Welcome to my annual “best-of” celebration! I’m changing it up a bit and separating the categories of my yearly best-of lists over a few days. All of this is to celebrate their distinction and spend a few more days talking about all the wonderful entertainment of 2018.
Day 1. Best of 2018: Novellas
Day 2. Best of 2018: Historical Books
Day 3. Best of 2018: Contemporary Books
Day 4. Goodbye 2018 & Looking Ahead
Today is all about HISTORICAL BOOKS. While I dearly love historical fiction, I have read less of it this year. At any rate, these are the favorites from my list!
The rules: sometimes I have to make boundaries for myself when it comes to talking about books because we would all be here a long time if were able to ramble on. SO, I’m sticking to my format of last year and choosing to share 3 things that describe each of these stories along with a link to Goodreads and my review. In no particular order…
Best of 2018: Historical Books
Murder at the Flamingo by Rachel McMillan | Review
Jazz. Grace. Friendship
Impossible Saints by Clarissa Harwood | Review
Suffrage. Romance. Purpose.
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof | Review
Brotherhood. Atmospheric. Poignant.
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz | Review
Liberty. Honor. Love.
The Matrimonial Advertisement by Mimi Matthews | Review
Arrangements. Mystery. Forgiveness
A Heart Revealed by Josi S. Kilpack | Review
Worth. Growth. Kindness.
My Heart Belongs in the Blue Ridge by Pepper Basham | Review coming in January!
Family. Tenderness. Hope.
Your turn! What were your favorite historical reads of 2018? Have you read any of these?
A Heart Revealed is the very first novel of Josi S. Kilpack’s that I have read, but it won’t be my last! I’m thankful that Rachel McMillan reccomended this novel to me as a historical story with a strong voice — one that I would like. (This makes another on my “read” list that Rachel got just right.)
About the book:
Amber Marie Sterlington, the Rage of the Season in Regency-era London, has her pick of men, and she knows what she wants most in a husband: a title and a fortune. Why would she ever marry for something as fickle as love? And why would she ever look twice at Thomas Richards, a third son of a country lord?
But when Amber’s social standing is threatened, the character of her future husband becomes far more important than his position. After a public humiliation, she finds herself exiled to Yorkshire. Alone except for her maid, Amber is faced with a future she never expected in a circumstance far below what she has known all her life. Humbled and lonely, Amber begins to wonder if isolation is for the best. Who could ever love her now?
I love this book! With a wonderfully unique premise, Kilpack presents a heroine whose growth and change through the story is drastic but still believable. Even when Amber began as not-so-likable, I had empathy for her situation (and even her ignorance), especially as she appears through the hero’s eyes. The romance’s timeline is not what is considered “conventional” for the genre, either, but that is one reason I am impressed with this story even more. The theme of love is carried to a greater degree than just a romance between the hero and heroine and on to that of the acceptance, worth, and the resulting kindness of a person when they are truly loved and known for their character.