Happy New Year, readers! Now that the holiday craziness is over, and we’re starting the January doldrums, we thought we’d remind you of some great books we reviewed in 2017. I went over all of our last year’s titles out loud while Bubby nodded her head yes or no (she is lying on the couch feeling like death warmed over with a horrid flu, and can’t muster more than a croak). Although we read so many wonderful books in 2017, we narrowed it down to eleven favorites (just thought we’d be rebellious and have an odd number!).
1. House of Oak series by Nichole Van
These fantasy romances are so captivating, we read through them all at once, barely taking a breath between books. Nichole Van’s other series, Brothers Maledetti, is also fabulous, and we hope book three will soon arrive!
2. The Saturday Evening Girls Club by Jane Healey
What a great piece of historical fiction, based on a true story. We loved hearing the stories of these immigrant girls, their sponsors (based on real women) and how they reached their dream.
3. Blood Rose Rebellion by Rosalyn Eves
This intriguing YA fantasy had a vividly described setting and the most interesting magic. The next book, Lost Crow Conspiracy is now out!
4. Skeletons Among Us by Lois Brown
A mystery set in the southwest, Skeletons Among Us is book two in the Legends of Treasure series. The series mixes paranormal with hints of real life treasure stories, and stars a strong, yet complex female police chief.
5. The Night the Lights Went Out by Karen White
Karen White is an excellent writer, and we love everything she puts out. The Night the Lights Went Out is a fantastic read that showcases Southern “Grit” fiction at its best. Bubby and I wish we were Southern…
6. The Memory of You by Catherine West
A beautifully written, complex family saga with drama, romance, mystery, and a dose of inspiration.
7. Power of the Matchmaker series by various authors
There are 12 books in this series, and each novel is written by a different author. They take place in a variety of time periods and locations. The one thing they all have in common, however, is the matchmaker Pearl, formerly known as Mae Li. Happy endings all ’round!
8. Last Chance Matinee by Mariah Stewart
Previously unknown family members, a legacy dependent upon the renovation of an old theater and other seemingly impossible tasks, and the chance at new romance. Sounds interesting, right?
9. Victoria by Daisy Goodwin
This story of Queen Victoria, written by the award-winning creator and writer of the PBS/Masterpiece drama Victoria, is absolutely fascinating!
10. Too Pretty by Andrea Grigg
We thoroughly enjoyed this inspirational romance with a timely theme.
11. Finding Margo by Jen Turano
An international pop star finds herself hiding out in Amish country, and uncovering a surprising mystery. And maybe romance… Jen Turano is one of the cleverest writers we read, and at times has us laughing out loud!
Hope you take the time to investigate these fine books and series’ by clicking on each title. And stay tuned for more delectable books we discover and review in 2018!