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 Noble Servant by Melanie Dickerson

The Noble Servant is a lovely medieval fairy tale romance.  It has been said by other reviewers that The Noble Servant is reminiscent of The Goose Girl by the Brothers Grimm.  I’ve not read the story so I can’t speak to that.  I can say that The Noble Servant is a modern fairytale.  I find in our two primary characters qualities that are reminiscent of Cinderella and the prince in the classic fairy tale Cinderella by Charles Perrault.  The Noble Servant isn’t a copycat book by any measure though; it retains a distinctly unique style that is wholly Melanie Dickerson.

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The Shattered Vigil by Patrick W. Carr

I have taken FOREVER to write this review.  I read The Shattered Vigil months ago and have returned multiple times to write this review.  There have been many iterations and at one time my review was almost 2000 words long.  I thought that might be a wee bit excessive ;).  I can't imagine that you want to read a comprehensive treatise rather than a book review.  If you do, I would really love to meet you,

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Recruits by Thomas Locke

I love that Davis Bunn is exploring the Thomas Locke facet of his imagination.  We are being exposed to his fascinating expertise as a writer outside of the Christian fiction genre; a genre in which he is highly accomplished.  I was first introduced to his work under the pen name Thomas Locke with his epic fiction series Legends of the Realm.  Then his technothriller series Fault Lines.  Now Bunn is conquering science fiction with Recruits.  I’m ecstatic!  Geez… gush much?!

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The Girl Before by JP Delaney

The Girl Before is a mind-blowing psychological thriller of the strangest and eeriest proportions.  A thriller where architecture, asceticism, minimalism (that puts Marie Kondo to shame), murder, and twisted romance vie for attention.  A narrative that is shared by two residents of Edward Monkford’s controversial architectural masterpiece; one past resident and one present… one dead resident and one living… two intertwined and sometimes unreliable narratives that ramp up the suspense.

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The Cottage by Michael Phillips

I highly recommend any book written by Michael Phillips.  The Cottage is no exception.  It is a beautiful romance and a compelling Christian fiction read.  As is common in Phillips’ written works, The Cottage is a lesson-filled book.  It is a comforting read, a relaxing read, while at the same time a spiritually and morally challenging read... if you are listening.  I pray that you listen.  I'm going to encourage you now to read The Inheritance, the first book in the Secrets of the Shetlands series, if you haven't already and to then read The Cottage

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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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The Inheritance by Michael Phillips

Phillips paints beautiful scenery.  His descriptions of the Shetland Islands and the community of Whales Reef in particular are very detailed and lovely.  He shows the value and an understanding of the culture and history of the island. The Inheritance extolls the blessings to be found in a families heritage that I find distinctly lacking in America.  I am much the poorer for it. 

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Eligible: A modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice by Curtis Sittenfeld

I was so excited at the description of Eligible.  Jane Austen is one of my all-time favorite authors so when I saw a book that was a modern retelling of Pride and Prejudice I had to snatch up a review copy.  Unfortunately Eligible fell short of my expectations.

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