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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Blog Tour and Review: An Accidental Romance

by Karen Tuft

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (December 6, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 272 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524420409
ISBN-13 : 978-1524420406

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Rebecca Jennings’s first London Season has been absolutely ruined, and one person alone is responsible: Mr. Ben Fortescue. If her new neighbor hadn’t startled her, she would never have broken her ankle, leaving her bored and frustrated at home in the country while her sister enters the London Season alone. Although, it was rather gallant of him to carry her home . . .

For his part, Ben feels terrible about the role he played in Miss Rebecca Jennings’s accident. In the days that follow their first disastrous meeting, he finds himself inexorably drawn to the surprising young woman—first out of guilt and then out of a stirring affection. But Ben hides a secret: he has not been completely forthright about his identity or about the dark secrets of his past that would make it impossible for romance to blossom with Miss Jennings. Despite his love for her, he knows he must let her go.

With her ankle finally healed but her heart now broken, Rebecca is left with little choice but to throw herself into the Season. With eligible men circling this late addition to the Marriage Mart, it seems that Rebecca will have no shortage of suitors. If only her heart were free to give.


After being delayed for a number of reasons, Rebecca Jennings is finally going to have her first season in London; then she is injured right before it.

Ben Fortescue feels terrible that he is the cause of Rebecca missing out, so he determines to keep her entertained even if it goes against his plans to hide away from society.

Ben would often come off as moody and abrupt, but I like that he wanted to make sure that Rebecca knew her feelings and got to experience things because she had been so sheltered and could sometimes still act immature and fickle.

There were also a lot of cliché remarks about all the couples constantly gazing into each other’s eyes adoringly that got to be a little much. The book also had a modern feel, like the immediate use of their first names.

I think my favorite part of the book were the scenes with the kids. They were adorable! I also liked Ben’s staff.

I always like when characters from past books make an appearance, and Susan and her husband the Duke of Aylesham are in it quite a bit along with a few others like Foster who I am always a fan of.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Debutante’s Code

by Erica Vetsch

Publisher : Kregel Publications (December 7, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 320 pages
ISBN-10 : 0825447135
ISBN-13 : 978-0825447136

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Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes in this new Regency mystery series

Newly returned from finishing school, Lady Juliette Thorndike is ready to debut in London society. Due to her years away, she hasn’t spent much time with her parents, and sees them only as the flighty, dilettante couple the other nobles love. But when they disappear, she discovers she never really knew them at all. They’ve been living double lives as government spies–and they’re only the latest in a long history of espionage that is the family’s legacy.

Now Lady Juliette is determined to continue their work. Mentored by her uncle, she plunges into the dangerous world of spy craft. From the glittering ballrooms of London to the fox hunts, regattas, and soirees of country high society, she must chase down hidden clues, solve the mysterious code her parents left behind, and stay out of danger. All the while, she has to keep her endeavors a secret from her best friend and her suitors–not to mention nosy, irritatingly handsome Bow Street runner Daniel Swann, who suspects her of a daring theft.

Can Lady Juliette outwit her enemies and complete her parents’ last mission? Or will it lead her to a terrible end?

Best-selling author Erica Vetsch is back with a rollicking, exciting new series destined to be a hit with Regency readers who enjoy a touch of mystery in their love stories. Fans of Julie Klassen, Sarah Ladd, and Anne Perry will love the wit, action, and romance.


Sent away to school at 13, Daniel Swann is the illegitimate son of a housekeeper. After graduating, he can work in his chosen profession until his 25th birthday. At that time his wealthy benefactor will cut him off. With his birthday fast approaching, he is eager to prove himself on his first real case as a Bow Street runner.

Lady Juliette Thorndike is finally returning home from school abroad and excited to see her parents. Instead, her parents are gone, and she’s thrown into the world of spies, murder, and stolen artwork.

I absolutely loved that Juliette’s father would write to her in code, and she learned how to figure them out from a young age. Solving ciphers is a hobby of mine. I would have loved to hear some more details of the code Juliette was working on.

I didn’t like that they both constantly questioned God’s presence and thought that He was only there if He instantly helped them with what they wanted.

I liked that the Duke of Haverly from The Gentleman Spy was in this. I always like to catch up with previous characters, and I loved that book.

