Out of the 115 books I read in 2008, these are my top 10...uh...top 16 choices.
These excellent books had that special something – often indefinable – that really struck a chord. Long after I finished reading them, something about the story still resonated with me.
Sometimes it was in the way it was written – like Radical Cure by Olivia Gates. Just thinking about this book is an incredible adrenaline rush. The pacing is tremendous and I literally heard my heart pound against my chest when I finally put it down for a breather.
Many of these books had such a depth of emotion I found myself in tears just reading the words.
Some of them hid their emotions behind humour or brusqueness and I cried for them as well.
I waited for a couple of them for so many months and then when I finally held them in my hands, was afraid to read them in case the book didn’t live up to my expectations.
I notice my reviews on Amazon don’t always match what other reviewers think but, that’s okay because this is my list after all. These books are listed in the order that I read them:
Heaven Can Wait by Cheryl St John Harlequin Historical #240 – 1994
Buried Secrets by Margaret Daley Love Inspired Suspense #72 – Oct 07
The Marriage Wish by Dee Henderson - Steeple Hill – 1998
Radical Cure by Olivia Gates Silhouette Bombshell #80 – Feb 06
Frontier Courtship by Valerie Hansen – Love Inspired Historical #4 – Mar 08
Abbie’s Outlaw by Victoria Bylin - Harlequin Historical #750 – Apr 05
Of Men and Angels by Victoria Bylin – Harlequin Historical #664 – Jul 03
High Country Bride (McKaslin Clan) by Jillian Hart – Love Inspired Historical #11 – Jul 08
Masked by Moonlight by Allie Pleiter – Love Inspired Historical #9 – Jun 08
A Cowboy’s Honor by Lois Richer – Love Inspired #441 – Apr 08
A Soldier’s Promise by Cheryl Wyatt – Love Inspired #430 - Jan 08
A Soldier’s Family (Wings of Refuge) by Cheryl Wyatt Love Inspired #438 – Mar 08
A Passion Most Pure (Daughters of Boston) by Julie Lessman Revell Books 2008
Falling for Mr. Dark & Dangerous by Donna Alward Harlequin Romance #4044 – Aug 08
Her Wedding Wish (The McKaslin Clan) by Jillian Hart Love Inspired 447 Jun 08
His Holiday Heart (The McKaslin Clan) by Jillian Hart Love Inspired 469 Nov 08
And to the authors who poured their hearts into these books, I thank you.