Laura Frantz’s The Colonel’s Lady, Revell (historical romance, colonial) Laura is a favorite of all four of us who contribute to this blog. Three of us have read TCL. We all wait with bated breath each year for her new release. So I'll tag this one "To Sigh For"
MaryLu Tyndall’s Surrender the Dawn (historical romance)
and Surrender the Night (I am counting these two as one). Diana and Marian and I all included MaryLu on our lists - officially a triple threat! Consistent excellence in writing.
Melanie Dickerson,The Merchant’s Daughter, Zondervan (YA, historical romance) I read this through in one day - she just grips your heart and won't let you go till you are done reading!!!
Now for my count! (Yes, I am cheating! I removed the ones that we all voted for already!) Oh, and I am another Julie Lessman fan but did not get her 2011 release read yet.
Laurie Alice Eakes' Lady in the Mist (Revell), a lovely historical romantic suspense read. One of the best heroes of the year.
Roseanna White's Love Finds You in Annapolis, Maryland, Summerside. Roseanna is on Diana's list, too.
Serena Miller, The Legend of Katie Calloway. Best Heroine and we love Serena and Katie!!! She'd on Teresa's list, too!
The Treasure Trove historical book for me:
Susan Craft’s, The Chamomile, Ingalls (historical, colonial)
Top bibliotherapy pick:
Jennifer Hudson Taylor - Highland Sanctuary, Abingdon (Scottish historical romance). Wow! She's also on Teresa's list as is the book.
Available on Audio (My preference!)
In a class all her own – Liz Curtis Higgs’ Mine is the Night, audible.com download (historical) It would not be fair to even count this audiobook in my top ten because it is in a class all by itself – a fantastic audiobook NARRATED by the author HERSELF!!!! You cannot beat this for really getting the story, the characterization, and of course that FABULOUS voice of Liz Curtis Higgs!!!
Julie Klassen’s Girl in the Gatehouse, Bethany (historical romance, Regency). LOVE Julie Klassen's writing. She has it ALL - unique storylines, amazing characters, fantastic writing, and beautiful voice! AND it is on audio!!!
Kelly Marie Long, Lilly's Wedding Quilt Thomas Nelson (Amish, romance). Hunkiest hero and he is Amish! Great use of bibliotherapy in this book. Lovely voice and taut storyline. She is one of my new favorite authors. And on audio and you have me sighing in gratitude! Thank you Thomas Nelson Publishers for making this wonderful book available in that format!
Released on audio in 2011 - Maid to Match by Deeanne Gist (originally published in pb in 2010 by Bethany House). Also on Teresa's list.
Vannetta Chapman, Falling to Pieces (Amish suspense murder-mystery). This is like inviting your BFF over to visit and she is sharing the story.
Also on Marian Baay's list: Waterfall by Lisa Bergren (YA, speculative, romance) Only one of the trio available in audio at this point in time. This is one of those gripping listens - you pretty much have to stop what you are doing to listen to it. She reaches many different types of readers.
Happy listening and reading in 2012!!!
GIVEAWAY: A Kindle copy of Melanie Dickerson's new release The Merchant's Daughter and a paperback copy of Julie Klassen's The Girl in the Gatehouse. Winners announced on Marian's birthday (January 4th) and on my birthday (January 5th) so come back for the parties!