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Friday, 19 December 2014

Recommended books from 2014

I love reading as much as I love writing. This year I have read some truly excellent books and I thought I would do a quick round-up of some of them for you. I have listed my top five favourite books (in no particular order), with a short list of a few other that I also really loved.

Whiskey Beach by Nora Roberts
Whiskey Beach is a Romantic Suspense.

Eli Landon seeks sanctuary at Bluff House in Whiskey Beach, after being accused of murdering his ex wife.  At Bluff House he meets Abra who cleans, teaches yoga and makes jewellery.  Eli and Abra become close, but someone is watching Eli and threatens his and Abra's existence.

I'm a huge fan of Nora Roberts and this book didn't disappoint.

The Harmony Run series by Sarah Elle Emm
The Harmony Run series is made up of three books Prismatic, Opalescent and Chatoyant.  It's a YA/Dystopian series that is set in 2050.  

Life in the USA has changed.  There is a new President and she has decreed that the country is now The United Zones of the Authority.  Citizens have been segregated into zones as per their race, and anyone with mixed parentage ends up in the harsh Indy Mixed Zone where life is like living in a prison.  We meet Rain and her brother Daktari, who team up with their friend Zi and three other teenagers living in the zone called Jabari, Marcello and Cole.  Fed up of their pitiful existence the teenagers form a resistance called The Freedom Front in a bid to fight against the President and the Authority.

YA/Dystopian is not something I normally read, but I absolutely loved this series.

The Travelling Tea Shop by Belinda Jones
The Travelling Tea Shop is Women's fiction (with some comedy, romance and travel thrown in!).

Laurie's mission is simple, escort TV Baking star Pamela Lambert Leigh on a research trip for her latest book. The trip takes Laurie and her guests (Pamela's mother and daughter), from New York to Vermont. There is travel, copious cake eating and lots of comedy.

As usual Belinda gives us a brilliant researched and well written story.  It's worth reading just for the description of amazing cakes and US scenery!

The Jillian Hillcrest Mysteries series by Joyce T Strand
The Jillian Hillcrest Mysteries series is made up of three books On Message, Open Meetings and Fair Disclosure.

Jillian Hillcrest is a PR Executive for a Biotech company in San Fransisco. She loves her job, gets on well with her colleagues and has a good relationship with her ex-husband Chad. In this series Jillian unwittingly becomes involved in a series of mysteries, involving murder, police corruption and insider trading. 

I love mystery books and these are excellent. Fantastic stories with brilliantly written characters.

Return to Love by Kathleen Shoop (book 2 of the Endless Love Series)
Return to Love is a sweet romance, set in the late 1960's/early1970's. 

April and Hale Abercrombie are beginning their married life but things don't go according to plan.  Home on leave from the Vietnam War Hale discovers a distant wife who is suffering from grief.  He has to do what he can to try and heal her heartache before returning back to the war.

This is a a beautifully haunting book, that is a follow up to Home Again, a great series that I recommend if you like romance/historical fiction.

Other good reads of 2014:
Here is a list of some other great books (again in no particular order) that I have read this year if you fancy stocking up your kindle!

The Hunt for Xanadu by Elyse Salpeter

One Night in Italy by Lucy Diamond

The Matchmaker Series by Elise Sax

Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell

Addicted by Nigel May

Closure by Sylvia Stein

Deep Blue Sea by Tasmania Perry

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