29 December 2015

Diana's List Of 2015 Favorites!


Here are a few of my favorite book picks of 2015 in no particular order. *For those of my fave authors who wrote more than one full length book this year I had to limit it to one, but rest assured I loved them all!*

If you would like to purchase any of these awesome reads please click on to title!

The Matchmaker By Sarah Price, Feb. 2015
 Readers everywhere will love this unique blend of the Amish and Jane Austen's classic tale, Emmathe story of an opinionated young lady who must learn the hard way that best laid plans may sometimes go awry. 

 The Rising Darkness By Nancy Mehl, Oct. 2015
 Once again, author Nancy Mehl has crafted a suspenseful page-turner set against the peaceful backdrop of the quaint, small town of Sanctuary—a predominantly Mennonite community with only two churches, two charming cafes, cozy homes, and is as safe as its name suggests—or is it?

 Anna's Crossing By Suzanne Woods Fisher, Feb. 2015
Suzanne Woods Fisher has penned a powerfully moving, emotive talethat takes the reader from the peaceful, sheep grazing hills and valleys of Germany, to a dank, foul-smelling merchant ship traversing the Atlantic Ocean. Highly recommended!

 The Wood's Edge By Lori Benton, Apr. 2015
 In The Wood's Edge, author Lori Benton has penned a mesmerizing, emotionally charged colonial era novel of forbidden love and dark, long buried secrets that transpire between two diverse families of the Oneida tribe and British colonists—and of the beautiful, young white woman who finds herself caught between both worlds.

Mist Of Midnight By Sandra Byrd, Mar. 2015
In Mist of Midnight, author Sandra Byrd has written a haunting Gothic romance set in Victorian England—of a mansion mysteriously shrouded by shadowy mists, and secrets as entangled as the overgrown vines surrounding it.

 The Reckoning By MaryLu Tyndall, June 2015
With pen in hand, er quill rather, Marylu Tyndall has written a story of a love that transcends timeas a disheartened young woman from the 21st century suddenly finds herself on a mesmerizing shipboard journey through frothy, turquoise waters surrounded by a band of pillaging, filthy, swashbuckling pirates...300 years in the past!

 Irish Meadows By Susan Ann Mason, June 2015
In this mesmerizing Irish family saga, author Susan Anne Mason sweeps the reader away to a lovely and affluent estate—the O'Leary stables in 1911 Long Island, New York. An enchanting tale with two romances for the price of one (!) and a beautiful story of God's redemption and inner healing...Irish Meadows is definitely one not to be missed!

Justified By Varina Denman, June 2015
From the gossipy small town of Trapp, Texas to the beauty of the Caprock Escarpment with its rolling plains hundreds of feet below, comes an enthralling story of a spoiled-little-rich-girl who has grown into a lovely, rebellious young woman in need—unwed and pregnant.

The Mistress Of Tall Acre By Laura Frantz, Sept. 2015

In The Mistress of Tall Acre, author Laura Frantz pens a sweeping epic tale set after the American Revolution–poignant and evocative–beset with betrayal and secrets as twisted as the fragrant wisteria and lovely roses twined about the gardens of Tall Acre.

After The Rain By Rita Gerlach, June 2015
 In After the Rain, author Rita Gerlach pens an unforgettable Edwardian era novel that sweeps the reader from the opulent busyness of Chevy Chase, Maryland—where past and future intertwine with the invention of motorcars and telephones—to the vast, quiet beauty of the small hamlet of Chestnut Creek, Virginia, where one can hear the whispers of the winds through the pines and the water tumbling over the rocks in the creek.

Isle Of Hope By Julie Lessman, Nov. 2015
 Isle of Hope is a masterpiece of a novel filled with hope and inspiration—raw, real life situations and characters, and of course, Julie's trademark twists and turns! Be sure to grab your copy today!

Lilacs For Juliana By Carrie Fancett Pagels, Aug. 2015 (short novel)
 The aroma of fresh cut pines, flapjacks, and lilacs permeate the readers' senses in this heartwarming tale of a young woman's sacrifices, hopes, and dreams—and an unpretentious hero who sets those dreams in motion! Be sure to grab your copy today!

The Painter's Daughter By Julie Klassen, Dec. 2015
In The Painter's Daughter, author Julie Klassen pens a Regency era novel permeated with an aura of mystery—sweeping the reader from the thatched cottages, cries of the seagulls, and dangerous slopes of the Devonshire coast—to the opulent beauty of Overtree Hall with its hidden rooms, secrets, and strange noises.

