Two first novels and three books with an emphasis on interpersonal relationships comprise the list of the books I most enjoyed last year.
In alphabetical order by author:
Save the Date by Mary Kay Andrews
I adore some books by Andrews and I don't even finish others because the characters, story, or setting are bland. However, Save the Date combines entertaining characters along with lots of details on flowers and wedding planning to make an engaging read.
California by Edan Lepucki
Lepucki's dystopian novel was a real page turner for me. Her portrait of Cal's and Frida's marriage and fight for survival when they discover they are having a baby was interesting.
A Good Year for the Roses by Gil McNeil
Descriptions of English gardens, a crazy parrot, a rundown old house, and delightful characters--what's not to love?
Owen's Daughter by Jo-Ann Mapson
Mapson's depictions of life in the Southwest and family relationships shine in this novel.
The Girl With a Clock for a Heart by Peter Swanson
Swanson made himself known as a writer to watch and love with this suspenseful, noirish tale.