My List of Top 25+ Books of 2015!

Hi everyone! I know, I know, I should have been had this post up. I’ve tried but I’ve had some internet issues.  😦

I can finally say here’s the long awaited post of the best read books of 2015! I can say 2015 had its share of interesting reads but I have to say that I had become so busy that a lot of times I was really searching for that book that would wow me in its first few pages instead of waiting after 3 chapters until it got interesting. My biggest goal of last year was to search for that book that wows me from the first page until the very end. The Journey never ends!! Anyways, lets begin….

 

The Mistress of Tall Acre

1. The Mistress of Tall Acre by Laura Frantz

A Noble Masquerade (Hawthorne House, #1)

2. A Noble Masquerade by Kristi Ann Hunter

 

 

A Worthy Pursuit

3. A Worthy Pursuit by Karen Witemeyer

Whispers in the Reading Room (The Chicago World's Fair Mystery #3)

5. Whispers in the Reading Room by Shelly Gray

Until The Dawn

6. Until the Dawn~Elizabeth Camden

Secrets She Kept

7. Secrets She Kept by Cathy Gohlke

 

A Most Inconvenient Marriage (Ozark Mountain Romance #1)

8. A Most Inconvenient Marriage by Regina Jennings (This book was so AWESOME!!! Loved it! This may be her best one yet. 🙂 I give it 5 stars because it’s just that AWESOME!)

In Good Company (A Class of Their Own, #2)

9. In Good Company~Jen Turano

Chivalrous (Valiant Hearts, #2)

10. Chivalrous by Dina Sleiman

As Love Blooms (The Gregory Sisters, #3)

11. As Love Blooms by Lorna Seilstad

With Every Breath

12. With Every Breath by Elizabeth Camden

Lethal Beauty (Mia Quinn, #3)

13. Lethal Beauty by Lis Wiehl

The Pharaoh's Daughter (Treasures of the Nile)

14. The Pharaoh’s Daughter by Mesu Andrews

The Colonel's Lady

15. The Colonel’s Lady by Laura Frantz (A highly recommended read!)

Finding Favor with the King: Preparing for Your Moment in His Presence

16. Finding Favor with the King by Tommy Tenney

17. Undercover Bride by Margaret Brownley

Dauntless (Valiant Hearts, #1)

18.Dauntless by Dina L. Sleiman

Gentleman of Her Dreams (Ladies of Distinction, #0.5)

19. Gentleman of Her Dreams by Jen Turano

Like a Flower in Bloom

20. Like a Flower in Bloom by Siri Mitchell

After a Fashion (A Class of Their Own, #1)

21. After a Fashion by Jen Turano

 

The Painter's Daughter

22. The Painter’s Daughter by Julie Klassen

Married 'til Monday (Chapel Springs, #4)

23. Married Till Monday by Denise Hunter

Three Little Words (Walker Family, #0.5)

24. Three Little Words by Melissa Tagg

Lady Maybe

25. Lady Maybe by Julie Klassen

 

A Love Like Ours (Porter Family, #3)

26. A Love Like Ours by Becky Wade

Sabotaged (Alaskan Courage #5)

27. Sabotaged by Dani Pettrey

 

Heir to Edenbrooke

 

28. Heir to Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson (A prologue of what’s to come.  I need for Julianne Donaldson to hurry with her next book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed and hoping it’ll be this year! She’s such an AWESOME writer. 🙂

 

So that’s all for this post. Hope you enjoyed! I would like to know your best books you’d read in 2015 as well! Ciao!

 

Also here’s my previous posts of best read books from 2013-2014.  Enjoy:)

2013-Top Picks!

2014-Top 20+ Picks!

 

 

 

 

 

A Woodland Miracle~Ruth Reid~

A Woodland Miracle

~Synopsis~

For a disadvantaged young woman and a displaced young man, a lasting love is going to take more than chance–it’s going to take a miracle.

Muscle weakness has left Grace Wagler with a broken body–and her childhood best friend has left her with a broken heart. She can hold her own in the timber camp (and do everything else the other women in Badger Creek can do), but in an Amish district where women outnumber men three to one, marriage is an unlikely prospect for a girl with bad legs.

Ben Eicher just arrived in Michigan from Pinecraft, Florida. When his most recent shenanigans proved too much for his “daed”‘s patience, Ben was sent to the Upper Peninsula to work in the lumber camp–and he’s neither proud of his behavior nor thrilled about his new home.

But when Ben meets Grace, the struggling young woman quickly piques his curiosity. Of course, the last thing Grace wants is another friendship with a man who pities her. Tired of physical pain and romantic dead ends, Grace is ready to leave Badger Creek for the muscle specialist in Ohio, even if it contradicts her father’s wishes . . . and Ben’s.

