30 December 2014

Diana's 2014 Favorites!

 
Here are a few of my favorite book picks of 2014 in no particular order.
If you would like to purchase any of these awesome reads please click on to title!  

Surprised by Love by Julie Lessman, Oct. 2014
In Surprised by Love, author Julie Lessman has once again crafted a dramatic, breathtaking read -- that takes the reader on an exhilarating journey with as many twists and turns as the streets of San Francisco! 


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Gathering Shadows by Nancy Mehl, May 2014 
 In Gathering Shadows, author Nancy Mehl takes us on another suspenseful, roller coaster ride to the quaint Mennonite town of Sanctuary, Missouri! A must read for all suspense lovers!


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Love's Fortune by Laura Frantz, Sept. 2014
From the wooded, primitive hills of Kentucky to the industrial city of Pittsburgh comes a sweeping saga of the affluent Ballantynes -- and of the beloved Rowena "Wren" Ballantyne, who finds herself caught between both worlds.


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First Impressions by Sarah Price, May 2014
 
In her own eloquent, exquisite style, author Sarah Price has penned a delightful Amish tale — reminiscent of the timeless classic by the memorable Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice. Highly recommended!


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The Midwife by Jolina Petersheim, May 2014
Masterful storyteller, Jolina Petersheim, has penned a riveting, emotive tale that vacillates between three women from different walks of life, but all having two things in common --- deep buried secrets and a desperate need for love.

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The Ransom by MaryLu Tyndall, Mar. 2014
 With quill in hand, MaryLu Tyndall has crafted a swashbuckling, seafaring adventure set in the wicked city of Port Royal, Jamaica, where nefarious villains and pirates roam the streets—and where an unescorted lady dare not!


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Rumspringa's Hope by Beth Shriver, May 2014
 I have never read an Amish book where rumspringa is depicted with such depth and realism---rather than an idealized or romantic view of it. Truly a wonderfully exciting tale of God's redemption, healing, and purpose in life -- be sure to put Rumspringa's Hope on your wishlist today!
 
 
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The Daughter of Highland Hall by Carrie Turansky, Oct. 2014 
With pen in hand, er keys rather, author Carrie Turansky once again sweeps the reader away on a wonderful Edwardian adventure -- from the glamorous balls, social functions, and opulent mansions of the very elite -- to the poverty stricken streets of London's East End.


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Veiled At Midnight by Christine Lindsay, Oct. 2014
 
Once again Christine Lindsay sweeps the reader away on an exotic, riveting journey to faraway India -- a land of exquisite, mystical beauty, but one of extreme political and religious unrest as well. Sure to be an award winner!


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A Place in His Heart by Rebecca DeMarino, June 2014
 Debut author, Rebecca DeMarino, has penned an intriguing, sweeping saga fraught with dangers on every hand, adventure, and unrequited love—spanning from mid-1600s England to the primitive colonies of the New World.


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The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn by Lori Benton, Apr. 2014 
Author Lori Benton has penned an exciting journey of one young woman's dangerous quest to find freedom in the frontier wilderness of North Carolina —  a breathtaking tale of romance, long buried secrets, treachery, and abuse.


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An Amish Buggy Ride by Sarah Price, Nov. 2014
In her own exquisite style, Sarah Price masterfully writes of an Amish community – where the consequences of keeping dark secrets are as far reaching as the ripples in a stream, and where love hides a multitude of sins!


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Seagrass Pier by Colleen Coble, July 2104
In Seagrass Pier, Colleen Coble has penned a heart pounding, suspense-filled novel in the lovely, seaside setting of the quaint little island of Hope Beach, North Carolina!


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My Favorite Novellas!

The Fruitcake Challenge by Carrie Fancett Pagels, Oct. 2014
 The Fruitcake Challenge is a heartwarming, Yuletide novella guaranteed to awaken the reader's senses with its descriptive imagery and the distinctive, tangible aura of Christmas! A must read this holiday season!


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At The Edge of a Dark Forest by Connie Almony, Feb. 2014
This story (reminiscent of the classic tale, The Beauty and the Beast) is a beautiful tribute and "thank you" to all of our wounded warriors and members of the military who sacrifice their lives daily for our freedom—and to those who help them to heal.


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The Captain's Wife by Marian Baay, Aug. 2014
In The Captain's Wife, author Marian Baay has written a touching and intense sequel to The Officer's Daughter; revisiting the horrors and triumphs of our nation's darkest hour, the Civil War --  guaranteed to leave you catching your breath with anticipation and smiling with amusement at the same time!


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**If your book didn't make it on my favorites list this year it may simply be because I was off  two months for major surgery and wasn't able to get to it. But I want to congratulate all of you on a job well done. This was an amazing year for Christian fiction and I want to thank you for all the many hours of reading pleasure you have given me!**
 



42 comments:

  1. Thank you so much Diana!!! I see my little novella is in awesome company! Have a very blessed New Year with lots of wonderful reading material :o)!

