31 March 2016

Diana's Spring Favorites!


Spring is by far my favorite season of the year! It's a time of renewed hope, beautiful weather, light gentle rains, spring flowers, and more great books! Here is my spring list of favorite books I have read so far in 2016 in no particular order.

*Click on to title to order any of these wonderful books!*


A Worthy Heart By Susan Ann Mason
Susan Anne Mason has penned a mesmerizing, impassioned Irish American saga of two families whose lives intertwine at the lovely and affluent estate—the O'Leary stables, Irish Meadows, in 1914 Long Island, New York.

Charity's Cross By MaryLu Tyndall
MaryLu Tyndall takes the reader off on a turbulent, exhilarating seafaring journey—from the perils of frothy, turquoise waters filled with swashbuckling pirates and a dangerous jungle replete with exotic birds, foliage, and uncivilized natives—to the beauties of the Caribbean with its warm breezes, swaying palms, sugar cane, and tropical fruits of the West Indies.

The Steeplechase By Carrie Fancett Pagels
Carrie Fancett Pagels has written an outstanding, detailed story that is so jam-packed it reads like a full length novel. Action, intrigue, spies, breathtaking romance—it's all in there!

Beyond The Silence By Tracie Peterson & Kim Woodhouse
Tracie Peterson and Kimberley Woodhouse have successfully teamed up to pen an intriguing, heartwarming read about a young woman who travels to the lush, rolling hills of California seeking to fulfill her dreams and finds much more than she bargains for—a chance at love and life threatening danger stalking her every move.

Sense And Sensibility By Sarah Price
What transpires when you blend Jane Austen's memorable characters with Sarah Price's unique Amish voice? A captivating classic retelling of Sense and Sensibility is born!

Bride Of A Distant Isle By Sandra Byrd
Lovers of Gothic & Victorian era authors such as Charlotte and Emily Bronte, Dapne du Maurier, and even Julie Klassen fans, are sure to delight in this suspenseful, well written novel—intertwining the exotic allure of the island of Malta and the beauty of the English seaside!

A Flight Of Arrows By Lori Benton
I just finished reading an ARC of this historical masterpiece!! Review coming up later on OWG! Be sure to pre-order a copy by clicking on to title above this coverrelease date April 19!

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MY SPRING TBR LIST!

Sofi's Bridge By Christine Lindsay


Dawn At Emberwilde By Sarah E. Ladd


The Beautiful Pretender By Melanie Dickerson

Do you have any good 2016 book recommendations for me??
~HAPPY READING~

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82 comments:

  1. A wonderful list and beautiful post, Diana!! Oddly, I have only read one from your Spring Favorites List and two from your TBR list! :-) Thank you so much for compiling this list, I know that if you love all these fine books, then I will too!

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    1. Thanks, NOELA! We used to always read the same books it seems, but now we are able to give our viewers a bit more variety. And I NEED to read some of your faves! For if you love them I will, too! ;)

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  2. Thanks for mentioning A Flight of Arrows! :)

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    1. You're welcome, LORI! Will mention more at a later date. Thanks for stopping by!

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  3. Thanks stufforstine at hotmail dot com

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  4. I have been waiting on A Flight of Arrows since The Wood's Edge came out last year - it was so god, and I can't wait to finish the story! rdalquis(at)css(dot)edu

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    1. Oh, RACHAEL. It will blow you away! Lori is such a fine writer.

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  5. Diana! These look great!!! I've only read 3 of the ones on your list and they were ALL great!!! Your TBR list looks enticing too. I'll have to add them onto my list. Thanks!

    justcommonly[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, ANNIE! I agree about the TBR! Can't wait to dive into those!

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  6. A wonderful list of books you have there. I have read three of them so far. I need to read the rest of them. Beyond the Silence is my favorite that I read so far. That little boy just captured my heart.
    CherylB1987(AT)hotmail(DOT)com

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    1. Wasn't he such a charmer? Hoping you'll have a chance to read a few more on my list, CHERYL!

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  7. Yay! I made the list!! Thank you, Diana!! I haven't read any of those others and they ALL look so good! Including your TBR pile! Ah.. my kingdom for more time to read!! Bless you!

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    1. You're welcome, ML! If you take time out to read then you can't write! (gasp!) Then what would WE do? ;) We're only 3 months in to the new year, so it promises to be a great year -- bookwise!

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  8. If you like historical Christian fiction, check out "Where Can I Flee" and "In The Shadow of Thy Wings," both by A.M. Heath. They are both fantastic books and she's working on the 3rd book in the series as we speak!

