17 May 2013

Noela's Summer Recommendations


Surfers Paradise Beach, Gold Coast, Australia


Here are some of my favorite books so far this year. 
They will make great Summer reading—or if you're from Australia great Winter reading!
Click on the titles to find the books on Amazon.
The list is in no particular order.
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by Kathleen L. Maher

An exquisitely written novella which takes place in Manhattan during the time of the Civil War. This fabulous historical romance is a must-read!


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by Julie Klassen

This is a page-turner doused in intrigue and drama and features a breath-taking romance. Highly recommended!

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by Deeanne Gist

Experience the thrill of the famous 1893 Chicago’s World Fair along with an incredible and memorable story. Thoroughly enjoyable!

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by Carrie Fancett Pagels

A brilliant and powerful novella that is steeped in history and intrigue, and features how Shirley Plantation played a part in the Civil War. A wonderful and interesting read!

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by Jody Hedlund

A mesmerizing and captivating love story saturated in tangible atmosphere with irresistible characters and is an unforgettable story. One to read again and again! 


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by Colleen Coble

This Texas tale is an historical romantic suspense with amazing characters, an exhilarating romance, and on edge suspense that will keep you turning the pages speedily. Inspirational and surprising!

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by Murray Pura

A gripping historical romance novella that takes place during the Civil War that will seize you by your heart and not let go until well after you put the story down. It packs a punch!

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by MaryLu Tyndall

A masterfully written and engaging story that is so replete with drama and romance that it will sweep you off your feet and lay bare your heart. A phenomenal story!

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by Christine Lindsay

Journey to the exotic land of India for an impeccable tale of intrigue, danger, and a stirring romance in a story with imagery that’s second to none. Unforgettable!

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by Julie Lessman

The first in a brand new series that offers jaw-dropping moments, the height of romantic tension, and an abundance of smiles and laughter. An exceptional read!

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by Murray Pura

Set in Mexico, this is a story of five young, beautiful widows and their exciting adventures fraught with danger, friendship, faith, and romance with preachers who pack guns. Noelle shows up in Vol. 2!

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by Margaret Brownley

A romantic western that is inspiring and endearing, has well-developed characters, and is an extremely satisfying read.  You won’t want to wait until the morning to read this one!

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by Murray Pura

Murray Pura writes about his fascinating and exciting real-life adventures, drawing inspired spiritual lessons from these life-lessons and sharing in an easy to read yet contemplative manner. Great Christmas gift idea!

43 comments:

  1. Great choices! I've only read 3 of them. Thanks for the suggestions! God bless.

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    1. Thanks Debbie!! Well that only leaves you ten more to go...from this list anyhow, lol!

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    2. Debbie, we have to get you caught up, lol! Great to see you here! Congrats on your new devotional!!!

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  2. Great picks, Noela! I must make time to read MaryLu's soon. :)

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    1. Oh my gosh I can't believe you haven't read Forsaken Dreams yet Marian! Just drop everything else lol - such an amazing story!! :)

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    2. LOL - I started reading it, but then got work to read for Kok and had to drop it. Will have to read it soon. I feel like I'm way behind you guys!! ;)

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    3. It is really cool Marian! Very complex with lots of POVs and characters. I love that it is so different and it has deep spiritual threads (wide, too, lol!)

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  3. I've been enjoying Murray's Civil War series and loved those three books. Definitely need to catch up with The Tutor's Daughter, Love at any Cost, and Forsaken Dreams. Captured by Moonlight is on my Kindle...waiting for me. UGH!!! I need more time to read!

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    1. Haha don't we all Debra!! :) Yes I agree, Murray's Civil War series is just fabulous so far! Ohh, and all those books you mentioned yet to read - so sigh-worthy I would love to read them again if I had the time!!

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  4. Looking forward to reading these. Blessings, Susan Fryman

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    1. Hi Susan - you're guaranteed a good read with them!! :)
      God bless!

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  5. NOELA!!! What a way to start my day, my friend -- BLESS YOU!!

