Do you ever get on a string of reading where every single book mesmerizes you? I mean they aren’t just good, they keep you coming back to them, even when you don’t have time to read. Or, in my case, they caused me to literally have to read a chapter of each in rotation because I couldn’t stand to pick one to finish over the other! I guess it goes without saying that I highly recommend them. 🙂
These first two I read on my kindle, and it just so happens that I started each of them while on the treadmill at the gym. I always know it’s a good book when I start at chapter one and blow by my designated stop time. (Great for my health, not so much for my schedule!)
Maggie Bright by Tracy Groot. Loved, loved, loved it! Great characters. A great fictional story encompassing a great historical story (Dunkirk, WWII). Tracy Groot has fast become one of my most favorite authors. In fact, as I wrote on Facebook while reading this one, I want to write like she does when I grow up!
The Story Keeper by Lisa Wingate. I don’t even know what to say. Layers upon layers of story in this one. And unlike other books that have a dual storyline, I was equally engaged in both. And there seemed to be just the right amount of both, too, which sometimes isn’t the case with these stories, either. This was my first Lisa Wingate book to read–and it won’t be my last! In fact, I was thrilled to discover the follow-up novella, The Sandcastle Sister, the very day I finished this one!
These two I read in hard copy, so pretty much only at home. Which meant I kept sneaking in a chapter or two when I should have been doing other things!
Surprised by Oxford by Carolyn Weber. Of course how could I not love a memoir about Oxford, Anglophile that I am? And this one was great. I was completely engaged in her story but also loved the way it make me think about various aspects of faith in new or deeper ways. And it reminded me again that God woos and wins each of us uniquely. I love that about God.
A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade. Oh, Becky Wade. She did it again. These Porter boys have each had great stories, but I think I loved this one so much because of Lyndie, the heroine. She was such a good girl–godly and kind–and yet so very real, nothing “goody-two shoes” about her at all. She just lived her life by her faith, which brightened everything around her.