The combination of the Regency time period, mystery, and interesting characters made for an excellent read. This book was strong in the mystery and espionage elements, and a little more subtle in the romance. I enjoyed how the plot advanced with some added twists.

The description of Jane Austen meets Sherlock Holmes is very accurate, and I’m excited for more from this series. There are some questions I am very impatient to know the answers to, and I look forward to more of Daniel and Juliette’s adventures together.

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Something New – Review

by Rebecca Connolly

Publisher : Phase Publishing (November 2, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 290 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952103371
ISBN-13 : 978-1952103377

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Harrison, Lord Basset, wants a simple, polite marriage of convenience. Nothing emotional or dramatic, nothing that will give him any cause for concern or strife. Arranging a match with the beautiful Miss Adelaide Dyer fits his needs perfectly, and all seems rather straightforward. Until he meets her.

Adelaide has no say in this marriage her father agreed to, but that does not mean she must submit quietly. Lord Basset might be strikingly handsome, but if he thinks to have a calm, biddable wife, he is mistaken. And as for living an uncomplicated married life in the wiles of Cornwall… Well, she would see about that.


Lord Harrison Basset has been raised to be the perfect heir. He has a wastrel brother he is tired of rescuing and an illegitimate sister he loves. He thinks that he needs to keep his emotions in check in order to maintain his reputation. I liked Basset from the beginning. He and Adelaide may have bickered from the start, but he also gave her a certain level of respect that wasn’t common. I also liked how much he loved his sister even though he was expected to have no association with her.

It took a little bit for me to warm up to Adelaide. She was stuck up and had major emotional issues. However, his sister saw through this right away, and this helped me to realize everything she had been through. Women in her position are raised only to marry and have children. They are not told so much about what real life is like. Adelaide has had to leave everything she knows to follow a new husband who is practically a stranger to her. I enjoyed watching her growth and was glad that she was still able to maintain her personality and be as dramatic as ever.

In the Regency time period, there were a lot of marriages that took place among the upper class for the sake of wealth and titles. Women often didn’t even get a say in who they married. Sometimes people were even strangers. I really liked that this book showed what would happen after a couple like this married.

I think my favorite parts of the book were the hilarious conversations between Basset and Adelaide. Just be careful if you are drinking something like poor Basset, or it may come spewing out of your mouth…

*This book is clean, however, it does have some cursing.

Blog Tour and Review: Meet Me Under the Kissing Bough

by Josi S. Kilpack, Anneka R. Walker, Sarah L. McConkie

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (September 20, 2021)
Language : English
ISBN-10 : 1524419737
ISBN-13 : 978-1524419738

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We wish you a merry Christmas and a happily ever after! This special holiday historical romance anthology featuring three heartwarming novellas proves that no matter the obstacles,’tis the season for love.

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

Deborah Winfrey hasn’t had the heart to host a holiday party since her husband’s death. But this Christmas, it’s time to move forward. The festivities bring renewed life to her home, and the attentions of two very different men promise a chance at new love.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

Julia Hunt is strictly forbidden from associating with the family in the nearby manor̬ including the handsome younger son, Esmond, who quickly steals her heart. With Christmas around the corner, an old bundle of hidden love letters may be the key to her own happily ever after.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie

In this novella inspired by the timeless taleA Christmas Carol, John Charleston finds himself on an unexpected journey in the company of the insufferable Lady Carolyn Morleigh. But the magic of the season has a way of softening even the hardest of hearts.


Meet Me under the Kissing Bough brings together three sweet Historical Romance novellas that take place at Christmastime. Grab your coziest blanket and a cup of hot cocoa and prepare to get comfortable. 🙂

Meet Me under the Kissing Bough by Josi S. Kilpack

This story is about a widow who has found love again but struggles with the fear of putting her own happiness first. I really enjoyed that the main characters were older in this story and had life experiences. Usually in this time period the heroines are half the age.

I also always love a good Regency house party, and to add the Christmas theme made it even better. There were some interesting traditions mentioned for the first five days of Christmas.

I really felt for Phillip. While Deborah was finding out what she really wanted, she put him through a lot.

Healing Hearts for the Holidays by Anneka R. Walker

This story can be read on its own, but it has some characters from Walker’s story “Lord Blakely’s Gift” in the book A Hopeful Christmas. I love continuation stories. This story includes multiple generations of love, and has lost love, and forbidden love.

