Most of the time when I find an author I really enjoy I will simply devour their novels in an almost trance-like binge reading frenzy. Ok, that may be a little over-dramatic, but I do usually read several of their books in a row- especially if I am reading a series. But sometimes life just happens and their isn't enough time, or I get distracted, or other responsibilities have to take precedence. This week's Top 10 (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl), therefore, features titles from some of my favorite authors that I still need to read!
Land of Silence by Tessa Afshar
A Note Yet Unsung by Tamera Alexander
A Twist of Faith by Pepper Basham
Counted with the Stars by Connilyn Cossette
A Moonbow Night by Laura Frantz
Brentwood's Ward by Michelle Griep
Wrapped in Rain by Charles Martin
Before I Wake by Dee Henderson
Be Still My Soul by Joanne Bischof
Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd
The "TBR" lists always excite me- because I get to pick my favorites- and cause me angst- because I look at my past TBR piles and see the books I am still trying to find (is there a "TBR TBR" list?). That being said, I present this week's Top 10 Tuesday (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) drum roll please....My Fall TBR List!
10. Mere Christianity by C.S. Lewis- this classic has been on my "to read" list for awhile. Can't wait to glean insight and wisdom from this icon of the faith!
9. Freedom's Kiss by Sarah Monzon- book #3 in the Carrington Family series, this book follows the life of Adam Carrington- defense lawyer turned food truck owner- in an exciting time-split novel.
8. Engraved on the Heart by Tara Johnson- I've heard a lot about this book! I love Civil War era books and this one takes place in one of my favorite cities- Savannah, GA!
7. The Dishonorable Miss Delancey by Carolyn Miller- I enjoyed the first two books in this series and can't wait to read this one! I'm especially curious to see how the author deals with Clara's depression as I, too, suffer from this ailment.
6. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton- yet another one I've heard a lot about! The description for this novel has just captured me!
5. In Too Deep by Lynn H. Blackburn- I'm a mystery/suspense chic, so when I saw this second novel in the Dive Team Investigations series was coming out this fall, I just had to put it on my list!
4. Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett- the book covers for this series are what first drew my attention with their ultra cool retro themes! A light romance with a dose of suspense is always great to enjoy while sipping my coffee on a cool fall morning!
3. The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall- this book has been on my "to read" list for a long time, and honestly, I haven't read it yet because my library doesn't have a digital copy and it isn't on Hoopla. So, I'm going to bite the bullet and buy it with some of my upcoming birthday moola!
2. So Bright a Hope by Amber Lynn Perry- I have eagerly devoured the other books in this series and have been anxiously awaiting the next installment! Can't wait to get my hands on this one!
1. Wait for Me by Susan May Warren- I have been impatiently waiting (ironic, isn't it?) for this book ever since I found out this last book in the series would feature Pete and Jess's story. I LOVE these two and can't wait to see how their story ends!
So there's my list! What books are you looking forward to reading this fall?
Summer is now upon us, so of course for this week's Top 10 Tuesday (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) I'm featuring the top books on my summer to be read pile! And without further adieu, here's my list!
10. Savannah Blues by Mary Kay Andrews
This fun summer book takes place in one of my favorite cities- Savannah, GA!
About the Book:
Meet Weezie (aka Eloise) Foley, a feisty antiques “picker,” banished by her spiteful ex-husband from the house she herself restored in Savannah’s historic district, who must come to terms with a life that has suddenly changed…and not, it seems, for the better. In Mary Kay Andrews’s delectable New York Times bestseller, Savannah Blues, readers will feel the sultry Georgia breezes and taste sea salt in the air, as they lose themselves in a wonderful, witty tale brimming with sass and peopled by a richly endearing cast of delightfully eccentric characters. Revenge is sweeter than sweet in Mary Kay’s capable hands, and readers of Fannie Flagg, Adriana Trigiani, Emily Giffin, Rebecca Wells, and Jill Conner Browne will definitely want to spend some quality time in Savannah.
9. Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart
This book was #2 on my list of "been on my TBR pile the longest." I think it's time to read it, don't you?
About the Book:
After a few years as a police officer in Chicago, Michael Keane has no trouble relaxing into the far less stressful job of deputy sheriff in his small hometown. After all, nothing ever happens in Hidden Springs, Kentucky. Nothing, that is, until a dead body is discovered on the courthouse steps. Everyone in town is a little uneasy. Still, no one is terribly worried--after all the man was a stranger--until one of their own is murdered right on Main Street.
As Michael works to solve the case it seems that every nosy resident in town has a theory. When the sheriff insists Michael check out one of these harebrained theories, his surprising discovery sends him on a bewildering search for a mysterious killer that has him questioning everything he has ever believed about life in Hidden Springs.
8. The Captivating Lady Charlotte by Carolyn Miller
Loved the first book in this series! Can't wait to read the second installment!
About the Book:
Lady Charlotte Featherington is destined for great things on the marriage market. After all, as the beautiful daughter of a marquess, she should have her pick of the eligible nobility when she debuts. She, however, has love at the top of her list of marriageable attributes. And her romantic heart falls hard for one particularly dashing, attentive suitor. Sadly for Charlotte, her noble father intends her betrothed to be someone far more dull.
William Hartwell may be a duke, but he knows he was Charlotte's father's pick, not the young lady's own choice. And the captivating Lady Charlotte does not strike him as a woman who will be wooed by his wealth or title. While she has captured his heart, he has no idea how to win hers in return--and the betrayal and scandal his first wife put him through makes it difficult for him to believe that love can ever be trusted. His only hope is that Charlotte's sense of responsibility will win out over her romantic notions.
Can a widowed duke and a romantically inclined lady negotiate a future and discover love beyond duty? Will they be able to find healing and hope from the legacy of grace?
7. Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt
Another book that has been on my TBR pile for awhile. Time to dive in!
About the Book:
First, computer specialist Laney Ryan's accused of kidnapping her neighbor's daughter—and now someone's trying to kill her. The police don't believe Laney's story…except for Detective Mark James, whose instincts say Laney isn't guilty. Together, Mark and Laney must figure out who really abducted the teen and uncover why they're framing Laney. But when their search for the truth turns deadly, Mark realizes his feelings for Laney aren't strictly professional and that he'll stop at nothing to keep her safe. With a dangerous suspect swiftly closing in, can they find the missing girl and clear Laney's name…before their possible future together is fatally cut short?
6. Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett
This has been one of my favorite book covers for awhile. I simply love the retro vibe and the bright colors. Time to read the pages between this beautiful cover!
About the Book:
In 1927, Margie Lane, an avid naturalist, convinces her Senator father to procure her a position at the fledgling Mount Rainier National Park. Since Ranger Ford Brannon lost his father in a climbing accident, he doubts his ability to protect the park and its many visitors. He certainly doesn't relish the job of watching over an idealistic and privileged young woman with no practical survival skills.
When Margie's former fiance sets his mind on developing the Paradise Inn and its surroundings into a tourist playground, Margie and Ford will have to work together to preserve the beauty and simplicity of this mountain hideaway, but the developer's plans might put more than just the park in danger.
5. Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd
I love Sandra Byrd's writing style! I'm sure I'll enjoy the next one in the series, too!
