“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted over at Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that are being eagerly anticipated.

Esperanza by Trish J. MacGregor
Goodreads – UF – September 14th 2010 by Tor Books

Tess Livingston met Ian Ritter at a roadside stop high in the Andes, waiting for a bus to the mysterious town of Esperanza. Tess is an FBI agent who remembers being on the track of a group of international counterfeiters. But she doesn’t remember booking a trip to Esperanza. Ian is a journalist who was planning to vacation to the Galapagos Islands. He, too, isn’t quite sure why he has a ticket to Esperanza.
Their meeting will change their lives forever. For they have been brought together because they hold the key in a mystical war between the kind spirits of the dead who guard humanity, and the hungry ghosts who exist only to possess living human bodies, and return however briefly to life. In the midst of this war, Tess and Ian will find a love that can transcend time, and a cause that not even death will overcome.

First off, this book is set in South America.  Honestly, how awesome is that?  Ian was on his way to the Galapagos – and being the Darwin/nature lover I am, that just makes me squee giddily.  Secondly, there’s the prospect of a mystical war-of-doom.  And finally, there is a dash of romance.  This book should be brilliant.

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