My list of
On this page, I'll be posting books I've read and loved, with the most recent ones at the top. If you're looking for wholesome stories to dive into without dark or explicit scenes, feel free to check out these novels. Click on the book cover to be taken to the Amazon page. To browse current book promotions with hundreds of free/discounted novels click here.
Maid and Minstrell
When Rosalind turns eighteen, nobles and dignitaries across the land are to celebrate with her—including young King Philip of Mallinae. But instead of a party, she is the prize up for bid. Incensed, she ridicules the guests and as a punishment must marry a beggar that very night. This novella is based on “King Thrushbeard” by the Brothers Grimm.
The Earl Next Door
A funny and heartfelt story about misunderstandings and finding your true love. The main characters are very likable and selfless. Stuck in hard circumstances that could force them into unwanted marriages they fight with their attraction toward each other for the sake of doing the greater good. Could they find a way to not sacrifice their own happiness?
When Jewel marries, she vows to love, honor, and obey. Little does she know that her husband's secrets will push her faith far beyond anything she can imagine. For two years she remains a prisoner until a mysterious stranger appears offering friendship and hope.
Jack has the Victorian home of his dreams--or so it seems until he discovers an intriguing beauty lurking in the shadows. Stunned, he finds they share the house but live a century apart.
A unique world created in a historical England setting. The magic system is very interesting, the main characters are compelling, and the story has many twists. The orphaned Elsie Camden learned as a girl that there were two kinds of wizards in the world: those who pay for the power to cast spells and those, like her, born with the ability to break them. But as an unlicensed magic user, her gift is a crime. Can she find her place in the world that does not accept her?
Six Crimson Cranes
This is a retelling of my favorite fairytale - The Six Swans, where the sons of the king and queen are turned into birds while their little sister has to find a way to rescue them. In this story, the setting is of Asian culture and there is a dragon involved. Overall, it's a unique retelling with some interesting story twists.
Half a Soul
A unique subgenre with magic and fae set in Regency England. What I liked about this book and others in the same series, was that instead of focusing on the opulent life of the rich and entitled, the author dives into the issues of poverty during that era, finding your purpose, and overcoming disability. Of course, there is romance, but that's not the main plot.
Followed by Frost
A great story of transformation through the pain. It's about the young women cursed to turn everything she touches into ice and the man who braves the winter storm to be near her. The author describes in detail the tale of survival, change, sacrifice, and love. It has the charm of an old fairytale with life lessons to learn.
This fantasy adventure tells the story of Katsa, an odd girl who doesn't know herself. She lives in a world where selected people are given a Grace, a special talent that can be anything from dancing to swimming. Katsa’s is killing. As the king’s niece, she is forced to use her extreme skills as his thug. But Katsa learns to decipher the true nature of her Grace and uses it for good.
An Enchantment of Ravens
In the world where fair folk live forever but cannot feel deeply or create things with their hands like humans, they seek the craft of mortals in exchange for enchantments. A young woman is an artist that craves none of their gifts. But when a fair prince wants his portrait done, she catches a glimpse of humanity in his eyes, setting events in motion that will change their destinies.
Before the Broken Star
This book is a series of three, and I am on the second one now. I was drawn to the main character, a young woman who lived through personal tragedy that left her body broken, but not her spirit. Her heart is a mechanical clock, and every hour it ticks could be her last. All she wants is to survive long enough to avenge her family, but her quest takes her on the adventure she didn't expect.
A Trail so Lonesome
I enjoyed this series of book about Oregon Trail. This was not only a physical journey but an inner one as well. Characters had to learn to trust, forgive, and regain their hope once again. Evangeline has a secret, one that has sent her on a journey across the plains on the Oregon Trail. When her father is badly hurt and she needs help, Leo is there. A deal is struck and the two unlikely friends form an alliance.
Touch of Power
Read the first book of three and got attached to all the main characters. Avry, strong and compassionate, is the last healer in the land. Everyone is hunting her down. Kerrick, a man with a wounded past, protects her so that she can heal the leader who is capable of stopping the war. The only problem is that it may cost Avry her life, and Kerrick might care too much to allow it.
Fairy Tale Reimagined
This novel is light and fun, although, I didn't read the subsequent books (just the spoilers in the reviews to know what happens). The beginning is entertaining. Kat is drawn from her world into the story of Cinderella through the book. She can only get out if she is able to finish the story. It's a fast and easy read.
Never Date a Siren
College Fae Series
This is a fun contemporary YA fantasy. The action takes place at a European university where the fae and humans attend classes together as they figure out love and friendship. It's about a human who broke up with a siren and might wither away as a result and an unwanted fae roommate who might just be the one to save him.
We Hunt the Flame
YA Fantasy Duology
Zafira is the Hunter, disguising herself as a man when she braves the cursed forest of the Arz to feed her people. Nasir is the Prince of Death, assassinating those foolish enough to defy his autocratic father, the sultan. Both of them are sent on an impossible mission that might save or ruin their realm. This fantasy is set in the world inspired by ancient Arabia.
