Here they are, in no particular order:
News of the World by Paulette Jiles This was such a good story, based just after the Civil War in east Texas. An older man is a 'news reader' -- someone who travels from town to town, reading newspaper articles from all over the world as a form of entertainment. In his travels, he comes across a young girl who was held captive by Kiowa Indians, and it is his responsibility to take her back home. The relationship between the two is so touching, and in my mind the main character was like 'Woodrow Call' played by Tommy Lee Jones in Lonesome Dove, which made it all the more enjoyable.
The Chaperone by Laura Moriarty This brought all sorts of lovely images to mind, as I pictured Cora Carlisle and her young charge, Louise, both from Kansas, in 1920s New York City. I had the pleasure of meeting the author last Spring, and she read portions of her book and talked about the methods of research she used.
Unbound by John Shors I'm a bit biased, because I've met the author a couple of times, and he is so very kind and charming. Yes, he is my author crush;) Having said that, his books (all set in Asia) are a wonderful blend of history and characters that I come to care about so deeply. This particular story is set in China on the Great Wall.
The Lake House by Kate Morton Perhaps, this list should be favorite books/favorite authors:) I've never met a Kate Morton book I didn't love. I loved the mystery in this story, as much as I loved the house, which is as much of a character as any of the people.
The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende This is one of those lovely stories that takes place across decades. I couldn't put it down! As I said, this list is in no particular order, and as I've been typing each title, I'm thinking to myself, "Oh, but this was really my favorite!"
So many books, so little time! Where would we be without books? Happy reading in 2019!