    Not only do I love you and the ladies of this blog because of your exceptional reviews and dear friendship, but our reading tastes are DEAD-ON, so I am absolutely CERTAIN to love anything you guys love, which is SO fun and saves me SO much time in narrowing down books!! :)

    Thank you again, Noela, and I wish you and the FABULOUS ladies of OWG (otherwise known as ONLY WONDERFUL GALS) a FANTABULOUS weekend!!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. Hey there, our very special friend JULIE - We certainly do have many of the same tastes... in fact it was actually YOUR recommendation of MARY'LU'S 'Veil of Pearls' that first got me reading her books and there she is now above too LOL! :)
      Ohh and I LOVE your new meaning of OWG Julie!! How sweet are you! We love you SO much Julie and we all wish you one of those fantabulous weekends too!! :)
      God bless you Julie! x

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  6. Noela, I read and re-read your choice of words for my novella and I am so glad those aspects of the story really spoke to you because those are the reasons I have such a strong voice--which can turn off some people. Definitely not a soft and gentle voice--I like a mix in the voices I read. Like Julie's is so upbeat, and perky but with an iron will. MaryLu has this ephemeral band that taunts you to think the heroine isn't a toughie but she is! Yes, I did peek and it is a good thing because with the ear infection and my asthma acting up I didn't need a surprise even though this is a WONDERFUL surprise. Bless you!!!

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    1. What an interesting take on the authors and the reviews - it made go back and read what I wrote again lol, but it's interesting isn't it? Of course, if I had more room I'd have used more words haha, but I'm so glad you liked the words I did use. :)
      Praying you are healed!! God bless you too my sweet friend! x

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    2. Thanks, Noela! I like to use lots of words too lol! That was one reason why the novella was a good exercise for me, too and this short story I wrote for Guideposts Books. I learned I could indeed write that short, lol! Big hugs!!!

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  7. NOELA, it seems as though we like alot of the same books (imagine that!) since I have read 7 on your list! And several more in my TBR pile. Don't you wish we could just read them all! I don't read as quickly as I used to unfortunately. :( GREAT picks by the way!

    I quite agree with Julie's new OWG meaning! I work (and play) with ONLY WONDERFUL GALS here! :)

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    1. Imagine that Diana!! Lol! But we do have impeccable taste my dear! ;) Oh you bet, I sooo wish I could have more time to read them all - there's just too many good ones out there! There are SO many more authors I could easily have had on my list but I had to stop somewhere.. as it is, it's a long scroll to the bottom lol!

      I was hoping you would've seen Julie's meaning of OWG, love it, and I'll second what you said! :)

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  8. NOELA what a grand list you have!! I think I only have four to go and I will have read them all. I have the Painted Sky waiting on my kindle. :) I just wish I had enough time to read 24/7..wouldn't that be nice?? I loved IT HAPPENED AT THE FAIR. I really meant to add it to my list.

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    1. Thanks Teresa! All you guys had books I wished to add as well but I felt I had to stop at some point lol! Sometimes I do almost read 24/7 and that's the only good thing about not being well!! ;) But still never enough time to read all the great books out there.
      It Happened at the Fair was great wasn't it?! Looking forward to having a review up soon for it.

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  9. Bless you, Noela!!! Once again I'm so honored by the writers of this blog to be on their top reading lists!! I'm speechless... and to be listed among so many great writers! God is good. Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You have no idea how this blesses us writers.
    And I wish I could jump into that beach picture and you and I could sit on the warm sand and have a fruity drink! Hugs!!!

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    1. You are such a blessing MaryLu and one of the sweetest!!! I'm blessed that you are blessed, and your Forsaken Dreams just blesses EVERYONE who reads it, so praise God from whom all blessings flow!! :)
      That beautiful beach is fairly close to me, so come on over and we'll go have that fruity drink and discuss your next book, lol!! :)

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  10. OHHH NOELA and MARYLU I want to come too!!!! PLEEEZZEEE can I??? Huh? huh? Can I come too???? lol

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    1. Absolutely Teresa!!!!!! I'd LOVE to have you join us!! :-)

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    2. Lol YESSSS Teresa - definitely come along!!! Got a feeling though we'll be spurting those fruity drinks out of our noses if you start telling your hilarious stories LOL!! :)

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  11. Wow, I'm so thrilled to see Captured by Moonlight on this list with so many of my favorite authors. Thank you Noela. I'm so glad you liked the book.