Carry Me Home By Dorothy Adamek
 In her debut novel Carry Me Home, Dorothy Adamek pens a poignant, heartrending novel of a young woman's quest for love—a journey that transports her to a land both fearsome and beauteous...Australia.

To Capture Her Heart By Rebecca DeMarino 
Rebecca DeMarino has crafted a mesmerizing colonial saga of unrequited love and the igniting passions of a young Indian maiden for two men—set in the untamed New World!


 ~*NOVELLAS*~

The Substitute Bride By Carrie Fancett Pagels, Oct. 2015
In The Substitute Bride, author Carrie Fancett Pagels has written an enchanting holiday story guaranteed to warm the cockles of your heart in spite of the flurry of sparkling, crystalline snowflakes dusting the town of Shepherd, Michigan. A must read this Christmas season!

Grace Like Rain By Julie Lessman, Apr. 2015
Full of charm, wit, twists and turns, and of course, the sizzling romance that author Julie Lessman is so well known for, this is an absolute must read! Fans will love the opportunity to bid one last adieu to the McClare family whom we have all grown to know and love! 

One Enchanted Christmas By Melissa Tagg
A novella chock-full of the delight and enchantment of a small town Christmas—with the scent of evergreen wafting through the frosty air and a blanket of snow powdering the landscape—what a scenic setting for romance!




GIVEAWAY: One blessed commenter will win their choice of a paperback copy of one of the amazing books I have mentioned above! **International entrants e-book format only.** To be eligible for the drawing please leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers. 

140 comments:

  1. Great list, Diana! I read almost all of the books on your list!!

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    1. We are like minded, REGINA! Not sure that's a good thing for you, though. lol Happy New Year!

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  2. Loved your favorites list, Diana - thank you!! I've read numerous ones on your list, however, there are numerous one I have not (some of the unread books I already have, others not)- due to using a lot of my reading time as an influencer for various authors. I'll probably use my book allowance for the entire year of 2016 by the time I purchase each of the books I haven't read, and don't have - from the lists of yourself, Noela, and Carrie!! Oh well, it's only money, can't think of a more enjoyable way to spend it, lol!!

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    1. O Bonnie! I love your way of thinking. Yes! Books are the most enjoyable way to spend money on! That's what I keep telling my husband. When he asks me what would I like to receive for Christmas or Birthday, I'd always said "books". He rolls his eyes. =)

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    2. I quite agree with you both, BONNIE and ANNIE! A non book lover just doesn't understand! One can NEVER have enough books.

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  3. Awesome list DIANA!! The ones I've read on your list, I've LOVED also. I must mention 'One Enchanted Christmas' by Melissa Tagg as I've only read that very recently and so it didn't get on my list, but it was such an enjoyable read!! Anna's Crossing seems like so long ago as its release was back near the beginning of the year, but oh what a memorable read that was! As was so many others on your list, but I'll stop here and just put up my list later in the week lol.

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    1. Noela. I know what you mean! I've read several great ones after my "best gifts" list. I think I might do another a month in 2016 after I finish the year. Lol. Looking forward to your list as well!

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    2. Did I tell you Anna's Crossing was meant to be a stand alone, NOELA, but peeps loved it so much there are going to be two more in that series? Yay! Am anxious to read your list as well! Started to peek, but that would ruin the surprise!

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    3. ANNIE, I had to hurry up and read 3 more before the year was over to see if they made it. I did and so did they!

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  4. What an awesome list! Every one of the ones I've read already from your list are on my faves of 2015 as well. And for the others, they are still on my ever long TBR list/pile. I'm really looking forward to Julie's The Painter's Daughter and I heard great things about Justified and MaryLu's book, The Reckoning. Rita Gerlach's After the Rain is sitting prettily in my kindle waiting to be read. I have a few more before I'd get there, so can't wait! Awesome list! 2015 sure was a great year for book lovers!
    Annie
    justcommonly(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Oh, wasn't it though, ANNIE? Can't wait to see what these wonderful authors have up their sleeves for 2016, but I'm sure whatever it is it'll be exciting!

