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Happy New Year!  Last year may not have been the best reading year for me, but of the books that I did read, so many of them were absolutely incredible.  I definitely read a few books that I can safely say are now on my list of all-time favorites. In no particular order, my favorite books of 2019 are:

Welcome back to another Countdown to Christmas book recommendation!  I may have missed last week, but nevertheless, I’m back!   Countdown to Christmas is a weekly feature where I recommend a different Christmas-y book each week to read this holiday season. Today’s pick is The Afterlife of Holly Chase by Cynthia Hand! On Christmas Eve five years ago, Holly was visited by three ghosts who showed her how selfish and spoiled she’d become. They tried… Read More

Hello and welcome to part one for my stop of the Harlequin Holiday Blog Tour!  I’m so excited to be partnering with Harlequin to share some fun and festive holiday books with you all.  To get things started, I’ll be sharing my review of Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne! Title: Coming Home for Christmas by RaeAnne Thayne Pages: 384 Genres: Romance, Contemporary, Fiction, Christmas Publisher: HQN Books (Sept. 24th, 2019) Summary Hearts are lighter and wishes burn… Read More

Title: All She Left Behind by Jane Kirkpatrick Pages: 368 Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Publisher Revell (Sept. 5th, 2017) Summary Already well-versed in the natural healing properties of herbs and oils, Jennie Pickett longs to become a doctor. But the Oregon frontier of the 1870s doesn’t approve of such innovations as women attending medical school. To leave grief and guilt behind, as well as support herself and her challenging young son, Jennie cares for an elderly woman… Read More

Title: No Ocean Too Wide (McAlister Family #1) by Carrie Turanksy Pages: 368 Genres: Historical Fiction, Christian Publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah (June 25th, 2019) Summary Between the years of 1869 to 1939 more than 100,000 poor British children were sent across the ocean to Canada with the promise of a better life. Those who took them in to work as farm laborers or household servants were told they were orphans–but was that the truth? After the tragic… Read More

Welcome to the Blog Tour for Midnight on the River Grey by Abigail Wilson, hosted by JustRead Publicity Tours! ABOUT THE BOOK Title: Midnight on the River Grey Author: Abigail Wilson Publisher: Thomas Nelson Release Date: July 2, 2019 Genre: Historical Suspense/Gothic Romance She knew the house was keeping secrets. If only the darkness would speak . . . After her elder brother’s mysterious death, Rebecca Hunter vows to expose the man… Read More

Title: Ornamental Graces by Carolyn Astfalk Pages: 366 Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Christian/Catholic Publisher: Multa Verba Publishing (Oct. 11th, 2016) Summary After his duplicitous girlfriend left, Dan Malone spent six months in a tailspin of despair and destruction: emotional, physical, and spiritual. Just when his life seems to be back on track, he meets Emily Kowalski, younger sister of his new best friend. Emily’s the kind of girl he’d always dreamed of—sweet, smart, and sincere. But he’s made… Read More

Title: Own Your Everyday by Jordan Lee Dooley Pages: 240 Genres: Non-fiction, Self-help, Christian Publisher Waterbrook & Multnomah (May 14th, 2019) Summary Do you ever feel the pressure to prove yourself? Or to “figure it all out” as you’re waiting in seasons that seem like the awkward in-between? Does it ever feel seem that you’re the only one with “unfigured-out dreams”? Jordan equips you to confront the feeling of being stuck and instead live your purpose by… Read More

Title: Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Page: 384 Publisher: G. P. Putnam’s Sons (Aug. 14th, 2018) Summary For years, rumors of the “Marsh Girl” have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark, the so-called Marsh Girl. But Kya is not what they say. Sensitive and intelligent, she has survived for years alone in… Read More

Title: Five Feet Apart by Rachael Linnincott with Mikki Daughtry and Tobias Iaconis Pages: 288 Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (Nov. 20th, 2018) Summary In this moving story that’s perfect for fans of John Green’s The Fault in Our Stars, two teens fall in love with just one minor complication—they can’t get within five feet of each other without risking their lives. Can you love someone you can never touch? Stella Grant likes to… Read More