27 December 2016

Diana's List Of 2016 Favorite Reads!


Here are a few of my favorite book picks of 2016 in no particular order. *For those of my fave authors who wrote more than one 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!

 
Once again, author Susan Anne Mason sweeps the reader away on a heartwarming, but angsty journey to the lovely, affluent estate of Irish Meadows...surrounded with lush grass-covered paddocks, magnificent stables, and the spirited O'Leary clan. Highly recommended!

Charity's Cross By Marylu Tyndall, Feb. 2016
Author 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!

Sense and Sensibility By Sarah Price, March 2016
What transpires when you blend Jane Austen's memorable characters with Sarah Price's unique Amish voice? A classic retelling of Sense and Sensibility is born—a truly captivating tale of two sisters who must learn the hard way that the road to love is sometimes incredibly rocky—and appearances can often be painfully deceptive!

Bride of a Dictant Isle By Sandra Byrd, Mar. 2016
 Lovers of Gothic 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!

Flight Of Arrows By Lori Benton, April 2016
In A Flight of Arrowsauthor Lori Benton has written a hauntingly beautiful novel of betrayal, loss, and forbidden love, set amongst the backdrop of the Revolutionary War! Highly recommended!

Author Joanne Bischof  has penned a poignant, hauntingly beautiful romance set amidst the exciting scents, sounds, and entertaining thrills of the Big Top—and of a lovely young woman who inadvertently gets tangled up in a web of darkness and secrets that takes place behind the scenes of this mysterious world.

Love Everlasting By Julie Lessman, September 2016
Get ready to go on another a passionate, angst-filled journey as twisty and sinuous as a roller coaster ride to Hope Isle, Georgiaa lovely picture-perfect isle with Southern seaside beauty and charming cottages nestled next to lush plantationsbut wherein lay plenty of drama, secrets, and heartaches buried underneath the guise of tranquility! 

The Captive Heart By Michelle Griep, Oct. 2016
In The Captive Heart, author Michelle Griep pens a spellbinding saga that sweeps the reader away to the heart of the strikingly beautiful, but perilous wilderness of South Carolinafraught on every hand with wild animals, savage Indians, harsh elements, and unscrupulous, evil men!

A Royal Christmas Wedding By Rachel Hauck, Oct. 2016
Rachel Hauck has crafted a magical Yuletide tale set in Brighton Kingdom, an emerald isle steeped in traditionwhere the crisp scent of pine and cinnamon waft through the frosty airand snow-covered, beautifully lit fir trees, costumed carolers, and the sound of sleigh bells can be heard ringing throughout the town!

The Silent Songbird By Melanie Dickerson, Nov. 2016
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With a sweep of her magical pen...er, quill, that is, author Melanie Dickerson takes the reader away on an enchanting medieval journeyreplete with sword-wielding feudal lords, lovely maidens, ancient castles surrounded by exotic wildflowers and sparkling rivers—where intrigue and danger lurk behind every stone wall!

A Heart's Gift By Lena Nelson Dooley, 2016
With a sweep of her magnificent pen, author Lena Nelson Dooley writes a poignant, soul-stirring romantic suspense set against the backdrop of the majestic snow-covered Rockies.

For Such A Hope By Sondra Kraak, Oct. 2016
In Such a Hope, author Sondra Kraak has spun a powerfully emotive tale of a young woman's quest to find a sense of belongingset against the backdrop of the tree blanketed landscape and grandeur of the Cascade Mountains.

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Favorite Novellas/Short Stories!

On the Wings of a Whisper By Lynnette Bonner, Mar. 2016
From the beautiful white-sanded beaches of the island of Zanzibar, the gentle sound of aquamarine ocean waves lapping outside of plantation walls, and the fragrant scent of indigo and gardenias—to the darkness of the malodorous, sewer-thickened stench of the docks and surrounding sea—comes an exhilarating tale from the pen of author Lynnette Bonner, set in exotic Africa!

Tea Shop Folly By Carrie Fancett Pagels, July 2016
Author Carrie Fancett Pagels has crafted a deligh-tea-fully charming novella which takes our penniless, despairing heroine from the impoverished Blue Ridge Mountainsto a beau-tea-ful estate set amongst the lilacs, maple trees, hydrangeas, and poppies of beautiful Michigan.