Space Opera Trilogy
I don't usually read books set in space but this was a fun one. It is also set from the perspective of multiple people which is unusual. The two main characters, a girl lost in time and a boy from a race that looks like fae, who is bonded to love and protect her, were my favorites. And she is the one who will hopefully save the Universe in the end. Waiting for book 3 to come out.
Mina is unpopular and uncoordinated; until she saves her crush's life on a field trip. But with her new found fame brings misfortune in the form of an old family curse come to light. For Mina is descended from the Brothers Grimm and has inherited all of their unfinished fairy tale business. Which includes trying to outwit a powerful Story from making her it's next fairytale victim.
The Kiss of a Stranger
This is a great story about overcoming abuse and blossoming into the person one is meant to be. The main characters are forced to marry each other due to a misunderstanding. The male lead begins guiding his wife’s transformation from a socially petrified country girl to a lady of society. Their unfolding relationship reveals surprises for both of them and privately each of them wonders if theirs may become a true marriage of the heart. But the past has to be dealt with first.
Celtic mythology and fae mix in this tale of slow-burn romance and adventure. Powerful Kieran O'Bairr is no ordinary fae. He has spent the last one hundred years in a self-imposed exile for a crime that haunts his every waking moment. The stubborn Aislinn Morgan is a complication he doesn't want, but his longing for the golden-haired lass is hard to resist. She is his fated mate.
Feathers of Snow
Fairy Tale Reimagined
The world is very imaginative with magical beasts and a heartwrenching romance. Brianna bears a deadly secret: she’s not the princess she is pretending to be. If the prince finds out, her life will be forfeit and her country plunged into war.B ut there is more to the icy prince than meets the eye, and Brianna slowly unravels the secrets of his dark past while surviving in a strange culture.
Illusions of Fate
Jessamin has been an outcast since she moved from her island home of Melei to the dreary country of Albion. Everything changes when she meets the gorgeous, enigmatic Finn, who introduces her to the secret world of Albion's nobility. But Finn has secrets of his own, and the vicious Lord Downpike will do anything to possess them.
Shari L. Tapscott
This was an easy fun read full of jest, slow-burn romance, and a very active fantasy world. Of course, having a dashing knight doesn't hurt either. Henrik and Clover go on missions and resist falling in love while they try to save the kingdom together. The cast of characters was interesting, both human and magical.
The Trial of the Djinn
Fairytale Hunters Series
If you like supernatural academies, friendships that last a lifetime, families that fight monsters together, and a bit of romance, you will like this series of books. After all of our favorite fantasy heroes defeated monsters, they built an academy for their kids. Follow a group of trained teenagers as they take on their trials and defeat their enemies as a group, learning to work together.
Portal Fantasy Series
Lia is a typical high school senior, until dreams become reality and she’s pulled into the world of Solair. Kieren is admired as one of the fiercest Solairian dragon hunters… until the day he’s cursed to become one of the beasts he hunts. If Lia and Kieren can’t master the magic in their blood and the feelings stirring in their hearts, Solair and Earth may be destroyed forever.
Voice of Power
As the daughter of shopkeepers, Elena has always known that the mysteries of reading and writing are closed to her. Only the mageborn can risk harnessing the power unleashed from putting pen to paper. Until Elena discovers an impossible new ability and joins the elite ranks of the mages. Strong heroines, fantasy worlds, adventure, intrigue, and romance.
Time Travel Fantasy Series
Gwyneth always thought her cousin would be the time traveler. But nope, it's her. She must now brush up on history and work with Gideon—the time traveler from a similarly gifted family that passes the gene through its male line. Together, they journey through time to discover who, in the 18th century and in contemporary London, they can trust.
Once Upon a Broken Heart
YA Fantasy Trilogy
For as long as she can remember, Evangeline Fox has believed in true love and happy endings…until she learns that the love of her life will marry another. Desperate to stop the wedding and to heal her wounded heart, Evangeline strikes a deal with the charismatic, but wicked, Prince of Hearts. In exchange for his help, he asks for three kisses, to be given at the time and place of his choosing.
The Beast and the Enchantress
Fairy Tale Retelling
This is book one of the fun A Villain's Ever After series of 12 fairy tale retellings. Astrid, an aspiring enchantress, learns that magic must only be used for good. But when an egocentric prince breaks her sister’s heart, Astrid’s only focus is revenge, and what better way to enact it than with a well-chosen curse?
The Look of Love
A little bit of "magic" and regency romance. It's book one of the stand-alone book series. When Lady Olivia Gosling finds The Book of Love in a musty bookshop, she is most eager to try out its love “recipes” on someone safe. Is it possible they actually work? Because suddenly, Duke of Hartford who volunteered can’t seem to get Olivia out of his mind... or his heart.