Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10…Recent Reads with Love & Romance in

Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created by The Broke and the Bookish and now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl. If you love books and making lists, this is the meme for you! This week’s topic is:

Love Freebie
(Romances, swoons, OTPs, kisses, sexy scenes, etc.)

This isn’t the greatest topic for me, as I am not a huge fan of romance as a genre in its own right. However there are a fair few books with elements of love and romance in I have enjoyed, so here are ten of my recent favourites from the last year:

  1. My Cousin Rachel by Daphne du Maurier – In this atmospheric modern classic, I discovered a twisting tale of love, loss, jealousy and suspicion, all stemming from the beautiful, sophisticated, mysterious Rachel.
  2. First of the Tudors by Joanna Hickson – An historical fiction that focuses on the life of the often side-lined Jasper Tudor; an enthralling tale of civil war, love, family and loyalty.
  3. Season of Storms by Susanna Kearsley – From one of my favourite authors, comes another wonderfully immersive, gripping mystery with touches of romance and the supernatural; all set in the beautiful villa Il Piacere, in Italy.
  4. The White Queen by Philippa Gregory – The first book in Gregory’s popular Cousins’ War series, follows the life of the extraordinarily beautiful and ambitious Elizabeth Woodville; a wonderful tale of civil war, love, mystery and magic.
  5. Agatha Raisin and the Murderous Marriage by M C Beaton – The fifth book in this long-running, cosy-crime series, sees Agatha’s romance with James halted by the appearance and death of her husband!
  6. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell – I thought this classic novel was a touching and important look into Victorian life, love and society, and the huge upheaval that arose from industrialisation
  7. The Shadow Queen by Anne O’Brien – The latest offering from one of my favourite historical authors, swept me back to 1340 to meet the beautiful, headstrong Joan of Kent; who had a rather thrilling and racy life with three salacious marriages!
  8. Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor – The first book in the Chronicles of St Mary’s had more detailed sexy scenes than I prefer, but it was such as a fantastical, time-travelling romp I didn’t mind!
  9. The Mistress of Blackstairs by Catherine Curzon – There was more romance in this historical fiction than I anticipated,  but I was enjoying the mystery and characters so much I was happy to go with it.
  10. Indiana Belle by John A Heldt – The third book in the American Journeys series took me back to the 1920s, one of my favourite decades,  for a nostalgic mystery, with nice touches of time travel and romance.

Have you read any of my choices? What recent romance reads would you recommend? Also, please link in the comments below if you have taken part in this week’s TTT topic too.


19 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: Top 10…Recent Reads with Love & Romance in

  1. I don’t usually read romance as a genre either, but I do like books with other elements as well as just romance. Susanna Kearsley’s books usually have the perfect combination of romance, history and the supernatural. 🙂

  2. I don’t consider myself a romance reader, though I used to be. But I don’t mind romance in an otherwise good novel, especially historical ones. Recent favorites in that category would be To The Bright Edge of the World by Eowyn Ivey and The Revolution of Marina M by Janet Fitch.

    1. Fran, I am so pleased to hear you enjoyed so many of these. I also prefer some of Kearsley’s other novels, but this is the one I read recently. Heading over to check out your post now. 🙂

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