My Top 5 Reads for 2012

Since I don’t actually get to read a huge quantity of books every year, I will limit my favourites to five. Funnily enough that is the exact number of books that stood out for me above the rest last year for one reason or another — either extremely inspiring, toe-curling entertainment, or deeply challenging. So, without further ado, here they are (in no particular order):

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 Jo Wanmer’s book, Though the Bud be Bruised, rocked my world — to put it bluntly. You can read my review here.

TheMerchant'sDaughtercoverI loved, loved, loved The Merchant’s Daughter — especially since Beauty and the Beast is one of my favourite fairy tales. You can read my review here.

Stories of Australia's Christian Heritage by Elizabeth Kotlowski

It was so inspiring to read about the godly characters who explored and pioneered this Great South Land in Stories of Australia’s Christian Heritage. Read the review here.

11834189Redeeming the Rogue was another novel that hit all the right buttons for me. For my full review, see here.

childofthemistAnd of course, I can’t go past a great medieval romance. Child of the Mist turned me into a fan of Kathleen Morgan. Here is my review.

Are any of these on your favourites list? If not, what was your top read for 2012?

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C J Chase: Redeeming the Rogue

From the back cover:

Her Ally… … or Her Enemy?

With a chip on her shoulder and a pistol in her pocket, Mattie Fraser comes to London determined to find answers. What fate befell her brother after he was forced to join the British navy? Military official Kit DeChambelle knows something, she’s sure. But can she trust him—or anyone— as a conspiracy of silence surrounds her?

Kit knows altogether too much—about the guilt that drives Mattie, and the peril she faces. The battle against Napoleon is over, but for Kit, peace is elusive. In helping this brave, stubborn woman, he may be endangering her further. Especially if she learns about the orders he’s received, placing them on opposite sides… …

Amanda’s review:

I had read a few good reviews about this novel and it sounded like the kind of book I love to read. So, when  a friend offered to loan it to me, I jumped at the chance. This story ticked all the boxes for me — history, romance, with a touch of mystery and suspense. When I wasn’t reading it, I was thinking about how I could get back to it, wondering what was going to happen next.

CJ Chase took her characters to a place where I wondered how she was going to turn it around. How could Kit and Mattie find love after all they had been through, both in their pasts and their adventures together? And yet, they did, and so beautifully, it left me with a satisfied sigh.

And then there was Julian, Kit’s brother, who intrigued me no end. I discovered today, that his story will be told in CJ Chases’ next novel, The Reluctant Earl, to be released in 2013. You can be sure I will be keeping an eye out for that one! If you love historical romance, you will love Redeeming the Rogue.

For more information on CJ Chase, see www.cjchasebooks.com.