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Top 10 Christian Fiction Reads – part 2

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Last week I started sharing the books I’m most looking forward to reading this year. I’m happy to say, I’ve already checked one of those off the list and will offer a review on that shortly.

Unfortunately, my post got way longer than I like them to get and I only got halfway through the list. So here is the rest:

Coming in at #5 is:

Talk of the Town by Lisa Wingate. Lisa won a Carol Award this past September earning the very first perfect score ever. I have to read her writing! Here’s the information for this book.

A charming tale of small-town Texas with a twist of romance as the producer of a reality show attempts to keep secrets from the locals.

At #4 I place:

Tidewater Inn by Colleen Coble. It’s so embarrassing as a new author to not recognize the people who are the tops in my chosen field, but with so many extraordinary Christian authors, I just fail at knowing them all. When I met Colleen Coble last September, I had no idea who she was, but after she won the Carol Award for Romantic Suspense, I determined to make a point of getting to know her books. Here is the info on this one, her newest:

Welcome to Hope Beach. A place of intoxicating beauty . . . where trouble hits with the force of a hurricane.

Inheriting a beautiful old hotel on the Outer Banks could be a dream come true for Libby. The inn cries out for her restorer’s talent and love of history. She’s delighted to learn of the family she never knew she had. And the handsome Coast Guard lieutenant she’s met there on the island could definitely be the man of her dreams.

But Libby soon realizes that the only way she can afford the upkeep on the inn is to sell it to developers who are stalking the island. The father who willed her the inn has died before she could meet him, and her newfound brother and sister are convinced she’s there to steal their birthright. Worst of all, her best friend and business partner has been kidnapped before her eyes, and Libby’s under suspicion for the crime.

Libby’s dream come true is becoming a nightmare. Her only option is to find her friend and prove her innocence, or lose everything on the shores of Hope Island.

In 3rd position, I have:

Full Disclosure by Dee Henderson. Again, I’m so ashamed. Apparently one of the premiere writers of Christian romantic suspense, I have read nothing of hers. This is her latest:

Dee Henderson Is Back!Ann Silver is a cop’s cop. As the Midwest Homicide Investigator, she is called in to help local law enforcement on the worst of cases, looking for answers to murder. Hers is one of the region’s most trusted investigative positions. Paul Falcon is the FBI’s top murder cop in the Midwest. If the victim carried a federal badge or had a security clearance, odds are good Paul and his team see the case file or work the murder. Their lives intersect when Ann arrives to pass a case off her desk and onto his. A car wreck and a suspicious death offer a lead on a hired shooter he is tracking. Paul isn’t expecting to meet someone, the kind that goes on the personal side of the ledger, but Ann Silver has his attention. The better he gets to know her, the more Paul realizes her job barely scratches the surface of who she is. She knows spies and soldiers and U.S. Marshals, and has written books about them. She is friends with the former Vice President. People with good reason to be cautious about who they let into their lives deeply trust her. Paul wonders just what secrets Ann is keeping, until she shows him the John Doe Killer case file, and he starts to realize just who this lady he is falling in love with really is…

At #2 is:

Lethal Legacy by Irene Hannon. Revell is a noted publisher of suspense, so I chose this one as an example of what they put out. In the same way, I discovered the debut novel of my #1 choice. This is the blurb:

The police say her father’s death was suicide. But Kelly Warren says it was murder–and she has new evidence that she believes proves it. Detective Cole Taylor doesn’t put much credence in her claim, and nothing in his case review suggests foul play. But when Kelly ends up in the emergency room with a suspicious life-threatening medical condition, the incident strikes him as more than just coincidence. Digging deeper, he discovers she’s linked to a long-ago crime. Is history repeating itself? And who wants Kelly silenced?

With her trademark high-intensity action and taut suspense, Irene Hannon closes out her Guardians of Justice series with a story of old grudges and budding romance that is sure to increase her substantial fan base.

And that #1 choice is:

Shattered by Dani Pettrey. I read Submerged, Dani’s debut when I sought a suspense by Bethany House. All I can say is WOW! Submerged was so amazing and I’ve been on pins and needles wanting to read Shattered as soon as possible. Here is the information on it:

A Thrilling New Romantic Suspense from the Genre’s Newest StarPiper McKenna couldn’t be more thrilled that her prodigal brother, Reef, has returned to Yancey, Alaska, after five years. But her happiness is short-lived when Reef appears at her house covered in blood. A fellow snowboarder has been killed–but despite the evidence, Reef swears he’s innocent. And Piper believes him.Deputy Landon Grainger loves the McKennas like family, but he’s also sworn to find the truth. Piper is frustrated with his need for facts over faith, but he knows those closest to you have the power to deceive you the most. With his sheriff pushing for a quick conviction, some unexpected leads complicate the investigation, and pursuing the truth may mean risking Landon’s career.With Piper waging her own search, the two head deep into Canada’s rugged backcountry–and unexpected complications. Not only does their long friendship seem to be turning into something more, but this dangerous case is becoming deadlier with each step.
Never do I delight so much as the time I spend between the pages of a book. If someone important hasn’t said that, they should have. I’m so looking forward to some reading time! You can keep up with my book reviews from this year, and also those I’ve done previously at my “For Readers” page. I keep it updated with every book I complete.
Your turn: There you have it, my full list. With many others on the edge of my top ten. What books should I have included that I didn’t?
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Author: Marji Laine

Marji is a homeschooling mom with teenage twins left in the nest. She spends her days transporting to and from volleyball, teaching writing classes at a local coop, and directing the children’s music program at her church. Raised in suburban Dallas, she got her first taste of writing through the stories of brilliant authors of their day, Mignon Eberhart and Phyllis A. Whitney, and through stage experience. After directing and acting in productions for decades, Marji started writing her own scripts. From that early beginning, she delved into creating scintillating suspense with a side of Texas sassy. She invites readers to unravel their inspiration, seeking a deeper knowledge of the Lord’s Great Mystery that invites us all.

3 thoughts on “Top 10 Christian Fiction Reads – part 2

  1. I read Dee’s new book. I’ll be interested to hear your thoughts. Irene Hannon’s next up on my TBR shelf.
    These other stories I’ve heard of and would like to read also. So many good books, so little time.
    Thanks for sharing.

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    • I heard THAT! But having my list up makes me get excited about digging into it. I’ll be reviewing Critical Condition soon. And I thought Lethal Legacy would be next as I’d started it at the end of December. BUUUUUT, Shattered released last Friday. OOOOOooooo! It’s GOOOOOD!

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