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    1. You're so welcome, Connie! One of our reader friends just saw this and purchased it! YAY! Happy New Year!!

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  2. Hi Diana, thanks so much for including The Daughter of Highland Hall on your 2014 Favorites List! I've read and enjoyed many of the same book, especially The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn and Surprised by Love. I appreicate you and the time you invest in reading and reviewing! Blesings and Happy New Year!

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    1. CARRIE, thank YOU for all the pleasure you have given us readers over the years! You're so very welcome...this was a wonderful year for book lovers!

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  3. Diana - Thank you so much for the mention. It's so encouraging to know that my work is appreciated - especially by someone like you. Your support of authors means so much to all of us. God bless you, sweet lady.

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    1. NANCY, not only is your work appreciated, but you are so loved by your many reading fans. Your humorous interaction with others on FB is such a delight to all...especially me! lol God bless you and yours in the New Year!

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    2. Can't wait for Deadly Echoes coming up soon, NANCY! The cover is to die for -- pardon my pun! ;)

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  4. Diana! How thrilled I am that The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn made your favorites list. Thanks for giving Tamsen a shout out today. :) Hope next year is an equally exciting one for CBA fiction releases!

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    1. You're so welcome, LORI! I'm totally looking forward to it! :)

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  5. Diana-these all look delightful! I've read quite a few on your list. I put some on my wish list. If I had all the money in the world I would buy buy buy books (nice though, though)! Some books I really want but it isn't a need (although I think it is). Thanks for listing your books! Happy 2015 reading!

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    1. I only wish I had two heads to be able to read them all, REGINA! lol Thanks so much for sharing and happy reading to you as well, my friend!

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    1. Happy and blessed New Year to you and yours, REGINA!

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  7. Eeeeeeeeeeeek!!!! Don't you just LOVE end-of-year lists of best reads??? I do ... especially when I'm on them!! ;)

    Diana, thank you soooooooooooooooooooo much for putting me on yours -- this blesses the socks off me, and I'm not even wearing any, although I should because it's 25 degrees in St. Loo ... brrrrrrrrrrrr!!! I know how hard it must be to whittle a list down with all the wonderful books you read, so I don't take this lightly, my friend!

    Love you and love OWG!! You guys ROCK!!

    Here's to a happy, healthy, and holy new year for some of my FAVORITE people in the world!!

    Hugs,
    Julie

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    1. JULIE, you make me LOL! Your sooooooooooooooooooo is longer than your books! :P Well almost. hehe
      Yes, it is hard to whittle, but not when it comes to your books!

      Love you, too, JULIE! You are awesome! Happy, healthy, and a wonderfully writing inspired New Year to you!

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  8. Oh my, oh my! So honored to be here with so many gifted authors, Diana. It's such a blessing to have you as a reading friend from the very beginning. Looks like we share the same reading tastes:) I am just amazed by AT THE EDGE OF A DARK FOREST. What a stunner of a cover and title! Off to look that up. Bless you for your ministry of words. They make mine much sweeter! Blessings to all the ladies here!

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    1. LAURA, thank you for all the long hours you put in for our reading pleasure! We appreciate you so much! Bless you and your writing endeavors in 2015, my sweet friend!

      Yes, Connie's book was really wonderful!

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  9. Wow, what a great list of titles and beautiful covers!! So honored to be mentioned on your list, Diana. I loved writing The Captain's Wife and am so glad you enjoyed reading it. :) Many blessings and reading pleasure for 2015! (((hugs)))

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    1. TY, MARIAN! It was a fun story--thank you for writing it! Same to you in the New Year! HUGS back atcha!

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  10. Yay!!! I made your list!! Thank you so so much, Diana!!! I'm flattered and honored. You know what I love about your list (besides the fact I'm on it) is that now I have some great recommendations for good reads. I've read a few of them and agree with your assessment, which means I'm going to love the others!!! Hugs and blessings, dear friend!!!

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    1. You're so welcome, MARYLU! I do realize that not everyone enjoys the same genres, which is why I tried to pick out the best of something for everyone! I do hope you enjoy the ones you get the chance to read! Hugs and blessings headed right back your way, ML. I love and appreciate you so much!

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  11. Oh wow, Diana! I LOVE your list of books! A few I've read and a few I REALLY want to. I'll have to see what I can do about that this coming year. Thank you for your awesome reviews. It truly helps people like me when looking for a new book to read. And MEGA thanks to all of our beloved authors! You all are amazing! WE LOVE YOU! And MUCH LOVE to Carrie, Diana, Teresa, Noela, and Bonnie! Happy New Year to all of you! <3

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    1. Happy New Year and love from all of us at OWG, ANGI! Pretty soon the 2015s will be rolling in...where did the time go? Hope you will get the chance to read some of these wonderful books! Blessings!