About the Book:
Miss Annabel Ashton is a teacher at the Rogers School for Young Ladies in Winchester when she takes a brief visit to her family home, Highcliffe Hall at Milford-on-Sea. She believes her stay will be short but soon learns that she will not be returning to the safety of the school. Instead, she remains at Highcliffe, at the mercy of her cousin, Edward Everedge.
Annabel protests, but as the illegitimate daughter of a woman who died in an insane asylum, she has little say. Edward is running out of money and puts the house up for sale to avoid financial ruin. He insists that Annabel marry, promising her to a sinister, frightening man. But as the house gets packed for sale, it begins to reveal disquieting secrets. Jewelry, artifacts, and portraits mysteriously appear, suggesting that Annabel may be the true heir of Highcliffe.
She has only a few months to prove her legitimacy, perhaps with assistance from the handsome but troubled Maltese Captain Dell’Acqua. But does he have Annabel’s best interests at heart?
And then, a final, most ominous barrier to both her inheritance and her existence appears: a situation neither she nor anyone else could have expected. Will Annabel regain her life and property—and trust her heart—before it’s too late?
4. To Win Her Favor by Tamera Alexander
This novel takes place in another of my favorite cities- Nashville, TN! As a southern girl myself, I love when the South is represented in great stories!
About the Book:
A gifted rider in a world where ladies never race, Maggie Linden is determined that her horse will become a champion. But the one man who can help her has vowed to stay away from thoroughbred racing for good.
An Irish-born son far from home, Cullen McGrath left a once prosperous life in England because of a horse racing scandal that nearly ruined him. He’s come to Nashville for a fresh start, hoping to buy land and start a farm, all while determined to stay as far away from thoroughbred racing as possible. But starting over proves harder than he’d wagered, especially when Maggie Linden’s father makes him an offer he shouldn’t accept yet cannot possibly refuse.
Maggie is certain that her mare, Bourbon Belle, can take the top purse in the annual Drayton Stakes at Nashville’s racetrack––the richest race run in America. Maggie only needs the chance to prove it. To give her that chance, and to save Linden Downs from being sold to the highest bidder, Maggie’s father––aging, yet wily as ever––makes a barter. His agreement includes one tiny, troublesome detail––Maggie must marry a man she’s never met. A man she never would have chosen for herself.
Cullen and Maggie need each other in order to achieve their dreams. But their stubborn, wounded hearts––and the escalating violence from a "secret society" responsible for lynchings and midnight raids––may prove too much for even two determined souls.
3. The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep
This one has been on my TBR pile awhile, too. But, behold! I am actually currently reading this one!
About the Book:
Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of a an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met. Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.
2. A Rumored Fortune by Joanna Davidson Politano
I instantly became a fan of Joanna Davidson Politano with her first release. I've been itching to get my hand on her second release!
About the Book:
Tressa Harlowe's father did not trust banks, but neither did he trust his greedy extended family. He kept his vast fortune hidden somewhere on his estate in the south of England and died suddenly, without telling anyone where he had concealed it. Tressa and her ailing mother are left with a mansion and an immense vineyard and no money to run it. It doesn't take long for a bevy of opportunists to flock to the estate under the guise of offering condolences. Tressa knows what they're really up to. She'll have to work with the rough and rusticated vineyard manager to keep the laborers content without pay and discover the key to finding her father's fortune--before someone else finds it first.
1. Thirst of Steel by Ronie Kendig
This one is bittersweet. I've been dying to read this last installment of the Tox Files to see what happens to Team Wraith. But that's just it...it's the last book in the series! No more Tox!
About the Book:
Dismantled centuries ago, the sword of Goliath is still rumored to thirst for its enemies' blood. Cole "Tox" Russell only wants to begin his life with Haven Cortes, but he must first complete a final mission: retrieve that sword and destroy the deadly Arrow & Flame Order.
The AFO, however, is determined to claim the sword. Wielding their father's life over Tzivia and Ram Khalon, they threaten to expose Ram's long-held and dangerous secret while demanding Tzivia locate the sword. With the Wraith team slowly being torn apart, things only worsen when Mercy Maddux, a new operative, emerges with the stunning news that the sword is tied to both Ram's secret and a string of unsolved serial murders.
Tox, Ram, and the others are forced to set aside fear and anger to focus only on the enemy. No matter the cost, Wraith must stop or take the enemy down with them.
There you have it! What's on your summer TBR pile?
This week begins summertime! Summer always seems to take on a leisurely, relaxed pace which lends plenty of time for reading (of course)! Featured in this week's Top 10 (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) are some books with "summer" in the title to get you in the mood for sunshine and sand!
The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
Summer of Promise by Amanda Cabot
Summer of Dreams by Elizabeth Camden
Under a Summer Sky by Melody Carlson
A New Shade of Summer by Nicole Deese
Barefoot Summer by Denise Hunter
Summer Dreams by Delia Latham
A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo
12 Brides of Summer Novella Collection #4 by Various Authors
Waiting for Summer's Return by Kim Vogel Sawyer
What books bring on a summer feeling for you?
School is finally out and vacation season is upon us! So in this week's Top 10 (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) we're doing some traveling! Here are some places I'd like to travel in order of the names of the countries.
Canada- The White Feather Murders by Rachel McMillan
Egypt- Crown of Souls by Ronie Kendig
France- A Refuge Assured by Jocelyn Green
Germany- Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
Italy- A Portrait of Emily Price by Katherine Reay
Russia- The Kremlin Conspiracy by Joel C. Rosenberg
Spain- The Pirate Bride by Kathleen Y'Barbo
Tunisia- Convenient Lies by Robin Patchen
United States- Send Down the Rain by Charles Martin
West Indies- Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren
What exotic locales have you visited through books? Comment below!
I have a HUGE pet peeve...I absolutely can not stand to NOT finish reading a book. Even if I think it is a horrible story, I just have this OCD thing going on where I still want to finish it. This week's Top 10 (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) features books that I started reading but didn't finish...but I still really, truly want to finish! You might notice all of these books have a common thread...they are all non-fiction titles. I usually lean toward fiction books because I can relax, get lost in the story, and plop myself in a pretend world. Not so much with non-fiction. These titles I started reading for various reasons, and stopped reading for various reasons. Some made me look in the mirror and do some serious personal inventory. Some are more technical subjects that I felt I needed more time to invest to really pay attention while I read. And with some of them my "check-out" date with the library simply expired! What's on your "stopped reading but want to finish someday" list?
10. My Name Was Five by Heinz Kohler
This book was written by a friend of mine's father and is his first hand account of growing up in Germany during World War II and beyond.
About the Book:
When a private plane crashes in Florida in 1991, the surviving pilot makes the strangest of remarks. “It was World War II,” he says. The National Transportation Safety Board attributes the accident to a collision with birds, but one stubborn investigator insists on going further. Before long, his inquiry reveals how the pilot’s past had trailed him on his last flight and vividly brings to life a terrifying slice of history–the story of a German boy who grows up in Berlin before, during, and after the Second World War; sadistic teachers just call him Five. The boy’s father, an opponent of the Nazis, ends up in a concentration camp and later in a penal regiment that marches through Russian mine fields to clear the way for regular troops. In contrast, one of the boy’s uncles is a fervent Nazi in charge of cleansing Hitler’s capital of every last Jew; another uncle revels in the governance of Paris. A favorite aunt, a confidential secretary at the Gestapo, is horrified by all she knows about the “final solution.” The boy’s mother is the one who keeps him sane when Spitfire guns kill his best friend standing right next to him on a bridge. But worse is to come: bombings and firestorms, the senseless sacrifice of children and old men in the battle of Berlin, the Soviet occupation, along with rape, murder, hunger, and disease, and then the emergence of a new kind of tyranny yet. In the end, we come upon an unexpected twist that shows how the consequences of war can emerge decades later and in faraway places.
