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12 of the Best Books of 2022 – Fiction Edition

Despite setting a tiny goal of 24 books for 2022, I read over 100 books this year (what kind I say, reading is my procrastination method of choice). But that’s good news for you because now I’m sharing some of the best books of 2022 so you can have lots of new books to add to your TBR.

Best Books of 2022

The books on this list will either be Christian fiction or clean. I’ve broken them down by category to make it easier for you. Without further ado, here are my best books of 2022:

Best Contemporary Romance Books

A Proxy Wedding (A Short Story), by Toni Shiloh

A Proxy Wedding (A Short Story), by Toni Shiloh

This story was short and sweet with great characters that you could get behind. Though it was a relatively short read, the characters were well-fleshed out and had a believable conflict and resolution.

A Seaside Wonder (Muir Harbor #2), by Melissa Tagg

A Seaside Wonder (Muir Harbor #2), by Melissa Tagg

Oh, my word! This book was so much fun. The characters were so witty and charming. I enjoyed every second I spent reading this book. This is the second in a series so there are some threads that were started in book one but it is still worth reading even if you haven’t read book one (Autumn by the Sea).

You and Me (A Misty River Romance, #2.5), by Becky Wade

You and Me (A Misty River Romance, #2.5), by Becky Wade

Makeover story! When Connor convinces Shay to help him with a makeover to score points with the woman he wants to date, she has no idea she’s the one he has his eyes on. All I can say is that this story was so sweet, you may have to read it twice.

To Win a Prince, by Toni Shiloh

To Win a Prince, by Toni Shiloh

Okay, so I enjoyed reading In Search of A Prince in 2021, but I loved To Win A Prince. Ekon and Iris’ relationship was the best kind of slow burn. And watching Ekon’s character transform from a pompous prince who thought too much of himself into a humble man who realized where his value came from? Priceless.

Friendzone to End Zone, by Judy Corry

Friendzone to End Zone, by Judy Corry

Okay, this is another one of those makeover stories (can you tell that I love them?) There was also a friends-to-more trope. It took Ariana to realize that Cole was the right man for her, but she finally did. Their journey from friends to lovers will warm your heart.

Best Historical Romance Books

A Winter's Vow (Aster Ridge Ranch, #1), by Kate Condie

A Winter’s Vow (Aster Ridge Ranch, #1), by Kate Condie

This was my first Kate Condie novel and I enjoyed it! Della and Bastien’s relationship was so sweet. Note: this is a clean read, not Christian fiction.

Her Unsuitable Match (Supposed Scandal, #1), by Sally Britton

Her Unsuitable Match (Supposed Scandal, #1), by Sally Britton

This marriage of convenience started with a scandal and ended with two people finding the love of a lifetime. Philippa and Myles will endear you with their story. You’ll root along with Philippa as she fights for her independence while respecting Myles for his integrity and the care he took of her.

Best Romantic Comedy Books

Meet Me in the Margins Books, by Melissa Ferguson

Meet Me in the Margins Books, by Melissa Ferguson

This romantic comedy was about two bookish characters who found themselves falling in love within the pages of a manuscript, need I say more? Add in lots of bookish talk and quirky characters and you have yourself a book with lots of laugh-out-loud moments.

Amanda (Sewing in SoCal #4), by Sarah Monzon

Amanda (Sewing in SoCal #4), by Sarah Monzon

I felt so seen after reading Amanda. As someone who also struggles with an unknown autoimmune disease that is sometimes debilitating, I appreciated this story so much. There may have been some ugly crying, but ultimately, the sweetest of these characters will remind you that we all need people we can share our stories with and lean on when we get tired of walking alone.

Betsy: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sewing in SoCal Book 5), by Sarah Monzon

Betsy: A Sweet Romantic Comedy (Sewing in SoCal Book 5), by Sarah Monzon

Betsy was so much fun. The snarky Betsy from the SoCal books turned out to be a giant sweetheart with an endearing backstory. Who would have guessed? If you’ve ever had a dream that you’ve put on hold for whatever reason, you’ll appreciate Betsy’s story.

Romantic Suspense Books

Sundown (Sky King Ranch, #3), by Susan May Warren

Sundown (Sky King Ranch, #3), by Susan May Warren

This was a great ending to the Sky King Ranch series and though at the beginning Cole seemed like the most unlikeable of the three characters, it was his story that touched me the most. I loved his redemption arc and how embracing his purpose drew him back to God.

Biblical Fiction Books

The Hidden Prince, by Tessa Afshar

The Hidden Prince, by Tessa Afshar

I didn’t read many biblical fiction books this year, but this book by Tessa Afshar knocked it out of the park. I enjoyed the characters, especially Cyrus, as well as, the themes of forgiveness and purpose. I loved how Tessa Afshar took the prophecies about Cyrus and wove them into the story of a Jewish woman who was on her own quest.

What were some of the books that made it onto your best books of 2022 list? Share them with me in the comments.

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