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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King of the Friend Zone by Sheralyn Pratt

I’ve told you all before that I’m not a big fan of romance literature yet sometimes certain authors draw me in to read in the genre.  Sheralyn Pratt is one of those authors.  I really enjoyed the first book that I read authored by Pratt, Pimpernell, a contemporary romance with a serious mystery.  I’m glad that I picked up King of the Friend Zone to read.  It is a fun romance, with a couple of really interesting twists and turns and the most adorable cookie vender ever.

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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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Solstice by Jane Redd

Solstice is a truly enjoyable book.  Jane Redd is definitely a talented writer.  Not surprising as Jane Redd is a pseudonym for Heather B. Moore, a USA Today best selling author.  Solstice carries its own honor as a top 10 seller in two of Amazon’s categories.

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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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