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    1. Whoops, forgot my e-mail! imaclogger23 at yahoo dot com

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    2. Thanks so much for the great book recommendations, KIM! She is a new author to me and I will surely check those books out.

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  9. Thanks for including my book, Diana! I hope you will enjoy reading the story of Avelina and the margrave as much as I enjoyed writing it! :-)

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    1. I'm quite sure I will, MELANIE! Especially if the book is anything like the beautiful cover!

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  10. Thanks Diana! Truly honored to be listed on your Favorite Spring Reads list!!!!! <3

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    1. You're quite welcome, SARAH! I have yet to find a book of yours that I didn't love!

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  11. I really enjoy learning about authors and books. My "to be read" list is now even larger. Thank you. :-)

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    1. My pleasure, MELISSA! I so love book talk! :)

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  12. Great list of spring books you have listed Diana! I have read 3 of those listed and have some of the others on my ever-soooo-long to-be-read list.
    Blessings,Tina

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    1. Thank you, TINA! I know what you mean. Lol I always say that I wish I had two heads so I could read twice as many books!

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  13. I'm gonna need a new book shelf putting all of these books on my shelf. Thank you Diana.
    Spring blessings
    myrtle1961(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Lol, MYRTLE! I recently cleaned out one bookshelf so I could make room for more books. And let's not even talk about Kindle books. Oy!

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  14. Thanks for sharing Diane. So many books to be read and not enough time. God bless.

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    1. I quite agree, MARILYN! Thanks so much for coming by! If you would like to enter for the gift card, please leave an email address should your name be drawn as our blessed winner! Thanks!

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  15. oh my goodness! What an outstanding list! Thank you for including Beyond the Silence :)

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    1. Thank you, MIMBERLEY! Looks like a great year for books so far!

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  16. I read Sandra's last week and it was wonderful. Melanie's is on my TBR list too. Lots of goodies coming out this year!

    Diane
    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. Amen, DIANE! Looking forward to those goodies.

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    2. Thank you, Diane! That means the world to me!! {{hugs}}

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  17. Wonderful list, mdh. It reminded me to order MaryLu's book to take with me on vacation. Enjoy the books on your TBR list! Hugs. :)

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    1. Thanks, MARIAN! Happy to remind you! :D Have a wonderful vacation, mdh.

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  18. I often feel guilty for my love of reading. If I'm not careful, I'll be like those addicted to their phones! Seeing all these wonderful books, you start toake me forget my guilt!

    missionwife AT hotmail DOT com

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    1. LOL, MELODY! I don't read when I have a house to clean, errands to do, etc. AFTER all of that I relax and read. And by then I deserve a good book! ;)

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  19. You have many good books on this list. Thank you for adding to my 'wish list'!

    wfnren at aol dot com

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  20. Looks like a great collection of favorites! I've only read one, but have a couple of the others. I wish I was a faster reader!

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    1. I wish I had two heads, KAY! One just for reading b/c there are so many more books I would loved to have read that my blog cohorts have reviewed so enticingly!

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  21. Great list! I loved Beyond the Silence and have read others you mentioned. I recently enjoyed Joshua's Mission by Vannetta Chapman. She is a new fave of mine.
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. I have some of Vanetta's, but haven't gotten to them yet, JACKIE! Isn't it fun to find some new favorite authors?

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  22. I just finished Irish Meadows, and am looking forward to reading A Worthy Heart.

    A book I highly recommend is Grace in the Flames by Michelle Massaro! I had the opportunity to read an early copy of her next novel Better Than Fiction, which is another great read!

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

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    1. I loved Irish Meadows, LIENTJE! I have Grace in the Flames on my Kindle, but haven't read it yet. Thanks for the great recommendations!

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  23. I need to catch up.

    I recently read THE GOLDEN BRAID by Melanie Dickerson and enjoyed it.

    marypres(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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    1. I never get caught up, MARY. Lol Melanie's a great author!

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  24. Several of these books are on my want to read list too. I've been looking forward to A Flight of Arrows since I finished The Wood's Edge. I've read Bride of a Distant Isle and agree it is terrific. Another book I'm looking forward to is Becky Wade's Her One and Only, the conclusion to her Porter family series. My daughter will receive The Beautiful Pretender as a late birthday gift, so I'll get to read it too. We buy all of Melanie's books.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot[com

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    1. Hi, PAM! I just finished my review of A Flight of Arrows today! Magnificent writing! My OWG cohort, NOELA, will have a review up soon of Her One and Only...so keep your eyes peeled for that one! Melanie's books always have the most gorgeous covers!