Esmond has always loved taking care of the land. With no inheritance coming, he is expected to practice law or enter the military; both things he does not have a passion for.

Julia always wants to play the peacemaker, and she puts herself at risk because of it. I wish there were more scenes with Julia and Esmond in them. I really liked them together.

Mr Hunt bothered me because he agreed to his daughter Ivy getting married, and then cut her off from the rest of her family.

A Christmas Correspondence by Sarah L. McConkie

I really did not have a lot of sympathy for Lady Caroline. Yes, her father treated her poorly as a child after her mother died, but she grew up to be not a very good person, and that is her own fault. Caroline is constantly trashing other people, and then she is shocked when they speak negatively about her.

Even the few times Lady Caroline has offered to help people, she has just thrown her money around, or she has never even followed through with what she promised.

John is such a kind hearted person, and is way too good for her.

John’s sisters were interesting characters, and I would love to see more from them.

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Blog Tour and Review: The Inns of Devonshire 

by Sally Britton, Annette Lyon, Deborah M. Hathaway

Publisher : Mirror Press (October 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 300 pages
ISBN-10 : 1952611229
ISBN-13 : 978-1952611223

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THE SEVENTH STAR INN by Sally Britton
After years of looking after one another, Susan Baxter and her mother view their neighbors in Totnes as family. When a new landlord inherits the leases on their homes and businesses alike, Susan dreads knowing her world could change at the whim of a stranger. But when she meets Collin Stonecroft and his inquisitive daughter, her feelings shift quickly from cautionary to hopeful. Collin has lived in the confines of London boarding houses all his life, and he’s determined to give his daughter more. They check into the Seventh Star Inn with plans to return to London as soon as possible, but both find Miss Baxter and her local history lessons far too enchanting to leave behind. When Susan learns of Collin’s proposed changes to her beloved neighborhood, will she be able to help him see that some things are perfect the way they are?

THE TRUTH ABOUT MR. BLACKMORE by Annette Lyon
Leigh’s life at the Old Grey Inn is drudgery broken by flights of fancy thanks in part to novels by Simon Blackmore. When Mattias McGrady comes to the inn for a fortnight, Leigh captures his attention. A relationship develops, and she dreads the end of his stay, which will mean a return to an unhappy life. An urgent letter to Mattias leads to him inviting Leigh to an event that stands to change both of their lives forever. If all goes well, Leigh will have a life of her choosing after all. But half-truths and lies have a way of complicating matters. When their plans go awry, Leigh loses her reputation and Mattias almost surely loses his career. Can either of them find happiness?

THE COACHMAN’S CHOICE by Deborah M. Hathaway
Ever-reliable Mary Thorne has helped her widowed mother run The Golden Mermaid Inn for years. She spends her days greeting guests, ensuring the inn runs smoothly—and dodging flirtatious remarks from passing coachmen. But she’s far too busy to pay any attention to such men, even the enticingly attractive Mr. Northcott. Known far and wide for his horsemanship, punctuality, and dallying reputation, Robert Northcott relishes his life as a coachman, especially his freedom to flirt with numerous women from inn to inn, all without the messy details of commitment. There’s just one woman who’s immune to his charms: the lovely, single landlady of The Golden Mermaid. Robert is determined to win Mary over, just as heartily as she is determined to keep her distance from him. But his carefree life is threatened when his pursual of Mary becomes more than just a game…


This collection brings you three delightful stories from three different authors. I really enjoyed reading this book, and I loved that each story was different.

The Seventh Star Inn by Sally Britton

Collin lost his wife many years ago, and he is now raising their daughter Beth. He has spent years working as an accountant for White’s before inheriting property in a little town called Totnes.

Susan was raised as the vicar’s daughter, but after her father’s death, she and her mother worried they would be left for the poor house. However, the people of Totnes took care of them while making it feel loving and not like charity. Susan is now a 28 year old spinster when Collin enters town as her new landlord.

The two opposing views when people look at historic architecture is so prevalent in today’s society. Some people see it at face value as just being old. But some people see all the history behind it and what that means. They see the people that once were, the uniqueness and the character to the structures, and all the stories that took place during the years.

The Truth About Mr. Blackmore by Annette Lyon

Mattias is a writer who is hiding his true name since his publisher doesn’t think his Irish name will sell books. He travels for inspiration and finds himself staying at an Inn that Leigh works in.

