Thorn Abbey, even though, based solely on the blurb, it sounds a lot like New Girl. I think there's plenty of room for you to take the basic premise and do something all your own. :)

Oooh, a Gatsby retelling! Interesting!

November 15, 2012 at 1:19 PM  
Anonymous Nancy Ohlin said...

Totally agree! I haven't read New Girl but from peeking at pages on Amazon just now it seems like a very different read from Thorn Abbey. I'll definitely pick it up, though. I'm always interested in what other Rebecca fans have to say. :)

I know ... a Gatsby retelling plus the new Gatsby movie coming out! The original Gatsby is another one of my favorite books. I used to run around pretentiously quoting the last line of the book and annoying everyone. :)

November 15, 2012 at 2:46 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

Ooh, good news! It definitely makes sense not read it until after you're completely done with your own. :-p

That sounds awesome. I really want to reread Gatsby. I liked it but didn't love it in high school, but I read some of his short stories this year and they were awesome, so I think I would appreciate it more now.

November 19, 2012 at 11:54 AM  

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