9. Be a People Person by John Maxwell
I love John Maxwell's insights into leadership and managing well. This one is chock full of rich tools to help hone your leadership abilities.
About the Book:
Being a leader means working with people, and that's not always easy! Whether in your office, church, neighborhood, or elsewhere, your interpersonal relationships can make or break you as a leader. That's why it's so important to be a "people person" and develop your skills in tapping that most precious of all resources: people.
In this powerful book, America's leadership expert John Maxwell helps you:
8. Wildflower by Drew Barrymore
I just love Drew Barrymore! Her carefree, fun spirit is contagious! I actually listened to this book from an audio book on lend from the library. But alas, my check-out expired! I highly recommend the audio book version because Drew, herself, reads the book. Note: book contains bad language.
About the Book:
Wildflower is a portrait of Drew's life in stories as she looks back on the adventures, challenges, and incredible experiences of her earlier years. It includes tales of living on her own at 14 (and how laundry may have saved her life), getting stuck in a gas station overhang on a cross country road trip, saying goodbye to her father in a way only he could have understood, and many more adventures and lessons that have led her to the successful, happy, and healthy place she is today. It is the first book Drew has written about her life since the age of 14.
7. Sound Mind Investing by Austin Pryor
I'm a huge fan of Dave Ramsey and Larry Burkett, and as such, know that I need to better understand my retirement options. I started reading this book years ago in my 20's and it was way over my head, but now that I'm in my 40's- yep, I really need to finish it!
About the Book:
Many excellent books teach God's principles of finance. Perhaps one or more of them has helped you lay a strong biblical foundation for carrying out your money management responsibilities. But as you try to apply those principles to making real-life investing decisions, it's easy to feel overwhelmed by jargon and the sheer number of investment possibilities.Sound Mind Investing is a carefully created "next step" guide that helps you put Godly principles of finance in motion. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced investor, you'll benefit from stepping across this bridge between "theory" and "action". Each user-friendly lesson is written in everyday English and filled with helpful visual aids.
The first edition of Sound Mind Investing was a Gold Medallion Book Award finalist in 1994, and won the endorsements of such respected Christian teachers as Larry Burkett, Ron Blue, Adrian Rogers, Charles Stanley, and others.
This book can help you chart your financial future by using the same concepts that have made Austin's newsletter America's best-selling investment newsletter written from a biblical perspective. Whether you invest a little or a lot, these biblical principles apply to you. In short, he's made learning about investing as painless as it's going to get.
6. The Virtuous Woman: Shattering the Superwoman Myth
Really, do I need to say more?
About the Book:
Does the woman in Proverbs 31 make you feel like a sluggard?
For years Christian women have struggled to understand what the Proverbs 31 woman was all about. Instead of encouragement or instruction, for most, this passage offered "more guilt than eating a one-pound bag of M&Ms." Is this the ideal woman? Or is the Proverbs 31 woman an outdated fixture of the past?
Vicki Courtney believes that this passage is not in the Bible by accident and that a virtuous woman is a rare find in today's world. Join Vicki as she sojourns with you to unravel the mystery behind the Proverbs 31 woman.
5. Uninvited by Lysa TerKeurst
A book I think every woman needs to read. I read this book through an online Bible study with Proverbs 31 Ministries but didn't get to finish it. Oh but I plan to!
About the Book:
The enemy wants us to feel rejected . . . left out, lonely, and less than. When we allow him to speak lies through our rejection, he pickpockets our purpose. Cripples our courage. Dismantles our dreams. And blinds us to the beauty of Christ’s powerful love.
In Uninvited, Lysa shares her own deeply personal experiences with rejection—from the incredibly painful childhood abandonment by her father to the perceived judgment of the perfectly toned woman one elliptical over.
With biblical depth, gut-honest vulnerability, and refreshing wit, Lysa helps readers:
4. The Mom I Want to Be by Suzanne Eller
This book was so difficult for me to read. I experienced a lot of emotional trauma during my childhood due to my mom's depression and instability. This book triggered a lot of hard memories. However, it also gave me insight into some of the "why's" behind what drove some of my mom's actions during that period of her life. And I have to admit, it scared me a little...I was afraid that I may be developing some of those same patterns in my own life as mom to the most fabulous little girl on the planet. Time to pick it back up so that I can- as the cover says- "rise above my past to give my daughter a great future"! (I'm tearing up even as I write this!)
About the Book:
A woman’s experience as a mother is influenced by the mothering she received as a child. If neglect was a part of that upbringing, the woman who holds a newborn and faces the responsibility of parenting needs a healthy vision of motherhood. T. Suzanne Eller compassionately discusses how a woman can turn from a painful past and embrace a godly example of motherhood. She shares how shattered legacies can be put back together; the path to restoring the broken image of motherhood; and ways to let go and embrace a new story. This is a celebration of God’s healing power and how all women can become the mom they want to be.
3. One Thousand Gifts by Ann Voskamp
First, Ann Voskamp's writing style is so beautiful it's soul inspiring. In this book, she reminds us to find beauty, joy, and peace in the simple blessings that already surround us on a daily basis.
About the Book:
Just like you, Ann Voskamp hungers to live her one life well. Forget the bucket lists that have us escaping our everyday lives for exotic experiences. “How,” Ann wondered, “do we find joy in the midst of deadlines, debt, drama, and daily duties? What does the Christ-life really look like when your days are gritty, long—and sometimes even dark? How is God even here?” In One Thousand Gifts, Ann invites you to embrace everyday blessings and embark on the transformative spiritual discipline of chronicling God's gifts. It’s only in this expressing of gratitude for the life we already have, we discover the life we've always wanted … a life we can take, give thanks for, and break for others. We come to feel and know the impossible right down in our bones: we are wildly loved — by God. Let Ann's beautiful, heart-aching stories of the everyday give you a way of seeing that opens your eyes to ordinary amazing grace, a way of being present to God that makes you deeply happy, and a way of living that is finally fully alive. Come live the best dare of all!
2. The Power of a Praying Wife by Stormie Omartian
If I could just glean the wisdom of Stormie Omartian...oh, wait! I can! Each chapter of this book focuses on a certain aspect of your husband's needs, fears, wants, etc. Omartian drills into each area providing an explanation of how each characteristic fits into God's design- and Satan's attack- on men giving insight to help you better understand why your husband is the way he is. Also included at the end of each chapter is a model prayer specifically for the characteristic discussed in the chapter.
About the Book:
Today's challenges can make a fulfilling marriage seem like an impossible dream. Yet God delights in doing the impossible if only we would ask! Stormie Omartian shares how God can strengthen your marriage as you pray for your husband concerning key areas in his life, including...
