Happy Wednesday everyone! I’m so excited to be doing a couple of these Waiting on Wednesdays this month 😀 Without further ado…


Title: The Assassin’s Guide to Love and Treason

Author: Virginia Boecker

Genre: Historical Fiction

Release Date: October 23rd from Little Brown

Goodreads Synopsis: When Lady Katherine’s father is killed for being an illegally practicing Catholic, she discovers treason wasn’t the only secret he’s been hiding: he was also involved in a murder plot against the reigning Queen Elizabeth I. With nothing left to lose, Katherine disguises herself as a boy and travels to London to fulfill her father’s mission, and to take it one step further–kill the queen herself.

Katherine’s opportunity comes in the form of William Shakespeare’s newest play, which is to be performed in front of Her Majesty. But what she doesn’t know is that the play is not just a play–it’s a plot to root out insurrectionists and destroy the rebellion once and for all.

The mastermind behind this ruse is Toby Ellis, a young spy for the queen with secrets of his own. When Toby and Katherine are cast opposite each other as the play’s leads, they find themselves inexplicably drawn to one another. But the closer they grow, the more precarious their positions become. And soon they learn that star-crossed love, mistaken identity, and betrayal are far more dangerous off the stage than on.

Doesn’t this sound amazing or what? I had seen this title a couple times on Twitter but when I finally looked at the synopsis, I immediately jumped on the hype train. This is set during one of my favorite time periods, next to WWI and the French Revolution. I have always found the war between Catholics and Protestants, along with reign of Queen Elizabeth I to be so intriguing and a unique point in time. I also love that these two characters are going to be in a Shakespeare play!

I’m also someone whose quickly loving the “enemies to lovers” tropes in recent years and I think this book could be witty, creative and maybe swoon worthy? I’m not one to say that, but I have high hopes for this book. Can it be October yet?

Are you excited for this book? What’s your favorite historical period?