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    2. Just Commonly, isn't this a great list? I'm adding several of these to my reading list too. Let me know what you think of Justified. I hope you enjoy it. :)

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  5. I am pleased to say I decided to get out of my little box and try some "new to me" authors -- Varina Denman, Melissa Tagg, Dorothy Adamek, Susan Anne Mason, etc. and you ladies did a superb job! And I'm definitely a new fan!

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    1. I'm so glad you got out of your box, Diana. Lol. It's been great getting to know you!

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    2. Same here, VARINA! Hoping I can squeeze JADED in somewhere. I have it on my Kindle! And Jilted is a must read for this summer!

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  6. A lot of intriguing storylines!!! I have more titles on my TBR list now. Thanks Diana. cbalmony(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. CONNIE, I love your writing! Just couldn't seem to get to your books this year. So hoping I can in 2016! I need two heads!!

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  7. Beautiful list ~ beautiful you, Diana! I think back to The Frontiersman's Daughter & your letter you sent me. 💛📚 It means so much that you've been with me from the beginning. Thank you for taking time for my stories. They are better because of you!!

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    1. Aww... thank you. Beautiful Laura! I never thought that letter would find its way into your hands and when I got one back I was super ecstatic. Now I get to look at you every day. haha Thank you for writing such wonderful stories...love that romantic tension you're so good at. My heart feels like it skips a beat every time I read a romance scene in your books. lol

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  8. What great books for the giveaway! I love to read. Happy New Year!
    Melissa

    ahenderson312(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. I love to read, too, MELISSA! Can you tell? lol Happy New Year!

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  9. Diana, you just made my day. Thank you so much for including 'After the Rain' in this amazing list of books.

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    1. You're welcome, RITA! Reading that book was such a pleasure!!

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  10. I've read four of your favorites. Several of the others I have wanted to read. Thank you for the chance. Happy and blessed New Year.

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      leliamae54(at)aol(dot)com

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    2. Hi, LUCY! I hope you get the chance to read a few more! Happy New Year!

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  11. I love your list - some I have read, others are still waiting to be read on my Kindle and a few others are on my wishlist, just because you enjoyed them so much and now I have to read them as well. You did a great job again this year and I'm sure the authors are thankful for all your hard work, mdh. Looking forward to what 2016 brings us . . . I pray it's a good year for you all! Hugs!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Dutchie! Your recommendations were very helpful to me as well in picking out great novels to read. When you really like a book, I usually sit up and take notice. Looking forward to some more great books in 2016 and sending prayers back your way! HUGS!

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  12. I think we read a lot of the same books! I agree your list has a lot of the top of my favorites list too!
    dkstevensneAToutlook)dot)com

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    1. We both think alike, DEANNA! :) But honestly, these authors are so great who wouldn't love their books?!

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  13. I think I've only read two on your list, but sounds like many more that I need to read!

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  14. Diana, I'm always so honored to be listed on your year end best books list! Oh my goodness, but this year I'm also shocked to be listed among such outstanding books and authors!!! I've read a few of these and completely agree! Now, I see I need to pick up the rest of these and get to reading!! You are a treasure! Thanks so much for enjoying my crazy stories! God Bless you and yours and in the New Year!!!

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    1. I'm shocked that you're shocked, MARYLU! LOL! Your books are the BoMb as are all of these I have listed above. Your crazy stories as you put it fill me with delight! Happy New Year, sweet friend!

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  15. Oh, thank you, Diana. Being on your list is such a blessing. Thanks for all you do for authors. You're awesome! Hugs, beautiful lady. :)

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    1. You're so welcome, NANCY! Hugs back to a beautiful lady with a super funny personality and a whole lot of talent!

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  16. I saw at least 10 toe-curlers. ;-) Mist of Midnight looks good (for a guy). Have a wonderful 2016 Diana.
    Luke

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    1. haha At least that many! The sequel to Mist of Midnight is coming out fairly soon. The cover of Mist of Midnight IS great -- even for a guy. ;) Thanks, LUKE! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  17. I've read The Matchmaker.....awesome. Now I have lot of books to add to my reading list.
    Happy New Year.

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    1. Hi, MT! If you would like to be entered to win one of the above please include your email addy for contact purposes should you be our lucky winner! If you have The Matchmaker in paperback, you'll see me on the back cover endorsing it! :) Happy New Year!

