A type of novel often referred to as "slice of life" or "stream of consciousness" doesn't appear often and is frequently disliked by the average reader, but adored by many literature fans. Road to Covered Bridge by Marilyn Brown is that kind of book. It's a Utah State First Place Novel and based on incidents in the lives of real people.
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The genre has been showing up in novels designed for teens for several years, but has more recently been creeping into those meant for adults. Kiss of the Spindle by Nancy Campbell Allen is a prime example of Steampunk written with adults as well as older teens in mind. This novel is loosely based on the children's fairytale Sleeping Beauty.
The two romantic novels spotlighted today might be labeled Regencies, though neither quite fit the mold and may more accurately be called Historicals. Scarlet by Jen Geigle Johnson occurs just prior to the Regency period and deals with the French Revolution. Miss Wilton's Waltz by Josie Kilpack features a young woman who teaches in a girls' school and prefers to skip the social whirl of the ton.
Three books captured my attention with their different settings and different themes. To Love a Spy by Laura Beers, Suspect by Clair M. Poulson, and Destroying Their God by Wallace Jeffs deal with the insidious pain inflicted on the innocent by physical, emotional, and sexual abuse.
Both of the following books look at the rights or lack of rights held by women during earlier times. Heart of the West by Carolyn Twede Frank looks at the early American West and a female doctor. A Tangled Inheritance by Chalon Linton tackles the male-only inheritance laws of nineteenth century England.