Wednesday, January 9, 2019

2018's Reviewer Favorites Part Two!

Part Two today... favorites from Rebecca, Susan and Kim!

Since my Top Three and Top Ten books of 2018 have already been mentioned in other locations, allow me to choose which of those stories surprised me the most; in other words I expected to read a good book and the story turned out to be nothing short of amazing. 

"The Mark of the Raven" by Morgan Busse - Admittedly, I rarely read fantasy; ever. So you can imagine my surprise when the story line of this book took me into the kinds of realms unknown that absolutely fascinated me. At the same time, the deep spiritual undertones were perfectly clear. It's no wonder that I loved it. 

"The Solace of Water" by Elizabeth Younts - This kind of story crosses so many lines; prejudice, grief, alcoholism, to name a few. It's deep, it's thought provoking, it's memorable, it's brilliant . . . . and I didn't see it coming. 

"Ghost Heart" by Lisa Harris and Lynne Gentry - Every time someone has asked me to name my favorite book of 2018, "Ghost Heart" has popped out. I've said it before and I will say it again, this book checked off all the necessary categories for a great book with ease. I turned the first page thinking that I would be reading another good suspense novel,  well . . . you will just have to read it for yourself. 

Top Ten Reads of 2018
The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
When You Look at Me by Pepper Basham
Things Left Unsaid by Courtney Walsh
Miles From Where We Started by Cynthia Ruchti
The Captured Bride by Michelle Griep
Kill Shot by Susan Sleeman
A Million Miles From Home by Mike Dellosso
Caught By Surprise by Jen Turano
Where Hope Begins by Catherine West

Honorable Mentions
Dangerous Obsession by Jessica Patch
The Innkeeper's Daughter by Michelle Griep
Dead Drift by Dani Pettrey
Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller
At Home In Wishing Bridge by Ruth Logan Herne

A Honey of a Christmas by Jessica Patch
Christmas at the Red Door Inn by Liz Johnson
A Caffeine Conundrum by Angela Ruth Strong
Light My Fire by Susan May Warren

Novella Collection
Once Upon a Laugh with contributions by Jessica PatchKrista PhillipsChristina CoryellPepper BashamLaurie Tomlinson, Betsy St. Amant, Heather Gray and Mikal Dawn.

And a special mention goes to Mary Connealy for her Garrison's Law series, which is not finished but the first four were amazing.

The above books are all Christian fiction. I do read nonfiction, too. My favorite nonfiction book of the year was:
Auschwitz: A New History by Laurence Rees.

Also from secular authors:
I've Got My Eyes On You by Mary Higgins Clark
Miss Julia Raises the Roof by Ann B. Ross

And my favorite re-read was the entire Mitford series by Jan Karon

Jane by the Book, When You Look at Me, Twist of Faith - all by Pepper Basham

An Hour Unspent, A Song Unheard both by Roseanna M. White

Love in Three Quarter Time, Rose in Three Quarter Time both by Rachel McMillan

The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett 

Falling for You by Becky Wade

Nightshade, Digitalis, Wolfsbane, Firethorn, and Lygos (Discarded Heroes Series) all by Ronie Kendig 

Favorite book of 2018- Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig 

Rebecca also reviews for Hope by the Book. See their staff favorites
And for more fun, check out the multiple posts from Katie at Fiction Aficionado!

Part One included lists by Karen, Paula and Trixi.

Readers, what blogger or reviewer lists have you found that encouraged you to try a new author?

1 comment:

  1. This was a lot of fun to pull together. While we don't all have the same tastes, it's pretty clear that some authors just wowed us all! Thanks so much to our reviewers!


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