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  18. You have a great list of books Diana. I have read many of them and have them on my favorites for 2015 as well. Some are on my desk or kindle waiting for me to get to them and others are on my lengthening to-be-read list.
    Blessings,Tina
    tfrice(at)comcast(dot)net

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    1. Thanks, TINA! The authors outdid themselves this year, didn't they?! I'll never get all of my TBR list finished! :/ I keep adding to it!

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  19. I have only read one of the books you listed, Isle of Hope, and I loved it. I would love to read all of those books. They all sound so good. spotts06 at comcast dot net

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    1. Only one, STELLA! We will have to hook you up with some fabulous reads in 2016, I see. You have missed out, but it's not too late to read some of these. Have a Happy New Year, Stella!

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    2. By the way, Stella, for only reading one you sure picked a great one! Love Isle of Hope and Julie Lessman!

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    3. STELLLLLLLLLLLLLLA!!! (I just LOVE doing that!!) I am SO blessed and honored that of all the fabulous books on Diana's list, IOH is the one you have read -- THANK YOU!!

      And I'm with Diana, you HAVE to hook up with some of the other fabulous authors on this list which, not surprisingly since Diana and I share great taste in books!!) are on my list too!!

      So LOTS of great reads ahead of you in 2016, my friend, so HAPPY READING and HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

      HUGS!!
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  20. I love your Favorites list. I like the same authors you do. Thank you for the chance to win one of these, and may your 2016 be jam-packed full of blessings!

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    1. Thx so much, DEBBIE! I'm agreeing with you on a new year jam packed full of blessings! And may yours be the same!

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    2. DEBBIE, I'll need your email addy for contact purposes in case you are our blessed winner. Thx!

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  21. Diana, what a great list! I've read some of them and want to read some of the others! Thanks for the chance!
    Happy New Year! Looking forward to more visits with OWG in 2016!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Hi, JACKIE! Thank you -- 2015 was a great year for books! We'll be looking forward to seeing more of you in 2016 for sure! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  22. Your list has some of my favourites on as well, especially Julie Lessman's newest release.
    Thank you for the chance to win!

    lientjiehuman(at)yahoo(dot)com(dot)au

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    1. Julie's is fabulous as are all of these! Happy New Year, LIENTJIE!

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  23. What a great list of books. Thank you for the chance to win one of these.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. You're welcome, SUSAN! Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  24. Thank you for including me, lovely lady! I feel honored to be among these wonderful authors and their books! ♥ ♥

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    1. SANDRA, you deserve to be among them! Mist of Midnight had everything I love in a book! Thank YOU for writing it! <3

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  25. Great list Diana! :) I LOVE end of the year "my favorites" book lists! And 2015 was a fabulous year for Christian Fiction!

    Hugs, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)
    amada_chavezATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Oh, wasn't it, AMADA?!! Every time I think these authors can't possibly top the previous year, they astound me every time! I'm so glad you enjoyed my post of favorites! :)

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  26. What a fabulous lineup of books and giveaway! Thank you for this generous opportunity! Happy New Year!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. You are so welcome, MELANIE! Good luck in the drawing and wishing you a Happy New Year!

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  27. I've read a few of these and agree they are very good. Several others are on my "want to read" list. I would find it very hard to make a favorites list like this; there are just so many excellent books to choose from. Thanks for the giveaway.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. PAM, it was very difficult. Some choices were much easier than others. I had to basically ask myself if a certain book has stayed with me even though I may have read it months ago. And if it has and I still feel excited that I read it, then it belongs in my favorites.

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  28. Great list, Diana! I enjoyed The Painter's Daughter, Justified, and The Wood's Edge....looks like there are several more to add to my list. Thanks for the recommendations!

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    1. Just a few, CARRIE! lol Had I had a chance to read yours this year, I know it would have made it up there, too. :( I loved the first two in The Edwardian Brides series! You are quite the writer!

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    2. Thank you for reading Justified, Carrie. I'm so glad I got to meet you at ACFW this year. :)

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  29. Oh WOW Diana!!! This is the best list to wake up to!! I'm humbled to be in such esteemed company. Thank you for your wonderful support and encouragement. You've made this Aussie author's day! AGAIN... ❤️❤️❤️

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    1. I was just thinking how pretty that purple skirt looks up there! lol It was a thrill to read your book, DOROTHY, and I'm so glad I was able to squeeze it in before my list went up. I had no clue it would be such an amazing book; I just love Australian settings and wanted to read it. I'm glad I made your day and I wish blogger would make those hearts! <3

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    2. Dorothy, I am sooo excited to read your book. I just received the paperback from Amazon this week. After Rel had featured you and your book with such a glowing introduction, I was sold! I generally don't purchase a softcover book unless I've read it and it's going on my keeper shelf. Rel had me so convinced that I just bypassed that prerequisite. :)

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    3. You won't be sorry, TERRILL! Dorothy is an amazing author and I would highly recommend her book to everyone!

