Waiting on Wednesday: The Half Brother by Holly LeCraw

Waiting on Wednesday meme

Waiting on Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine where we spotlight upcoming releases that we are anticipating.

FictionHalf Brother, Holly LeCraw
Release Date: February 17, 2015
Publisher: Doubleday
288 Pages
Affiliate Link: Pre-Order from Amazon

I’m always a sucker for novels set in elite boarding schools – I have no idea why!




Plot Summary from Amazon
A passionate, provocative story of complex family bonds and the search for identity set within the ivy-covered walls of a New England boarding school.

When Charlie Garrett arrives as a young teacher at the shabby-yet-genteel Abbott School, he finds a world steeped in privilege and tradition. Fresh out of college and barely older than the students he teaches, Charlie longs to leave his complicated southern childhood behind and find his place in the rarefied world of Abbottsford. Before long he is drawn to May Bankhead, the daughter of the legendary school chaplain; but when he discovers he cannot be with her, he forces himself to break her heart, and she leaves Abbott—he believes forever. He hunkers down in his house in the foothills of Massachusetts, thinking his sacrifice has contained the damage and controlled their fates.
     But nearly a decade later, his peace is shattered when his golden-boy half brother, Nick, comes to Abbott to teach—and May returns as a teacher as well. Students and teachers alike are drawn by Nick’s magnetism, and even May falls under his spell. When Charlie pushes his brother and his first love together, with what he believes are the best of intentions, a love triangle ensues that is haunted by desire, regret, and a long-buried mystery.

What book are you waiting for?

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  1. It’s been a long while since I’ve read a good boarding school tale. I’ve always liked those too…I wonder why? Maybe because it seems so exotic compared to my public school upbringing?

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I have no idea why I’m drawn to them either! I think maybe Gossip Girl started it all? That wasn’t a boarding school, but a lot of crazy stuff goes on in elite high schools! Makes for good viewing/reading.

      Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  2. Looks good! I will add it to my list.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  3. Carmen wrote:

    It has a great premise.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  4. christine danielle wrote:

    This looks like an interesting book to read, I guess I should add it to my to-be-read list then. Great choice by the way.
    My Waiting On Wednesday!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  5. Kay wrote:

    What is it about books set in a school environment? Always ones that I want to check out. Thanks for sharing this one!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  6. Harvee wrote:

    This does have an involved plot. I want to know what happens!

    Book Dilettante

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  7. I love that you have identified and acknowledge your penchant for boarding school novels, Sarah! 🙂 Mona Lisa Smile is one of my all-time favorite movies. This sounds like it could be a really great pick; can’t wait to see what you think!

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  8. Jennine G. wrote:

    Boarding school stories always feel like any crazy thing can happen. Maybe it’s the “freedom” aspect. Things you couldn’t think of or do in a regular school setting.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  9. I can never resist a boarding school book . . . when they’re good, they’re wonderful, and when they’re bad, they’re awful. I read this one a couple of months ago and cannot wait to be able to talk about it — I thought it was very well done. Sort of a coming of age story about a young teacher, with a twist. Reminded me a bit of The Headmaster’s Wife.

    Posted 1.21.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      I’m so glad to hear you liked it! I saw some mixed reviews on Goodreads, so was a little nervous even though the premise sounds fantastic! I hope I like it 🙂

      Posted 1.21.15 Reply
  10. Anita wrote:

    I love a boarding school book. This one is on my radar. I will not request, I will not purchase, I will wait until I have time to read, the books are not going away. I hope you enjoy!

    Posted 1.22.15 Reply
    • admin wrote:

      Haha! I commend you for your efforts! Good luck with that – I always seem to fail in this respect 🙂

      Posted 1.22.15 Reply
  11. oooh, boarding school. Looks interesting!

    Posted 1.22.15 Reply

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