1. Twelve Ordinary Men by John MacArthur
I love this book! When I feel "less than", ill equipped, and worthless for the Kingdom, Jesus gently reminds me that "I can do all things in Him". MacArthur dissects the personalities of each of the twelve disciples in this book demonstrating that if Jesus can change the world with this motley crew of misfits, He can most certainly use us for His glory, too!
About the Book:
Contrary to popular belief, we do not have to be perfect to do God's work. Look no further than the twelve disciples whose many weaknesses are forever preserved throughout the pages of the New Testament. Jesus chose ordinary men - fisherman, tax collectors, political zealots - and turned their weakness into strength, producing greatness from utter uselessness. MacArthur draws principles from Christ's careful, hands-on training of the original twelve disciples for today's modern disciple - you.
This week's topic for the Top 10 sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl- "Bookish Worlds I'd Love to Live In"- just wasn't my cup of tea, so I'm going rogue this week. Interestingly, I have come to realize in my selection of books that a lot of famous characters fall in love. This puts an interesting spin on a romance plot because 1) a whole different set of problems come into play when a famous person is involved, and 2) it provides a platform for a "fairy-tale" ending...that is IF said problems in #1 don't break the relationship apart first! So here is my list (in no particular order, and yes there are actually more than 10) of books featuring famous characters who fall in love.
When ACTORS fall in love:
When MODELS fall in love:
When SINGERS fall in love:
When PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES fall in love:
Meant to Be Mine by Becky Wade (Bull Rider)
Count Me In by Mikal Dawn (NFL Player)
Falling for You by Becky Wade (NFL Player)
Taming Rafe by Susan May Warren (Bull Rider)
My Stubborn Heart by Becky Wade (NHL Player)
Her One and Only by Becky Wade (NFL Player)
When AUTHORS fall in love:
I'm sure I'll come across many, many more famous people who fall in love in the future!
When I stumble upon a unique character name, I'm always curious why the author chose that name. Sometimes it becomes obvious from the story, sometimes not. Today's Top 10 Tuesday (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) features some of the rather interesting names I've come across in my reading. For a list of a few more from a past Top 10, check out this posting, too!
What are some interesting and unusual character names that you've come across?
This week's topic for Top 10 Tuesday sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl just didn't quite fit my fancy- "Books I Hated But Am Glad I Read". So I'm going rogue with my own topic- "When Bosses & Employees Fall in Love"! I was surprised at how many books had "inter-office" romances (although, actually, hardly any of them were actually set in an office!). So here's my list of my favorite "boss-employee-romances"! What are some that you have stumbled upon?
10. Andrew and Clara in Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Carnegie's Maid presents a hypothetical romance between industrial mogul, Andrew Carnegie, and his mother's lady's maid, Clara. Benedict posits a "what if" scenario- what if the shift in Carnegie's demeanor from a ruthless business man to one of America's most influential philanthropists was all due to the love of a woman?
9. Lennon and Darby in A Painted Summer by Amy Matayo
She's a struggling actress in need of a steady job to pay her bills. He's a talented tattoo artist/shop owner who hires her own. What neither expected was for sparks to ignite- or for the complications and barriers that falling in love with your employee/boss presents.
8. Jace & Belle in Before the Leap by Liz Isaacson
They've known each other since high school. They didn't get along then, and don't get along now. Or so it seems. After Jace hires Belle to renovate the ranch where he is foreman, both find that the source of their current discord is a river of romantic tension and attraction neither was prepared for.
7. Annalisa & Carl in A Noble Groom by Jody Hedlund
Her husband dies unexpectedly and she needs help on the farm. He is running from troubles in his homeland and needs a job. When the two pair up to help each other out until Annalisa's new "arranged marriage" husband can arrive, feelings beyond a mere working relationship begin to develop. And both find they dread the day when her new groom shows up on the farm...until he doesn't!
6. Kayden & Jake from Silenced by Dani Pettrey
Technically Kayden isn't Jake's "boss" per se, but she is co-owner of her family's bustling outdoor adventure sports shop where Jake works. Starting in the first book of this series, the reader catches glimpses of Jake's romantic leanings toward Kayden which only grow through the second and third books. Kayden, however, doesn't seem to return his affections and can even be viewed as hostile toward Jake. Until book four.....!
5. Tyler & Allegra in Count Me In by Mikal Dawn
The attraction between these two is strong from their first accidental meeting in a coffee shop. Tyler needs an accountant, and guess what? Yep, Allegra is an accountant needing a job. Allegra believes Tyler is out of her league because 1) he's a former NFL star, and 2) he's her boss. Little does she know that a storm's brewing in Tyler's heart as well!
4. Parker & Avery in Still Life by Dani Pettrey
Ok, so technically by the time these two become a couple they aren't in a "boss/employee" relationship. But their former status as such was the catalyst that took this couple from mere work associates to friends to more than friends. When Avery begins recognizing her own feelings are shifting to love mode and she chooses to leave his employ, Parker finally gets the kick in the pants needed to admit his own deep feelings for her.
3. Romulus & Stella in From This Moment by Elizabeth Camden
These two are one of my favorite couples! Their sparks and sparring had me chuckling throughout the entire book. He owns a nature magazine and highly desires to hire Stella as an illustrator. She finally reluctantly accepts. Funny how Romulus seems to forget his rule of courting employees after Stella comes on board!
2. Ian & Sierra in Troubled Waters by Susan May Warren
Ian and Sierra. Oh, Ian and Sierra! This series actually begins with a novella that sets the stage for Ian and Sierra's roller coaster romance. There's been a strong attraction between these two from the beginning with many false starts to a lasting love. However, in Troubled Waters they finally get their chance after much heartache, miscommunications, and stubborness.
1. Tom & Callie in A Dime a Dozen by Mindy Starns Clark
This is one of the first series I read many, many moons ago when I started reading Christian fiction and was probably one of the first "romantic suspense" novels I read. Tom is an incognito philanthropist who's very private with only a few in his close inner circle. Callie is his assistant delivering the good news to benefactors when Tom's foundation donates money to their cause. Their relationship is an interesting one because the only contact they have with each other through the first book and most of the second is via telephone. Their working relationship soon turns to a deep friendship which leads to a joining of hearts and a full bloom romance in A Dime a Dozen.
This week's topic for Top 10 Tuesday (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) features book covers with our favorite color. Well, mine happens to be black! (It's not macabre, people, it's a beautiful color!!) So here are my picks for best covers with black as the predominant color!
10. The Witness by Dee Henderson
9. Where the Fire Falls by Karen Barnett
8. 30 Days Hath Revenge by C. Kevin Thompson
7. The House on Foster Hill by Jaime Jo Wright
6. Remembering Dresden by Dan Walsh
5. Sticks & Stones by Shellie Arnold
4. Dark Deception by Nancy Mehl
3. The Case of the Exploding Speakeasy by David E. Fessenden
2. Innocent Lies by Robin Patchen
1. The Whys Have It by Amy Matayo
So what's your favorite color and favorite book cover highlighting that color?