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  12. Excited to see Seagrass Pier on the list! Thanks SO much!

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    1. I love all of your books, COLLEEN! I have some on my kindle I'm itching to get to during this cold, wintery season!

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  13. Wonderful list Diana!!! Some of these are on my Favourite's List as well, but one of them - The Pursuit of Tamsen LittleJohn - I'd purchased through the year, but can you believe NEVER got a chance to read it?! So sad about that because I know I would have loved this one and it would have made my list too then!! :-) Hugs Diana, and thank you for all your hard work on writing such beautiful reviews for these fabulous books!

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    1. Aww, thank you, NOELA. Yes, you will love TPoTL when you get the chance to read it! We don't have two heads and do the best we can. There's so many good authors and just one little us! haha HUGS back and thank you for your lovely reviews as well!

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  14. Wow. I hardly know what to say. We've had this discussion about how you don't have to read and review my books, Diana, given that I'm an OWG blogger and that we should have a rule that mine can't be considered for our best of year end lists. So now I know why you argued that it should be allowed. Thank you, thank you, thank you and God bless you for including The Fruitcake Challenge on your list of best novellas for 2014. Big hugs, Diana!!! Squeeee!!!!!

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    1. I would feel bad about leaving out one of my favorite novellas and if I didn't love it (and fruitcake--lol), it wouldn't have been on here. So there! I'm sticking my tongue out at you. LOL Not really. Big hugs back and you're so welcome, sweet CARRIE! You deserve it!

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  15. Diana, thank you for all your wonderful reviews this year and for this great exceptional list, also. I agree that 2014 was an exceptional year for Christian Fiction and several of my very favorite author's books are on your list. I've read several of the books on your list, have others waiting to be read and yet others on my list to purchase. As with you, I'd love to have 2 heads so that I could read even more - and more quickly, LOL!!

    Love, prayers, blessings and many, many thanks - authors, for the many hours of enjoyment, inspiration and learning (as well as those passionate moments of anger and tears, LOL) you have imparted to me through your gift of writing and love of our Lord!!

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    1. Amen to that last paragraph, BONNIE! I couldn't have said it any better myself!

      And unfortunately, we'll never have the time (or the two heads) to read all of the books that we want to, but so thankful for the ones we have been able to enjoy! Bless you, BONNIE!

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  16. I see some I've read, some in my TBR, and some I'm dying to read. I think the first is The Pursuit of Tamsen Littlejohn, if for no other reason than the title. I love it!

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    1. It's an awesome book, SANDRA! I think Lori Benton won an award for this one...or was it Burning Sky? Or probably both. :/ I have so many more 2014s I want to read! Now I'll have to squeeze them in between 2015s. Oh boy. So many books, so little time! :)

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  17. Great list DIANA!! I didn't get to read as much this year but you and I have read some of the same books; imagine that! lol There certainly were a lot of wonderful books out this year, I just wish things would have been different at the Mathews household so I could have read and reviewed more. I am looking forward to a much better year in 2015 so look out books here I COME!! :-)

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    1. Here comes TERESA, 2015 -- look out! lol I'm really surprised that I read as many as I did, Teresa. 2014 was such a struggle for me in so many ways. But am looking forward to a great year ahead...health, happiness, and books galore! ;)

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  18. I hope I get to read First Impressions this year! It sounds like one I would enjoy :)

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    1. I loved the movie Pride and Prejudice and Sarah's Amish take on it was wonderful! I kept seeing Keira Knightley with an Amish cap on. Lol

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    2. Speaking of which, have you seen the newer version of Sense and Sensibility with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet, ANNE? One of my fave movies and I was hoping since Sarah is doing Jane Austen/Amish retellings that she would do S & S. Yep, I think so!!! Shhhh... ;)

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  19. Wow, Diana, you blow me away today with such an honor. To be listed amongst these wonderful writers. Thank you so much, and I am so glad you liked Veiled at Midnight. There are so many of my favorites among these other books too. You take my breath away.

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    1. Your books take my breath away, CHRISTINE! I wish the whole world knew about them! Truly. They are amazing.

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  20. I have loved reading the 2014 book lists. Some fantastic books to be read. Just wish I wasn't so slow reading, but much slower since checking out the blogs. Lori won 3 Awards on Burning Sky I believe. But, I am glad you girls don't have those two heads you spoke of. Think you would look sorta funny. LOL LOL LOL (((Hugs))) from me to each of you.

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    1. Hugs, MAXIE!! Maybe we could take off one head and put it on a shelf when we aren't reading? lol Yes, Burning Sky by Lori Benton made it on my list of 2103 faves. She is an awesome writer! Blessings~

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