Meanwhile, two dangerous men have found their way into the district. It isn’t long before their unsavory plans ensnare Grace and Ben in a chase that will not only endanger their lives . . . but test their love.

~My Review~

When I first read,”A Miracle of Hope” I just knew that I had to get my hands on the next book! Ruth Reid just might be my next go to author for Amish fiction because she has a very extraordinary way of writing beautiful and heart touching Amish fiction.

I like how the author portrayed the heroine,Grace, in the novel. It’s very rare sometimes to read about a heroine who may have physical flaws because most heroines in fiction today are drop dead gorgeous not that there’s nothing wrong with that. But it’s very refreshing to read about a heroine who may have physical flaws but have a heart of gold every now and again. It was very encouraging to read about how Grace stepped out on faith to take courage in order to live life to the fullest.

The hero,Ben’s story was very touching to read about as well. I love how the author told his story without being preachy. It was AWESOME!
I thought that this book was a pretty good read but there were times that I thought that the romance between Grace and Ben went a little bit too far. In my opinion, I thought that the novel had too much kissing than what was necessary.
The mystery was good even though it wasn’t on the edge of my seat mystery. I thought it was pretty intense and adventurous to read about to be honest for an Amish novel.
The writing flowed pretty well and it did a good job of keeping my attention. I will say that it wasn’t as good as “A Miracle of Hope” but it I did enjoy reading it nonetheless.Woodland Miracle was a pretty good read with an awesome combination of faith,love,hope and courage. I’m totally excited to read whatever else this author has in store.

Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

~Author~

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Submerged~Dani Pettrey~ Alaskan Courage Series: Book 1~

Submerged (Alaskan Courage, #1)

~Synopsis~

Bailey Craig vowed never to set foot in Yancey again. She has a past, and a reputation–and Yancey’s a small town. She’s returned to bury a loved one killed in the plane crash and is determined not to stay even an hour more than necessary. But then dark evidence emerges and Bailey’s own expertise becomes invaluable for the case.
Cole McKenna can handle the deep-sea dives and helping the police recover evidence. He can even handle the fact that a murderer has settled in his town and doesn’t appear to be moving on. But dealing with the reality of Bailey’s reappearance is a tougher challenge. She broke his heart, but she is not the same girl who left Yancey. He let her down, but he’s not the same guy she left behind. Can they move beyond the hurts of their pasts and find a future together?

~My Review~

Wow! What an amazing book! I had this book on my TBR list for what seemed like ages. I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to discover a new author and a talented one at that! I especially had to read this author’s work because I found out that she is in fact,a Jane Austen fan. I’m also glad that my good friend recommended it to me!! Thank you Aerykah!
Okay, on to my review!

My Likes~
I was really drawn into Bailey’s,the heroine’s, story. Very good writing indeed. I also really enjoyed reading about the hero and his siblings. I especially loved reading about Piper. I can’t wait to read her story.I don’t get to read many stories about Alaska in Christian fiction so that was really interesting. I was indeed touched by this story. It was just simply wonderful. *sigh*

My Dislikes~
I enjoyed the story immensely but there was one thing that I had a very big problem with. Being that this is Christian fiction writing, I expect Christian fiction to have mostly Christian language. Like for example, I don’t agree with describing someone in a christian way as “sexy”. I just don’t agree with this word being included in Christian fiction writing. There’s always another way to  describe someone!  That’s just my opinion. I think that’s a trend in contemporary christian fiction because I’ve seen it somewhere else as well.This is just my opinion.

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Overall,I really enjoyed reading this book and I was thoroughly drawn into this very extraordinary story. I’m not a big fan of contemporary fiction but I’m anticipating reading all of the books by Dani Pettrey. If you’re looking for a good contemporary read, I highly recommend this book! I see great potential in this author’s writing!

 

I’m also enjoying the next book in this series! Shattered. It’s pretty good!

Shattered (Alaskan Courage, #2)

 

Author~Dani Pettrey~

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Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

Woman of Courage~ Wanda E. Brunstetter ~

Woman of Courage

~Synopsis~

Jilted by her fiancé, Amanda Pearson gives up on romance and turns to her Quaker faith for reassurance. She becomes determined to follow the Rev. and Mrs. Spalding into the western wilderness to minister to the Nez Percé Indians.

But a three-thousand-mile journey in 1837 is fraught with danger for anyone, and soon Amanda finds herself recovering from near death in a trapper’s cabin. His Indian wife becomes Amanda’s first convert–and friend. But the trapper and his intriguing half-Indian friend want nothing to do with Christians.

Buck McFadden has received nothing but pain from white men who claim Christ as their lord. He wants only to be left to his solitary life, but he can’t seem to walk away from Amanda.