10. "Chit"- used to refer to a young woman
9. "Queue"- basically a man's pony tale (usually tied back with a strip of leather or other type of cord)
8. "Duke, Duchess, Earl, Baron, Viscount, Marquis, Marchioness"- members of the aristocracy
7. "The London Season"- the time of the year designated for social occasions such as balls, card games, and visits to friends
6. "Crush"- a crowd of people, usually at a ball or party
5. "Cravat"- a strip of cloth worn around a man's neck similar to a tie
4. "Banns"- a declaration of a marriage engagement read at a church over the course of three weeks giving others opportunity to object to the union
3. "The Ton"- the social elite in aristocratic circles
2. "The Incomparable"- the most beautiful and most sought after lady of the social season
1. "Besotted"- to be totally, utterly, and completely smitten with someone
This week's TTT is a "freebie" over at That Artsy Reader Girl, so I am taking a cue from my fellow book blogger, Carrie Schmidt over at Reading Is My Superpower for this week's topic- First Books First (Historical Fiction). I have to admit, at first "Historical Fiction" really did not interest me at all. Mystery/suspense will always be my absolute favorite, but it only took my first book (see it in the list below!) to open me to the joys of living in a different era. Below are the first authors I read who wet my appetite for my "second favorite" genre, Historical Fiction.
Books I'm currently reading in the Historical Fiction genre:
Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
A Place Called New Hope by Catherine McGreevy
Jule by Catherine Marshall
Help me fill up my TBR pile with even more great Historical Fiction! What are your favorites?
This week's Top 10 Tuesday topic- "Books I Liked But Will Never Re-Read"- suggested by That Artsy Reader Girl was a tough one for me because usually if I liked a book, I will re-read it again. And again. And again! So I've switched up my topic and will be posting my favorite spring book covers (and yes, there are actually more than 10)! Bring on the sunshine, warmer temps, and pedicures!
One of the very first things that pops in my mind when I think of spring, is flowers! I love the flowers highlighted in these covers! They hint at romance and bright, joyful days!
The Dandelion Field by Kathryn Springer
Rush by Jayme H. Mansfield
Claiming the Maverick's Heart by Debra Holt
The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
And with those beautiful flowers, of course, comes rain!
With the arrival of spring also comes warmer temperatures which brings to mind kids frolicking outdoors as these covers mimic!
A Package Deal by Robin Patchen
Waiting for Butterflies by Karen Sargent
A Song of Home by Susie Finkbeiner
Spring always brings to my mind thoughts of parties, picnics, romance, and shopping! These covers remind me of that "living the good life" feeling that spring brings!
In the Light of the Garden by Heather Burch
The Secret of Hummingbird Cake by Celeste Fletcher McHale
JFK to Dublin by Brooke St. James
My Foolish Heart by Susan May Warren
Hometown Girl by Courtney Walsh
And last but not least, spring takes me back to my childhood and some of my fondest memories with my grandfather at the lake. As soon as the temperatures started warming up, we would hitch up his bass boat to his 1972 Chevy Cheyenne pickup (which I inherited) and head to Clarks Hill Lake for a day of fishing and cruising the water. Oh the memories....here are the covers that take me back to those carefree spring days!
Blue Moon Bay by Lisa Wingate
Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate
Wishing on Willows by Katie Ganshert
So there are my favorite spring covers! What covers thrust you into spring?
Not too long ago, I posted a Top 10 for "Bookish Settings I'd Like to Visit" that contained several countries outside of the U.S. (along with some of the States). So for this listing, I decided to choose one country. When I began looking at the countries that various book take place in, I found that I have read A LOT of books that take place in England (as I've sure so have you!). So this week's post is dedicated to some of my favorite books based in England in no particular order.
A Song Unheard by Roseanna M. White
Just the Way You Are by Pepper Basham
Winning Miss Winthrop by Carolyn Miller
Catching the Wind by Melanie Dobson
Lady Jayne Disappears by Joanna Davidson Politano
The Austen Escape by Katherine Reay
What are some of the countries you've "visited" in your favorite books?
Happy Spring! As I rubbed my hands together and gleefully perused my TBR pile to pick my Top 10 reads for spring, I had to look back at my Winter TBR pile to check my progress. Well....I haven't finished reading all of my top winter picks, but I can say I've read five of the books on the list! That's pretty good, right? And I still fully intend on reading the other five! (Yes, I do...I truly do!!). So today's Top 10 (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) contains books on my Spring TBR pile. Here are my picks!
10. Huckleberry Hearts by Jennifer Beckstrand
Though Cassie Coblenz left her Amish community to go to college, Mammi and Dawdi’s farm will always feel like home. It’s the ideal place for an extended study break—at least until her grandmother’s handsome Englisch doctor becomes a regular distraction. Zach Reynolds is the kind of heartbreaker Cassie has learned to avoid, no matter how charming he may be.
Unlike every woman Zach has met in recent years, Cassie doesn’t fall at his feet. Strong, generous, beautiful within and without —she’s everything he could want. Yet the gulf between them deepens when a tragedy shakes his faith. Now the good doctor has one goal—to become a man who could be worthy of Cassie’s love.
9. A Changed Agent by Tracey Lyons
When schoolteacher Elsie Mitchell meets rugged William Benton on a train platform in Albany, it appears they have nothing in common. He isn’t the sort of fellow a proper young woman of the 1890s would ever speak to, much less become involved with. But when she arrives at her small town in the Adirondack Mountains, Elsie is offered a job as caregiver for this mysterious out-of-towner’s niece and nephew, who’ve been tragically orphaned. Heartbroken for them, she accepts.
Unknown to her, William is an undercover Pinkerton agent posing as a lumber-company foreman. He’s never wanted family—his work is too dangerous. Yet as Elsie transforms his house into a home and he spends time with the children, he feels drawn to family life—and to Elsie.
As a good Christian, Elsie is troubled by William’s secrets…though she does find him intriguing. And when a sinister figure from her past arrives, Elsie and William will have to trust in faith and newfound love to protect their unlikely family from danger.
8. The Unveiling by Tamara Leigh
2th century England: Two men vie for the throne: King Stephen the usurper and young Duke Henry the rightful heir. Amid civil and private wars, alliances are forged, loyalties are betrayed, families are divided, and marriages are made.
For four years, Lady Annyn Bretanne has trained at arms with one end in mind—to avenge her brother’s murder as God has not deemed it worthy to do. Disguised as a squire, she sets off to exact revenge on a man known only by his surname, Wulfrith. But when she holds his fate in her hands, her will wavers and her heart whispers that her enemy may not be an enemy after all.
Baron Wulfrith, renowned trainer of knights, allows no women within his walls for the distraction they breed. What he never expects is that the impetuous young man sent to train under him is a woman who seeks his death—nor that her unveiling will test his faith and distract the warrior from his purpose.
7. An Unexpected Redemption by Davalynn Spencer
He doesn't need her sass. She doesn't need his approval. But they both need a second chance. Abandoned by her faithless husband for the Dakota gold fields, Elizabeth Beaumont returns to her hometown determined to prove she's not the impetuous girl she once was. Armed with a new skill and old determination, she's intent on making it on her own. Discovering that the new sheriff lives downstairs in the same boarding house wouldn't be nearly so frustrating if he'd stay out of her affairs, quit calling her Betsy, and stop making her wonder if she could love again.