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  30. What a wonderful list of your favs, Diana. There are several there that are also on my wish list of "must reads." You have done a terrific job with all of your reviews this year, taken me to many different places and on adventures around the world spanning many times in history. You have introduced me to a lot of "new to me" authors, inspired me to "go" Kindle and build an outstanding Kindle library. Thank you! Joyce * Heartwings e-mail: joyce1510(d0t)jrg(at)gmail(d0t)com

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    1. What a nice compliment, JOYCE! Thank you! I am so thrilled myself to have discovered new authors such as Dorothy Adamek from Australia, and I had never read Sandra Byrd's books before. You don't even want to see my Kindle! lol Bless you and have a Happy New Year!

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  31. Angel Girl Diana, I am SO BLESSED to be on this list!!! To be in such wonderful company is really humbling! Wow!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I remember early on when you joined me, I respected your opinion so much, that I prayed Lord one day let me make Diana's list!!! And God and you have blessed me! I'd be happy to give a copy of my books from this list to one of the blog commenters! Hugs!!!

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    1. Awww...CARRIE! You just made tears well up in my eyes. Thank you and God answered your request double. You are on here twice, my sweet friend! Thank you for your kindness and generosity. Big hugs back!

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  32. Diana, what a wonderful list! I just saw my TBR list grow exponentially ...lol. Happy 2016 to you and I look forward to reading more of your wonderful reviews.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. BETTI, you're so kind. Thank you! I'm glad I was able to give you some great ideas for your TBR pile! Happy New Year to you as well.

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  33. There are some on there I've been eager to read! Great list! castfalk[at]verizon[dot]net

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    1. Welcome to OWG, CAROLYN! I'm blessed to see you here and so glad you enjoyed my list. Hoping you'll have time to read some of them now that the Christmas rush is over! lol A Happy New Year to you and yours!

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  34. I read Irish Meadows and One Enchanted Christmas loved them.

    Sonnetta_jones(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. SONNETTA, there are a lot more up there for you to read! lol The sequel to Irish Meadows should have been released today. It's call A Worthy Heart. I can't wait to read it! Wishing you and yours a Happy New Year!

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    2. SONNETTA, actually the Kindle version released today and the paperback version of A Worthy Heart releases on Jan 6th.

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  35. That is an amazing list.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. Thx so much, MARY! A blessed New Year to you, my friend!

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  36. Oh these all sound so good!! My reading bucket list just keeps getting longer!!

    alander87 at allcom dot net

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    1. ABBY, that makes two of us! lol Happy New Year!

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  37. I see quite a few I have and quite a few I want to read :-) One can never have too long of a TBR can one? :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. One can never have enough books or shoes, TRIXI! And I would rather have books! lol Good luck in the drawing!

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    2. Well a person only has ONE set of feet so why do we need so many shoes....I'd rather have my nose stuck in a book too! :-) Besides shoes can get expensive...lol! Save money, buy books....haha!!

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    3. Hey, we're on the same page! Pardon my pun! Plus I can only wear certain shoes bc many aren't very comfy, so yep, books it is!

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  38. Thank you so much for including me in this impressive list of talented authors! And thanks for your support and encouragement, Diana!! Happy reading in 2016!!

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    1. You are welcome, Susan! And there are two nice comments about Irish Meadows...one below yours and one above that lets me know you belong in this impressive group of talented authors!

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  39. Great list! I read MaryLu's and LOVED it! Irish Meadows was excellent two. I have a few others in my TBR pile. Certainly hope you have a Happy New Year.

    Sunydey26 (at) aol (dot) com

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    1. Hi, JOHNETTE! The sequel to Irish Meadows is coming up in early Jan. and MaryLu Tyndall has another one coming up soon. Can't be soon enough for me! Thanks...hope you do too!

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  40. Thank you for including The Wood's Edge on your list! <3

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    1. You're very welcome, LORI! What a great book!

