The Stolen One by Suzanne Crowley
Kat's true identity is a secret, even from her. All she has ever known are Grace and Anna and their small village. Kat wants more - more than hours spent embroidering finery for wealthy ladies and more than Christian, the gentle young farmer courting her.
But there are wolves outside, Grace warns. Waiting, with their eyes glowing in the dark... and Grace has given Kat safety and a home when no one else would.
Then a stranger appears in their cottage, bringing the mystery of Kat's birth with her. In one night, Kat's destiny finds her: She will leave. She will journey to London, and her skill with the needle will attract the notice of the magnificant Queen Elizabeth - and of the wolves of the court. She will discover what Grace would never tell her.
Everything will unravel.
After reading the excerpt that is on Suzanne Crowley's website, the book The Minister's Daughter by Julie Hearn came to mind. Same lilting folksy speech, same mysterious and slightly sinister setting... and it's set in an Elizabethan world! Seems like it can be as good as Julie Hearn or Shannon Hale. I approve and I await.
The Stolen One will be released by Greenwillow Books, a division of HarperCollins Publishers, on July 6, 2009.
Aaaand I'm also waiting to get my own copy of City of Glass for my hardcover collection of Cassandra Clare's Mortal Instruments trilogy. It came out yesterday, March 24th. I can't wait. Vania from ReverieMedia has been raving about it on Twitter, like, ALL day yesterday and now I'm dying, especially after her drool-worthy City of Glass teaser that she posted. (Seriously, go check it out and hyperventilate yourself!) (And the other thing that's shocking about that statement is that, yes, I've joined Twitter in a fit of procrastination yesterday. Oh dear...) Anyway, who knows? Maybe it'll happen today. I do have several Borders coupons, after all...