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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Romance Fiction
Love triumphs over tremendous adversity in Colorado, Bahrain, ancient Egypt, British India, Regency England, the Civil War–era Deep South, and WWII America in these exemplary romances reviewed in Booklist between September 15, 2016, and September 1, 2017.
Carr continues her splendid Sullivan’s Crossing series with the engrossing and serious story of Sierra Jones, now nine months sober, who finds love with a firefighter, all while she seeks safety from a serial rapist.
Chasing Down a Dream. By Beverly Jenkins. 2017. HarperCollins, $14.99 (9780062412652).
Jenkins balances sorrows with hope as she portrays Gemma, a white woman who takes in two orphaned African American children; matriarch Tamar, who finds her way to forgiveness; and Rocky, who overcomes her fear of marriage.
The Day of the Duchess. By Sarah MacLean. 2017. Avon, $7.99 (9780062379436).
In MacLean’s polished romp, Malcolm Bevingstoke, Duke of Haven, hasn’t seen his wife, Seraphina, for two years; then she turns up at Parliament and requests a divorce.
Egypt’s Sister. By Angela Hunt. 2017. Bethany, $15.99 (9780764219320).
Demonstrating her stunning mastery of historical biblical literature, Hunt tells the richly spiritual and emotional story of Chava, whose friendship with Queen Cleopatra leads to her enslavement, even as she heeds a call from God.
An Extraordinary Union. By Alyssa Cole. 2017. Kensington, $15 (9781496707444).
Cole’s fearless Civil War romance brings together Elle Burns, a mute slave girl on a Southern estate who is actually a spy working for a secret society of freed blacks, and a handsome Confederate soldier who is also concealing his true identity.
Hero in the Highlands. By Suzanne Enoch. 2016. St. Martin’s, $7.99 (9781250095411).
In Enoch’s scrumptious tale, in Scotland, Major Gabriel Forrester inherits a title and a castle, which Fiona Blackstock has been expertly managing. Will she help this unwelcome English duke gain the trust of the people?
The Secret of the India Orchid. By Nancy Campbell Allen. 2017. Shadow Mountain, $15.99 (9781629722931).
Allen’s evocative descriptions of nineteenth-century India propel this smart and striking work of romantic suspense involving a reluctant English spy and his best friend’s sister.
Someone to Hold. By Mary Balogh. 2017. Berkley/Jove, $7.99 (9780451477804).
Balogh tells the wry and unforgettable story of how the intimidating Lady Camille Westcott loses her high-society standing to a previously unknown half sister yet wins over a fashionable portrait painter.
The Ultimatum. By Karen Robards. 2017. MIRA, $26.99 (9780778330707).
Robards’ enthralling high-stakes caper novel features Bianca St. Ives, a security expert by day and at night part of a gang of elite thieves who botch a heist in Bahrain, where she encounters an alluring stranger.
When Tides Turn. By Sarah Sundin. 2017. Revell, $15.99 (9780800723446).
Sundin’s latest inspiring tale of forbidden love, intrigue, and faith in the U.S. Navy during WWII pairs steely Dan Avery of the Anti-Submarine Warfare Unit with Tess Beaumont, a Boston shopgirl who joins the cause.
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