Full disclosure – 2019 was a fairly light reading year for me. My TBR pile is still overflowing! When making this list,  I didn’t refer to anything but my memory – which books were the most memorable. After all, that is probably the best criteria for making a “best of” list. So…here goes:


Death and the Harlot and The Corpse Played Dead by Georgina Clarke

These are the first two books in the Lizzie Hardwicke series. Ms. Clarke is a new author and she launched a great series this year. Historical mystery with an undercurrent of romance is my current favorite book type and the Lizzie Hardwicke books were exactly what I was looking for this year. I honestly have no idea how Ms. Clarke will get Lizzie and her hero together but I can’t wait to see it all unfold as Lizzie continues to cleverly solve mysteries in Georgian England. This is a great series for anyone who loves mystery and romance but not much gore.

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The Art of Theft by Sherry Thomas

Ms. Thomas is an auto-buy for me – mystery, romance, YA – doesn’t matter, she always delivers. I have loved every book in this series and The Art of Theft is no exception. Charlotte Holmes is a brilliant character and Ms. Thomas writes her inner musings so beautifully.

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A Dangerous Collaboration by Deanna Raybourn

I have adored Veronica and Stoker from the first few chapters of this series and A Dangerous Collaboration takes their relationship to the next level. I was not thrilled with some of Veronica’s choices in this latest book, but it was an engrossing read and I can’t wait to see what happens next!

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Angel in a Devil’s Arms by Julie Anne Long. IMHO this is a perfect historical romance – the hero and heroine are delightful in every way, the setting is fun, the supporting characters all have interesting parts to play and they all add to the narrative, and the dialogue is superb. Best of all, the writing is top notch. If you are an HR fan and haven’t picked this series up, give yourself an early present and order the first two books today!

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A Wife Worth Investing In by Marguerite Kaye

Ms. Kaye writes beautiful stories and this one moved me. Her hero is struggling with PTSD and the way she crafts the tale around his internal battles is masterful. It’s a lovely romance but a heavy tale, so may not be not everyone’s cup of tea but I really loved it.

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The Bookish Life of Nina Hill by Abbi Waxman

Nina Hill is such a delightful character and I found myself laughing out loud while reading her exploits. It is cleverly written with a sweet romance and the bookish quotes are awesome. I would love to hang out with Nina.

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Red, White and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston

While the premise and some of the scenes in this story were a little outlandish, I completely fell for the romance. The emails and texts between Alex and Henry are so beautiful and the unfolding of their story so lovely that I sighed happy sighs throughout the book. It was one of the sweetest romances I read this year.

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A “Best of 2019” for me wouldn’t be complete without a mention of Penny Reid’s Winston Brothers series. I didn’t start the series until 2019 and then basically devoured the first five books and anxiously awaited the last two. My two daughters (in their early twenties) and I thoroughly discussed every plot twist, shared every hilarity, and praised the genius of Penny Reid for the whole of 2019. It is rare that a book or book series captures all of us, but the Winston Brothers did!

Buy the series at: Amazon