Sheriff Garrett Wilson's first attempt at law enforcement cost an innocent bystander his life, so he exchanged his deputy's badge for a drover's bedroll. Now he's back wearing a star in a Front Range cow town, hunting an arsonist and falling for a woman who wants to know the secret behind his deepest scar. He can run again from his painful past, or he can stay and fight for the town that needs him and the woman who's worked under his skin and into his heart.
6. 30 Days Hath Revenge by C. Kevin Thompson
A Clandestine Mission. A Cryptic Message. A Chaste Promise.
Blake Meyer dreamed of a peaceful end to a dutiful career with the FBI. Married now, his life was taking him in a new direction--a desk job. He would be an analyst. Ride it out until retirement. Be safe so he could enjoy family life.
But when a notable member of the IRA is murdered in his London flat, Blake's secretive past propels him into the middle of an international scheme so twisted and sadistic, it will take everything Blake possesses--all of it--to save the United States from a diabolical terrorist attack.
5. Baggage Claim by Cathe Swanson
Who can he trust?
Ben Taylor, widower and father of four lively children, enjoys his easy, uncomplicated life. He likes his work and has a competent nanny to manage his household. Everything is good until he decides to seek out his biological parents and discovers a family tree with tangled roots and broken branches.
His comfortable life crumbles when he gets caught up in a criminal network of fraud and conspiracy at his new job. When Ben is forced into a dangerous alliance, he scrambles to find a safe situation and protection for his children before setting out to clear his name—all without getting himself killed in the process.
A nanny with a past...
Becoming a nanny was the perfect solution when Teresa Cooper needed a place to hide ten years ago, but now that she’s no longer in danger, she’s ready to move on and make a new life for herself. When Ben asks her to take the children to an unknown relative in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she finds herself in hiding again, this time with four children in tow.
As the children explore the wilderness of the Upper Peninsula, Teresa begins to wonder about God’s plan for her future. Who is this stranger Ben trusts with his children? Why here? Can a city-bred nanny find joy in this wild corner of God’s creation?
4. The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton
In an act of brave defiance, Tamsen Littlejohn escapes the life her harsh stepfather has forced upon her. Forsaking security and an arranged marriage, she enlists frontiersman Jesse Bird to guide her to the Watauga settlement in western North Carolina. But shedding her old life doesn’t come without cost. As the two cross a vast mountain wilderness, Tamsen faces hardships that test the limits of her faith and endurance.
Convinced that Tamsen has been kidnapped, wealthy suitor Ambrose Kincaid follows after her, in company with her equally determined stepfather. With trouble in pursuit, Tamsen and Jesse find themselves thrust into the conflict of a divided community of Overmountain settlers. The State of Franklin has been declared, but many remain loyal to North Carolina. With one life left behind and chaos on the horizon, Tamsen struggles to adapt to a life for which she was never prepared. But could this challenging frontier life be what her soul has longed for, what God has been leading her toward? As pursuit draws ever nearer, will her faith see her through the greatest danger of all—loving a man who has risked everything for her?
3. Falling for You by Becky Wade
Famously beautiful model Willow Bradford is taking a temporary break from her hectic schedule to work as the innkeeper at her family's small-town bed-and-breakfast. She was enjoying the peace of her hometown, Merryweather, Washington, right up until she came face-to-face with Corbin Stewart, the man she loves to hate. A thoughtful rule-follower by nature, Willow threw caution to the wind four years ago when she entrusted her heart to Corbin--and suffered the consequences when it all fell apart.
Former NFL quarterback Corbin is forceful, charming, and accustomed to getting what he wants . . . except where Willow Bradford is concerned. Unable to forget her, he's never stopped regretting what happened between them. When their paths unexpectedly cross again, he's determined to make her give him a second chance.
When a decades-old missing persons case finds Corbin and Willow working together, they're forced to confront their past and who they've become--and whether they can risk falling for one another all over again.
2. The Enoch Effect by Rick Acker
Insurance litigator Leigh Collins has a knack for turning up that missing e-mail that wins the day or breaking down complex facts to sway a jury. So she’s hoping to make partner with her latest case: cancer researcher Dr. Elijah Rhodes and his life’s work are lost in a lab fire, and Biosolutions looks to cash in on a $100 million policy. Unfortunately, she’s up against Daniel Rubinelli, assistant general counsel for the biotech giant, who has a personal vendetta against cancer. In court, Leigh and Daniel clash from the beginning, ensuring a grueling case.
But soon greater concerns emerge. The late doctor might have found a “kill switch” for cancer cells—potentially wiping the disease off the face of the earth. While most of his findings were lost in the fire, he likely backed up his data, though encrypted beyond recovery.
Now, in this edge-of-your-seat thriller, two contentious lawyers must set aside their differences to locate the research before the doctor’s greatest discovery falls into the wrong hands…and the secret to life ends in death.
1. So Rare a Gift by Amber Lynn Perry
Escape is Anna Rone’s only option. Never again will she be trapped in a loveless marriage. A new life in America means safety—and discovering the truth behind her beloved brother’s death. But when she is nearly captured and forced to return to England, her vow to never marry for anything but love is forgotten when she must marry for protection. Perhaps the handsome man she accepts is truly as caring as he seems. If he is not, her future in America is darker than ever before.
Captain Henry Donaldson aided the colonists too many times. And now, the British army intends to make him pay with his life. Without his friends in Sandwich, he would be a dead man. He’s already changed his name, and when the kind, courageous woman he rescued offers to become his bride, he accepts despite the risks. His past taught him that women are not to be trusted and that love can cut deeper than the sword. Only time will reveal if this choice will bring the greatest pain he’s ever known.
So there you have my list! What books are on your Spring TBR pile?
Closing out the "month of love", for this week's Top 10 Tuesday I've chosen to feature book covers that I simply love looking at! Let's get to it!
10. Herringford and Watts Mysteries by Rachel McMillan
All three of these book covers remind me of good old-fashioned mysteries a la Sherlock Holmes or Hercule Poirot. Love the simplicity and mystery these covers evoke!
9. Carnegie's Maid by Marie Benedict
Love this bright, airy room with the gorgeous chandelier in the center! I wonder what the lady in the picture is thinking about?
8. Many Sparrows by Lori Benton
Love the scenes of nature in this one. Very serene.
7. The Lost Castle by Kristy Cambron
Those trees! How beautiful! Also love how the green grass contrasts with the pink in the trees.
6. Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge
How much fun is this cover? So creative!
5. The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
Look at the gorgeous details in this dress! Shining example of the era!
4. Sons of Blackbird Mountain by Joanne Bischof
Another simply serene cover (and another pondering lady)!
3. The Elusive Miss Ellison by Carolyn Miller
I love the lavender color of this gown! Elegance and grace exudes from Miss Ellison in this picture.
2. Death at Thorburn Hall by Julianna Deering
I love all things vintage and am a huge fans of the 1920's-1930's bold art deco style. This one captured my eye immediately!
1. The Road to Paradise by Karen Barnett
And here's my favorite! The colors on this cover are just outstanding! The vintage vibe draws me immediately. And, I'm a complete sucker for a Model T!
There you have my favorite covers! What are some of yours? Do book covers entice you to read a book?
Two weeks ago, I featured "Opposites That Attract" on Top 10 Tuesday. I found that my list was so long I had to break it up into two posts! So this week get ready for Part 2!