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  41. Great list! I agree with you ~ I have nine of your "favorite things" and would be happy to choose one more! Thanks for your preview. Kathleen ~ Lane Hill House lanehillhouse[at]centurylink[dot]net

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    1. That's amazing, KATHLEEN! I hope you enjoyed them as much as I did! Hmm...wondering which one you haven't read. I think I may know. ;)

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  42. I see several authors I enjoy on here! Just finished "Tears of the Sea" by MaryLu Tyndall and am also reading Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz, and I am enjoying them both!

    Thank you for this list! I have Julie Klassen's The Painter's Daughter on hold at the library and I will have to check out a couple of the other books listed too sometime.
    breyenga[at]hotmail[dot]com

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    1. You will enjoy The Painter's Daughter and I KNOW that you're loving Laura Frantz's book! I just started a book in which a main character's name is Brianna. Lovely name!

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  43. I've got to write these titles down as they all sound so good! I enjoy very short reviews as these were, I can tell if that book appeals to me by a few lines. It would be a hard choice to pick just one of these books...but I could make myself do it :)

    eveningstar888ataoldotcom

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    1. I wish I could write them that briefly all the time, LORETTA! It would be less work! lol I love it, though! Good luck in the drawing!

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  44. Hello Dianna, I love this list. Several are on my to read list and I am very interested in reading Julie Klassen's The Painter's Daughter if I am picked.

    princessdebbie1_2000 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. DEBBIE, thanks so much for coming by! That's a good choice, my friend! Happy New Year!

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  45. Some i have read, Some I have not yet. But they are all so good. kamundsen44ATyahooDOTcom

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    1. Ooh, they really are! I tried to pick just a top 3 and it was literally impossible! Thx, KIM, and have a very Happy New Year!

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  46. Looks like a wonderful lists of books on this list.
    Happy New Year!!
    seraphinangel7(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Happy New Year, JUANITA! Maybe you'll win one! :)

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  47. You picked some wonderful books! I've read many, and can't wait to read the rest!
    kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Thanks so much, KATE! So many books, so little time! lol

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  48. OH. MY. GOODNESS!!! I'm late, I'm late ... for a VERY important date!! Diana, PLEASE forgive me for my tardiness -- I got my days mixed up, which is not all that unusual, unfortunately. :|

    But OH. MY. GOODNESS, was it worth the wait, my friend -- WHOO-HOO!!! Making the list for your "favorite things" in books is TWICE a blessing, not just because you included two of my 2015 releases either, but because I made the list of one of my TOP favorite reviewers and dear friends, so that puts it over the top for me, stamped in gold!!

    THANK YOU, THANK YOU for ending my year on a truly FUN note with your list AND for just being such a precious friend!!

    I wish you and yours a happy, healthy, and holy new year, Diana, for both you and ALL the OWG angels!!

    Hugs and more hugs, and add some more on top of that!!
    Julie

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    1. I'll forgive you - this time. Welll...every time b/c I absolutely love you, too, my precious friend! The wonderful person that you are and your books! Thank you for your sweet words and wishing you a Happy New Year filled with so many blessings you won't be able to count them!

      Tight hugs, and more, and more!

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  49. Diana, I'm so honored that you included Justified on your list of faves! You made my day. :) And now I want to read the others on your list. Thank you for taking the time to review books and make referrals. You are terrific!

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    1. Oh, VARINA! I'm so glad I "found" you! lol What a great book Justified is and I'm really looking forward to reading Jilted! You're so welcome...my pleasure!

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  50. So many great books this year--enjoyed a lot of the ones on your list. Would like to read the ones by Rita Gerlach, MaryLu Tyndall, Varina Denman, Julie Lessman, Nancy Mehl and Melissa Tagg. Thanks for doing a giveway. :)

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    1. Hi, KAREN! I hope you get the chance to read every one of them! They are all fabulous and I'm a very picky reader.

      P.S. Please leave your email address, sweetie, so I can contact you should you be our prize winner. Thanks! :)

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  51. That's quite a list.I've heard of most of these titles and they all sound SO promising! I wish someone gave me an entire library as a present. lol I'm quite insatiable.:D Thank you so much for the reviews, you sure know how to spark people's interest in these plotlines! Have a blessed New Year! :)

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    1. LOL, ROSE! Love that! I'm quite insatiable, too! I wish I could read every single book I want, but time just won't allow it! Phooey! You're very welcome; so glad you enjoy them! Happy New Year!

