The Best of 2022 – Jessica’s List

This year proved to be less fruitful than others for me in terms of books I loved, however, there were a few I really enjoyed.

Miss Butterworth and the Mad Baron by Julia Quinn

As an avid Julia Quinn fan, I had been reading about this ‘made-up novel’ in her other works for years. So of course, when it came out as a graphic novel – with illustrations by Quinn’s late sister, Violet Charles –  I purchased it the day it released and absolutely adored it.  It is just as ridiculous as Quinn wrote about it being in her other works and I am here for it. I laughed out loud multiple times at the antics of Miss Butterworth and her titular “mad” Baron.

Buy it at: Amazon or your local bookshop

Tempted by Her Outcast Viking by Lucy Morris

In a way, this is a second chance romance – which I normally dislike. However, Erik and Brynhild discuss their past early on and move past it rather than thinking about it over and over and there is lots of action to move the story along.

Buy it at: Amazon or your local bookshop

Violet and the Bow Street Runner by Emily Larkin

A new-to-me author, Emily Larkin’s Violet and the Bow Street Runner was a fun surprise. Violet’s ability to fly is handled in a way to keep it from being hokey and it helps move the narrative along, rather than acting like a gimmick. I absolutely love a historical romance that moves away from a titled hero, and this was no exception; I adored Perry. I will definitely be revisiting the world Larkin has created here.

Buy it at: Amazon, Audible or your local bookshop

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