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2009 Reads

January:
1. Bleeding Heart Square, by Andrew Taylor
2. The Scarlet Lion, by Elizabeth Chadwick
3. Silent on the Moor, by Deanna Raybourn
4. The Observations, by Jane Harris
5. The Black Pearl, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
6. Harriet and Isabella, by Patricia O’Brien
7. The Miracles of Prato, by Laurie Albanese and Laura Morowitz
8. The Needle in the Blood, by Sarah Bower
9. The Founding, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
10. The Glassblower of Murano, by Marina Fiorato
11. Darling Jim, by Christian Moerk
12. The Lady Chapel, by Candace Robb

February:
1. A Dangerous Affair, by Caro Peacock
2. The Birthday Present, by Barbara Vine
3. The Dark Rose, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
4. Lady’s Maid, by Margaret Forster
5. The Heretic Queen, by Michelle Moran
6. A Place Beyond Courage, by Elizabeth Chadwick

March:
1. Figures in Silk, by Vanora Bennett
2. The Italian Boy, by Sarah Wise
3. Sophia’s Secret, by Susanna Kearsley
4. The Princeling, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
5. The Book of Love, by Sarah Bower
6. The Last Days of the Romanovs, by Helen Rappaport
7. The Ivy Tree, by Mary Stewart
8. The Traitor’s Wife, by Susan Higginbotham
9. The Priory, by Dorothy Whipple

April:
1. Stone’s Fall, by Iain Pears
2. The Dud Avocado, by Elaine Dundy
3. Frenchman’s Creek, by Daphne Du Maurier
4. The Owl Killers, by Karen Maitland
5. The Crimes of Paris, by Dorothy and Thomas Hoobler
6. The Oak Apple, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
7. The Last Queen, by CW Gortner
8. Pretty in Plaid, by Jen Lancaster
9. The Journal of Dora Damage, by Belinda Starling
10. The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe
11. The Long Shadow, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

May:
1. The Devlin Diary, by Christi Phillips
2. Rude Awakenings of a Jane Austen Addict, by Laurie Viera Rigler
3. The Angel’s Game, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
4. The Principessa, by Christie Dickason
5. Madonna of the Almonds, by Marina Fiorato
6. Thornyhold, by Mary Stewart
7. Mariana, by Susanna Kearsley
8. And Only to Deceive, by Tasha Alexander
9. A Reliable Wife, by Robert Goolrick
10. Dust and Shadow, by Lyndsay Faye
11. The Winter Mantle, by Elizabeth Chadwick
12. Idiot Girl and the Flaming Tantrum of Death, by Laurie Notaro
13. Emily’s Ghost, by Denise Giardina
14. The Chevalier, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

June:
1. Season of Storms, by Susanna Kearsley
2. Daughters of the Grail, by Elizabeth Chadwick
3. Wait for What Will Come, by Barbara Michaels
4. Death at the Priory, by James Ruddick
5. The Rossetti Letter, by Christi Phillips
6. Sacred Hearts, by Sarah Dunant
7. The Private Diary of Mr. Darcy, by Maya Slater
8. The Devil’s Company, by David Liss
9. The Warrior’s Princess, by Barbara Erskine
10. Past Imperfect, by Julian Fellowes
11. The Time of Singing, by Elizabeth Chadwick
12. The Counterfeit Guest, by Rose Melikan
13. The Canterbury Papers, by Judith Koll Healey

July:
1. The Maiden, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
2. Twilight of a Queen, by Susan Carroll
3. The Jewel Box, by Anna Davis
4. The Secret Diaries of Charlotte Bronte, by Syrie James
5. The Shadowy Horses, by Susanna Kearsley
6. The Nun’s Tale, by Candace Robb
7. The Devil’s Queen, by Jeanne Kalogridis
8. Death Comes as Epiphany, by Sharan Newman
9. Falls the Shadow, by Sharon Kay Penman
10. Twenties Girl, by Sophie Kinsella
11. The Last Duel, by Eric Jager
12. Tears of Pearl, by Tasha Alexander
13. Shields of Pride, by Elizabeth Chadwick

August:
1. In a Dark Wood Wandering, by Hella Haasse
2. The Slaves of Solitude, by Patrick Hamilton
3. The Flood-Tide, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
4. The Gabriel Hounds, by Mary Stewart
5. No Dark Place, by Joan Wolf
6. The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory
7. The Aviary Gate, by Katie Hickman
8. The Coral Thief, by Rebecca Stott
9. Grace Hammer, by Sara Stockbridge
10. A Plague on Both Your Houses, by Susanna Gregory
11. Madam, Will You Talk? by Mary Stewart
12. Murder of a Medici Princess, by Caroline Murphy
13. Her Fearful Symmetry, by Audrey Niffenegger
14. Named of the Dragon, by Susanna Kearsley

September:
1. Cleopatra’s Daughter, by Michelle Moran
2. The Conquest, by Elizabeth Chadwick
3. Confinement, by Katharine McMahon
4. The Street Philosopher, by Matthew Plampin
5. Mariana, by Monica Dickens
6. The King’s Mistress, by Emma Campion
7. The Children’s Book, by AS Byatt
8. The Lady Queen, by Nancy Goldstone
9. The Tiger in the Smoke, by Margery Allingham
10. The Old Man and Me, by Elaine Dundy
11. The Making of a Marchioness, by Frances Hodgson Burnett
12. Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

October:
1. The Tangled Thread, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
2. The Nebuly Coat, by John Meade Falkner
3. Consolation, by James Wilson
4. The Garden of Persephone, by Cesar Rotondi
5. Boudica: Dreaming the Eagle, by Manda Scott
6. The Fraud, by Barbara Ewing
7. Miss Buncle’s Book, by DE Stevenson
8. The Overnight Socialite, by Bridie Clark
9. The Lacuna, by Barbara Kingsolver

November:
1. New York: The Novel, by Edward Rutherfurd
2. The Russian Concubine, by Kate Furnivall
3. The Time Traveller’s Guide to Medieval England, by Ian Mortimer
4. Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand, by Helen Simonson
5. The Lady in the Tower, by Alison Weir
6. Mary Reilly, by Valerie Martin
7. Last Night in Twisted River, by John Irving
8. The Scapegoat, by Daphne Du Maurier
9. The Champion, by Elizabeth Chadwick
10. Silk, by Alessandro Baricco
11. Kristin Lavransdatter I: The Wreath, by Sigrid Undset
12. Fire From Heaven, by Mary Renault
13. Remarkable Creatures, by Tracy Chevalier
14. The Victorian Chaise-Lounge, by Marghanita Laski

December
1. The Emperor, by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles
2. The White Horse King, by Benjamin Merkle
3. The Swan Thieves, by Elizabeth Kostova
4. The Plantagenets: A Pride of Kings, by Juliet Dymoke
5. Bride of Pendorric, by Victoria Holt
6. Tulip Fever, by Deborah Moggach
7. Small Wars, by Sadie Jones
8. Saplings, by Noel Streatfeild
9. Little Bird of Heaven, by Joyce Carol Oates
10. Prima Donna, by Megan Chance
11. Nanny Returns, by Emma McLaughlin and Nicola Kraus
12. Alice I Have Been, by Melanie Benjamin
13. The Book of Fires, by Jane Borodale
14. Wildfire at Midnight, by Mary Stewart

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