Ordinary Snowflakes By Jennifer Rodewald, Nov. 2016
Author Jennifer Rodewald has written a romantic heartwarming novella set amongst the glistening snowflakes, sparkling lights, sledding, and the joy and magic of Christmas. Curl up by the fire, grab a cup of hot chocolate, and enjoy this beautifully written Yuletide tale of romance and healing!

GIVEAWAY: I would love to give away a late Christmas present to one blessed commenter. Tell me which book you would like to read from my faves and a paperback copy (unless book is only available in e-book format) of it will be yours if I draw your name! (US entrants only!) Please leave your email addy for contact purposes. 

Have you read any of my faves??


154 comments:

  1. Oh my, these all sound so good. I have read Tea Shop Folly and it is fabulous. I would love to have a copy of Sense and Sensibility by Sarah Price. Thank you for the review of favorites. rebunting(at)yahoo (dot)com

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    1. Great choice, ROBIN! I saw the movie and loved it, and even though it takes place in an Amish community Sarah Price stayed very close to the storyline.

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    2. Thanks so much, Robin, for reading and enjoying Tea Shop Folly! I'm so happy Diana enjoyed it, too!

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  2. So many look so good but I'd love to read Bride of a Distant Isle by Sandra Byrd. I'm reading her book Mist of Midnight right now and loving it!

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    1. Loved Mist of Midnight, too! Isn't Sandra Byrd just one of the best, Abigail?

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    2. ABIGAIL, I hope you return with an email addy. I need to be able to contact you should your name be drawn. Thanks and hugs! :)

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    3. I'm so glad you loved Mist and thank you for choosing Bride, Abigail!!!

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  3. Oh wow! Rachel Hauck is one of my favorite authors, and I haven't read her newest book yet. I would love to win a Royal Christmas Wedding.

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    1. Loved it, loved it, loved it, HEATHER! Great choice!

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  4. Wow good ines to choose from ..I would love to have Sense and Sensibility by Sarah Price . Thank you fir the chance .
    lizd225(at)gmail(dot)com

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    1. You're welcome, ELIZABETH! Good luck to you!

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  5. Probably Sense and Sensibility although Ordinary Snowflakes looks very good, too. They all look very interesting!

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    1. They all were, LORETTA! Such lovely covers, too!

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  6. Wow, difficult decision. I've read a few of them that were excellent. Loves Faithful Promise is my choice. Thank you for the chance. Have a blessed and Happy New Year!

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    1. You're welcome, LUCY! Happy and blessed New Year as well!

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  7. Good morning, Diana! What a wonderful way to start the day! THANK YOU so much! I am beyond honored to be on your list of top 10 reads for 2016!
    What a varied list you have chosen and I am chagrined to find I haven't read any of the others on your list (though I plan on buying Julie Lessman's "Love Everlasting" with my Christmas Amazon gift card!) I always have to have Julie's books in my hand as I read, so I can mark the especially wonderful passages!
    Thank you once again for your passion for Christian fiction and for helping to promote our books to other readers! Your support and encouragement are invaluable!
    Wishing you and all the ladies at OWG a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!
    Warmly,
    Susan

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    1. I just love your books, Susan! Keep on writing! I agree... Julie's books are the bomb! You're so welcome and wishing you a happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year as well!

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    2. Aw, SUSIE-Q, that blesses me to no end that an author of your caliber -- and one that I love -- feels that way about my books!! I am sooooo incredibly proud of the name you have made for yourself, my friend, and I pray for your continued success in 2017!!

      Hugs and Happy New Year!!
      Julie

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  8. Great list, Diana! You have chosen some wonderful books! There were so many amazing books released this year! I wouldn't know where to choose! I've read and review a few of these. I love reading Historical and some Amish books.

    You don't need to add me to the drawing.

    Have a wonderful and blessed New Year!! Hugs!

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    1. Thanks, REGINA! I read so many more that were awesome, too, but were written by some of the same authors. It was really hard to choose! Same to you and yours. Hugs!

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  9. Diana, you have made my holidays! Thank you so much for including Charity's Cross among your 2016 Favs!!! I'm especially humbled when I see I'm numbered among so many other incredible authors. I've read Michelle Griep's The Captive Heart and Lynette Bonner's On the Wings of a Whisper... BOTH GREAT books!!

    You are such a HUGE encouragement and blessing to Christian authors, Diana. It's a tough business, but it's people like you and other great reviewers who sacrifice your time and energy to read our books and write reviews worthy of novels themselves, who make it all worth while. God will surely bless you for it!