Amanda fears she’ll never reach the mission in the Lapwai Valley. This journey has become life-changing for her–and those she meets–and the choices she must make are almost unbearable.

 

 

~Review~

This was my first book that I read by this author and I can tell you right now that I was very,very,very impressed! I really enjoyed reading this book. I think I’ve had interest in reading books that includes the Quaker lifestyle ever since reading Siri Mitchell’s book called,”The Messenger” (which is a very good book by the way if anyone hasn’t read it yet).

This book was very different for me. I loved the plot’s twists and turns! This book certainly has its share! On certain parts of the book I was like”WHAT, THIS CAN’T BE HAPPENING!!” It was full of surprises!

The heroine was very courageous and just as sweet to read about. I loved how she kept falling into the Quaker dialect and some of the other characters were like, “Why can’t you talk normally?” I also kinda felt sorry for the heroine at one point because it seemed like everything was happening to her all at once!
I’ve never really seen a book where there were so many other cultures involved. Like in this story, it ranged from the  Quakers to the Indians. Another thing that I like in books is when the author can do flash backs with the characters. It’s so awesome to really see why a certain character is a certain way because of what happened in the past and then eventually seeing God coming and changing the scene altogether.

I loved reading this book and I was totally captured until I had finished the very last page! It was adventurous and engaging all at the same time. I’m totally going to see what other books this author has written and see if can I find more books like this. It was a very good read! (4 stars)

 

 

Happy Reading Y’all!!   🙂

 

 

 

 

 

Under a Blackberry Moon~Serena Miller

Under a Blackberry Moon (Michigan Northwoods, #3)

Synopsis

Just a few days after she gave birth alone in the northwoods, a recently widowed young Chippewa woman stumbled into a nearby lumber camp in search of refuge from the winter snows. Come summer, it is clear that Moon Song cannot stay among the rough-and-tumble world of white lumbermen, and so the camp owner sends Skypilot, his most trusted friend, to accompany her on the long and treacherous journey back to her people.

But when tragedy strikes off the shore of Lake Superior, Moon Song and Skypilot must depend on each other for survival. With every step they take into the forbidding woods, they are drawn closer together, until it seems the unanswerable questions must be asked. Can she leave her culture to enter his? Can he leave his world to enter hers? Or will they simply walk away from a love that seems too complicated to last?

Get swept into a wild realm where beauty masks danger and only the truly courageous survive in a story that will grip your heart and your imagination.

 

~My Review~

Let me just say that I really,really,really enjoyed reading this book from the the very first page! I had been looking forward to this book ever since it came out and I was not disappointed! I actually finished this book in a day or two because I was very captivated by this story. I highly recommend this book!!!
To me, the story was a breath of fresh air. I had been looking forward to a book where it’d capture my attention with an unpredictable story. I thought it was very original. I learned a lot about the tribe that Moon Song came from in this book which was AWESOME. I love learning about different cultures. The story surrounding Moon Sing and Skypilot was very adventurous and fun to read about!  I loved the book cover as well.
This story had me turning page after page until I was done. With some books I have very low patience because all throughout the story I’m wondering,”When is it going to end!” That wasn’t the case with this book! I think this might be the best book by this author yet! She has written some very good ones and I can’t wait to read her next book! I totally recommend this very intriguing story. You won’t regret it! (5 stars)

 

Author Serena Miller

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*A library read. Wasn’t required to write a review but I wanted to* 🙂

The Lady of Bolton Hill~Elizabeth Camden~

The Lady of Bolton Hill

Synopsis

When Clara Endicott and Daniel Tremain’s worlds collide after twelve years apart, the spark that was once between them immediately reignites into a romance neither of them thought possible.

But time has changed them both.

Daniel is an industrial titan with powerful enemies. Clara is an idealistic journalist determined to defend underprivileged workers.

Can they withstand the cost of their convictions while their hearts–and lives–hang in the balance?

~My Review~

I loved re-reading this book! It seemed as if it was better than the first time that I had read it! How can that be possible! lol! The story was fantastic…again! It really drew me in from the time that Clara and Daniel are growing up as best friends until the sweet epilogue. I can guarantee y’all that was the best epilogue that I’ve read in a book since like,EVER!

I love how classical music drew them together and if you’ve read the first chapters you’ll agree. It’s so sweet!

I really like how Elizabeth Camden can weave a masterful story around her characters! Especially the heroes! I really love Daniel’s story. In this book, Daniel is another *swoon worthy* hero. So awesome! You must read it if you haven’t! It’s also funny at times which was very enjoyable! I love to have a little humor in whatever I’m reading (except in suspense). 🙂

Also, the author does introduce a character(Bane) who would be in her next book. “Against the Tide”  is mostly about the opium trade back then also a very interesting read! In her book, “Against the Tide”,the author goes more into detail. I also recommend “Against the Tide” so that you’ll read more about Bane’s story. It’s a very good story and I really like the heroine as well!