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    1. I think Captured by Moonlight will be on everybody's list once they read it CHRISTINE! Such a fabulous story. Thank you for writing it! :) Blessings to you!

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  12. These books look amazing, Noela. I'm adding them all to my list. As I've said before, the wonderful ladies of OWG are providing an invaluable service to authors and readers alike. You're getting great books in front of readers who might otherwise have missed them, and giving authors a chance to get to know their fan base. All this good stuff accomplished in an atmosphere of fun and fellowship. I'm a fan--of the blog and of each of you precious ladies. I hope you continue for a long time.

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    1. Hi MARCIA!! Always love to see you here, and thank you SO much for your sweet words about OWG, you are such a special lady and friend!!! We all really appreciate the support you've always given. And I know I can speak for everybody in saying, we all certainly hope to be around here for a very long time too!! :) I hope you enjoy the books you've added to your list! :)

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  13. Great list!! I love it and have a few more to add to my list. :) I might just have my nose buried in a book ALL summer. Not that I would mind! My family might. lol
    Susan P

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    1. Haha Susan - yep, not a real bad thing to have your nose buried in a good book all summer if it was possible! ;) And with these ones, I know you can't go wrong. Glad I was able to give you some more to add to your list!! :) Bless you!

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  14. I am blown away by your gracious comments, and for even including me on this amazing list. I;ve been wanting to read CAptured by Moonlight--have heard raves about it. And I also want to read Julie's new romance. Carrie's was wonderful. Thank you, Noella! You made my day. <3

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    1. You're so welcome Kathleen, and I really hope many more read your fabulous story and are touched by it also! Can't wait to read more by you - when's the next one coming out?! :) God bless you!!

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    1. You're welcome Mary!! Enjoy your reading & God bless!! :)

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  16. I need more hours in a day to get some books read and still time to follow all of my friends. i'm too slow at both. Some good books there Noela. Most on the list I've been trying to win. You really made me want to read colleen's book. I did win The Noble Groom recently, but haven't received it. Figured it would be great. And all of the others will be great too, I know. Just wish I could read as fast as so many of you do. I don't feel like I'm reading so slow, but takes me much longer than so many others. Why I can be a reviewer for anyone. Love all of you girls. I love your blog for I get to laugh a lot. God bless you all. MAXIE

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    1. Ohh MAXIE, you sure make us smile!! We all love you and love having you stop by, it's like having a great friend drop in for a cup of tea! :)

      When you figure out how to get more hours in the day, let me know Maxie! Wouldn't mind a few extra myself. ;) How exciting you won The Noble Groom - you were right in figuring it would be great, one of my favourites!! I hope to have a review done for that one soon also.

      We can never keep up with all the great books out there either so you're not alone in that lol, but at least you know you'll never be without ideas! Take your time and enjoy reading!! God bless you from all of us!

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  17. Noela, that is a great reading list! I have only one of the books you listed. Bought it for my husband's birthday which is tomorrow. I know he will love Majestic and Wild. I'm looking forward to reading it and the rest of your list too!

    Blessings!
    Judy B

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    1. Hey thanks Judy! I hope you get to read them all too - some fantastic reading with these books for sure. :) HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your husband!! Majestic and Wild is a great gift idea, I'm planning on buying some of these for Christmas gifts for some friends. Bless you Judy, and thanks for stopping by!

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  18. Noela,
    I can't thank you enough for the honor of being included in your list of summer reads. It took my breath away to see my name listed with so many terrific authors. Talk about a humbling experience. You made my week!

    God bless you and all that you do.

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    1. Thank you for your very kind words Margaret! That's so great it made your week!! Thanks for such wonderful stories and I pray God will continue to bless you and your writing!!

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  19. all of these books look amazing but I would love to read "A Noble Groom" I saw a posting on facebook that you have a book giveaway, but don't know where to sign up for it? Thanks for any info you can give!

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    1. JOJO, Please enter here for A Noble Groom giveaway
      http://www.cfpagels.blogspot.nl/2013/06/noela-nancarrow-reviews-noble-groom-by.html

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