    Now, I see, I have a few novels I need to be buying and reading! These all look so wonderful!
    Merry Christmas and many blessings to you all!

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    1. You're so welcome, MARYLU! Thank you for your kind words. It's such a joy to have the opportunity to enrich our lives with all of your wonderful books!
      Merry Christmas and a blessed New Year!

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  10. WOW! Thanks, Diana, for including my book in such amazing company! God bless you!

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    1. You're welcome, MELANIE! It was a great year for us bookworms, to be sure! lol Blessings on you AND your books in 2017!

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  11. That's a hard choice to have to make! They all look so good! I've read , "A Flight of arrows"! I guess I'll pick "Charity's Cross".

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    1. A very good choice, BEVERLY! Keep your fingers crossed!

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  12. Wow, Diana, you really surprised me with including Tea Shop Folly on your Favorite Reads list of 2016! I'm so touched you included it on your list! You are such a blessing and we are going to miss your posts here on the OWG blog! Hugs and love Angel Girl!!!

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    1. CARRIE, it was a tough decision between this one and The Steeplechase, which I also loved! I will so miss being here, CARRIE, which was another super tough decision. :( Hugs and love back, Angel Mama!

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  13. Thank you for compliling this list. I've got them all on my Amazon Wish List and I bought a few.I have read The Silent Songbird. Melanie is one of my favorites. I had not read any of the others or even any of the author's other books. I love discovering new authors. I would like to read A Bride of a Distant Isle.

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    1. Thank you for choosing Bride, Jennifer!!!

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    1. Bride of a Distant Isle is awesome, JENNIFER! Thank you for coming by and good luck to you!

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  15. I haven't ready any of these but I am adding a few to my wishlist on goodreads. I used to love romance and I burned out. This year I started picking up regency romances and remembered why I loved them so much. Charity's cross sounds good... I mean pirates?! I'm in.
    Jandeplus3 at live dot com

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    1. Most of these have romance in them, but the storylines are so much more than that. I also love recency as well, but I didn't get around to reviewing any this year, I don't think. I agree! Who can resist a good pirate story, and who can write them like MaryLu? Thanks, JEANETTE!

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  16. Diana, what a treat to have The Lady and the Lionheart on your favorites list!! I look back on 2016 and what made it so bright was the encouragement from reader friends like you. Thank you!

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    1. Thank you, JOANNE! And trust me when I say that you Christian fiction authors sure brightened the year for us voracious readers! My pleasure to list The Lady and the Lionheart amongst my list of faves.

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  17. Wow, a great list of books Diana! I have read (& reviewed) many of the books on your list. I have some of the ones I have not read yet on my list to read...(no need to enter me in the drawing).

    Merry Christmas and may your New Year be blessed!

    Blessings, Tina

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    1. Thanks for coming by and sharing, TINA! 2016 was a great year for books and 2017 promises much of the same!

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    2. And may your New Year be blessed, healthy, and happy!

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  18. The only one of your favorites I've read was The Captive Heart, by Michelle Griep & I loved it!! To be quite honest, I'd be thrilled to win ANY of the other ones! Thanks for the chance! Happy New Year! rw620 AT aol DOT com

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    1. ROBIN, you made me lol with your comment! You sound like a girl after my own heart… you just love books! Happy New Year to you as well!

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  19. I haven't read any of these yet but several are on my reading list!(I'm so behind...) I'd love a print copy of The Lady and the Lionheart- isn't that cover just gorgeous?!

    Happy New Year!
    colorvibrant at gmail dot com

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    1. Yes, it is HEIDI! And oh, you must read it ASAP! If you don't win it I would rush to Amazon and buy it. It's a marvelous book and a good choice!

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  20. I would love to read Bride of a Distant Isle. Love Lori Benton. Thank you!

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    1. TAMARA, I need your email address so that in case your name is drawn I will be able to contact you! Thanks, love.

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    2. Thank you for choosing Bride, Tamara!!! :)

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  21. Charity's Cross has such an awesome cover on it. Love it!

    dianemestrella at gmail dot com

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    1. You just can't go wrong with a MaryLu Tyndall pirate book, DIANE! Good luck!

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  22. I've taken several days off from work related social media. What a special surprise and GREAT BLESSING to find this when I cam back this afternoon. Diana, thank you so much for even considering my book, much less choosing it as one of your favorites. I pray blessings on you!!

