Last November I tried something new. I posted my TBR (To Be Read) list in hopes that putting it out into the world would help me refrain from making further reading commitments – at least within that month. And it worked, I stayed focused. So, though some of these may carry over to August, here is my very hopeful July list in proposed reading order (with thanks to the authors, publishers, and NetGalley for the free review copies):
When Stone Wings Fly by Karen Barnett (Kregel, June 14, 2022)
“Uncovering a long-lost family story is the only way to bring her grandmother peace.” When Stone Wings Fly is my pre-order for June and I am excited to be part of the launch team, but even more excited to read this first book in Karen Barnett’s new series set in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Christian/Historical Fiction
The Valley by A.M. Linden (She Writes Press, June 28, 2022)
“Llwddawanden is a hidden sanctuary where remnants of a once-powerful pagan cult carry on their ancient ritual practices, supported by a small but faithful following of servants, craftsmen, and laborers.” This is the second book in A.M. Linden’s The Druid Chronicles series (you can read my review of book one, The Oath here), set during the Dark Ages. I’ll be reading and reviewing it as part of the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. General Market Historical Fiction
Where the Road Bends by Rachel Fordham (Revell, June 7, 2022)
“As Norah King surveys her family land in Iowa in 1880, she is acutely aware that it is all she has left, and she will do everything in her power to save it–even if that means marrying a man she hardly knows.” Rachel Fordham is one of my newer must-read authors and the premise of this one has me anxious to read it. I was lucky enough to receive a copy through the publisher’s Revell Reads program. Christian/Historical Fiction
Love Ever Lasting by Michelle Helen Fritz & E.A. Shanniak (Clear Spring Books, July 14, 2022)
“All she desires is an everlasting love, but with her family dynamics, it makes any sort of relationship a touch complex.” Even had I not read the first two Bramley Hall Regency Romance books, “a touch complex” would have hooked me in. I’ll be reading and reviewing Love Ever Lasting as part of the blog tour with Historical Fiction Virtual Book Tours. Regency Romance
Remember Love by Mary Balogh (Berkley, July 12, 2022)
The beloved queen of Regency romance is back with a brand-new story perfect for fans of Bridgerton.
The handsome and charismatic Earl of Stratton, Caleb Ware, has been exposed to the ton for his clandestine affairs—by his own son.
As a child, Devlin Ware thought his family stood for all that was right and good in the world. They were kind, gracious, and shared the beauty of Ravenwood, their grand country estate, by hosting lavish parties for the entire countryside. But at twenty-two, he discovered his whole world was an elaborate illusion, and when Devlin publicly called his family to account for it, he was exiled as a traitor.
So be it. He enlisted in the fight against Napoleon and didn’t look back for six years. But now his father is dead, the Ware family is broken, and as the heir he is being called home. It’s only when Gwyneth Rhys—the woman he loved and then lost after his family banished him—holds out her hand to help him that he is able make the difficult journey and try to piece together his fractured family.
It is Gwyneth’s loyalty, patience, and love that he needs. But is Devlin’s war-hardened heart even capable of offering her love in return?
Mary Balogh is a recent discovery for me and I love that she has such an extensive backlist to explore. Remember Love is the first in her new Ravenswood series, featured today as part of the Berkley blog tour. General Market Regency Romance
Miss Aldridge Regrets by Louise Hare (Berkley, July 5, 2022)
“The glittering RMS Queen Mary. A nightclub singer on the run. An aristocratic family with secrets worth killing for.” How I do love a 1930’s setting. “With seductive glamor, simmering family drama, and dizzying twists, Louise Hare makes her beguiling US debut.” Yes, please! General Market Mystery/Historical Fiction
A Dress of Violet Taffeta by Tessa Arlen (Berkley, July 5, 2022)
“Lucy Duff Gordon knows she is talented. She sees color, light, and texture in ways few people can begin to imagine. But is the male dominated world of haute couture, who would use her art for their own gain, ready for her?” As with the other Berkley titles above, I have a feeling I’ll want a print copy of this story based on the life of Lady Lucy Duff Gordon, but I’m happy to have an advance NetGalley copy to read. General Market Historical Fiction
The Swift and the Harrier by Minette Walters (Blackstone Publishing, July 12, 2022)
“A sweeping historical adventure set during one of the most turbulent periods of British history–featuring a heroine you’ll never forget…” Minette Walters is another new-to-me author with an extensive backlist and I’m intrigued by the English Civil War setting with a physician as the heroine. General Market Historical Fiction