is a weekly event that was originally hosted by Jill at Breaking the Spine. This meme is a place that spotlights upcoming releases that we´re eagerly anticipating with pure joy. There are a lot of new books coming out each year and some of them catch my attention and will get a spotlight in my Waiting on Wednesday post. While some of them will finally end up here at my place, others won´t. I am joining Tressa at Wishful Endings and her meme Can´t-Wait Wednesday.

A couple of days ago I went through the new autumn program of a German publisher I like to work with very much. And this cover caught my eye in an instant. Not sure why it took me a while to ask for it, but now the request is placed, and I hope that it will arrive in a few months. To read about the woman who achieved a milestone in the medical field and to see how that was done, sounds very promising to me. And the fact, that I like the cover is also a point to want to read this novel. I show you in this post the English and German covers. Although you will notice, that they look the same, except for the title.

Die Formel Der Hoffnung
Author Lynn Cullen
Original Title The Woman With The Cure
Publishing Date September 27, 2023
Publisher Fischer
Format Hardcover

In 1940s and ’50s America, polio is as dreaded as the atomic bomb. No one’s life is untouched by this disease that kills or paralyzes its victims, particularly children. Outbreaks of the virus across the country regularly put American cities in lockdown. Some of the world’s best minds are engaged in the race to find a vaccine. The man who succeeds will be a god. But Dorothy Horstmann is not focused on beating her colleagues to the vaccine. She just wants the world to have a cure. Applying the same determination that lifted her from a humble background as the daughter of immigrants, to becoming a doctor - often the only woman in the room - she hunts down the monster where it lurks: in the blood. This discovery of hers, and an error by a competitor, catapults her closest colleague to a lead in the race. When his chance to win comes on a worldwide scale, she is asked to sink or validate his vaccine - and to decide what is forgivable, and how much should be sacrificed, in pursuit of the cure.

The English edition was published on February 21, 2023, by Berkley.

And what are you waiting for? Let me know your thoughts about this one or leave me the link to your WoW and I check it out.

Happy reading & waiting on



  1. Oooh! This looks interesting! Great pick!

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  2. It sounds as if this was a critical moment... And after the pandemic, I think we're now all more mindful of previous victories against lethal viruses that have saved so many lives. Thank you for sharing this one:).

    1. I agree. After the pandemic I see many things with different eyes.


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