10. Henry and Kate from The Weaver's Daughter by Sarah E. Ladd
He's a mill owner, she's a weaver's daughter, and their families have been feuding for decades. Although their families' professions make them natural opponents, these two can't help but be drawn to one another causing more friction within the warring community in the process.
9. Ben & Sarah from The Secret Life of Sarah Hollenbeck by Bethany Turner
Another opposites attract where very different professions are involved. He's a widowed pastor, she's a divorced erotic romance novelist. Albeit, Sarah becomes a Christ-follower and dumps the trashy writing to become a Christian fiction writer by the time they meet. As they navigate her newfound faith and their quickly budding romance, two imperfect people find a beautiful love story that is only strengthened during tragedy.
8. Levi & Natalie from The Widow of Rose Hill by Michelle Shocklee
These two are literally on opposite sides of a war. He's an officer for the Union army. She's a widow of a Confederate soldier who now owns the family plantation. When his unit shows up on her doorstep to ensure that her former slaves receive their freedom, both angst and sparks ignite!
7. Adam & Lexie from Sandpiper Cove by Irene Hannon
A quiet, humble ex-con and the local widowed police chief become an unconventional match and discover a future together in one of my favorites, Sandpiper Cove.
6. Nathaniel & Kitty from So True a Love by Amber Lynn Perry
These two already shared a fleeting attraction and friendship from the first book in this series, but when unrest in Boston makes Kitty a permanent resident in Nathaniel's hometown of Sandwich, their attraction becomes magnetic beckoning them to something deeper. But as opponents on the political realm- he's a staunch patriot, she's a devoted Tory- their very different views cause friction that may obliterate any chance at love.
5. Colin & Georgina from An Elegant Façade by Kristi Ann Hunter
He's an untitled business man who abhors Georgina's methods of finding a husband. She's a Duke's daughter bent on finding an appropriate match to a titled aristocrat in hopes of protecting her social status and hiding the deep pain behind a secret. However, when Colin uncovers her secret and seeks to help her, these two hearts can't help but be drawn to each other.
4. Ryland & Miranda from A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter
Colin's best friend, Ryland, and Georgina's older sister, Miranda, also find themselves woefully mismatched at the beginning of this novel. Disguised as his friend Griffith's valet, Ryland finds himself intrigued by the beautiful Lady Miranda. She, in turn, surprisingly finds herself attracted to her brother, Griffith's, valet "Marlow". In her fourth season and on the fast track to becoming a spinster, Miranda wonders at the reasonableness of her perplexing attraction to a servant. And then, she discovers "Marlow's" real identity...and the games begin!!! One of my favorite book couples!
3. John & Nora from True to You by Becky Wade
He's a former Navy SEAL. She's a quirky book worm with a vintage hairdo. Together on a quest to search for John's birth parents, they find love while learning that their pasts are similarly laced with heartache and tragedy.
2. Noble & Liberty from The Lacemaker by Laura Frantz
Another love threatened by opposing political views, Noble is a strong defender of the patriot cause while Liberty was raised by a Tory father. When turmoil erupts in Williamsburg and Liberty finds her home is destroyed and she has been abandoned by her father, an unusual alliance between the two leads to a welcome romance.
1. Red Shirt and Morrow from Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
Another favorite by Laura Frantz! His people murdered her mother and sister and kidnapped her brother. She is a preacher's daughter unable to forgive the Shawnee for their heinous crimes. However, Red Shirt and Morrow find that their connection and the love that has grown between them and is deeper than their sorrows paves the way for a beautiful new future together that heals past wounds.
And there you have it! My favorite "opposites that attract"! Who are some others I can add to the list next time?
Ah, love! **Sigh** Romance novels are favs of mine (let me add “clean” romances), but my absolute favorites in this genre are when best friends fall in love. Some have been best friends since childhood. Others met later in life. To me there is just nothing sweeter, nothing more exciting, nothing more special than when a relationship subtly shifts from best friends to something much deeper, more tender. So in honor of the “day of love” tomorrow, here is this week’s list (sponsored by That Artsy Reader Girl) of Top 10 Best Friends Who Fall in Love (although there are actually 15 couples because, like I said, I love “best friends who fall in love” stories)!
15. Gray & Keturah from Keturah by Lisa T. Bergren
Best friends since childhood, these two used to climb trees and get into all kinds of trouble! As they shifted into young adulthood, her feelings shifted, too. Unfortunately, it took Gray a little longer to catch up! Keturah's admission of her sadness when Gray had "asked nearly all the other girls but her to dance" upon her debut into society broke my heart! But, when that silly boy finally matures and sees her as a woman, oh how things change!
14. Ian & Brook from Fatal Trust by Todd Johnson
These two became best friends in college. After a time, he was already seeing her as "more than a friend"...but he was too shy to pursue her. So what happened? Somebody else did, of course! It isn't until several years post-college (and still best friends) that Ian learns Brook's heart belonged to him all along.
13. Justin & Natalie from On Love’s Gentle Shore by Liz Johnson
These two were best friends in high school and were practically inseparable. Natalie found acceptance and the family she never had in Justin's family. However, after being unable to endure the town gossips and their demeaning put downs, Natalie flees town leaving Justin in her wake. When she returns fifteen years later, they find that their was more beneath their friendship all along.
12. Riley & Paige from Just a Kiss by Denise Hunter
While they were best buds in high school, one summer the inevitable happens- Riley realizes Paige has blossomed into a beautiful woman and he can no longer view her as just a friend. However, he doesn't reveal his feelings and Paige falls for his brother (oh, boy). Unfortunately, it takes a tragedy to bring these two hearts together.
11. Kade & Haddie from Crossfire by Susan May Warren
Kade and Haddie were best friends from junior high until after high school and are another example of "the other guy beat him to her" syndrome. Having to sit on the sidelines while he watched the girl he loved date his other best friend was heart wrenching for Kade. Years later their paths are forced to cross again over tragedy opening the door for honesty, forgiveness, and a new chance at love.
10. Jake & Emma from An October Bride by Katie Ganshert
After Emma learns her father's dying wish is to see her marry, she and her best friend, Jake, concoct a scheme to stage a faux wedding with Jake as her groom. Little do they know that they both harbor feelings for one another that go deeper than friendship and could make this faux wedding a real one!
9. Sam & Ashleigh from The Thorn Bearer by Pepper Basham
Friends since they were children, these two set out on an overseas adventure to visit Ashleigh's family in Europe. Sam, being the gentleman and friend that he is, insists on tagging along as Ashleigh's protector during the voyage. He may also have ulterior motives hoping he can rekindle the romance he and his former fiance- Ashleigh's sister, mind you- once shared. Neither expected to find love with each other.
8. Brady & Reagan from Convenient Lies by Robin Patchen
Brady and Reagan were best friends as children that later shared an uncommon romance in high school. Their future dreams were shattered, however, when Brady betrays her and Reagan flees town assuming a new identity. Twelve years later she's returned to find Brady's pain at her running away still brews under the surface and the flame they started in high school is stronger than ever.
7. Beckett & Kit from Keep Holding On by Melissa Tagg
Another example of "best friends since childhood", Beckett and Kit were nearly inseparable. That is, until, Beckett basically blows it on her wedding day by stealing the bride and confessing his undying love...to which she isn't ready to hear or accept. Years later the two get a new chance to not only re-establish their friendship but to try a re-do on the love front.
