This was such a hard list to compose because I have way too many favorite books to choose a favorite. This was a really great reading year--I read a lot of really good books and look forward to reading more by these authors. These books are listed in no particular order, because it really is too hard for me to narrow it down any more. My review (in most cases), can be accessed by clicking on the picture.
Lady Eliza Sumner is on a mission. Her fortune was the last thing she
had left after losing her father, her fiance, and her faith. Now,
masquerading as Miss Eliza Sumner governess-at-large, she's determined
to find the man who ran off with her fortune, reclaim the money, and
head straight back to London.
Mr. Hamilton Beckett, much to his
chagrin, is the catch of the season, and all the eyes of New York
society--all the female ones, at least--are on him. He has no plans to
marry again, especially since his hands are full keeping his business
afloat while raising his two children alone.
attempts to regain her fortune unexpectedly put her right in Hamilton's
path. The discovery of a common nemesis causes them to join forces and,
before she knows it, Eliza has a whole retinue of people helping her.
Eliza's determination not to trust anyone weakens when everyone's antics
and bumbling efforts to assist her make her wonder if there might be
more important things than her fortune and independence.
of Hamilton's and Eliza's best-laid plans fall by the wayside, it will
take a riot of complications for them to realize that God just might
have had a better plan in mind all along.
Emma Marchant leads an uneventful life, but when cowboy Thatcher Deakon
walks into the Marchant Inn that she runs with her family, she fears she
may never be the same. Can Emma gain confidence in herself and realize
that she has the right to be in love? Only Thatcher can help her
overcome her insecurities, but he has his own fears to surmount. This
heartwarming, clean romance novel reveals that when the love between two
people is real, it can exceed all obstacles.
Emma Smallwood, determined to help her widowed father regain his spirits
when his academy fails, agrees to travel with him to the distant
Cornwall coast, to the cliff-top manor of a baronet and his four sons.
But after they arrive and begin teaching the younger boys, mysterious
things begin to happen and danger mounts. Who does Emma hear playing the
pianoforte, only to find the music room empty? Who sneaks into her room
at night? Who rips a page from her journal, only to return it with a
The baronet's older sons, Phillip and
Henry, wrestle with problems--and secrets--of their own. They both
remember Emma Smallwood from their days at her father's academy. She had
been an awkward, studious girl. But now one of them finds himself
unexpectedly drawn to her.
When the suspicious acts escalate, can
the clever tutor's daughter figure out which brother to blame...and
which brother to trust with her heart?
Beautiful and brilliant Miss Ellen Grimsley considers it a scandal that
she---a female---cannot attend Oxford while her dunderhead brother can.
That's why she dons his robes to do his work for him. But when a
handsome lord learns Ellen's secret, he decides to teach her a lesson of
his own. This delightful period romance will earn high marks from
Kate Worthington knows her heart and she
knows she will never marry. Her plan is to travel to India instead—if
only to find peace for her restless spirit and to escape the family she
abhors. But Kate's meddlesome mother has other plans. She makes a
bargain with Kate: India, yes, but only after Kate has secured—and
rejected—three marriage proposals.
A Proper, Clean Romance.
Ariella was only looking for a distraction,
something to break up the monotony of palace life. What she found was a
young man willing to overlook her title and show her a new and vibrant
way of life. But when her growing feelings for Gavin spiral out of
control and clash with the expectations of her station, she will
discover that the consequences of her curiosity are far more severe than
"I watched in helpless horror as two guards
hauled Gavin to his feet and dragged him from the room. My voice was
frozen, unable to protest as another guard took hold of my arm, leading
me upstairs. From the confines of my room, I stared into the darkness
beyond my window, hoping to catch one more glimpse of Gavin. He was
gone, and I wondered if he would have been better off if he had never
“ I wonder how the book got to Guernsey? Perhaps there is some sort
of secret homing instinct in books that brings them to their perfect
readers.” January 1946: London is emerging from the shadow of the
Second World War, and writer Juliet Ashton is looking for her next book
subject. Who could imagine that she would find it in a letter from a man
she’s never met, a native of the island of Guernsey, who has come
across her name written inside a book by Charles Lamb….
and her new correspondent exchange letters, Juliet is drawn into the
world of this man and his friends—and what a wonderfully eccentric world
it is. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society—born as a
spur-of-the-moment alibi when its members were discovered breaking
curfew by the Germans occupying their island—boasts a charming, funny,
deeply human cast of characters, from pig farmers to phrenologists,
literature lovers all.
Juliet begins a remarkable correspondence
with the society’s members, learning about their island, their taste in
books, and the impact the recent German occupation has had on their
lives. Captivated by their stories, she sets sail for Guernsey, and what
she finds will change her forever.
Written with warmth and humor
as a series of letters, this novel is a celebration of the written word
in all its guises, and of finding connection in the most surprising
“You’re the sweetest girl in Mourning Dove Creek, you know?” Jack mumbled as he paused in kissing Jilly a moment.
Jilly smiled. “And you’re the handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek, you know,” she flirted in return.
Jack smiled. “I do know,” he said.
giggled. Jack Taylor was so predictable—and a little conceited. He
really did think he was the handsomest man in Mourning Dove—and he was,
for the most part.
Secretly, however, if Jilly ever allowed
herself to be completely honest about it (which she tried to avoid),
there was one other man in Mourning Dove who always crossed her mind
when the subject of the handsomest man in town arose. Yet there was no
lingering on thinking of that man—no sirree! Not for a moment! Not for
any reason—ever. And so Jilly just kept telling Jack that he was the
handsomest man in Mourning Dove Creek. Besides, it was almost true—being
that the other man lived outside of town and not right in town the way
The year is 1905. It is autumn in the village of Aztec in New Mexico
territo-ry. Amanda Dale is burdened with the responsibility of caring
for her widowed sis-ter—an invalid----and Ella’s two children—one a
premature infant. But Amanda wants a husband and children of her own and
despairs that God does not care about her plight. Schoolteacher Gil
Gladney is handsome, intelligent, and God-fearing. He is drawn to
Amanda, but feels he cannot propose marriage until he is able to
purchase the ranch he has been saving for.
When Gil and his pupils discover the relics of an ancient culture
among the ruins outside the village, Gil contacts an old college friend.
The possibility of an archeological excavation excites the community of
cash-strapped farmers, eager to earn extra money working on the site.
Gil is delighted when Nate Phillips comes to Aztec to take up the
challenge. When a rabid skunk reels through the excavation site,
threatening the lives of Amanda and her nephew Rex, Gil realizes that
life is short and the possibility of true happiness can be fleeting. In
the end, Amanda learns to trust God to provide the happily-ever-after
ending she’s been praying for.