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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To Love Anew by Bonnie Leon

To Love Anew begins with our heroine, Hannah, losing her precious mother to the sweating sickness.  Hannah’s mother provided her with a strong foundation of faith in God, a sweet and loving spirit, and skilled hands that aren’t idle.  As can only be, Hannah grieves for her mother and life is never the same again.  

Hannah’s situation is one that most of us will never experience.  Without her mother’s skills as a seamstress, Hannah very rapidly becomes homeless, alone and defenseless in a harsh and cruel world.  The reality of young women without means in 19th century London.

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Waterfall by Lisa T. Bergren

I'm bringing you another oldie but goodie review from my Goodreads page.  I wrote this review in 2015 after I had first read the book.  I have more recently listened to the audio version of the first three books, Waterfall, Cascade, and Torrent.  I enjoyed the books this time around as much as I had the first time.  And while I did find that the narrator for the audiobooks was incredibly talented, I struggled with the audiobook.  Primarily because I am not a teenage girl.  When reading, I can mentally skip over the more juvenile aspects of the story (these are not negative aspects... a teenaged girl is the target audience for these books).  When listening I can't and so those aspects stand out even more to me.  Anyway...

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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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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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The Girl From the Train by Irma Joubert

The Girl From the Train is an incredibly beautiful book.  In many ways it touched me very similarly to Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See.  It drew me in, made me smile and cheer, made me cry, made me angry.  

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