This year, I reviewed 70 books from a variety of genres. Often, those I like most combine genres such as mystery, romance, history etc. I’m not going to list 10 or more top books but just 7 in the order I read them during the year. These are the books I couldn’t put down, in which I became immersed and regretted finishing.
In April I was thrilled to return to Jan Ruth’s Midnight Sky series, reading the last of the trilogy, Strawberry Sky. This was an intense story of love and suffering, a family saga featuring a wonderful horse whisperer. If you are tempted please start with Book 1 Midnight Sky.
The next great book was the beginning of Terry Tyler’s post-apocalypse series. What makes Tipping Point so convincing are her characters who step out of the page to talk to us. They have flaws, they make mistakes, they are human and we want them (or at least most of them) to survive. Luckily, Terry followed up quite quickly with the second book in the Project Renova series and I am looking forward to the third book in 2018.
Another of my favourite authors, Georgia Rose, whose unusual thriller series The Grayson Trilogy is well worth seeking out, produced Parallel Lies, a new stand-alone novel, this year. Superbly plotted, with twists to catch you out, it kept me guessing to the end.
I was so excited when Carol Hedges published another episode in the investigations of detectives, Cully and Stride. Wonders & Wickedness lives up to the quality and excitement of the previous volumes, steeped in the smells, sounds and sights of Victorian London. You can start with this book or any other in this wonderful series.
It is always good to discover a new author. Thanks to Terry Tyler’s reviews I started reading books by Deborah Swift and my favourite was A Divided Inheritance. Starting in early 17th century London the story moves to Spain where the heroine finds herself a fish out of water in a dangerous situation. A fascinating novel.
Another author I finally discovered this year was June Kearns. I loved both her books but An Englishwoman’s Guide to the Cowboy is superb. A brave, desirable hero, a sympathetic heroine and an amazing historical setting made it such pleasure to read.
And the last of my seven choices is the second book I have read by Lizzie Lamb. We share similar names, Scottish birth and similar careers but if only I could write the way Lizzie can. If you’ve time to spare over Christmas, do download Girl in the Castle for sheer indulgence.
Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year