It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these and I have been reading up a storm. Here are some of the highlights:
The Ruin of a Rogue by Miranda Neville
I do love a bad boy turning good and this is a classic example of the trope. I loved Marcus and Anne and almost everything about their story. Perhaps not quite my favourite Neville but certainly in my top three.
Against the Tide by Elizabeth Camden
Probably the best Christian romance novel I’ve read. It’s about opium smuggling in 19th century America, so it gets bonus points for the unusual setting. The heroine is terrific, but the hero wasn’t the easiest to warm to. There are some issues with the ending, I think, but on the whole I enjoyed this a lot.
Road to Rouen by Ben Hatch
Family travelogue. Amusing in parts. Mostly the lesson is: don’t take your family on a road trip around France.
The Story Guy by Mary Ann Rivers
Everything which is to be said about this has already been said four times over. I liked it but didn’t love it.
Imprisoned by a Vow by Annie West
M&B Modern. I like Annie West’s books a lot and this was her at her best, I think. I don’t remember reading a heroine like Leila before.
The Secret Thoughts of an Unlikely Convert by Rosaria Champagne Butterfield
People had been recommending this to me for months and eventually someone just gave it to me and told me to read it, so I did. And loved it. A feminist lesbian professor at Syracuse University describes the trainwreck of her conversion to Christianity. Brutally honest and astonishingly frank, she reflects on her history in insightful and challenging ways. Also, I am now thinking of changing my name to Ros Champagne Clarke. Seriously, isn’t that so cool?
What have you been reading lately? Anything you’d recommend?