Thursday, December 31, 2020

"TOP TEN" or 20... 2020 Favorites of the Inkwell Inspiration Reviewers - Nicole Cook #GIVEAWAY

During this unprecedented year, I found myself frequently re-reading books from my favorite authors. Revisiting old friends through beloved books was a huge source of comfort for me during this stressful time, so I also included my favorite re-read of the year at the end of my top ten list.

When reflecting on all the books I read during 2020, my reasons for choosing my favorites remain the same as in previous years: wonderful characters who remain with me long after the final page, the ability to make me experience deep emotions, and powerful messages of hope and grace that draw me deeper to my faith. After reading many books each year, the connections I make with the characters and their ability to feel like “friends” to me are what I look for most in choosing my top ten list. Months later, I may not recall minor details of a specific storyline, but I will definitely remember the relationships of the characters and their ability to find a place in my reader’s heart.

Those of you familiar with my reviews know that I generally prefer a healthy dose of romance in my Christian fiction. My favorite genres are contemporary romance and romantic suspense, although I do have several favorite historical and women’s fiction authors as well. Hope you find some new favorite books to add to your TBR list this holiday season!

As a special gift to our Inkwell readers, we will be randomly selecting one winner to get their own brand-new paperback copy of one of the books from my top ten list (winner’s choice from my top ten list)! The only book not eligible is Unseen Enemy because, at this time, it is only available as a free eBook by signing up for the author’s newsletter list.

Nicole’s Top Ten Books of 2020 (In Alphabetical Order by Title):
Backlash by Rachel Dylan
The Crushing Depths by Dani Pettrey
The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox
A Gilded Lady by Elizabeth Camden
The Heart of a Hero by Susan May Warren
A Match Made at Christmas by Courtney Walsh
Pearl in the Sand – 10th Anniversary Edition by Tessa Afshar
The Price of Valor by Susan May Warren
Ready to Trust by Tina Radcliffe
Unseen Enemy by Lynn H. Blackburn

Favorite Re-Read of 2020:

Hidden Peril by Irene Hannon

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  1. I love so many authors any would be great.

  2. Hi Nicole!!
    Thanks for the amazing giveaway!! ❤️❤️
    Those are amazing books!! I have read “A Gilded Lady”, “The Crushing Depths” and “Backlash”! They were favorites of mine too!
    From the other seven I would love to read “Pearl in the Sand” from Tessa Afshar, I haven’t read her books and would love to start with that one!
    Have a Happy New Year full of joy and blessings!
    Paty Hinojosa

  3. I would love to win "A Gilded Lady" by Elizabeth Camden. I have read a few of the novels that made your list, but I will be adding the ones I have not read to my TBR. Thanks for the chance. Happy New Year!

  4. If I win, I would choose Back Lash! There are so many wonderful authors on the list! Thank you for this opportunity to enter for a chance to win a book! Happy New Year!

  5. I would choose Dani Pettrey's book. It was really tough narrowing it down to one!

  6. I would choose Backlash by Rachel Dylan! Happy New Year!!

  7. I would choose A Gilded Lady.


  8. I would choose Hidden Peril, but there are several that look fantastic! I've read Rachel Dylan's, and it's fabulous.

  9. What an exciting giveaway! All selections are excellent, but the one I would like the most to read is Blacklash, by Rachel Dylan. She is such a good writer!
    Thank you, Janice

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  11. I would choose The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox. It's on our book club list for 2021.Thanks for the chance.


  12. Thanks for opportunity to win a book. Really swell of you. I think I would choose Dani Pettry’s book. I haven’t read her in a while and I would enjoy that. I have read several of the others cans you are right they are really good. Happy New Year 🥳

  13. What a great list! So many good books this year. I think, if I won, I would choose The Crushing Depths. I absolutely love the cover! Happy New Year!!

  14. Happy New Year & thanks for a great giveaway--"Ready to Trust" by Tina Radcliffe

  15. Our tastes in fiction runs very much the same Nicole, I've read 6 of the 10, and 7 if I count the original Pearl in the Sand, also read Hidden Peril. I'd like to read The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox. I keep hearing about this book in reading circles and feel like I'm missing out.
    Thanks for the giveaway! Happy New Year! tracey14567 at gmail dot com

    1. It’s always great to find another reader with similar tastes as me! :) Thanks and good luck!

  16. If I win, I'd choose the Edge of Belonging. I have many of the others. Thank you!

  17. Gilded Lady, please! jarning67(at)hotmail(dot)com

  18. Hi, Thank you for the chance. I would choose The Edge of Belong. May you and your family have a Very Happy and Blessed New Year. aliciabhaney(at)sbcglobal(dot)net

  19. Pearl in the Sand or Gilded Lady.

  20. Pearl in the Sand or Gilded Lady. They're both new authors to me.

    You have many great ones on this list!

  21. Thanks for sharing your list! I’ve only read two of these books. A few are on y TBR list already but there are a few new to me as well!!! I would choose either Pearl in the Sand or Backlash.

  22. What a hard choice! So many good books on your list Nicole. It would be a toss up between Elizabeth Camden & Susan May Warren. :-)

    Thanks for sharing your 2020 list & the giveaway!

  23. I would love to win 'The Edge of Belonging by Amanda Cox, please.

  24. I would choose "A Gilded Lady" by Elizabeth Camden. Her series are so great! I just finished and really enjoyed Courtney Walsh's "A Match Made at Christmas." Fun read! Thanks for the list and the giveaway!

  25. Thanks for sharing your favorites and offering a giveaway. I've read many of them and I agree with your many of your picks.IF I should win, I would choose A Match Made at Christmas by Courtney Walsh.

  26. Thanks for the giveaway! If I would win, I would choose Rachel Dylan's book!

  27. THANK YOU ALL SO MUCH for participating. Our rafflecopter has ended and the random winner is Stephanie L! We appreciate all the comments and visits! The reviewers do such a stellar job of choosing books to share, and I know it really encourages them (and me) when people take the time to comment.


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