A Baxter Family Christmas by Karen Kingsbury

A Baxter Family Christmas is a sweet clean read.  A beautiful book to snuggle up with in front of the fireplace, the Christmas lights twinkling in the background, while you sip on a warm mug of hot cocoa (or my favorite… Russian tea).  It is like reading a Hallmark movie.  FYI… I mean that in the very best sense.  I love Hallmark movies!

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the best of 2016

A list of my favorite books (from my 5-star rated list) read in 2016.  They may or may not have been published in 2016.  Sometimes I am blessed and run across a book years after it has been published and find a new favorite.

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Archie of Outlandish by Lynnette Kraft

The community and residents of Outlandish are outlandish and that is their beauty.  Archie of Outlandish is a story of viewpoint; yours and mine, good and bad, changing and growing.  Lynnette Kraft has an enviable way of looking at the world and she shares it with us through Archibald Pumbly.  Archie provides a fascinatingly intelligent yet childlike view of the people and world around him.  Archie observes.  He does not do do do go go go.  He is at peace and quietly watches.  His view is incredible!  It equates to viewing the world through the lens of Christ's love.

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Pimpernel by Sheralyn Pratt

Pimpernel’s cover did not incite in me a longing to metaphorically open the cover (I read an ebook version). I couldn't resist the description of the author though (see below) so forge on I did.  I'm glad.  Between the covers is a fast-paced and interesting mystery.  I found Pimpernel’s ancestral premise quite creative. The legacy, the identity, art, and secrecy of the Pimpernel persona being passed on from generation to generation. 

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The Mountain Between Us by Charles Martin

This book was a refreshingly good read! A romance with a protagonist that is a true gentleman. I don't typically enjoy romances but this was so much more. Great adventure story too.

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