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    2. Thank you, Pam. In the end, I write for the Lord, and for my readers, so I'm blessed that you think Bride is terrific!! {{hugs}}

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  25. Thank you, Diana, for featuring Bride. I look forward to your reviews of my books AND look to see what you're reading that I might add to my own TBR stack. Blessings!! <3

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    1. You're welcome, SANDRA! I'm so looking forward to your future books. Just no zombies or paranormal and we're good! LOL! Blessings right back your way. <3

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  26. DIANA, thank you for sharing this EPIC list! So many fabulous ones listed! I LOVED Sandra Byrd's Bride of a Distant Isle!
    psalm103and138 at gmail dot com

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    1. You're welcome, CARYL! Some great books and it's only hitting April! Sandra's series is fabulous!

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    2. Thank you, Caryl!! I super appreciate your reviews. I hope it's sunny at your house today!!

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  27. What a great lineup of books! Thank you for sharing, Diana! We are in store of much great reading!!!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, MELANIE! Indeed we are. So far so good. :)

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  28. Thank you,Diana for taking the time to make this list! Looks like a wonderful selection of books,can't wait to start reading! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. Thanks for coming by, LYNNE! I have so many more on my TBR list. Happy reading!

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  29. Great list! I've read a few of them and have a few of them to read right now! Nancycooks4u[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. AMEN, NANCY! Right now! I love the way you think. Lol

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  30. Thanks for the list! Now I have more to add to my TBR pile! And thanks for the giveaway!!!
    Kathrynlvoss(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. Hi, KATE! You're so welcome! That TBR never seems to dwindle with us Christian fiction lovers, does it?

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  31. Thanks for the list of books. I would love to be able to read every book on this list. Maybe someday...but I already have a stack of book I have been working on for the past 10 years it seems.
    My e-mail address is f.l.roy@gmail.com
    Faye Roy

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    1. Welcome to OWG, FAYE! Feel free to come by often as we do lotsa giveaways here and great reviews! There is a lot more that I would love to read as well, but there's not enough hours in the day! LOL!

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  32. Wow Diana! What a great list! I am shocked, honored, and humbled to be on your list plus to be in such great company! To God be the glory for all of these as we write for the Lord! Hugs!

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    1. I thought The Steeplechase was fascinating, CARRIE! It doesn't take that long to read so I sincerely hope everyone will! HUGS!

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  33. I am so happy to see "A Worthy Heart" on your list. I am reading that right now and am loving it! It will probably be a keeper for me. Plus I added a few more titles to my TBR list. Thanks for the giveaway!
    momrain(AT)aol(DOT)com

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    1. It is a wonderful book and Susan Anne Mason sure can tell a great story! Thx for sharing, LORAINE!

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  34. Some of the books are in my to read pile already. Excite to see more possible reads for me.cheetahthecatATgmailDOTcom.

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  35. Great list of gifted authors and wonderful books, Diana - thank you!! I've read 3 of the books on your list and will definitely be reading others!!

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    1. Thanks a lot, BONNIE! I would love to read some of the ones that you have reviewed but it's like when do I find the time, you know? Lol

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  36. Oooooh, thank you so much Diana, I'm so thrilled, proud as a peacock, and twittering like a spring chick that you have Sofi's Bridge on your TBR pile. Hope you like it, dear friend. Hugs for now, and I too LOVE springtime.

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    1. "Proud as a peacock and twittering like a spring chick." See why I love your books, CHRISTINE! So poetic.... Hugs, my friend.

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  37. So many beautiful titles! We need a day or two dedicated to reading each week! Thank you for the giveaway!
    betherin02 AT gmail DOT com

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    1. I agree, BETH! I most always wait and try for an hour or two each evening, but by then I'm so tired and sometimes fall asleep while reading. Not good! LOL!

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  38. Congrats to Rachael Koppendrayer who won an Amazon gift card via random number.org! I'll be emailing you, Rachael!

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  39. I've been under the weather and on deadline, so please forgive me not responding before now. Thanks so much Diana for including me and Kimberley Woodhouse and our book BEYOND THE SILENCE.

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    1. You're welcome, TRACIE! I so hope you're feeling better!

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    2. You're welcome, TRACIE! I so hope you're feeling better!

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