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    1. Oh, Lena! You brought tears to my eyes. Really. You are the queen of award winning Christian fiction, yet you remain so humble. I love that you stay true to the genre Christian fiction and your books always bring glory to Him. Thank you for the blessings...I need them! We all do in one way or another!

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  23. Thank you, Diana! I was blessed by your review of Such a Hope, and being on this list is extra special! Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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    1. You're so welcome, Sondra! Same to you and thank you as well!

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  24. What a list of wonderful books by incredible authors! I have read only two of this list - Tea Cup Folly and Charity's Cross. There are many I would like to read from this list, but if I must choose just one, I would love to have A Flight of Arrows by Lori Benton. Thanks so much for the giveaway.
    bettimace at gmail dot com

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    1. It's a marvelous choice, BETTI! You're welcome and good luck!

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    2. Thanks for being a faithful reader, sweet Betti!

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  25. So many great books! I've read and enjoyed Carrie's and have one other on that list. I'm hard pressed to pick one for the drawing, but I'll say Joanne B's The Lady and the Lionheart.

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    1. You picked one of the best, ANDREA! To be entered in the giveaway, however, I need you to leave your email address written (at) and (dot) to protect yourself from spammers. That way I can contact you if your name is drawn. Thanks!

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    2. Thanks for reading Lilly and Theo's love story, set in Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, Andrea!

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  26. Thank you for this wonderful opputunity. I would love to read A Royal Christmas Wedding or Ordinary Snowflakes. If I am lucky enough to win, please send me either one. Blessings, Robin
    robsnest60 (at) yahoo (dot) com

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    1. I think Ordinary Snowflakes is an e-book, ROBSNEST. Do you have a Kindle by any chance?

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    2. Ordinary Snowflakes is available in paperback too! ;)

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    3. THAT I didn't know, Jennifer! Thank you!

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  27. These all look like good books. Thank you for the chance to win one. If I win, I think I would like to have A Royal Christmas Wedding since I have the other books in the series.
    I have read Tea Shop Folly.
    susanmsj at msn dot com

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    1. Thanks for reading Lilly and Theo's story in Tea Shop Folly!

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    2. You'll love A Royal Christmas Wedding, SUSAN! I'm a new fan of Rachel Hauck!

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  28. Diana, I have read some of your faves (Carrie's, Julie's, Rachel's, MaryLu's) ....loved them. I love to read!! I have The Lady & The Lion Heart on my "wish" list so would be thrilled
    to win it! Thanks for your giveaway; gonna miss you on here...wishing you a healthy 2017!!
    jacsmi75 at gmail dot com

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    1. Thanks, Jackie, for loving Lilly and Theo's story! We're sure gonna miss Diana here on OWG blog! Big tears!

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    2. JACKIE, thank you for your kind words. I'll miss it, too! Wishing you a blessed New Year!

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    3. JACKIE, bless you, my friend, for your ongoing support of my books -- you are a true blessing!!

      Hugs,
      Julie

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  29. I have to say it's a tough choice. I have read 2 or 3, but I would choose Sense and Sensibility. Please enter me! You have great taste in books!!! sonja dot nishimoto at gmail dot com

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    1. Thank you, SONJA! S & S was a great book!

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  30. What an interesting mix of recommended books to add to one's to be read list. I found several specifically but will just mention the first, Susan Anne Mason - Love's Faithful Promise. Thanks! dixiedobie at yahoo dot com

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    1. Susan's whole Irish Meadows series is the BoMb, CATHY! Lotsa luck!

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  31. A Flight of Arrows is the only book on your list I have actually read. Lori Benton is the best!
    I would love to read The Captive Heart.

    pattymh2000(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. Ohhhh, The Captive Heart is sooo good, PATTY! I hope you get the chance to read it ASAP!

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  32. EXCELLENT list! :) I also LOVED The Captive Heart and I'm in the middle of and LOVING The Silent Songbird! Melanie is just the best! I would LOVE to win a copy of and read Love's Faithful promise!

    Many Blessings, Amada (a.m.a.th.a)
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    1. A fabulous choice, AMADA! Happy and blessed New Year, sweet friend!

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    2. Thank you! :) Happy and Blessed New Year to you to!!!

      Hugs!

