My Favorite Books of 2010

Nothing says New Year's like a list! Here are my favorite fiction reads from 2010 in alphabetical order. It was hard enough to pick only ten, much less rank them.

Sadly, some amazing books are still sitting in my "To-Be-Read" pile. Taunting me. These include Beneath a Southern Sky by Deborah Raney, The Gathering Storm by Bodie and Brock Thoene, Here Burns My Candle by Liz Curtis Higgs, Love Finds You in Homestead, Iowa by Melanie Dobson, Nightshade by Ronie Kendig, The Preacher's Bride by Jody Hedlund, She Walks in Beauty by Siri Mitchell, Sons of Thunder and Nightingale by Susan May Warren, Surrender the Heart by MaryLu Tyndall, A Tailor-Made Bride and Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer, and While We're Far Apart by Lynn Austin. My lame excuse - a son graduating from high school and starting college, and the release of my first two novels. Still these lovely books taunt me.

However, I did read the lovely books listed below!

1. Abigail by Jill Eileen Smith
A fictionalized account of the life of Abigail, the second book in the Wives of King David series is meticulously written and beautifully written, and the vivid characters will keep you entranced.

2. Chasing Lilacs by Carla Stewart
This nostalgic story follows a young girl as she comes of age in 1950s Texas with a mentally ill mother. Carla Stewart has a delicious way with words, and her characters and story are gripping and touching.

3. Courting Morrow Little by Laura Frantz
Laura Frantz's writing is beautiful and colorful. The characters are rich and appealing, and the frontier setting of Kentucky during the Revolutionary War is a character all its own.

4. The Homecoming by Dan Walsh
In this World War II Home Front story, Dan Walsh uses just the right amount of period details and historical backdrop, which freed me to enjoy the story, the characters, and the writing. This is a heartwarming story but never simplistic or sappy.

5. Lost Mission by Athol Dickson
This fantastic story involves the discovery of a lost Spanish mission in California - and the secrets it contains. Gorgeous prose, intriguing characters, and a storyline that truly makes you think about evangelism and the Christian's relationship with the world - without ever preaching. Wow!

6. Making Waves by Lorna Seilstad
This is hands-down the most fun book I've read all year. Lorna Seilstand writes delicious humor and swoony romance, but also makes you think about honesty and obligations. Her research into a turn-of-the-century lakefront resort shines without blinding you.

7. Touching the Clouds by Bonnie Leon
Bonnie Leon takes us to Depression-era Alaska with adventurous but wounded pilot Kate Evans and a handsome physician who seems to have a secret. A thrilling and touching read.

8. The Waiting by Suzanne Woods Fisher
Not your typical Amish novel - Suzanne Woods Fisher adds a kick of realism—of racial tension, mental illness, scheming aunties, and Vietnam. The Waiting included one of my favorite characters of the year, the heroine's little brother, who stutters and loves wildlife - he's thoroughly charming.

9. Watch over Me by Christa Parrish
Christa Parrish writes so beautifully. She crafts a poignant tale about a hippie vegan, a stressed veteran, an abandoned baby, and a sick teenager. I love the realistic characters and situations she creates.

10. White Picket Fences by Susan Meissner
A contemporary story of a California family that seems perfect, but has secrets. A touching Holocaust story is interwoven skillfully to add meaning and to jolt the characters to understanding and action.

I can't wait to see what 2011 has to offer!

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