09 April 2012

Top 10 Spring Break Reading Picks 2012

Our TOP PICK from new releases (since October): Julie Klassen's The Maid of Fairbourne Manor  (January, 2012)

Our favorites, in no particular order:

Song of  My Heart by Kim Vogel Sawyer (February, 2012)

The Merchant's Daughter by Melanie Dickerson  (November, 2011)

Brandilyn Collins – Gone to Ground (March, 2012)

The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden
The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden (January, 2012)

Words Spoken True
Ann H. GabhartWords Spoken True (February, 2012)


Laurie Alice Eakes, Pamela Griffin, Gina Welborn, and Jennifer Hudson Taylor - Highland Crossings (February, 2012)

Audio release:

Vannetta Chapman's Falling to Pieces, A Quilt Shop Mystery (October, 2011)

Our two top picks If you haven't read yet, from before October:

 Julie Lessman's series, most recent book - A Heart Revealed (September, 2011) 

Laura Frantz's The Colonel's Lady (August, 2011), or her previous books (Frontiersman's Daughter and Courting Morrow Little)

FIRST GIVEAWAY:  We are giving away a copy of The Colonel's Lady, paperback, to a lucky reader today!  
What are your favorites from October, 2011, till now?  What about from June, 2011 till now?

Second and Third GIVEAWAYS by Tired Old Mommy: By Saturday we will have ALSO given away a copy of a book by Julie Klassman (OOPS!!! I mean Julie Klassen) and one by Julie Lessman.  I am so glad these two are forgiving (and like a laugh!)  Sorry, Julie!


  1. Nice list ladies! I'm reading as fast as I can! But I'll never catch up!

  2. I know that problem Debra! Too many good books, not enough hours in a day...

  3. I know that also. I keep buying books and they just keep piling up. Ha

  4. Hey, ladies! Books are like shoes...you can never have enough!

  5. DIANA, In my case I HATE shoes,(I do wear them but under protest!) but now BOOKS are a totally different story! LOL!!!

    Ladies if you haven't read these books, you are missing out, HURRY and grab 'em while they're HOT! :)

  6. We all did our lists up and then I compiled them, which was fun and interesting to see who picked what!

  7. I'm must agree with The Colonel's Lady and The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, wonderful books. Since June, I've also loved Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeryer and Waterfall by Lisa Bergren.

  8. Julie Klassman's The Maid of Fairbourne Manor (January, 2012) How did I miss this one? read Song of my Heart....by Kim...very good got Vanetta's....so I'll have to check out some of these. The book that I've picked up that captured me enough to read twice...Ginny Yttrup...LOST AND FOUND. I promise you will find yourself in that book. but I've read lots of good books....

  9. VIRGINIA, I am gonna be in SO MUCH trouble!!! I have you calling Julie Klassen Julie Klassman, too, yikes!!! I messed that up. You have to read Julie Klassman's MoFM, it is GREAT! As penance, I added on two giveaways this week - so maybe you will win it!!! I haven't read Ginny's work yet - thanks for sharing. Blessings!

  10. MERRY, you like a lot of the same stuff we do! We tried to stick with past six months but our two favorites, Julie Lessen OOPs Julie Lessman (I am being bad, aren't I?) and Laura Frantz had those great books out before then so we had from prior to the six months.

  11. LOL! I never even noticed the boo boo, CARRIE. Some editor I would make! I HAVE heard of people getting them mixed up b/c of the similarities in their names before, though! This is just going to be one of those "wekks." lol!

  12. Oh, I have one to add. I LOVED Heart's Safe Passage by Laurie Alice Eakes. That's the best published inspy I've read in the past few months. I've read an unpublished inspy that was equally as riveting, but I'm afraid the rest of the world will have to wait until next winter before the book releases. :-)

  13. I'm not too sure about release dates, but here are a few books that I've really enjoyed in the last few months: Baby, It's Cold Outside by Susan May Warren, A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman, Fairer Than Morning by Rosslyn Elliott, The Rose of Winslow Street by Elizabeth Camden, From This Day Forward by Margaret Daley and Out of Control by Mary Connealy. These are only a few of the many books I've read lately. My too-be-read pile is still quite large! You have several books on your list that I want to read but haven't gotten to yet.

  14. Some of my favorites have been Laura Frantz', Julie Lessman's and Francine Rivers' books.


  15. NAOMI, I think that was one of my choices, too, can't quite remember for sure, but we had to narrow them down.

    Marissa, it sounds like we are on the same page, pardon the pun. However, as unbelievable as it may seem, I have never read Francine Rivers!

  16. PAM, we have had most of those authors' reviews here on the blog lately...give or take one or two. Great choices!

  17. I loved Promise Me This by Cathy Gohlke and The Maid of Fairbourn Hall. Great list ladies!

  18. Wonderful list - have to get reading! Maybe now that tax season is winding down I will have time to indulge. Loved "Rose of Winslow Street" and you can't go wrong with any of Julie Klassen's books. Another great book to add to the list is "A Lasting Impression" by Tamera Alexander.
    smoore at tcq dot net

  19. I'm not sure about the publication dates but some of my favorite books I read last year were Waterfall, Cascade and Torrent by Lisa T. Bergren, A Great Catch by Lorna Seilstad and To Win Her Heart by Karen Witemeyer.


  20. DEBRA, it is still cold up there, so keep reading, lol!

  21. Oh, so fun seeing what everyone loves and is reading or has read and is sharing:) Bless you, Carrie, and everyone for such great book talk!!

