Hello, I hope everyone had a lovely Christmas, mine was quiet as we like it nothing huge happened, except for whacking my head on the open kitchen cupboard door, no damage was done not even a cartoon bird fluttering around my head, and the door is still intact too!😉 This has been quite a year, hasn’t it? I have to be honest this year has had far too many downs than ups for us but hey, that’s life isn’t it we just keep plodding on and hope for a better calmer year to come. I have everything crossed!
Anyway enough of me, it’s that time of year again when I dive into the vault of books from the last year to try and pick my favourites. As always it felt like a monumentally difficult task, but somehow I have whittled over a hundred books down to twenty-two. I have read far more than I have reviewed this year, but I have decided to only count the books I have reviewed on the blog in my year-roundup and hope 2023 will be more productive. So I have chosen my Twenty favourite books, each one as different as the next and each one leaving a page latched on to my very being, each one a defined must-read and a re-read!
Then I have my Books of the Year, every year I have one very special book which spoke to me on a very different level and stayed with me long, long after closing the final page, this year I have two, and these two books are magical and emotional, they made me smile and held my heart. The two books I have chosen for my Books of the Year 2022, are two of the most beautiful books I have read for a very long time and I can’t wait to share them with you, but first I have to share my 20 Best of the Year
20 Books of 2022
So in no particular order, here are my 20 Books of 2022, all reviews can be found on the blog, click on the book title to be taken to the post!
Queen of the Desert by Marie Laval
Lady Armstrong’s Scandalous Awakening by Marguerite Kaye
The Duke’s Family for Christmas by Sarah Mallory
How to Woo A Wallflower by Virginia Heath
The Wrong Way to Catch a Rake by Lara Temple
His Desert Bride by Demand by Lela May Wight
Meet me on the Buddy Bench by Hannah Pearl
The Child of Ukraine by Tetyana Denford
The Hidden Village by Imogen Matthews
The Taskmans Daughter by Donna Scott
Beyond Time and Tide by Anna Franklin Osborne
Hidden in the Mists by Christina Courtenay
The Nile Priestess by Catherine Curzon & Eleanor Harkstead
They Have Eyes of Silver by S.E. Davies
Summer’s Christmas by Ella Cook
Sister Agatha by Domnhall O’Donoghue
On the First Day of Christmas by Faith Hogan
The Silent Brother by Simon Van Der Velde
Chicks, Rogues and Scandals Books of the Year 2022
So here we are, you’ve read my 20 books of 2022, aren’t they wonderful? If you haven’t read any/some of them I do hope some of them land on your towering TBR pile in 2023. So I promised you not one but two books for my Best Books of 2023 and they really are beautiful, emotional, magical, and utterly romantic, written by two queens of their respective genres – plus two of my all-time favourite women, without any more babbling, my two best books of 2022 are;
Cinderella and the Scarred Viscount by Sarah Mallory
An imperfect proposal…
But a perfect match?
Major James Rossington, Viscount Austerfield, survived Waterloo, but can he survive the Season as London’s most eligible bachelor? Convinced his battle scars make him unlovable, and to escape Society’s matchmakers, Ross proposes a wedding in name only to shy, sensible Carenza Bettridge.
Liberated from her cruel stepmother and bullying half-sisters, she blossoms into a confident, altogether desirable woman. He promised Carenza a convenient marriage, but inconveniently finds himself wanting more…
Beauty and the Reclusive Billionaire by Rachael Stewart
In Rachael Stewart’s latest Harlequin Romance, the second in her Claiming the Ferrington Empire duet, an invitation to Paris with a billionaire is on the cards, but only if Bree is brave enough to take it…
Can a playboy billionaire……
capture her heart?
Bree has escaped the big city to heal her heart in a village bakery. But when notorious billionaire Theo walks through the door, emotionally guarded Bree discovers it’s not just her toffee pudding that’s hot and sweet! The man behind the headlines is charming but intriguingly cynical about love. Accepting his invitation to Paris could be a mistake—or the best decision she’s ever made…
Well, there you go twenty-two amazing books, which include two incredibly beautiful books which I know will make you smile. I hope you all have the most wonderful 2023, which will be full of happiness and love and mostly great books.
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