Nov 22 2017

Can’t Wait Wednesday #18 Impossible Saints: A Novel by Clarissa Harwood

Posted by Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession in Can't-Wait Wednesday / 35 Comments

Can’t-Wait Wednesday is a weekly meme hosted here, at Wishful Endings, to spotlight and discuss the books we’re excited about that we have yet to read. Generally they’re books that have yet to be released. It’s based on Waiting on Wednesday, hosted by the fabulous Jill at Breaking the Spine. If you’re continuing with WOW, feel free to link those up as well!


I’ve been on this historical kick lately, so when I read the blurb on this one, I knew it would be on that I would definitely have to read. And the wait isn’t all that long now either, so that’s good too.

What are you waiting on this week?



Impossible Saints
By: Clarissa Harwood
Expected Publication: January 2nd 2018
Published: Pegasus Books
Genre: Adult, Historical, Romance, Feminism
Format: 304
Pages: Kindle
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Set in England in 1907, Impossible Saints is a novel that burns as brightly as the suffrage movement it depicts, with the emotional resonance of Tracy Chevalier and Jennifer Robson.

Escaping the constraints of life as a village schoolmistress, Lilia Brooke bursts into London and into Paul Harris’s orderly life, shattering his belief that women are gentle creatures who need protection. Lilia wants to change women’s lives by advocating for the vote, free unions, and contraception. Paul, an Anglican priest, has a big ambition of his own: to become the youngest dean of St. John’s Cathedral. Lilia doesn’t believe in God, but she’s attracted to Paul’s intellect, ethics, and dazzling smile.

As Lilia finds her calling in the militant Women’s Social and Political Union, Paul is increasingly driven to rise in the church. They can’t deny their attraction, but they know they don’t belong in each other’s worlds. Lilia would rather destroy property and serve time in prison than see her spirit destroyed and imprisoned by marriage to a clergyman, while Paul wants nothing more than to settle down and keep Lilia out of harm’s way. Paul and Lilia must reach their breaking points before they can decide whether their love is worth fighting for.




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35 Responses to “Can’t Wait Wednesday #18 Impossible Saints: A Novel by Clarissa Harwood”

  1. Lauren

    Hadn’t heard of this one before, but I’m definitely intrigued now! Lilia sounds like she’ll be an amazing main character, and I’m interested to see how the author incorporates the suffrage movement into it. Great pick, Jenea!

  2. sjhigbee

    This one sounds a bit different from the general run of historical romances – my impulse is to howl to Lilia as loudly as I can, ‘This won’t end well – RUN AWAY!’ But I’m genuinely intrigued. I hope you enjoy this one Jenea and many thanks for popping by:)

  3. Geybie's Book Blog

    Sound so good. I hope you’ll love it. I’m waiting for the new E.L. James book releasing next week. So curious about Christian Grey’s POV. Plus I want to see if I enjoy it as much as I did the actual series. 😁

  4. verushka

    This sounds utterly fantastic! Paul and Lilia sound like complicated, headstrong characters, who hold fast to their very differing views even though they love each other — it seems like such a situation where the ending can’t be good, so I am looking forward to your review when you get it!

  5. Maria Behar

    What an incredibly AWESOME pick you have this week, Jenea!! WOWZA!!!! I MUST read this!! I LOVE the contrast between the characters, especially because they mirror my inner conflict between my feminist convictions, and adherence to organized religion. I can almost see the sparks between Lilia and Paul flying now!! Lol. Thanks SO much for featuring this book!!!! Adding it to my Goodreads shelves RIGHT NOW!!

    Thanks for commenting on my own CWW post, and sorry for the late comment back…. HUGS!! <3 <3 <3 🙂 🙂 🙂

    • Jenea @ Jenea's Book Obsession

      I just started reading historical fiction, so I am still kinda picky. But when I came across this one, it sounded so good. And it is something I really don’t know a lot about. Plus Lila and Paul sound like they will be great!

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