The Lady of Bolton Hill has everything that I anticipated in a novel. It was adventurous,the story wasn’t really predictable, and it kept me turning page after page. I didn’t want it to end! It’s very beautifully well written story to cherish forever! The book cover was spectacular as well! I totally recommend it to anyone who is looking for a very good christian historical fiction to read. (5 stars)

 

Elizabeth Camden goes through the details of how the book cover process went for Lady of Bolton Hill. Very Interesting!  Click on the picture and it will take you to the website. I love the book cover now but the third book cover below looks really interesting as well. 🙂

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~Elizabeth Camden~

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KINDA LIKE A PART 2 – AGAINST THE TIDE

Against the Tide

As a child, Lydia Pallas became all too familiar with uncertainty when it came to the future. Now, she’s finally carved out a perfect life for herself–a life of stability and order with no changes, surprises, or chaos of any kind. She adores her apartment overlooking the bustling Boston Harbor, and her skill with languages has landed her a secure position as a translator for the U.S. Navy.

However, it is her talent for translation that brings her into contact with Alexander Banebridge, or “Bane,” a man who equally attracts and aggravates her. When Bane hires Lydia to translate a seemingly innocuous collection of European documents, she hesitantly agrees, only to discover she is in over her head.

Just as Bane’s charm begins to win her over, Lydia learns he is driven by a secret campaign against some of the most dangerous criminals on the East Coast, compelled by his faith and his past. Bane forbids any involvement on Lydia’s part, but when the criminals gain the upper hand, it is Lydia on whom he must depend.

 

 

HAPPY READING Y’ALL!! 🙂

 

Which Elizabeth Camden book is your favorite? If you’re a fan? What’s not to like about Elizabeth Camden’s writing!!! Right? 🙂

A Miracle of Hope~Ruth Reid~

A Miracle of Hope (The Amish Wonders, #1)

 

Synopsis

How far can God’s mercy reach?

Lindie Wyse is pregnant out of wedlock and thinks an arranged marriage is the only way to preserve her future. Josiah Plank is certain he’ll never love again, but he needs someone to care for his eight-year-old daughter, Hannah. The two take on their arrangement tentatively at first but soon realize they are each in for more than they imagined.

Lindie experiences a breakthrough with Hannah when she recognizes Hannah’s special gifts, but a risky pregnancy and serious health issues threaten to demolish the foundation Josiah and Lindie are building. Will their growing love survive despite their struggles, or will their hearts become as cold as the northern winter?

 

~My Review~

 A Miracle of Hope by Ruth Reid
An Amish Wonders Novel
HeroineLindie Wyse    Hero-  Josiah Plank

This was such a wonderful story!! I think it has to be the best Amish fiction that I’ve read this year so far! 🙂
I was really captivated by Lindie’s story from the first page! I was  impressed by this book I can tell y’all right now! lol. The story does have drama and very interesting situations which made it all the more desirable to read by the moment. This is the first book by Ruth Reid that I’ve read and I was very intrigued by how well she wrote this story.
Josiah Plank was a very sweet hero! The romance wasn’t mushy. The worst thing I can’t stand in a book is very mushy romance! The romance was handled very well in this book.
The book is true to its name and it’s truly miraculous! If you ever read it you’ll understand why! I had never seen that written in a christian novel before. I thoroughly enjoyed most of the characters in the book. I believe that the author did a very good job with the character development and plot. I really liked the theme of a marriage of convenience throughout the story. For some reason I’m drawn to mail order brides and marriages of convenience. To me it was a pretty clean and decent book with the theme of marriage of convenience as the plot. I really commend the author keeping it that way because all I want is to read a very entrancing story and I don’t need the unnecessary details!
I need to include that there were some situations in this  book may be a bit mature because it does deal with her situation of her being with child before she’s kinda forced into a marriage of convenience. I though it was  dealt with very well in my opinion but some readers may not feel comfortable reading  about it. Whatever works for you!
I commend the author of this book for holding the reins very well in the way of romance while delivering a very sweet and touching story!  I thoroughly enjoyed this story!!! I also loved the book cover vibrant and different!  I highly recommend this book if you’re looking for an Amish read. I’m certainly looking forward to more books by Ruth Reid! (5 stars)
Happy Reading Y’all!! 🙂

 

~About Author Ruth Reid~

Ruth Reid is a CBA and ECPA best-selling author of the Heaven on Earth series. She’s a full-time pharmacist who resides in Florida with her husband and three children. Facebook: Author-Ruth-Reid

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*Library read. I was looking for a different change of genre to read. Boy was it worth it! :)*