6. Karim & Hannah from The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
Although they are from two different worlds, Karim and Hannah become fast friends as children when her Christian parents move the family to the Middle East to serve as missionaries to Karim's Bedouin clan. This friendship becomes the foundation of an arranged marriage between the two when they become adults in order to protect Hannah and her family from rising anti-Christian sentiments within the clan. That friendship, however, very quickly turns to a deep, abiding love that neither can deny!
5. Seth & Ava from Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg
Another favorite "best friend" match comes from author, Melissa Tagg with Seth and Ava. Although they were "foes" during college presenting opposing views on various topics in the college newspaper, they reconnect ten years later and become fast friends through email exchanges. Her feelings begin to change, but Seth is already in a serious relationship. I love it when the light finally goes on for Seth and he realizes genuine love has been just an email away all along!
4. Mr. Knightley & Emma from Emma by Jane Austen
How can you not have Mr. Knightley and Emma in a list of best friends who fall in love! Although Knightley seemed to discover his feelings for her first as becomes apparent in his jealousy toward Frank Churchill's attentions toward Emma, her discovery is priceless- "It darted through her, with the speed of an arrow, that Mr. Knightley must marry no one but herself!".
3. Jake & Lyndie from A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade
Inseparable as children, these two lost touch when Lyndie and her family moved away when she was young. But she returns- all grown up and excited to see her childhood best friend. Unfortunately, after experiencing trauma during his stint in the military, Jake has closed off his heart to almost everyone except his family. It takes Lyndie's gentle love and patience to break through Jake's walls. When he finally allows himself to love her- wow! He does so with abandon and a fierce protectiveness that every woman craves! Lucky Lyndie!
2. Erik & Sadie from A November Bride by Beth K. Vogt
Erik and Sadie had a chance at love twice before. Until Erik blew it. Both times. The first time was in junior high when Sadie asked him to the Sadie Hawkins dance and he declined. While they did become best friends, Sadie's hopes were once again dashed when during their last summer vacation before college Erik finally kissed her only to drop the ball and not pursue her. This novella picks up when Erik and Sadie are well into adulthood, still best friends, and Erik realizes he's loved Sadie all along and realizes his mistakes. Not wanting to lose her- again- to a job out of town, Erik finally chooses to woo her in hopes that she feels the same way. With the steamy kisses he shares with her, how could she possibly refuse?
1. Luke & Sara from The Last Summer by Brandy Bruce
And my favorite best friend couple- Luke and Sara! These two had a long, hard road laced with broken hearts, what-ifs, and missed opportunities on their way to finding love. But, oh my stars! When they finally express their true feelings after it's almost too late it's raw, real, and deeply emotional for them both. The waiting was worth it! Makes me cry (with joy!) every time.
**Sigh** Those are my favorite "best friends who fall in love". What other best friend love stories have you come across?
In honor of the “month of love,” this month’s Top 10 Tuesday posts will revolve around love in some capacity. This week, I have chosen “Top 10 Opposites Attracting.” When I started created my list, I was stunned by how many books have opposite attracting and finding love! The differences stem from different socio-economic backgrounds, religious beliefs, age, interests, and personality types. Here is part one of my list (part 2 will be posted on February 20).
10. Caleb & Kate- Sway by Amy Matayo
He’s a pastor. She’s an atheist (or at least the child of an atheist). How much more different can you possibly get!
9. Mark & Gina- Undetected by Dee Henderson
These two have quite an age difference between them. He’s best friends with her older brother. She’s the brainiac sister wanting to start fresh after a break-up. Mark has some convincing to do with Gina to make her believe they can be a love match- especially when a younger man is also vying for her attentions!
8. David & Catherine- The Thorn Keeper by Pepper Basham
He’s a quiet, straight-laced physician whose faith is first in his life. She’s known as the town flirt and is proud of it. Yet when the Lord grabs hold of Catherine’s heart, these two are a match made in heaven.
7. Jack & Evie- The Hearts We Mend by Kathryn Springer
He’s the rough neck from the other side of the tracks that most people are leery of. She’s the pampered princess that everyone adores. With a little dose of reality and grace, Evie learns that everything is not always as it seems opening the door to love she never knew could exist.
6. Karim & Hannah- The Esther Paradigm by Sarah Monzon
He’s a Bedouin sheik. She’s an American Christian missionary’s daughter. These two have both cultural and religious differences to surmount before love can bloom!
5. Salmone & Rahab- Pearl in the Sand by Tessa Afshar
He’s a leader for the Israelites. She’s a prostitute from a pagan nation. Here’s another couple with vastly different cultural and religious differences to overcome in the wake of a budding romance.
4. Andrew & Clara- Carnegie’s Maid by Marie Benedict
He’s an up and coming industry tycoon helping to build America’s business foundation. She’s a young woman newly arrived on American soil trying to create a new life by embracing a case of mistaken identity. Another trial-by-fire romance involving an employer and his employee.
3. Reef & Kirra- Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey
He’s the handsome, rebel rake who’s made a living as a professional snow boarder. She’s the uptight, always right goody-two-shoes that sat next to him in class during their high-school days. But oh how time, circumstances, and faith can change two opposites that do, indeed, attract!
2. Wes & Eisley- Just the Way You Are by Piper Basham
Not only are they from opposites sides of the world, but they also have very different careers. He’s a drop dead gorgeous British actor (who knows how to kiss, I’ll just say). She’s the wittingly charming and insecure American pre-school teacher who captures his heart while researching her family history in England. Sparks fly on not one continent, but two!
1. Tyler & Allegra- Count Me In by Mikal Dawn
These two opposites are a riot! He’s a thrill-seeking, adventure-loving extreme sport-seeking former NFL star. She’s a latte-loving, fearing danger to the extreme, straight-laced accountant.
Who are some more “opposites that attract” couples that you’ve come across?
This week’s Top 10 Tuesday was not as embarrassing as I thought it would be. I thought I had books on my “to be read” pile for much longer than I actually have. Seems we book lovers have a constantly growing pile of books we want to read (eventually) but not enough time to read them all. Sigh…. Here’s my list of shame…My Top 10 Books That Have Been On My TBR Pile The Longest (and the month/year they landed on that pile)!
10. The Sound of Emeralds by Rachelle Rea (May 2017)
9. The Cautious Maiden by Dawn Crandall (May 2017)
8. A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton (May 2017)
7. Final Verdict by Jessica Patch (May 2017)
6. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference by Malcolm Gladwell (Apr. 2017)
5. Jane of Austin by Hillary Manton Lodge (Apr. 2017)
4. Shadow of Suspicion by Christy Barritt (Mar. 2017)
3. Desert Secrets by Lisa Harris (Feb. 2017)
2. Murder at the Courthouse by A.H. Gabhart (Feb. 2017)
1. The Promise of Rayne by Nicole Deese (Dec. 2016)
I can very happily say that four of these books are already designated for me to read for book challenges (The Tipping Point, Jane of Austin, Murder at the Courthouse, and The Promise of Rayne) so at least my list next time will have these removed from it! :) Put in the comments the one book that has been on your TBR pile the longest and how long it has been on the list!
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