  22. The books continue to "call my name" and I've already given up about 2 hours of sleep a night. I still want more! A book addict, I guess.

  23. Loved the Maid of Fairbourne Hall! Enjoyed Laura Frantz's other two books; can't wait to read this one too. Also enjoyed Jody Hedlund's The Doctor's Lady and Ann Gabhart's Words Spoken True. So many good books yet to read, you know? :)

    Thank you for doing The Colonel's Lady giveaway!

    Happy Monday,

  24. Fun to see Words Spoken True in such good company. I'm like Laura. I also enjoyed all the comments of what everybody has been reading. Love talking about books.

  25. CARRIE T., I have Cathy Gohlke's new book in my TBR electronic stack on my Kindle!

    You are the WINNER per random.org for the Laura Frantz book "The Colonel's Lady!" CONGRATS!!!

    My penitential book giveaways are still forthcoming, lol, for the Julies' books!

  26. ANN, I went and copied your book cover from your site! And I put your links up!

    Laura, am going to put your links up now before I head to the dentist.

    Thanks for coming by, ladies!

  27. I've read several of the books on your favorites list, but not the Colonels Lady. I would love to win a copy.
    I think my favorite book from the past few months would have to be A Heart Revealed by Julie Lessman

  28. My fave picks would start with The Maid of Fairbourne Hall, then Words Spoken True, and I would add the Baroness and Heiress books by Susan May Warren. I haven't read The Colonel's Lady, though!
    I am still looking for the second Lessman book in the Boston/Passion series,, cannot believe my local stores don't have it.

  29. I still have to read The Maid of Fairbourne Hall. I'm looking for a short vacation to read this one. Carrie keeps me busy reading and reviewing. LOL

    In my last short vacation I read Words Spoken True. It was sooo good!! I didn't review it, because I had vacation. :))

  30. I have several of those listed in my TBR pile. I did read Maid of Fairbourne Hall...loved.it!!! I would say my other top historical read since October has been The Guardian Duke by Jamie Carie. Of course, I only recently read Julie Lessman's A Passion Most Pure, and that was phenomenal, but it doesn't count for 2011 published books :)

    Hanging my head in shame...I haven't read A Colonel's Lady yet and I won it on here last year. But I will. Soon. I promise.

  31. CARRIE SAID: "but our two favorites, Julie Lessen OOPs Julie Lessman (I am being bad, aren't I?)"

    YES, you are, you little brat!! NOW ... if READERS would just mix us up, I'd be pretty darn happy ... ;)

    PAM, MARISSA AND PATTY AND TARDY ANNE, thank you SO much for reading my books -- I am BLESSED!! But, Anne, you honestly have had Colonel's Lady close by and have NOT read it yet??? WOW ... now I don't feel so bad that you took so long with A Passion Most Pure, but do yourself a favor -- READ IT, IT'S WONDERFUL, like ALL of Laura's books!!

    Thanks again, Carrie, for featuring Laura and me outside the October window -- you are THE BEST!!


  32. SHARON, you our our latest WINNER. You can take your pick of Julie Lessman's books. You won one or more of hers before, you blessed gal! CONGRATS!

  33. MARIE, Try CBD or Amazon or B&N. I find the online stores can find it for you. Thanks for coming by!!!

  34. Oh my goodness... This whole genre is very new to me. I'm going to need quite the spring break to even get started. What fun!

  35. Julie, since you have commanded me to read it, I shall :) Hugs to all y'all!

  36. Such a cool post! I posted something similar on my blog today ~ my top ten favorite Christian fiction authors I've read recently. :)

    biblioprincess15 (at) yahoo (dot) com

  37. What a great list! I agree completely with the ones I've read. Still itching to read The Rose of Winslow Street, A Heart Revealed, and so many others! :)

    iblog4books at gmail dot com

  38. JULIE, my husband says I am his "perfect wife" and you say I am the best, so I am quite happy to live in both of your delusions, lol!

  39. BROOKE, I want to read tRoWS, too! AHR is awesome!!!

    RACHELLE, come back and leave your web addy!!!

  40. LESLIE, welcome to the world of Christian historical fiction and romance, then!!! Yes, there are so many great books to choose from!

  41. I haven't read any of these books yet. I'm a Lori Wick, Jeanette Oke, Beverly Lewis, and Francine Rivers fan.

    Now that I'm retired from teaching, it's time to broaden the authors I read!

    Thank you for offering this book to one of us.


  42. DENISE, bless you for teaching! What a difficult
    job. Come back and visit us again, too!

  43. CARRIE T and SHARON were our first two winners. Time for the Julie Klassen drawing!

  44. Well, MARIE BURTON would have been our random.org winner but she did not leave an email addy. http://www.burtonbookreview.com/ That is her website and since she is a book reviewer, with a beautiful site (!), I am betting she doesn't need to enter any contests to win a book, lol! Back to random.org!

  45. Random.org picked LESLIE PAYNE, who is one of the newest members of the ACFW MidAtlantic Zone, yay! CONGRATS, Leslie! I checked out your blog, too, "Living With Payne" and feel free to post the link over here, too!


  46. Congrats Leslie!

    I just read that Marie Burton ordered the missing Lessman book today. So, she's probably getting the book soon.

  47. Thanks so much for the win! It was a very happy surprise today. As I am so new to ACFW and this type of reading, I'm quite excited.

    Since Carrie offered, come on over and meet me at my blog "Living With Payne".
    Would love for you to stop by.
    Grace & Peace, Leslie


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