Leigh works for her uncaring aunt and uncle who own the inn. She uses books to escape her reality.

I really liked Leigh and Mattias together. This was such a cute, whimsical fairy tale.

The Coachman’s Choice by Deborah M. Hathaway

Robert Northcott is a coachman with major commitment issues who wants to stay unattached and responsibility free.

Mary Thorne has been hurt by a coachman before, and she wants to avoid the flirtatious Robert at all cost.

This was a well developed story with excellent characters that I came to care for in a very short period of time. Due to the shortness of novellas, sometimes it can be hard to develop a connection between characters. I love how the author used the timeline of the coaching schedule to move the story along.

The Nabob’s Daughter – Review

by Jess Heileman

Publisher : Vagabond Publishing, LLC (June 16, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 444 pages
ISBN-10 : 1732985146
ISBN-13 : 978-1732985148

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She’ll do anything to escape an arranged marriage. He’ll do anything to help her.

Honora Crauford relishes her life in India. So when her father informs her of his latest business transaction—marrying her off to a bankrupt nobleman in England—her only hope for returning home is to convince her betrothed, by whatever antics necessary, that a marriage to her comes at a cost that not even the greatest fortune can justify. 

Graham Whitworth can hardly believe his wretched luck. It seems the only way to save his family’s insolvent estate is to comply with his father’s demands and marry the extremely wealthy, but utterly ridiculous, nabob’s daughter. But when Honora missteps, Graham discerns her farce and begins to see who she truly is—a most impressive lady. A lady likely capable of fixing his family’s financial troubles. 

Realizing they both desire freedom, Graham and Honora join forces to restore the Whitworth estate and return Honora to her beloved India. But sometimes love has its own agenda, and the revoking of a once undesirable arrangement may just prove to be the greatest sacrifice of all.  


I read The Nabob’s Daughter by Jess Heileman on Kindle Unlimited, and immediately after finishing it I bought the paperback because I loved it so much!

I seriously hated every time I had to put it down. Honora and Graham were the cutest couple, and I loved how they interacted with each other. I also loved all the rich details of India that the author included.

This book was so sweet and yet hilarious as well; the perfect combination! On top of that, it had a twist that I didn’t see coming. I loved this book, and I highly recommend it. It was one of the best releases of the year.

Blog Tour and Review: A Torn Allegiance

by Jen Geigle Johnson

Publisher : Covenant Communications, Inc. (May 5, 2021)
Language : English
Paperback : 288 pages
ISBN-10 : 1524418684
ISBN-13 : 978-1524418687

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When the man she must spy on becomes the man she loves…

Peace is tenuous in the small kingdom of Oldenburg, and the looming threat of invasion from Napoleon weighs heavily on the royal family. Their country’s best chance for safety lies in strengthening their alliance with the English. So it is that Prince Hayes Wilhelm finds himself returning to England, where he hopes a prominent duke can help him protect his country.


Lady Elsie longs to make a difference in the world, but spying was not quite what she had in mind. So when her father, the Duke of Shelby, approaches her about keeping a close eye on the visiting crown prince of Oldenburg, she reluctantly agrees. But the outspoken young woman did not anticipate finding in Hayes a man who shares―and respects―her progressive ideas. Their mutual attraction is undeniable, but Elsie cannot forget her charge to spy on the man who is quickly stealing her heart. With the threat of war looming ever closer, Elsie and Hayes must consider carefully whom to trust―before their secrets tear them apart.


The Royal Regency series continues with A Torn Allegiance now focusing on the eldest brother. Prince Hayes Wilhelm has the concerns and responsibilities one would expect of the heir. However, he also has the added issues of being from a small country surrounded by the war with Napoleon. I found Hayes to be a strong and interesting character. He really had a lot to work through in his position and handled it like a true future king.

Lady Elsie was asked to spy on Hayes by her father. During her time with Hayes she finds herself drawn to him for other reasons. Elsie seemed quite immature. She was so proud of herself for being a bluestocking and able to have intelligent conversations, but her emotions with Hayes changed five times every conversation. She was also jealous of every interaction he had with another woman.

This book discusses the connection that people have with their homeland, and there are some beautiful descriptions in it. I also liked all the historical information that went into the book.

It took me a little bit to get into the first 50 pages of the book, but then I read the next 200 in one sitting. It left me wanting to read the next in the series right away.

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