Thursday, December 29, 2011

Marg's Best books of 2011

Here are my best books of this year.

The Rose Garden by Susanna Kearsley - I made a comment somewhere recently saying that I thought I was genetically predisposed to liking Susanna Kearsley's books, and this book was no exception! I loved it from beginning to end and literally gasped out loud at the twist in the tale. Whilst The Winter Sea is still my favourite maybe because it was my first read by her, this one comes close in terms of favourites. (My review)

Lady of the English by Elizabeth Chadwick - Elizabeth Chadwick is one of my favourite authors, so it isn't a surprise to see her appear on a best of list, but I do think that she is getting better and better! This book is about the war between Empress Matilda and her cousin Stephen, but it is also about so much more. No one brings medieval times to life like Elizabeth Chadwick. One of the not so great things about 2012 is that there isn't going to be a new Chadwick book. We have to wait until 2013 for the first book in her Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy.

I have posted on my blog about the other books that I loved this year, and even have a giveaway running for one of them!

Other notable historical fiction books I read this year included;

Wallaby Track by Aaron Fletcher
The Betrayal by Helen Dunmore
Russian Winter by Daphne Kalotay
Emily by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
Angelique in Love by Sergeanne Golon
Imperial Highness by Evelyn Anthony
The Personal History of Rachel DuPree by Ann Weisgarber
Camp Nine by Vivienne Schiffer
Lost and Found by Marilyn Harris
Wildflower Hill by Kimberley Freeman


  1. Marg, thank you many times over for including The Personal History of Rachel DuPree on your notable list. I'm thrilled and you ended my year on a high note. This calls for a celebration.

    Your nomination for BEST HISTORICAL FICTION BOOK BLOG also calls for celebration. No doubt you worked hard to make that happen and all off your efforts have paid off. Mega congratulations!

  2. Thanks for stopping by Ann! I look forward to reading your next book.

  3. Thank you, Marg!

    The next book should be released some time in the fall of 2012. It takes place in Galveston, Texas, about a week before the 1900 historic hurricane that killed over 6,000 people. I'm in the process of finishing up editorial suggestions for revisions.

    In the meantime, I'll continue to have fun reading your blog. Happy 2012!

  4. I almost forgot The Rose Garden on my list. When I did my best of post for my own blog I put it as Canadian fiction, so when I went to transfer it onto this blog I forgot about it entirely. Thankfully I saw your post and went back and edited. :)