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  33. I would love to read Sense and Sensibility by Sarah Price. Thanks for the chance. Happy New Year!
    dhazelton(AT)myfairpoint(DOT)net

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    1. Happy New Year, DEBBIE! Here's hoping you get a chance to read Sense and Sensibility by Sarah Price!

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  34. I'm reading Michelle Griep'S book "The Captive Heart " It'S a very good read and one I find hard to put down. If I were lucky enough to win a book it would be "Flight of Arrows by LorI Benton. Thanks for your reading suggestions they all sound great but I am partial to Michelle'S writting.

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    1. Welcome, RD-RC! I love Michelle's books, too. Please come back and enter your email addy so that I can contact you if your name is drawn, okay? Thanks! :)

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  35. This is a great list. There are several books on it I'd really like to read and that aren't in my TBR pile but the one I'd love to win is Love Everlasting by Julie Lessman. I've read all her other books. The books I've read and very much enjoyed on your list are: Bride of a Distant Isle, A Flight of Arrows, and The Lady and the Lionheart. I'm currently reading A Royal Christmas Wedding and will soon be reading The Silent Songbird.

    pmkellogg56[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. It sounds as though we have like reading interests, PAM! Julie is a fabulous author! I think I have read all of her books, except I need to finish her last novella.

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    2. PAMMY!! Fingers crossed for a win, my sweet friend, because I'm anxious to see what you think of Sam and Shannon! ;)

      Hugs and GOOD LUCK!!
      Julie

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  36. That's a hard choice on the ones I don't have but I'm going to pick Charity's Cross. I have read some of them and I have several of them on my TBR list. I am actually reading "The Lady and The Lionheart" now, and loving it! Thanks for the giveaway.
    grandmama_brenda(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. I loved The Lady and the Lionheart, too, Brenda! Good luck in winning Charity's Cross!

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  37. Hello Diann. you picked a great group of books. I would pick A Captive Heart by Michelle Griep. Glad to visit my OWG angels. Hope you all had a wonderful Christmas, and I wish for each of you a wonderful New Year in 2017. Hang on to Diann you other girls and don't let her go. Love you all. GOD bless my OWG Angels. Maxie

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    1. MAXIE, you're such a sweetheart! It's always such a joy and a delight to see you here on OWG. I hope you have more of the same! You can't go wrong with Michelle Griep!

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  38. What a great lineup of books. I would love to read Love's Faithful Promise and I have read The Lady and the Lionheart...a wonderful book!

    mauback55 at gmail dot com

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    1. Love's Faithful Promise was very good and I believe I would have to put The Lady and the LionHeart up there in the top three of my favorites this year. Good luck, MELANIE!

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  39. Thank you so much Diana for this wonderful list of books,it's so hard to choose just one! Of course I'd probably take the whole list if I could ;) If I have to ,though I would choose The Silent Songbird. It's the sequel to one of my favorites The Merchant's Daughter. (The only thing that made this choice a little easier is the fact that I already have a couple of these titles :) ) Thanks for the giveaway ! lynnefeuerstein(at)aol(dot)com

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    1. LYNNE, I wish I could give you the whole list, too! The Silent Songbird is an awesome choice! Have a blessed New Year!

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    2. Congrats on winning Lynne! :) You're gonna LOVE The Silent Songbird!!!! IT IS FABULOUS! ;)

      Happy Reading and Happy New Year! Amada

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  40. Thank you Diane for compiling such a beautiful list! I've read many of your faves and those are easily my faves too! You do have good taste. ;) Which is why I need to add the ones I haven't read, onto my TBR list!

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    1. Hey, my lovely Aussie cohort! You know that I'm going to miss saying that, don't you? Wahhh... Yep, add away, not to mention the 2017 books that are coming up. Can't wait!

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  41. Is this a dream? Quick! Somebody pinch me! It truly is a dream come true to be listed amongst such great authors. You've compiled an amazing list Diana. Thank you for the honor!

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    1. Pinch! haha Not only are you on my list of faves but you are also in the top three! Great job, MICHELLE! I have several who are reading your book on my recommendation. It was amazing! You're so welcome.

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    2. Michelle, I have to agree with Diana about your book making the list! I so enjoyed reading/reviewing it for you!! I look forward to future novels :-)

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  42. I would love to read MaryLu Tundall's Charity's Cross!! I've read Melanie Dickerson's book.... and I can't wait to read Julie Lessman's, but you have a great list here. I may have to check out more of them!! You do have great taste in books!! ladettek[at]gmail[dot]com

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    1. Thanks, LADETTE! There were more that I read by the same author, but I could only pick one and that was hard to do. Some authors on my list above wrote more than one book in 2016 and I loved all of them!