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  52. Some of my favorites from this year are on your list as well! I see a couple from my wish list that I haven't gotten my hands on yet. Thank you for the giveaway and happy New Year!
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    1. Ooh, BETH! You must get your hands on them ASAP! ;) Happy New Year to you as well!

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  53. I see lots of books that I would love to read! Some of these are on my list also!
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot) com

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    1. I'm so glad my book choices appeal to you and match some of yours, BRENDA! Good luck in the drawing!!

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  54. Sounds like a whole lot of wonderful books. I love books and bought a bunch when I retired. Love historical ones, but all of these look good to dive in. What a giveaway! mix(dot)williams(at)sbcglobal (dot) net

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    1. Oh, they are, DEBORAH! I used to stick to basically historical, but in doing so I didn't realize I was missing out on some good contemporary fiction, too! Have a Happy New Year!

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  55. DIANA, you have EXCELLENT taste! I just finished Rita Gerlach's AFTER THE RAIN. A few of these are on my wish list. Thanks for the EPIC giveaway. *big smile*

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    1. Hiya, CARYL! Thanks so much! I'm trying to broaden my reading horizons a bit and read other genres besides historical fiction...which I love BTW! So there should be more of a variety on my list than in previous years. Good luck in the drawing!

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  56. DIANA, I've discovered some new favorite authors since I've ventured beyond my usual genre of mystery/suspense. I am glad you have venture out of your comfort zone too.

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    1. When I need a change I usually drift over to mystery/suspense books. lol But I love books like Sandra Byrd's and Julie Klassen's who sometimes include both of those in their historical fiction novels. But certain authors I wouldn't care for suspense in their historical novels; they're perfect just the way they are! One genre I will never read is sci-fi and paranormal!

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  57. DIANA, I will never read paranormal either! I loved Sandra Byrd's book.

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    1. Me, too, CARYL! I can't wait for her new one that releases in March. Bride of a Distant Isle is the sequel to Mist of Midnight. All of this book talk has been so much fun! I have loved doing this post!

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  58. Diana, your list is diverse like my reading choices. I find myself gravitating towards contemporary romance at the moment, but that will wane in time and I will most-assuredly change sub-genres. So my end of the year list consists of a number of different genres. Some people call it eclectic; I call it ADD.

    I'm not sure why I read these end of year lists? I either end up patting myself on the back for having read so many of the same books or stressing out, because I have so many new additions to my "bulging-at-the-seams" tbr. I didn't have to add any of your choices to my tbr this year, but I do need to put in some serious reading time. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. Loved your comment, TERRILL! lol I can so identify! And now we will soon have the 2016 books to add to that ever growing TBR. I'm looking forward to it, though, aren't you? Happy Blessed New Year, Terrill!

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  59. Good list! Several made my top ten as well (both Lori Benton and Laura Frantz outdid themselves this year!), but a couple I hadn't even heard of - I'll have to look them up!

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    1. That's one thing I enjoy so much about making these lists, RACHAEL. We are all bound to be drawn to a variety of books and our tastes are not all the same. And like you said, some we have never even heard of! I love hearing of new books and authors, but when they come especially recommended I sit up and take notice. I agree about Lori and Laura! :)

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  60. Congrats to SONNETTA for winning her book of choice on this post via random number.org. I emailed you, Sonetta. Thanks to everyone who joined in the book talk. I enjoyed it so much!

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    1. Thank you so much. Now comes the hard part selecting the book and the format.

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    2. You made a good choice, SONNETTA, but I know it had to have been difficult! Any of these books would have been wonderful!

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  61. Hello Diana. Sounds like a great list of books. Would love to win but will be hard to pick one. Thanks and Happy New Year. GOD bless and love the OWG girls. Maxie > mac262(at)me(dot)com <

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    1. Sonnetta (right above you) won the drawing, MAXIE! But it's great to see you here and I hope you had a very Merry Christmas and wishing you a blessed New Year!!! We at OWG love you, too!

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  62. Oh, Diana!! Thank you so much - I consider it to be such an honor to be on your list - and among so many authors that I love and admire, too!! I am coming to this sooo late, but you have really made my day!! You are a sweetheart and a blessing to authors and readers alike and especially to ME!! Hugs to you - I hope your New Year is off to a fantastic start! Thank you!

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