Top 21 Books of 2021

This year has been filled with so many amazing books! Every single book on this list earns a 5 star rating and comes highly recommended. Some of them are now even some of my favorite reads of all time. Thank you so much to all these authors, and all the other authors out there, for everything that goes into their books; the worlds they create for us to escape into, the characters we come to care for, the research needed for all the rich history. There is so much that I am deeply appreciative of. Thanks for an incredible year of books!

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The Highwayman’s Letter – Review

by Martha Keyes

Publisher : Independently published (October 22, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 368 pages
ISBN-13 : 979-8751282349

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He waylays her carriage and runs off with her property. Can she keep him from stealing her heart as well?

By day, Reginald Sinclair works in the post office, but by night, he is the increasingly infamous Paladin, the gallant highwayman making young women swoon all over Somerset. With a vendetta against the wealthy that spans both past and present, Reggie’s escapades allow him to take justice into his own hands while helping his uncle avoid insolvency.

Joanna Carmichael’s father has finally chosen her a husband. While she is not thrilled with her father’s selection, Joanna understands it as a business arrangement, something which suits her practicality perfectly. Her father hopes her good sense will exercise a beneficial effect upon her younger sister, Frances, who is regrettably prone to romantics. Frances’s preoccupation with reports of the Paladin threaten to overshadow Joanna’s coolheaded example, but Joanna is determined to show her sister how foolish and unworthy of admiration the outlaw is.

During their encounter, though, the maddening highwayman takes an item of Joanna’s—then has the audacity to send her a letter with instructions on how to recover it, beginning a battle of wills that brings Reggie within reach of the people responsible for his family’s ruin and forces Joanna to reconsider the desirability of her business arrangement.

The Highwayman’s Letter was clever and witty, the pacing was spot on, and the characters were perfection. It was one of my favorite reads of the year.

I loved Reginald Sinclair and Joanna Carmichael together. They had the best conversations and interactions, and some of the most romantic scenes as well.

I never really thought about the postal system in those days. I knew about letters being franked, but I hadn’t known about the widespread abuse. I also enjoyed reading the author’s note on the subject and learning even more.

As a member of Kindle Unlimited, not only do I save money on all the books I read, but I have discovered some amazing authors. I first found out about some of these authors when they did an earlier series together.

Every book in this series is excellent, but this one was my favorite. I loved this book so much I immediately had to buy the paperback after finishing the Kindle Unlimited version. I didn’t want to put it down, and I was thinking about the book when I wasn’t able to read it.