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Thursday, December 30, 2010

What's your favorite novel of 2010?

Admittedly, I haven't read a whole lot of new novels this year. I've had a lot on my plate. However, I did manage to sneak in Carla Stewart's debut, Chasing Lilacs and loved it.

What were some of your favorite novels of 2010?


  1. Loved Chasing Lilacs!

    Every Good & Perfect Gift, The Thirteenth Tale, Wishin' and Hopin', and right now I'm reading Mudbound and am engrossed in the story.

    Those are the ones that popped up. Heck I might have even read The Help this year and loved it, but time gets all mushed together. It is time for me to start recording what I read.
    ~ Wendy

  2. Okay, I'm not sure if it released this year, but I read and enjoyed this year Lost Mission.

  3. Definitely The Reluctant Prophet by Nancy Rue.

  4. Chasing Lilacs was excellent. I also highly recommend Resurrection in May by Lisa Samson, A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener, The Miracle of Mercy Land by River Jordan, and Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz.

  5. I discovered Sarah Sundin this year and totally loved both of her books in the Wings of Glory series. What fantastic writing and inspiring stories! If you haven't read them, I encourage you to pick them up!

  6. Crossing Oceans by Gina Holmes! Exquisite writing. Dynamite debut novel. Loved. It.

  7. Truly, I have to say Crossing Oceans, too. But a lot of greats came out this year:

    My Top Ten in 2010:

    Crossing Oceans, by Gina Holmes
    Chasing Lilacs, by Carla Stewart
    Rooms, by James Rubart
    They Almost Always Come Home, by Cynthia Ruchti
    Her Daughter's Dream, by Francine Rivers
    Reinventing Rachel, by Alison Strobel
    Pearl in the Sand, by Tessa Afshar
    Resurrection in May, by Lisa Sampson
    The Reluctant Prophet, by Nancy Rue
    Sunset Beach, by Trish Perry

  8. Ah, Gina, you're too sweet. And many thanks to Ane, Wendy, and Brenda. I posted my list yesterday, and CROSSING OCEANS was right there!!! And Sarah Sundin, whom one of you mentioned. I'm just thrilled to be in the shadow of so many great new authors.

  9. I loved Rooms by Jim Rubart and your novel, Crossing Oceans.

    Happy New Year, Gina!

  10. In no particular order:

    Crossing Oceans

    American Assassin by Vince Flynn (minus all the unprofessional typos and errors of all kinds!)

    Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn

    A Season of Miracles by Rusty Whitener

    The Bishop by Steven James

    Admission by Travis Thrasher

    The Malacca Conspiracy by Don Brown

    Back on Murder by J. Mark Bertrand

    Frenzy by Robert Liparulo

    The Clouds Roll Away by Sibella Giorello

    Hunter's Moon by Don Hoesel

    Jenna's Cowboy by Sharon Gillenwater

    Once in a Blue Moon by Leanna Ellis

    Almost Heaven by Chris Fabry

  11. Oh yes--ditto on Sarah Sundin. I've only read the first book, "A Distant Melody" so far but really enjoyed it.

  12. Thanks everyone. I've got a couple of those books in my tbr pile. Most looking forward to reading Almost Heaven and Lisa Samson's latest (I already have those) the rest, well, I'll have to work on one at a time.

  13. Crossing Oceans. Rarely does a story compel me to read it throughout the night, but this story did. I turned the last page as the sun rose over the ocean, just yards outside the window of the condo where I was staying. Talk about a grand finish.

  14. Like another poster wrote, I am not sure that this one released this year, but I just finished Doctor in Petticoats by Mary Conneally and have to say I love the way she leaves you hanging at the end of almost every chapter! She gives good strong female examples, humor, a wonderful story, and a change from the every day story line that romance. My second favorite is Love Finds You in Paradise Pa. by Loree Lough. Not because it was a LFY book, but I was challenged to the bone in my own willingness to forgive and accept the unloveable people we encounter in life as we strive to become more Christ-like. The Amish family brought challenges to my easy way of thinking that still have not gone away. Her characters were real and warm, not one dimentional. And finally my third favorite was Terri Blackstock's Predator that taught us the dangers of the internet (that I now continually remind my teenage neices and friends about). A must read for all internet users! ~Cheri Horgan

  15. Kimberli, ha. Wish I could package that into the back for every reader. Nice... Cheri, I've got to read Mary's work. I hear nothing but good.

  16. If any of you ahve teenage daughters who consider themselves "nerds" then I strongly suggest they read Jenny B Jones "Save the Date". My 20 year old daughter couldn't stop reading it to me! She laughed and copied down quotes to share with her friends, and even woke me up at 1 am to tell me about a part she just read! It included stuff she could relate Dr. Who, a referrance to Zombie Brains, and the theme from Star Wars playing during a proposal! She says Jenny B Jones is her new best friend, and definetly her favorite writer. Out with Stephenie Meyer, and in with a wonderfully gifted young adult writer with her heart on the pulse of her audience!


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