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The Rose Garden, by Susanna Kearsley
Kearsley writes slightly paranormal, slightly old-fashioned, contemporary Gothic romance novels. I have adored every single one of them I've read, mostly for reasons of character, language, and kindness of perspective, and I adored this one too. Its central conceit is time travel, which did not hurt, as I'm quite fond of that genre too. I always feel well-rested after spending some time with her books.

The Cabinet of Wonders, by Marie Rutkoski
Fun and adorable, but never over-the-top precious, novel set in an alternative magical Bohemia. A young and stubborn girl sets out to steal her father's eyes back from a cold-hearted prince. One of the several things I liked about this story is that the steampunk trappings are delightful, surprising, and never self-conscious. They fit right, and work to support the story, instead of being pasted on.

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