Sunday, November 04, 2018

2019: Romance

Romance, all ages:
Romance = new is anything published after 1989; goal is 24 (12 new, 12 old)

January
1. Tisha: The Wonderful True Love Story of a Young Teacher in the Alaskan Wilderness. As told to Robert Specht. 1976. 342 pages. [Source: Bought]
2. Ivanhoe. Walter Scott. 1819. 544 pages. [Source: Bought]
3. With You Always. (Orphan Train #1) Jody Hedlund. 2017. Bethany House. 359 pages. [Source: Review copy]
4. Together Forever (Orphan Train #2) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
5. The Black Moth. Georgette Heyer. 1921/2009. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review Copy]
6. Searching for You (Orphan Train #3) Jody Hedlund. 2018. Bethany House. 341 pages. [Source: Review copy]
7. Evelina. Fanny Burney. 1778. 455 pages. [Source: Bought]
8. Grave Mercy. Robin LaFevers. 2012/2019. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 560 pages. [Source: Review copy] 

February
9. Cotillion. Georgette Heyer. 1953/2007. Sourcebooks. 355 pages. [Source: Review copy]
10. The Princess Bride. William Goldman. 1973/2003. 398 pages. [Source: Bought]
11. Cate of the Lost Colony. Lisa M. Klein. 2010. Bloomsbury. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
12. The Crown and the Crucible. (The Russians #1) Michael R. Phillips and Judith Pella. 1991. Bethany House. 416 pages. [Source: Bought]
13. Healing Hearts. Sarah M. Eden. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 336 pages. [Source: Review copy]
14. A Hilltop in Tuscany. (A Garden in Paris #2) Stephanie Grace Whitson. 2006. Bethany House. 301 pages. [Source: Bought]
15. Venetia. Georgette Heyer. 1958/2009. Harlequin. 368 pages. [Source: Gift]

March
16. These Old Shades. Georgette Heyer. 1926/2008. Harlequin. 384 pages. [Source: Bought]
17. Miss Buncle's Book. D.E. Stevenson. 1934. 304 pages. [Source: Bought]
18. Stepsister. Jennifer Donnelly. 2019. Scholastic. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
19. Devil's Cub. Georgette Heyer. 1932/2003. Harlequin. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]

April
20.  Song for the Stars. Ilima Todd. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy] 
21. They Found Him Dead. Georgette Heyer. 1937/2019. Sourcebooks. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
22. Sense and Sensibility. Jane Austen. 1811. 409 pages. [Source: Bought]
23. A House Divided (The Russians #2) Michael R. Phillips and Judith Pella. 1992. Bethany House. 352 pages. [Source: Bought]
24. Courage to Be Counted. (A Clubmobile Girls Novel) Eleri Grace. 2019. Bugle Call Books. 350 pages. [Source: Review copy]
25. Aunt Dimity's Death. (Aunt Dimity Mystery #1) Nancy Atherton. 1992. 244 pages. [Source: Library]
26.  Miss Buncle Married. (Miss Buncle #2) D.E. Stevenson. 1936. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
27. Sister of the Bride. Beverly Cleary. 1963. 240 pages. [Source: Bought]
28. Eyes Like Stars. Theatre Illuminata #1) Lisa Mantchev. 2009. 352 pages. [Source: Library]

May
29. The Tempest. William Shakespeare. 1623. 127 pages. [Source: Bought]
30. The White City. (True Colors) Grace Hitchcock. 2019. Barbour Books. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
31. Perchance to Dream. Lisa Mantchev. 2010. 341 pages. [Source: Library]
32. Howl's Moving Castle. Diana Wynne Jones. 1986/2001. 329 pages. [Source: Bought]
33. The Tattooist of Auschwitz. Heather Morris. 2018. 262 pages. [Source: Library]
34. Daisies and Devotion (Mayfield Family #2) Josi S. Kilpack. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 304 pages. [Source: Review copy]
35. Les Miserables. Victor Hugo. Translated by Julie Rose. 1862/2008. Modern Library. 1330 pages. [Source: Bought]
36. The Pink Bonnet (True Colors #2) Liz Tolsma. 2019. Barbour. 256 pages. [Source: Review copy]
37. The Wide Horizon. Loula Grace Erdman. 1956/2007. Bethlehem Books. 279 pages. [Source: Library]
38. The Gown. Jennifer Robson. 2018. 371 pages. [Source: Library]
39. The Convenient Marriage. Georgette Heyer. 1934. 322 pages. [Source: Bought]
40. The Good Land. Loula Grace Erdman. 1959/2007. Bethlehem Books. 185 pages.

June
41. Murphy's Law. Rhys Bowen. 2001. 240 pages. [Source: Library]
42. The Lady of the Lakes: The True Love Story of Sir Walter Scott. Josi S. Kilpack. 2017. Shadow Mountain. [Source: Library]
43. Queen of the Sea. Dylan Meconis. 2019. Candlewick Press. 400 pages. [Source: Review copy]
44. In Farleigh Field. Rhys Bowen. 2017. Lake Union. 397 pages. [Source: Review copy]
45.  For the Love of Mike (Molly Murphy #3) Rhys Bowen. 2003. 336 pages. [Source: Library]
46.  A Song of Joy. Lauraine Snelling. 2019. Bethany House. 464 pages. [Source: Review copy]
47. Resistance Women. Jennifer Chiaverini. 2019. 608 pages. [Source: Library]
48. The Rest of the Story. Sarah Dessen. 2019. 400 pages. [Source: Library]
49. The Victory Garden. Rhys Bowen. 2019. 368 pages. [Source: Library]
50. More Than Words Can Say. (Patchwork Family #2) Karen Witemeyer. 2019. Bethany House. 368 pages. [Source: Review copy]

July
51. In Like Flynn. (Molly Murphy #4) Rhys Bowen. 2005. 352 pages. [Source: Library]
52.  Dark Triumph (His Fair Assassin #2) Robin LaFevers. 2013. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 387 pages. [Source: Review copy]
53.  Mistress of the Ritz. Melanie Benjamin. 2019. Random House. 384 pages. [Source: Review copy]
54. Oh Danny Boy (Molly Murphy #5) Rhys Bowen. 2006. 338 pages. [Source: Library]
55.  Marie, Dancing. Carolyn Meyer. 2005. Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. 272 pages. [Source: Bought]
56. I Always Loved You. Robin Oliveira. 2014. 343 pages. [Source: Library]
57. American Royals. (American Royals #1) Katharine McGee. 2019. Random House. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
58. We Set the Dark on Fire. Tehlor Kay Mejia. 2019. 384 pages. [Source: Library]
59. Lovely War. Julie Berry. 2019. 480 pages. [Source: Library]

August
September
60. The Lady and the Highwayman. Sarah M. Eden. 2019. Shadow Mountain. 352 pages. [Source: Review copy]
61. Lessons On Love: 4 Schoolteachers Find More than They Bargained For in Their Contracts. Susanne Dietze, Rita Gerlach, Kathleen L. Maher, Carrie Fancett Pagels. 2019. Barbour. 448 pages. [Source: Review copy]
62. The Tuscan Child. Rhys Bowen. 2018. 336 pages. [Source: Library]

October
November
63.  The Giver of Stars. Jojo Moyes. 2019. 400 pages. [Source: Library]

December

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