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There are few things I love more than a good book. Overtime I have developed a veracious appetite for all things historical fiction. It’s not the only thing I read, but definitely my preference. Here are my most cherished books. I have read some of them more than twice.
I read Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers every year. It is an amazing work of fiction and is in my top five without a doubt. Redeeming Love is a fictionalized retelling of the Book of Hosea from the Bible. Bible reader or not, this book is incredible and difficult to put down.
Ahhhh! Just seeing the cover makes me want to read it again!! Mine is the Night by Liz Curtis Higgs is the fictionalized retelling of the Book of Ruth from the Bible. Again, you don’t have to be Bible savvy to read and enjoy. In fact, I had no idea it was based on the book of Ruth until I began reading it. Needless to say, I love it.
Magnificent cover! Laura Frantz is in fact my favorite author. I stumbled upon her first book in my local library, The Frontiersman’s Daughter. I spent two nights barely sleeping because I had to know how it would end. Of her books, if I were to pick my very favorite, it would be Love’s Reckoning. When I am out of books to read, I read this one again.
Remember Anne of Green Gables? Well, It was written by L.M. Montgomery. She also wrote this lovely book, The Blue Castle. I adore it. I bought it on my Nook because it is obviously an older book, but I so want a hard copy. Put this one at the top of your to read list.
I fully intend to devote an entire blog post to this life changing book. Until then, I encourage you to hurry to your local bookstore and buy this book!!! The lens with which I view the world is forever changed. After reading this book, I find myself discovering gifts from God everywhere I look. Christmas everyday. I have even started my own list of 1000 gifts.
The Mitford books by Jan Karon are endearing and heart warming. They reignited my love for reading after college. There is nothing like four years of mandated reading to kill your joy of pleasure reading. I read every book in this series. I am so thankful my Mother-in-law recommended them to me. So now I am paying it forward.
This one is a little bit of a commitment, but well worth the effort. I first read this book in the seventh grade. Full of mystery, intrigue, love, and even revenge, I am certain it will become a favorite.
I have read all but one of Tamera Alexander’s books. This is by far my favorite. I clearly remember the night I stayed up nearly till dawn to finish it. So good!! Tamera Alexander’s books are always a guarantee great read.
Last but not least, Big Stone Gap by Adriana Trigiani. This is a laugh out loud kind of book. I have read it many times and I am never sorry. It is the first book in a series, but in my opinion, it is the best in the grouping. Bonus, it is being made into a movie starring Ashley Judd!
There are three things I look forward to every year with great anticipation:a new season of Downton Abbey on PBS, summer, and the release of a new Laura Frantz novel. (aside from my anniversary and my children’s birthdays, of course!) I stumbled across her first published book, The Frontiersman’s Daughter in our local library. I was searching for something new to read and was desperate for a great novel. I found it! I literally could not put it down. I stopped doing laundry and forfeited sleep for two days to finish it. As soon as I was done, I ordered Courting Morrow Little. Morrow has to be one of my favorite characters in historical fiction. When I run out of things to read, I read Courting Morrow Little again. (three times so far) Her next novel, The Colonel’s Daughter is also a favorite. ( 3 times as well) This past year she released Love’s Reckoning.(I have lost count) It is another stellar work of fiction. I instantly fell in love with Eden and Silas. There are books I buy on my Nook, and then there are books I buy in paperback because I know I am going to read them over and over. Laura’s books are always purchased in paperback to be placed on my shelf of favorites. Now that Downton Abbey Season 3 is over and summer seems within reach, I am counting down to Laura’s new book, Love’s Awakening. Check her out at Laurafrantz.net and happy reading.