I tend to read a lot of historical romance and women’s fiction, and my list reflects that.
I discovered a new author in Kara Isaac, who wrote two books this year. Her début novel, Close to You, is about an English major who gives tours of the Tolkien movies filmed in New Zealand. Along the way, she becomes intrigued by an American guy traveling with is uncle who thinks his nephew knows all about the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit books. Our heroine catches him out. This was a very entertaining story.
A Study in Scarlet Women by Sherry Thomas surprised me and left me wanting the next book immediately. Ms. Thomas definitely has a way with characters and plots and knowing about Sherlock Holmes and Watson from the TV show made the book even more fun to read.
Match Me If You Can by Michele Gorman revolves around a dating site where employees try to find the best possible new match for couples who are breaking up. There are three main characters who are single or married or looking and one is taking care of her Down Syndrome sister, who is a fantastic character.
Kelly Bowen’s Duke of My Heart is the first of her Season for Scandal series. The feisty heroine, Ivory Moore is awesome. I’m very much looking forward to the new book coming next year.
The Little Shop of Happy Ever After (known as The Bookshop on the Corner in the US) by Jenny Colgan made me smile a lot because it was all about books and those who love to read and want others to learn to love books as much as the heroine Nina does.
Simone St. James continues to write spooky historical fiction and this year’s release, Lost Among the Living, was gothic-y and intriguing.
Taylor Jenkins Reid always has an interesting concept for her stories. In One True Loves, the heroine loses her husband in a helicopter accident and remarries. Years later, her first husband returns after being lost for so many years. Good stuff.
A funny read was Anna Bell’s The Bucket List to Mend a Broken Heart. Our heroine finds her ex’s bucket list and thinks if she accomplishes everything, she can win him back. But some of the items on the list are way out of her comfort zone.
Kristi Ann Hunter’s An Elegant Façade deals with a Georgina Hawthorne, a young woman who must marry because she has a dark secret. This book is the sequel to Ms. Hunter’s A Noble Masquerade, which won a RITA award.
The Name I Call Myself by Beth Moran is an inspiring story about a young woman who thinks she has met the man of her dreams and once they are married she will able to take care of her emotionally damaged brother. But along the way, she joins a choir and learns a lot more about herself and how to deal with her past life going forward.