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    2. LADETTE, thanks SO much for your interest to read Love Everlasting! It was a fun story to write because I love developing friendships into love everlasting!! ;)

      Hugs and Happy Reading!
      Julie

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  43. Diana, I'm so honored to be listed here among many of my favorite authors. And what an honor to make your top 10 list! I'm so glad you enjoyed the story, and I just want to say how much it means to hear from readers like you. What an encouragement! Here's to a 2017 filled with many more good books that share His Truth! Big hugs, dear lady.

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    1. You could have left it top 10, LYNNETTE, and I would never have known. I had no clue as to how many I had up there. Lol My pleasure and am anxiously awaiting the new year's books! Hugs right back!

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  44. DIANA!!! Please forgive my delay in coming by, but we have been on the road quite a bit, so I am WAY behind in emails, FB, and blogs!

    But, OH, was this worth coming out for, my sweet friend -- THANK YOU, THANK YOU for always blessing the socks off of me with your encouragement and support. I am SO BLESSED to be on your list of favorite reads this year and equally awed by the talent on your list with whom I share this honor. I always have to laugh because your picks are usually most of mine as well, which just goes to show how similar our tastes are!

    Thank you again, Diana, for always putting a smile on my face.

    I wish you and yours -- and the OWG angels -- a happy, healthy, and holy new year!

    Love you!
    Julie

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    1. JULIE, I'm so glad you could make it by! Such a wonderfully talented group of authors including yourself! Glad to share your tastes, my dear friend. Wishing you and yours an equally blessed new year!

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  45. Wonderful list, mdh! :) I'm currently reading Michelle Griep's book. It's as good as you said it was. I guess I have to check out some other titles on your list as well. :)

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    1. Thanks for coming by, mdh! I'm glad you're enjoying Michelle's book. And it gets even better as it goes on!

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  46. Wow! Thanks so much for including A Royal Christmas Wedding! What a great list to be among. Seeing some great titles here!

    Love,
    Rachel

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    1. My pleasure, RACHEL! I'm looking forward to reading some more of your books that I've got my eyes on and I'm glad to have found you! It's about time. lol

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  47. I would like "A Flight of Arrows". Thank you for your generosity. Happy New Year to you and yours.
    JoanEC128[at]AOL[dot]com

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  48. If I win please send me "A Flight of Arrows". Wishing you and yours a Blessed 2017.
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    1. You will certainly enjoy Lori Benton's book, MARION. Blessed 2017 right back your way!

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  49. I would prefer "A Flight of Arrows". Thank you for the giveaway. Have a Blessed 2017.
    MarilynDKC[at]AOL[dot]com

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  50. I read The Captive Heart and it was wonderful! I'm a busy mom of three kids who works full-time but I still found time to read it in just a few days because I couldn't put it down! My email is elise_jehan(at)yahoo(dot)com

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    1. It's surely a hard one to put down, LISA! I love a book that is never slow and in The Captive Heart there was always something going on! If I draw your name, which book would you choose to read? :)

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    2. That's a hard one but Love Everlasting looks wonderful and I'm such a fan of Julie's books!

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    3. It is a hard choice indeed, but you can't go wrong with Julie's, LISA!

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  51. OH wow!!! What a huge honor--these are outstanding books and I'm so incredibly honored to have Ordinary Snowflakes mentioned among them! Thank you, thank you, Diana!

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    1. You're welcome, JENNIFER! And Ordinary Snowflakes was extraordinary. Nothing ordinary about it. Happy New Year!

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  52. If it's not too late to enter....one book from your list I am absolutely desperate to read is Susan Anne Mason's "Love's Faithful Promise!! I have the other two books in this series and I'd love to add this one. Thanks for the chance :-)

    teamob4 (at) gmail (dot) com

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    1. TRIXI, drawing is not until Sunday so you have plenty of time! What a great series this is and I hope you get the last one ASAP!

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  53. Love Everlasting and Love's Faithful Promise. I cannot wait to read them.

    Sonnetta_jone(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  54. What an awesome list of books. I've read a number of them and many more are on my TBR list. There are also some that I've never heard of before so that is always fun.

    debbiewilder (at) comcast (dot) net

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    1. I love learning about new authors, too, DEBBIE! Thank you for coming by!

