Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year

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It’s Tuesday so it must be time for The Broke and Bookish’s Top Ten.  This week the theme is Top 10 Best Books I’ve Read So Far This Year.

I’ve only read 38 so far and this is my list from that 38. (in no particular order)

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1.  Between Us Girls by Sally John

I got this from NetGalley and really didn’t know what to expect, but I loved it and am waiting on the sequel.

18143789 (1) 2.  The Midnight Rose by Lucinda Riley

I read the Orchard House by Riley, so was waiting for this one to come out.  Didn’t disappoint me. Loved it.  Probably my favorite so far this year.

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  3.  Miracles Now by Gabrielle Bernstein

Great ideas!  Want to go back and read it again it was that good!

8442457 (1) 4.  Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Loved the twists and turns in this novel.  Hope the movie version with Ben Affleck is just as good.

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5.  Beggars or Angels: How a Single Mother Triumphed Over War, Welfare and Cancer to Become a Successful Philanthropist by Rosemary Tran Lauer with Scott Beller

This was very surprising. So much inspiration in one book and very well written.

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6.  The Power of Praying for Your Adult Children by Stormie Omartian

Every parent, young or old, should have a copy of this.

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7.  Angry Housewives Eating Bon Bons by Lorna Landvik

Historical fiction, chick lit, and I got a whole book list from this book.

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8. Heart Song by Desiree Williams

The world needs more Christian fantasy like this.  Great story. Lovely descriptions.

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Team Us by Ashleigh Slater

I love this book and I’m not even married.  The author is so personable.  I want to make her my new best friend.

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The Stand by Stephen King

Technically I’m not finished with it yet, but I know it will be one of my top ten.  This is the updated version.

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The Midnight Rose – Book Review

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The Midnigt Rose
Author – Lucinda Riley
Publication Date: March 18, 2014
497 pages
Historical Romance
Kindle, Paperback, Audio

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Book Description from Goodreads

Spanning four generations, The Midnight Rose sweeps from the glittering palaces of the great maharajas of India to the majestic stately homes of England, following the extraordinary life of a remarkable girl, Anahita Chaval, from 1911 to the present day . . .

My Thoughts

Last October I led a book discussion group on The Orchid House by Lucinda Riley. Loved the book and saw that the author was releasing a new book in March. The wait was worth it. I loved this book. The characters were well developed. There were basically two main characters: Rebecca Bradley, an American actress who resembles Violet Astbury who lived on the estate in the early 1920’s and Anahita Chevran, a beautiful mystical Indian girl.

The book takes place in two main time periods and the author did an astonishing job of integrating them. A lot of the time takes place in India around 1911. I loved the way the author described the land and its culture making you feel you were there. The other main setting was the Astbury Estate and it’s surroundings. Fell in love with the cottage on the moors. Astbury estate was so important I consider it one of the characters.

The writing reminded me a little bit of Isabella Allende meets Daphne du Maurier meets Victoria Holt. I love Historical fiction and this is one of the best. A lot of research went into making this book.

This was a long book but it didn’t seem like it. The author did an excellent job of pacing it. I
loved the surprise at the end of the book. I wouldn’t hesitate to read it again.

A complimentary copy of this book was given to me by Atria books through NetGalley in exchange for an honest opinion.

Other books by Lucinda Riley:
The Lavender Garden: A Novel, 2012, 418 pages
The Orchid House: A Novel, 2012, 468 pages
The Girl on the Cliff: A Novel, 2011, 418 pages
Hothouse Flower, 2010, 592 pages