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  55. I've read 6 of these & agree, all were very good! All great authors I enjoy..
    I'd choose Susan Anne Mason's "Love's Faithful Promise!! I have the other two books in this series and would love to read this one too!
    Thank you.. dkstevensne AT outlook(Dot) com

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    1. Hi, DEANNA! Yes, I agree! You must have the whole series. Good luck to you!

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  56. Such a wonderful list of beautiful books, Diana - thank you!! I've read many of them- the others that aren't already on my huge TBR list will be going there, pronto, LOL!!

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    1. That toppling over TBR...I know all about that, Bonnie! lol Thank you and God bless!

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  57. I've read several of these. I still don't have Lady and the Lionheart! It's high on my list!

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    1. It's high on my list of faves, too, NANCY! A book I will never forget!

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  58. You have a wonderful list of favorites. Thank you for sharing. I have read a couple of your favorites. I loved both "Tea Shop Folly" and "The Captive Heart"
    In line TBR I have "A Royal Christmas Wedding," "Ordinary Snowflakes" and "The Silent Songbird"
    I would love a chance to read Such a Hope by Sondra Kraak. It sounds so interesting.
    Many Blessing to you in the New Year!

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    1. Good choice, ANDREA! Good luck and a blessed New Year to you as well!

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  59. What a great list! I've read several of them and loved them. I'd love to have Such a Hope by Sondra Kraak if I win. There have been so many wonderful books this year. It's hard to pick favorites.
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    1. Tell me about it, WINNIE! It's like trying to pick a favorite kid. lol Isn't that a lovely cover on Such a Hope?

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  60. DIANA, what a blessed woman you are to have read these INCREDIBLE books! I loved The Tea Shop Folly, A Flight of Arrows and A Bride of a Distant Isle.

    JULIE LESSMAN'S book are a MUST read for me! I have them both in my TBR.

    I've been wanting to read Melanie Dickerson's Fairy Tale series for a while.

    I would love a print copy of The Lady And The LionHeart.

    HAPPY NEW YEAR!
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    1. It sounds as though we have some of the same tastes in books, CARYL! You will love The Lady and the Lionheart! Happy New Year to you, too!

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  61. What a great list, Diana! I havent read any of your book favs, but several of them are on my TBR list and now I've added some more goodies :) I would love to win 'Bride of a Distant Isle' By Sandra Byrd! I have heard so many good things about this book. Thanks for your generousity in offering this giveaway! Wishing you God's richest blessings in this coming year, Diana!!!
    ~ Alison Boss

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    1. Thank you, ALISON! Wishing the same for you in 2017! Sandra Byrd is such a wonderful author and I believe you will totally love this novel.

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    2. Thank you for considering reading my book, Alison!!!

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  62. Oh, Diana, I am going to miss you and your wonderful (and spoiler-free) reviews. I always enjoy your reading choices since they align so closely with my own tastes. I have so much fun with these end of the year favorite lists, too. I make sure to put notes next to the books that are mentioned. If I haven't already read the book, it helps me to prioritize my future choices. If my name is drawn, I would love a copy of Sondra Kraak's, Such a Hope. It was this blog that I first saw Sondra's new release and had the infamous euphoric reader palpitations. I've been overcome with them again just seeing the gorgeous book cover. :) tlhcoupon(at)hotmail(dot)com

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    1. TERRILL, I will so miss you, too, my friend! Thank you! I'll still do reviews on Amazon, Goodreads, etc, just on a lesser scale. It's kind of in my blood to share about great books and has been long before FB and blogging. I'm thrilled that you first saw Sondra's book here! I saw her book cover by "accident" and knew I just had to read her book!

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    2. I'll make sure to follow you on Amazon and/or Goodreads in order to keep up with your book recs. ;)

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  63. Congrats to LYNNE who has won a copy of The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson! I sent you an email, Lynne.

    Thank you all for coming by and commenting on my favorites. I really enjoyed reading all of the comments and the book talk!

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  64. Thank you, thank you for including Bride of a Distant Isle! It's the best thing about my "first day back" at work!! xx

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    1. You're more than welcome, Sandra! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it. Thank you so much!

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    2. You're more than welcome, Sandra! I'm so glad I got the opportunity to read it. Thank you so much!

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